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House committee adopts laws on high court, parliamentary immunity lifting
The committee of justice, legislation and human rights of the House of Representatives (parliament lower chamber), adopted Wednesday two draft laws on the creation of the high Court, which will be competent in trying government members, and the lifting of parliamentary immunity.
Morocco, Politics, 1/29/2004
Turkish Minister to visit Syria for settling border issues
Turkish Minister of State, Korshad Tozman, is to visit Syria late February to discuss setting up a free trade zone and opening four border crossing points for trade and joint industrial and agrarian projects after the clearing the two countries' borders from mines.
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 1/29/2004
Government and unions wrap up social dialogue round
The Moroccan government and trade unions signed on Wednesday the minutes marking the end of the round of social negotiations between the two sides on a series of salary and social salary claims for various categories of civil servants.
Morocco, Economics, 1/29/2004
Britain is ready to cancel Sudan's debts after peace
The Sudanese foreign minister Mustafa Othman Ismael said that Britain is ready to drop the Sudanese debt after reaching a final peace agreement between the government and the southern rebels.
Sudan-UK, Politics, 1/29/2004
al-Itihad: Junblat highlights Syrian- Lebanese relations
Leader of Lebanese Socialist Progressive Party Walid Junblat has stressed the necessity for strengthening and enhancing relations between Syria and Lebanon in facing the current challenges.
Lebanon-Syria, Politics, 1/29/2004
Al-Shara meets with Japan's especial ME envoy
Syria's Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara received in Damascus Wednesday Japanese Special Envoy for the Peace Process in the Middle East Tatsuo Arima.
Syria-Japan, Politics, 1/29/2004
Alcohol ads raise more important issue of press financing, says minister
Moroccan Communication minister and government spokesman told representative on Wednesday the issue of ads for alcohol beverages raises the more important issue of press financing.
Morocco, Politics, 1/29/2004
Annan: exchanging prisoners is a positive development
The UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, described the deal of prisoners exchange between Israel and Hizbullah as a "positive development." He said that continued and comprehensive peace in the Middle East should include all tracks: the Palestinian, the Syria and the Lebanese.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 1/29/2004
Hizbullah starts exchanging prisoners with Israel
News reports in Beirut said that the Lebanese Hizbullah handed over the German mediator late night yesterday in Beirut the Israeli reserve officer Elhanan Tananbaum and bodies of three Israeli soldiers in the framework of the prisoners exchange deal.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 1/29/2004
One day before the exchange of prisoners, Israeli planes fly over Tyre in south Lebanon
Israeli planes flew over south Lebanon yesterday, one day before the set date to exchange prisoners between Israel and Hizbullah at a German mediation.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 1/29/2004
Wolf calls for summit between Sharon and Qurei'; resistance condemn al-Zeitoun quarters massacre
Concerning the conditions of the massacre, Palestinian medical sources said that medical test proved that five of the 8 Palestinians were killed by bullets fired from a very near distance in the head and the neck.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 1/29/2004
World's first bowling alley discovered
The Italian team excavating at Madi city in Fayyoum has unearthed an open structure dating back to the Ptolemaic age.
Egypt, Local, 1/29/2004
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Egypt's Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher said that there were certain views being mulled at present to activate joint Arab action and it was important to take the first step in this direction.
Deputy Speaker of the People's Assembly Al-Sayed Rashed lauded remarkable relations binding the Egyptian and Libyan peoples.
"The joint Libyan-Ethiopian committee held its first meeting in Addis Ababa from 26th - 27 Ay Annar in the attendance of the Secretary of the General Peoples Committee for Foreign Liaison and International Co-operation and the Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Syom Misfin," JANA reported yesterday.
"The Secretary of the General Peoples Committee for Foreign Liaison and International Co-operation conducted a visit to Eritrea, Djibouti and Ethiopia from 24 - 27 Ay Annar where he delivered messages from the Leader of the Revolution to President Issias Afeworke of Eritrea, President Ismail Omar Gaila of Djibouti and Meles Zenawi the Ethiopian Prime Minister inviting them to attend the extraordinary summit to be held in" Libya, next month JANA reported yesterday.
Mohamed Badr Eddien Zeyad, Egypt's Ambassador to Yemen asserted that Cairo-Sanaa relations are excellent and said that the coming period would witness intensive activities between the two countries particularly in the economic domain.
The Canadian Chief Justice Beverly Maklachine praised the role of Egypt's First Lady Suzanne Mubarak, head of the National Council for Women (NCW) to support the Egyptian women in the economic, social and political domains.
Egypt's Minister of Industry and Technological Development, Ali Al-Saedi, said that a strategic plan is under study to modernize 12 industrial sectors.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher warned of the Israeli aggressions against Palestinian people adding these practices hinder any movement towards achieving peace in the region.
Arab Permanent Representatives at the Arab League (AL ) discussed Wednesday the latest developments in the Palestinian occupied lands, particularly the apartheid segregation wall being built by Israel in the West Bank and other Israeli unilateral practices.
Mamdouh el-Beltagui, Egypt's Minister of Tourism asserted that the inspection committee on the quality of tourist services made sure that all the hotels now already pumped 75% of their cash revenues to maintain the stability of the foreign exchange market.