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Iraqi women demand 40% of the seats of the new authority
Small groups of Iraqi women demonstrated yesterday in the streets of cities demanding that 40% of the seats in the new authority to be dedicated to them in being constituting more than half of the population.
Iraq, Politics, 2/19/2004
Arab League deplores former Iraqi regime, Israel
A committee in charge of human rights at the Arab League yesterday condemned violations committed by the former Iraqi regime of human rights and the Israeli violations in the Palestinian territories, the Syrian Golan heights and Lebanon.
Regional-Iraq, Politics, 2/19/2004
Kuwait bans Bahraini citizens from entering its lands
The Kuwaiti authorities prevented Bahraini citizens, the chairman of the national reconciliation society, Ali Salman, member of the Democratic national labor society council, Ibrahim al-Sharif, from entering its lands.
Bahrain-Kuwait, Politics, 2/19/2004
Bush thanks Ben Ali, urges an open political process
The Tunisian President Zein al-Abidin Bin Ali, who announced several days ago he will recommend the American President George Bush, upon visiting him in Washington, on the best ways to " fight terrorism," got a call from his American counterpart during their meeting yesterday at the White House to make democratic reforms in Tunisia.
Tunisia-USA, Politics, 2/19/2004
Khatami is keen to visit Cairo, deliver al-Azhar sermon
The Egyptian foreign minister Ahmed Maher has disclosed that the Iranian President Muhammad Khatami is eager to visit Cairo and deliver a speech at al-Azhar mosque.
Egypt-Iran, Politics, 2/19/2004
Spanish ruling party: Moroccan-Spanish joint patrols not a breach to international legality
The Spanish ruling Popular Party denied allegations by the separatist Polisario movement that Moroccan-Spanish joint patrols in the sea between the Sahara and the Canary Islands to control illegal immigration are breaching the international law.
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 2/19/2004
Moroccan exporters complain from heavy transportation costs
Transportation costs reach up to 20% of exports expenses, complained in Casablanca Tuesday president of the Moroccan exporters association (ASMEX), Abdellatif Belmadani, citing other obstacles to exports such as complex procedures, irregular links, the non-respect of deadlines and the weak capacity, mainly in air transport.
Morocco, Economics, 2/19/2004
Syrian official source sees closure of British embassy in damascus as unnecessary measure
An official source at the Syrian Foreign Ministry said that the closure of part of the offices of the British Embassy in Damascus is due to security considerations assessed by the British authorities.
Syria-UK, Politics, 2/19/2004
Information Minister-called for deep dialogue between Muslim world and Europe
He added that this international forum which groups the minds of Moslems and Christians who believe that human intellect is the only guarantor and the indicator to the right and reason.
Syria-European Union, Politics, 2/19/2004
Al-Baz calls for reviving peace talks on the Syrian track
Egypt on Wednesday called for reviving the peace process on the Syrian and Lebanese tracks, saying Syria has expressed readiness for the resumption of the process on the basis of the UN resolutions 242 and 338 and the land-for-peace principle.
Egypt-Syria, Politics, 2/19/2004
King Mhammed VI launches construction of mental rehab center in Essaouira
Morocco's King Mohammed VI launched in Essaouira Wednesday construction works of a rehabilitation center of mentally handicapped persons.
Morocco, Local, 2/19/2004
Reopening of Morocco's Liaison Bureau in Tel Aviv depends on progress in Middle East peace process, Minister
Moroccan minister delegate to foreign affairs and cooperation, Taib fassi Fihri has insisted that any reopening of Morocco's Liaison Bureau in Tel Aviv, depends on the progress made in the Middle East peace process.
Morocco-Israel, Politics, 2/19/2004
Red Cross: Israel's barrier violates humanitarian law
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) yesterday said that Israel's controversial West Bank separation barrier violates international humanitarian law because it cuts across Palestinian land.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 2/19/2004
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"President Hosni Mubarak and UAE President Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan shared identical viewpoints as regards the various regional and international issues," Mubarak' s Political advisor Osama El-Baz said Wednesday.
Syria's Interior Minister Ali Hamoud received in Damascus on Wednesday, Egyptian Minister of Work Forces and Immigration, Ahmad al-Amawi.
Lebanese President Emil Lahoud stressed the importance of the Syrian role in Lebanon which enabled it to overcome the critical circumstances and to achieve liberation. During his meeting with a delegation representing the Syrian community in Brazil on Wednesday, Lahoud urged the Syrian and the Lebanese communities in Brazil to develop relations of cooperation, coordination and understanding between them.
The leadership of Amal Movement and Hizbullah Party stressed commitment to the united Syrian and the Lebanese stance in facing the current challenges.
Syria's Minister of Oil and Mineral Resource, Ibrahim Haddad, and his Yemeni counterpart, Rashid Saleh Barbaa, signed on Wednesday a bilateral cooperation agreement in the field of oil, gas, and mineral resources for cooperation in the field of transporting and storing oil as well as marketing gas.
The Moroccan minister of Finance and Privitization has called on the Arab states to lift barriers impeding inter-Arab trade and to become more competitive.
The secretary general of the Arab league Amr Moussa called yesterday on the Arab states to "react collectively with what are debated of initiatives or partnerships" by the USA, the European Union and the NATO.
Moroccan minister of relations with parliament, Saad El Alami, met in Khartoum Tuesday president Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan.
An official source announced yesterday that the Algerian president Abdul Aziz Butaflika, is a candidate for the presidential elections due on March 8 and that this will be officially declared in the Algerian capital on Sunday.
The Iraqi Interim Council yesterday extended criticism to the provisional occupation authority because of releasing the former chairman of the Iraqi national council, and threatened to detain him once again after the authority transfer on June 30.
The Thai government announced that a branch of Azhar University will open in Bangkok, Thailand next September.
The west bank of the Luxor Nile is to be declared a protected area within the next few days, to ensure that no kind of work can be carried out on the land without permission of Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA).