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Iraqi Transitional Administrative Law adopted
US President George W. Bush welcomed the signing of the Iraqi Transitional Administrative Law March 8, noting that the document enshrines basic rights, "including freedom of religion, freedom of speech and assembly, the right to a fair trial, and the right to choose their own representatives."
Iraq, Politics, 3/9/2004
Damascus: demonstrators detained before the Syrian parliament
A human rights society association in Syria announced that some 30 persons including the spokesman for the defense committees for freedoms and human rights in Syria, Aktham Nueisa, were arrested during a sit in organized in front of the Syrian parliament in the downtown of Damascus on the occasion of the 41st anniversary of the accassion of the Baath party coming to power.
Syria, Politics, 3/9/2004
Woman minister in Oman
It was announced in Muscat yesterday the appointment of a woman minister in the Omani government, Dr. Raweyah Bin Masoud Bin Ahmad el-Bouseidi, who as from yesterday became a minister of higher education, according to a decree issued by Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, that coincided with the celebrations of the woman's world day.
Oman, Politics, 3/9/2004
On Beirut's Arab Women Forum
The Forum of "Arab Women and Armed Conflicts" was opened in Beirut on Monday in the presence of Mrs. Asma al-Assad, wife of president Bashar al-Assad, and a number of wives of Arab Kings, Presidents and the Arab League Secretary General.
Lebanon-Regional, Politics, 3/9/2004
Syrian paper to the Forum on Arab women and armed conflicts
The Syrian paper to Beirut's conference of "Arab women and armed conflicts" which was held on March 8 and 9 in the course of the celebrations of the Women's World day concentrated on the sufferings of the Syrian women in the occupied Golan heights under the title "the Syrian woman in the occupied Golan heights."
Syria-Regional, Politics, 3/9/2004
Egypt tables initiative to enhance Arab Women Organization
Farkhonda Hassan, Secretary General of the Egyptian National Council for Women (NCW), said the initiative targets furnishing permanent funds for the organization through setting up a donation fund, adding that Mrs. Mubarak declared Egypt's donation as the first Arab contribution in this fund, followed by a donation from Sheikha Sbeika bint Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, spouse of King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 3/9/2004
Turkish and Syrian stock market to open in Damascus
The Turkish Cehan News Agency said Monday that the stock market to open in Damascus will be similar to the financial bourse in the Turkish city of Istanbul.
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 3/9/2004
Mubarak sends message to Amir of Kuwait
Egypt's Prime Minister, Atef Ebeid is due in Kuwait on Tuesday, carrying a message from President Hosni Mubarak to Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah.
Egypt-Kuwait, Politics, 3/9/2004
Standard And Poor's Revises Morocco's foreign currency outlook from stable to positive
"The revised foreign currency outlook reflects the strong improvement in Morocco's external liquidity, as well as an acceleration in structural reforms," said Standard And Poor's credit analyst Luc Marchand.
Morocco, Economics, 3/9/2004
Egypt rejects to administer Gaza's security after the Israeli withdrawal
Qurei' said that the Israeli army killed "in cold blood" during the the incursion operation in Gaza on Sunday some 14 Palestinians.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 3/9/2004
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Syrian residents of the occupied Golan on Monday celebrated the 41st anniversary of March 8 revolution by organizing a rally that marched through the streets of Baqatha village, waving Syrian flags. The participants in the march chanted national slogans in praise of the March 8 Revolution and laid wreaths of flowers on the tomb of the martyr Ghalia Farhat in honor of martyrs of the Arab Nation.
The Tunisian President Zine al-Abidin Ben Ali has stressed his care that the "Tunisian woman will continue to be the driving force in perpetuating values of tolerance, solidarity and human rights and enhancing principles of justice and equality side by side with man so as the Tunisian experience in this regard to be an example to be followed in the regional and international arenas."
Moroccan minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, Mohamed Benaissa, received in Rabat this Monday separately the presidential envoys of Equatorial Guinea and of Mali who handed him messages from their presidents to King Mohammed VI.
Moroccan women participating in a forum held in Laayoune Monday called secretary general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, to intervene to put an end to the sufferings of the Moroccans sequestered in the Tindouf camps, run by the Algeria-backed Polisario separatists.
Egypt will focus in the coming juncture on curbing overpopulation and illiteracy, Secretary General of the National Democratic Party (NDP) and Minister of Information Safwat El- Sherif said on Monday.
Speaker of the Lebanese House of Representatives ( parliament ) and Chairman of the Arab Federation of Parliaments Nabih Berri highly appreciated the Syrian initiative on turning the Middle East into a zone free of all mass destruction weapons (WMD).
Syria's Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara on Monday received a phone call from Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moller. Moller briefed al-Shara on the results of his last tour in the region which included a number of states including Syria.
Al-Azhar Grand Imam Sheikh Mohammad Sayed Tantawi stressed the importance of withdrawal of all foreign forces from Iraq so that the Iraqis would decide their own future.
The government is planning to announce within days several measures to control prices hike in tandem with the directives of President Hosni Mubarak. Some strategic commodities will be added to the ration book including oil, macaroni, brown beans, lentil, tea, rice and margarine.
Morocco's maritime transport company COMANAV will open next October a new maritime line linking Tangiers to France's Port-Vendres.