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Syria: Aktham Nueisah starts hunger strike
The committee in charge of democratic freedoms and human rights in Syria yesterday announced that its chairman and official spokesman Aktham Nueiseh started on Sunday an open food strike in "protest of his imprisonment conditions " since April 13.
Syria, Politics, 6/22/2004
Al-Assad arrives in Peking
President Bashar al-Assad and his wife arrived in Beijing on Monday on state visit to the People's Republic of China. The visit is the first by a Syrian President to China since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1956.
Syria-China, Politics, 6/22/2004
Western citizens leave for Bahrain, al-Qaida organization in Saudi Arabia chooses a successor for al-Muqrran
The so called "al-Qaida organization in the Arab peninsula" chose Saleh Muhammad Awadallah al-Alawi al-Oufi as a commander for the organization in the kingdom in succession of Abdul Aziz al-Muqarran who was killed by the security forces in Riyadh last Friday, according to Arab mass media.
Saudi Arabia, Politics, 6/22/2004
Mahathir Mohammed arrive sin Damascus
Former Malaysian Prime Minister arrived in Damascus on a 3-day visit to Syria at the invitation of Higher Education Ministry.
Syria-Malaysia, Politics, 6/22/2004
Human Rights hold larger place in Moroccan politics, CCDH
Human rights issues have been occupying, during the past years, a more important place in Moroccan politics, according to the independent Moroccan Center for Human Rights (CMDH).
Morocco, Politics, 6/22/2004
Khartoum negotiates with Darfur rebels in Paris
A meeting will be held in Paris today between a high ranking Sudanese government delegation and officials from the rebel Sudan's liberation movement in Darfour.
Sudan, Politics, 6/22/2004
Morocco eyes FTA with Gabon, Sub Saharan countries, press
Morocco is negotiating a free trade agreement(FTA) with Gabon and another with some Sub Saharan countries of the Sahel, reported on Monday the Moroccan daily "l'Economiste"
Morocco-Gabon, Economics, 6/22/2004
Postponed surgery for Mubarak to give chance to medical treatment
Cairo said yesterday that doctors at the bone surgery hospital in Munich city in Germany decided to subject the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak who suffers backbone pains, to treatment so as to avoid a surgery operation which means he will stay in Germany for several days.
Egypt, Politics, 6/22/2004
Domestic trade contributes 13% to Morocco's GDP
Domestic trade, which counts an estimated 700,000 units nationwide, contributes 13% to Morocco's GDP, said Monday, premier Driss Jettou, at the opening of the third national forum of domestic trade.
Morocco, Economics, 6/22/2004
Jordan: No concession concerning the rights of the refugees
The spokeswoman for the Jordanian government Asmaa Khuder yesterday considered that the statements of the Palestinian President Yasser Arafat to the Israeli daily Haartez over the return back of Palestinian refugees " are not different in substance from the Arab initiative " and that " there is no problem between the position of Jordan and the Palestinian question in this issue."
Jordan-Palestine, Politics, 6/22/2004
Four persons are killed, Yemeni police besiege a scholar
News reports in Sanaa said that hundreds of the Yemeni security forces are besieging a village in Saadah governorate. 250 Km to the north of the country, to force a clergy man called al-Sheikh Hussein Bader Eddine al-Houthi to surrender himself after it had detained several of his students and followers.
Yemen, Local, 6/22/2004
Morocco to import crude oil from Iran
Morocco will import crude oil from Iran, under a US$ 500 million agreement signed recently between Morocco's oil refining company "SAMIR" and the National Iranian Oil Company "NIOC."
Morocco-Iran, Economics, 6/22/2004
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Syria's Premier Naji Otari Monday conferred with former Malaysian Premier Mahatir Muhammad and an accompanying delegation on the cooperation relations in the economic, commercial, scientific fields and means of enhancing them through increasing trade exchange volume.