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Al-Assad, Mubarak for Iraq, Lebanon's stability
Both sides agreed on continuing consultation and coordination in the forthcoming stage on issues of mutual interest in a way that activates the Arab joint action
Syria-Egypt, Politics, 9/16/2004
The American report on religious freedom: Saudi Arabia is added to the black list
For the first time, the US put Saudi Arabia yesterday on the list of the countries which violate or restrict flagrantly the religious freedoms of its citizens, especially the Shiite, considering, in the annual report which is issued by the US Department Of State on religious freedoms in the world, that "the freedom of religion does not exist" in the Kingdom.
Saudi Arabia-USA, Religion, 9/16/2004
Finance Experts: Unified ME stock exchange a must
The establishment of one Middle East stock exchange is an exigency in light of the huge developments in international money markets and the smallness of the Arab money market which is too weak to compete, said financial analysts.
Regional, Economics, 9/16/2004
Morocco recalls its ambassador after recognition of Sahrawi Republic by South Africa
Morocco has decided to recall its ambassador in Pretoria in protest against the "biased, stunning and ill-timed" recognition of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic "SADR" by South Africa.
Morocco-South Africa, Politics, 9/16/2004
Iraq: France's stand on war unchanged, minister
France's position against war in Iraq remained unchanged, said French interior minister, Dominique de Villepin, who wrapped up Tuesday a two-day working visit in Morocco.
Iraq-France, Politics, 9/16/2004
BBC: Annan: Invasion of Iraq is illegitimate
The UN secretary general Kofi Annan considered yesterday in an interview broadcast by the BBC ( world section) that the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 "was illegitimate."
Iraq-UN, Politics, 9/16/2004
U.S. plans to promote democracy in the united nations
Democratic nations share a common commitment to promote human rights and fundamental freedoms. The United States believes that democratic nations must work more closely together in order to help the United Nations live up to its founding principles. Through the formation of a Democracy Caucus at the United Nations
Regional-UN, Politics, 9/16/2004
State's Armitage says Iraqi judges vital to Iraq's democracy
US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage has told a gathering of Iraqi judges that the United States, Britain and the Czech Republic will not rest until the judges "are seated on the bench, making just and wise decisions for the Iraqi people."
Iraq-USA, Politics, 9/16/2004
Speaker of the interim parliament in Somalia elected
The interim Somali parliament elected Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden as its speaker in the second round of voting after none of the 11 candidates won the post by a two third majority, according to the Somali constitution.
Somalia, Politics, 9/16/2004
Spanish right and pro-PP media wage war on Morocco, Press
The Spanish right and the press supporting the Popular Party (PP) are waging "a media war" on Morocco and incite the public opinion to hamper the "noteworthy rapprochement" between Rabat and Madrid initiated since the socialists took power in Spain, the London-based "Asharq Al Awsat" daily said.
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 9/16/2004
One British was killed in Riyadh
News reports said quoting eye witnesses said that one western man was killed in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia-UK, Local, 9/16/2004
OPEC elects Sheikh Ahmad al-Sabah as a President, increase oil production by one million barrels daily
OPEC has extended a message to calm down to the oil consuming countries following an agreement by its countries in Vienna to increase the ceiling of oil production by 4%, which means an increase of one million barrels a day, in the hope to reduce prices.
Regional, Economics, 9/16/2004
Darfur talks break off
Sudan's rebels and government broke off peace talks on security in Darfur region yesterday after three weeks with little progress and no deal. The government blamed the United States for the failure.
Sudan, Politics, 9/16/2004
On the hostages in Iraq
A Turkish diplomatic source said that one Turkish translator was released. He was held by gunmen in Iraq and will return back home again.
Iraq, Politics, 9/16/2004
Attacks continued against the American forces, explosion in al-Ramadi, Baghdad
Violent clashes escalated between the American forces and the armed elements in al-Anbar governorate to the west of Baghdad which includes al-Ramadi and Falluja, while attacks and acts of violence continued in other area.
Iraq, Military, 9/16/2004
Ben Ali calls on Africa to withstand globalization challenges
In a speech he addressed to the African Bank Forum for development currently held in Tunisia, the Tunisian President Zine al-Abidin Ben Ali said that "our world today" is witnessing accelerated developments, that it makes it imperative to make more efforts to enable the African continent to cope with these changes and joining developing countries's march and achieving sustainable development.
Tunisia-Regional, Politics, 9/16/2004
Arab League Council adopted resolutions
Arab League ( AL) Council on Wednesday stressed rejection to the so-called "Syria Accountability Act" as a violation to the basis of international law, and the AL charter.
Regional, Politics, 9/16/2004
11 Palestinians killed in Israeli operations in the West Bank
the Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon said that his government does not abide by the Roadmap which was approved in 2003
Palestine-Israel, Military, 9/16/2004
Egypt- US negotiations next October on free trade area
Minister of Foreign Trade and Industry Rashid Mohammed Rashid announced yesterday that Egypt and US will launch next October a new round of negotiations on the proposed free trade area and means of boosting the currently operative TIFA agreement.
Egypt-USA, Politics, 9/16/2004
Qatar adopts a tourism plan at $ 15 billion
The state of Qatar yesterday disclosed a major plan for tourism development at a cost of $ 15 billion to be invested in several huge tourism projects.
Qatar, Economics, 9/16/2004
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Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei' said yesterday that the military acts Israeli launched Tuesday night in Jenin and Nablus and which continued on Wednesday were tantamount to criminal acts.
The Lebanese prime minister Rafic Hariri yesterday visited the President of the Iraqi republic Ghazi Elyawer in his residence at Conrad hotel in Brussels, where Hariri is also staying during his visit to Brussels which he had started earlier on Wednesday.
President Ahmet Necdet Sezer of Turkey on Wednesday received Speaker of the People's Assembly Mahmoud al-Abrash, the accompanying delegation and Syria's Ambassador to Turkey Khaled Raad.
Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak and French President Jacques Chirac will open an exhibition for the Egyptian monuments titled "Pharaohs" during a world celebration on October 11.