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The Guardian: 100,000 Iraqis had been killed by coalition troops
Downing Street yesterday challenged a study claiming that 100,000 Iraqis had been killed by coalition troops since the invasion, as anti-war politicians reacted with horror to the figure
Iraq, Politics, 10/30/2004
The first visit for an Iraqi president, Elyawer in Kuwait today
The Iraqi President Ghazi ElYawer starts today an official visit to Kuwait which will last for two days. It is the first for an Iraqi President in the modern history of the two neighboring states.
Iraq-Kuwait, Politics, 10/30/2004
New Lebanese government determined to deal with economic and social problems
The Lebanese government seems determined to achieve success by the support of the social bodies in Lebanon.
Lebanon, Politics, 10/30/2004
Oman's population is over 2 million, a plan to recruit citizens
The population of Oman has tolled 2.34 million, while the Omani government seeks to encourage the local labor force to replace the foreigners who compose one quarter of the population in the country.
Oman, Politics, 10/30/2004
Chairman of the secular council in Bahrain says organization is legitimate
One of the senior Shiite scholar in Bahrain, Sheikh Issa Qasem, said that the "Secular Islamic Council which was established by several Shiite clergy men is in compliance with the constitution," noting that "it is not a political establishment and its principles are religious rather than political."
Bahrain, Politics, 10/30/2004
Arafat arrives in Paris to receive medical treatment
The Palestinian president Yasser Arafat arrived on Friday in Paris on board of a French medical plane after his doctors recommended to transfer him abroad to receive treatment following the deterioration in his health condition.
Palestine-France, Politics, 10/30/2004
Turkey's ambassador says ties with Syria are example
Turkey's ambassador in Damascus on Friday voiced happiness for the development the Syrian-Turkish ties have been witnessing during the last four years noting these ties " have become an example to be followed."
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 10/30/2004
Morocco ready for negotiations on 'viable, appropriate autonomy' for Sahara, official
The Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations on Thursday voiced the government's readiness to participate in any negotiation on what he described as " a viable and appropriate autonomy" for its Southern provinces, known as the Sahara.
Morocco-Algeria, Politics, 10/30/2004
Egypt hosts an African ministerial meeting on Darfur
Egypt announced it will host a meeting on Darfur within the few coming days including the foreign ministers of countries that took part in Tripoli summit which was held two weeks ago which are Egypt, Chad, Libya and Sudan.
Egypt-Sudan, Politics, 10/30/2004
al-Jazeera: new threats against the US by Bin laden
Leader of al-Qaida organization, Osama Bin Laden, threatened in a new video tape broadcast by al-Jazeera TV on Friday evening of striking the US once again. He considered that the reasons for repeating what had happened on September 11, 2001 are still there.
Regional-USA, Politics, 10/30/2004
Developments in Falluja, the question of hostages
The Japanese deputy foreign minister yesterday announced in Amman that he cannot confirm the killing of the Japanese hostage in Iraq, Shusi Koda, and the body found by the American forces will be examined.
Iraq, Military, 10/30/2004
Clashes in al-Ramadi, two Iraqi police men killed, American wounded
Two Iraqi police men were killed and other six injured including two American soldiers in clashes in al-Ramadi to the west of Iraq on Friday evening. Witnesses said that these clashes erupted in the west quarters of the city which have been witnessing an escalation as two persons were killed and 8 injured, three of them were American marines on Thursday.
Iraq, Military, 10/30/2004
Rafsanjani condemns practices of the occupiers in Iraq and Palestine
Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has condemned "the operations of killing, destruction and genocide committed by the Israeli forces against the Palestinians"
Regional-Iran, Politics, 10/30/2004
Criticism US policy in Iraq
British journalist and writer Patrick Seale on Friday said US President George W Bush's policy of combating terrorism have implied a political error in its tents and led to isolate America and to increase hatred towards it.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 10/30/2004
17% more tourists visited Morocco in 2004
The number of tourists who visited Morocco during the first eight months of 2004 increased by 17%, as compared to the same period last year, said the International Tourism Organization in Madrid.
Morocco, Economics, 10/30/2004
Egyptian cotton exported to 17 countries, prices drop
Egyptian cotton export prices dropped last week (ended on October 21) compared to the previous week, said Salah Attar, Chairman of the Arbitration and Cotton Testing committee. He said Giza 70/88 extra long staple grades dropped to sell at 90.75 cents and 70.50 cents per pound, down by three and 3.25 cents respectively compared to the previous week.
Egypt, Economics, 10/30/2004
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"President Abdul Aziz Butaflika of Algeria, a member of the Presidential Council of the Arab Maghreb Union, has sent a cable to the Leader of the Revolution, Chairman of the Presidential Council of the Arab Maghreb Union, after his departure from (Libya), at dawn Friday," JANA reported.
Lebanese Defence Minister Abdul-Rahim Murad reiterated Lebanon's rejection of the UN Security Council resolutions No. 1559 considering it as an intervention in Lebanon's internal affairs.
Sudanese Umma Party Leader and former Prime Minister Al-Sadeq Al-Mahdi said that Egypt, with is immense activities on the regional and international arena and good relations with all Sudanese Powers and the government, is qualified to adopt a project to convene a national forum that groups all parties.
Moroccan Foreign Minister Mohamed Benaissa is due in Cairo on Saturday on a two-day visit to Egypt. He will have talks with his counterpart Ahmed Abul-Gheit on a number of Arab, African and international issues of joint interest mainly the latest developments in the Palestinian lands.
Egypt's Minister of Foreign Trade and Industry Rasheed Mohamed Rasheed will meet with members of the Egyptian-Lebanese Businessmen Society next Monday. Deputy Chief of the Society Kameel Shamoun said the meeting will tackle ways of enhancing bilateral economic ties and removing hurdles impeding inflow of trade exchange in addition to activating the free trade agreement.
The leaderships of the Lebanese Amal Movement and Hizbulla Party have expressed commitment to the resistance against the Israeli occupation as long as parts of the Lebanese territories remain under occupation, and as long as threat remains threatening Syria and Lebanon.