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Moroccan rights organization: democracy should become daily life
The Moroccan league for the defense of human rights said "democracy should become part of citizens' daily life, intellectual convictions and cultural visions," deepening, thus, the principles of participation, accountability and freedom.
Morocco, Politics, 12/11/2004
Saudi crown prince is pleased over the culture of dialogue in the Kingdom
The Saudi crown prince has expressed a sort of satisfaction over the beginning of the spread of the culture of dialogue inside the kingdom which had witnessed during recent months a series of attacks targeting government establishments and foreign countries interests.
Saudi Arabia, Politics, 12/11/2004
Kul al-Arab: Syrian prisoner in Israeli jail suffers health deterioration
The health situation of the Syrian prisoner in Israeli jail Hayel Abu Zaid has seriously deteriorated as Israel turned down all calls to set him free after medical exams showed he had life-threatening leukemia, Palestinian Kul al-Arab newspaper stressed Friday.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 12/11/2004
Algeria's draft resolution on Sahara met with massive abstention at UN General Assembly
The massive abstention on Friday of an Algeria-sponsored draft resolution on the Sahara by the UN general assembly member states confirms that the Sahara issue is actually a Moroccan-Algerian bilateral conflict artificially created by Algeria to thwart Morocco's endeavors to perfect its territorial integrity.
Algeria-Morocco, Politics, 12/11/2004
Lebanese president confers with U.S. Congress
President Emile Lahoud of Lebanon on Friday underscored importance of cooperation between Syria and Lebanon for enhancing stability in the region.
Lebanon-USA, Politics, 12/11/2004
Washington strongly supports Morocco's reforms and initiatives, Snow
The United States strongly support Morocco's reforms and initiatives, especially those pursuing the development of small and medium-sized enterprises and investment, said on Friday US treasury secretary John Snow.
Morocco-USA, Politics, 12/11/2004
Maghreb Arab Union consultations
"In line with the urgent consultations and contacts currently underway among Arab Maghreb Union member states, following the statement by the General People's Committee for Foreign Liaison and International Co-operation on (Libya) relinquishing the presidency of the Union, Tunisian News agency reported that President Zine al-Abdin Ben Ali and President Abdul Aziz Butfliqa of Algeria exchanged points of view on issues related to the progress of the Arab Maghreb Union, on the phone yesterday" JANA reported.
Libya-Tunisia, Politics, 12/11/2004
King Mohammed VI holds phone talks with Tunisian president
King Mohammed VI on Friday held phone talks with Tunisian president, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, on latest development in the region and the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA).
Morocco-Tunisia, Politics, 12/11/2004
France: Sahara settlement only possible through political solution
French foreign minister, Michel Barnier, reiterated that France has been endeavouring with its partners and with the UNO to promote the idea that only a political solution that is accepted by all parties (to the Sahara issue) and based on the principle of "a large autonomy" can settle the Sahara issue.
Morocco-France, Politics, 12/11/2004
Saleh for dialogue between Khartoum, Addis Ababa and Asmara
The Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has announced his readiness to bring together each of Eritrea, Ethiopia and Sudan in a tripartite meeting bringing his country together with Sudanese and Ethiopian leaders due to be held on December 28 in Khartoum.
Yemen-Regional, Politics, 12/11/2004
Political and economic freedom go hand-in-hand, Powell
US Secretary of state, Colin Powell, highlighted on Saturday the necessity of economic and political freedom in countries of the region, saying they "go hand-in-hand."
Regional-USA, Politics, 12/11/2004
American researchers and US troops in Iraq
American Researcher at University Of California, Bryan Gifford, said that number of American soldiers killed in Iraq confirm that the US forces are facing a serious danger greater than the image presented to the world opinion or admitted by American politicians.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 12/11/2004
UN envoy to Iraq discusses the elections with Washington
The UN special envoy in Iraq Ashraf Qadi discussed yesterday in Washington with the US under secretary of state Richard Armitaj the organization of the elections in Iraq for which the US seeks vaster UN role.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 12/11/2004
Three American soldiers were killed in Musil, al-Anbar
Two American soldiers were killed and other four injured in what was described by the American army as an accident for two helicopters of the Multi national forces in Musil city to the north of Iraq.
Iraq, Military, 12/11/2004
Civil Society Forum to submit recommendations to Forum for the Future
The Civil Society Forum, held in parallel to the "Forum for the Future" that is organized on Dec. 10-11 in Rabat, prepared on Thursday recommendations to be submitted to the Forum.
Regional, Politics, 12/11/2004
Forum for the Future: a non-constraining dialogue space, Moroccan government spokesman
The Forum for the Future, held in Rabat this Dec.10-11 is "a non-constraining space for dialogue that concerns all Arab states and most of Islamic countries," as well as the G-8, said in Rabat on Friday Moroccan communication minister and government spokesman Nabil Benabdellah.
Morocco-Regional, Politics, 12/11/2004
Egypt bans by sticks, water a convoy of aid to Rafah includes Europeans and American human rights advocates
The Egyptian police yesterday prevented a convoy for the Egyptian solidarity committee including 70 Europeans and Americans, members in non-governmental organizations to head for Rafah to express their solidarity with the Palestinian people on the occasion of International Day For Human Rights, using sticks and water trucks.
Egypt-Palestine, Politics, 12/11/2004
One Palestinian child was killed by the Israeli bullets
A seven year Palestinian child was killed yesterday by the bullets of the Israeli occupation forces in Khan Younis to the south of Gaza.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 12/11/2004
Israeli occupation forces return back to Khan Younis, PA deplores insulting Presidential candidates
The Israeli army armored vehicles were deployed in the outskirts of Khan Younis to the south of Gaza. These vehicles backed by helicopters started attacks coming from Nefe Dekalim settlement where four Israelis were injured earlier by shelling fired by the Palestinian men.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 12/11/2004
Algerian foreign minister and Israeli practices
Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem stressed that deepening relations between the NATO and the Mediterranean states is impossible unless the Western bloc member states participate in ending the Israeli occupation and settling the situation in Iraq.
Algeria-Israel, Politics, 12/11/2004
New measures to boost Egyptian trade with USA via Israel
The Egyptian ministry of trade and industry said yesterday that Egypt has chosen 7 positions where industries and exports to the United States can be made according to a trade agreement it will sign with Israel and the USA on December 14.
Egypt-USA, Economics, 12/11/2004
Year 2004, the worse year of journalists in 10 years
The Committee to Protect Journalists said that 54 journalists were killed in 2004, stressing that this figure is the largest since 10 years.
Iraq, Politics, 12/11/2004
Tunisian rights activist dies in road accident in Rabat
Chairman of "Penal Reform International," Tunisian Ahmed Othmani, died on Wednesday in a car accident in Rabat.
Tunisia, Local, 12/11/2004
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The National Democratic Party (NDP) Secretary-General Safwat el-Sherif and the assistant Secretary-General Kamal Al-Shazli continues their meetings with the rest of the opposition parties during the coming two weeks in preparation for convening the expanded conference of the opposition parties in January 2005.
Sudanese Foreign Minister Mostafa Othman Ismail said that Mubarak-Bashir summit will focus on the latest developments in Darfur, track of negotiations and the humanitarian conditions in the western region of Darfur.
Egypt's Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif will deliver an address today to the Shura Council that will tackle the government's measures to "control prices and local markets and ensure that the subsidized commodities are available to the low-income brackets."
Track Egyptian newspaper of ' al-Ahram' called upon Israel to resume peace negotiations on the Syrian track. In a front-page editorial Friday, the paper stressed that "Syria's readiness to resume the peace process in the region proves Israeli successive governments' lies about desire to make peace."
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyeb Erdogan underlined his country's desire for a comprehensive peace in the Middle East, pointing out to Turkey's efforts to help reach a peaceful solution on the Israeli-Palestinian track.
The American embassy in Tunis announced yesterday that an American company it did not identify received a threat via the Internet by the beginning of December of launching attacks against the American interests in Turkey and 11 countries in the North Africa and the Middle East.