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Syria withdraws from north Lebanon
The Syrian forces on Friday withdrew from its the last and main position in north Lebanon near the Syrian borders, while these forces accelerate withdrawal from the mountain overlooking Beirut, at a time when the pace of international pressure increased on Damascus.
Lebanon-Syria, Politics, 3/12/2005
First convoy of Syrian soldiers crosses the Bekaa towards Damascus
The first convoy of Syrian soldiers who withdrew from Lebanon crossed the western borders into inside the Syrian lands at (Jdidat Yabous) border point coming from the Lebanese al-Masna' area. By that, the Syrian forces completed withdrawal from its positions in north Lebanon.
Syria-Lebanon, Politics, 3/12/2005
Pressure on Syria to leave Lebanon
The Syrian ambassador to the USA said on Tuesday that the Syrian forces will withdraw from Lebanon by the fall of May, the date for the legislative elections.
Syria-UN, Politics, 3/12/2005
Bahraini security disperse solidarity sit-in with detainees
The Bahraini security forces used force to prevent a sit-in started on Thursday evening demanding the release of three detainees arrested on charges of installing a bulletin board site provoking hatred against the regime.
Bahrain, Politics, 3/12/2005
The Shiite, Kurds in Iraq sign agreement for the formation of a government tomorrow
Adnan Ali, one of the aides for Ibrahim al-Jaffari, the candidate for the next Iraqi prime minister, from the United Iraqi Coalition supported by the Shiite clergy Ayatullah Ali al-Seistani, announced reaching a common understanding agreement with the Kurds that will be signed tomorrow, Sunday.
Iraq, Politics, 3/12/2005
Egypt, Tunis sign economic cooperation agreements
Egypt and Tunisia signed agreements on economic cooperation with the aim of raising the volume of trade exchange and investments between the two states.
Egypt-Tunisia, Economics, 3/12/2005
Spanish press: Moroccan King 'most distinguished figure in Madrid ceremony'
The Spanish press described Saturday the presence of King Mohammed VI of Morocco in the memorial ceremony of Madrid attacks victims as the "most distinguished" among foreign dignitaries.
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 3/12/2005
African states calls on the government of Somalia to move to Mogadishu
Each of Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti called on the interim Somali government which takes Nairobi as a headquarters to accelerate moving to Mogadishu.
Somalia-Regional, Politics, 3/12/2005
American-Omani free trade agreement negotiations starts Saturday
Negotiations of the first round for the free trade agreement between Oman and the US start today, Saturday. It is expected to be finalized by the end of 2005.
Oman-USA, Economics, 3/12/2005
Abdullah visits the US on Monday: talks to cover Lebanon and Syria
The Jordanian foreign minister Hani al-Malqi said on Friday that King Abdullah II will discuss with the American officials during his visit to Washington on Monday situation in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Palestine and Israel.
Jordan-USA, Politics, 3/12/2005
Political, economic advances in Morocco highlighted at Oxford University
The Political, economic and cultural strides made in Morocco in the latest years were highlighted Friday at Oxford University before a group of politicians, university professors and diplomats.
Morocco-UK, Politics, 3/12/2005
With military threats failing against Iran's nuclear activities, US tries diplomacy
In order to support the diplomatic efforts of the European Union 3 (EU-3) with Iran, the United States will drop its objection to Iran's application to join the World Trade Organization "and will consider, on a case-by-case basis, the licensing of spare-parts for Iranian civilian aircraft, in particular from the EU to Iran," says U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Iran-USA, Politics, 3/12/2005
Jordan discusses free trade agreement with the Gulf states
The secretary general of the Jordanian ministry of industry and commerce said that his country is to prepare for the free trade agreement with the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council GCC with specialized sides.
Jordan-Gulf, Economics, 3/12/2005
Algeria Arab summit to be attended by large number of leaders, says Algerian ambassador
He added that the summit would also set up a follow-up committee to make sure that the resolutions have been put into effect.
Algeria-Regional, Politics, 3/12/2005
Dangerous wastes effecting Somalia due the tsunami
A UN report issued in February said that the waves of the floods took out dangerous materials in Somalia which has been used since years as a burial for nuclear wastes for other countries.
Somalia, Politics, 3/12/2005
Russia: Syria's pullout should be gradual
"Syrian pullout from Lebanon should be gradual in order not to hurt stability in Lebanon," a senior Russian official said Friday.
Syria-Russia, Politics, 3/12/2005
Hours after Mubarak-Mofaz meeting, Sharon says Israeli troops will not remain in one inch in Gaza
In an interview with the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine published yesterday, Sharon said Israel also wants the Gaza Strip to be an open area and that is why his country has agreed at last month's Sharm el-Sheikh summit that the Palestinians rebuild the Strip's seaport and airport.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 3/12/2005
Israeli schoolbooks racial, anti-peace
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 3/12/2005
Seale on US pressure on Syria
It is better suited for the US president to work upon solving the big problems in the world, like the US occupation of Iraq and the Israeli occupation of Syrian and Palestinian lands, rather than practice pressure on Syria and Iran, a British writer and journalist said.
Syria-USA, Politics, 3/12/2005
Some 17 Saudis and Afghani arrested in Riyadh
The Saudi ministry of the interior said it had detained 17 Saudis and one Afghani suspected to be members in al-Qaida organization during a breaking in operation in one of the quarters in Riyadh city.
Saudi Arabia, Local, 3/12/2005
Morocco, SNECMA Group sign aeronautic investment agreement
An investment agreement, worth MAD 100 million (Euro 10 mln) was signed, in Rabat Friday, between the Moroccan government and Hurel-Hispano, subsidiary of the French SNECMA Group, to build a plant to manufacture nacelles mechanical parts for commercial airplanes and for aeronautic composites.
Morocco-France, Business, 3/12/2005
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Morocco's King Mohammed VI arrived this Friday afternoon in Paris, coming from Madrid, where the sovereign took part in the official ceremony held in memory of the 192 victims of the attacks that hit Madrid in March 2004.
Syria has a real and honest desire to achieve just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East and it is ready to start peace negotiation, an Egyptian minister said.
UN Spokesman in Lebanon Najib al-Freja underlined that the UN Secretary General Envoy Terji Rode Larsen won't convey any threats to Syria or Lebanon since it violates the UN and Larsen's mission.
French Communists on Friday criticized the American pressure put on Syria and Lebanon, asserting that the U.S. crisis in Iraq should never be a pretext to intervene in the two states' internal affairs.
Egyptian newspaper 'al-Ahram' on Friday criticized the U.S. officials' allegations that the Syrian steps regarding the pullout of its troops from Lebanon are not enough, asserting that such statements don't serve the achievement of security and stability ion the region.
Egypt's Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif will hold this week a series of meetings with the economic ministerial group and the ministerial committee which is in charge of the social reform measures to study all available alternatives to turn a part of the subsidy allocations into a direct cash for those who actually deserve it in a way that leads to a rise in every low-income family's share of this subsidy.
Political reforms ushered in Morocco are by far deeper than in any other Arab state, said US journalists Max Rodenbeck. These changes, insisted the US journalist, are not the result of foreign pressure but they are a sort of genuine democratic evolution, not a sudden revolution.
Al-Azhar University agreed with the world Islamic, and Islamic Universities League to "boost Islamic work domains, especially developing the Islamic educational Syllabi, Joining university students with Islamic heritage and protecting youth from the misleading ideas."
The Japanese automobile company Toyota signed, in Rabat Thursday, a three-year partnership convention with the Moroccan Office for vocational training and labor promotion (OFPPT) to reinforce training in the automobile sector.