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Riyadh denies mediation with Tripoli, resort to judiciary
Riyadh confirmed on Friday it resorts to the judiciary over allegations on a Libyan conspiracy to assassinate the Saudi crown prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, denying information to have had achieved results out of a mediation with Tripoli to this end.
Saudi Arabia-Libya, Politics, 3/19/2005
Syria to complete withdrawal from Lebanon ASAP, Mustafa says
The Syrian ambassador to Washington Imad Mustafa announced that his country will complete the withdrawal of its forces and intelligence forces from Lebanon as soon as possible when the Lebanese security forces are ready to replace them.
Lebanon-Syria, Politics, 3/19/2005
Sfeir warns against calls for Lahoud's resignation
Lebanon's Maronite Patriarch Nasrullah Sfeir, currently visiting the USA, warned against the consequences of the calls for the resignation of the Lebanese President Emil Lahoud for fears of creating a constitutional vacuum.
Lebanon, Politics, 3/19/2005
Annan for complete Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon before Lebanese elections
The secretary general of the Arab league AL Kofi Annan said he expects a complete withdrawal for the Syrian forces and intelligence from Lebanon before the Lebanese parliamentary elections.
Lebanon-UN, Politics, 3/19/2005
Algeria denies Arab summit seeks to normalize relations with Israel
Algeria's permanent representative to the Arab League, Abdul Qader Hajjar, denied what was quoted by the mass media to that the Arab summit his country will host next Tuesday and Wednesday will be dedicated for normalization with Israel. He said that the anyone who wants such normalization can do in his own country.
Algeria-Regional, Politics, 3/19/2005
Message from al-Assad to Qathafi on developments
Syria's Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara on Friday conveyed to Libyan Leader Muammar al-Qathafi a message from President Bashar al-Assad.
Syria-Libya, Politics, 3/19/2005
Syria: an investigation committee with leader of the people's army
The Syrian "all for Syria" website said that the regional leadership of the Baath party issued a decision to form an investigation committee with the leader of the people's army lt. gen. Ibrahim al-Ali over an interview with the Syrian TV in which he called for the abrogation of the Baath Party Pan Arab national leadership.
Syria, Politics, 3/19/2005
Fighting in the Somali parliament over forces re-deployment
A row took place in the Somali parliament in Nairobi after parliamentarians voted against a call made by President Abdullah Youssef calling for the deployment of peace keeping forces from the neighboring states to keep order in the country.
Somalia, Politics, 3/19/2005
An explosion to the east of Beirut
An explosion shook the eastern part of the Lebanese capital Beirut and Lebanese security sources said that seven persons were at least injured in as a result, according to preliminary findings.
Lebanon, Local, 3/19/2005
The Algerian perception of auto-determination is variable, Moroccan Ambassador
"The Algerian perception of auto-determination is variable," said Moroccan Ambassador to the UNO in Geneva, Omar Hilale, in response to a presentation of Algerian peer, Idriss jazari, who accused Morocco of denying the right to auto-determination to the Sahrawis.
Algeria-Morocco, Politics, 3/19/2005
Wind energy project to be set out in Syria
"It aims at making profits to back the national economy by promoting energy production locally and abroad as well causing a cut in oil and gas consumption in the process of generating electricity. It will build personnel to manage this operation," an expert at the ministry of electricity said.
Syria, Economics, 3/19/2005
Ethiopia willing to increase investments with Egypt
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said his country was willing to up cooperation ties with Egypt in all domains.
Egypt-Ethiopia, Economics, 3/19/2005
Seale criticizes US schemes on the middle east
British journalist Patrick Seale slammed Friday US schemes over the Middle East warning that they would not salvage America from terror risks.
Regional-USA, Politics, 3/19/2005
Polisario activists assault Swiss woman for asking disturbing questions
A Swiss woman was savagely assaulted in Geneva Friday by polisario activists after she asked questions they did not like at a meeting they held in the offices of the World Meteorological Organisation.
Morocco-Algeria, Politics, 3/19/2005
American ambassador in Ankara resigns
The American embassy in Ankara announced yesterday that ambassador Ereck Idealman resigned from his post in Turkey as well as from his missions inside the US state department.
Turkey-USA, Politics, 3/19/2005
Low cases of tuberculosis in Syria, report
A report by SANA on Friday disclosed the tuberculosis cases in Syria have dropped to 4, 708 cases in 2004 a low number due to the care paid to fight this infection, a medical expert said.
Syria, Health, 3/19/2005
Arab natural gas pipeline to Europe thru Syria
Egypt's Petroleum Minister Sameh Fahmi will post the Shura Council on the recent achievements by his ministry in oil and gas fields.
Regional-European Union, Economics, 3/19/2005
Moroccan insurances paid over $ 352 million for road accidents victims in 2003
Moroccan insurance companies paid in 2003 over MAD 3 billion as indemnities for victims of road accidents.
Morocco, Economics, 3/19/2005
British Gas sees high potentials for natural gas in Egypt
Executive Chairman of British Gas said there were high potentials for natural gas investments in Egypt.
Egypt-UK, Politics, 3/19/2005
Morocco to host international gastronomy fair
The 2nd edition of "CREMAI 2005," the international fair of pastry, bakery, catering and hotel industry, will be held in Casablanca on May 26-29, said organizers.
Morocco-Regional, Local, 3/19/2005
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Former Lebanese Minister of Environment Fares Boueiz said "Hizbullah is part and parcel of Lebanon and has its role and future in liberating the land the same as in the past."
Lebanese Defense Minister, Abdul-Rahim Murad hailed the distinguished fraternal ties linking Syria and Lebanon and the two tracks concomitance. "Syria's role in Lebanon was and is still a saver role that offered a lot of sacrifices to stop the civil war." Murda said during opening the Arab Book Exhibition yesterday at the International Lebanese University.
Tammam Sulaiman, Syria's ambassador to Australia, Thursday, blamed Israel for obstructing peace process in the region. He noted that Israel's response to the Arab peace initiative approved in Beirut Summit 2002 was committing awful massacres in the Palestinian city of Jennin "after just 24 hour from announcing the initiative" he added.
Palestinian intellectual Azmi Bishara stressed on Friday the importance of commitment to the Palestinians' legitimate rights, particularly their "right of return" home.
Lebanese al-Manar satellite TV channel has considered the European Union officials' decision to prevent the broadcast of the station on European satellite as a pure political decision because it is not based on legal basis and came in response to the continued Israeli campaign to halt the broadcast of al-Manar to the world.
Bahrain Crown Prince, Sheikh Salmane Ben Hamad Al Khalifa arrived, in Rabat Friday, on a private visit.
The Arab League headquarters in Cairo will host on Thursday the first scientific conference on the future of power linkage economies and the industry of manufacturing electric equipment and products in the Arab states. The conference will be held under the auspices of Egypt's Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif, Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa and Minister of Electricity Hassan Younis.
US President George W. Bush will meet Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at his ranch in Crawford, Texas on April 11, 2005. talks will cover a "wide range of key bilateral and regional issues, including the search for peace in the Middle East and the war on terrorism," the White House said.