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Jordan to participate in Mena
Various workshops will discuss the role of governments in creating a favorable climate for trade, incentive programs to set up industries in the region, national strategies for making domestic products more competitive in world markets and economic policies needed to increase trade exchange between the region's states.
Regional, Politics, 10/21/1997
Attack against house of Jordanian diplomats in Ramat Gan
Jordanian newspapers widely reported the case of an attack against the house of a Jordanian diplomat in Israel who was kept under siege for five hours without any interference from the Israeli police last Sunday.
Jordan, Politics, 10/21/1997
Arafat insists on Israeli troop redeployment in talks with Ross
Arafat presented to Ross a political document including Palestinian ideas for resuming the peace process with an emphasis on three major principles that include the cessation of all unilateral actions, implementation of the two phases of troop redeployment and the implementation of all the outstanding clauses of the interim agreements.
Palestine, Politics, 10/21/1997
Israel hits Naameh again
Israeli warplanes attacked Palestinian guerrilla bases near Beirut on Monday, the second such attack in three days, security sources said.
Lebanon, Military, 10/21/1997
Egypt rejects additional sanctions on Iraq
In a press statement following the meeting with the British ambassador today, Sayed Qassem stated that though Egypt is keen on Iraq's abiding by the UN resolutions but it is also keen on ending the suffering of the Iraq people.
Egypt, Politics, 10/21/1997
Father burns daughter
A farmer in Qena upper Egypt to burning his unmarried 17-year-old daughter to death after finding out she was three months pregnant, a police source said.
Egypt, Local, 10/21/1997
Libya requests Washington not to interfere in International Court of Justice
Libya said that the US should leave the ICJ to carry out its work in peace in order to issue its ruling according to its own just laws, and that it should not be under the influence of any party involved in the crisis.
Libya, Politics, 10/21/1997
Qatar is very optimistic about Mena
"Taking part in the conference would not hurt but would greatly help since the world will come to realize that Arab countries are still seeking to achieve peace while the opposite party is seeking to destroy the level of peace already achieved," the Qatari Foreign Minister said.
Qatar, Economics, 10/21/1997
Water cannons used to disperse Chinese strikers
Kuwaiti special forces used water cannon to disperse hundreds of Chinese construction workers who grouped in a strike for the second time to demand payment of their delayed salaries.
Kuwait, Politics, 10/21/1997
Middle East-European seminar postponed because of Israeli participation
Representatives of the European Commission and the European Investment Bank were supposed to attend to discuss the potentials of industrial cooperation between the member countries.
Morocco, Politics, 10/21/1997
Arab-Iranian relations improve in spite of problems
Iran has many differences with some of the Arab countries, especially the UAE as Iran occupies 3 Emirates isles; Smaller Tenb, Greater Tenb and Abu Mousse.
Regional, Politics, 10/21/1997
Palestinian brothers killed in Beirut
Unidentified gunmen armed with silencer-equipped pistols shot and killed a relative of Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal on Monday and wounded his brother when the two stopped at a Beirut intersection.
Lebanon, Local, 10/21/1997
12 hours leave for murderer of Arab workers
Ami Popper, the Israeli right wing activist who shot dead 7 Arab workers and injured ten others on 20 May 1990, was accorded a 12 hour leave from his prison, where he is serving seven life sentences for his crime.
Palestine, Local, 10/21/1997
New 4 tombs in Giza, Egypt
Egypt will open to tourists next month four tombs that lay under a mound of sand near the Great pyramids of Giza for 4,600 years until they were discovered in the 1930s.
Egypt, History, 10/21/1997
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Iraq's first census for a decade, carried out last Thursday, showed the country's population has risen sharply to over 22 million, the official Iraq news agency INA reported.