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Action needed not talk says Palestinians to US
Abdul Rahman called on the US Administration to translate its announced positions on Jewish settlements into action. Meanwhile, reforms are expected to address cases of corruption and misuse of power that the PNA had lately admitted they exist within its rank and file.
Palestine-Israel, International, 10/23/1997
Harel: Israel cannot fight against guerrillas
"We have to put all the responsibility on what is happening on our northern border onto the government of Lebanon. Israel cannot fight against guerrillas, but it can confront states and governments. By being in south Lebanon, we remove the responsibility from the government of Lebanon," MK Yahuda Harel said.
Lebanon, Analysis, 10/23/1997
Kahalani: We will intervene will full force
Israeli Police Minister Avigdor Kahalani said he will give instructions to his forces to destroy the building that Islamic Waqf intends to build near the Dung Gate in the Al Aqsa Mosque plaza.
Palestine-Israel, Religion, 10/23/1997
New raid on homosexuals in Qatar
Twenty Filipinos suspected of engaging in homosecual acts have been recently deported from Qatar, according to the Filipino Embassy in Doha.
Qatar, Culture, 10/23/1997
Iraq calls on Turkey to join water talks
Iraq and Syria would be ready to make a tripartite agreement dividing Euphrates and Tigris waters between the three countries, only Turkey has yet to show its good-will.
Iraq-Syria, Politics, 10/23/1997
Oman: a global pacesetter in human development
The Sultanate of Oman has been singled out as "a global pace-settler in human development" in the 1997 human development report published by the United Nations Development Program.
Oman, Culture, 10/23/1997
Reactions to Hrawi's call for early election
President Elias Hrawi is ready to drop the call he made for early presidential elections, reported former Prime Minister Saeb Salam after his meeting with Hrawi in Baabda yesterday.
Lebanon, Politics, 10/23/1997
Egypt and Morocco still undecided about Mena
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak declared that he would only decide at the last minute whether Egypt would take part in the Middle East and North Africa economic conference due to be held in Doha next month.
Regional, Politics, 10/23/1997
Masri: I will not go to Mena summit
Masri said that Israeli settlement activities are still going on and said that the conference in Doha has slim chances of success because political issues are more important and need to be addressed before any talk on economic cooperation.
Palestine, Local, 10/23/1997
Israeli air raids on guerrilla bases after two soldiers wounded
Within 20 minutes, Israeli jets fired at least six air-to-surface missiles at positions of the Hizbullah group on a mountainous area in Iqlim al-Tuffah, or Apple Province, an area facing an Israeli-occupied enclave in southern Lebanon, the sources said.
Lebanon, Military, 10/23/1997
UAE allows foreign investors to own 40% of Al Tawila station
The Electricity and Water Committee in Abu Dhabi finished its study to select the companies that will compete to build Al Tawila Station, which is the first private sector project in the field of generating electricity to be carried out by foreign investors.
United Arab Emirates, Business, 10/23/1997
An American company will run first fund in Jordanian dinars
The director of the Jordanian Bank of Housing which announced the public subscriptions in the fund after it was registered in Bahrain, said that the fund will focus its operations in the Jordanian Stock Market.
Jordan, Business, 10/23/1997
Qatar says Israel is undermining peace but wants Arabs to attend Mena
Al Thani expressed his hope that progress would be achieved in the peace process, which will increase the MENA Conference's chances of success.
Qatar, Politics, 10/23/1997
Jordan announced its official delegation to MENA
Jordan will submit many projects to investors in the conference in many fields including transferring the Al Aqaba port into a free port, and setting up an international conference hall in Amman.
Jordan, Politics, 10/23/1997
Palestinian Authority to coordinate peace process with Syria?
A senior Palestinian negotiator said yesterday that the PLO did object to coordinating its peace moves with other Arab states, including Syria, but only the PLO could negotiate for Palestinians.
Regional-Syria, Politics, 10/23/1997
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Bahrain has been elected as a member in the Executive Committee of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) for Asia.
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Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Dr. Mohamed Sayed Tantawi, Mufti of the republic Dr. Nasr Wasel, and Al Azhar University's Dean Dr. Ahmed Omar Hashem, headed mourners taking part in a funeral procession for Bishop Samuel Habib, head of the Egyptian Anglican Church who died in the US ten days ago. The mourners also included the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in Egypt. Rosal Youssef weekly magazine said today October 23.
The UN Security Council will vote later today on a compromise over new sanctions on Iraq, according to the Voice of America. The US originally wanted immediate sanctions on travel by Iraqi officials because of a recent report that Iraq had obstructed UN arms inspectors.
Claiming to want to stop attacks originating from inside Iraq, the Turkish military has created a buffer zone, to last for an unspecified length of time, according to a Fox News report
Confrontations between government security forces and Yemeni tribesmen and farmers over a hike in diesel fuel prices resulted in the deaths of at least three people, CNN reported.
Argentina's President Carlos Menem is due to visit Cairo this December for talks with President Hosni Mubarak on world and regional issues of mutual interest and bilateral cooperation, especially in trade, economy and energy. "The visit reflects Argentina's interest in boosting ties with Egypt," said the Argentine ambassador to Cairo yesterday, Al Wafd daily said today.
A delegation of the Tunisian People's Unity Party, headed by the secretary general of the party Mr. Mohammed Belhaj Omar, visited on October 22 Aleppo University at the end of the current tour of the city.
The people's assembly (PA) convened on October 22 under the chairmanship of its speaker, Abdul Qader Qaddoura and in the presence of Finance Minister Mohammed Al Mahayni and State Minister for PA Affairs Nabil al Malah.
On October 30, Samir Geagea will be interrogated about the 1987 assassination of Prime Minister Rashid Karami, according to the Daily Star. Maj Khalil Matar will also be questioned about the killing.