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Balloting complete in Algeria
Voting took place yesterday in Algeria under heightened security, in the first local elections since the government canceled a 1992 vote.
Algeria, Politics, 10/24/1997
Algerian Hamas Movement accusations of terrorism are baseless
The leader of the Algerian Hamas Movement, Sheikh Mahfouz Nehnah, stated that his movement is very keen on preserving Algeria's institutions which requires everybody's help. He added that the accusations that security forces are involved in terrorist acts are baseless.
Algeria, Politics, 10/24/1997
Lebanese citizens banned from entering Qatar?
Diplomats at the Lebanese Foreign Ministry on Thursday denied receiving official word on measures reportedly taken by Qatari officials banning Lebanese passport holders from entering Qatar.
Lebanon, Politics, 10/24/1997
North African countries prefer security cooperation with Europe
Diplomatic sources in North Africa said that the North African countries prefer the bilateral formula in the field of security cooperation with the European countries instead of the European-Middle Eastern cooperation
North Africa Region, Politics, 10/24/1997
US fails to further choke Iraq as latter calls on Saudis' help
The US and Britain pushed for but failed to win the support required for new sanctions, so a watered down version was adopted, threatening to prevent travel of some Iraqi officials.
Iraq-Saudi Arabia, Judicial, 10/24/1997
Sudan to enforce army conscription
The campaign kicked off on Sunday when road blocks were up in at least three states to catch men who hadn't performed compulsory service.
Sudan, Military, 10/24/1997
Electrified border between Iraq and Kuwait
"More than 94 miles of border barbed wire has been electrified. This a measure to stop infiltration," Kuwait Interior Ministry spokesman Colonel Badr Saleh said.
Kuwait-Iraq, Military, 10/24/1997
125 American fighting planes in Bright Star training
The main phase of the Bright Star Military Training '97 will start tomorrow in which 210 Egyptian fighter planes will participate in addition to 125 US fighter planes, 21 French, 10 Italian, and 6 British planes.
Egypt, Military, 10/24/1997
A festival to celebrate end of Sphinx restoration
The final phase of restoration which have started 10 years ago are being finished in which modern technology was used to restore the statue to its previous condition when it was built by the Pharaohs.
Egypt, History, 10/24/1997
Murr: no early presidential elections
The declaration came after his meeting with president Elias Hrawi in Baabda, following a one-day trip to Damascus where he met with the vice president Abdel-Halim Khaddam and several Syrian officials.
Lebanon, Politics, 10/24/1997
Better civil aviation guidelines and tourism
The council entrusted a working team grouping Kuwait, Egypt and Saudi Arabia with examining problems delaying the issuance of unified Arab traffic guidelines.
Regional, Economics, 10/24/1997
Oman to host economic conference
The aim of the conference is to provide delegations with the opportunity to meet with leaders from business, government and academia in order to discuss a whole range of economic global issues that will have impact on the economies of the Gulf region.
Oman, Economics, 10/24/1997
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Reports indicate that President Liamine Zeroual's National Democratic Rally was the big winner in yesterday's local elections, taking over half the available seats, according to a Fox News report.
A Pentagon internal investigation found that documents which may have had information about US troop exposure to chemical weapons in the Gulf War were not deliberately destroyed, Voice of America reported. Many soldiers who served in the Gulf War suffer from "Gulf War Syndrome," which may be related to exposure to chemicals.
Some imports of fruit and vegetables from Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria will be allowed duty-free into Oman next month, CNN reported
A ceasefire has broken down after six days and fighting has resumed between rival Kurdish factions in northern Iraq, according to a Voice of America report.
Defying the US and others by visiting Libya, South Africa's Nelson Mandela called on the UN to lift its sanctions against Libya, saying they are hurting the people.
The Lebanese actual public debt decreased by about 75 billion liras ($48 million). Its amount reached 23,441 billion liras at the end of August 1997 compared to 23,516 billion liras by the end of last July.
The annual conference of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Orgnization yesterday unanimonsly elected Egyptian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Dr. Mofid Shehab as deputy-chairman of the conference which started yesterday. Dr. Shehab earlier yesterday chaired a meeting of Arab ministers of education participating in the convention, Al Ahrar daily said today.
The Jordan's interim information minister Nasser al Lawzi told the Jordanian press agency, Petra, that Israel will free about 50 Palestinian prisoners soon and they will be allowed back into the Palestinian territories.
Kuwaiti minister of Social affairs and labor Ahmmad Kulaib traveled to Tehran on an official visit extended by Iranian counterpart Houssein Kamali. Kulaib hoped that Iran and Kuwait could work on their labor relations due to some
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) planning ministers discussed on October 23 a Kuwaiti proposal concerning a long-term development plan covering the year 2000 to 2025.
The biennial Saudi health care 97 was opened On October 23 at Jeddah International Exhibition Center.