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Iraq standing firm
Despite offers by the UN to stop U2 surveillance flights over Iraq until next Monday, Iraq has not shown any signs of resending its decision that prevents UN inspectors from doing their job, so long as they have Americans as members of the team.
Iraq, International, 11/5/1997
Libya won't extradite Lockerbie suspects, AL says
Dr. Abdel Meguid, the head of the Arab League, said yesterday that Libya would never extradite two of its citizens to Britain or the United States
Libya, Politics, 11/5/1997
Netanyahu's wife sees leftist threat to his life
Sara Netanyahu, accused left-wing opposition leaders of inciting violence against her husband ahead of the second anniversary of the assassination of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
Israel, Politics, 11/5/1997
Arresting Islamic students demonstrating at Casablanca University
The first confrontation started days ago when the students protested against the shortage of means of transportation.
Morocco, Education, 11/5/1997
Moroccan minister of interior: no Islamic movements in legislative election
Basry said that the government does not care about the religious persuasions of the candidates, but it cares about their political persuasions.
Morocco, Politics, 11/5/1997
Libyan oil pipeline on the way to Egypt
The 622 kilometer pipeline will have a capacity of 2 million barrels a year.
Egypt-Libya, Economics, 11/5/1997
Opposition freeze participation and challenge orders
6 opposition parties stated that they will form a coordination committee which will follow what they called "forging" the election.
Algeria, Politics, 11/5/1997
Religious dialogue between Grand Imam and Vatican
The Vatican Inter-religions Dialogue Authority recently sent a message of appreciation to the Grand Imam of Al Azhar mosque, Sheikh Mohammed Sayed Tantawi, for setting up an inter-religious dialogue committee.
Regional, Religion, 11/5/1997
Sharon: a bulldozer without an engine
At the end of a six-year long libel suit, the court judge found that Sharon had deceived ex-prime minister Menahem Begin and the cabinet and had given them false reports on casualties in the Lebanon War during the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon.
Israel, Analysis, 11/5/1997
Egyptian opposition criticizes Israel's decision on war files
The Head of the Egyptian Wafd Party criticized Israeli practices after the Israeli government stopped its investigation into the massacres of the Egyptian prisoners of war by Israeli generals during the 1956 and 1967 Wars.
Egypt, Politics, 11/5/1997
Tests show American journalist was drunk at time of death
Preliminary blood tests have shown that an American journalist whose body was found in Beirut Sunday was drunk at the time he took the fatal fall from a high walkway on Beirut's Raoushe district.
Lebanon, Local, 11/5/1997
Moroccan-Algerian relations improve despite obstacles
In spite of the fact that the borders between Morocco and Algeria are closed and in spite of the Moroccan reactions towards the military exercises by the Algerian army some weeks ago in the West of Algeria
Morocco-Algeria, Politics, 11/5/1997
A good or bad habit?
Americans speak English, French speak French and Lebanese speak Arabic. You think it's obvious? Well don't. It's not even absolutely true.
Lebanon, Short Essay, 11/5/1997
Blind girl orchestra
An Egyptian orchestra of blind girls, the one and only of its kind in the world, has achieved international fame, performing across the world and clinching many prestigious awards.
Egypt, Entertainment, 11/5/1997
Egypt wants permanent seat in Atomic Agency
Abaza stated that Egypt had finished erecting the experimental nuclear reactor in Inshas whose operation will start beginning of next year for peace purposes in the fields of petrol, food, and medical equipments.
Egypt, Economics, 11/5/1997
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As expected, the US went ahead with trade sanctions against Sudan yesterday, Fox News reported. The ban is near-total, with the important exception of gum arabic, and Sudanese government assets in the US will be frozen, according to the report.
Sudan People's Liberation Army negotiators want a referendum on self-determination for the south, according to a Nando Times report. The demand was presented at peace negotiations underway in Kenya.
After experiencing engine trouble, plane transporting Yasser Arafat to Gabon had to make an emergency landing in Cairo yesterday, the Nando Times reported.
Four German men were implicated in illegally selling scud missile equipment to Iraq, the London Times reported.
Main Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said that there was no progress made yet during the second day of US-sponsored peace talks with Israel, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report.
A December 15 deadline was set by the Kuwaiti government for illegal aliens to leave the country, according to a Bahrain Tribune report.
Kuwait's defense minister said the idea of a unified Gulf army will be discussed at an upcoming GCC summit in Kuwait next month, the Gulf News reported.
Despite a low turnout of just under 55%, supporters of King Hussein were the big winners in parliamentary elections, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report. The elections were boycotted by the main opposition party over what is seen as diminishing power in the parliament.
Even as peace negotiations are underway in Washington D.C., the Israeli Housing Ministry confirmed yesterday that it will proceed with a 1,000-home settlement in Har Homa, the Los Angeles Times reported.
A defense attorney for New York City World Trade Center bombing suspect Ramzi Yousef said that his client was framed by overeager US federal agents, according to a Los Angeles Times report.