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UN weapons inspectors to return to Iraq
Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz said Russia showed "understanding" toward Iraqi concerns, and the Russians had "promised that they would do their best... in order to correct the wrong situation."
Iraq, Politics, 11/20/1997
Shooting attack renews battle over Jerusalem
The approximately 400 Israeli policemen on guard in the Old City of Jerusalem and private bodyguards from security companies did not prevent a shooting incident nor did they deter the perpetrators from opening fire with their AK-47 Kalashnikov automatic rifles on two Jewish settlers around midnight Wednesday.
Palestine, International, 11/20/1997
Iran's Kharazi voices support for Syria, warns Israel
Kharazi called upon the Islamic states to unify their ranks in all fields, adding that the next Islamic Summit -- which will be held in Teheran in December -- will be the summit of solidarity.
Regional, Politics, 11/20/1997
King Hussein to Netanyahu: You destroyed everything
According to Jordanian sources, following King Husseinıs meeting with US President Bill Clinton last week, the latter authorized King Hussein to transmit a harsh message including a demand that Israel take ³positive² action in favor of the Palestinians by December 23.
Jordan-Israel, Politics, 11/20/1997
Saudi Arabia needs loan for civil planes
Saudi banking sources announced last week that the kingdom decided to ask for a loan from foreign banks to finance buying new planes for its airline company.
Saudi Arabia, Business, 11/20/1997
American secretary of state stops in Cairo
Madeleine Albright, the American secretary of state, stopped tonight to meet with her Egyptian counterpart, Amr Moussa, at Cairo airport, where they discussed bilateral relations.
Egypt, Politics, 11/20/1997
Study finds holy site for Jews is Muslim
The western wall of the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, known as Al Buraq wall in Islam and the Wailing Wall for Jews, is a property of the Muslim Waqf and not the State of Israel, new legal research by Dr. Shmuel Berkovich of Jerusalem revealed lately.
Palestine, Religion, 11/20/1997
New Palestinian census causes clash over Jerusalum
Israel has announced it would prevent the Palestinians from conducting the census in East Jerusalem because it undermines its own "sovereignty"
Palestine, Politics, 11/20/1997
Amnesty International: Terrorist actions increase in Algeria
The report includes an implied charge about the Algerian government participation in the slaughters that recently happened in Algeria.
Algeria, Politics, 11/20/1997
Amr Moussa warns Israel not to get involved in Iraqi crisis
Moussa refused to comment on the Qatari foreign minister's accusation directed at Egypt, saying, "I won't comment on the insult. We'll handle the situation."
Egypt, Politics, 11/20/1997
King Fahd discusses bilateral relations with Mandela
Saudi Arabia's King Fahd has discussed with South African President Nelson Mandela means of strengthening bilateral relations and global development.
Saudi Arabia, Politics, 11/20/1997
Hariri and Berri agree on austerity measures
Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and Speaker Nabih Berri agreed on long-term austerity measures during their second meeting.
Lebanon, Politics, 11/20/1997
Libyan-Egyptian talks about oil
These talks concentrate on establishing 2 pipelines -- one to transferee the pure oil from Libya to refineries in Alexandria to be used in the service stations established by Libya in Egypt and another to transfer Egyptian natural gas to Libya.
Egypt-Libya, Economics, 11/20/1997
An international conference to study Arab Economic Union
300 intellectuals and scientists from 20 countries are to attend the international conference for the common Arab market and the future of the Arab economy, organized by Asyut University.
Regional, Economics, 11/20/1997
Emirates: new stock market in the beginning of the next year
Financial sources in the United Arab Emirates affirmed the government's intention to establish an authority to take charge in establishing a stock market and another market for goods in 1998.
United Arab Emirates, Economics, 11/20/1997
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Palestinian policeman Moussa Mustafa was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison by an Israeli court for abducting and torturing a suspected Arab informant for Israel, CNN reported.
Dubai police are to set up a special unit to study terrorists and their tactics, Gulf News reported.
Sultan Qaboos has declared 1998 the "Year of the Private Sector" in Oman to encourage the private sector's development, Khaeej Times reported.
President Mubarak denied the Egyptian government's involvement in a 1994 Qatari coup attempt, Jordan Times reported.
Sudanese Justice Minister Abdul Basit Sabdarat said that 109 Algerians have been executed for criminal acts since the current regime took power in 1989, according to a Bahrain Tribune report.
Omani Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Yusuf Bin Alawi Bin Abdallah, commenting on Iran-GCC relations, said, "This Island dispute between UAE and Iran should be settled peacefully in view of the joint interests binding both countries." The UAE and Iran both claim possession of three Gulf islands, which have been a source of friction between the two nations.
Iraq's ambassador to the UN, Nizar Hamdoun delivered a letter to the UN which he said, "Iraq invites the UNSCOM back to resume its work." The teams will include Americans, he said. The weapons inspection teams had been waiting for official word that they would be allowed back without preconditions. Hamdoun credited the Russians for their role in negotiations and said that Iraq hopes the Russian plan "will lead us to the closure of the files."
US diplomats in Yemen said that American Steve Carpenter, who was taken hostage there last month, is in good shape, CNN reported. Carpenter was reportedly working for an oil company in Yemen when he was kidnapped. Trbesmen in Yemen often kidnap foreigners to use as leverage in negotiations with the government.