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Mahmoud Darwish criticizes Palestinian writers
Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, who described the controversies over the Palestinian Literary Awards as proof that the cultural sector is sick with coercive and totalitarian tendencies.
Palestine, Culture, 12/13/1997
Barazani maintains dialogue with Baghdad
In a statement to the Turkish Daily News, the Kurdish Democratic Party leader said that Baghdad is the center of the Iraqi government and in the end "the place where our problems will be solved."
Iraq, Politics, 12/13/1997
SLA releases two detainees from Khiam prison
Omar Ahmed and Shawki Nasrallah were taken by the International Committee of the Red Cross from the prison to the Hammoud hospital in Sidon. Hospital officials said they were suffering from poor health conditions
Lebanon, Politics, 12/13/1997
Post election: protests against results and infighting within opposition parties
the implications of the recent election are still continuing to affect political life in Morocco as it did not only lead to many protests against its results but it also to many internal struggles within the opposition parties
Morocco, Politics, 12/13/1997
Netanyahu's wife even more controversial, reports says
If an international prize for scandalous politicians were to be accorded, it would go to none other than Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose 18 months of rule in Israel have been full of scandals and affairs that would have wrecked any other politician's carrier
Israel, Analysis, 12/13/1997
Combating desertification in the Syrian steppe
The Syrian steppe occupies an area of about 16 million hectares, representing 55% of the country. Due to the relatively high average rainfall, the steppe is known as one of the best grazing areas in the Arab world.
Syria, Science, 12/13/1997
Government bans Aoun interview
Information Minister Bassem Sabee has requested a local television station planning a live interview with ex-army commander General Michel Aoun to cancel the show.
Lebanon, Politics, 12/13/1997
UAE parliament starts new session next Sunday
Sheikh Zayed will deliver a keynote statement marking the council's inauguration in which he'll tackle local Arabs international issues as well as the UAE's regional and international polices.
United Arab Emirates, Politics, 12/13/1997
Algeria puts 300 public establishments up for sale
Despite the wave of violence which it is currently witnessing, Algeria has managed to overcome its financial dilemma as a result of the practical procedures adopted by the Algerian authorities in the economic and financial fields.
Algeria, Economics, 12/13/1997
Extensive plan to reform Tunisian banking system
There is a movement in Tunisia advocating carrying out an extensive reform plan in the national banking system in order to cope with the changes resulting from comprehensive integration with the European Union.
Tunisia, Economics, 12/13/1997
19 investment projects discussed.
Government officials and businessmen from the Gulf Cooperation Council's member states ended a two-day meeting in Muscat on investment opportunities in Oman.
Oman, Economics, 12/13/1997
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The US government told the families of US airmen killed in the bombing of military barracks in Saudi Arabia, that they have not identified the bombers, the New York Times reported.
Jordan's King Hussein has called Iraq's execution of four Jordanian citizens accused of smuggling a "heinous crime," Jordan Times reported.
An envoy from the UN will make a six-day visit to libya to assess the impact of Security Council economic sanctions there, CNN reported.
Israel closed a Palestinian theater for one day to prevent members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine from gathering for a rally there, CNN reported.
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat said he welcomed US pressure on Israel after meeting with US envoy Martin Indyk, Nando Times reported.
Two police officers were killed when suspected Islamic militants attacked a patrol in southern Egypt, Fox News reported.
Chief UN weapons inspector Richard Butler said that UN weapons inspectors should be able to search anywhere in Iraq, Jordan Times reported. Public statements by Iraqi officials declared that unacceptable.