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Palestine and settlers involved in secret talks
The Palestine government and Jewish settlers in the West Bank have been involved in secret talks over the past few months, with some sessions taking place in Europe.
Palestine, Politics, 12/15/1997
Jordanian ties with Iraq in trouble
Following the execution of four Jordanians by Iraq, King Hussein of Jordan continued his criticism of Iraq's President Saddam Hussein.
Jordan-Iraq, Politics, 12/15/1997
Amnesty International denounces Israeli detention policy
Canadian children from 200 schools to launch a solidarity campaign with the Lebanese children detained at al Khiam jail
Israel, International, 12/15/1997
Yemeni President for good relations with Saudi Arabia
The two countries signed in 1995 a memorandum of understanding providing for normalization of bilateral relations and border demarcation.
Yemen-Saudi Arabia, Politics, 12/15/1997
Redeployment proposals partition West Bank. Mordechai's vs Sharon
³Sharon must be dreaming if he believes that the Palestinians would even talk about the construction of the new road," said Palestinian chief negotiator Dr. Saeb Erekat
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 12/15/1997
Turkish general staff chairman arrives in Cairo today
Talks between the two sides will address enhancing the military relationship between the two countries. The Turkish general will also meet with high military officials in Egypt and visit Egyptian military establishments.
Egypt, Military, 12/15/1997
Demonstrators arrested over Aoun interview
Demonstrators on Sunday clashed with security forces after protests over the banning of a television interview.
Lebanon, Politics, 12/15/1997
10 banks set up Arab bank with $400 million capital
The bank whose capital will be $400 million for financing trade and investment operations among Arab countries, especially after signing the Free Trade Zone Agreement.
Regional, Economics, 12/15/1997
Qabbani recovered from sickness, gratitude message to Syrians
Qabbani, who was admitted to a hospital in London two months ago after a heart attack was the preoccupation of his poetry-lovers across the Arab world.
Regional, Culture, 12/15/1997
Morocco is committed to settlement plan
Sources in the UN Minoroso mission declared that since the process of registering in the voting lists began on December 3, no violations were reported which might endanger the identity determination process.
Morocco-West Sahara, Politics, 12/15/1997
Bahraini - Jordanian committee meets next month
During these meetings, the committee will sign 5 agreements to encourage and protect investments, prevent the tax duality and establish administrative cooperation in the customs sector and the maritime transportation.
Bahrain, Economics, 12/15/1997
Tunisia gets $99 million loan from European bank
$18 million will be allocated to support the privatization process of public establishments, $31 million will be dedicated for developing the railway network which connects the capital with the cities of Kabes and Safakis.
Tunisia, Economics, 12/15/1997
Economic experts call for setting up a north African market
Arab economic experts and officials called for setting up a joint north African market that would comprise Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Libya, and Mauritania instead of competition between those countries.
North Africa Region, Economics, 12/15/1997
Yemeni president visits Oman today
The talks are expected to include a Yemeni request to join the Gulf Cooperation Council, especially since the visit comes on the eve of a GCC summit in Kuwait in which Sultan Qaboos is to participate.
Yemen-Oman, Politics, 12/15/1997
Morocco signs agreement with British company for oil exploration
The Moroccan Office for Oil Investment and Researche signed an agreement with a British company, through which the latter will carry out exploration works near the southern coast within offshore areas of 12,400 square kilometers.
Morocco, Business, 12/15/1997
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UN chief weapons inspector Richard Butler said the Iraqis insisted in talks today that they would never allow inspectors access to presidential sites.
US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright canceled a short visit to Egypt today. Albright, who was scheduled to stop in Cairo en route to Europe following an African trip, will meet with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later in the week. It is uncertain if the visit will be rescheduled.
A charter flight from Tajikistan crashed on its way to Sharjah, killing 85 of the 86 people on board, Fox News reported. The plane, a Tupolev-154, went down in a desert area in clear weather, the report said. There is currently no information available about the cause of the crash.
Four days of talks in Addis Ababa between secessionists on the breakaway island of Anjouan and the Comoran government ended without an agreement, CNN reported.
Turkey has refused an invitation to an EU meeting after it was told that it would be decades before it would win membership, Voice of America reported.
Iranian President Mohammed Khatami praised the US people and proposed a "thoughtful dialogue" bypassing the US government.
Foreign Minister Amr Moussa will leave next Wednesday for Berlin, Germany to deliver a speech before the German Press Club, then he will travel directly to Copenhaven to participate in a European security conference.
Seven Iraqi diplomats, expelled by Jordan over the execution of four Jordanians in Iraq who were accused of smuggling, will leave the country on Wednesday, Jordan Times reported.
In presidential elections in Mauritania last Friday, incumbent Maaouya Ould Sid Ahmed Taya won more than 90% of the vote, CNN reported.
Chief UN weapons inspector Richard Butler, who is meeting today with Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz, said progress is being made saying, "we will show the necessary respect for certain sites". Adding "we've got to get rid of those weapons and then the oil embargo sanctions will go"
The Israeli army said it was demolishing the homes of four suicide bombers in the Palestinian village of Assira Ash-Shamaliya, Nando Times reported.
UAE President Sheikh Zayed urged Iran to leave three disputed Gulf islands in his speech at the opening of the UAE parliament session, Bahrain Tribune reported.