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Arab states want sanctions on Libya, Sudan, and Iraq off
At the conclusion of the 8th Arab Parliamentary Conference being held in Libya the heads of the parliamentary delegations condemned all shapes and aspects of terrorism and violence.
Libya, Economics, 12/18/1997
American consulate in Beirut to be reopened
The consulate, which was closed down in 1984, would initially provide services only for American citizens in Lebanon, including passport renewals, birth certificates and other documentation.
Lebanon, International, 12/18/1997
Background for talks in Paris and London
The Palestinian cabinet communique strongly attacked Israel's so-called map of security interests and insisted that the Jordan River and the Jordan Valley are an integral part of the Palestinian borders
Palestine-Israel, International, 12/18/1997
Moroccan Party of Independence requests disbanding of parliament
The Moroccan opposition Party of Independence requested for the recently elected parliament to be disbanded and for a new election to be held.
Morocco, Politics, 12/18/1997
Algerian Hamas conference postponed
The postponment of the Algerian Peaceful Society Movement conference to an indefinite date was due to the numerous differences among those who support and those who oppose the party's current leaders.
Algeria, Politics, 12/18/1997
Israel and Turkey vow to boost ties
Israel and Turkey pledged to deepen what Israel called their "strategic cooperation" despite strong criticism raised at a meeting of Islamic countries in Iran.
Israel-Turkey, Military, 12/18/1997
Mubarak for united Syrian - Lebanese stances
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak called upon the Lebanese to exert more efforts in order to restore the key role played by Lebanon in the Arab arena.
Egypt, Politics, 12/18/1997
Intensive security procedures in Kuwait for Gulf Summit
Among the security procedures the Kuwaiti Ministry of Interiors decided to stop vacations during the summit for all those who work in the police departments. Also the security personal intensified spot inspections in the streets.
Kuwait, Politics, 12/18/1997
Saharan chiefs accuse Polisario front of obstructing committee works
They said that the Polisario's observers are obstructing the works of the committee and attempting to list people who are not of Saharan origin.
Morocco-West Sahara, Politics, 12/18/1997
Saudi diplomat found Murdered in Kazakhatan
A Saudi diplomat identified as Ahmed Ouad Al-Sawy has been murdered in his apartment in Khazakhan having been stabbed 13 times.
Saudi Arabia, People, 12/18/1997
SLA militiaman killed, two guerrillas wounded in south
A South Lebanon Army militiaman was killed and another wounded Thursday when guerrillas set off a roadside bomb near their patrol in south Lebanon, security sources said.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 12/18/1997
Kuwait fears a civil war might break out in Iraq
Saud al-Nasir Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti minister of information, expressed his fear that a civil war that might break out in Iraq due to changes in the government which would lead to intervention from neighboring countries.
Kuwait-Iraq, Politics, 12/18/1997
Farrakhan meets Al-Azhar Imam in Cairo
He went on to say that Islam is the religion of tolerance which does not discriminate between blacks and the whites
Egypt, Religion, 12/18/1997
Ahmed Bin Said: Privatizing UAE aviation sector is good
The director of the Civil Aviation Department in Dubai said the group is expected to achieve record profits in the current year, exceeding $76 million as a result of rapid growth in the aviation sector.
United Arab Emirates, Business, 12/18/1997
Sudanese foreign minister calls for a strong Egyptian role in Sudan
Suliman urged that a planned round of negotiations with rebels in the South be canceled because he said some countries involved in the talks were no longer neutral go-betweens.
Sudan-Egypt, Politics, 12/18/1997
Joint Arab - European Chambers of Commerce meet in Damascus
The meeting aimed at reactivating economic relations with Europe through the promotion of investment in the creation of a center for Arab exports, the organization of delegations and seminars on investment and the creation of an Arab - European surveillance company.
Regional, Economics, 12/18/1997
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The twentieth conference of the Arab Writers General Federation (AWGF) and men of letters opens today at Damascus University. Delegations representing the associations and unions of Arab writers and men of letters are taking part. The four-day conference will discuss topics concerning Arab intellectuals.
Chief UN weapons inspector Richard Butler is briefing the UN Security Council on his visit to Iraq, during which Iraq reaffirmed denial of inspector access to presidential sites, saying the issue was manufactured recently.
The trial of seven Qatari men accused of leaking military information to an opposition group in exile was postponed for a week, Gulf Times reported.
14,000 turned out for a celebration of Bahrain's National Day yesterday, Bahrain Tribune reported.
Former Israeli Mossad agent Yehuda Gil denied that he had passed on false information about Syrian troop movements, Haaretz reported.
Jordan's King Hussein expressed hope that his country's ties with Iraq would improve, Jordan Times reported. Jordan expelled seven Iraqi diplomats and withdrew an envoy to Baghdad after the execution of four Jordanians in Iraq for smuggling.