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GCC summit: focus on security, relations with Iran
Oman's Foreign Affairs Minister said the GCC summit is convened amid key regional and international changes, especially the deadlocked Middle East peace process, the new drives and positive overtures of the Iranian policy, the Iraqi situation and the proposal for a united Arab Gulf army.
Gulf, Politics, 12/22/1997
Intifada: recollections from the past
People still remember how, on the first day of the Palestinian uprising, they pelted the Israeli posts with stones and how soldiers taken by surprise sought refuge inside the compound as they had no clue how to absorb such an angry crowd.
Palestine-Israel, History, 12/22/1997
Bahrain expresses hopes for enhanced relationship with Qatar
Sheikh Isa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa, the Amir of Bahrain, called for convening an Arab summit to enhance solidarity for the good of all Arab states, including Iraq which is passing through difficult circumstances
Bahrain-Qatar, Politics, 12/22/1997
Anti-Israeli operations escalate in South Lebanon
In the course of the Israeli sea blockade, two Israeli battleships were seen anchored off al-Ameriyeh near Tyre, while Israeli gunboats roamed the coast.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 12/22/1997
20 parties compete for 96 seats in Algeria
552 candidates applied to participate in the election of the Algerian Nation's Council ( the parliament ) which is due to be held through indirect balloting on Dec. 25
Algeria, Politics, 12/22/1997
Netanyahu's statements on West Bank denounced
Arab League Secretary-General Dr. Esmat Abdel Meguid on Sunday denounced statements made by Israeli Premier Netanyahu that the West Bank is an integral part of Israel, describing them as "a new circle of the Israeli intransigence."
Israel, International, 12/22/1997
President Assad reviews peace development with Qian
Syrian Prime Minister al-Zou'bi discussed with Qian trade and economic cooperation relations between the two countries and means of bolstering them in all fields.
Syria, Politics, 12/22/1997
Hamas criticizes Netanyahu statements on West Bank
In a statement he made yesterday Hamas spokesman Ibrahim Ghoseh said that Netanyahu's statements reflect the ideological conviction of the Likud party.
Palestine, Politics, 12/22/1997
Saharan chiefs accuse Morocco of obstructing registration
The Tribal chiefs in Western Sahara informed the Moroccan Minister of Interior Idris Al Basry that some persons are being registered as of Saharan origin while they are not from the Western Sahara
Morocco-West Sahara, Politics, 12/22/1997
Lebanese enjoy reunion
Over the past two days people in south Lebanon have had moments of joy and happiness merged with tears when citizens from the occupied town of Jezzine and towns and villages of liberated Eastern Sidon met at Kfar Falous crossing.
Lebanon, Local, 12/22/1997
Tunisia and Spain, other European countries
The upcoming period is expected to witness remarkable activities in the Tunisian-Spanish relations on the one hand, and in the relations between Tunisia and the European Union on the other hand
Tunisia, International, 12/22/1997
Sudanese foreign minister expected in Egypt soon
The sources added that the official would prepare for an expected visit to Cairo by Sudan's president Omar Bashir.
Sudan-Egypt, Politics, 12/22/1997
American commercial chamber holds conference about investment in Egypt
The American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt will hold an international conference for investment next February in order to increase foreign investment in Egypt
Egypt, Economics, 12/22/1997
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Jordan raised the amount that Arabs must invest in the state in order to be granted citizenship, Jordan Times reported.
A study on privatizing the Sultanate's telecommunications is ready for consideration by the Omani cabinet, CNN reported.
Iran's foreign minister is traveling to the UAE to discuss the status of three disputed Gulf islands, Gulf Times reported.
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat met Saturday with a pro-peace Israeli religious group, Haaretz reported.
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Hearings have begun for six Egyptian police officers for negligence in last month's terrorist attack in Luxor, CNN reported.
Two bombs exploded near Algiers killing eight and injured four Algerians, Bahrain Tribune reported.
Palestinian President Arafat responded angrily to a statement by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu that the West Bank was part of Israel proper, the London Times reported.
The leader of the opposition Sons of Yemen League asked Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to punish officials who ordered the arrest of several activists who were freed last week, CNN reported.
Saplings presented by Dr. Bashar al-Assad, son of President Assad were delivered on Sunday to Lebanese youths of the northern Bekaa by Lebanese parliamentarian Marwan Fares, who said, addressing the youth: "These saplings will change the area's arid face whose trees were cut down by Ottoman Turks."
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