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Updated: Israel's Mossad suffers a major blow by Hizbullah agent
The sources added that al-Zein was exposed to brutal interrogation, which made him pretend to collaborate with Israeli intelligence. He was later assigned security missions, during which he could contact Hizbullah cells.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 12/30/1997
Egyptian cinematographers bring medicine to Iraqi children
Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahin and actor Khaled al- Nabawi arrived in Baghdad on Sunday leading an Egyptian delegation with humanitarian aid for Iraqi children.
Iraq-Egypt, International, 12/30/1997
Lockerbie lawyer calls on UN's Annan for help
The lawyer of the Libyan defendants in the Lockerbie case Ibrahim Al Ghawil called on the UN secretary general Kofi Annan to study a proposal which suggests holding their trial in Lahai according to Scottish law.
Libya, Judicial, 12/30/1997
Arafat for international observers, will reshuffle cabinet in late January
Arafat's special advisor Marwan Kanafani who was quoted as saying that Arafat had accepted the resignation of his cabinet. The source said Kanafani was not authorized to issue the statement on behalf of President Arafat. A cabinet reshuffle, however, is expected late in January
Palestine, Politics, 12/30/1997
Jordan - Iraq oil agreement
"Iraq will provide Jordan with an increased amount of oil and oil products by 7% during 1998.Thus Jordan will import 4.8 million tons of Iraqi oil at reduced prices; It will pay US $16.18 per barrel," Jordan's Energy Minister said.
Jordan-Iraq, Economics, 12/30/1997
Ramadan starts today
Muslims all over the world started today their annual fasting month, Ramadan
Regional, Religion, 12/30/1997
Palestinian writers kicked out, Egyptian writers back in
The AWU's chairman and conference's chairman Ali Oqla Orsan said that the "Palestinian seat is there and the Palestinians would occupy it effectively after legal elections enabling the Palestinians nominate their representatives to the AWU."
Regional, Culture, 12/30/1997
Moslems of the world, be united
The Supreme Islamic Council in Jerusalem issued a statement Tuesday to all Moslems and Arabs reminding them of their responsibilities towards the protection of the Aqsa Mosque and the city of Jerusalem from Israeli occupation and ultra right wing threats.
Regional-Palestine, Religion, 12/30/1997
Jordanian Foreign Minister back from Saudi Arabia
Jordanian Foreign Minister Fayez al-Taraunah and his Saudi counterpart Saud al-Faisal, during the Jordanian visit to Saudi Arabia discussed arranging joint cooperation concerning regional issues, particularly the peace process.
Jordan-Saudi Arabia, Politics, 12/30/1997
Olive oil sales earn 106 million dinars a year for Tunisia
The intake from the olive oil harvest increased to 30% of total agricultural exports. Olive oil proceeds during the 5-year plan which ended last year reached 106 million dinars a year.
Tunisia, Agriculture, 12/30/1997
Korean group still bullish about Morocco
A source in the South Korean Daewoo Group said that the financial upheaval in Seoul is not affecting the group's activities abroad, especially their new projects in developing markets, on top of which is Morocco.
Morocco, Business, 12/30/1997
Support for Lebanese detainees in Israeli jails
The follow-up committee in charge of supporting the issue of Lebanese detainees in Israeli jails has described the detention of 12 Lebanese citizens from the occupied town of Shabaa by occupation forces as a violation of international conventions.
Lebanon, Politics, 12/30/1997
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Arson claimed a five-story building in Manama, Bahrain on Sunday, Gulf News reported.
Mohamed Ahmed al-Mangoush has been named as the new Libyan prime minister, CNN reported.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry announced that a military incursion into northern Iraq, aimed at the Kurdish PKK group, has ended, Bahrain Tribune reported.
Jordanian Prime Minister Abdul Salam Majali stated that his government, at the directive of King Hussein, intends to modernize the judicial system, Jordan Times reported.
Nationalist Russian leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky met with Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi for the third time this year, CNN reported.
The final report on the Israeli Mossad's failed assassination attempt against Hamas leader Khaled Mishal is finished, and though it criticizes Israeli officials, it recommends procedural reforms rather than resignations, Haaretz reported.
Israeli woman Tatiana Suszkin, 26, was convicted of vandalism and support of terrorism by portraying the Prophet Mohammed as a pig in posters placed in the West Bank, Fox News reported.
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir received a message from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak concerning bilateral relations and means of strengthening them. Sudan's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Moustafa Othman Ismael said Bashir asserted to the Egyptian delegation Sudan's determination to restore normal relations between the two countries.
King Hassan II of Morocco is to visit Cairo in February, 1998 to co-chair with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak works of the two countries' joint higher committee. Then the king will head to Saudi Arabia for a private visit. A Moroccan royal court source said the Moroccan King's visit to Egypt, originally scheduled this for month, was postponed until February following consultations between Rabat and Cairo.