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Iraq lauds UAE's efforts to soften effects of blockade
Iraqi Minister of Trade Mohammed Mahdy Saleh stated that the UAE suggested a shipping line with Iraq to the Sanctions Committee, which approved the proposal after a judicial dispute between the UAE and the committee.
Iraq-United Arab Emirates, Business, 1/2/1998
Levy crisis: a lone crying wolf who means it this time
³We are tired of him, but itıs impossible without him,² an aide in the Prime Ministerıs office said late Thursday night referring to the latest crisis between Benyamin Netanyahu and his foreign minsiter David Levy
Israel, Politics, 1/2/1998
American attempt to support relations with Syria
US Senator Arlen Specter is likely to visit the Syrian capital on January 3, followed by two other congressional and Arab American delegations will visit Syria on January 7.
Syria, International, 1/2/1998
Qatar and Bahrain reply in borderline dispute
Doha presented to the International Court of Justice its reply to Bahrain's written request concerning marine borders and the disputes between the two countries.
Bahrain-Qatar, Politics, 1/2/1998
Libya slams US-Turkish-Israeli maneuvers
Libya criticized joint maneuvers between Turkey, the USA, and Israel which are due to be held this month. Libya said those maneuvers are directed against Arabs and Muslims.
Libya-Turkey, Politics, 1/2/1998
Al Turabi and Al Mahdi are willing to meet
Al Mahdi said that he is ready to meet with anyone in the Sudanese government, on the condition that such a meeting should result in reaching a comprehensive solution to the Sudanese crisis and that it should address all political issues.
Sudan, Politics, 1/2/1998
Iran rules out improved relations with Egypt for now
Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi on Wednesday ruled out any "immediate improvement" in relations between Iran and Egypt.
Egypt-Iran, Politics, 1/2/1998
Israeli soldier wounded by Lebanese resistance
Israeli occupation forces continued aggressions against south Lebanon and the siege of Shabaa. Israeli artillery shelled the woods, valleys and Lebanese towns and villages adjacent to the occupied part of south Lebanon. Security reports from south Lebanon noted heavy material losses.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 1/2/1998
Egyptian lawyer requests government pardon for Afghan Egyptians
The lawyer of the Islamic extremist groups in Egypt, Montaser Al Zayat, requested the that Egyptian political leadership reconsider the method with which it deals with religious groups and release detained members of those groups who are not involved in specific cases.
Egypt, Judicial, 1/2/1998
Women's rallies request release of detained Hamas members
Women and children demonstrated in the city of Nablus and requested the release of detained members of Hamas who are jailed in Palestinian prisons.
Palestine, Local, 1/2/1998
Bashir to visit Egypt during Ramadan
The countries' mutual interest in restoring normal relations is manifest in the bilateral decision to resume river navigation as of January 15 after being halted for four years and in the increase in the number of air flights between them.
Sudan-Egypt, Politics, 1/2/1998
Amman Chamber of Industry to hold seminar on privatization
The seminar aims to study and evaluate experiments underway in Arab countries in order to highlight the importance of inter-Arab cooperation as part of full coordination among Arab economic policies to face the international coalitions.
Regional, Economics, 1/2/1998
More money to Palestinians on the way
Donor countries held a meeting recently in the French capital, Paris, during which they decided to offer $750 million in the form of loans and grants to the Palestinians in addition to $150 million in the form of guarantees to the private sector investment.
Palestine, Economics, 1/2/1998
Fares of the Suez Canal without change in 1998
The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) decided to keep the fares imposed on the ships passing through the canal at their previous levels during 1998. The SCA will also offer more facilities for crude oil tankers.
Egypt, Business, 1/2/1998
French defense minister in brief Lebanon visit
French Defense Minister Alain Richard arrived in Lebanon Thursday for a brief visit during which he inspected his country's peacekeeping troops in south Lebanon and met with officials in Beirut.
Lebanon, Military, 1/2/1998
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14 members of the Turkish "Hizbullah" were arrested in southeast Turkey, Anatolia News Agency reported today. The report quoted police as saying that the Hizbullah members are from the secular wing of the party. They are accused of killing 12 people during the last 3 years.
US President Bill Clinton may call off his meeting with Netanyahu and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat scheduled later this month if no results are achieved in peace negotiations before then.
Palestinian President Arafat renewed his intent to establish an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital in a new year's pledge, Bahrain Tribune reported.
Iraq dismissed a US State Department claim that Iraq has held recent mass executions of political prisoners, Fox News reported.