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Report from site of massacre in Sahnien, Algeria
Amid these developments, ArabicNews.com sent a reporter to Algeria, who reported on conditions in a village where a massacre recently took place.
Algeria, Local, 1/14/1998
US vs Iraq: Deja vu all over again
Aziz expressed his doubts that Iraq will see the sanctions lifted soon, saying that the UN inspection team with its current composition is being used as a "game to keep sanctions."
Iraq, Politics, 1/14/1998
Mubarak arrives unannounced in Damascus
In parallel with the presidents' closed-door meeting, Syrian Vice President Abdul Halim Khaddam and Egyptian Premier al-Ganzouri held a meeting, while the Egyptian and Syrian ministers held another meeting.
Syria-Egypt, Politics, 1/14/1998
No more redeployment maps - Israel piles demands
The Israeli ministerial team preparing maps that determine the scope of the second phase withdrawal of Israeli troops has stopped its work in light of continued differences in guidelines presented by both defense minister Yitzhak Mordachai and infrastructure minister Ariel Sharon
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 1/14/1998
El-Bashir not specific on date of his visit
Sudanese parliament head Hassan El-Torabi will not participate in the exceptional conference for the Arab Parliamentary Union to be held in Luxor today.
Sudan-Egypt, Politics, 1/14/1998
Yemen denies harboring Egyptian terrorists
Yemen denied the existence of 500 Egyptian terrorists in its territories and said, "It has nothing to do with truth. We do not have any terrorists of any nationality."
Yemen-Egypt, Politics, 1/14/1998
Vedrine says talks in Damascus rich, useful
Vedrine said the financial protocol signed by France and Syria on Tuesday -- the first of its kind in 10 years -- will greatly push bilateral relations forward
Syria, Politics, 1/14/1998
King Fahd calls for Muslim solidarity
Saudi Information Minister Fuad al-Farisi stressed that the unanimous consent of the Arab ministers of the Interior on the draft bill to fight terrorism would consolidate cooperation among Arab states to combat and eliminate all forms of terrorism.
Saudi Arabia, Politics, 1/14/1998
Lebanese lawyers volunteer to defend French author
Lebanon's Bar Association has volunteered to defend a French author who is being tried in Paris for questioning the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust.
Lebanon, Judicial, 1/14/1998
China trade team in Oman
An 11-member Chinese trade mission arrived in Muscat yesterday for a visit expected to last several days.
Oman, Economics, 1/14/1998
King Hussein meets with Palestinian president
King Hussein of Jordan late yesterday night met with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat. They discussed Palestine-Israel issues and the latest efforts being made to push the peace process forward.
Jordan-Palestine, Politics, 1/14/1998
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Israeli occupation forces on Wednesday lifted a 20-day siege of Shabaa in al-Arqoub district in occupied south Lebanon.
Weather caused another closure for a desalination plant in Sharjah, Khaleej Times reported. The plant was previously closed due to an oil slick in the Gulf, the report said.
Efforts to restart stalled peace talks between Kurdish factions in northern Iraq were called "fruitful," but did not succeed in restarting talks, CNN reported.
Algeria has arrested Islamic Salvation Front leader Abdelkader, BBC News reported.
Five people were injured near the Israeli-Lebanese border when a booby trapped video cassette exploded, Fox News reported.
Israeli heavy artillery on Tuesday bombarded the areas adjacent to the occupied strip of south Lebanon, especially al-Tuffah district's mountainous areas. The aggressive shelling was accompanied by machine gun fire at mountainous routes which link the occupied strip to al-Tuffah district.
Upon receiving a US congressional delegation on Saturday, King Hussein of Jordan said that economic development in the Middle East helps establish peace in the region.
Kamal El-Ganzouri, the Egyptian prime minister, said the economic reform program succeeded in reducing Egypt's inflation rate to 6% with the goal of bringing it down to 5% by the end of this year after having peaked at 9.6% in 1994.
Jordan and Germany started talks that focus on rescheduling a Jordanian debt of about DM 94 million to Germany. An agreement is expected to be reached today,Wednesday.