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Russia expects and opposes military strike against Iraq
A high-ranking Russian official expects Iraq to receive a US-British military strike targeting military positions after Eid al-Fitr, adding that the strike will be carried out without legitimate international approval.
Iraq, International, 1/26/1998
Hizbullah expels maverick sheikh and previous leader
Hizbullah accused Tufeili of inflicting "moral and political" damages on the party's resistance movement. It also accused the sheikh of seeking to create divisions in the ranks of Hizbullah through his actions.
Lebanon, Politics, 1/26/1998
Jordan's Security Police launch arrests of Iraqis living illegally in Jordan
Asked about the ongoing investigation into the killing, "I could not certify whether the criminals fled Jordan or not," Jordanian Interior Minister Nazir Rashid told reporters.
Jordan-Iraq, Local, 1/26/1998
Lebanese resistance attack Israeli position wounding 2 soldiers
Two Israeli soldiers were wounded in the attack. The incident was confirmed by an Israeli army spokesperson who said the guerrillas had opened fire on an Israeli outpost in the eastern sector of the occupied border zone.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 1/26/1998
Israel's bids to convert religion of Palestinian children condemned
Chief of the Islamic court of Appeals in the occupied Palestinian territories, Ahmad al-Natour, accused the Israeli authorities of converting the religion of Palestinian children into other religions outside and inside Israel.
Israel-Regional, Religion, 1/26/1998
Two arrested on their way to suicide attack
The arrest of two Palestinian residents of Israel proper as they were allegedly on their way to carry out a suicide bombing attack in West Jerusalem shows that even Israel cannot claim full success in aborting suicide attacks, said a Palestinian security source.
Israel-Palestine, Local, 1/26/1998
Mubarak calls for fighting terrorism practiced under the name of Islam
Mubarak said, "We have to denounce and condemn those terrorist killers who allege themselves as protectors of Islam, because, in effect, they are the enemies of the 'Almighty God' and Islam."
Egypt, Politics, 1/26/1998
Assad unhappy with America's negligence of Syrian peace track
This resentment appeared during Assad's meeting with 3 members of the US congress, who asked Assad to clarify the Syrian role in supporting Lebanon.
Syria, Politics, 1/26/1998
King Hussein: Middle East passing through a very hard time
Yesterday evening King Hussein and President Mubarak, at the Presidential Headquarters in Cairo, held talks behind closed doors. The meeting was followed by an opening discussion between both delegations.
Jordan-Egypt, Politics, 1/26/1998
Sudan's National Islamic Front, a brief recap
The National Islamic Front was one of the political forces participating in the Third Democracy. According to the results of the 1986 parliamentary elections, it represented the third-strongest political force in the country.
Sudan, Analysis, 1/26/1998
Vollebaek: Israeli has no excuse for delaying peace
Norway's foreign minister, Kurt Vollebaek, appealed to the Israeli government not to use the internal political situation as an "excuse" for delaying peace moves with the Palestinians.
Regional, International, 1/26/1998
Yemen - Eritrea arbitration over Great Henish Island begins
Oral arguments between Yemen and Eritrea will begin Monday in the British capital concerning Henish Island, which was occupied by Eritrea on December 15, 1995.
Yemen-Eritrea, Politics, 1/26/1998
Mother tortures and attempts to murder her three year old daughter
Aswan criminal court handed down a two-year prison sentence against a young mother convicted torturing and attempting to murder her three year old daughter.
Egypt, Judicial, 1/26/1998
Massacres in Algeria before the lesser Bairam
Raids on families caused the deaths of 25 persons in Telmesan, Sidi Bilbas, and El-Madiah regions in southern Algeria, where 4 young women were kidnapped in Beni Masous region.
Algeria, Military, 1/26/1998
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President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nahyan on Monday received a communique from Libyan President Moammar Gaddafi, SANA said from Abu Dhabi.
Russian President Boris Yeltsin has sent special envoy Viktor Posuvalyuk to Iraq to address mounting tensions over UN weapons inspections there, Fox News reported.
Balloonist Richard Branson is preparing in Marrakesh, Morocco to try again to be the first to fly around the world by balloon, CNN reported.
The findings of a delegation from the European Union that visited Algeria last week were presented to EU foreign ministers today, Fox News reported.
Saeb Erekat said Palestinian President Arafat asked for US recognition of Palestine during a meeting last week with US President Clinton, Haaretz reported.
Regarding current tension with Iraq over UN weapons inspections and reports that the US is considering military action, White House spokesman Mike McCurry said, "I think that we have been very careful not to rule in or rule out future options; but the diplomatic solution that we prefer has so far failed to yield the results we expect."
Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa on Sunday discussed with the United Nations Population Fund's new representative, Moustafa Bin al-Zein, cooperation and collaboration between Syria and the UNFP and other UN bodies.
Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai will meet with King Hussein today in Jordan, the Israeli daily Maaref said on Sunday.
King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz on Sunday discussed with Kuwaiti Crown Prince and Prime Minister Sheikh Saad al-Abdullah al-Salem al-Sabah bilateral relations and conditions in the Gulf, Arab, Islamic and International arenas.
Jordanian Upper House unanimously approved the general budget for 1998. The budget is expected to be raised to the Royal Divan to be ratified and take effect. Total expenditures are JD 1987 million, total income is JD 1950 million, leaving a deficit of JD 37 million.