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Dissecting US sanctions: The domestic politics
Domestic politics drive US foreign policy, and where there is no broad-based citizen interest or awareness in a particular issue that has an immediate impact on US citizen's life, that area of the foreign policy becomes vulnerable and is always driven by narrow domestic special-interest groups.
Regional, Analysis, 1/28/1998
Iraq, the US and Richard Butler
Chief UN weapons inspector Richard Butler said yesterday, while addressing an American Jewish organization, "It is reasonable for us to extrapolate from what we know" that Iraq has not fully disclosed its weapons program.
Iraq, International, 1/28/1998
Albright is coming: no progress anticipated
Preparations are underway to receive by Saturday night the US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright who will arrive in Israel and possibly tour a number of Middle Eastern countries.
Palestine, Politics, 1/28/1998
Al Baz: Egypt rejects military intervention in Iraq
Osama Al Baz, confirmed that Egypt rejects any alliances in the Middle East region, as such alliances will threaten regional security.
Egypt, Politics, 1/28/1998
Intelligence chief in Israel warns of Hamas attacks
Chief of Israel's military intelligence branch, Moshe Ya'alon, told a Knesset security and foreign affairs committee that Hamas had become more radical since the release of Sheikh Ahmad Yassin from an Israeli prison and Mousa Abu Marzouk who was detained in the US.
Israel, Politics, 1/28/1998
France wanders if UN's Butler should leave UNSCOM
France has expressed regret over statements made by the chairman of UNSCOM in Iraq, Richard Butler, in which Butler said Baghdad owns biological weapons able to exterminate Tel Aviv, Israel.
Regional-Iraq, Politics, 1/28/1998
Iranian, Iraqi presidents to meet after feast
The sources did not fix a date for the meeting, which, if it happens, will be the first Iraqi-Iranian summit following the victory of the Islamic revolution in Iran.
Iraq-Iran, Politics, 1/28/1998
Donations from UAE children to Iraqi school children
250,000 Iraqi children under 12 are not able to go school, either because they cannot afford to purchase books and pens or because they are obliged to work to support their families.
United Arab Emirates-Iraq, Politics, 1/28/1998
Egypt FM: Sacking Egyptian workers in Qatar is a bad message
Egypt's Foreign Minister Amr Moussa on Tuesday threatened a "tough" answer on the continued Qatari campaign to liquidate the Egyptian labor force in Qatari establishments.
Egypt-Qatar, Politics, 1/28/1998
Lebanese parliament approves 1998 budget
Opposition deputies have expressed serious doubt that the government would stick to its forecast figures. In 1997, the deficit of revenues against expenditures reached 59 percent, well over the forecast 36 percent.
Lebanon, Economics, 1/28/1998
Constitutional committee revokes ban on political parties
The leader of the Democratic Unionist Party expressed his readiness to participate in the current government on condition that the political charter that had been signed recently should be put into effect.
Sudan, Politics, 1/28/1998
Lebanese resistance attacks pro-Israeli militia position
Israeli gunners opened artillery fire on south Lebanon villages in the eastern sector of the zone, wounding a 26-year-old woman identified by Lebanese security sources as Hiam Yassin.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 1/28/1998
Assassination case: three death sentences and four life imprisonment sentences
State security prosecutors had charged the defendants with murder and with organizing a clandestine group that aimed to usurp power.
Egypt, Judicial, 1/28/1998
Jordan ready to help Algeria
"What is now going on in Algeria is a crime. There have been people slaughtered." "The ugly image of killing spoils our reputation and deforms our image abroad," said Jordanian Foreign Minister
Jordan-Algeria, Politics, 1/28/1998
Pope Shenouda heads to Washington next week
The Patriarch of the Orthodox Copts Pope Shenouda will head to the USA next week where he will inaugurate new Coptic churches in Virginia.
Egypt, Religion, 1/28/1998
The US General Motors Group will hold its annual conference in Morocco
The group intends to strengthen its presence in the Moroccan market though inaugurating its international branch "Delvi Automotives Systems."
Morocco, Business, 1/28/1998
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US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said, "I am not going anywhere to seek support, I am going there to explain our position and we are prepared to act alone," referring to her trip to Europe and Arab states for talks over the Iraqi situation.
Bahrain's crown prince and commander of the Defense force in Bahrain Sheikh Hamad Bin Issa al-Khalifa today in London discussed with British Defense Minister George Robertson fields of military cooperation and coordination between the two countries.
The Sudanese Central Bank issued a notice to all banks working in Sudan to be more cautious in dealing with checks sent from Saudi Arabia and from bank branches in the Port of Jeddah and King Abdel Aziz Airport in Saudi Arabia. The notice warned the banks against accepting personal checks and in particular against the legitimacy of the signatures on them.
The UAE Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs will not approve visas for unlicensed recruiting agencies, Gulf News reported.
Eid Al Fitr will begin tomorrow, Kahleej Times reported.
Oman executed four Pakistani men convicted of killing two Omani watchmen, Bahrain Tribune reported.
Israel, responding to comments by chief UN weapons inspector Richard Butler about Iraqi biological weapons capabilities, said that any attack by Iraq on Israel would meet with strong retaliation, Fox News reported.
King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday authorized the release of prisoners arrested on minor charges. An official source at the Saudi Ministry of Interior said that according to the pardon some 7,766 prisoners were freed, including 4,648 Saudis and 3,118 foreigners.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated his challenge against the will of the international community and refused to implement UN resolutions pertinent to Israel's withdrawal from the occupied Syrian Golan Heights.
The Israeli radio on Tuesday said the wife of King Hussein of Jordan, Queen Nour, will visit Israel next month in response to an invitation extended by the wife of leader of the Shass ultra-right wing party, Ariel Dar'i, SANA reported.