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US to convince allies on Iraq
Russian Foreign Minister Primakov was more definitive and expressed Russia's opposition to the use of military strikes against Iraq, insisting that "Diplomatic methods have to be applied."
Iraq, International, 1/30/1998
No hopes lifted by Albright's visit Saturday
Palestinian officials believe they have no reason to lift their hopes as US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright arrives in the region Saturday night since the main scope of her visit "is to try and forge an anti-Iraq coalition and not necessarily to deal with the stalled peace talks between Palestine and Israel.
Regional, Politics, 1/30/1998
Algerian-Libyan relations improve
Algerian-Libyan relations have improved recently after they had been strained following the expulsion of Algerian citizens, who were subjected to beatings in a detention camp in the border center of Al Dayab.
Algeria-Libya, Politics, 1/30/1998
Menem, Mubarak inaugurate a nuclear reactor
The 22-megawatt reactor, which was bought by Egypt from Argentina in May 1997, will operate in the city of Anshas, east of Cairo.
Egypt, Politics, 1/30/1998
Damascus to help Iraqi children; Egyptian medicines to Iraq
The Syrian Ministry of Economy issued a decision permitting economic relations with Iraq in all spheres, but only in accordance with UN resolutions.
Regional, Economics, 1/30/1998
Egyptian Human Rights Organization criticizes assassination case verdicts
In its statement issued yesterday, the Egyptian Human Rights Organization criticized the verdicts issued by the Supreme State Security Court in the "big case of assassinations."
Egypt, Judicial, 1/30/1998
Humanitarian societies in Tunisia condemn Algeria massacres
They expressed their anger over the attacks on the Algerian people. The organizations called on the Algerian government to shed light on the recent massacres, identify those responsible for them, and hold trials for those who committed those massacres.
Tunisia-Algeria, Politics, 1/30/1998
Open dialogue between Damascus and Washington
Syrian diplomatic sources said that Damascus and Washington started a quiet dialogue regarding removing Syria from the U.S. list of countries supporting terrorism.
Syria, International, 1/30/1998
Israeli forces bombard Lebanese villages, towns
Israeli forces closed Beit Yahoun crossing in the central sector and prevented entry through it to the occupied part of the south.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 1/30/1998
Arafat honors Sheikh Ahmed Yassin
Arafat expressed his appreciation for Yassin's role in the Palestinian national resistance while offering the Sheikh a holy Quran during a ceremony held to honor the Palestinian religious leaders.
Palestine, Politics, 1/30/1998
Al Turabi is waiting for a private invitation to visit Egypt
Al Turabi did not respond to two previous invitations from his Egyptian counterpart to attend the conferences of the International and Arab Inter-Parliamentary Federations two weeks ago because the climate during those two conferences was not favorable.
Sudan-Egypt, Politics, 1/30/1998
Pope Shenouda confirms that he will not visit Jerusalem while it is under Israeli occupation
Pope Shenouda III, the Patriarch of the Orthodox Copts in Egypt, confirmed anew that he will not visit Jerusalem while it is under Israeli occupation.
Egypt, Religion, 1/30/1998
The celebrations of the Lesser Bairam in the Arab and Islamic world
Millions of Muslims celebrated yesterday the first day of the Lesser Bairam. The Islamic cities witnessed diverse celebrations after the end of the month of Ramadan.
Regional, Religion, 1/30/1998
A Jordanian Parliamentary delegation to Kuwait and Syria
The Jordanian Parliament is intended to send a parliamentary delegation to Damascus to discuss the question of the Jordanians imprisoned in Syria.
Jordan-Syria, Politics, 1/30/1998
Iranian envoy meets Hrawi: No dialogue with Washington
Abtahi said he conveyed a verbal message from Iranian President Khatami to the Secretary General of the Hizbullah Party Hassan Nasrallah voicing support for the Lebanese resistance against the Israeli occupation and praising the sacrifices made by the Hizbullah Party.
Lebanon-Iran, Politics, 1/30/1998
Netanyahu's statement on the Golan condemned
The Arab League has strongly condemned the statements of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Israel's non-withdrawal from the occupied Syrian Golan.
Regional-Israel, Politics, 1/30/1998
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Bahraini dailies on Wednesday said that explosive bombs placed in cigarettes packages demolished the content of three shops in Bahrain.
Israel said it released 23 Palestinian prisoners as a goodwill gesture marking Eid al-Fitr, CNN reported.
Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri met in Saudi Arabia with Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdel Aziz to discuss bilateral relations, Lebanon news wires reported.
Algerians, including President Zeroual, prayed at a mosque on Eid al-Fitr for an end to killings in the north African country, Nando Times reported.
Iraq allowed foreign diplomats to tour one of the disputed "presidential" sites, which UN weapons inspectors are not allowed to access, Fox News reported.
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he will propose an expanded oil-for-food deal for Iraq to the UN Security Council, CNN reported.
Egyptian diplomat Mohamed Ismael Sadek, first secretary at Egypt's embassy in Mexico, was killed by armed attackers in Mexico, Fox News reported.
Both the Sudanese government and the rebel Sudanese People's Liberation Army claim to have control of the town of Wau after days of fighting, BBC News reported.
Talks between French Foreign Minister Vedrine and US Secretary of State Albright ended with France's statement that "all options remain open" to resolve the Iraq situation, although use of diplomacy was stressed, Miami Herald reported. Albright held her next round of talks in Madrid with Russian Foreign Minister Yevegny Primakov.