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First Jordanian killed, three wounded in demonstration over Iraq
One Jordanian was killed and another three were wounded in Maan, 22 Km, south of Amman by Jordanian security forces today while curbing a large demonstration staged against US threats to strike Iraq.
Jordan, Local, 2/20/1998
Elements of the solution to the Iraqi crisis
Iraq, Analysis, 2/20/1998
Year 2000 computer bomb awaits Arab governments and companies
These kind of errors threaten to paralyze computer systems that control millions of transactions and accounts in governments, companies, banks, payment systems and the general services, that rely on accurate date and time representation for accurate calculations.
Regional, Science, 2/20/1998
No more Iraqis allowed to Jordan in case of of war
"Jordan has made the necessary procedures to face the consequences of the expected military strike on Iraq," Prime Minister Dr. Abdul Salam al-Majali said. Jordan's needs of foodstuffs and oil products for the country could be met for four months, he added.
Jordan, Politics, 2/20/1998
El-Baz: Baghdad ready to cooperate
El-Baz said Iraq is ready to cooperate with UN Secreatray-General Kofi Annan, whose visit to Iraq is likely the last step in the peaceful efforts to resolve the crisis.
Egypt-Iraq, Politics, 2/20/1998
More Jordanian contracts as UN contemplates raising limit on Iraq
Iraq has objected to it in the past on the grounds that such a deal will delay the lifting of the sanctions by lessening the severity of the sanctions, and making support for the sanctions more palatable to other nations
Jordan-Iraq, Economics, 2/20/1998
Iran: US threat is dictatorial
Iran stated that the US threat against Iraq is dictatorial and that the primary victim of a US military strike would be innocent Iraqi people.
Iran-Iraq, Politics, 2/20/1998
Ankara seeks to resume dialogue with Damascus
A Turkish diplomatic source said, "We first prefer to resume dialogue on the bilateral level and then tripartite consultation talks might be resumed between Ankara, Damascus and Tehran," adding that "the Syrian side is inclined to resume political contacts."
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 2/20/1998
Arab prisoners in Israel: a slim chance for release
Palestinian security prisoners who live inside Israel may now have a chance to obtain an amnesty with the mounting pressure by all Arab Knesset members on Israeli president Ezer Weizman and on his competitor, right wing Likud party nominee for the presidency, Shaul Amour.
Israel, Politics, 2/20/1998
Morocco: We're number one in the world in phosphates
Revenues from the bureau's phosphate exports reached $1.5 billion, and he's expecting that these revenues will rise to $2 billion by the year 2000.
Morocco, Business, 2/20/1998
Yemen, Indonesia sign economic cooperation agreements
The three agreements, cosigned by the two foreign ministers, deal with trade, protection of investments, and a memorandum of understanding to establish a joint committee to promote cooperation/
Yemen, Economics, 2/20/1998
Continuation of preparation for Western Sahara referendum
The UN secretary-general's special envoy to the Western Sahara, ambassador Charles Dunbar, said after meeting King Hassan II of Morocco that the monarch showed his country's complete readiness to cooperate with him.
Morocco-West Sahara, Politics, 2/20/1998
Algeria for boosting Arab, Muslim-Algerian partnership
During a meeting of his movement's Shoura council, Nehnah expressed his party's readiness to proceed in keeping the country's political, economic and social stability away from narrow disputes.
Algeria, Politics, 2/20/1998
Arab agriculture ministers to discuss future plans
The assembly will also review regional and international changes and their effects on Arab agriculture, including the food gap expansion, environmental deterioration, lack of water resources and weak production capacities.
Regional, Agriculture, 2/20/1998
World leaders are saying about Annan's visit
British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Thursday spoke on the telephone with UN Chief Kofi Annan during which he stressed the need to be persistent with Iraq on permitting UN inspection team into Iraqi Presidential palaces.
Iraq, International, 2/20/1998
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Secretary-General of the UN Kofi Annan will prolong his stay in Iraq untill Monday.
Indian Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gojral on Friday refused a request for the use of its lands, waters and airspace in a possible strike against Iraq. The United News of India said Gojral, speaking before a crowd of citizens in West India, said he received a telephone call from a major state seeking India's support, but he did not identify the country or the President who phoned him.
Bahrain's representative to the UN Security Council, Jasem Bu Alam, In a statement to Sawt al-Arab radio on Friday, said that his country is looking for a diplomatic settlement for the Iraqi crisis to preserve the region's security and safety.
Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz on Friday met with the Iranian president's special envoy, Muhammad Sader, currently visiting Saudi Arabia.
Kuwait's first deputy premier and foreign minister Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah expressed his country' optimism that the UN chief will defuse the current crisis between Iraq and UN inspectors during his visit which started today.
Britain will donate $6.6 million in aid to help Sudanese refugees, Nando Times reported.
Former US president Jimmy Carter said he fears the consequences of a military strike against Iraq, CNN reported.
A bomb exploded in suburban Algiers, killing two and injuring 32, Fox News reported.
US efforts to build domestic public support for military strikes against Iraq through "town hall meetings," question-and-answer forums are meeting strong protests.
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was on Thursday elected as chairman of the National Congress and Hassan al-Turabi was elected as secretary-general to the congress.
Egyptian security sources said Mustafa Mahmoud Issa al-Numeiri; Ramadan al-Sayyed' and Adel Abdul Ghani Abdul Rahman were executed after being found guilty by the State supreme court of terrorism and crimes in Egypt for killing Lt. Gen. Muhammad Abdul Latif al-Sheyami and seven Egyptian policemen in 1993.
Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Vatican's secretary of state, on Thursday said in a message addressed to the chief of the Vatican's apostolic delegation in Jerusalem, "Jerusalem, claimed as a capital by two peoples and as the homeland of the heart for the believers of three religions, is still, unfortunately, a motive for lasting rivalries, as well as violence and exclusivistic claims."
A number of International diplomats working with UN programs in Iraq arrived in Amman late yesterday night. They left Iraq as a precautionary measure in case the US bombs Iraq.