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Palestine worried over continued unrest, European initiative in making
The deteriorating situation in Palestinian areas with continued demonstrations shows that a real countdown has started and something must be done to help stop the whole region from being swept by an avalanche of violence, said a western diplomat in Jerusalem Thursday.
Palestine-Israel, Local, 3/12/1998
Naguib Mahfouz calls for Saddam Hussein to resign
Nobel Prize-winning author Naguib Mahfouz, asked Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to abandon his rule to smooth tensions in the Gulf area.
Iraq-Egypt, International, 3/12/1998
Egypt directs criticism at Europe regarding trade
Dr. Ahmed Goweili, Egypt's minister of trade and supply directed criticism at the countries of the European Union for obstructing Egyptian exports and enacting sanctions against them.
Egypt, Economics, 3/12/1998
Algerian strikes end, death of customs man investigated
Meanwhile, the general managers of the Algerian security on Tunisia announced the formation of an investigation committee for the circumstances around the killing of one of the customs men, Mohmed Nabil Berkan, 27, for refusing to hand over his weapon except on his supervisor's orders.
Algeria, Local, 3/12/1998
US secretary of defense to visit Egypt
US Secretary of Defense William Cohen will visit Cairo next month within his regional tour to gather Arab support for the United States in its dispute with Iraq.
Egypt, Politics, 3/12/1998
Fighting continues in south Lebanon, Two Israelis wounded
Israeli troops on Wednesday attacked areas adjacent to the occupied strip of south Lebanon, especially al-Tuffah district's mountainous areas and the western Bekaa.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 3/12/1998
Sudanese parliament head: freedom to form parties is guaranteed
Hassan El-Tourabi, the head of the Sudanese parliament, confirmed that the new draft constitution currently under discussion by the deputies provides all with the right to form political parties.
Sudan, Politics, 3/12/1998
Egypt identifies four terrorists killed in battle with police
Egyptian security bodies determined the identities of four extremists who were killed in a fight with the police in Malwai city of Almenia province.
Egypt, Local, 3/12/1998
Syrian parliament speaker receives Iraqi delegation
Speaker of the Syrian People's Assembly Abdul Qader Qaddoura received a delegation from the Iraqi National Assembly led by chairman of the public services committee, Abdullah Haithi.
Syria-Iraq, Politics, 3/12/1998
Robin Cook will be in the region
The UK and EU position towards the peace process is based on three main goals: to break the impasse and resume negotiations, to render aid to the Palestinian economy and to exert intensified efforts for achieving progress.
Regional, International, 3/12/1998
Hubert Vedrine concludes visit to Saudi Arabia
French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine said that France and the European Union are continuously working to prevent the death of the Middle East peace process, contacting all parties concerned and urging the US to take balanced stances on this process.
Saudi Arabia-Regional, International, 3/12/1998
Lebanese prosecution arrests five
The Lebanese prosecution has implemented an arrest order against a retired major in the Lebanese army, Ketel Hayek, a defendant in president Rashid Karami's assassination case.
Lebanon, Local, 3/12/1998
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UN Secretary-General Annan denied that he has any proposals regarding mediating between Lebanon and Israel as some have reported.
An Islamic Russian Duma member, Nader Shah Haj Tashilayev, said he will press Iran to return three disputed Gulf islands to UAE rule, Khaleej Times reported.
An Iraqi official newspaper rejected a set of three conditions laid out by Kuwiat for reestablishing relations, Bahrain Tribune reported.
Dubai has banned women, for moral reasons, from frequenting cafes that serve water pipes, Bahrain Tribune reported.
UN Secretary-General Annan will bring a proposal for an Israeli withdrawal from south Lebanon when he visits Beirut, an Israeli television report said, Nando Times reported.
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan said that Iraq's government has ordered the expulsion of 1,468 Kurds from the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, CNN reported.
An Egyptian nurse was sentenced to death for murdering one patient and attempting to kill another 29, Bahrain Tribune reported.
Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz met with UN envoy Jayantha Dhanapala to discuss inspections of "presidential" sites, Nando Times reported.
A study for the Economic Unity Council, affiliated with the Arab League, said that 18 countries' agreement to reduce customs by 10% for goods exchanged among them is very important step toward removing customs duties between Arab states within 10 years. The study said that Arab trade constitutes 8% of international trade at a total volume of $680 billion.
The Palestinian Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, held Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu responsible for the killing of three Palestinian workers by Israeli army troops in Tarqonieh, close to Hebron in the West Bank, AFP reported.
United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nahyan on Wednesday discussed with the UN secretary-general's advisor, Elakhder al-Ibrahimi, results of the accord Iraq recently concluded with the UN, Gulf News Agency reported.
The Secretary General of the Arab Bar Association, Farouk Abu Issa, on Wednesday noted an initiative advocated by the association to settle to the question of Kuwaiti prisoners in Iraq. In a statement to the Kuwaiti daily al-Anba issued on Wednesday, Abu Issa said a delegation from the Arab Bar Association will hold shuttle talks between Kuwait and Baghdad to settle this humanitarian issue.
Moroccan Prime Minister Abdul Rahman al-Youssefi, in charge of forming the new Moroccan government, on Wednesday president the final list of his government's members to King Hassan. Moroccan political sources expect the new government to be announced within the next two days.
Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz on Wednesday received a telephone call from Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi during which talks dealt with means of promoting and consolidating bilateral relations.