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Ross delayed, Israeli initiative to bypass U.S. pressure
Israel seemed to be heading towards a new compromise by which it would restrict the redeployment of its troops in the West Bank to no more than 10.5 percent but "quality-wise it would be better for the Palestinians because it will cover areas adjacent to the Palestinian cities under the exclusive control of the Palestinian National Authority."
Palestine-Israel-USA, Politics, 3/26/1998
Moussa: We cannot coexist with Israeli situation
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa said, "We demand this to end the Israeli - Arab struggle forever, a matter that cannot be ended except by parallelism, equilibrium and just solutions -- not a solution for one of the parties, as this will not be a solution accepted by anyone."
Regional-Egypt, Politics, 3/26/1998
Iranian pilgrims in Iraq
Iraq-Iran, Religion, 3/26/1998
Algeria: 2,800 Islamists killed in three years
More than 2,800 Islamists were killed in confrontations with government troops in two Eastern districts in Algeria during three years.
Algeria, Local, 3/26/1998
UN Compensation Committee funds third repayment stage
The United Nations Compensation Commission yesterday approved funds for the reimbursement of claimants who were found to have suffered losses in Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait. The commission dispersed $497.8 million among 17 governments for distribution to nearly 200,000 claimants.
Iraq-Kuwait-UN, International, 3/26/1998
Egyptian council tackles women's rights
The Egyptian Consultation Council which is discussing women's rights voiced its support for womne's political participation and for granting Egyptian citizenship to sons of women who married foreigners.
Egypt, Judicial, 3/26/1998
Arab Foreign Ministers conclude meeting
Arab foreign ministers have rejected an Israeli proposal of conditional withdrawal from south Lebanon and stressed the importance of an immediate and unconditional implementation of UN Security Council resolution 425.
Regional-Lebanon, Politics, 3/26/1998
Agricultural land drops to 50,000 dunums
The total amount of agricultural land in Palestinian areas has decreased from 200,000 dunums in 1967, to 50,000 dunums in 1997, said Palestinian minister of agriculture Abdul Jawad Saleh.
Palestine-Israel, Economics, 3/26/1998
Israel detains two in south Lebanon
Lebanese security sources said occupation artillery positioned in Teir Harfa town fired 20 shells on the outskirts of Majdal Zoun and al-Mansouri towns and Jib Sweid district in the western sector of south Lebanon.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 3/26/1998
Sudan and Algeria discuss security exchange
The agreement aims at easing the tense conditions between the two countries. Algiers has condemned the Sudanese government for supporting armed groups that commit violent acts in Algeria, a matter denied by Sudan.
Sudan-Algeria, Politics, 3/26/1998
Iraqi delegation in Emirates for the first time
A delegation from the Iraqi national council, headed by the deputy of the leaders' council, Ogiel Galal Ismael, is visiting the United Arab Emirates. This visit, the first of its sort since1990, comes within a tour including Oman and Yemen.
Iraq-United Arab Emirates, Politics, 3/26/1998
Arab Lawyers Union meets in Tunisia
The meetings of the Arab Lawyers Union in Tunisia, addressed the possibility of Arab reconciliation and establishing an Arab joint market to compete with economic factions internationally.
Regional, Politics, 3/26/1998
Butros Ghali will visit Lebanon on April 27
Ghali's visit to Beirut in April in coincides with an expected visit from French President Jacques Chirac to inaugurate the French embassy after repairs are completed.
Lebanon, People, 3/26/1998
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Qatari Foreign Minister Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr al-Thani left for a visit to the United States, Qatar News Agency reported.
Inspections of Iraqi presidential sites began today, Fox News reported.
An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said that Iran "regrets" that meetings of Arab foreign ministers at the Arab League dealt with a dispute between the UAE and Iran over three Gulf islands, IRNA reported. The report said the spokesman stated that the islands belong to Iran.
Commenting on the continuing violence in Algeria at a UN human rights meeting in Geneva, US ambassador to the UN Bill Richardson said, "The paramount need is for a credible, independent verification of the facts." He said, "In our view, a visit to Algeria by the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Summary, Extrajudicial and Arbitrary Executions and by international NGO groups would be a positive step for improving transparency in Algeria."
Two people were shot and wounded during a bank robbery in the Yemeni city of al-Hudaidah by the armed gunman committing the robbery, CNN reported.
Tunisia's trade with the Arab Maghreb states improved during 1997, as its trade deficit was reduced from 44 million Tunisian dinars to 35 million.
The Israeli Ardan company, working in technology and economic consultating, has won -- as part of an international company -- a contract to erect water desalination installations in Oman.
The Canadian ambassador to Syria on Wednesday inaugurated an honorary consulate in the city of Aleppo, underlining Aleppo's significance as a cultural, economic and trade center.
The level of illiteracy among Palestinians has decreased slightly over the past year from 19 percent in 1997 to 18 percent in 1998, a report issued in Gaza said recently.