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Blair believes in an independent Palestine, Jewish group cancel Cook
UK prime Minister Tony Blair will express his country's support for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, as he spends a full day in Gaza.
Palestine-Lebanon-UK, International, 3/27/1998
The return of the previous hostage to Lebanon
US citizen Joseph Cicippio, who spent more that five years as a hostage of the Revolutionary Justice Organization in Lebanon, returned to Beirut.
Lebanon, Local, 3/27/1998
Qatar reduces its oil production
Qatar decided to reduce its production of petroleum by 30,000 barrels daily, according to an agreement ratified between Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and Mexico which imposes a reduction in the three countries' production of 1.1 million barrels daily
Qatar-Saudi Arabia-OPEC, Economics, 3/27/1998
Downswing in oil prices threatens Arab economies
It is expected that this large decline in oil prices will have negative effects upon the Arab states' economies. Few states and governments will avoid being effected since a large portion of their revenues is the result of oil sales
Regional-OPEC, Economics, 3/27/1998
Ross told: Significant withdrawal is expected, Israeli attitude poll
Arafat's special advisor on Israeli affairs, Dr. Ahmad Tibi, said the Palestinians expect Israel to carry out a significant withdrawal, and for the time being they wonąt reject American bridging efforts.
Palestine-Israel-USA, Politics, 3/27/1998
UAE confiscates 2.66 tons of drugs
United Arab Emirates police succeeded in the confiscation of 2.66 tons of drugs since the beginning of this year.
United Arab Emirates-Pakistan, Local, 3/27/1998
Under Israeli conditions, Annan cancels al-Aqsa visit
The UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on Thursday canceled a visit scheduled to al-Aqsa mosque and the old town in Jerusalem because of "the conditions imposed by the Israeli authorities for this visit."
Palestine-Israel-UN, Politics, 3/27/1998
Egyptian, Sudanese ministers meet on security cooperation
The meeting, which was attended by the Sudanese ambassador in Cairo, dealt with "the dimension of coordination between the institutions of the ministries of the interior in the two countries and proposals to strengthen aspects of bilateral cooperation."
Egypt-Sudan, Politics, 3/27/1998
Continuation of violence in Algeria
Islamist violence and security efforts against the Islamists continue in Algeria, where Algerian security forces were able yesterday to kill two terrorists in the states of Tiaret and Tizi Ouzou and they also arrested another 17 in Mila state.
Algeria, Local, 3/27/1998
Lebanese civilians wounded in Israeli attacks on Barachit
Lebanese security sources said the Israeli occupation forces on Thursday arrested a Lebanese policeman, Marwan Abu Samra, accusing him of dealing with the Lebanese resistance. He was taken to al-Khiam camp.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 3/27/1998
Fourth conference for Arab capital markets in Beirut
The conference will discuss a number of economic issues, including the globalization of Arab economy, European monetary unity and its effects on Arab countries, privatization and financing.
Regional-IMF, Economics, 3/27/1998
Sudanese National Council agrees on draft constitution
Ismael added that Ganzouri discussed with him means of developing political and security relations. He expressed his hope that the exerted efforts can contribute to the restoration of Egyptian - Sudanese relations.
Sudan-Egypt, Politics, 3/27/1998
German companies plan new trade relations with Qatar
A German delegation comprising 225 German companies is currently paying a visit to Doha.
Qatar, Business, 3/27/1998
GCC institutes environment prize
His announced follows a decision by GCC ministers responsible for the environment on the need to recognize efforts to conserve the Gulf environment and protect its resources in order to provide a sound basis for sustainable development.
Gulf, Environment, 3/27/1998
Syrian - Algerian agriculture agreement signed
Earlier in the day, the Algerian minister and his Syrian counterpart, Asaad Moustafa signed an agricultural cooperation agreement providign for exchanging results of agricultural research projects on barley, lentils, fruit tree saplings and seed multiplication and the exchange of visits by technicians.
Syria-Algeria, Agriculture, 3/27/1998
Vatican envoy on trip to Amman, Sanaa
The Papal envoy will arrive in Sanaa later today to hold talks pertaining to relations between the two countries, especially the "possibility of building a Catholic center in Sanaa, where there are no Christian places of worship"
Jordan-Yemen-Vatican, Religion, 3/27/1998
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Armed Islamic Group in Algeria on Thursday night killed 46 citizens in Wadi Bu Aisha district in al-Jalfa province. Another 11 citizens in Edit Bin Sakran district in Saeeda province were also killed.
Since 1985 until now the United Arab Emirates has expelled more than 5,700 foreigners carrying the AIDS virus. UAE acting health minister Abdul Rahim Jaafar said that the obligatory AIDS tests that have been conducted on 5.6 million people since 1985 revealed that some 5,729 persons were infected with AIDS and were expelled according to laws enforced in the country.
Yemen and the US completed their first-ever joint military exercises, CNN reported.
Saudi Arabia is issuing visas to some Jordanians who can serve as workers, Jordan Times reported.
Iraq and the UN have entered into formal discussions of a new aid plan under the newly-expanded oil-for-food deal, CNN reported.
About 100 people protested a death sentence given to an Egyptian nurse for one murder and 29 attempted murders, CNN reported.
UN weapons inspectors, accompanied by diplomats, had their second day of inspecting presidential sites, Fox News reported.
A Canadian man, convicted of trying to sell military helicopters to Iraq, was sentenced to two months in jail, Fox News reported.
For members of the Israeli-allied South Lebanon Army asked Israel for asylum, CNN reported.
Ahmed El-Amawy, the Egyptian minister of manpower, told the Egyptian Al-Ahram newspaper that Egypt's share of money allocated Wednesday by the U.N committee for Gulf War compensation, which decided to grant $5 billion to 17 countries in the framework of the third payment of compensation to those harmed by the Gulf War, is $197 million.
Osama El-Baz, President Mubarak's advisor for political affairs, held a reception for the US ambassador in Cairo, Daniel Kurtzer, on Wednesday to "deepen relations between Egypt and the US." The reception included reporters, writers and intellectuals.
Egyptian Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni will travel to Sweden Saturday at the head of a large delegation to participate in a UNESCO conference, "The Power of Culture: Intergovernmental Conference on Cultural Policies for Development," to be held in Stockholm from March 30 - April 2.
Lebanese Premier Rafik Hariri arrived in Vienna on Wednesday night for a two-day official visit to Austria, the first by a Lebanese Prime Minister. Hariri will meet with Austrian Chancellor Viktor Klima and other officials.
The French minister of interior arrived in Tunisia on Thursday leading an official delegation on a three-day official visit.