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Haroun al-Rashid and the Golden Abbasid age
At the wedding of Mamoun, his son and successor, a hundred enormous pearls were showered on the couple as they sat on a gold carpet studded with jewels, and balls of musk -- each containing a ticket entitling the holder to a slave or an estate -- were distributed to the guests.
Regional, History, 3/31/1998
Arafat makes surprise visit to Egypt for talks with Mubarak
US State Department spokesman James Rubin said yesterday that the peace process "is in dire straits," due to the fact that "there hasn't been any movement for nearly a year now, that there is no direct negotiation, there's no progress on the multilateral track, there's no progress on the Syrian track."
Palestine-Egypt-USA, Politics, 3/31/1998
Saudi, Syrian, Egyptian, foreign ministers meet on Arab issues
Arab diplomatic sources in Riyadh said the three foreign ministers held a closed-door meeting, during which they have discussed means "to draw a plan for an Arab move to come up against the collapse of the peace process as a result of the Israeli government's position."
Regional, Politics, 3/31/1998
Iraq, Syria discussed health ties
On Sunday, a Syrian health and medical delegation led by Shatti arrived in Baghdad for a several-day visit to Iraq to offer humanitarian and medical aid to the people of Iraq.
Iraq-Syria, Health, 3/31/1998
Disputes unresolved between Kuwaiti government and representatives
In spite of the Kuwaiti government's statement that it would improve its relations with the People's Council, the representatives expressed their lack of relief during a session of the council labeled as a session of reconciliation and openness between the two authorities.
Kuwait, Politics, 3/31/1998
Palestinians in Syria mark Land Day
A Palestinian mass rally was held on Monday at al-Yarmouk camp in Damascus in celebration of Land Day, which falls March 30. The secretary of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement's central committee, Abu Mousa, condemned Israeli aggressions against the Palestinian people in the occupied Arab territories.
Regional-Syria, Politics, 3/31/1998
No peace in Middle East without Syria, Annan, Primakov say
The UN chief said that Iraq so far has abided by the agreement. "The inspectors have been able to continue their work unimpeded and currently they are inspecting the eight presidential sites which were at the center of the controversy," Annan said.
Syria-Iraq-Russia, Politics, 3/31/1998
Jordanian young men will be able to vote
Jordanian Interior Minister Nathir Rashid during the press conference told reporters that Jordan's government sought to modernize the electoral law after seeing many loopholes in the current law.
Jordan, Politics, 3/31/1998
Report: Frozen Iraqi funds released by European country
The head of the Iraq Central Bank told El-Mosour El-Arab newspaper that these funds should be used to import foodstuffs to Iraq, which has suffered under sanctions maintainted against it for seven years.
Iraq, Economics, 3/31/1998
Kuwait first time buy of Chinese weapons
The high council of defense in Kuwait agreed to purchase Chinese weapons to provide the Kuwaiti army with 155 millimeter cannons.
Kuwait-China, Military, 3/31/1998
Lebanese President confers with Iranian FM
Kharazzi warned against the Israeli attempt to undermine Lebanon, noting that the strength of the Lebanese stand stems from Lebanese-Syrian coordination.
Lebanon-Iran, Politics, 3/31/1998
Yemen faced trade defecit in 1997
Data issued by the central department of statistics in Yemen said that the total exports in Yemen in 1997 have reached $1.8 billion, while the imports were valued at $2.2 billion.
Yemen-Regional, Economics, 3/31/1998
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An official Yemeni source on Monday denied reports of fighting between two tribes in the province of Zummar, 80 km South of the capital, Sanaa. The Yemeni news agency, Sabaa, quoted the governor of Zummar, Muhammad Hajib, as saying as saying "these reports are .. groundless."
Bahrain's minister of commerce, Ali Saleh al-Saleh, arrived today in Kuwait for a two-day official visit.
Five Algerian citizens were killed on Monday following a bomb explosion in Satah Kneiss town in Tebseh province, and other citizens were reported wounded.
Libya and Pakistan today signed a joint culture agreement which calls for exchanging artistic delegations between the two sides.
Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Premier and Chairman of the National Guard Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz today met with Kuwaiti Minister of Interior Sheikh Muhammad Khaled al-Hamad al-Sabah in Riyadh.
In a telephone call, Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi and his Jordanian counterpart, Jawad al-Anani, today exchanged views on current developments in the region and issues of concern to the Islamic world.
Five Lebanese civilians were killed and one wounded when a bomb was detonated in Israeli-occupied south Lebanon, Fox News reported.
The Israeli Cabinet is likely to approve Defense Minister Mordechai's plan for conditional withdrawal from south Lebanon, Haaretz reported.
A Palestinian Hamas member was sentenced to three years in prison for planning to kidnap Jerusalem mayor Ehud Olmert, Bahrain Tribune reported.
The Human Rights Watch organization asked the UN to look into Saudi treatment of expatriate workers in Saudi Arabia, Nando Times reported.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu told settlers, "We are not suckers," after rejecting a US initiative for Israeli West Bank redeployment, Fox News reported.
Qatar dissolved its Information Ministry and placed its responsibilities in the care of other ministries, CNN reported.
Saudi Arabia said that Saudi authorities had not harassed Iranian pilgrims, as was alleged last week, CNN reported.
UN official Jayantha Dhanapala said inspections of Iraqi presidential sites could be concluded in two days, Fox News reported.
Moroccan Prime Minister Abdel Rahman Youssefi called on his government's members to show solidarity, harmony, uprightness, honesty, competence and dialogue. He said that the government is the result of a wide coalition with goals set by himself according to the instruction of King Hassan II.
Khaled Ikram, the World Bank's representative in Egypt, confirmed that Egypt is capable of increasing its economic growth rate to 7% by the year 2000 from its current rate of 5% and said this increase will contribute to reducing poverty as enhance job creation.
Ahmed Goweili, Egyptian minister of commerce and supply, announced new exhibitions of Egyptian goods during the coming few weeks in five Arab countries: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Goweili added that efforts exerted during the last year led to an increase of Egyptian exports to Asia.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the head of the current session of the European Union, will begin a visit on April 19 to Egypt, Israel and Saudi Arabia. His visit was preceded by a tour by British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, which aroused wide debate and discontent inside Israel.
Israeli occupation forces on Monday bombarded the town of Majdal Zoun in south Lebanon. The bombardment covered the outskirts of Majdal Zoun, al-Mansouri and Zibkin towns.
The president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nahyan, on Monday received a message from President Suhartu of Indonesia relating to issues of mutual concern.
The Israeli army radio said Israeli and Jordanian naval forces are conducting a joint naval exercise in the Gulf of Aqaba pertaining to what the radio described as "fighting sea pollution."
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President Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates UAE stated that the Arab states have their own weight and might and thereby should have a clear-cut stand and role. Sheikh Zayed said Arabs should work collectively to maintain inter-Arab tolerance and dialogue, preserve Arab potential and invest that potential for the prosperity and welfare of their peoples.
Iraqi Minister of Commerce Muhammad Saleh on Monday said Australia's wheat exports to Iraq will be affected due to Australia's continuing military presence in the Gulf region.