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Israel increases security in expectation of suicide attacks
Hamas leaders rushed to threaten that the assassination of their man No. 1 after Ayyash "will not pass unpunished."
Palestine-Israel, Local, 4/1/1998
Three-way summit includes Egypt, Syria and Saudi Arabia
A small Arab summit will be held during the coming hours comprising Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, and Saudi Arabia's King Fahd Bin Abdel Aziz to discuss the results of the latest efforts to revive the peace process.
Regional, Politics, 4/1/1998
Iranian president is to visit UAE to close case of three islands
Iranian sources in Cairo said that Iranian President Mohammed Khatami will visit the United Arab Emirates very soon. No specific date was set for the visit, but he preferred to hold it within the current month, the sources said.
Iran-United Arab Emirates, Politics, 4/1/1998
Lebanon opposes conditional withdrawal: Hariri
Israel's Cabinet formally accepted UN resolution 425 today, stating that Israeli troops would withdraw if Lebanon provides security measures
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 4/1/1998
Iraq leverages the few options it has in foreign relations
Saleh expected Iraq to be permitted to buy more than $3 billion worth of medicines and foodstuffs that have been approved for purchase according to the fourth phase of the oil-for-food accord.
Iraq-Regional, Economics, 4/1/1998
Rubin: Palestine, Israel well short of bridging gaps
US State Department spokesman James Rubin said that despite US peace envoy Dennis Ross's recent meetings with the two sides, the Palestinians and Israelis are still "well short of the kind of hard decisions that need to be made to genuinely close and fully close the gaps" between them.
Palestine-Israel-USA, International, 4/1/1998
Prince of Qatar will visit France soon
French - Arab relations are witnessing development because of French support for Arab positions, including its views toward the peace process, changing its attitude toward the Lockerbie crisis and its support for diplomatic endeavors to solve the recent Iraq crisis peacefully.
Qatar-France, Politics, 4/1/1998
Syrian-Saudi committee meets on cooperation
Omran said the whole world is proceeding towards the creation of economic blocs whose forms and dimensions are designed in a way that serves the developed countries, noting that Arab countries possess means of defending their interests through economic cooperation.
Saudi Arabia-Syria, Economics, 4/1/1998
Sudanese President to sign constitution in June
Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir will ratify the African state's new constitution on June 30, exactly nine years following his assumption of power in a military coup.
Sudan, Politics, 4/1/1998
Israel continues attacks in south Lebanon, focus on those helping the resistance
Israeli forces deported a woman and her three year-old son from the town of Ramya and detained a Lebanese civilian from Shabaa town, jailing him at Khiam prison on accusations of cooperating with the Lebanese resistance.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 4/1/1998
Explosion that kills six coincides with Mordechai's visit to south Lebanon
The incident took place at 7.30 p.m., just one hour after a Lebanese resistance attack on al-Ahmadieh (Kawkaba) position, when six Lebanese construction workers left the position in a pickup truck.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 4/1/1998
Jordan exempts Israel from water fees
The Jordanian government has exempted the Israeli water company in charge of pumping water to Jordan from bills, fees and stamps estimated at 513,000 Jordanian dinars, according to the Israeli-Jordanian water agreement.
Jordan-Israel, Economics, 4/1/1998
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Some 180 Somalis drowned last week when the vessel taking them to Yemen sank, according to a report issued on Tuesday by the UN Higher Commission for Refugees.
UNESCO on Tuesday awarded its "Cities for Peace" awards to municipal heads of four cities, including, Tunis, the Tunisian capital. The awards, each estimated at $25,000 US will be distributed to the selected city later today in a celebration to be held in Stockholm.
Saudi Arabia announced that the Eid al-Adha feast, which comes one day after the climax of the announced Haj pilgrimage to Mecca, would start on April 7.
The sultanate of Oman and Egypt held their first round of official talks yesterday on bilateral cooperation in regulating air transport services between the two countries.
UAE federal institutions and will be closed between April 6-10 for Eid al-Adha, Khaleej Times reported.
Jordan plans to build a small nuclear reactor for education and research, Jordan Times reported.
The UN voted, over the objections of 25 countries including the US and Russia, to observe the muslim holidays of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, Nando Times reported.
The US House of Representatives approved on Tuesday a $2.3 billion spending measure to provide supplemental funding to US forces in the Gulf, as well as peacekeeping forces in Bosnia.
Sayed Abu Zied, the Egyptian Foreign Minister's assistant for Arab affairs and the Middle East, met with Ziefy Mazeel, the Israeli ambassador in Cairo. Abu Zied said the meeting tackled recent developments in the region.
Saudi Arabia is providing fire-resistant tents for pilgrims on this year's Haj, Bahrain Tribune reported.
Teacher strikes for better pensions closed Lebanese public schools yesterday, Bahrain Tribune reported.
Hamas candidates won student elections at Hebron University, defeating candidates from Fatah, the group with which Palestinian President Yasser Arafat is affiliated, Nando Times reported.
Iraq said it would pump as much oil as possible under UN approval to make up for $400 million in unsold oil within the recently-expired oil-for-food deal, CNN reported.
UN official Charles Duelfer said that inspections of presidential sites have so far revealed no link to chemical weapons, CNN reported.
The United Arab Emirates today signed a contract provides for purchasing 40% of Sri Lanka's national airlines at a cost of US $70 million.
The Syrian Cabinet on Tuesday discussed ratifying the industrial cooperation accord with the Yemeni government and discussed measures and recommendations to organize unlicensed residential districts, provide essential services to them and limit expansion of such districts.