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$1 billion from European Union to Egypt to prepare for free trade
Ambassador Gamal Bayoumi, the assistant Egyptian foreign minister, said on his return from participating in the international meeting of the Mediterranean countries that Europe has decided to present more than $1 billion to Egypt to finance a program to modernize its industries beginning this year.
Egypt-European Union, Economics, 4/30/1998
Yemeni Premier resigns
Yemeni television on Wednesday said that Yemeni Prime Minister Farah Bin Ghanim has submitted his resignation to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh who accepted it.
Yemen, Politics, 4/30/1998
Will London meeting be canceled?
Netanyahu lately has become even harder and too difficult to understand. "Netanyahu," said the source, "is clearly trying to push the state of affair between Israel and the US to the verge of confrontation hoping that this effort would get him support from within the US congress against the Administration of President Bill Clinton."
Palestine-Israel-USA, Politics, 4/30/1998
Iraqi leadership meets on next steps after UN sanctions extended
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein on Wednesday presided over a joint meeting for the revolution's council leadership and the ruling Baath party leadership to discuss relations between Iraq and the UN following the decision of the UN not to lift sanctions imposed on Iraq for eight years.
Iraq-UN, Politics, 4/30/1998
Moussa briefs Mubarak on Palestine visit
Netanyahu stressed readiness to defy the world as a whole against preserving what he described as the "security of the Israelis." Moussa described these statements is lacking a sense of responsibility and contradictory to the logic of the present time.
Egypt-Palestine, Politics, 4/30/1998
Abdul Meguid calls for Arab reconciliation
Esmat Abdul Meguid, the secretary-general of the Arab League, yesterday newly confirmed the importance of Arab reconciliation based on frankness to regain Arab solidarity and achieve economic integrity.
Regional, Politics, 4/30/1998
Arab national conference asks for resolution of disputes between Arab states
Thus the conference's participants demanded the resolution of disputes between Arab states as soon as possible, practical contexts for solidarity and the establishment of an Arab court of justice.
Regional, Politics, 4/30/1998
Sudanese Parliamentarian suspected of defection to the opposition
An independent Sudanese newspaper Al-Usbou suggested that a member of the Sudanese parliament might have defected to Sudan's People liberation Army ( SPLA ) which has been fighting for over 14 years against the central government.
Sudan, Local, 4/30/1998
Abu Dhabi to spend $75 billion on development
Abu Dhabi will pump around $75 billion into a long-term development plan for its infrastructure and other sectors, officials said.
United Arab Emirates, Economics, 4/30/1998
British House of commons discusses Lockerbie settlement
London on Wednesday said it still opposes the idea of permitting the trial of the two Libyans suspected of being involved in the bombing of a US passenger jet over Lockerbie in Scotland in 1988 to be held in a neutral country.
Libya-UK, Judicial, 4/30/1998
Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani dies in London at 73
Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani died today in London after suffering a stroke. Syrian President Hafez al-Assad sent a special plane to bring Qabbani's body from London to be buried in his birthplace, Damascus.
Regional-Syria, People, 4/30/1998
Jordanian authorities ban opposition rally on 50th anniversary of Palestine usurpation
A representative of the Islamic Labor Party in the commission, Humam Saeed, said "The ban imposed by the Jordanian authorities should be strongly condemned for preventing the Jordanians from expressing their anger over the 50th anniversary of the usurpation of Palestine while the Israeli embassy in Amman is celebrating huge festivities on this very painful occasion."
Jordan, Local, 4/30/1998
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Spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry has called on the UN Security Council to alleviate the sanctions imposed on Iraq gradually in compliance with UN Security Council resolutions, the Chinese news agency reported.
The European Union's Presidency issued a statement condemning the latest massacres of civilians in Algeria, saying that the EU "remain[s] supportive of the Algerian Government's efforts - within the rule of law and consistent with human rights - to protect their citizens from terrorism."
The Palestinian territories will be closed off from Israel until Saturday for security reasons during Israel's celebration of its statehood, Haaretz reported.
Qatar will host the meetings of the Arab educational development program on May 25-28 the organized by Qatar's Education and Higher Education Ministry in collaboration with UNESC's regional office, Qatar News Agency reported.
Lebanon's Cabinet will address in its meeting today bill that would raise public-sector pay scales, Lebanon News Wire reported.
After drifting at sea for ten days, seven fishermen, including five Omanis, were rescued, Oman Daily Observer reported.
Terminal 2 at the Dubai International Airport is due to open today as part of the airport's development initiative, Khaleej Times reported.
The UN Office of the Iraq Program, as of April 27, began considering contracts under the oil-for-food deal with Iraq on a priority basis, the UN secretary-general's spokesman's office said. As of Monday 72 contracts had been approved within phase three of the program, 65 in the food sector and seven for other humanitarian aid, including medicines.
The Palestinian government named its still-unopened airport in Gaza Yasser Arafat International Airport, Fox News reported.
Britain renewed its opposition to a Libyan offer, accepted by a representative of UK families of victims of the Lockerbie bombing, to try to Libyan suspects in the bombing at a neutral site, Nando Times reported. The US stated its opposition to the plan earlier this week.
Palestinian Minister of Higher Education Hanan Ashrawi told the National Press Club in Washington DC that Palestine will be declared an independent state next year, CNN reported.
Sudan's northern opposition and southern rebels called for a boycott of the referendum on the new constitution, due to begin tomorrow and last through May 20.
Syrian Defense Minister Lt. Gen. Mustafa Tlass on Wednesday met with Sudanese Defense Minister Gen. Ibrahim Suleiman Hassan and his accompanying delegation for enhancing them relations between Syria and Sudan.
The Egyptian satellite Nile Sat was successfully launched on Wednesday morning from a French base in South America in the presence of Egyptian Information Minister Safwat al-Sharif. Nile Sat, scheduled to reach its orbit in space on May 7, will provide communication services and TV channels.
Lebanese President Elias Hrawi on Wednesday received Fiji President Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, currently visiting Lebanon to discussed bilateral relations.
Morocco signed yesterday an agreement with the United Nations, according to which a U.N. center for human rights in Morocco will be established.