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London talks end with failure
Former US Secretary of State James Baker, meanwhile, suggested that the US say publicly that it supports a 13.1 percent Israeli withdrawal. Baker censured the Clinton Administration's handling of the political process, saying that Washington today lacks the courage to pressure Israel, by going public with its peace initiative
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 5/5/1998
Many arrested in Zarqa and Amman for political reasons
The spokesman of Jordanian People's Democratic Party announced in a statement that a number of the party's members in Zarqa, Amman and Bak'a were arrested by Jordanian security apparatus.
Jordan, Local, 5/5/1998
Moussa has received an important communique from his Sudanese counterpart
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa has received an important communique from his Sudanese counterpart Mustafa Othman Ismael. Moussa said this message tackles supporting relations between Egypt and Sudan in addition to methods of moving bilateral ties forward, not backward.
Egypt-Sudan, Politics, 5/5/1998
Yemeni president consults to form a new government
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh began communications within his ruling party, the General People's Congress, to choose the coming prime minister after former prime minister Farag Bin Ghanem presented his resignation from that post last Wednesday.
Yemen, Politics, 5/5/1998
Trial for officers accused of negligence in Luxor attack
The high disciplinary court in Egypt has specified the June 14 as the date it will hand down judgment on two Luxor police officers; General Medhat El-Shanawani, the previous manager of the board directors of Luxor's police; and his deputy, General Abu El-Ata Yousef.
Egypt, Judicial, 5/5/1998
Riyadh reissues work visas for Yemeni workers
A Yemeni official source said on Saturday that Riyadh has started to reissue visas giving work licenses to Yemenis to work in Saudi Arabia following seven years of suspension.
Yemen-Saudi Arabia, Politics, 5/5/1998
Hamas calls on Arafat reconsider policy
Founder of the Palestinian National Resistance Movement, Hamas, Sheikh Ahmad Yassin has called on Palestinian President Yasser Arafat to reconsider his stances, which bargain Yassin said with the Palestinian people's rights, and to join the Palestinian resistance.
Palestine-Israel-USA, Politics, 5/5/1998
Sudanese peace talks start with accusations
A spokesman for the Sudanese People's Liberation Army accused Khartoum of using nutrition as a tool in the war at a time in which humanitarian organizations are warning of famine in the country's south.
Sudan, Politics, 5/5/1998
Arafat to annouce statehood after conference on Jerusalem
El-Tiar confirmed that the conference will be held at the very time when Palestinian President Yasser Arafat will formally announce the establishment of an independent Palestinian state after the meeting, pointing out that the coming year is a decisive year for Jerusalem according to the Oslo accords.
Regional, Politics, 5/5/1998
Hizbullah officials: War with Israel not yet finished
Meanwhile Ibrahim Amin from Hizbullah said that all the countries that are trying to get Israel out of south Lebanon through guarantees and conditions are not laying the responsibility for crimes, massacres and damages in Lebanon attributable to Israel.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 5/5/1998
El-Baz in Doha today, as Moussa accepts Qatari invitation
Egyptian political advisor Osama El-Baz will arrive today in Doha at the invitation of the Gasra social and cultural club in order to give lectures at the Doha Sheraton hotel about globalization, the Arab summit and problems facing the peace process.
Egypt-Qatar, Politics, 5/5/1998
Qatari leader to visit Bosnia next month
Sheikh Hamad will convey Qatar's support for economic and aid projects in Bosnia to materialize the relations between the two countries and that Sheikh Hamad and Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic will discuss methods of confronting the conditions to which Moslems in Europe and around the world are exposed.
Qatar-Bosnia, Politics, 5/5/1998
One million cell-phones within five years
The agreement to establish the second portable telephone network in Egypt was signed yesterday. The network will be established by Egyptian, American and British companies in cooperation with one another.
Egypt, Business, 5/5/1998
Algerian army kills 89 Islamists, Armed Islamic Group kills 11 civilians
The armed men set up a roadblock in Khamis Malyana district in al-Medea province, 70 km south of the capital. The Algerian daily Le Matin reported that the attackers forced 11 passengers to get out of two trucks and slaughtered them after setting fire to the trucks.
Algeria, Military, 5/5/1998
Industrial free area zone starts receiving applications
Jordan's Prime Minister Abdul-Salam Majali yesterday visited Hassan Industrial Zone in Irbid city. He took a fast look at the services provided there to attract investment.
Jordan, Business, 5/5/1998
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IMF officials are in talks with the Moroccan government about improving the performance of the economy that witnessed a 2.2 growth decline in 1997. Expectation are for an above 5% GNP growth rate this year.
The UAE will support the Lebanon's currency by depositing $100 million in the Lebanese central bank, Khaleej Times reported.
During 1997, Iran was the emirate of Dubai's largest trade partner, IRNA reported.
Qatar's Emir issued a decree establishing a board of directors for the Doha International Airport Public Corporation for three-year terms, Qatar News Agency reported.
Saudi Arabia's minister of oil met yesterday with the U.S. secretary of energy to discuss oil supply, the Kyoto enviromental agreement, and other issues, Saudi Press Agency reported.
Meetings of the Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah in preparation for the meetings of the World Trade Organization addressed a variety of issues, including implementation of projects and economic dumping, IRNA reported.
Iraq called on the U.N. Security Council to act quickly to respond to Iraqi warnings of "grave" results if economic sanctions are not lifted quickly, Fox News reported.
Pakistani scientist Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan denied reports that he offered plans to Iraq for constructing nuclear weapons, Nando Times reported.
France said that officials likely covered up the actual number of Algerians killed in a 1961 protest for independence, Nando Times reported.
Ismail Salem, the Egyptian minister of health, said on Sunday while accompanying Yehia Kadoum, the Algerian minister of health, that Egypt and Algeria agreed on cooperation in the health and medicine field medicinal drugs manufacturing technology.
King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia on Monday presided over a Cabinet meeting during which various Arab and Islamic issues were reviewed, foremost Israel's policy toward Jerusalem, Palestine and the occupied Arab territories including the Golan and south Lebanon.
Arab League Secretary-General Esmat Abdul Meguid and chief of the Paris-based Arab-European Studies Center Salah Bakr Tayyar discussed in Cairo means of convening an international conference on Jerusalem next February in Morocco.
Six Jordanian students from the Jordanian Girls' University were seriously injured yesterday in a car accident on the Jordanian airport highway in Amman.