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More clashes but less blood in Palestine
Israeli tanks took positions in a number of cities in a show of force and a message that the Israeli might not hesitate to break into the Palestinian cities if clashes between the two sides deteriorate to firearms use.
Palestine, Politics, 5/15/1998
Iran criticizes U.A.E. - U.S. F-16 warplane deal
Iranian radio on Wednesday criticized the United Arab Emirates' purchase of F- 16 warplanes from the U.S., noting that this deal may "threaten peace and stability in the region."
United Arab Emirates-Iran-USA, Politics, 5/15/1998
Gas and petroleum sectors in Arab countries need $120 billion
The general manager of the Arab company for the petroleum investments, Nour El-Din Farrag, estimated the financial needs in Arab states' gas and petroleum sectors through the year 2003 at about $120 billion, without counting the investment in the gas and the petroleum sectors.
Regional, Economics, 5/15/1998
Arab League, Islamic Conference speak on Palestine Nakba anniversary
marking the 50th anniversary of the usurpation of Palestine the A.L. noted that the cause of Palestine is the core of the Arab - Israeli conflict, adding that the concept of "occupation and aggression" cannot last for ever
Regional-Palestine, Politics, 5/15/1998
El-Ghazali confirmes Libya mediation between Sudan and the Opposition
In press statements yesterday the Libyan minister of unity, Gomea El-Ghazali, confirmed the continuation of the Libyan mediation between the Sudanese government and opposition in order to achieve reconciliation.
Libya-Sudan, Politics, 5/15/1998
Saudi FM to visit Iran this month
Iranian ambassador to Saudi Arabia Muhammad Rida Nouri expected on Thursday that the Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal will visit Iran at the invitation of his Iranian counterpart Kamal Kharazi during the last week of this month.
Saudi Arabia-Iran, Politics, 5/15/1998
Syrian President confers with Russian envoy
Posovaluke conveyed a message from Russian President Boris Yeltsin to President al-Assad. The Russian envoy also conveyed an invitation from the Russian President to visit Federal Russia and President Assad accepted it and promised the visit would be made at the proper time.
Syria-Russia, Politics, 5/15/1998
Egypt, Argentina agree to develop nuclear reactors for peaceful purposes
Engineer Maher Abaza, the Egyptian minister of energy and electricity, confirmed after signing a protocol for technical cooperation in field of energy with Alfredo Meirkeen, the Argentine minister of energy, the two countries' readiness to develop experimental nuclear reactors.
Egypt-Argentina, Economics, 5/15/1998
Jordan concerned about occupied lands
"Israel should bear responsibility for protecting Islamic and Christian holy shrines in the city," Jordanian Prime Minister Dr. Abdul Salam Majali said. "The extremists' act cotntradicts with the spirit of Jordan's peace treaty with Israel which includes articles dealing with the holy places," he added
Jordan-Palestine, Politics, 5/15/1998
G.C.C. financial committee to meet on Saturday
Saudi Arabian economic sources disclosed that Gulf States' ministers of commerce and industry will come to Riyadh leading their delegations to the 47th meeting of the financial economic cooperation committee on Saturday.
Gulf, Economics, 5/15/1998
Al-Azhar Sheikh condemns criminal act in Jerusalem
Al-Azhar Imam Sheikh Mohammed Sayyed Tantawi condemned yesterday evening the attack carried out by Israeli extremists on Wednesday night against Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.
Regional-Palestine, Politics, 5/15/1998
Historical cities' conference causes dispute over Jerusalem representation
The Arab League on Thursday objected to an invitation extended by Poland to the mayor of Jerusalem, Ehud Olmert, and excluded the representative of the Palestinian government to the historical cities conference to be held in Krakov on May 25 - 28.
Palestine-Israel-Poland, Politics, 5/15/1998
Israel continues aggressions, expels three Lebanese
The Israeli occupation forces expelled Lebanese citizen Muhammad Mousa al-Daher, his daughter Muna and her five-month old daughter from Shabaa
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 5/15/1998
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Jawad al-Anani, the Jordanian deputy prime minister and foreign minister arrives in Cairo late today for a two-day visit to Egypt.
A Bahraini health official called for education in schools to discourage the use of drugs, alcohol and cigarettes, Gulf Daily News reported.
Meetings on the transfer of dangerous waste materials across borders according to the Basel accords will be held in Bahrain on June 15-17, Gulf News Agency reported.
A ship's crew dumped around 100 diseased cows off the U.A.E. coast last month and at least 28 of the dead animals' bodies are floating in waters off Sharjah and Ajman, Khaleej Times reported.
Arab League Secretary-General Esmat Abdul Meguid called for closer ties between Iran and the A.L., IRNA reported.
Use of Maxime Rodinson's book "Mohammad" at American University in Cairo was banned by Egyptian Minister of Higher Education Mufid Shehab because the book's content was deemed blasphemous toward Islam, IRNA reported.
U.S. State Department spokesman James Rubin said that after meetings between U.S. Secretary of State Albright and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on the stalled Middle East peace process, "The basic situation remains unchanged, although there is sufficient reason to continue serious work."
Israeli Arabs will rally today near the Israeli settlement of Tzipori (Saforiyeh) to call for the return of Arab 1948 refugees, Haaretz reported. Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish will speak at the event, the report said.
The Israeli Ministry of Agriculture has threatened to end trade privileges for Palestinian products if the European Commission refuses to give trade privileges to agricultural products produced in Israeli settlements, Haaretz reported.
The U.N. Security Council said it would lessen its Iraq nuclear inspections after Iraq clarifies information on some of the weapons its says it dismantled, Nando Times reported.
After two days of violence, a general strike on the main Comoran island was partially lifted, allowing some shops to reopen, CNN reported.
Egyptian official sources confirmed yesterday that Indonesian President Suharto cut short his visit to Egypt in order to return to his country which has witnessed bloody disturbances this week.
A Yemeni official source confirmed yesterday that the international arbitration organization will announce on May 22, its judgment on who has sovereignty over the great Henish Island, which is an issue of conflict between Yemen and Eritrea.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Thursday assigned his foreign minister, Abdul Karim al-Iryani to form a new Cabinet after two weeks since the resignation of former Prime Minister Faraj Bin Ghanem.
The Jordanian printing and publication department on Wednesday released a decision banning the circulation of the London-based al-Quds al-Arabi daily, whose chief editor is Abdul Bari Atwan.