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Netanyahu is back: conditional acceptance of 13% pullout
The whole situation seemd very negative since Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has managed to prevent any progress in the peace process, said Palestinian negotiating team coordinator Hassan Asfour in his comments on the latest trip to the US by Netanyahu.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 5/18/1998
Gulf countries discuss united currency
Kuwaiti Minister of Finance Ali Salem El-Ali said that there is a general trend among the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council to establish a customs union and united tariffs very soon.
Gulf-Kuwait, Economics, 5/18/1998
Iraq to all Arab states: we are ready for dialog
Iraqi Deputy Premier Tariq Aziz on Sunday arrived in Rome from Paris in the course of a European tour seeking support for liftings sanctions imposed on Iraq by U.N. resolutions.
Iraq-UN, Politics, 5/18/1998
Egyptian authorities allow Sudanese to visit Cairo
The Egyptian security authorities allowed about 250 Sudanese coming across Halfa valley harbor to enter Egypt according to the visas that they obtained from the Egyptian embassy in Khartoum, and is responding to their desire to visit their relatives residing in Egypt or get checkups on their health.
Egypt-Sudan, Politics, 5/18/1998
Mubrak arrives in France
Sources in the Egyptian presidency said Mubarak will inaugurate an exhibition in France under the title of "Alexandria's Greatness," then he will deliver a lecture at the French institute for international relations.
Egypt-France, Politics, 5/18/1998
Lebanon asks World Bank for guarantees on future loans
The Lebanese government asked World Bank director James Wolfensohn to discuss the possibilities for presenting guarantees for loans held by the government with international parties or in the world finance markets.
Lebanon, Economics, 5/18/1998
Parliament rejects allowing police to enter homes to check for guns
The government presented the draft law to enable to the police to deal with thousands of weapons that were left by the Iraqi forces and obtained by Kuwaiti citizens without licenses and without being licensed by the government.
Kuwait, Politics, 5/18/1998
Jordan cancels participation in Israeli medical conference in Jerusalem
Jordan has canceled the participation of five Jordanian doctors in a medical conference to be held in occupied Jerusalem. Israeli army radio said that Jordan's health minister canceled the Jordanian medical practitioners' visit to Israel and Jordan's participation in the medical conference.
Jordan, Politics, 5/18/1998
Egypt - New Zealand committee to meet at month's end
Ambassador Said Ragab, the assistant foreign minister for Asian affairs, said this committee will discuss two economic and trade agreements aiming at activating economic trade cooperation and opening new horizons for Egyptian exports.
Egypt-New Zealand, Economics, 5/18/1998
Some 15 Islamists killed in Algeria
Algerian forces killed more than 15 persons, members in the Islamic groups following a mopping-up operation in al-Meizab mountain in Telmesan province using helicopters.
Algeria, Military, 5/18/1998
New Yemeni government takes constitutional oath
The new Yemeni government swore the constitutional oath before Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh yesterday. Thus the new government, formed by Prime Minister Abdul Karim Iryani comprises 30 members, including 22 persons who were ministers in the previous government.
Yemen, Politics, 5/18/1998
Chirac dissatisfied with critical Middle East situation
French President Jacques Chirac on Sunday stressed that security will not be realized in the Middle East region without achieving peace, adding that he is sorry for the critical situation in the region despite the peace process obligations made in Madrid and Oslo.
Palestine-Israel-France, Politics, 5/18/1998
Moroccan crown prince to Geneva, prime minister to Oslo today
Moroccan Prime Minister Abdul Rahman El-Youssefi heads to Oslo today within a delegation from the Socialist Union Party to participate in the meeting of the International Socialist Council, lasting for two days.
Morocco, Politics, 5/18/1998
Continued Israeli-Lebanese resistance confrontation in south Lebanon
The Israeli forces on Sunday bombarded the hills of al-Tuffah district in the areas adjacent to the occupied part of south Lebanon.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 5/18/1998
Amin al-Rihani: Pioneer of Arab literature, philosophy
A poet, writer biographer, reformer and philosopher, Amin al-Rihani favored being called a philosopher. However, he often favored being called a philosopher inasmuch as the philosopher has the qualities of the poet. "Both philosopher and poet," he says, "shoulder one and the same task of unveiling the basic facts of life, whether political or social."
Regional-Lebanon, Literature, 5/18/1998
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Kuwait's first deputy premier and foreign minister Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad on Sunday submitted his resignation to ruler of Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah. The Kuwaiti daily al-Anba' (News) which published the news on Monday said it has been noted recently that Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad did not have any political activities in the country.
The economic committee in the Egyptian People's Assembly agreed on a draft law regulating private sector participation in the capital of the public sector banks, which is the first step paving the way for privatizing an Egyptian bank.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince, Deputy Premier and chairman of the national guard Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz met on Sunday in Jeddah with Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
The 20th meeting of the trade negotiations committee was opened on Sunday at Arab League headquarters in Cairo. The committee is one of the main bodies of the Arab free trade zone.
Meetings of the fifth session of the council of the Turkish-Jordanian joint business center started today in Amman between the Jordanian Businessmen's Society and the Turkish foreign economic relations council with the participation of some 120 businessmen representing the two sides.
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi met today with Jordanian Minister of Agriculture Najm al-Khureisha, currently visiting Tehran.
Bahrain's Prime Minister Sheikh Khaleifa Bin Salman al-Khaleifa today received a message from his Indian counterpart.
The Lebanese police have destroyed a poppy field near the ancient Lebanese town of Baalbek on Saturday as part of the government's campaigns against illegal drugs in Lebanon, Lebanese security officials said. Some 50 drug enforcement officers destroyed about 10 km of hashish plantation in Younen village,
Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa on Saturday received U.S.congressmen Matthew Martinez and Silvestre Reyes, and the chairman of the national council of American-Arab businessmen, Eli Abboud. Talks dealt with developments in the region and the obstacles facing the peace process.
Bahrain's Cabinet discussed concerns of the fishing industry over management of fishing resources, Gulf Daily News reported.
Incidents of unrest continued in Hebron, as Palestinian youths threw stones at Israeli soldiers, Bahrain Tribune reported.
Vatican official Monsignor Dominique Rezeau said the Vatican is considering establishing a university in Amman, Petra reported.
A forming Omani company, Dhahirah Investment Holding Co., held a meeting to iron out details of the company's formation, Oman News Agency reported. The company has an authorized capital of 15 million, 40% of which will be available for general subscription, the report said.
Qatar's Emir authorized an increase in the Qatar General Petroleum Company's capital to 20 billion Qatari riyals, Qatar News Agency reported.
The U.A.E. and Lebanon signed two agreements yesterday for protecting investments and avoiding double taxation, Khaleej Times reported.
Israeli President Ezer Weizman is attempting to win compensation for the family of an Arab man who was stabbed to death last week in Jerusalem, calling the deadly attack a "terrorist incident," Haaretz reported.
Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri held discussions on preparations for upcoming Lebanese local elections with deputy Tammam Salam and Lebanese Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani, with more meetings scheduled, Lebanon News Wire reported.
Jordan and the U.S. began month-long joint military exercises, named "Infinite Moonlight '98," Jordan Times reported.
Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmad Yassin called on the Palestinian people to fight against Israel, Nando Times reported.
The Kuwait Foodstuffs Company opened the first U.S. fast food restaurant, Kentucky Fried Chicken, in Syria, CNN reported.
Egypt has confiscated packages of the impotence drug Viagra, illegally imported into the country which has not yet approved the drug, from pharmacies, Fox News reported.
The U.S. deputy ambassador in Cairo at a symposium called yesterday on the Egyptian government to interfere to reduce the prices of Egyptian products exported to foreign markets, especially cotton products and ready-made clothes, to make them more competitive with other countries' products, pointing out that the U.S. government encourages opening U.S. markets before Egyptian exports.
A new round of European - Egyptian participation negotiations will start on Sunday in Brussels. The Egyptian delegation will be headed by ambassador Gamal Bioumi, the Egyptian assistant foreign minister.
The Iraqi assembly of birth control sent messages to Arab and international organizations in which it said the death rate among Iraqis is increasing due to international sanctions.
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat meets today in Oslo with former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres within a meeting for the International Socialism Council, news reports said in Oslo on Sunday.
Bahrain's Minister of the Interior Sheikh Muhammad Bin Khaleifa has denied recent news reports that the number of detainees arrested in recent incidents that took place in the country number in the thousands and that some of them stay for a long time without trial and judicial conviction. The Gulf News Agency said
Saudi Minister of Agriculture and Water Abdul Karim Bin Muammar on Sunday discussed with Adel el-Baltaji, the director general of the International Center for Agriculture Research in Dry Areas and Arid Zones (ICARDA), headquartered in Aleppo-Syria, issues pertaining to agricultural experiments on plants that can be grown in arid zones and dry areas.
Secretary-general of the Organization of the Islamic Conference Ezzddine al-Iraqi expressed deep concern over the nuclear tests recently carried out by India.