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Damascus releases 225 prisoners, including communists, Muslim Brotherhood members
Well-informed Syrian sources said that at the directives of President Hafez al-Assad Syria recently released 225 prisoners from different organizations, including Muslim Brotherhood members, Communists, Salah Jdid (former US defense minister who died two years before), in addition to other figures whose practices "threatened the country's security."
Syria, Politics, 6/5/1998
Is Suha Bishara on Hizbollah deal list?
A deal between Hizbollah and Israel is eminent and Israeli sources said it could be reached in days. The confirmation that came from Israeli sources was vague and did not go into any details out of fear that the deal might be blown up in the last minute.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 6/5/1998
El-Baz takes result of U.S. initiative into consideration in summit preparations
After his meeting with Esmat Abdul Meguid, Osama El-Baz, the Egyptian president's political advisor, confirmed yesterday that they are currently setting up an Arab summit to address specified topics, and specifying its targeted outcomes, in addition to coordinating between the U.S. initiative, and President Mubarak and President Jacques Chirac's initiative.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 6/5/1998
Palermo conference concludes deliberations
For his part, French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine said that the conference would mark the revival of the European-Mediterranean partnership among the EU 15 member states and the other 12 Mediterranean countries
Regional, Politics, 6/5/1998
India denies nuclear cooperation with Israel
Mukherjee told ArabicNews.com that the nature of Indian-Israeli cooperation is limited to the agricultural field and the area of electronics.
Regional-India, Politics, 6/5/1998
One hundred Sudanese killed on the border with Ethiopia
Speaker of the Sudanese Parliament Hassan al-Turabi said at more than 100 Sudanese soldiers were killed in violent battles with rebel forces on Sudan's borders with Ethiopia.
Sudan, Military, 6/5/1998
US to increase US troops in Gulf
President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nahyan on Thursday received the US undersecretary of state for political affairs, Thomas Pickering, currently on a tour on the Gulf region.
United Arab Emirates-Gulf-USA, Politics, 6/5/1998
Syrian opposition praise release of prisoners
The Syrian authorities have recently released 225 prisoners from different political regulations among them 30 prisoners that the human rights organizations demanded to release.
Syria, Politics, 6/5/1998
Israeli soldier wounded in south Lebanon
Two Israeli helicopters today at dawn raided the valley situated between Maleikh and al-Lweizeh in the al-Tuffah district of south Lebanon. Lebanese security sources said the two Israeli helicopters launched air-to-surface missiles against the targeted region.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 6/5/1998
Yemeni army officers executed under killing charges
The Yemeni news agency Sabaa reported that an officer at the Yemeni air-force was executed in Aden on Wednesday after he admitted to killin one of his colleagues.
Yemen, Judicial, 6/5/1998
3000 Jordanian engineers are unemployed
Number of engineers registered at Jordanian Engineers Union through June 1, 1998 reached 40,000 possessing a range of specializations and including 3,342 women engineers, a research prepared by the Engineers Union with cooperation from the Royal Scientific Association in Jordan and released yesterday said.
Jordan, Economics, 6/5/1998
Amman: No railway project between Irbid and Java
Jordanian Minister of Transport and Communications Sami Qamwa has denied reports that his country agreed with Israel to set up a railway line linking Irbid, north of Amman with the Israeli port of Java, which overlooks the Mediterranean.
Jordan-Israel, Politics, 6/5/1998
Petroleum investments in 16 years worth $98 billion
Hamdi El-Banbi, the Egyptian minister of petroleum, announced that the production of petroleum during the last 16 years has reached $98 billion, including $60 billion in local consumer products and $38 billion in petroleum exports.
Egypt, Economics, 6/5/1998
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Syria's ambassador in Washington Walid al-Mu'allim has denied news reports brodacast by Israeli television that Syrian and Israeli negotiators met for the first time in two years at a forum organized by James Baker's third Institute for public policy in Houston, Texas.
Saudi second deputy premier and defense minister prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz has asserted on Wednesday in Riyadh that inter-Arab relations of amity and cooperation is the sole way to "be able to deter challenges the Arab nation has undergone." In a statement he made in Jeddah the Saudi prince added maintaining solid Arab solidarity is the only way to serve the Arab nation and the Islamic nation alike and to settle their disputes.
Algerian security forces said that 10 persons were wounded in an explosion that took place on Thursday in al-Muwazieh market near al-Bleida province. Four people are reported to be seriously wounded. Meanhwhile, the Algerian dailies reported on Thursday that nine civilians were killed by armed groups, adding that Algerian security forces have killed 20 armed group members during recent days.
The criminal court in Tunis on Tuesday sentenced all Tunisians convicted in the killing of Belgian deputy premier Andre Kolz in 1991 in Belgium to 20 year imprisonment sentences.
Deputy Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament Eli Eirzli has underlined the Syrian political, military and security role in Lebanon, noting this key role is a Lebanese decision, which is not subject to bargaining.
The meetings of the African countries' foreign minister - will begin today to prepare for the thirty four African summit which will be hold from the 8th to 10th of the current June in Wagadougo - capital of Burkina Faso.
The minister of information and culture in the Palestinian government, Yasser Abed Rabbo, asked, "Does establishing the settlements, refusing redeployment and refusing to open Gaza airport and its harbor conform with the Oslo conventions?"
Assistant Secretary general of the Syrian Baath Arab socialist party Abdullah al-Ahmar on Wednesday received Uruguayan parliament member Alem Garcia, who is the candidate of the white national party for Presidential election and member of the executive committee of Fe-Arab.
The Sudanese daily al-Jumhoriyah on Thursday said that Cairo and Khartoum had agreed to resume dialogue to settle suspended issues between the two countries, as well as to enable the Egyptian committee in charge of restoring Egyptian properties confiscated in Sudan to complete its work.
Two soldiers from the Nepalese contingent working within UNIFIL were killed and another two wounded in a car crash on Thursday night. A spokesman for UNIFIL said the accident took place when the car carrying the four Nepalese deviated and fell in a valley, just two km from the Nepalese contingent in al-Henneih, south of Tyre in south Lebanon.
The BBC has appealed to the Yemeni authorities to set free three British journalists who were arrested under charges of violating Yemeni laws relating to journalists working rules in Yemen.
The US has denied reports that it has asked the Arab states for a one-week time before taking a decision to convene an Arab summit conference. US undersecretary of state for political affairs Thomas Pickering was quoted as saying in a statement in Manama that the US has never asked for "the postponement of the summit."
A Tunisian plane carrying a Tunisian official delegation led by transport minister Hussein al-Shawk arrived at Beirut International Airport today. The Tunisian airline company will make one weekly flight between Beirut and Tunis.
Saudi Arabia said it will cut its oil output by 225,000 barrels a day, Fox News reported. Mexico and Venezuela also agreed to make cuts, the report said.
Three BBC journalists were formally charged for filming in a tribal area of Yemen without permission, Nando Times reported.
US forces in the Gulf have been warned to be prepared for possible terrorist attacks, and naval forces canceled "unnecessary" shore leave, CNN reported.
The Palestinian high court of justice decided on Thursday to release Abdul Aziz El-Rantisi, the spokesman of Hamas, who was arrested by Palestinian police on April 9. The court decided in its May session to offer the general prosecution a last chance that ended on Thursday to indicate the reasons for arresting Rantisi.
Hanan Ashrawi, the Palestinian minister of higher education, accused the Israeli authorities on Thursday of destroying the Palestinian - Israeli peace talks. Ashrawi confirmed the importance of holding an urgent Arab summit in order to take a decisive stance towards Israeli obstinacy concerning the peace track in the Middle East.
The Egyptian authorities continued their investigations into the accused Islamist terrorist Abdul Fattah Fahmi, who was recently arrested during his attempt to enter the country from Jordan using a forged passport.
The Sudanese authorities announced yesterday that he is instituting a general military mobilization after battles between the Sudanese army and rebel forces in the South. Sudanese President Omar El-Bashir called for all who are capable of carrying weapons to join the army.
Egyptian Minister of Interior Habib al-Adli received yesterday the secretary-general of the public committee for general security in Libya. A security source said that during the meeting the two ministers tackled aspects of cooperation between Libyan police bodies in the fields of combating crime and developing coordination in the fields of combating terrorism and organized crime.
The Syrian People's Assembly on Wednesday discussed the state's general draft budget for 1998 submitted by the government and estimated at 237.3 billion Syrian pounds (US $5.2 billion), representing an increase of 12 percent over the figures from last year's budget.
Speaker of the Australian Parliament Ian Sinclair will arrive tomorrow in Damascus for a four-day visit to Syria.
The symposium held by the Jordanian Communist Party on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the usurpation of Palestine, "al-Nakbah," called for maintaining solidarity with Syria and Lebanon in their rejection of US and Israeli pressure aimed at separating the Syrian and Lebanese tracks.