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Final stages of exchange for prisoners and killed between Hizbullah and Israel
The final stages of the exchange deal between Hizbullah and Israel are due to take place on Friday, or at the latest on Sunday after Israel identifies beyond any doubt through DNA tests the body of Itamar Ilya
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 6/25/1998
Mubarak: Israel is challenging America
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said that the problems from which the Middle East suffers, among which is the current Israeli government's obstinacy, will not lead to prevailing calm in the area.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 6/25/1998
Former Jordanian premier critical of Jordanian policy
Former Jordanian Prime Minister Taher al-Masri has expressed pessimism over the possibility for a change to take place in the Jordanian official policy towards internal detente and return to the Arab ranks, especially toward reconciliation with Syria and Iraq.
Jordan, Politics, 6/25/1998
Morocco to have its 1st bone marrow transplant unit
Morocco will launch next October its first bone marrow transplant unit to spare the Moroccan patients the sufferings of travelling abroad to undergo grafting operations.
Morocco, Health, 6/25/1998
44 policemen and 24 terrorists killed last year
The Egyptian Human Rights Organization stated that 44 Egyptian policemen and 24 members of Islamist armed groups were killed during confrontations between the two sides last year, in a report on Egypt last year.
Egypt, Politics, 6/25/1998
Husseini calls for announcing Palestinian state
Husseini said that he believes that the Palestinian territories currently are under a similar atmosphere as that before the Intifada (uprising), adding that the coming unrest will experience different methods of protest than those of the Intifada.
Palestine, Politics, 6/25/1998
Turkish foreign minister to visit Israel
Turkish sources in Cairo told ArabicNews.com that Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem will begin a three-day official visit to Israel on July 6.
Turkey-Israel, Politics, 6/25/1998
King Hassan's determination for change gave us courage, said Youssoufi
King Hassan II's determination to ensure change "encouraged us to accept alternation", Moroccan Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi told French "Liberation" daily on Wednesday.
Morocco, Politics, 6/25/1998
Jordanian deputy complains that Syrian border authorities abused him
A Jordanian deputy accused the Syrian border authorities of abusing him in a way that does not suit a deputy in the Deputies' Council (the Jordanian parliament), a matter which led him to return to Jordan with his family.
Jordan-Syria, Politics, 6/25/1998
Moratinos: EU refuses amendment of 425
In a statement he made on Wednesday following his meeting in Beirut with Lebanese Foreign Minister Fares Boueiz, Moratinos said that he will discuss next Monday in Luxembourg with the EU foreign ministers a strategic initiative concerning the peace process in the region.
Lebanon-Tunisia-European Union, Politics, 6/25/1998
Moroccan party asks for strengthening public liberties
Abdul-Elah Ben, the deputy secretary-general for the party of the Moroccan Popular Constitutional Democratic Movement party asked the Moroccan government to work in order to strengthen liberties in the country, referring to his opposition to the house arrest to which Abdul Salam Yassin, the leader of the prohibited Charity and Justice Party, is subjected.
Morocco, Politics, 6/25/1998
Arab League calls on Washington and Moscow to pressure Israel
The Arab League's council held an urgent meeting today among the AL's permanent deputies, headed by Esmat Abdul Meguid, the league's secretary-general, to devise an Arab position toward the Israeli plan to Judaize Jerusalem.
Regional, Politics, 6/25/1998
Egyptian minister of international cooperation signs agreement with Slovenia
El-Beshri will sign with his Slovenian counterpart two agreements over scientific and economic cooperation as well as protecting joint investments.
Egypt-Slovenia, Economics, 6/25/1998
Hamdoon: Iraq may reconsider policy toward UNSCOM if sanctions remain
Iraqi ambassador to the UN Nizar Hamdoon denied that Iraq possessed VX nerve gas during the Gulf War and used it in warheads, as reported by chief UN weapons inspector Richard Butler.
Iraq, Politics, 6/25/1998
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The Qatari - Sudanese joint committee signed agreements to avoid double taxation, protect private investments and set up a committee to support bilateral economic cooperation, Qatar News Agency reported.
Oman signed a R.O. 7.85 million agreement to develop a fishing harbor in Dhalkut wilayat, Dhofar governorate with Galfar Engineering Company, Oman News Agency reported.
As of July 1, the UAE can begin exporting fish to European Union states, but must include certificates verifying that the fish are healthy, Khaleej Times reported.As of July 1, the UAE can begin exporting fish to European Union states, but must include certificates verifying that the fish are healthy, Khaleej Times reported.
Kuwait's government reduced the state's budget for this year by just over 10% to 4.41 billion dinars, Gulf News reported.
Lebanon's parliament is reviewing a draft law covering the wage scale for public-sector employees, Lebanon News Wire reported.
A Kuwait Airways corporation flight bound for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia was forced to land at Kuwait International Airport shortly after takeoff because of a bomb threat, Oman Daily Observer reported.
Alexandria officials agreed to alter the construction of a highway that was routed through an area that was discovered in 1997 to contain an ancient burial ground to overpass the find, Voice of America reported.
Lebanese Foreign Minister Fares Boueiz on Wednesday discussed with his Tunisian counterpart Saeed Bin Mustafa bilateral relations and signed two agreements providing for protection of investments and preventing double-taxation.
Moroccan customs agents have seized recently 648 kg of cannabis in Al Hoceima region (northeastern Morocco).
Hamas announced on Wednesday in Gaza that its spiritual leader, Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, arrived in Gaza after a controversial four-month tour in the Middle East.
A symposium on computer science in relation to the Arabic language and the apportunities it represents in education was held in Damascus on Tuesday. It was attended by chairman of the Syrian informatics society Dr. Bashar al-Assad and organized by the Ministry of Higher Education.
Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah on Wednesday received the chairman of the French-Arab friendship society, Lucien Bitterlin. Talks included strengthening Kuwaiti-French and Arab-French relations.
Mauritania's Minister of Interior, Post and Telecommunications Col. Ahmad Ould Minnih discussed with his Jordanian counterpart Nazir Rashid during their meeting on Wednesday in Amman bilateral relations.