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Assassination of Algerian singer Lounes draws strong condemnations
Renowned Algerian singer Matoub Lounes was killed on Thursday near his village in al-Qabeil (tribes) district
Algeria, Military, 6/27/1998
Moussa to visit the US in July
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa will begin a four-day visit to the United Sates of America on July 9, during which he will meet with US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Moussa will also head his country's delegation to meetings which will undertake US - Egyptian strategic talks.
Egypt-USA, Politics, 6/27/1998
Qatar - Bahrain continue dispute over islands
Qatar has announced that Bahrain has no legal right to link its territories with Hawar islands via a marine route, adding that the new Bahraini measure does not serve relations between the two countries.
Qatar-Bahrain, Politics, 6/27/1998
New law against the press comes under strong criticism
Human Rights Watch addressed a message to Jordan's Speaker Saad Hayil Surour, including the point of view of the international organization that deals with human rights, regarding the draft Law of Press and Publications in Jordan.
Jordan, Politics, 6/27/1998
U.S. waits for response from North African states on ministerial meeting
The U.S.A is currently waiting for a response from three North African countries, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, concerning the possibility of holding an autumn ministerial meeting in Washington to discuss the details of establishing a developed economic partnership with these countries as a preliminary step to establishing a free trade zone.
Maghreb-USA, Economics, 6/27/1998
African mediation efforts to continue between Eritrea and Ethiopia
Ibrahim Daghsh, the spokesman of the Organization of African Unity, said yesterday that African mediation to solve the border dispute between Eritrea and Ethiopia will continue.
Eritrea-Ethiopia-OAU, Politics, 6/27/1998
US is not opposed to a Palestinian state says official
A Palestinian official source told ArabicNews.com that the U.S. is not opposing the announcement of a Palestinian state, saying that US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has informed Yasser Arafat that the US will not let Palestine down in the case it announces its statehood.
Palestine, Politics, 6/27/1998
First Arab tourism ministers conference
Under the patronage of Syrian President Hafez al-Assad Damascus will host on June 29 to 30 the first conference of the council of the Arab tourism ministers.
Regional, Tourism, 6/27/1998
Moussa: Syrian, Jordanian disputes do not affect plenary Arab summit
Egypt's Foreign Minister Amr Moussa has said that disputes between Syria and Jordan may affect a summit by the so called "Cordon states" (Arab countries bordering Israel and in a state of war with it), adding such disputes would not affect a plenary Arab summit.
Regional, Politics, 6/27/1998
King Hassan receives Moroccan soccer team
King Hassan II received on Friday in Rabat the Moroccan soccer team, which returned home the same day coming from France where it made a good showing in the first round of the World Cup, despite being unable to advance.
Morocco, Sports, 6/27/1998
Lebanese - Egyptian businessmen's association to establish a joint bank
The head of the Lebanese - Egyptian businessmen's association, Badran Kamel, said the association intends to establish a joint bank, named Lebanon - Egypt United Bank with a primary capital of $30 million, adding that in December the bank's capital will be presented to businessmen and investors in the two countries for participation.
Egypt-Lebanon, Business, 6/27/1998
Kuwait and Iraq exchanged accusations at Arab parliamentary conference
Sessions of the eighth Arab parliamentary conference in the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, witnessed a hot controversy yesterday between Ahmed El-Saedoun, the chairman of the Kuwait Nation's Council and Saedoun Hamadi, the chairman of the Iraqqi National Council, as the two exchanged accusations over the issue of Kuwaiti captives in Iraq.
Iraq-Kuwait, Politics, 6/27/1998
Gulf Cooperation Council states discuss deterioration of petroleum prices
The foreign ministers of Gulf Cooperation Council countries will hold their 67th session in Riyadh on Sunday, headed by Shiekh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jabir, the head of the current session of the council and the Kuwaiti deputy prime minister and foreign minister.
Gulf, Politics, 6/27/1998
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The Israeli authorities on Friday refused to allow the chairman of the PLO political department, Farouk Qaddoumi, to enter the Palestinian self-rule territories. Al-Qaddoumi opposes the Oslo agreements between Israel and the Palestinian government, Israeli radio said.
The World Bank has agreed to lend Algeria $150 million for the construction of housing units for the benefit of low-income families, Algerian radio reported on Friday. The loan will be paid back in 15 years. The Algerian government will contribute $66.2 million to the project, Map quoted the radio report as saying.
An official security source in the Egyptian ministry denied today reports that terrorists elements in Egypt plan to kidnap US citizens and detain them, or making operations against foreign and US interests in Egypt. The source said that the state's intelligence plan is based on directing preemptive strikes against terrorist elements and that 16 terrorists elements who were spreading their ideas among the youths fled in May, referring to the falsehood of reports by the news agencies concerning their plans to kidnap US citizens.
An Israeli political source said on Friday that reviving negotiations on the Syrian and Lebanese tracks will be in the interest of Israel. He added that achieving progress on the two said tracks will lessen the volume of pressure placed on Israel concerning negotiations with the Palestinians, Israeli radio reported.
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat arrived today in Bahrain for a two-day official visit, Gulf News Agency reported
Bahrain's defense minister said the Gulf state has overcome terrorism and is making efforts to develop its armed forces, Gulf Daily News reported.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has said a referendum on West Bank redeployment would not be discussed until an accord is reached on withdrawal, Jordan Tribune reported.
Kuwait's al-Qabas daily, which was ordered by a court to suspend publication for one week after its editor and a writer were sentenced to prison terms for publishing a joke which the court found to be offensive to Islam, continued publication on Friday, Bahrain Tribune reported.
Djibouti celebrates its Independence Day today.
Arab workers in UNRWA discussed during their meeting with the organization's board of directors in Amman means of increasign their salaries.
Syrian Vice President Abdul Halim Khaddam on Saturday received Eritrean Minister of Industry and Trade Ali Abdullah Khaddam and received a message delivered by the visiting minister from Eritrea' s President Assyas Afworki to President al-Assad.