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UN Security Council debates acting on Israeli Jerusalem plan
Meetings began yesterday in the United Nations Security Council to discuss an Israeli plan to enhance its control over Jerusalem. Last Sunday, the Israeli government approved a plan which will set up an "umbrella authority" for Jerusalem over eight West Bank Jewish settlements to the east, north and south of the city.
Palestine-Israel-UN, Politics, 7/1/1998
Prince Hassan criticizes press law, Palestine to control Islamic shrines
Jordanian Crown Prince Hassan in an implicit criticism of the press law adopted by the government of Abdul Salam al-Majali that limits press freedoms to a large extent "it is not worse than having the mass media as mere echo of official institutions."
Jordan, Politics, 7/1/1998
Security map strips Netanyahu naked
The right wing camp in Israel was stunned to find that the Israeli army map of security interests in the West Bank had excluded some 59 Jewish settlements and leading right wing politicians accused the army of preparing a map that has the fingerprints of the former Labor government.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 7/1/1998
Unknown planes supply cornered rebels
Sudanese President Omar El-Bashir said, "The Sudanese armed forces regained yesterday Aqik harbor and the location of Kesrat Aqik on the Red Sea from the rebels' hands."
Sudan, Military, 7/1/1998
President Assad to visit France after French National Day
No official announcement was so far made of a set date for the visit, but the source made it clear that it will be on July 16 and 17, as President Assad will spend only one night in Paris.
Syria-France, Politics, 7/1/1998
Iraq accuses U.S. of hostile intent
Iraqi reaction to the bombing of a supposed radar site near Basra yesterday by U.S. jet fighters was strong stating that this strike was an unjustified and considered hostile action with the intent by the U.S. of launching a new comprehensive attack against Iraq.
Iraq, Politics, 7/1/1998
Separatist Abu Hamzeh announces responsibility for killing singer Lounes
Hassan Hattab known as Abu Hamzeh who is also a separatist from the "Armed Islamic Group" in Algeria has announced responsibility for killing renowned Berber singer Matoub Lounes.
Algeria-France, Military, 7/1/1998
Syrian - Iraqi oil pipelines maintained
Iraqi government has officially informed the Syrian government that final arrangements on maintaining the Iraqi - Syrian oil pipelines shut down in 1982 have been completed.
Iraq-Syria, Politics, 7/1/1998
Arab Tourism Ministerial Council calls for unified Arab visa
The Arab tourism ministerial council, at the end of its first meeting in Damascus Tuesday, called for a unified visa for foreign tourists wishing to visit one of the Arab states, similar to the Shengen visa in force in some European states.
Regional, Economics, 7/1/1998
Iran maintains that it has sovereignty over disputed Gulf islands
Iran renewed yesterday its adherence to its sovereignty over three disputed Gulf islands.
United Arab Emirates-Iran, Politics, 7/1/1998
Arab language as calligraphy art
In contrast to other ancient civilizations such as Babylon, ancient Egypt, and China, whose writing systems date back thousands of years, the Arabs were late comers indeed.
Regional, Culture, 7/1/1998
Yemeni crisis continues
Independent sources in Yemen, stated that, "The final outcome for the victims in the clashes and the armed ambushes made by the tribes' men for the army and for the police forces are 52 killed and 214 wounded."
Yemen, Local, 7/1/1998
Syrian, Turkish officials meet on bilateral issues in Ankara
Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Adnan Omran and secretary of the Turkish Foreign Ministry Turkman Hassan discussed during today's three-hour meeting in Ankara several issues suspended between the two countries pertaining to waters and the separatist Kurdish Labor Party.
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 7/1/1998
Palestinian Legislative Council ratifies general budget
The Palestinian Legislative Council with a slight majority ratified the 1998 budget for the Palestinian government despite the suspicions of some deputies in the budget committee over taking its decision in this regard.
Palestine, Politics, 7/1/1998
Meguid calls for an immediate action on Jerusalem
Esmat Abdul Meguid, the Arab League's secretary-general, stated that the resolution of the Israeli government to expand the borders of Jerusalem shows hostility toward peace and called for Arab solidarity and immediate action to preserve its Arab identity.
Regional, Politics, 7/1/1998
Crown prince launches extension works of Thomson plant
Crown Prince Sidi Mohammed launched Monday in Morocco's economic capital city of Casablanca the extension works of a microelectronics plant operated by the international holding company SGS Thomson Electronics.
Morocco, Business, 7/1/1998
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The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) has awarded its Emblem to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak for his efforts to promote joint Islamic action and support the mission's and objectives.
Syrian Tourism Minister Danhu Dawoud on Tuesday opened the 26th International Flower Show at Damascus' Tishreen Park. He underlined the importance of the event as a tourist attraction for Syria because of the massive participation of Arab and foreign states in it.
The Israeli Air Force today started an air parade before the coasts of Tel Aviv in the course of celebrations of its 50th anniversary. Israeli radio reported that jet fighters from 10 countries including the US, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine will take part in the parade.
Jordanian minister of planning Rima Khalaf expressed her country's hope to open a Jordanian embassy in Kuwait.
Libyan President Col. Moammar Gaddafi today received a message from President of Uganda, Yoweri Mouseveni, on means of supporting relations and cooperation between Libya and Uganda, as well as on African and international issues of mutual concern.
Bahrain has approved the sale of the anti-impotence drug Viagra, Gulf Daily News Tribune reported.
Oman today completed a military exercise conducted by students at the Command and Staff College, Oman News Agency reported.
Kuwait is considering the purchase of $500 million worth of Howitzers from the United States, Bahrain Tribune reported.
US ambassador to Lebanon Richard Jones said he expects a US initiative soon to restart the peace process on all tracks, Lebanon News Wire reported.
The Moroccan carrier Royal Air Maroc (RAM) will operate as of this Wednesday charter flights to fly more than 1,500 Moroccans living in Ukraine back home for summer holidays.
A Kuwaiti - Pakistani official discussion session - was yesterday held in Kuwait with the chairmanship of the Kuwait Prime Minister Sheikh Saad al-Abdallah al-Salem al-Sabah and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Qatar expressed its optimism over the U.S.A's ability to bring the peace process in the Middle East out of its current deadlock. Fawaz El-Ateyia, the official spokesman of the Qatari Foreign Ministry, said in a press conference that the US is currently working to reach an initiative concerning this matter and over convening an Arab summit. El-Ateyia also said that Qatar sees the importance of arranging the proper climate before convening an Arab summit, because this could pave the way for a resolution that would actually help to reach real results and practical decisions.
Abdul Hussein Fahagi, the deputy Iranian minister of trade, held yesterday discussions with Iraqi officials over bilateral relations and arranging for an Iraqi - Iranian agreement concerning Iranians' visits to the religious sites in Iraq.
Mamdouh El-Beltagi, the Egyptian minister of tourism, confirmed at the board of directors' meeting for the general organization for tourist development that the targeted investments for developing the tourism sector in Egypt over the next 20 years are estimated at nearly 100 billion Egyptian pounds, including 80 billion pounds for providing new rooming capacity that would reach 315,000 rooms, with 20 billion Egyptian pounds going to developing tourist services.
Jordan's Minister of Industry and Trade Hani Mulki confirmed that the UN Sanctions Committee agreed upon 34 new contracts for Jordanian companies in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding between the UN and Iraq known as the oil-for-food agreement. "The total sum of the contracts is $28.61 million," he said.
Syria Vice-President Abdul Halim Khaddam on Tuesday discussed with Arab League Secretary-General Esmat Abdul Meguid, currently visiting Damascus, the Arab situation and the importance of maintaining Arab solidarity to withstand the numerous dangers threatening the Arab nation.
Mohamed Zakeria Ismael, the Arab League's assistant secretary-general, said that the Turkish military leadership's decision to send warplanes to participate in an Israeli 50th anniversary celebration is unwise as it comes at a time when Israel is Judaizing Jerusalem, and the Arab League considers this an exaggerated provocation of Arab and Islamic feelings