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A victory for Palestinians at the UN, status upgraded
The UN approved a bill today, formulated by the Arab states and the countries of the Non- Aligned Movement, that upgrades Palestine's standing in the international organization to that of a non-voting member.
Palestine, Politics, 7/7/1998
Reshuffle in key political, military and security posts in Syria
In a report from Damascus, BBC correspondent Salwa Istwani said that Lt. Gen. Mahmoud al-Shaqa was appointed chief of the Syrian intelligence after the firing its former chief, Lt. Gen. Bashir al-Najjar.
Syria, Politics, 7/7/1998
High Council for Islamic Affairs conference issues recommendations
The 10th annual conference of the High Council for Islamic Affairs condemned in its recommendations and resolutions the Serbian assault on the Moslems in Kosovo and called the international community to concentrate its efforts on suppressing this assault.
Regional, Politics, 7/7/1998
Arafat-Mordechai meeting unlikely
Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has come under pressure from within and without his government and the latest round of assault he received was an ultimatum given by trade and industry minister Natan Sharanksy.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 7/7/1998
Chadian, Libyan airplanes penetrate air embargo
Chadian and Libyan airplanes that were transporting Chad's and Niger's presidents and their delegations penetrated the air embargo imposed on Libya as they flew from Chad into eastern Libya.
Libya-Chad, Politics, 7/7/1998
Al Jawf shiekhs denounce Yemeni vandalism
Ten sheikhs from Al Jawf v presented messages to Yemeni President Ali Abdallah Saleh in which they confirmed their support for the state, and denounced acts of sabotage and attacks on security forces and army soldiers.
Yemen, Local, 7/7/1998
Egypt calls for maintaining Arab coordination
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa asserted the need for Arab coordination to withstand the difficulties the Middle East peace process is undergoing.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 7/7/1998
Iraqi minister attacks US administration, refuses to apologize
Iraqi Trade Minister Mohammed Mahdi Saleh stated that Iraq refuses the US protest at the Security Council and the US request that Iraq apologize for describing Assistant US Secretary of State Martin Indyk as a Jew and a Zionist.
Iraq, Politics, 7/7/1998
President Assad's visit to France
Diplomatic sources in Paris asserted today that Syrian President Hafez al-Assad will pay an official two-day visit to France on July 16. The visit is at an official invitation of President Jacques Chirac extended to President al-Assad on May 24.
Syria-France, Politics, 7/7/1998
Jerusalem's Mufti: Government and opposition coordination needed
Jerusalem's Mufti told ArabicNews.com that coordination between the Palestinian government and the opposition is a matter of necessity.
Palestine, Politics, 7/7/1998
US official visits Tunisia
The assistant US secretary of state for political affairs, Thomas Pickering, is visiting Tunisia today to hold talks with high-ranking officials on bilateral cooperation, the situation in the Middle East and security and stability issues in North Africa and the Mediterranean.
Tunisia-Maghreb-USA, Politics, 7/7/1998
Habash to meet with Arafat
The Jordanian weekly al-Najd has said that the political bureau of the People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine agreed in a meeting held last week in Damascus to a meeting between the front's Secretary-General George Habash and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat shortly in Cairo.
Palestine, Politics, 7/7/1998
Ummah party, communists accused of Khartoum blasts
The Sudanese National Conference, the only political organization declared in Sudan, has accused the Ummah party and the communist party of being behind blasts that took place in Khartoum last week.
Sudan, Politics, 7/7/1998
El-Mahdi urges Muslim leaders to declare position toward Sudanese regime
Former Sudanese Prime Minister and leader of the opposition state party El-Sayed El-Sadiq El-Mahdi, urged the Islamic leaders Sheikh Al-Azhar Mohamed Sayed Tantawi, and the revolution guide in Iran Ali Khamenei to declare their position toward the Sudanese government's methods and the practices of the Islamic Front.
Sudan-Regional, Politics, 7/7/1998
Representative of Israeli office returns from Tunis, not place to stay
The official in charge of the Israeli affairs office in Tunisia returned to Israel, and no alternative was appointed, which means that the Israeli office in Tunis was closed.
Tunisia-Israel, Politics, 7/7/1998
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Lebanese Foreign Minister Fares Boueiz today in Beirut received a telephone call from his Egyptian counterpart Amr Moussa on the results of the meeting recently held in Cairo between President Mubarak, King Hussein and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat.
President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt today opened al-Azhar mosque after being renovated and renewed for the first time since its foundation in 359 Hijra year (970 AD). The inauguration ceremony was attended by Egyptian Premier, several cabinet ministers and Imam of al-Azhar Sheikh Sayed Tantawi.
Libyan President Col. Moammar al-Gaddafi underwent successful surgery on Monday night following a break in his left leg. Earlier in the day, Gaddafi's leg was broken while he went through his daily exercises.
Iran and Yemen today in Tehran signed a memorandum of understanding on parliamentary cooperation. The memorandum provides for providing necessary support for executive establishments in order to strengthen bilateral relations.
Qatar expressed its support for Arab stances aimed at achieving Arab unity concerning the peace process.
Kuwaiti Information Minister Youssef al-Sammit will visit Egypt, Syria and Lebanon this month. During his visit he will discuss issues pertaining to bilateral relations between Kuwait and each of the said three countries.
Qatar Liquefied Gas Company agreed to supply Spanish Enagas with up to 660,000 tonnes of gas in 1999, Gulf Times reported.
Iraq and Jordan agreed to continue with a oil pipeline project linking the two states, Jordan Times reported.
Lebanese army and civil defense sources are battling a number of fires, which have benefited from high temperatures and strong winds, Lebanon News Wire reported.
Egypt officially reopened Al Azhar mosque after a $12 million renovation and preservation project, IRNA reported.
Iraq and Iran agreed to an August visit by 3,000 Iranian pilgrims to Iraq, IRNA reported.
Lebanon arrested four members of the dissolved Lebanese Forces who won posts in recent Lebanese municipal elections for involvement in recent bombings in Lebanon, Bahrain Tribune reported.
Qatar's Minister of Communications and Transport Sheikh Ahmed bin Nasser al-Thani opened the main control station for the Fiber Optic Gulf underwater telecommunications cable, Linked to Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Iran as well as other regional cables, Qatar News Agency reported.
The six members of the special United Nations information-gathering team to visit Algeria on July 22 will be in New York tomorrow for discussions with United Nations officials, including Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
Saudi Arabia renewed its concern and condemnation to what is made by the Israeli occupation authorities of policy and procedures that aim at making demographic changes that could destroy the identity of Arab Jerusalem. He described the Israeli decision as "a violation of all signed treaties and international agreements."
The United Arab Emirates' Minister of Information Sheikh Abdallah Bin Zayed al-Nahayan is arrived on Monday to Tunisia at the beginning of a three-day visit.
Orient radio said that Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri held talks on Monday in Damascus with Syrian Vice-President Abdul Halim Khaddam. He also held talks with high-ranking Syrian officials.
Iraq and Lebanon on Sunday signed minutes of joint meeting on economic, technical and trade cooperation between the two countries at a total cost of US $50 million.
Chief editor of the Egyptian Islamic bi-weekly Majdi Hussein and journalist Muhammad Hilal were set free as the court abrogated the decision to jail the two men.
Jordanian Foreign Minister Jawad al-Anani left Amman yesterday for Washington in a visit to the US. He will discuss with officials at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund Jordanian economic reform programs.
The London-based al-Quds al-Arabi reported yesterday that Syrian President Hafez al-Assad has appointed Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Shaqa as new director-general of the intelligence general department.
Eyewitnesses said that confrontations and acts of violence took place on Monday between police and demonstrators protestors implementing the "Arabization law" for the second straight day in Bejjaya, the second largest city in Kabayle province.
The Libyan television on Monday said that Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gaddafi suffered a break in the upper part of his leg. The report added that Gaddafi will have to undergo surgery "very soon," but the report did not explain the cause of the break.
Spokesman for the Yemeni government has denied news reports on renewed acts of violence in Maareb and al-Jouf provinces. Calm prevails the whole country, he said.
Moroccan Prime Minister Abderrahman al-Youssoufi on Monday received United Arab Emirates Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nahyan. Talks dealt with bilateral relations and issues of mutual concern. Sheikh Zayed arrived earlier in Rabat for an official visit to Morocco.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ismael Cem on Monday started an official visit to Israel to strengthen relations between the two countries.