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US: Ball in Israel's court
State Department Spokesman James Rubin said "the ball is not in the court of the Palestinians" but "the ball is in the court of the Israelis" referring to the state of negotiations regarding the US initiative for Israeli withdrawal from occupied West Bank territories.
Palestine-Israel-USA, Politics, 7/13/1998
Palestine: No renegotiating US plan, else 40 percent withdrawal needed
"The issue is not meeting or not but what is important is the context of those meetings," said Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat in his comment on US calls to resume direct talks between the Palestinian government and Israel.
Palestine-Israel-USA, Politics, 7/13/1998
Oil pipeline explosion in Marib
Yemeni tribesmen have exploded a petroleum pipeline in the Serwah area of Marib governorate, while a bomb near a petroleum refinery in the El-Berika district of Aden was exploded.
Yemen, Local, 7/13/1998
Iran voices strong support for Arab states against Israeli aggression
Iranian Defense Minister Admiral Ali Shamkhani stressed that threats against the Arab states by Israel are threats to the national security of Iran. He noted that Iran's military forces are an integrated part of the Islamic world force.
Regional-Iran, Military, 7/13/1998
Probability of war next year higher than in the past
Israeli military intelligence these days is busy drafting a working plan for the next year but the bottom line message to their superiors is that chances of war for the year 1999 have risen dramatically.
Regional-Israel, Military, 7/13/1998
Yemen-Saudi solution to border problem, Iryani returns to Sanaa
Saudi sources told ArabicNews.com that Yemen is about to launch an agreement specifying the borders between Yemen and Oman, saying that Yemen agreed to implement this agreement depending on specifying the borders between Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
Yemen-Saudi Arabia, Politics, 7/13/1998
Syrian FM talks to Euro-Arab parliamentary meeting on Middle East developments
Al-Sharaa spoke about developments in the region, the Middle East peace process and main regional and international issues.
Syria-Regional, Politics, 7/13/1998
Moussa says US call for direct Palestinian-Israeli dialogue is futile
Egypt's Foreign Minister Amr Moussa has stated that the US call to maintain direct dialogue between the Palestinians and Israelis will be futile unless the Israeli government changes its intransigent stances.
Egypt-Palestine, Politics, 7/13/1998
Iraqi oil minister discusses in Damascus reopening pipelines
Iraqi Oil Minister Amer Muhammad Rashid started talks in Damascus on Sunday night with his Syrian counterpart Muhammad Maher Jamal on means of strengthening cooperation in the oil sector.
Syria-Iraq, Economics, 7/13/1998
European, Arab legislators call for support of peace
Participants in a Euro - Arab parliamentary dialogue on Monday stressed that the revival of the Middle East peace process required a firm stance to force Israel to abide by the land for peace principle and the terms of the Madrid conference.
Regional-European Union, Politics, 7/13/1998
43 gunmen killed in Algiers, as UN prepares to visit
The Armed Islamic Group destroyed a water reservoir in Dawa Thabet town in Saeeda province.
Algeria, Military, 7/13/1998
Morocco's population 35 million by 2014
The Moroccan population will be 35 million strong by the year 2014, the Moroccan Economic planning department said. The Moroccan population was 15.379 million in 1971 and went up to 28 million by 1998.
Morocco, Culture, 7/13/1998
Egyptian Islamic group members arrested
The State higher security prosecution in Egypt decided yesterday to extend the arrest for 15 days of 14 persons suspected of being members of the Islamic Group and planning to launch terrorist operations against officials and policemen.
Egypt, Judicial, 7/13/1998
New Jordanian ambassador in Cairo meets Meguid
Fayez described the Israeli position as "obstinancy" facing the peace process, and said the peace process is nearing failure, adding that if it fails, it will a negative effect on the whole region
Jordan-Regional, Politics, 7/13/1998
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Kuwaiti Defense Minister Sheikh Salem al-Sabah discussed with the minister of state for defense and national security in the Maldives, Anbaree Abdul Sattar, during their meeting today in Kuwait bilateral relations and means of increasing military cooperation.
President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nahyan on Sunday received a message from Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, relating to bilateral relations, The Gulf News Agency.
Qatar's Crown Prince Sheikh Jasem Bin Hamad al-Thani today received a message from US Vice-President Al Gore pertaining to bilateral relations and means of strengthening them.
Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri today in Beirut discussed with the Egyptian ambassador in Beirut, Adel al-Khudari developments in the region, Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa to Washington and setting a date for convening the meeting of the Lebanese-Egyptian joint higher committee due to be held next month in Cairo.
US State Department Spokesman James Rubin said the "Khobar" incident in which US service personal where killed by an explosion in Saudi Arabia ³remains under investigation² adding we¹ve talked to the Saudis and ³we expect them to provide full cooperation.²
Heavy usage is triggering power cuts in areas of Bahrain, Gulf Daily News reported.
The UAE's Ministry of Health set prices for Viagra pills in the UAE at four for $31 plus 1.7% profit, Khaleej Times reported.
The United Nations World Food Program, which is delivering humanitarian aid to Sudan, said it is suffering from a shortfall of $78.6 million in food from donor countries.
Over the first six months of 1998, Qatar National Bank recorded a 27% increase in net profits over the same period last year to $59.6 million, Qatar News Agency reported.
Oman International Bank will begin restructuring operations focused on corporate, investment and retail banking by the end of this year, Oman News Agency reported.
A gas explosion destroyed shops in Doha City Center and injured at least two on Sunday, Gulf Times reported. The blast is believed to have been caused by a leak in a gas cylinder, the report said.
The criminal court in the state of Tayarat in western Algeria has issued judgments varying between execution and 20 years of imprisonment to 8 suspects, among them 5 women, while one suspect was pronounced innocent, and the leader of the group was imprisoned for a period of 10 to 20 years.
The African Bank for Development has granted the Algerian national company for electricity and gas a loan estimated at US $144.5 million to finance the project of gas transfer and distribution. The project intends to provide some 123 cities with enough gas to meet the requirements of 363,000 subscribers and two cement factories.
A Mediterranean conference on tourism and environment was held over the weekend in the Tunisian city of Hammamet under the topic "What environment for a lasting tourism in the Mediterranean?" Map reported.
Former Pakistani Foreign Minister Sahab Zada Yacoub Khan arrived in Morocco on Sunday as the envoy of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. "We are seeking the pieces of advice of a friendly country and particularly of King Hassan II, who has always guided and advised us," Yacoub Khan told reporters upon arrival in Casablanca.
Moroccan Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi starts on Tuesday a three-day official visit to Tunisia at the invitation of his Tunisian counterpart, Hamed Karoui.
Iraqi Oil Minister Muhammad Rashid arrived in Damascus on Sunday leading a senior Iraqi Oil Ministry delegation at the invitation of his Syrian counterpart, Muhammad Maher Jamal.
The London-based Al-Sharq Al-Awsat daily quoted official Jordanian sources as saying that Jordanian Prime Minister Abdul Salam al-Majali has been on a long vacation outside the country. The sources added that al-Majali's absence of may justify rumors of a forthcoming ministerial and leadership reshuffle in Jordan.