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Syrian President: Lebanon is a state, discusses critical issues
President al-Assad was persistent on saying that the Golan is Syrian territory and must be returned to Syria, adding that the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu stands against the peace process.
Syria, Politics, 7/16/1998
Government approves cease fire today, Sudanese rebels agree
The Sudanese government has approved to cease fire for one-month in the South of the country, thereby permitting the arrival of aid supplies to the Southern regions.
Sudan, Politics, 7/16/1998
Egypt - U.S. discuss subsidy program, Strategic Dialogue established
US - Egyptian discussions on the future of the US subsidies program began today on the basis of converting economic relations into a trade driven relations rather than being based on subsidies that account for $2.1 billion.
Egypt-USA, Economics, 7/16/1998
Yemeni crisis renewed once more
At least three persons were killed and at least two injured due to the explosion of a bomb inside a house in the village of El-Khadad in Yemen's Lahaj province, while the explosion of a percussion bomb in the district of Kaltex in the Yemeni capital, Aden, lead to material damages.
Yemen, Local, 7/16/1998
Manbar: victim of Israeli-Iranian covert relations
Nahum Manbar may have trespassed the norms of Israel's secret relations and arms deals with Iran but he is not a traitor according to the Tel Aviv court which sentenced him to 16 years imprisonment on Thursday said.
Israel, Politics, 7/16/1998
Emirates to help reconcile differences between Doha and Manama
Qatar confirmed its adherence to the United Arab Emirates' efforts to overcome the obstacles in the way of improving the relations between Doha and Manama.
Qatar-United Arab Emirates, Politics, 7/16/1998
Damascus upset over Washington's opposition to Iraqi oil exports from Banias
Syrian official sources on Wednesday expressed strong worries over the US stand opposing the agreement providing for pumping Iraqi oil via Syrian ports. The agreement was signed on Tuesday in Damascus according to items of the "oil-for-food" accord signed between Iraq and the UN
Syria-Iraq, Politics, 7/16/1998
Rabat and Tunis decide to intensify cooperation
Morocco and Tunisia, whose high joint commission wound up a two-day session in Tunis on Thursday, decided to intensify cooperation in various fields.
Tunisia-Morocco, Economics, 7/16/1998
Kurdish - Turkish reconciliation discussions
A Turkish - US - British delegation is heading tomorrow to Iraq to discuss the possibility of reviving Kurdish - Turkish reconciliation discussions.
Iraq-Turkey, Politics, 7/16/1998
Khatami's vice-president nominated as minister of interior
Iranian President Mohammed Khatami nominated his vice-president in charge of legal and Parliamentary affairs and one of his close assistants, Abdolvahed Mousavi-Lari to occupy the post of minister of interior.
Iran, Politics, 7/16/1998
Alexandria's San Stefano hotel sold to Prince Al-Walid group
An Arab - Egyptian group secured a deal to buy the property of San Stefano Hotel in Alexandria at a cost of 270 million pounds ($79.6 million).
Egypt, Business, 7/16/1998
Beirut to host November banking conference
Beirut is due to host a banking conference in November, which 400 banking officials and experts will attend to discuss trends in the Arab banking industry in confronting international variables and the challenges of globalization.
Regional, Economics, 7/16/1998
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The Algerian security forces said today that armed men killed 13 persons and wounded another two on Wednesday night in Teyart province, 230 km southwest of the capital, Algiers.
Qatar signed agreements to boost its Messai'eed refinery's capacity with Germany's Lurgi Metallurgie GmbH and South Korea's LG Group, Gulf Times reported.
The Lower House of Jordan's Parliament sent the draft press law on to the Senate after major modifications, Jordan Times reported.
The majority of the body if a Ukrainian plane that crashed on Monday Ras Al Khaimah was recovered yesterday, Khaleej Times reported.
A Palestinian police vehicle was fired on yesterday in Bethlehem, Haaretz reported. No one was hurt in the incident, for which an Israeli extremist group claimed responsibility, the report said.
The UN Security Council expressed concern for the safety of UNIFIL personnel in Lebanon after two UNIFIL peace-keepers were wounded earlier this week by Israeli shelling. The council supported UNIFIL's protest to Israel over the incident.
Chairman of the agriculture and waters committee at the Jordanian Parliament, Salamah al-Heyari, said that water coming to the Jordanian filtering station in "Zay" 40 km from the Jordanian capital, Amman, from Tabaraya lake contains bacteria which the station's refinery could not get rid of.
Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri on Wednesday received a delegation taking part in the conference on press freedoms in the Arab states. The conference, organized by the Arab Journalists Union, will convene today in Beirut.
A court in Aden in southern Yemen on Wednesday sentenced five Yemenis to jail after being convicted of being involved in a series of explosions in Yemen. They received sentences of between one and 12 years.
Libyan Minister of Planning Jadullah Azouz al-Talhi on Wednesday said that Libyan-French relations will be improving. Al-Talhi is the first Libyan minister to visit France in eight years. Following a meeting with his French counterpart, Hubert Vedrine, the Libyan minister said "our relations have recently witnesses a positive growth."
Syrian President Hafez al-Assad leaves for Paris today on a state visit to the French republic at the invitation of President Jacques Chirac. The Syrian President will hold talks with President Chirac and Prime Minister Lionel Jospin.
Syria and Holland on Wednesday signed a cooperation agreement on population, health and the environment. The agreement provides for carrying out an environmental project (the Syrian health map) financed by Holland. It aims at specifying pollution sources and setting up a map showing the sites where people are exposed to dangers from pollution, so as to develop a solution and find the best ways of protecting people's health and the environment alike.
During a phone conversation, President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday discussed a number of regional and international issues of common concern and bilateral relations.