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Arab reaction to U.S. attacks on Afghanistan and Sudan sites
Hamas threatened the US and Israel, Iraq condemned the attack, Gaddafi supported Sudan and Iran thought that the US raids were related to Monica Lewinsky's testimony.
Regional, Politics, 8/21/1998
Israel threaten to terrorize Lebanon as 40 citizens cheat death from failed bomb
Israeli occupation forces on Thursday morning bombarded several villages in southern Lebanon and its western Bekaa by heavy artillery. Heavy material losses were recorded.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 8/21/1998
Netanyahu aide: No permanent deal with Palestine, withdrawal from Syria's Golan possible
While Israel plays up the hope for a second phase withdrawal from occupied Palestinian land as called for in the Oslo agreement, it is closing hope on a "permanent" deal with the Palestinians. This, as Israel plays up hope for an Israeli withdrawal from Syria's occupied Golan Heights.
Regional, Politics, 8/21/1998
Syria, Iraq sign minutes of meeting to reopen Karkouk - Banias oil pipeline
Syria and Iraq on Thursday signed a joint minutes of meeting to resume operation of the oil pipeline linking the Iraqi Karkouk city to the Syrian Banias refinery.
Syria-Iraq, Politics, 8/21/1998
Mubarak urges Clinton to salvage Middle East peace
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Thursday sent a cable to President Bill Clinton, urging Washington to gear up its efforts for salvaging the Middle East peace process.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 8/21/1998
Explosion near security building in Yemen
An explosion was reported to have taken place near the wall of the headquarters of Yemeni security in the city of Zenjabar on Wednesday. No casualties were reported.
Yemen, Local, 8/21/1998
Zeroual: Security conditions in Algeria improve
Algerian President Liamine Zeroual stressed that the security conditions in Algeria are improving rapidly in comparison to previous years.
Algeria, Local, 8/21/1998
Morrocan King: Education reform is crucial for the future generations and employment
"Education is the basis of any action while employment ensures dignity to the children of this blessed land," the king said, noting that the moves to be made in this regard will not be easy but they "will have tangible impacts on the future of our children, on our prosperity and dignity and on our entry in the next century."
Morocco, Education, 8/21/1998
Fundamental changes in Syrian-Lebanese relations
A Kuwaiti daily issued today quoted a high-ranking Lebanese political source as saying that the mechanism of Syrian-Lebanese relations will witness in the next phase a fundamental change, in that these relations will be monitored by the president in person.
Lebanon-Syria, Politics, 8/21/1998
Annan denies intervention to settle new crisis in Iraq
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has denied refusing the US request to intervene in settling the new crisis with Iraq. Spokesman for the UN Fred Eckhard said Annan did not in any forum express the views attributed to him in this regard.
Iraq-UN, Politics, 8/21/1998
1500 American soliders arrived at Kuwait
An American force arrived in Kuwait today including 1,500 soliders to start training in the Kuwaiti desert lasting for the beginning of the coming September within the defensive cooperation between the two countries.
Kuwait-USA, Military, 8/21/1998
Arafat and Peres will arrive in Oslo soon, Netanyahu absent
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres will arrive in Norway on August 23 to participate in the celebration of the fifth anniversary of the peace agreements signed in Oslo.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 8/21/1998
Khartoum clings to strong relations with Egypt
Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Othman Ismael has asserted his country's care to improve relations with Egypt and to get its support.
Sudan-Egypt, Politics, 8/21/1998
Sahara identification process will be completed in August
UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan said in his latest report on the Sahara issue "there are excellent prospects for completing in August 1998 the identification of applicants from all tribal groups and sub-factions, with the exception of (contested) groupings H41, H61 and J51/52."
Morocco-West Sahara, Politics, 8/21/1998
Two Israeli soldiers killed in south Lebanon
Two Israeli soldiers were killed and their armored vehicle was burnt when Lebanese resistance forces detonated an explosive charge as the vehicle passed in the occupied part of south Lebanon.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 8/21/1998
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The United Arab Emirates is to carry out a real estate project in the northern part of the country at an estimated value of US $4.3 million. An official at the real-estate company Amar said the project named "West Side Marina" which will be completed within 14 years includes the establishment of a tourism port, residential buildings, trade centers and hotels and golf courts.
An official US source has strongly denied press reports that Washington seeks to close its embassy in Beirut. The US official told the Lebanese daily al-Safir "Our embassy will not be shut down. The reports claiming so are all fabricated."
Radio orient said today that Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament Nabih Berri today headed for Bloudan Syria to meet with Syrian Vice President Abdul Halim Khaddam. Talks will deal with conditions and developments in the region in general.
President Muhammad Hosni Mubarak of Egypt today presided over a meeting dealing with the US attacks against Sudan and Afghanistan attended by Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri, Defense Minister Hussein Tantawi, Foreign Minister Amr Moussa and Information Minister Safwat al-Sharif.
Saudi Arabia's minister of labor and social affairs called on the Saudi private sector to make greater efforts to provide employment opportunities, saying the public sector is saturated, Gulf News reported.
Dhaka International Airport was closed for several hours yesterday when a bird was sucked into the engine of a Qatar Airways jet, forcing the jet to take emergency measures to abort takeoff, blocking a runaway, Khaleej Times reported.
Two Bahrainis were released after four days in custody in Syria after their father's death in a fight with a shopkeeper there, Gulf Daily News reported.
Moroccan tennis player Hicham Arazi qualified Wednesday for the quarter-finals of the U.S. Indianapolis open listed in ATP fixtures.
The head of the Sudanese People's Liberation Army, John Garang, received an official invitation to visit Libya during the current month.
The executive committee of the African Parliamentary Union rejected in its meeting yesterday in Niamey, the capital of Niger, a suggestion from the Moroccan and African delegations to discuss terrorism at the union's meetings, which begin tomorrow, and decided to postpone the discussion until the upcoming conference in Sudan in 1999.
A total of 250 Lebanese citizens came back on Thursday night from Congo on board a plane rented by the Lebanese community in Congo to transport Lebanese expatriates from Kinshasa, because of the worsening security conditions in the African country.
During its Thursday night session, the Lebanese Cabinet signed the customs agreement reached between Syria and Lebanon. Lebanese Information Minister Basem al-Sabaa said the Cabinet in its Thursday night session signed the custom agreement providing for a 25% reduction of custom fees annually on Syrian industrial products. The reduction, reciprocal to Syria's similar decision, is to be valid as of January 1999.
The new Jordanian government formed by Fayez Tarawneh was on Thursday night sworn in before Crown Prince Hassan. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is assigned to Abdullah al-Khatib, the Information Ministry to Nasser Joudah, the Ministry of Interior to Nayef al-Qadi, and al-Tarawneh has kept the Ministry of Defense in the Cabinet, which has no deputy premiers.