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US plans to strike Iraq in October
Diplomatic sources in Cairo said they expect the U.S. to direct a military strike at Iraq in October should Baghdad continue its refusal to cooperate with the special international committee, UNSCOM, investigating weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 8/31/1998
Gaddafi refuses to deliver suspects immediately, asks for guarantees
Libyan President Moammar Gaddafi refused the US - British calls for the immediate delivery of the Libyan suspects in the Lokerbie bombing to the courts in the Netherlands.
Libya, Politics, 8/31/1998
Jordan: Ministers resign from al-Ayan council
Jordanian Prime Minister Fayez al-Tarawneh said that members of the Jordanian al-Ayan council who were selected as members in his government on August 20 will resign from the council according to a royal order.
Jordan, Politics, 8/31/1998
Syrian sources expect expanded military operation in Lebanon by Israel
Syrian diplomatic sources Saturday told ArabicNews.com that "Damascus has confirmed information about Israel's getting ready to make an expanded military operation in Lebanon."
Lebanon-Syria, Politics, 8/31/1998
Morocco for peaceful settlement of Sebta and Mellilia issue
Morocco is for the peaceful settlement of the issue of "Sebta" and "Mellilia" (two northern Moroccan cities still controlled by Spain), Moroccan Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi said.
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 8/31/1998
U.S. based Planet Hollywood bomb in South Africa has no link to Moroccon
Morocco's ambassador to South Africa, Benryane Mohamed Essaid, said press reports accusing a Moroccan national in the bomb explosion in a Cape Town restaurant were "dangerous and immature."
Morocco-South Africa, Politics, 8/31/1998
Strong security measures around US, British and Israeli embassies in Cairo
Security sources in the Egyptian Interior Ministry confirmed yesterday to ArabicNews.com that security procedures around the American, British and Israeli embassies in Cairo are extremely tight.
Egypt, Politics, 8/31/1998
Iraq criticizes Gulf states statement
Iraq has strongly criticized Kuwait as being behind a position against Baghdad adopted during a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council states on Friday in Jeddah.
Iraq-Gulf, Politics, 8/31/1998
Two Kurdistani parties exchange prisoners
The decision to release all prisoners of war in the two parties came just after positive talks between Talibani and a delegation from the Kurdistan Democratic Party on August 24 in Qala Shoulan in northeastern Iraq.
Iraq, Politics, 8/31/1998
How good are assassinations for Israel?
To say that the Shiite Amal movement has already retaliated for the assassination of its operations officer, Hussam Al Amin is not certain
Regional, Military, 8/31/1998
Sudan bans US flights, demands African summit discuss attack
Sudan announced that it is seeking to convene a special summit of the Organization of African Unity to take a position concerning the US attack on a medicine factory outside Khartoum.
Sudan-OAU, Politics, 8/31/1998
35 million dollar oil contract, Indian - Iraqi committee meetings
The meetings of the Indian - Iraqi joint committee for economic and commercial cooperation will start this week in New Delhi, India.
Iraq-India, Economics, 8/31/1998
Fourteen people killed in road accident
Fourteen people were killed and 16 others were seriously injured Sunday in a collision between two trucks in the Moroccan atlantic coast region of El-Jadida.
Morocco, Local, 8/31/1998
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The Jordanian weekly al-Majd said in its most recent issue that King Hussein of Jordan will come back home in the middle of November after he would have finished all stages and therapy doses.
Tatiana Susskind, who received a two-year sentence in January for posting drawings that depicted the Prophet Mohammad as a pig and throwing stones at Palestinian-owned vehicles, is to be released from an Israeli prison on Sunday, Israel Wire reported.
Oman's Sultan Qaboos met with Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to discuss bilateral relations, Oman Daily Observer reported.
Oman's minister of fisheries and agriculture completed a visit to Japan where he and his accompanying delegation visited fishing-related facilities in Japan, Oman News Agency reported.
Continued hot weather has resulted in several Bahrain schools pushing back their opening dates, Gulf Daily News reported.
UAE consumers are complaining that six Dubai companies authorized to supply bottled water are unable to fill orders quickly, Khaleej Times reported.
Jordan's Crown Prince Hassan highlighted the importance of a breakthrough in the Middle East peace process, Petra reported.
A passenger plane violated yesterday the U.N. air embargo imposed on Libya by flying into Tripoli International Airport passengers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo on board. Libyan sources today said the flight comes within the humanitarian efforts by Libya toward their Arab and African families needing evacuation from the Democratic Republic of the Congo where the security situation is unstable.
Abdul Rahman Ser El-Khetem, the spokesman of the Sudanese army, announced in a press statement yesterday, "Elements of the Sudanese People's Liberation Army released 77 captives."
Algerian President Liamine Zeroual arrived in Mozambique today as part of an African tour.
The Saudi Press Agency said on Sunday that the Saudi authorities released some 485 prisoners in the eastern region of Saudi Arabia in implementation of a royal pardon issued by King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz. On August 17 and on the occasion of leaving the hospital where he underwent a gall bladder surgery, the King pardoned several prisoners.
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat travels to Amman today for a visit to Jordan during which he will hold talks with Jordanian Crown Prince Hassan. Palestinian sources told ArabicNews.com today that Arafat and Crown Prince Hassan will discuss during their meeting the latest developments in peace negotiations with Israel.
Iranian sources today told ArabicNews.com that the Afghan Taleban movement has mobilized its troops on the border with Iran. The sources expressed their anxiety that the Taleban movement may make provocative measures against the Iranians leading to a military confrontation.