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Criteria for next Lebanese president set
A well-informed political source in Beirut said that specifications of the next Lebanese president had been determined by two influences. The first is regional, which is Syria and the second is international, namely the US.
Lebanon, Politics, 9/2/1998
Iraq: Ritter's resignation weakens US efforts to perpetuate sanctions
The controversial US arms inspector Scott Ritter provoked the US intelligence to sacrifice and pressure him to resign from UNSCOM since he was weakening the US position at the UN Security Council, according to Iraqi officials.
Iraq, Politics, 9/2/1998
Israel wound Lebanese civilian, rebuked by monitoring group
One Lebanese civilian was wounded as a result of the Israeli bombardment against the Lebanese towns of Mashghara and Ein al-Tineh in occupied south Lebanon on Tuesday.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 9/2/1998
Syrian - Iraqi contract level stalls amid competition
Fawzi El-Zaher, the manager of the Iraqi department at the Damascus International Exhibition said that the value of Iraqi contracts signed with Syria since the beginning of reconciliation between Damascus and Baghdad last year is still at $120 million because of competition in prices and quality from products made in Turkey, Egypt, Cyprus and Jordan.
Syria-Iraq, Economics, 9/2/1998
Sudan demands condemnation of US shelling at Non-Aligned Movement summit
An Arabian source participating in the Non-Aligned Movement summit said that "Sudan obtained the approval of the summit's delegates on condemning the American aggression on its lands."
Sudan, Politics, 9/2/1998
NAM preparatory meetings expel uninvited Polisario representative
Last Saturday, the preparatory meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement summit expelled a representative of the self-declared "Sahrawi Republic" who had managed to obtain a badge without being formally invited by the movement.
Morocco-West Sahara, Politics, 9/2/1998
Iraq: Petroleum cooperation with Egypt developing
Amer Rashid, the Iraqi minister of petroleum, said in a special statement to the Egyptian Middle East News Agency today in Baghdad that "Iraq considers Egypt not only an intimate country but one of the major countries in the area."
Iraq-Egypt, Economics, 9/2/1998
US ambassador in Beirut: Violence in the south should stop
The US new ambassador to Lebanon David Saterfield has expressed his country's deep concern over the situation in south Lebanon. He asserted the need to find a way to put an end to what he had called "violence" in South Lebanon so as to ensure security for all sides.
Lebanon-USA, Politics, 9/2/1998
New Somali reconciliation initiative
An official source at the Yemeni Foreign Ministry announced a new Yemeni initiative for achieving reconciliation in Somalia.
Somalia-Yemen, Politics, 9/2/1998
Jordan: No strategic dispute with Syria over Middle East peace
Jordanian Foreign Minister Abdel Ilah al-Khatib said, "We hope our relations with Syria will be good on the basis of our being a state of a stand and sovereignty."
Jordan-Syria, Politics, 9/2/1998
Morocco injects more than $1 million into Jerusalem Fund
The support operation, conducted by the Moroccan Airports Office "ONDA," is part of Morocco's efforts to support the Palestinian people's struggle in conformity with the king's call for solidarity with the holy city of Jerusalem, said the Moroccan minister of transport and merchant navy.
Morocco-Palestine, Economics, 9/2/1998
The beautiful Damascus rose
Throughout the Middle Eastern world the rose has always been regarded as the most perfect of all flowers. In various stylized forms it is one of the principal elements in Muslim and Christian decoration and design, the emblem of perfection and felicity.
Regional, Culture, 9/2/1998
40 films in Alexandria cinema festival
The 14th session of the Alexandria International Cinema Festival will start on next Wednesday with the participation of 40 films representing 35 countries from all over the world.
Egypt, Culture, 9/2/1998
Egyptian flag carrier denies problems in Cairo - Casablanca flight
The Egyptian air company Egypt Air flatly denied a story published by a Moroccan daily, which said there were problems during a Cairo-Casablanca flight.
Egypt-Morocco, Business, 9/2/1998
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The Kuwaiti agriculture and fish resources authority said Tuesday that stray camels were recently involved in six accidents that claimed the lives of several people and caused permanent disability.
Arab Interior Ministers start this Wednesday in Tunis a two-day meeting to foster cooperation and coordination in security matters and related sectors.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa accused the Israeli government of creating a state of frustration in the Middle East because of its "procrastination policies." He said that Israel's lack of understanding toward the role of third world countries in the peace process kept it away from the Non-Aligned Movement.
Jordanian parliamentary sources said today that Fayez Tarawneh, the new Jordanian prime minister, will present his governmental ministerial statement to the Deputies Council (the parliament) on September 16 to obtain a vote of confidence.
Mohammed Hamdi Zakzouk, the Egyptian minister of endowments, said while receiving the Australian ambassador in Cairo, Victoria Owen, yesterday, that Islam is a religion of mercy and toleration that rejects all forms of terrorism. Owen said that Moslems in Australia enjoy all the rights in practicing their rituals in complete freedom.
Samah Nabeel, the advisor of the International Gold Council, said that the council decided to organize a festival in November in Egypt for selling and purchasing gold, to increase interest in the gold market, by giving away 8 kilos of gold, as a result of the great reduction in prices and the losses incurred by some merchants.
Political sources in Bahrain said today that Bahraini Emir Sheikh Issa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa met yesterday with US Chief of Staff General Henry Shelton and his escorting delegation to reviewed latest developments and other issues of common interest. Shelton wrapped up a visit to Manama today, leaving for the United Arab Emirates.
A Sudanese airplane arrived yesterday in Tripoli in a new challenge to the air embargo imposed on Libya. The airplane was carrying a delegation of Sudanese officials who will participate in the celebrations of the Libyan Republic's revolution in September.
The center of the Arab League is currently holding a conference about "the Mediterranean after Barcelona," which will last until September 6.
United Arab Emirates sources told ArabicNews.com today that the U.N refused a UAE request to send a weekly UAE trip to Baghdad to carry food and medicines at UAE's expense. The plane would have had the UAE airplanes return with sick Iraqis who need treatment on board.
Lebanese sources told ArabicNews.com today that the new American ambassador in Lebanon Peter Satterfield will be in Beirut next week to succeed ambassador Richard Jones.
The Israeli Peace Now movement has stressed that setting up settlements in the occupied Arab territories is simply a political objective, rather than security objective, as claimed by successive Israeli governments. The remarks came in a statement released on Tuesday commenting on the plan of the Israeli government to build a security wall around 21 settlements in the West Bank as part of the security measures intended to protect the settlers.