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Gaddafi accuses US and Britain of lying
Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi accused the U.S.A and Britain of attempting to use the trial of the Libyan suspects in the 1988 Lockerbie Pan Am jet bombing as a method to deport the two men to the United Kingdom.
Libya, Politics, 9/7/1998
Turkey escalates accusations against Syria
The London based Arab daily al-Quds said on Sunday that diplomatic sources in Damascus explained the escalation of the Turkish government's accusations that Syria, Iraq and Iran support the banned Turkish Kurdistan Workers' Party and Turkey's threat to impose sanctions against Damascus as preparation for launching a joint Turkish - Israeli aggression against Syria.
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 9/7/1998
Khaminei: Thinking, speaking and making decisions freely is man's right
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khaminei has given a speech defending freedom of the press and said such freedom is at the basis of Islam.
Iran, Politics, 9/7/1998
African countries challenge Lockerbie air embargo on Libya
African states continued yesterday their challenge of the air emabrgo imposed upon Libya as Eritrean President Issais Afworki arrived at the international airport in Tripoli.
Libya-North Africa, Politics, 9/7/1998
US president speaks of Morocco-US partnership and Morocco's regional example
US President Bill Clinton, renewed in a letter to the US Congress the importance of partnership between Morocco and the United States of America.
Morocco-USA, Politics, 9/7/1998
Morocco's Hicham El Guerrouj Wins Golden League-IAAF Grand Prix Final
Moroccan track and field star Hicham El Guerrouj confirmed Saturday in Moscow his supremacy over the 1500 m after winning the race for the 7th time in row.
Morocco, Sports, 9/7/1998
Iraq: We do not seek to create a crisis with the UN
Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf expressed yesterday expressed his country's satisfaction toward the resolutions of the Non-Aligned Movement expressing solidarity with Iraqi concerns, demanding to lift the sanctions imposed on his country and calling for unified stand among the NAM countries to help Iraq.
Iraq-UN, Politics, 9/7/1998
Report: New spy network in Lebanon
The Lebanese daily al-Deyar has asserted that a spy network was arrested in the southern area of Beirut. The report said the network supplies the Israeli Mossad in Cyprus with information.
Lebanon, Politics, 9/7/1998
Solidarity with Yemeni journalist voiced
The Yemeni organization in defense of human rights and democratic freedoms expressed solidarity with journalist and chief editor of the Yemeni satirical daily "Sum Bum " (Dumb and Deaf), Issam Saeed Salem, who has been exposed to a hostile campaign launched by the Palestinian ambassador in Sanaa.
Yemen-Palestine, Politics, 9/7/1998
Renewed plans for Jewish settlement in Jerusalem
The West Jerusalem municipality has renewed its plans for building a Jewish settlement in the village of Abu Dis, on the southern outskirts of East Jerusalem, Israeli press reported recently.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 9/7/1998
Egyptian human rights organization calls for ending coercive disappearance
The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights called for serious procedures to end "coercive disappearance," saying that citizens are exposed to this practice after being arrested by security bodies.
Egypt, Politics, 9/7/1998
US official to visit Cairo, Middle East soon
Kathy Nafili, the assistant American commercial representative for European and the Mediterranean affairs, will visit Cairo on September 17 within a tour that comprises Jordan and Israel, and that she will pave for the visit of US Secretary of Commerce William Daley to Egypt.
Egypt-USA, Economics, 9/7/1998
Board of Islamic Bank's executive directors starts new session
The board of executive directors of the Islamic Development Bank began on Sunday its 180th session to discuss ways of contributing to higher economic and social growth in member countries.
Regional, Economics, 9/7/1998
Arab bankers meet in Amman
Meetings of the 22nd ordinary session of the council of the governors of Arab central banks and monetary establishments started on Sunday. Representatives of the Arab Monetary Fund, the International Monetary Fund, the Arab Banks Union, the Arab League and Arab stock exchange missions are also taking part in the session's activities.
Regional, Economics, 9/7/1998
Turkish prime minister's tour begins with meeting Jordan's crown prince
Turkish Prime Minister Masoud Yilmaz, currently visitinng the Jordanian kingdom at the beginning of his tour of the Middle East, held talks with Jordan's Crown Prince Hassan about the peace process in the Middle East.
Jordan-Turkey, Politics, 9/7/1998
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Bahrain's Crown Prince and acting Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa is in London for a visit during which he will discuss bilateral relations with British officials, Gulf Daily News reported.
Qatar's Hamad Medical Corporation performed the Gulf state's first bone marrow transplant, Gulf Times reported.
Jordan's Ministry of Social Development cut off financial assistance to thousands of families it said were receiving aid but were not eligible, Jordan Times reported.
UAE police officials called for a law that would ban the use of mobile phones by drivers, Khaleej Times reported.
Qatar's Crown Prince Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani met with Nepal's Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala to discuss bilateral relations, Qatar News Agency reported.
Oman is expected to award a contract for a wastewater system in Salalah to be operated by the Salalah Sanitary Drainage Services Company, Oman Daily Observer reported.
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat declared the city of Hebron "a preferred development area" and ordered that residents not pay health taxes.
High-level Iraqi sources confirmed to ArabicNews.com that Iranian Vice-President Hassan Habibi will travel to Iraq during the current month but refused to specify the date for the visit.
The Palestinian Liberation Organization yesterday accused Israel of attempting to drag the Arabs into war. Farouk Qaddoumi, the chairman of the political department of the PLO described the efforts of US coordinator for the peace process in the Middle East, Dennis Ross, as a failure.
Sheikh Salem al-Sabah El-Salem, the deputy prime minister of the Kuwaiti Cabinet and defense minister, arrived in Cairo yesterday afternoon for a one-day visit in which he was received by Esmat Abdul Meguid, the Arab League's secretary-general. Sheikh Salem said he will "discuss with Abdul Meguid the issue of the Kuwaiti captives held in Iraqi territories."