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Turkey - Israel alliance and Arab policy towards Turkey
Regional, Analysis, 9/15/1998
First municipal election campaign in Doha - Qatar
Doha is currently witnessing wide preparations for the general municipal elections to take place for the first time on February 1, 1999 to choose 29 members to serve four-year terms.
Qatar, Politics, 9/15/1998
Fact-finding UN committee on Algeria issues report, human rights and economy addressed
The report recommended final methods and a mechanism for creating a program for cooperation and solidarity with Algeria seeking to treat problems. The report also stressed the necessity of supporting Algeria during its economic problems and warned that the deterioration of the situation in Algeria would have a negative effect on the Mediterranean, Europe and the international community.
Algeria, Politics, 9/15/1998
17 arrested in Jordan on charge of belonging to prohibited Islamic party
The attorney general of the Jordanian's Nations Council officially detained 17 suspected members of the prohibited Islamic Liberation Party in Jordan on the charge of belonging to an illegal organization.
Jordan, Judicial, 9/15/1998
Candidate for Lebanon's presidency to visit Damascus
Candidate for Lebanon's presidency, Butros Harb, stated that he will visit Damascus soon for consultations concerning the presidential elections.
Lebanon, Politics, 9/15/1998
Saudi Arabia appeals to Iran and Afghanistan to maintain self-control
Saudi Arabia has once again held Israel responsible for the impasse in the Middle East peace process. It urged the international community to take tough measures against the repeated Israeli measures in Southern Lebanon and its western Bekaa.
Saudi Arabia-Regional, Politics, 9/15/1998
Many issues face Arab ministers at Arab League meeting tomorrow
The Arab League council is going to hold a hot session on Wednesday, discussing 37 articles among Arab foreign ministers, chaired by Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa.
Regional, Politics, 9/15/1998
Barzani and Talibani meet in Washington
Leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party Massoud Barzani said in a statement to the United Arab Emirates daily al-Itihad that the currently-proposed US project in the US congress that provides for reactivating the Iraqi opposition is "a dead before birth project."
Iraq-USA, Politics, 9/15/1998
Arab League has no comments about Libyan decision to cancel Ministry of Arab Unity
The Arab league said Libya's decision to disband its Ministry of Arab Unity taken by its minister Juma Fazani is a decision of its own, and there is nothing to be discussed in this matter.
Libya-Regional, Politics, 9/15/1998
Annual Damascus book exhibition opens today
Under the patronage of President Hafez al-Assad the 14th Damascus Book Exhibition will open today at 6:00 p.m. (Damascus Local time), at al-Assad Library.
Syria, Culture, 9/15/1998
Lebanese resistance attacks Israeli positions as Mordechai visits area
Lebanese resistance forces on Monday carried out several successful operations against Israeli occupation and Israeli-allied South Lebanon Army positions in the occupied part of south Lebanon.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 9/15/1998
Arab navigators and ancient geography
Arabs were navigators by nature. They wandered far and wide both on land and on sea, on the trade routes and so collected a lot of geographic information not known before their time.
Regional, History, 9/15/1998
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Employees at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) started today a warning protest. The Executive Council for the UNRWA Trade Union in Syria called on its statement for improving the living conditions of all UNRWA employees and Palestinian refugees.
President of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah today received the secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Jamil Hujeilan, and the GCC ministers of trade and the industry who arrived in Kuwait to take part in the 25th meeting of the GCC trade cooperation committee, being held in Kuwait. Talks dealt with the importance of reviving cooperation between the GCC member states in various fields to support the Gulf states' common development process.
Ruler of Bahrain Sheikh Issa Bin Salman al-Khalifa today met in Manama with British Foreign Office minister Derek Fatchett and members of his accompanying delegation, currently visiting Bahrain.
President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nahyan today received a telephone call from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The Gulf News Agency said that during the telephone conversation, the two presidents reviewed several issues of mutual concern.
Monaco's Crown Prince Albert met with Lebanese President Elias Hrawi, and Prime Minister Hariri separately today in Beirut to discuss means of developing bilateral relations.
Oman Air has agreed to purchase two ATR 42-500 planes from the French - Italian ATR company, Oman News Agency reported.
Bahraini citizens were warned to monitor consumption of chicken, eggs, and milk so as to avoid sickness caused by spoiled food, Gulf Daily News reported.
A Qatari court postponed the trial of people suspected of trying to blow up a Doha governmental building until September 27, Gulf Times reported.
Bookings for the Dubai 2000 International Aerospace, to run November 14 - 18, already total 75% of available, Khaleej Times reported.
Lebanese Parliamentary Speaker Nabih Berri said he would not consult MPs on changes to Article 49 of the Lebanese Constitution unless the president initiates an amendment, Daily Star reported. Changing the article would make it possible for public employees, such as armed forces commander Emil Lahoud, to run for president and would also make it possible to extend the term of the current president, Elias Hrawi, the report said.
At least 400 Sudanese were killed and thousands were displaced in severe clashes between two southern factions around Bantio city, 750 km southwest of Khartoum.
Official sources in the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said the Egyptian Ministry of Trade and Supply, in cooperation with the US Department of Commerce, is to hold a conference on supply and dumping on September 21 - 23 in Cairo and Alexandria.
Germany confirmed its support for Egypt's position toward the countries of the European Union concerning imposing dumping fees on Egyptian exports of cotton and textiles and banning the import of the Egyptian potatoes.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Abdullah today met in London with Prime Minister Tony Blair for talks on bilateral concerns and regional issues. On Monday, he attended a luncheon at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral palace in Scotland. The Saudi crown prince also met on Monday with ruler of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani, currently visiting London.