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Interview: A Morrocan businessman who decided to take the initiative to help the education system
BMCE Bank Chairman Othman Benjoulan, announced that he will be building 100 schools in his country Morocco, to alleviate some of the severe educational problems facing the nation, which has a very high illiteracy rate.
Morocco, Education, 9/16/1998
Moussa to address peace, terrorism, and nuclear issues at the UN session
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa is to leave Cairo on Friday to head Egypt's delegation at the meetings of the new session of the United Nations General Assembly, which began its three-month session on September 9.
Egypt-UN, Politics, 9/16/1998
Ugandan forces and rebels attack Sudanese regions
A Sudanese military statement said yesterday that the Ugandan forces and Sudanese rebel forces launched an attack yesterday in East Equatoria state in southern Sudan.
Sudan-Uganda, Military, 9/16/1998
Fish come to the rescue of Jordan's water pollution crisis
The Jordanian Zai station for water purification has used different kinds of fish in a "biological" effort to eliminate organic items and pollutants. This new measure helped in solving the two-month Jordanian water pollution crisis.
Jordan, Economics, 9/16/1998
Jordanian court refuses to try former water minister
El-Solh court in Oman refused to try former Jordanian Minister of Water Munzir Haddadin in association with water pollution in Amman this summer. In its decision, the court said that the higher council is the specified body for trying Haddadin.
Jordan, Judicial, 9/16/1998
Algerian ruling party to specify date for its conference
The Algerian Democratic National Rally will announce on Thursday the date on which it will convene its conference to elect the party's head who will be the party's candidate in the upcoming presidential elections.
Algeria, Politics, 9/16/1998
Arab League says no hope for peace while Netanyahu is in office
The report of the ArabLeague's secretary general confirmed that the AL is pessimistic toward the future of the Middle East peace process under the current Israeli government headed by Prime Minister Netanyahu.
Regional, Politics, 9/16/1998
Palestine: Ross failed in his mission
Palestinian and Israeli sources said that US peace process coordinator Dennis Ross has failed to achieve any progress in his current negotiations with the two sides during the past six days.
Palestine-Israel-USA, Politics, 9/16/1998
Syrian-British businessmen discuss cooperation
Syrian and British businessmen on Tuesday concluded roundtable talks on means of consolidating economic and trade cooperation between Syria and the UK. The talks centered on three main topics: carrying out joint projects between Syria and Britain, direct investment by British businessmen in Syria, and tourism and tourism promotion.
Syria-UK, Economics, 9/16/1998
Kuwait calls on Arab petroleum ministers to discuss price increase
The ministers of petroleum and energy from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar will being a meeting today in Kuwait to discuss supporting petroleum prices and launching new reductions in petroleum production.
Regional, Economics, 9/16/1998
Fighting breaks out between warring factions in Somalia
More than 14 persons were killed and another 18 reported as wounded following renewed confrontations between two warring factions in Somalia during the few past days.
Somalia, Politics, 9/16/1998
Libya wants real support from Arab League in lifting sanctions
Libya called yesterday on the Arab League council, which began its works today, to help lift the international sanctions imposed on it.
Libya-Regional, Politics, 9/16/1998
Egypt expects unemployment rate to decrease
The Egyptian Ministry of Planning expected a decrease in the Egyptian unemployment rate to 7.9% in 1998, down from 8.3% last year.
Egypt, Economics, 9/16/1998
Symposium in Washington for developing Middle East financial systems
The World Bank is to arrange a symposium in Washington on October 4. The symposium is about building and developing the financial systems in the Middle East and northern Africa, on the occasion of the bank's annual joint meeting with the International Monetary Fund.
Regional, Business, 9/16/1998
Palestinian casino open
The Oasis Casino, a splendid European-type building, was constructed in front of the camp of Akbatt Gabr for Palestinian refugees at a cost of $50 million.
Palestine, Business, 9/16/1998
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The Iraqi daily al -Itihad published on Tuesday said that the Iraqi authorities will permit Syrians to enter Iraq without an entry visa.
The Kuwaiti and Qatari ministers of oil met today in Kuwait in the course of consultations aimed at reviewing the oil market and measures that should be taken to halt the deterioration in oil prices and to raise prices to a higher level. The meeting came at the invitation of the Kuwaiti Oil Minister Sheikh Saud Nasser al-Sabah.
US State Department Spokesman James Rubin said the US has "most certainly not taken [the military] option off the table," saying that it's up to the UN Security Council to respond if Iraq ceases all cooperation with UN weapons inspectors, but the US is "watching the situation closely."
The marine forces leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council GCC member states on Tuesday held their 26th meeting. The Gulf News Agency said that participants in the meeting discussed means of exchanging information and expertise as well as requirements of the forthcoming phase for ensuring security and stability in the region.
The US embassy in Israel said that US Middle East peace process coordinator Dennis Ross will visit Jordan today to acquaint its officials with the results of his mediation efforts between Israel and the Palestinian government. Spokesman for the Embassy said Ross will meet with Jordanian Crown Prince Hassan. The spokesman gave no more details.
The UAE allowed women to work part time if they are sponsored by their husbands or fathers, Khaleej Times reported.
British Foreign Office Minister Derek Fatchett denied that Britain's laws on granting asylum are too lax and said that recent legislation would close loopholes in the laws, Gulf Daily News reported.
Iran will launch naval maneuvers next week in the Gulf, IRNA reported.
The April Understanding Monitoring Committee condemned at its meeting yesterday the Israeli shelling of Marj Al-Zohour, Lebanon News Wire reported.
Egyptian Prime Minister Kamal Ganzouri asked the Israeli government to carry out agreements and obligations reached on all peace tracks, according to international resolutions.
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan held talks with Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz concerning a full revision of Iraq's implementation of UN resolutions and the situation in Iraq. An official at the UN was quoted as saying that Annan also discussed the full revision of Iraq's implementation of UN resolutions in a meeting with representatives of the UN Security Council's five permanent member states. The UN official expected Annan to submit to members of the UN Security Council a written proposal within a week concerning Iraq.
The central bureau for statistics on Tuesday in Jerusalem announced that number of the Israeli citizens is estimated at 5.987 million. These include 79.4% Jews, 18.5% Arabs and 2.1% of different origins.