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Tensions rise between Syria and Turkey
Tension has been escalated between Turkey and Syria because of the Kurdistan Labor Party question. The Turkish president Suleman Demirel threatened Syria and pledged to take revenge on what he claimed Syrian support for the Kurds revolutionaries. "Our patient has elapsed" he said.
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 10/2/1998
Gaddafi fears kidnapping of Libyan Lockerbie suspects, US threatens new sanctions
Libyan President Col. Moammar Gaddafi has refused to hand over the two Libyan suspected in the Lockerbie case to be tried in a military base in the Netherlands. He stressed that he fears the two men will be kidnapped.
Libya, Politics, 10/2/1998
Zeroual refuses calls to stay in power
During a consultant meeting with the majority of the Algerian political parties, Algerian President Liamine Zeroual refused a call to stay in power. He viewed his call for early Presidential elections next February, which reduces his term of office from five years to three years, as a good development for the democratic process.
Algeria, Politics, 10/2/1998
Mubarak to inaugurate strategic symposium on October victory
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, the supreme leader of Egypt's armed forces, is to inaugurate a three-day strategic symposium on the occasion of the anniversary of the October War within the celebration of the armed forces under the slogan of "A War for Peace."
Egypt, Politics, 10/2/1998
Visiting Moroccan premier meets French peer
Moroccan Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi held in Paris on Thursday a first round of tete-a-tete talks with his French peer, Lionel Jospin, before extending the session to the two countries' delegations.
Morocco-France, Politics, 10/2/1998
Jordanian students sickened by vaccines
Number of students who reported illness after anti-diphtheria and tetanus vaccines in Jordanian schools increased to 589 students in the schools of the capital Amman and in the northern, southern and central parts of the kingdom.
Jordan, Health, 10/2/1998
Eritrea denies taking part in Sudan battles
An Eritrean official negated yesterday the accusations of Sudanese government that Eritrea is involved in the battle that recently took place in southern Sudan.
Sudan-Eritrea, Politics, 10/2/1998
New confrontations between Palestinians and Israeli troops
Palestinian - Israeli clashes took place yesterday, resulting in the injury of 11 Israeli soldiers and 15 demonstrators. Meanwhile the Israeli minister of defense accused the Palestinian government of not doing its utmost to prevent such incidents from taking place.
Palestine-Israel, Local, 10/2/1998
New Iranian maneuvers on Afghanistan borders
Iranian television today reported that major Iranian military maneuvers began today on the borders of Afghanistan, the largest maneuvers of their kind held by the Iranian army till now.
Iran-Afghanistan, Military, 10/2/1998
Libya, Eritrea for coordinating political, economic decisions
A Libyan official delegation left Asmara on Thursday to return home after a six-day official visit to Asmara. Eritrea's national radio said the seven-member Libyan delegation held talks with the secretary general of the People's Front for Democracy and Justice, Muhammad Saeed.
Libya-Eritrea, Politics, 10/2/1998
AL chief highlights Arab spirit of the October liberation war
The Secretary general of the Arab league Esmat Abdul Meguid has hailed the spirit of heroism embodied by the Syrian troops during the October" Liberation war."
Regional, Politics, 10/2/1998
Israel continues shelling outskirts of Lebanese town of Hadatha
Israeli occupation forces on Thursday continued their attacks in areas adjacent to the occupied part of south Lebanon. Lebanese security sources said the Israeli artillery on Thursday before noon bombarded the outskirts of Hadatha town, using 155 mm shells.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 10/2/1998
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A Bahraini Foreign Ministry source called for a decision rejecting Qatar's claim to the disputed Hawar Islands, whose sovereignty is under consideration at the International Court of Justice, Gulf Daily News reported.
An advisor to the United Arab Emirates' Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs said the UAE's attractiveness to foreign workers has a negative impact on the country's socio-economic and political spheres, Khaleej Times reported.
Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund will be held in Washington on October 4-9, Oman Daily Observer reported.
The French anti-submarine frigate La Mote Pecet arrived Thursday morning in the Syrian port of Lattakia in the context of exchanged friendly visits between Syria and France with the objective of strengthening friendship and cooperation relations between the two countries.
The spokeswoman for the relief operation sponsored by the UN in Sudan said that the Sudanese government on Thursday imposed a comprehensive embargo on aid flights to the southern part of the country, adding that the Sudanese government did not give details. Meanwhile, Sudanese Minister of Interior Lt. Gen. Abdul Rahim Muhammad Hussein said that the Sudanese army achieved victory in the battle started in the middle of September against the rebels of the Sudanese People's Liberation Army in the southern part of the country.
The Algerian daily al-Khaber said on Thursday that armed Islamists had assassinated four persons in Ein al-Defli province, in western Algeria. An armed group attacked a farm in al-Munawarra village near Ein al-Defli and kidnapped and then killed three shepherds, aged 17, 19 and 37.
The Palestinian Hamas movement announced its opposition in any context to establishing unity between Jordan and the West Bank before getting rid of the the Wadi Araba treaty signed between Jordan and Israel and Oslo agreements signed between the Palestinian Liberation Organization and Israel.
The meetings of the "strategic thought" committee on the future of international tourism in the world, will be held in the Tunisian island of Garba in the middle this month. Large numbers of tourism experts from different parts of the world and officials from international tourism organizations will attend.
Egyptian courts refused to accept a claim that would ban the import of satellite television reception systems.In the claim, the lawyer demanded a ban on receiving satellite broadcasts and removal of all satellite apparatus from Egyptian houses. The claim referred to the content of the programming broadcast by the satellites, which, he said, threatens the customs and traditions of the Egyptian family.