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Only a comprehensive Palestinian - Israeli agreement will be accepted
Palestinian minister of information Yasser Abed Rabbo said the Palestinian government would under no circumstances agree to sign an agreement with Israel if it were not a comprehensive agreement
Palestine, Politics, 10/21/1998
What does security mean to Palestinian Salim Shawamreh?
Salim said "I am here to tell the American that with billions of dollars that they are giving to the Israelis in Palestine, they are making there settlements and destroying our houses with this money."
Palestine, Politics, 10/21/1998
Mubarak: Peace is key to stability in the region
President Muhammad Hosni Mubarak of Egypt has asserted that just and comprehensive peace based on implementing UN resolutions is the key to achieving security and stability in the region.
Egypt, Politics, 10/21/1998
Ankara announces that accord with Damascus meets Turkish security demands
Following three weeks of regional disputes, Damascus and Ankara have reached a security agreement according to which the former pledges to close camps of the Kuridtsni Workers Party in the Bekaa and Syria.
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 10/21/1998
Kharazi contacted his Syrian and Turkish counterparts on tensions
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi has made separate telephone calls to Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa and Turkish Foreign Minister Ismael Cem.
Iran-Regional, Politics, 10/21/1998
US plan to topple Saddam by Iraqi opposition
An Egyptian daily reported that US Secretary of Defense William Cohen briefed several Arab Gulf states he recently visited on the content of the US plan to topple Saddam Hussein through Iraqi opposition elements.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 10/21/1998
Algerian president's advisor resigns
Mohammed Betshin, the advisor of Algerian President Liamine Zeroual, presented his resignation suddenly.
Algeria, Politics, 10/21/1998
Arab Lawyers support Morocco's right to retrieve Sebta and Melillia
The Arab Lawyers Union renewed its backing to Morocco's right to retrieve its northern cities, Sebta and Mellilia, and the neighboring Jaafarine Islands, which are still under Spanish rule.
Morocco-Regional-Spain, Politics, 10/21/1998
Sudanese minister of irrigation resigns to protest accusations of corruption
Sudanese Minister of Irrigation Sherif Tuhami presented his resignation yesterday from the government in protest over accusations directed against him of exploiting his influence
Sudan, Politics, 10/21/1998
Syrian-European partnership negotiations
European diplomatic sources said that the second round of official negotiations to reach a partnership agreement between Syria and the European Union started on Tuesday in Damascus.
Syria-European Union, Economics, 10/21/1998
French agency grants Morocco 100 million francs to fight unhealthy housing
The French Development Agency has granted Morocco a long-term loan worth 100 million French Francs to fight unhealthy housing.
Morocco-France, Economics, 10/21/1998
Egypt informs Oman of mediation in Syrian - Turkish disputes
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa sent an oral message yesterday to Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf Bin Alawi that was conveyed by Kheir El-Din Abdul-Latif, the Egyptian ambassador in Oman.
Egypt-Oman, Politics, 10/21/1998
Hussein Aideed in Qatar
An official source in Qatar said that Somali leader Hussein Muhammad Aideed arrived on Monday night in Doha for a two-day visit to Qatar during which he will discuss the crisis taking place in his country with officials in Qatar.
Somalia-Qatar, Politics, 10/21/1998
Experts from 24 Mediterranean countries discuss electric link networks
Egyptian Minister of Energy and Electricity Maher Abaza is traveling today to Italy to head an Egyptian delegation that comprises electricity experts in the ministry.
Regional-Egypt-European Union, Economics, 10/21/1998
Islamic group in Egypt denies relations with Bin Laden
The Islamic Group in Egypt, considered to be the main armed extremist organization in the country, denied any sort of relations with the organization established last February by Saudi billionaire Osama Bin Laden.
Egypt, Politics, 10/21/1998
European refusal of Israeli symposium in Jerusalem or occupied Golan
Spokeswoman for the Dutch embassy in Israel said that the European Union and the Netherlands do not recognize the decision taken by Israel to annex the occupied city of Jerusalem and consider the Golan Heights a Syrian territory.
Israel, International, 10/21/1998
Morocco moves to thwart evangelization campaigns targeting Moroccan expatriates
Morocco is mobilizing to thwart evangelization campaigns targeting the Moroccan community settled abroad, said Moroccan minister of Habous (endowments) and Islamic Affairs, Abdelkebir Alaoui Mdaghri.
Morocco, Religion, 10/21/1998
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Jordanian citizen Omar Saleh was executed for a murder he committed in 1996 to avenge his son's death, Jordan Times reported.
Bahrain's shoura council discussed the cost of private education in Bahrain to set a limit on rising costs, Gulf Daily News reported.
Abu Dhabi has bought a 50% share in the Hyundai Oil Refining Company for an estimated $500 million, Khaleej Times reported.
The Lebanese Parliament will continue next week discussions on a public-sector pay scale, Lebanon News Wire reported.
Speaker of the Moroccan House of Representatives, Abdelouahed Radi, conferred Tuesday in Rabat with the director general of the International Labor Organization, Michel Hansen, on ways of upgrading cooperation between Morocco and the ILO in matters of labor legislation and protection of workers' rights.
Moroccan Handicraft secretary of state Hassan Maaouni will visit Tunisia this week to attend the 98th International Fair of Tunisia, which will open its doors on October 23.
A Moroccan fishing boat has been missing since October 9 when it had its last radio contact with another boat off Morocco's southwestern coast.
King hassan II sent a message of congratulations to Sultan Qabous of Oman, who has been awarded the international peace prize by U.S organizations, universities, and strategic research and studies centers concerned by international peace and security issues.
The Iraqi Cabinet decided yesterday to exempt the projects and the capital invested in the free zones from income taxes as well as from any other taxes or fees, also pardoning 50% of the income of the Iraqi workers in free zones.
The Jordanian - Egyptian high joint committee will convene in Amman on November 15 - 16. Egyptian diplomatic sources said that during the meeting, four agreements will be signed that comprise establishing a free trade zone, a note of understanding in the field of commercial legislation, a protocol for technical cooperation between the two countries' Ministries of Trade and a protocol for the source basis.
Syrian Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade Muhammad al-Imadi arrived in Manama on Tuesday in a visit to Bahrain.
Israeli Chief of Staff Shaoul Mofaz attended on Tuesday military maneuvers in the occupied Syrian Golan. In a speech he delivered, the Israeli Chief of staff expressed his hope that the Wye Plantation negotiations may achieve progress.
The Algerian daily al-Aseel said on Tuesday that the Armed Islamic Group killed three young men on Monday in the Algerian Mela province. The paper added that security forces found the bodies of the four citizens kidnapped by the armed groups on Saturday in the outskirts of Sedi Youssef village of Saeeda province.
The Egyptian daily al-Shaab reported that Cairo has invited both Turkey and Syria to convene a bilateral dialogue in Egypt. In its Tuesday edition, the paper added that according to reliable diplomatic sources in Cairo Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal may arrive in Cairo to take part in the said dialogue alongside Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa.
Yemen has announced that it is preparing to restore officially on November 1 the Hanish Islands, following the decision of the International Court of Justice, which approved Yemen's sovereignty over the the Red Sea island.