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Iraq halts UNSCOM cooperation
Following up on previous threats, Iraq has suspended all cooperation with United Nations weapons inspectors, with Trade Minister Mohammed Mahdi Saleh accusing UNSCOM of being "biased" and "spying against Iraq."
Iraq-UN, Politics, 10/31/1998
Iraq: Oil-for-food a cover to prolong sanctions
Iraqi Minister of Trade Mohammed Mahdi Saleh stated after coming back from Paris that Iraq has not yet received equipment for the petroleum sector, according to the oil-for-food agreement.
Iraq, Economics, 10/31/1998
Security Council extends MINURSO mandate until next December
The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted on Friday a resolution, extending the mandate of the U.N. mission for the referendum in the Sahara (MINURSO) until next December 17.
Morocco-West Sahara-UN, Politics, 10/31/1998
Gaddafi, Hamas call for lifting of Sheikh Yassin's house arrest
A cable sent by Gaddafi to Arafat said he hoped that the house arrest of Sheikh Yassin would be lifted and that it is not acceptable that Sheikh Yassin gets out of an Israeli prison to be placed in a Palestinian prison.
Libya-Palestine, Politics, 10/31/1998
Palestinian minister supports Wye agreement
Some Palestinian ministers voted against the Wye Plantation agreement, as secretary general of the Palestinian Authority El-Taib Abd El-Reheem said that a small number of ministers oppose the agreement. He did not specify their number or identities.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 10/31/1998
Aslan: Netanyahu is behind Turkish - Syrian row
Syrian chief of staff al-Imad Ali Aslan accused Israel of being behind the Syrian - Turkish row, to cover up all the Palestinian concessions that took place in the Wye Plantation agreement.
Syria, Politics, 10/31/1998
Running the first organized navigation line between Emirates and Iraq
The first organized navigation line for transporting passengers will be started tomorrow between Rashid Harbor in Dubai and Um Qasr in Iraq, using the ship Jabal Ali.
United Arab Emirates-Iraq, Politics, 10/31/1998
Saudi Arabia hosts first international conference on financing petrochemical industries
A conference for developing and financing petrochemical studies in Saudi Arabia will be convened in the industrial city of al-Jubail in eastern Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia, Economics, 10/31/1998
Yemeni and Eritrean presidents to meet on Wednesday in Aden
Yemen will officialy take control tomorrow of Greater Hanish Island in the Red Sea from Eritrea with all its establishments including those established by Eritrean forces since they occupied the island in the middle of 1995.
Yemen-Eritrea, Politics, 10/31/1998
Egyptian FM: Land for peace principle is the basis for any acceptable settlement
Egypt-Yemen, Politics, 10/31/1998
Morocco and India convene to avoid double taxation
Morocco and India concluded on Friday in Rabat an accord whereby Rabat and New Delhi will avoid double taxation and prevent tax evasion.
Morocco-India, Economics, 10/31/1998
Islamic women's conference
More than 1,000 persons from around the Islamic world have gathered in Rabat to attend a conference on Islamic women, organized by the Moroccan government, which aims at creating a foundation between Moslems and women's movements.
Regional, Culture, 10/31/1998
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US State Department officials Dennis Ross and Martin Indyk will visit Damascus in the coming week for an "exploratory mission," the Lebanese National News Agency reported.
Nine tourism projects, providing 112 jobs, will be opened during celebrations of Oman's National Day, November 18, Oman Daily Observer reported.
The United Arab Emirates' Minister of Justice, Islamic affairs and Awqaf returned from a visit to Turkey, where he delivered a communique on bilateral relations to the Turkish president, Khaleej Times reported.
South Korea's Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company delivered the lowest bid to construct a new passenger terminal at Doha International Airport, Gulf Times reported.
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat strongly criticized Israeli settlement expansion plans, referring to them as a violation of the Wye agreement's prohibition on unilateral measures, Jordan Times reported.
The meeting of Arab associations for the disabled persons will convene this weekend in Cairo under the theme "Towards An Arab Pact For the Disabled."The encounter's agenda includes debates on the situation and rights of disabled persons in the Arab states.
Morocco will construct a 10.3 km long tunnel (across Atlas Mountains) to link Marrakesh to Ouarzazate in southern Morocco. The project, to be launched shortly, will allow drivers and travelers to save time and avoid the frequent road closures which occur mainly in winter due to avalanches. Morocco is planning to upgrade its road infrastructure and construct 1,000 kilometers of highways by the year 2000.
A Moroccan student in Russia was killed on Thursday in Varonege (500 km south of Moscow), the victim's brother said. Chaali Hatim had knocked over a Russian national with his car. After the death of the victim in hospital, an outraged member of his family attacked and killed the Moroccan.