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King Fahd refuses use of Saudi territories against Iraq
US Secretary of Defense William Cohen on Tuesday in Riyadh was confronted by a Saudi obstacle before the US military buildup against Iraq. Saudi Arabia's King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz refused to convert the Saudi territories as a "starting point" for launching military acts against Iraq.
Saudi Arabia-Iraq-USA, Politics, 11/4/1998
Israel gets creative about stealing Lebanese soil, literally
In its occupation of south Lebanon and destruction of many towns and efforts to loot Lebanese water resources, Israel has something new to steal, rich Lebanese top soil, and the Lebanese government has finally brought this issue to light.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 11/4/1998
Gaddafi confers with Egyptian FM
Libyan television on Tuesday said that Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gaddafi received on Tuesday Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa.
Libya-Egypt, Politics, 11/4/1998
Israel stalls as US says Palestinians have done what was called for
US White House spokesman Joe Lockhart yesterday voiced support for the Palestinian efforts to facilitate the Wye Plantation agreement with Israel, even as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has delayed any Israeli action on each of the last three days.
Palestine-Israel-USA, Politics, 11/4/1998
Austrian foreign minister to discuss Europe's role in the peace process
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa will hold major talks in the middle of November with Austrian Foreign Minister Wolfgang Schussel, who will arrive at Cairo for a two-day visit.
Egypt-Regional-Austria, Politics, 11/4/1998
Italian MPs hold intensive talks in Rabat
During the meeting, the prime minister made a historical survey on the Moroccan Sahara issue, the Spanish colonization of the territory, the migration of the Sahara's inhabitants towards the northern provinces to flee colonial repression, and the Green March that peacefully liberated the southern provinces.
Morocco-Italy, Politics, 11/4/1998
Saudi-Iranian relations are remarkable
The ambassador of Iran to Saudi Arabia, Muhammad Rida Nouri, has described his country's relations with Saudi Arabia as remarkable.
Saudi Arabia-Iran, Politics, 11/4/1998
Syrian defense minister congratulates Lebanese President-elect Lahoud
Tlass said: "Due to humiliating concessions given by the Palestinian Authority, new acts of aggression, oppression and settlement are being stepped up by Israel against the people of Palestine."
Syria-Lebanon, Politics, 11/4/1998
Israeli misinformation campaign against Egypt disclosed
Egyptian Foreign Minister Safwat al-Sharif has accused Israel of launching a disinformation campaign against Egypt with the purpose of creating unrest in the country.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 11/4/1998
Jordanian authorities deny preventing chairman of Hamas Mishal from travel
The Jordanian weekly al-Sabil has reported that Jordanian security authorities on the Jordanian - Syrian borders prevented on Saturday the chairman of the political bureau of the Palestinian Hamas movement, Khaled Mishal, from leaving Jordan after being stopped for more than one hour and treated improperly.
Jordan, Politics, 11/4/1998
Saleh: Arab states should revive economic, political boycott of Israel
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has asserted that the Arab states have to revive an economic and political boycott of Israel.
Yemen-Regional, Politics, 11/4/1998
Algerian presidential elections
Well-informed Algerian sources expected that Algerian nation's council (parliament) member Ismael Hamadani will be assigned to form the new Cabinet which will supervise the organization of Presidential elections to be held in April 1999 in Algeria.
Algeria, Politics, 11/4/1998
US offers $5 million for capture of exiled Saudi Osama Bin Laden
The US government announced a filing of 238 "superseding indictment" of exiled Saudi Osama Bin Laden and another Muhammad Atif as members of al-Keida organization.
Regional, Politics, 11/4/1998
Iranian attacks US for regional domination policy
The supreme religious leader in Iran, Ayatollah Khaminei, launched a strong attack on the US, saying that Washington is "trying to once again spread their political and economic domination over the resources of the country."
Iran-USA, Politics, 11/4/1998
Tunisia expects 100,000 tons of dates
It is expected that the Tunisian date crop could exceed 150,000 tons in the current season, in comparison to 95,000 tons last year, which indicates that it will reach a record high.
Tunisia, Business, 11/4/1998
Palestinian - Egyptian communications regarding running Gaza airport
Palestinian - Egyptian communications are currently being made to arrange a meeting between the two civilian aviation companies affiliated to both sides within the Palestinian Authority's preparation for running Gaza Airport as well as organizing direct flights between the airports in Gaza and Cairo.
Palestine-Regional, Economics, 11/4/1998
Workshop for rural leaders in renewable energy
The Rabat-based Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) is holding in Tehran (Iran) this November 3-11 a workshop on the use of renewable energy sources.
Regional-Iran, Science, 11/4/1998
Tunisian group calls on president for help in obtaining passports
A group named "the Tunisian assemblage without passports" directed a message to Tunisian President Zein El-Abidin Bin Ali in which they asked for passports to be granted or renewed for 31 persons.
Tunisia, Politics, 11/4/1998
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An Iraqi source told ArabicNews.com today that Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi will visit Baghdad soon. The source, who refused to specify the date of the visit, said that Iran's first vice president, Hassan Habibi, will also visit Iraq after Kharazi's visit.
President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt on Tuesday received at Sharm El-Sheikh resort in Sinai, the Saudi second deputy premier and defense minister, Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz in the course of relations between the two countries, MENA reported.
The Jordanian al-Aswak paper has reported that Syria officially asked Jordan last week to convene a meeting of the Jordanian-Syrian committee, which has been for many years in charge of setting up al-Wahda dam between the two countries.
An Iranian source told ArabicNews.com today that Iranian President Mohammed Khatami will pay an official visit to France during next February, the first such visit to an European country since the Islamic revolution 20 years ago.
The head of the union of Arab banks, Mahmoud Abdul Aziz is heading on the coming Wednesday to Beirut to participate in a three-day conference tomorrow to liberate Arab banking services in light of international economic changes.
The Palestinian Authority's secretary-general said yesterday that Iran had backed failed plans to assassinate Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, Bahrain Tribune reported.
A 28-bed dialysis center was opened in Oman's Muscat governorate, Oman Daily Observer reported.
The Emirates Telecommunication Corporation is conducting a recruiting and training drive for UAE nationals, Khaleej Times reported.
The Palestinian delegate to the Arab League said that Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin is under house arrest for his own protection, Jordan Times reported.
Palestinian authorities asked Israel to allow president Yasser Arafat's plane to land in al-Dehniah airport near Gaza starting Thursday, the Israeli radio said Tuesday. Israel approved the request in principle, but advisors of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are still studying it, according to the source.
A new airlines Gulf Express, to be based in Manama, will be established next year, to service Charjah, Iran and eastern Saudi Arabia, the Gulf News Agency reported Tuesday.
Some 5000 U.S dollars and various equipment were stolen from the office of the Moroccan carrier, Royal Air Maroc (RAM) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The thieves took advantage of the week-end break to creep into the office to rob the receipts, the police said, MAP reported. RAM's office is the second representation of a foreign carrier robbed in Jeddah after that of "Egyptair" few weeks ago.
The Kuwaiti government denied yesterday that it holds 1,115 Iraqi captives in its prisons as alleged by Iraq. Kuwaiti official sources said that these allegations have nothing to do with truth. The sources pointed to the more than 4,000 Iraqis who live safely in Kuwait, and they stated that residency was renewed for more than 200 other Iraqis during 1997. The sources urged Iraq to stop these allegations which they said are aimed at harming Kuwait's image before the international community.
South Korean Minister of Trade Pak Tae-yong will visit Cairo on November 18 - 20 heading a commercial delegation to the fifth meeting of the Korean - Egyptian joint committee.
Algeria condemned yesterday the decision made by Burkina Faso to shelter Ahmed El-Zawi, one leader of the prohibited Islamic Salvation Front, who was sentenced to death after being expelled last Thursday from Switzerland.
Egypt will host the fourth conference for energy for the Afro-Asian countries during the coming month. 80 African, European and Asian countries will participate in the conference, which will be held from December 12 - 15. Egyptian Minister of Energy and Electricity Maher Abaza stated that the official delegations and energy experts participating in the conference will discuss over three days the establishment of regional centers for the electric link among the countries as well as agreeing on a united plan for extending the regional link network among the nearby continents during the coming century.
Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa on Tuesday received the Canadian coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Andrew Robinson. Talks dealt with current conditions in the Middle East region and in the Middle East peace process.
Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri on will on Saturday hold a visit to France during which he is to meet with French President Jacques Chirac. Lebanese government sources said that Hariri will discuss developments in the region with Chirac.
A collective funeral was held in Baghdad on Tuesday for 50 Iraqi children who Iraq says died as a result of the sanctions imposed on Iraq. The funeral started from the Medaan al-Shuhada area and stopped in front of al-Rashid hotel where Arab and foreign delegations taking part in the Baghdad International Exposition are staying.
The Lebanese military judicial authorities on Tuesday completed their investigation of members a network of the already-broken Lebanese Forces led by Samir Geagea which is accused of carrying out violent attacks.
The Secretary-General of the Arab League, Esmat Abdul Meguid, will meet on Thursday with the European Middle East peace process coordinator Miguel Moratinos and with the foreign minister of Austria, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union to discuss conditions in the Middle East peace process, especially after signing of the Wye Plantation agreement.
Minutes of the meetings of the eighth session of the Libyan - Iranian committee on joint cooperation in various areas were signed on Tuesday in Tripoli.