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US defense secretary arrives in Egypt
An Egyptian official source said on Wednesday that US Secretary of Defense William Cohen will arrive on Thursday in Egypt to hold talks with President Mubarak on the renewed tensions with Iraq. The source added that Mubarak will receive Cohen at Sharm El-Sheikh resort.
Egypt-USA, Politics, 11/5/1998
US vice president, secretary of state talk with Saudi crown prince on Iraqi tensions
US Vice President Al Gore and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Tuesday spoke on the telephone with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz to discuss the recently escalating crisis with Iraq.
Saudi Arabia-Iraq-USA, Politics, 11/5/1998
Baghdad: Cohen's tour failed
Iraqi described US Secretary of Defense William Cohen's tour of the Gulf as a failure, saying that the Iraqi people will not be frightened by the US threats.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 11/5/1998
Nelson Mandela to attend Gulf states summit in Abu Dhabi
South African Vice President Thabo Mbeki announced that President Nelson Mandela will attend the annual summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council member states, which Abu Dhabi will host on December 7.
Gulf-Saudi Arabia-South Africa, Politics, 11/5/1998
Israeli Knesset approves new decision on identity of Syrian people in the Golan
The Israeli Knesset on Wednesday approved a nationality draft bill proposed by Knesset member Saleh Tarif. The newly-enacted law permits dropping the Israeli nationality without the consent of the Israeli Ministry of the Interior.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 11/5/1998
Syrian-Jordanian relations deteriorated, Tarawneh says
Jordanian Prime Minister Fayez Tarawneh has expressed wonder over the deteriorated Jordanian Syrian relations. He said: "As a prime minister I am bewildered over the matter which is viewed by the Syrians as the main reason of the crisis with Jordan. But we are not convinced that the peace agreement with Israel is the reason."
Jordan-Syria, Politics, 11/5/1998
Algeria warns Heshani against continuing his political participation
Sources close to the third leader of the Algeria Islamic Salvation Front, Sheikh Abdul Qadar Heishani, stated that the Algerian authorities have warned him against taking part in any political action, as well as current actions within the reconciliation committee.
Algeria, Politics, 11/5/1998
Palestinian Minister calls for talks between Arafat and Hamas
Palestinian Minister of Social Affairs Entesar El-Wazir (Om Jihad) called on the Palestinian Authority and all Palestinian factions, especially Hamas, to open a serious dialogue to achieve joint positions.
Palestine, Politics, 11/5/1998
Mubarak meets Arafat
Egyptian President Hosni Muabark received Palestinian President Yasser Arafat yesterday to discuss the latest developments in the peace process and in the region.
Egypt-Palestine, Politics, 11/5/1998
El-Baz: Egypt will not abandon peace
In a meeting with Egyptian university students yesterday, the political advisor of the Egyptian president, Osama El-Baz, confirmed that it is not in Egypt's interest to provoke the Palestinians, saying that the Egyptian role calls for defending justice and stability in the region by peaceful means and that this role is just as coordinator to help the Palestinians restore their rights.
Egypt, Politics, 11/5/1998
A message from Spanish king to President al-Assad
Syrian President Hafez al-Assad on Wednesday received state secretary for foreign policy and European Union Affairs in Spain, Ramon DeMiguel, and members of his accompanying delegation.
Syria-Spain, Politics, 11/5/1998
Demonstrations in Egyptian universities
Hundreds of students from Egyptian universities organized a demonstration protesting a decision issued by Cairo University to exclude them from student union elections.
Egypt, Local, 11/5/1998
Amnesty International criticizes Tunisia for violations of human rights
Amnesty International has announced that violations of human rights and repression have been increasing in Tunisia despite "propaganda " efforts exerted by the government to improve its image in this respect.
Tunisia, Politics, 11/5/1998
Algiers ready to discuss US-North Africa partnership initiative
Algeria expressed readiness to take part in the discussions on the American initiative to launch economic partnership between the USA and Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia.
Algeria, Politics, 11/5/1998
Morocco takes measures to reform civil service, fight corruption
minister of the government general affairs Ahmed Lahlimi announced plans to cut the administration spending to between 9 to 8 percent of the Gross Domestic Product by 2003 from the current 11 percent in addition to a projected adoption of 20 laws, 24 decrees and 41 actions.
Morocco, Politics, 11/5/1998
Acts of violence in Algeria, court sentences 34 to death
Algerian armed groups on Tuesday night carried out a new attack in al-Shalaf province, 108 km from the capital Algiers, cutting the throats of six citizens and three others who were wounded
Algeria, Politics, 11/5/1998
Moroccan delegates call for reactivting Maghreban union
Delegations representing several Moroccan political parties at an international symposium here, have called for the reactivation of the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA), confined to a state of paralysis since 1994.
Maghreb, Politics, 11/5/1998
Jordanian government halts accreditation of Qatari satellite station
The Jordanian government on Wednesday adopted a decision providing for canceling the accreditation of both Jordanian and non-Jordanian correspondents for al-Jazira television working in Jordan.
Jordan, Politics, 11/5/1998
Attack kills two from Israeli-allied militia
The Pro-Israeli South Lebanon Army militia on Wednesday cut off the Jezzine area, closed Bater and Kafar Falous crossings, and cut off the road between Jezzine and Marjioun where Israeli occupation and pro-Israeli leaders are located.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 11/5/1998
Israeli theft of Lebanese soil condemned
Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament Nabih Berri said Lebanon should file a complaint to the UN Security Council against Israel for stealing soil from south Lebanon for agricultural purposes inside Israel.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 11/5/1998
Israel, Canada deny report that Mossad still uses fake Canadian passports
Israel-Canada, Politics, 11/5/1998
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The board of directors for the Port Said Container Company decided to make widespread developments in its operations for the container station at Port Said. There will be LE 300 million worth of improvements to increase the exchange capacity in the station from 412,000 containers to 800,000 containers by the year 2000. Captain Mohammed Ali Soliman, the head of the board of directors, told ArabicNews.com today that the development of operations comes as a result of the wide competition among the harbors of the Mediterranean Sea to attract the container trade.
Blind persons will undergo a special training which will facilitate their way into the job market, Moroccan employment minister, Khalid Alioua told Wednesday here Moroccan MPs.
The 7th international book fair (SIEL 98) opens this Thursday in Casablanca with the participation of some 187 exhibitors, including 103 foreigners.
Iraq announced its intention yesterday to send a number of engineers to Iran for evaluation of the technical state of the Iraqi planes sent to Tehran during the Gulf War in 1991, which is a preliminary step in restoring them.
Official sources in Syria announced today that Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa met with the head of a multi-sided refugee committee in Palestine, Andrew Robinson, where they discussed the current situations in the region, the halted peace process and the situation of the Palestinian refugees.
A delegation representing the Hungarian agency for developing investment and trade intends to begin a three-day visit to Egypt on Monday. Sources in the Hungarian embassy in Cairo said today that the delegation will meet with members of the Egyptian Businessmen Association to discuss aspects of joint cooperation in investment and trade between Cairo and Budapest.
A delegation from the Arab League will convey a message soon from Arab League Secretary-General Esmat Abdul Meguid to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi. The delegation will hold talks with Libyan officials on dealing with Tripoli's anger toward the AL's member states because of the AL resolution arrived at in its last session in September regarding Lokerbie, which was described by Libya as weak.
A group of unemployed graduates went on strike yesterday in front of the Moroccan Parliament in Rabat, chanting slogans demanding that the government of Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi grant them jobs and fulfill their needs.
Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Sezgin has asserted that the differences between Ankara and Damascus are over.
German Foreign Minister Joshka Fischer on Tuesday announced that no change will be made in the German policy towards the Middle east despite the election of a new government in the country.
In collaboration with the US Trade development, the Jordanian government is taking necessary measures to implement a regional project for telephone grid between Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian government through erecting land cables al-Dostour reported.
Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah on Wednesday received ministers of the interior from the Gulf Cooperation Council member states, who are taking part in their 17th meeting, which opened in Kuwait on Tuesday.
Jordanian Prime Minister Fayez Tarawneh called in an interview with Israeli Radio on Wednesday upon the US, following the implementation of the Wye Plantation agreement, to put all its weight behind reviving negotiations on the Syrian and Lebanese tracks.
Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jasem Bin Jaber al-Thani on Wednesday received a telephone call from the US Undersecretary of State for the Near East, Martin Indyk.