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Permanent constitution to be enacted for Qatar
Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khaleifa al-Thani has decided to draw a permanent constitution for the country and to establish an elected parliament.
Qatar, Politics, 11/17/1998
Mubarak, Russian defense minister discuss renovating Soviet-built factories
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Monday discussed with Russian Defense Minister Marshal Igor Sergiev, who handed him a message from his Russian counterpart, means of relaunching military cooperation between the two countries.
Egypt-Russia, Politics, 11/17/1998
Al-Assad to visit Moscow within coming months
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Victor Posovaluk has announced that President Hafez al-Assad's visit to Moscow is on the agenda of contacts between the two countries' leaders, adding the visit will be made within the coming months.
Syria-Russia, Politics, 11/17/1998
Three Israeli soldiers killed in south Lebanon
An Israeli military spokesman said on Monday that three Israeli soldiers were killed and four were wounded in an operation carried out by the Lebanese resistance on Monday in the occupied part of south Lebanon.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 11/17/1998
Iraqi opposition: Air strike is inevitable
Iraqi opposition sources told ArabicNews.com today that it has information that the US will direct a military strike against Iraq soon, saying that Washington can no longer bear Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Iraq, Politics, 11/17/1998
Ankara to ask Damascus to freeze Ocalan's assets
Several Turkish dailies on Monday quoted Turkish intelligence sources as saying that Ankara is preparing to ask Damascus to freeze the assets of the Kurdistani Workers Party in Syrian banks, estimated at US $1 billion.
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 11/17/1998
Military cooperation between Iran, Oman
The governments of Iran and Oman have agreed to cooperate in the military arena, especially the exchange of military experts to supervise their maneuvers.
Oman-Iran, Politics, 11/17/1998
Qatar prevents US plane from landing at Doha airport
AFP quoted air naval sources as saying that the plane, rented by the US army, returned on Sunday night to Charles DeGaulle airport after it was prevented from landing in Doha.
Qatar-USA, Politics, 11/17/1998
Hariri holds talks with Iranian officials in Tehran
an arrival statement Hariri said that his visit to Tehran falls in the course of continued coordination and consultations between officials in Lebanon, Syria and Iran on conditions in the region and issues of mutual concern
Lebanon-Iran, Politics, 11/17/1998
Morocco needs 30 billion annually for infrastructure next 10 years
Morocco should inject 20 to 30 billion dirhams annually in infrastructure projects over the ten coming years to back a target-growth rate of 7 to 8 perent, said Minister of Equipment, Bouameur Taghouane.
Morocco, Economics, 11/17/1998
A Sudanese raid against southern Sudan hospital
Norwegian People's Aid said on Monday that a jet fighter from the Sudanese Air Force on Saturday bombarded a hospital run by the Norwegian humanitarian organization in Yae city in southern Sudan.
Sudan, Politics, 11/17/1998
Morocco and Saudi Arabia exchange cultural cooperation agreements
Morocco and Saudi Arabia exchanged on Monday in Rabat the ratification instruments of the youth and sports cooperation accord concluded between the two countries in March 1997.
Morocco-Saudi Arabia, Politics, 11/17/1998
Britain hopes to make a change in the Iraqi government
British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook has expressed hope of making a change in the Iraqi government. In a statement to the GMTV on Monday, he said, "I would very much like to see Saddam Hussein removed."
Iraq-UK, Politics, 11/17/1998
Report: Jordan warns Palestinians not to carry out inter-Palestinian revenge acts
A Jordanian daily has reported that the Jordanian government warned the Palestinian authorities against carrying out "revenge acts and killings of its opponents on the Jordanian arena regardless to reasons and motivations."
Jordan-Palestine, Politics, 11/17/1998
Marrakesh Hosts 5th Symposium on Investments in Mining in Africa
The 5th symposium on investments in the African mining sector opened Monday here with the participation of 200 officials and experts from 26 African countries, Europe, the United States and Canada and delegates of the Mining Investments Guarantee Agency (MIGA).
North Africa, Economics, 11/17/1998
US criticizes escalation of Palestinian - Israeli crisis
Both the Israeli and Palestinian governments came in for criticism yesterday from the US State Department over statements pertaining to the Middle East peace process.
Palestine-Israel-USA, Politics, 11/17/1998
Islamic Development Bank holds meeting on means for preparing the Muslim nation
The agenda includes study of recommendations submitted by the IDB's president on means for preparing the Muslim nation for the 21st century and the role expected to be played by the IDB in enhancing commercial exchanges among its member states.
Regional, Economics, 11/17/1998
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In a telephone conversation made on Sunday night, Egypt Foreign Minister Amr Moussa and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat reviewed developments concerning negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
In a statement on Monday Saudi Arabia's King Fahd called upon the Arab nation "to unify their ranks, efforts and potentials and invest them in the service of its interests and in strengthening national stances." Also, Saudi Information Minister Abdul Salam al-Farisi said, "The Cabinet expressed satisfaction over the detente in the crisis between Iraq and the UN inspection team."
Saudi sources told ArabicNews.com today that the head of the Saudi Shura council, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Ibraim Bin Jobair, is starting an official visit to Iran on Saturday, at the invitation of the head of the Iranian Parliament, Ali Akbar Nateq Nouri. The sources said that Bin Jobair will meet with Iranian President Mohammed Khatami and will inform him on how the parliament and its committees work and convene their sessions.
The arab chess festival is held this November 15-25 in Agadir, an Atlantic sea resort city in southern Morocco. International masters, Moroccan Hicham Hamdouchi, Tunisian Slim Bouaziz and Lebanese Eva Ribkova, are taking part in the festival that is bringing together players from Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, Yemen, Palestine, Bahrain, Lebanon, Jordan and Libya.
A Moroccan won the 1st prize of the 20th international contest of the Koran memorizing and recitation held in Mekka, Saudi Arabia. Mustapha Abdessalam won the 1st prize of the Koran memorizing and recitation category before two Egyptians, a Nigerian, a Syrian and a Bangladeshi.
Officials sources in Jordanian government confirmed that the US Commerce Secretary William Daley promised his Jordanian counterpart Mohamed Saleh al-Horani to raise the Jordanian demand to open the Palestinian markets before Jordanian goods and remove obstacles put by Israel in the way of Jordanian exports to Palestinian areas, this was during the meeting the in Gaza yesterday that comprised Jordan, Palestine and Israel.
Israel believes the Iraqi crisis has not yet finished in spite of Baghdad's agreement to allow the resumption of work by UNSCOM inspectors authorized to disarm Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. David Bar Ilan, the spokesman of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said that from the Israeli point of view the crisis has not yet ended.
Moroccan statistics said that during the first eight months of the current year Morocco has exported clothing and textiles worth $1 billion, despite increasing competition from southeast Asian countries.
UNSCOM weapons inspectors arrived yesterday afternoon in Baghdad, after the Iraqi government agreed to allow them to resume their work thereby averting air raids against Iraq.
Prince of Qatar Sheikh Hamad Bin Khaleifa al-Thani on Monday received a communique from US President Bill Clinton.
Former French President Valery Giscard D'Estaing arrived in Manama on Sunday night in a visit to Bahrain that will last for several days. The Gulf News Agency said the former French President will take part in the activities of the Middle East conference and exposition for developing human resources to be opened later in Manama.