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Yemeni Sheikh accuses Saudi Arabia of trying to assassinate him
Yemeni tribal leader Sheikh Muhammad Bin Shaje, whose house was targeted by a car bomb on Tuesday accused Saudi Arabia of trying to kill him.
Yemen, Politics, 11/26/1998
Spanish policeman rapes Moroccan girl in occupied Mellilia
A spanish policeman raped a young Moroccan girl in Mellilia, a northern Moroccan city still occupied by Spain, "Mellilia Hoy" daily reported.
Morocco-Spain, Local, 11/26/1998
Israeli nuclear waste shipped to Mauritania, opposition leader
A Mauritanian opposition leader announced on Wednesday that planes loaded with Israeli nuclear wastes had landed in the Tidjika airport in north-central Mauritania.
Mauritania-Israel, Politics, 11/26/1998
Netanyahu aide indicates efforts to revive Syrian - Israeli track
A prominent aide for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday noted that efforts are being exerted to revive the suspended peace talks with Syria, adding that, "Israel may accept a middle solution concerning the Golan Heights."
Syria-Israel, Politics, 11/26/1998
Rain deficit may effect Moroccan economy
Moroccan agricultural circles expressed fears that the draught Morocco has been witnessing since summer would cause "a catastrophe which may hit coming seasonal agricultural crops."
Morocco, Agriculture, 11/26/1998
On the assassination attempt of Iraqi vice President
The British daily The Independent said on Wednesday that "riddles" surround the unsuccessful assassination attempt against Iraqi Vice President Izzat Ibrahim in the city of Karbalaa three days ago.
Iraq, Politics, 11/26/1998
Yemen - Saudi Arabia seek to settle border problem, says Saudi minister
Saudi Minister of Interior Prince Nayef Bin Abdul Aziz announced that the leaders of Yemen and Saudi Arabia are arrive at an accord on any dispute in the border issue, considering the mutual interests between the two countries.
Saudi Arabia-Yemen, Politics, 11/26/1998
Cairo conference for developing Arab tourism
Egyptian Minister of Tourism Mamdouh El-Beltagi will inaugurate on Saturday a conference on developing Arab tourism, organized by the Arab union for hotels.
Regional-Egypt, Economics, 11/26/1998
Lahoud begins process of forming new government
Just after one day of his inauguration, President Emil Lahoud of Lebanon met on Wednesday with outgoing Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who is expected to be invited to form the next Lebanese government.
Lebanon, Politics, 11/26/1998
British trade delegation heads to Egypt
A large British delegation focused on trade with the Middle East is to arrive at Egypt on Saturday.
Egypt-UK, Economics, 11/26/1998
Some 510 AIDS cases reported in Morocco up to last June
Some 510 AIDS cases had been reported in Morocco up to last June, while the number of HIV-infected people is estimated between 5,000 and 6,000.
Morocco, Health, 11/26/1998
Libya prepares to hand over Lockerbie suspects
A British daily said on Wednesday that the Libyan government has recently arrested and put in prison three senior Libyan intelligence officers in Tripoli in the context of a series of measures relating to Libya's preparations to hand over the two suspects in the Lockerbie case to be tried in Holland.
Libya, Politics, 11/26/1998
First Arab children's dentistry conference opens in Damascus
Syrian Health Minister Muhammad Eyad al-Shatti on Wednesday opened the first Arab conference of children's dentistry and the first scientific conference of the Syrian Society of Children Dentistry.
Syria-Regional, Health, 11/26/1998
Egypt: Middle East peace without Syria unattainable
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has asserted that Syria is a main party to the Middle East peace process, adding that without Syria peace is not attainable and stability will not be ensured in the region.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 11/26/1998
El-Mahdi rejects political multiplicity law in Sudan
Former Sudanese prime minister and chief of opposition Ummah party El-Sadek El-Mahdi said he opposes the law for political multiplicity ratified by the Sudanese parliament on Tuesday.
Sudan, Politics, 11/26/1998
Saudi businessman buys 14% of Nigeria United Bank
Saudi Arabia's Prince al-Walid bin Talal purchased 14% of the shares of Nigeria's United Bank for the Saudi holding company, whose board of directors is headed by Prince Walid.
Saudi Arabia-Nigeria, Business, 11/26/1998
UN Security Council extends UNDOF in the Golan
The UN Security Council on Wednesday extended its mandate for the UNDOF in the Golan for another six months. UN resolution no. 1211, which provides for extending for UNDOF in the Golan until May 31, 1999 at a strength of 1,050 men, was unanimously approved.
Syria-Israel-UN, Politics, 11/26/1998
Morocco and Bulgaria to set up free trade zone
Morocco and Bulgaria signed Wednesday in Rabat a memorandum of understanding for the establishment of a free-trade zone between the two countries.
Morocco-Bulgaria, Economics, 11/26/1998
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Algerian sources said today that Algerian President Liamine Zeroual directed an invitation to the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries' member states to convene a summit conference in February to discuss the deterioration of petroleum prices.
The head of Iraqi labor union Fadel Mahmoud Gharib announced that Baghdad is ready to settle disputes with Kuwait, where an official, peoples' delegation representing all Iraqi factions is going to visit Kuwait.
Saudi Arabia's King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz described the portions of the Wye River accord that were implemented as positive and important, saying that the implementation should be followed by other steps, especially regarding Jerusalem.
An international conference opens this Thursday here to look into the present situation in Jerusalem and the religious co-existence which prevailed during the Islamic reign in the holy city.
The French embassy in Kuwait announced yesterday in a news release that the frigate Lafayette will arrive in Kuwait at the beginning of December, in a visit aimed at enhancing the relations between the French and Kuwaiti armed forces.
Soha Arafat, the wife of Palestinian president Yasser Arafat expressed her strong feeling of pride when she stopped for the first time at the international airport of Gaza that is considered the first step towards the Palestinian sovereignty. Before leaving Cairo airport to Gaza yesterday noon, on the board of Palestinian air ways plane, she said that Palestinian achievements have been possible due to the assistance of the Egyptian historical role.
The crew of the Egyptian airplane which was first to land at Gaza airport after its opening and carrying Egyptian official delegation refused to allow the Israelis to ascend to it for inspection.
Bahraini Emir Sheikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa returned from the US yesterday, where he underwent a medical examination, Bahrain Tribune reported.
Qatar's Cabinet decided that it will host Arabsat's 23rd general conference and Arabcom's third conference in April, 2000, Gulf Times reported.
A Manama building went up in flames yesterday, sending more than 300 Asian workers in the Gulf state into the street, Gulf Daily News reported. No one was injured in the blaze, the report said.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is facing a $60 million shortfall in its budget, Jordan Times reported.
An Abu Dhabi building that was being prepared for demolition collapsed yesterday, injuring one crane operator, Khaleej Times reported.
US Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala will visit Lebanon as President Clinton's personal representative early in December, a White House statement said. The visit, the statement added, "will underscore the importance the United States attaches to the US-Lebanese partnership."
The Turkish government has given up its demand to have the chairman of the Kurdistani Workers Party Abdullah Ocalan surrendered by Italy to Turkey to face justice.
Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa on Wednesday received in Damascus Danish Minister of Developmental Aid Poul Nielsen.Talks dealt with the situations of the Palestinian refugees and developments in the Middle East peace process.
Al-Bayader magazine, published in the occupied Arab territories, said Wednesday that the Israeli military tribunal in Ludd sentenced to four years imprisonment Syrian youth Redwan Jamil Joawhari from the occupied Majdal Shams town in the Golan Heights.
Syrian Minister of Transportation Mufid Abdul Karim on Wednesday inaugurated the railway of the electricity generating plant in eastern Aleppo. The total length of the Railway is 9,400 km. It was completed at a total cost of 191 million Syrian pounds. The whole project, which took 18 months to finish, was carried out by local Syrian experts.
The Algerian French dailies Liberte and al-Watan said on Wednesday that two citizens were killed on Tuesday following a bomb explosion in Algeria's Chlef province. Meanwhile, the criminal court at Tizi Ouzou province found one woman not guilty on charges of being involved with the armed groups. The criminal court in Blida province sentenced 6 persons of 13 years imprisonment over forming an armed group and under charges of conspiring against the state. The court, moreover, released other sentences of one to three years imprisonment.
A telephone call was made on Wednesday between President Moammar Gaddafi and the president of the Republic of Malawi, Dr. Bakili Muluzi.
The Russian ambassador to Israel, Mikhail Baghdanov, said on Wednesday that Israeli Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon will visit Moscow shortly.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak met on Tuesday night with former US President George Bush who arrived in Cairo on a private visit.
The commander of Israel's land troops, Gen. Moshe Evry, started on Wednesday an official visit to Turkey at the invitation of his Turkish counterpart, Gen. Attallah Attesh.
Saudi permanent representative at the Arab League (AL), Fuad Sadiq al-Mufti, who received the message from the Arab League Secretary-General Esmat Abdul Meguid addressed to Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, said, "The message falls in the framework of the AL chief's moves to ensure necessary funds required from member Arab states in support of the Arab - Mediterranean institute in Granada, Spain to salvage it from shut down."
The Algerian government on Wednesday agreed in its weekly meeting on a presidential draft decree providing for mutual encouragment and protection of investments between Syria and Algeria.