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Report: Israel considers striking Lebanese infrastructure
The Jordanian daily al-Arab al-Youm said on Sunday in a report from London and quoting Western reports that Israel is preparing to strike the Lebanese infrastructure in a way to cover electricity generation, and water filtering stations, roads and bridges as well Beirut airport installations.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 11/30/1998
Israel studies withdrawal from south Lebanon
A source close to the Israeli Foreign Ministry has stated that the Israeli ambassador in Washington, Zalman Shoufal, informed the US Middle East peace process coordinator, Dennis Ross, that Israel is currently studying the request of the UN Security Council to convene in order to take necessary measures to ensure Israel's withdrawal from south Lebanon.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 11/30/1998
Israel continues aggressions against south Lebanon
caution prevailed in villages adjacent to the occupied part of south Lebanon, especially in the central sector, following recent threats launched by Israel against citizens of these villages. News reports from south Lebanon said farmers refrained from going to their farms to harvest crops, as well as shepherds who fear being exposed to Israeli intimidation and gunfire following the recent threats.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 11/30/1998
Britain for supporting negotiations on Syrian and Lebanese tracks
Israeli radio reported that British Prime Minister Tony Blair expressed Britain's readiness to support any negotiations to reach an agreement on the Syrian and Lebanese tracks.
Lebanon-Israel-UK, Politics, 11/30/1998
Kuwait refuses to receive any Iraqi delegation
The chairman of the Kuwaiti Nation's Council, Ahmed Saedoun, refused to allow any Iraqi official or public delegation any Arab delegation to travel to Kuwait to discuss the Kuwaiti captives in Iraq.
Kuwait-Iraq, Politics, 11/30/1998
Ebtekar: no resumption of Iranian - American relations
Iranian Vice President Masumeh Ebtekar ruled out the resumption of relations between her country and the US.
Iran-Egypt-USA, Politics, 11/30/1998
Incidents happened during election campaigns of the Syrian elections
Several notable incidents occured during the election campaigns of the Syrian Peoples' Assembly where in one, an independent candidate Lawyer Muhammad Zuheir Orbai (55), running for a seat in the 250-member Syrian People's Assembly, died of a heart attack while he was reading his election statement.
Syria, Politics, 11/30/1998
Arab tourism conference: regarding Arab visitors as first-class citizens
The first annual conference on developing inter-Arab tourism called for special attention for Arab tourists whenever they are in the Arab homeland and called for regarding them as "first-class citizens."
Regional, Politics, 11/30/1998
Syrians to elect Assembly members today
Syrian citizens will head morning to balloting boxes to elect their representatives for the 7th parliamentary term of the 250-seat People's Assembly.
Syria, Politics, 11/30/1998
Consultations coming between Algerian parties and presidency on election supervision
Meanwhile, Algerian political sources in Cairo said that Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Oyehia is to present his immediate resignation on December 6
Algeria, Politics, 11/30/1998
Abdul Hadi al-Majali elected as Jordanian Parliament speaker
Jordanian Parliament member Abdul Hadi al-Majali was elected as speaker of the Jordanian Parliament after he won 43 votes against 36 votes for his rival, Ali Abu al-Ragheb.
Jordan, Politics, 11/30/1998
Prince Hassan: Palestinian rights are basic for Jordan's security
Jordanian crown prince al-Hussein Bin Talal said that "restoring the full legitimate rights of the Palestinians" is viewed as one of the "basics" for the security of Jordan and the Middle East region as a whole.
Jordan, Politics, 11/30/1998
Egypt hails peace agreement in Kosovo
Egypt indicated approval of the peace agreement signed between conflicting parties in Kosovo with Serbia under the patronage of the US and European Union.
Egypt, Politics, 11/30/1998
Saudi - Chinese cooperation to establish petrochemical factory
Saudi Arabia and China, signed yesterday an agreement for mutual investments that dictates the establishment of three petrochemical factories though trilateral cooperation between the Saudi Aramco company, the Chinese government and American company Exxon.
Saudi Arabia-China, Business, 11/30/1998
Growth rate to stand at 6.4 at the end of 2003
Morocco, Economics, 11/30/1998
Syria denies secret report of meetings with Israel
Monte Carlo radio said on Sunday that an official Syrian source denied on Sunday news published by the Israeli daily Maariv concerning a secret meeting held in a European capital between an Israeli intelligence official, a representative of the Syrian government and a Lebanese figure.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 11/30/1998
Washington donor countries conference for Palestine starts
The conference of donor countries for Palestine will be held today in Washington.
Palestine-Regional, Economics, 11/30/1998
Tunisian food exports fall to $369 million
A Tunisian government report said that the volume of Tunisian exports of food products in the first 9 months of the current year, fell to $369 million in comparison to $413 million during the same period of the previous financial year.
Tunisia, Economics, 11/30/1998
Egyptian- Saudi business conference to be held later this week
The second conference for Egyptian and Saudi businessmen is to be held on December 5 - 7, organized by the council of trade chambers in the two countries.
Egypt-Saudi Arabia, Business, 11/30/1998
Moroccan FM pleads for comprehensive approach to security in Africa
He noted that African countries' development will remain fragile as long as the continent's contribution to international trade does not exceed 2 percent, as long as these countries' modest returns are swallowed in the management of the debt heavy burden and as long as Africa has no impact on the fluctuations of the price of African raw materials.
North Africa, Politics, 11/30/1998
Turkey's crisis with Ocalan
Chairman of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Jalal Talibani has said in a statement to the London-based al-Muharrir News that Turkey has realized its mistake in dealing with Ocalan issue with Syria, "He has been changed by going to Italy from a crisis for Syria with Turkey to a crisis for Turkey with Europe today and maybe with the world, tomorrow."
Syria, Politics, 11/30/1998
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Alison Megaya, the deputy chairman of the Sudanese National Council (parliament), stated that Speaker Hassan El-Torabi's will resign from the council's chairmanship to have more time for the requirements of the ruling National Conference, which will turn into a political party at the beginning of January.
Israeli Knesset member Azmi Bishara, who is also chairman of the Democratic National Coalition party in Israel, headed on Sunday to Syria via Cairo for a three-day visit at the invitation of Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa.
Egyptian Prime Minister Kamal Ganzouri will meet on December 5 with a World Bank mission headed by the bank's deputy chairman for Middle East and North African affairs, Kamal Darwish, within periodic meetings with Egyptian officials.
Egypt's assistant foreign minister for Arab and Middle East affairs, Sayed Abu Zied, received the Syrian ambassador in Cairo, Eissa Darwish. Abu Zied said that during the meeting, they discussed recent developments in the Middle East peace process, and the outcomes of the meetings Damascus Declaration states' foreign ministers, held recently in Doha, Qatar.
Misr Phone company began today to receive the bids for participation in the second Egyptian mobile phone network, where the company presented discounts on duties for starting the service to 900 Egyptian pounds on the basis that it will return to 1,500 Egyptian pounds after two weeks with a monthly participation fee of 130 pounds.
The Arab justice ministers' council concluded its meetings yesterday, after deciding to from a joint ministerial committee comprised of members of the executive bureau of the Arab justice ministers' council, chaired by Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef Bin Abdul Aziz, the head of joint meeting for the Arab justice and anti-terrorism pact.
The head of the organization for tourist development in Egypt, engineer Adel Radi announced today that it was agreed to establish a Kuwaiti-Egyptian joint company to build the Ras Sedr airport in three years, according to the B.T.O system recently ratified by the Egyptian government for establishing an administration for infrastructure projects as well as other major ones. In statements to ArabicNews.com, Radi said that the airport is to costs 150 million pounds in the first stage and is 20 kilometers away from the tourist city.
Hassan Asfour, a Palestinian negotiator with Israel, stated today that the Palestinian - Israeli peace process is passing through a dangerous crisis regarding Jewish settlement in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as well as the issue of Palestinian detainees and called on the US to intervene to protect the Wye River accord signed in Washington on October 23.
Morocco announced that the European single currency (Euro) will be listed on the Moroccan banks' exchange rates starting next January 4.
King Hassan II held on Sunday evening in Marrakesh tete-a-tete talks with President of Djibouti Hassan Gouled.
Syrian Minister of Transport Mufid Abdul Karim on Sunday inaugurated the new ventilation project for the Damascus International Airport. The ventilation project is composed of five ventilation systems, each with a capacity of 300 tonnes. The system was installed by local Syrian expertise under the supervision of the US Trane company. The project's total cost is estimated at 100 million Syrian pounds.
The Yemeni opposition Socialist Party on Saturday in Sanaa started its first conference in 13 years with the participation of some 1,300 representatives. AFP said the three-day conference is the fourth for the Socialist Party and that it is being held under the chairmanship of the Party's Secretary-General Ali Saleh Abbad.
The Israeli daily Maariv reported on Sunday that Holland had provided Israel with intelligence and technical information that enabled Israel to strike the Iraqi nuclear reactor in 1981. Israeli radio said that a book was recently issued including information on intelligence cooperation between Holland and Israel.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz met on Sunday at Riyadh's al-Yamama palace with former US President George Bush.
Saudi Minister of Planning Abd al-Wahhab bin Abd al-Salam al-Attar met on Sunday in Riyadh with the director general of the UN Industrial Development Organization, Carlos Alberto, currently visiting Saudi Arabia.
British security sources said on Saturday that Israel is making intensive efforts to resume official activities at the office of its intelligence service, the Mossad, in London. The sources, who asked not to be identified, said the Mossad had resumed activity lately, but not officially due to the 1989 closure of its London office following the assassination of prominent Palestinian caricaturist Naji al-Ali. The sources added that this issue was raised during repeated visits paid recently by Israeli security delegations to London.
The secretary of the Libyan people's committee for foreign communication and international cooperation, Omar al-Muntasir, has stressed the importance of strengthening relations between Libya and the Vatican.