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Meguid and Annan to participate in Gulf Cooperation Council summit
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Arab League Secretary-General Esmat Abdul Meguid will participate for the first time in the summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries in Abu Dahbi next week.
Gulf-UN, Politics, 12/1/1998
Syrian vice president: Each country's democracy is different
The 6.6 million people of voting age in Syria on Monday went to election centers all over the country's provinces. People's Assembly election operations proceeded until 8:00, on their first day. On Tuesday as of 7: 00 a. m the election process will continue until 2:00 p.m.
Syria, Politics, 12/1/1998
On the Syrian PA elections
The French daily La Tribune and the BBC correspondent in Damascus highlighted the current legislative elections for the People's Assembly's 7th session in Syria, which started Monday morning.
Syria, Politics, 12/1/1998
Baghdad accuses Kuwait of not giving information about 1,000 missing Iraqis
Baghdad on Monday accused Kuwait of not giving information about the fate of 1,000 Iraqis who have been missing in Kuwait since the Gulf War in 1991.
Kuwait-Iraq, Politics, 12/1/1998
Gaddafi regrets not being invited to participate in French- African summit
A Libyan official in Cairo said today that Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi did not express his desire to participate in the 20th African - French summit, but he felt sorry that he did not receive an invitation for his country to attend this summit.
Libya-France, Politics, 12/1/1998
Egyptian Orascom floats finance bonds worth 300 million pounds
The Egyptian group Orascom, owned by businessman Onsi Sawiris and his three sons, has decided to float finance bonds valued at 300 million pounds aiming at financing the company's expansion. The term of the bonds is seven years at an interest rate of 11%.
Egypt, Business, 12/1/1998
Jordan: Imad Alawi committed suicide
Jordanian security sources on Monday asserted news on the suicide of Imad Hashem Alawi, brother of Eyad Alawi, the chairman of the Iraqi opposition National Reconciliation Movement, in Amman on Saturday.
Jordan-Iraq, Local, 12/1/1998
Weapons using uranium shells cause cancers says Iraq
Iraqi Health Ministry secretary Shawqi Murqis said on Monday in Baghdad that a symposium comprising several experts and doctors will be held on Wednesday in Baghdad to discuss the effects of using ammunition containing fertilized uranium on man and the environment.
Iraq, Health, 12/1/1998
Talibani: Time of armed struggle gone with the wind
Leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Jalal al-Talebani has stressed that a US military strike against Iraq would not be like other previous ones. It would be rather destructive.
Iraq, Politics, 12/1/1998
Jews join Muslims in prayers for rain
Prayers for rain were performed in Jewish Synagogues throughout Morocco last Saturday, as rainfalls have so far recorded an alarming shortage in the country, threatening the agricultural season.
Morocco, Local, 12/1/1998
Palestine gets aid from donor conference
Morocco announced here on Monday plans to continue extending annually usd one million of direct financial assistance to Palestine, in addition to technical assistance and other forms of aid.
Palestine-Morocco, Politics, 12/1/1998
Romania denies Iraqi delegation visited Bucharest to buy missile systems
The Romanian authorities on Monday denied news that an Iraqi delegation visited Bucharest last May to buy systems to direct missiles.
Iraq-Romania, Politics, 12/1/1998
Moroccans march in Libya supporting lifting the sanctions
Representatives of various parties, syndicates, and departments in Morocco, currently visiting Libya, walked in a march in front of the UN's headquarters in Tripoli, expressing their objection toward the sanctions and measures imposed upon Libya and calling for those measures to be lifted immediately.
Libya-Morocco, Politics, 12/1/1998
24 joint Israeli - Jordanian projects on tap
Jordan-Israel, Economics, 12/1/1998
Bishara's visit to Damascus
A member of the Israeli Knesset currently visiting Damascus, Azmi Bishara, said on Monday morning that this is his third visit to Damascus
Syria-Israel, Politics, 12/1/1998
Morocco seizes five trawlers for illegal fishing
Morocco seized last week four Spanish and a Norwegian trawler for fishing in an illegal zone in the north of Dakhla (southwestern Morocco).
Morocco, Economics, 12/1/1998
Baghdad wants stronger Arab position
Iraqi Minister of Justice Shabib al-Maliki expressed his hope today that the Arab countries could begin to lift the international embargo imposed upon nations approval.
Iraq, Politics, 12/1/1998
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The second meeting for strategic discussions between Egypt and the US will be held on Monday in which the US will be represented by Undersecretary of State for Middle East Affairs Martin Indyk, who is expected to reach Cairo on Sunday. Diplomatic sources stated that this discussion carries special importance regarding adding another dimension to Egyptian - American cooperation in economic, military and commercial fields.
Starting yesterday Oman established diplomatic ties with the Republic of Cameroon for the first time at the ambassadorial level. Omani diplomatic sources told ArabicNews.com today that Oman hopes to participate in developing ties, friendship and cooperation for the good of both countries.
King Hassan II received on Monday evening in Marrakesh Sheikh Hamdane Ben Zayed, Foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates and envoy of UAE president Sheikh Zayed ben Soltane al-Nahyane.
An Egyptian governmental statistic released by the central bank said that the golds reserves in Egypt amounted to 72 tonnes, valued at 2 billion pounds, through the end of June 1998. The statistisc pointed out that the value of the reserves differs annually according to the changes of gold prices in global markets.
The Saudi authorities expelled yesterday 349 visitors after it discovered that they are afflicted with the AIDS virus during medical analyses conducted as part of obtaining permission for residency. Saudi official sources said today that those foreigners include drivers, maids and workers. The gulf states impose tests for the AIDS virus on all those who apply for residency to be protected from the spread of AIDS.
Unemployment in Morocco jumped to 18.6 percent during the last three months of 1998 against 16.1 percent during the same period last year, the statistics department said.
The Libyan capital is to host the annual meetings of Arab education ministers and the semiannual session of the executive council of the Arab Organization for Science, Culture and Education (ALESOM), comprising the undersecretaries of Arab education ministries, which will begin its meetings today.
The Israeli Premier's advisor for political affairs, Uzi Arad, will visit Washington within the coming days to hold talks with officials in the US administration on US - Israeli strategic cooperation.
Algerian security forces on Sunday killed four gunmen in al-Habir district in Chlef province, eastern Algeria. Algerian dailies published on Monday said that the four gunmen had been planning to launch aggressions during the holy month of Ramadan.
The Iraqi daily Babel said on Monday that Odai Saddam Hussein, the elder son of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, won a philosophy doctorate certificate in political sciences from Baghdad University and presented it to his father as a gift.
President of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah on Monday in Kuwait received the first deputy of the Moroccan Parliament, Mulai Abdul Aziz al-Hafizi, and members of the accompanying delegation on the occasion of their visit to Kuwait.
Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa in Damascus on Monday received Arab writer and intellectual Azmi Bishara, a member of the Isreali Knesset.
Rabat, Casablanca and Tangiers will host the 9th edition of the European film weeks, from November 25 to December 6, organized by the European Union delegation in cooperation with the EU member states' embassies and the Ministry of Communication and Cultural Affairs in Morocco. The event includes the showing of nine European productions and three Moroccan short films.