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Mubarak heads to Turkey
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his Turkish counterpart Suleiman Demirel during their meeting on Saturday in Ankara will discuss means of developing Syrian-Turkish relations and the possibility of convening a summit between the two countries to settle all pending issues, following the success of their security talks and defusing the crisis.
Egypt-Turkey, Politics, 12/4/1998
Businessmen make inroads in Syrian elections
Well-informed sources said the majority of the winners from sector B are businessmen and attributed their wins in the election to the millions of dollars they spent during the election campaign, whereas other sources said this is "an indication of the openness of the Syrian economy."
Syria, Politics, 12/4/1998
Annan to meet with Gaddafi on Saturday to settle Lockerbie incident
Following his meeting with Tunisian President Zein al-Abidin Bin Ali in Tunisia on Thursday, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he will head for Libya on Saturday to meet with Libyan Leader Col. Moammar Gaddafi in an attempt to gain the latter's consent to hand over the two Libyans suspected of being involved in the Lockerbie incident.
Libya-UN, Politics, 12/4/1998
Final results of Syrian PA elections
Syrian Minister of the Interior Muhammad Harba on Thursday in a press conference announced final results of the People's Assembly for the 7th legislative session.
Syria, Politics, 12/4/1998
US distinguishes between resistance and terrorism
The US ambassador in Lebanon, David Satterfield, has asserted the need to respect Lebanon's sovereignty, hoping that just and comprehensive peace will be established in the region.
Lebanon-USA, Politics, 12/4/1998
Israeli warplanes raid south Lebanon
Israeli warplanes on Thursday night raided the area situated in the northern area of the occupied part of south Lebanon. Lebanese security sources said that two Israeli jets raided at 7 a.m. the area located between Kafra and Yater towns in the Western sector.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 12/4/1998
Knesset member Bishara's visit to Syria
Bishara continued, "A mere meeting between President al-Assad and Netanyahu will come only after all matters have been agreed upon, clearly."
Syria-Israel, Politics, 12/4/1998
17.7 billion is the income target for year 2001 Egyptian tourism
The new five-year plan for the Egyptian tourism development organization (98-2002) expected that Egyptian tourism will result in an income of 17.7 billion pounds by the end of the year of 2001.
Egypt, Economics, 12/4/1998
Reforming Tunisian petroleum sector
The Tunisian government intends to have structural reform in petroleum product manufacturers to attract foreign investors to work in this domain.
Tunisia, Business, 12/4/1998
Report on violence against women in Maghreb
A Maghreban network gathering women's associations, researchers and intellectuals from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia presented its 1996-97 annual report in Rabat on Thursday.
Regional, Culture, 12/4/1998
Egyptian opposition holds meeting on democracy and liberties
A round of discussions among Egyptian opposition parties and forces will be held on December 8, to discuss mechanisms and means of activating their political reform program.
Egypt, Politics, 12/4/1998
Egyptian human rights arrests as a result of foreign money
On Wednesday the Egyptain State Higher Security Court ordered the arrest of a second member of one of the main organizations working in this field, "The Egyptian Human Rights Organization," under the charges of "accepting money from a foreign side" and writing reports that are damaging to "national interests."
Egypt, Politics, 12/4/1998
First trade flight from Gaza airport to Amman to fly on Saturday
Chairman of the Palestinian Civil Aviation Authority Fayez Zaidan has said that the first trade flight between Gaza International Airport and Amman will take off on Saturday.
Palestine, Economics, 12/4/1998
Israel agrees to increased Jordanian exports to Palestinian areas
Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli trade meetings started on Wednesday in Amman with the participation of the US to discuss trade relations between Jordan, the Palestinian Authority and Israel.
Jordan-Regional, Economics, 12/4/1998
Intensive contests in Algerian presidential elections
The features of the battle over the Algerian presidential elections began to take shape as followers of former Foreign Minister Abdul Aziz Bu Telifa and former Prime Minister Mawlood Hamroush began to form committees supporting every nominee individually in several states all over Algeria.
Algeria, Politics, 12/4/1998
Preparations for Khatami's visit to Saudi Arabia
preparations are underway for the visit of the Iranian President Muhammad Khatami for Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia-Iran, Politics, 12/4/1998
Syria, Iraq stress historical rights to waters of Tigris, Euphrates
Syrian Minister of Irrigation Abdul Rahman al-Madani and his Iraqi counterpart, Mahmoud Ziab al-Ahmad, stressed the need to coordinate and develop work between Syria and Iraq in the field of irrigation to serve the common interests of the two countries.
Syria-Iraq, Economics, 12/4/1998
30 million pounds to upgrade Abu Sembel temples
The Egyptian Ministry of Culture is currently preparing to implement the project to upgrade the two temples in Abu Sembel at a cost of 30 million pounds, in a project that will last for 11 months.
Egypt, Economics, 12/4/1998
Annan to attend Gulf summit in Emirates
It was announced in Abu Dhabi on Thursday that the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan will take part in the l9th summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council states, which will begin in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
Gulf-UN, Politics, 12/4/1998
Yemen expels hundreds of Arabs and Africans
The Yemeni authorities announced that they expelled this year 1,669 persons of different nationalities who entered and stayed in Yemen illegally.
Yemen, Local, 12/4/1998
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US Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala met with members of the US Chamber of Commerce in Egypt, where she stated that Egypt is a strategic partner for the US. Shalala stated that her family descends from Lebanese origin and that she greatly appreciates her Arab origin, adding that she visited with Egyptian Minister of Health Ismael Salem a number of projects implemented by the Egyptian Ministry of Health to improve health conditions in these regions in cooperation with the US Department of Health and Human Services.
The Sudanese mass media on Thursday quoted the chairman of the Sudanese National Council, Hussan al-Turabi, as saying on Wednesday that he will resign from the council this month.
Oman News Agency reported that former US President George Bush arrived on Thursday in Muscat, his fifth stop during a tour of the Arab Gulf states, where he will inaugurate the American school in Muscat and will visit several archaeological sites in the Sultanate.
Lebanese Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss stated that a decree establishing his new Cabinet will be issued in the next day, Lebanon News Wire reported.
The Egyptian - Tunisian joint committee for maritime transport concluded its works yesterday - that lasted for 2 days, in which they discussed the signing of a maritime transport cooperation agreement, and the mutual use for available navigation lines between Egypt and Tunis to boost trade.
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi offered to help resolve a conflict over Kurdish Worker's Party leader Abdullah Ocalan between Italy, which is holding the Ocalan, and Turkey, which considers him a terrorist and wants him extradited for trial, Oman Daily Observer reported.
Sharjah will begin on December 12 a 43-day festival celebrating Ramadan, Khaleej Times reported.
The former Iraqi ambassador at United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Iraqi President Saddam Hussien's half-brother Barzan al-Tikriti arrived in Iraq yesterday, after a two-day visit to Jordan within the frame of different predictions over what is waiting for him in Baghdad, despite reported disputes between al-Tikriti and the Iraqi president.
The Palestinian government protested yesterday to the Lebanese government, which refused to allow a Palestinian delegation for the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) to obtain visas to attend a meeting in Beirut. The head of Palestinian statistics department, Hosni Abu Labeda, said "I have received a communique from Lebanon's government in which the latter expresses its sorrow for not being able to allow us [Palestinians] to enter its territories."
The Moroccan police arrested lately two cocaine dealers who operate in Casablanca's residential districts and mainly in luxury hotels and restaurants.
Seven Arab teams will take part in the 1st Arab Indoor soccer championships due in Cairo this Dec.6-14 ( Egypt, Algeria, Jordan, Mauritania, Palestine, Sudan and Morocco).
A Turkish Business Mission will visit Morocco shortly to explore potentials of the Moroccan market and foster partnership with Moroccan entrepreneurs in various commercial and industrial sectors.
The Islamic experts committee in charge of examining the challenges facing the Islamic world in the next century is convening its 2nd meeting in Bamako, Mali this December 3-4, the Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Conference said in a press release.
United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan conferred Thursday in Tunis with President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia.
The Arab group at the UN has for the second time asked the UN Security Council to approve an investigation by the UN into the attack carried out by the US against a Sudanese pharmaceutical factory on August 20.