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2.5 billion pounds in European aid to modernize Egyptian industry
Two aid agreements worth 2.5 billion Egyptian pounds were signed yesterday between Egypt and the European Union.
Egypt, Economics, 12/9/1998
Annan urges UAE, Iran to resolve Island dispute
Diplomatic sources in the Emirates confirmed yesterday that UN chief Kofi Annan informed Emirates president Sheik Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan on his readiness to mediate between the Emirates and Iran to solve the conflict over the the three Islands of Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa.
United Arab Emirates-Iran, Politics, 12/9/1998
Iraqi opposition leader against foreign intervention to change Iraqi government
Iraqi Shiite opposition leader Ayatullah Muhammad Baqer al-Hakim has asserted that any change of the ruling system in Iraq "should be made at the hands of the Iraqi people."
Iraq-USA, Politics, 12/9/1998
Saudi - Yemeni border committee achieves progress
Yemeni sources today said that the meetings of the Yemeni - Saudi joint committee concerning border talks have achieved some progress.
Yemen-Saudi Arabia, Politics, 12/9/1998
Clinton to light Christmas tree in Bethlehem
The heavy clashes between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli troops next to thte Israeli army roadblock at the entrance to Bethlehem have failed to disrupt preparations to receive the US President, his wife and his daughter next week.
Palestine-USA, Politics, 12/9/1998
Libya lost more than $ 23 billion because of embargo
Libya has lost more than $ 23 billion up to the end of 1997 as a result of the 6-year long embargo, according to an official report.
Libya, Economics, 12/9/1998
$ 9 million raised in anti-poverty campaign
The anti-poverty campaign staged across Morocco last October raised $ 9 million, the committee supervising the fund-raising campaign said.
Morocco, Culture, 12/9/1998
Mandela for best relations with Arab states, address Lockerbie issue
South African President Nelson Mandela has praised the rapid growth in relations between his country and the United Arab Emirates in all areas, especially in the economy and trade.
Regional-South Africa, Politics, 12/9/1998
Arafat seeks US assurances on Israel implementing accords
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat requested US assurances that Israel would implement the Wye Agreement and told US peace envoy to the region, Dennis Ross, that the PNA will honor its part of the agreement.
Palestine-Israel-USA, Politics, 12/9/1998
Looming Y2K computer problem to get international attention Friday
Heads of national programs set up to deal with the problems posed by the year 2000 computer problem will meet at United Nations headquarters on Friday.
Regional-UN, Politics, 12/9/1998
Iraq welcomes UN chief's statements at GCC summit
Iraq has welcomed the statements of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan at the 19th GCC summit on UN resolution 687, which states the need to clear the Middle East from weapons of mass destruction.
Iraq, Politics, 12/9/1998
Egyptian authorities release 760 reformed extremists
Egyptian Minister of the Interior Lt. Gen. Habib al-Adli on Tuesday released a decision freeing 760 Islamists who have "proven to be back as good citizens" and given up terrorist ideologies.
Egypt, Politics, 12/9/1998
US delegation describes visit to Syria as constructive
The executive director of the of the World Affairs Councils of America, Jerry Leach, has described his current visit to Syria as constructive and useful, and would contribute to making the American people better able to understand what is going on in the Middle East region."
Syria-USA, Politics, 12/9/1998
UN chief statements on Iraq
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan stressed on Monday night in Abu Dhabi that there will be a comprehensive revision of sanctions imposed on Iraq if "Iraq cooperates with UNSCOM" within weeks.
Iraq-UN, Politics, 12/9/1998
US delegation in solidarity with the Iraqi people
A US people's delegation led by former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark left Amman on Tuesday heading for Baghdad in solidarity with the people of Iraq against the sanctions imposed on them.
Iraq-USA, Economics, 12/9/1998
GCC oil ministers agree to reduce oil production
Oil ministers from the six Gulf Cooperation Council countries have agreed to reduce their countries' oil production as of March 1999 to support oil prices in the current low-priced world oil market.
Gulf, Economics, 12/9/1998
Kidnapping in Yemen
The family of Yemeni businessman Abdul Hakim Hussein Shamsan, who was kidnapped on November 20, said that his kidnappers threatened to kidnap his brother.
Yemen, Local, 12/9/1998
Comoran conference proposed, despite fighting
The French Foreign Ministry highlighted a proposed inter-island conference among the Comoros Islands under the auspices of the Organization of African Unity, amid concerns over new fighting on the breakaway island of Anjouan.
Comoros-France, Politics, 12/9/1998
Germany to assist Morocco develop wind power
Germany will assist Morocco develop its renewable energy programs and mainly wind power projects.
Morocco, Economics, 12/9/1998
Moroccan premier calls for co-responsibility to fulfil economic and social rights
Moroccan Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi has called for international co-responsibility and cooperation to fulfil economic, social and cultural human rights.
Morocco-Regional, Culture, 12/9/1998
Netanyahu delays Switzerland visit as internal support wavers
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has postponed a visit to Switzerland, which was to begin on Tuesday, due to reasons pertaining to internal policy.
Israel, Politics, 12/9/1998
Israel detains ten from al-Teiri, figting continues in the south
Israeli occupation forces have continued to launch acts of aggression against southern Lebanon, especially the western sector. Lebanese security sources reported that Israeli artillery attacked on Tuesday afternoon the towns of Barachit, Hadatha, Eta al-Jabal, al-Zaatar, Kafra, Yater, Haris and Zibqin.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 12/9/1998
Abu Seeda to Paris after release
The Secretary General of the Egyptian Organization for Human rights Hafez Abu Saada is heading to Paris where he will represent the EOHR in Egypt in the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of human rights declaration.
Egypt, Politics, 12/9/1998
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US President Bill Clinton will land at Gaza Airport on his trip to the Palestinian areas, Bahrain Tribune reported.
The Council for Arab Economic Unity agreed at the conclusion of its meetings in Cairo yesterday to ratify rules for the Arab joint market, in which seven Arab states participate: Egypt, Syria, Libya, Jordan, Yemen, Iraq and Mauritania.
US Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala has said that she conveyed during her tour of the region one message from US President Bill Clinton to the leaders of the countries she has already visited: the US is committed to finding out a comprehensive solution in the Middle East.
The French Foreign Ministry has asserted France's full support for Lebanon, noting that such support is one of France's foreign policy basics.
President Mubarak also received a communique from President Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania upon his meeting on Tuesday in Cairo with the Tanzanian Army's chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Jaidoun Fondi.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday received a communique from Mozambique's President Joaquim Alberto Chissano, delivered by Mozambican Foreign Minister Leonardo Simao.
Issah Darwish, the Syrian ambassador in Cairo, stated that there are no confidential communications between Syria and Israel, and that a return to negotiations must start from the moment at which they stopped and progress according to the land for peace principle.
Osama El-Baz, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's advisor for political affairs, stated that Egypt supported the Palestinian decision to sign the Wye River accord because any effort that aims at enabling the Palestinians to receive their rights is better than the deadlock, which threatens the stability of the Palestinian lands and neighboring countries.
Egypt's Orascom company raised its stock by 60%. Orascom's Naguib Sawiras told ArabicNews.com that the increase came after distributing 0.6 shares (per share) for free to each shareholder, which led to a reduction in the share price in last week's transactions from 2,775 Egyptian pounds to 2,450 per share.
US Middle East envoy Dennis Ross urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to halt clashes taking place in the streets of West Bank. Following talks Ross held with Israeli premier Natenyahu last night, Ross said that the disputes should be substituted by negotiations.
The follow-up committee in charge of supporting the cause of Lebanese detainees in Israeli jails on Tuesday appealed to French President Jacques Chirac to work for releasing Lebanese detainees in the Israeli jails.
Oman LNG reached an agreement to export liquid natural gas to India via India's Dabhol Power Company starting in 2001, Oman Daily Observer reported.
The UAE's economy and commerce minister called for diversifying Gulf economies to rely less on petroleum revenues, Khaleej Times reported.
Jordan's Crown Prince Hassan and British Foreign Office Minister Derek Fatchett discussed the Middle East peace process, Jordan Times reported.
GCC countries have delayed a joint defense plan due to economic problems caused by low oil prices, Gulf Times reported.
Egypt Airline announced that opening the regular route between Gaza and Cairo, which was scheduled for December 11, 1998, was postponed till December 18, 1998.
The employees of the Algerian Airlines company ended yesterday their strike that had halted aviation in the country, after the company's management pledged to abolish the plan to reduce the number of employees from 9,000.
Lebanese police arrested individuals who allegedly belonged to a gang that was deciding to sell forged $100 US currency. A Lebanese judicial source said that security bodies arrested three persons from the gang after an armed chase leading to the injury of two internal security force members.
Meanwhile, Secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Conference, Azeddine Laraki, was decorated by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with the "Medal of the Union."
The Moroccan constructions and public works foundation and the Italian constructions association concluded in Rabat on Tuesday an accord to foster bilateral cooperation and partnership.
Some 607 strike movements staged in Morocco in 1996-97 entailed a loss of 557,802 working days, an executive from the advisory council in charge of following-up social dialogue said.
Sweden decided to ban issuing money orders destined to Morocco in view of increasing complaints of lost orders by addressees. The Swedish posts authorities advised the concerned persons to send their money through bank channels.
The European Investment Bank lent Morocco about $ 9 Million destined for some cleansing projects in the city of Settat.
An Israeli delegation comprising high-ranking industrialists and businessmen led by chairman of the industrialists federation in Israel left on Tuesday for Britain to meet with members of the British business council with the objective of strengthening economic relations between the two sides, Israeli radio reported.
British Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Derek Fatchett arrived in Damascus on Tuesday night in a visit to Syria. At Damascus airport, he was welcomed by the Minister of state for Foreign affairs Nasser Qaddour, high ranking foreign ministry officials and the British ambassador in Damascus, SANA reported.
Participants in the Arab seminar on information and family affairs have called for showing the suffering of the Arab families in the occupied Arab lands, the Golan, and South Lebanon as a result of the Israeli acts of oppression.
The first private airline company in Algeria will start flights during 1999. The new airline has US $16 million in capital, and is owned by Algerian, Arab Gulf and European parties.
The Palestinian Hamas movement has denounced the visit to be paid by US President Bill Clinton to Gaza on December 14.
South African President Neslon Mandela has concluded a three-day official visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the invitation of the UAE President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan where bilateral relations were discussed.