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Fatchett meets al-Assad, hints at support to Arab states
Fatchett said "I have promised President Hafez al-Assad and the Foreign Minister that the UK would proceed in getting itself involved in the peace process because we see in the peace process the only way to achieve justice, security and prosperity in the region."
Syria-UK, Politics, 12/10/1998
Princess Sarvath on: Education of women in the Muslim world
Whenever an attempt is made to limit Muslim women's participation in the educational or other processes of their country, the justification given is that it is so prescribed by Islam. This is absolutely not true. In most cases this retrogressive mind-set is connected with long ingrained social and cultural patterns rather than with anything to do with religion.
Regional, Culture, 12/10/1998
Gulf states summit calls for joint Arab action
The Gulf Cooperation Council's 19th summit concluded its deliberations on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi with a final statement and "the Abu Dhabi declaration."
Gulf, Politics, 12/10/1998
Moroccan government pledges to consolidate rule of law
The Moroccan government has renewed pledge to consolidate the rule of the law and to protect rights and freedoms in line with the precepts of Islam, the constitution and the international conventions ratified by the country.
Morocco, Culture, 12/10/1998
$700 million from European Union to Egypt in the coming year
A report for the economic sector in the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture stated that the European Union agreed to grant Egypt 700 million dollars as loans, donations and facilities during the beginning of the coming year.
Egypt-European Union, Economics, 12/10/1998
Tunisia and Iran to increase trade to $100 million
Tunisia and Iran decided during the meeting of their joint committee in Tehran on Tuesday to strengthen their cooperation and economic exchange.
Tunisia-Iran, Politics, 12/10/1998
Libyans tried to force Egyptian plane to violate air embargo
On Wednesday afternoon at the Tunisian port of Jarba the crisis of the private Egyptian plane which several passengers wanted to violate the air embargo imposed on Libya and land in Tripoli, came to an end.
Libya-Regional, Local, 12/10/1998
Palestinian government prevents building materials from reaching Jewish settlements
The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday and for the third time within two weeks prevented building materials from reaching Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip. The materi
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 12/10/1998
Netanyahu concerned over Clinton's visit to Gaza
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed great concern over US President Bill Clinton's coming visit to Gaza, which he said "the Palestinians will use to promote their demands to establish an independent Palestinian state."
Palestine-Israel-USA, Politics, 12/10/1998
Gaza: Sheikh Yassin joins hunger strikers
Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the founder and spiritual mentor of the Palestinian Hamas movement, announced that he will undertake a hunger strike in solidarity with Palestinian detainees and prisoners who began a hunger strike five days ago, protesting their detention in Israeli jails and procrastination in their release.
Palestine, Politics, 12/10/1998
Both Morocco and Polisario want referendum to be held, Annan says
United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, said on Thursday that Morocco and the Polisario Front confirmed their wish to go ahead with the referendum process that the U.N. plans to hold in the Sahara in December 1999.
North Africa-Morocco-UN, Politics, 12/10/1998
Sudan defies embargo, hosts African conference on refugees
Khartoum is getting ready to host an African conference concerning refugees on the coming Sunday, defying the air embargo by convening international meetings in Sudan.
Sudan-Africa, Politics, 12/10/1998
Libya demands lifting of sanctions in return for delivering suspects for trial
Libyan Foreign Minister Omar El-Montassir and the Secretary of the People's External Liaison and International Cooperation Bureau demanded yesterday the lifting of the sanctions imposed on his country since 1992 in return for delivering the suspects in the Lockerbie case for trial.
Libya, Politics, 12/10/1998
African Development Bank lends Morocco $ 386.4 million
The African Development Bank extended Morocco two loans worth $ 386.4 millions destined to finance several socio-economic development projects.
Morocco-Africa, Economics, 12/10/1998
Egyptian - Latvian committee concludes session
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry yesterday concluded the meetings of the joint committee between Egypt and Latvia.
Egypt-Latvia, Politics, 12/10/1998
Syrian - Iranian higher committee meets in Damascus today
Iranian Vice President Hassan Habibi will visit Damascus today to take part in the meetings of the Syrian-Iranian joint higher committee, to start deliberations later in the day.
Syria-Iran, Politics, 12/10/1998
European commission grants Morocco 110 million ECU in assistance
The European Commission granted Morocco 110 Million ECU financial assistance that will enable the Kingdom to carry out several health and educational projects in the rural zones.
Morocco-European Union, Economics, 12/10/1998
US says Mid-East peace efforts should focus on business and economics
Daley will also meet with business leaders on the Bethlehem 2000 project aimed at rebuilding the city in the new millennium.
Regional-USA, Economics, 12/10/1998
Morocco and Gibraltar open direct sea line
Moroccan minister in charge of the Maghreb, the Arab and Islamic world, Abdeslam Znined, said the new sea line to be operated by a car-ferry
Morocco, Business, 12/10/1998
First Palestinian air trip to arrive in Cairo on Friday
The first air trip organized by the Palestinian airline is to arrive in Cairo on Friday at the inaguration of the air route between Cairo and Gaza International Airport.
Egypt-Palestine, Economics, 12/10/1998
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US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will arrive in Amman on the coming Tuesday for a brief visit after escorting US President Bill Clinton in his visit to Israel and the Gaza Strip. Official sources in Jordan said that Albright will meet with Jordanian Crown Prince Hassan and high-ranking Jordanian officials to discuss the latest developments in the peace process in light of the Wye River accord in addition to bilateral issues of common concern and the general status in the area.
Libyan bankers confirmed that the Libyan government reduced the value of the Libyan dinar by 18% against the American dollar. Official sources in the Libyan Central Bank stated that the price adjustment started yesterday, but other banking sources said that the bankers did not receive any form regarding this matter from the specialized authorities, yet they were informed of the price.
Moroccan minister of the interior, Driss Basri, on Wednesday paid a working visit to Belgium where he conferred with his Belgian peer, Luc Van Den Bossche, on ways of consolidating cooperation and partnership between Morocco and the European Union.
Secretary General of the Russian communist party, Guenadi Zuganov, will visit next week-end Libya and Tunisia, the party announced on Wednesday. Zuganov will visit Tunisia at the invitation of the president's Democratic Constitutional Rally (RDC) and will hold talks with Libyan officials.
The Spanish coast guards arrested during the past few days 126 Moroccan clandestine immigrants while they were attempting to stealthily reach the southern Spanish coasts.
King Hassan II received on Wednesday here speaker of the Egyptian Shoura Council, Mustapha Kamal Hilmi.The King decorated the Egyptian official with the Alawite Wissam of the Grand Officer Rank.
The US-based international Visa corporation, that issues credit cards, agreed on establishing a new Jordanian company in association with 8 Jordanian banks in the field of credit cards. A Jordanian source told ArabicNews.com that "the company's capital is $5.5 million and that the company aims at expanding the volume of Visa's operations in the Jordanian markets."
The Algerian daily al-Khabar has reported that 11 bodies were found of people killed by Algerian armed groups and thrown Housh Hafiz well in Bleida on Wednesday. The paper added that so far number of bodies taken out of the well was 45.
South African President Nelson Mandela and members of his accompanying delegation left Riyadh on Wednesday following a 24-hour visit to Saudi Arabia.
The Syrian radio program "Population Causes," on Damascus Radio won second prize as the best radio program on " teenagers, population and development" in a competition recently organized by the Arab department at the UN information bureau.