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Beilin calls for immediate withdrawal from South Lebanon
Member of the Israeli Knesset for the Labor Party Yossi Beilin called for the immediate withdrawal of the Israeli Army from south Lebanon.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 12/24/1998
Lebanese resistance attacks Galilee settlements in retaliation for Bekaa carnage
Lebanese resistance forces on Wednesday carried out a series of successful operations against the sites and patrols of the Israeli occupation forces and their allied militias.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 12/24/1998
Egyptian opposition cancels demonstration in solidarity with Iraq
The Egyptian police on Wednesday prevented leaders of opposition parties from organizing a peaceful march heading for the Presidential Palace in order to hand over a statement demanding the immediate lifting of the embargo imposed on Iraq and the resumption of diplomatic relations severed between the two countries since the Iraqi invasion in August 1990.
Egypt, Politics, 12/24/1998
UNESCO calls for building 400 schools in Iraq, after 400 missile strikes
Director General of UNESCO, Federico Mayor, proposed Wednesday the construction of 400 schools in Iraq after the 400 missile strikes by the USA and Britain.
Iraq-UN, Politics, 12/24/1998
Baghdad asks UNESCO to preserve Abbasid palace damaged by strikes
An official at the UN announced that UNESCO is "studying an Iraqi appeal to preserve an Abbasid palace which underwent damages as a result of the US - British air raids against Iraq.
Iraq-UN, Culture, 12/24/1998
Cohen starts Gulf tour with new threats
US Defense Secretary William Cohen started his Arab Gulf tour with new threats in which he said he said that that Washington may renew its attacks against Iraq and that his country will keep more troops and military facilities in the Gulf region.
Gulf-Kuwait-USA, Politics, 12/24/1998
Syria is the only Mediterranean partner to have culture a priority in national program
When asked to describe the Euro-Mediterranean cultural partnership, European Commission official Ann Chalotte Bournoville begins by stressing a paradox. She noted: "Although the Mediterranean's foremost product over thousands of years has been culture, cultural cooperation at the Euro-Mediterranean level was a ground-breaker for the Barcelona Conference.
Syria-Regional-European Union, Culture, 12/24/1998
Jordanian association calls for unity between Syria and Iraq
Chairman of the Jordanian Bar Association Hussein Majali has extended a memorandum to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and to the Syrian President Hafez al-Assad in which he called for maintaining unity between Syria and Iraq in order "to withstand aggressive schemes."
Jordan, Politics, 12/24/1998
Moroccans will pray again for rain
Moroccans will perform on Friday rogatory prayers after rainfalls were abnormally late this winter, threatening the country with another drought cycle.
Morocco, Agriculture, 12/24/1998
Moroccan-Egyptian high cooperation commission to meet next spring
The Moroccan-Egyptian cooperation high commission will meet in Morocco next spring to assess joint actions and identify ways to rev up trade exchange.
Morocco-Egypt, Economics, 12/24/1998
Moroccan premier presents government's short-term program to governors
Moroccan Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi presented on Wednesday to the walis (senior governors) and governors the government's short term program.
Morocco, Politics, 12/24/1998
Al-Turabi to visit Qandahar, meet with Bin Laden
Well-informed Afghani sources told the London- based al-Hayat daily that preparations are underway in the city of of Qandahar, the main center of the Taleban movement, to receive former Sudanese Parliamentary Speaker Hassan al-Turabi who is expected to arrive there in a visit during which he will meet with Osama Bin Laden.
Sudan-Afghanistan, Politics, 12/24/1998
Arafat hails King Hassan stands in favor of Palestinian cause
Arafat, who sent King Hassan II a message, expressed "deep gratitude for the laudable efforts" made by the Moroccan King to support the Palestinian people in their legitimate struggle to recover their inalienable rights, including their right to return, to self-determination and to an independent state with Al-Quds Asharif as capital.
Palestine-Morocco, Politics, 12/24/1998
Humanitarian organizations warn: Gloomy year awaits the Sudanese
Humanitarian organizations working in Sudan expect the year 1999 to be gloomy for more 4 million Sudanese civilians, who during 1998 suffered from fighting, starvation and floods.
Sudan, Economics, 12/24/1998
Jordanian circles: Israel tries through Jordan to penetrate Arab region, economically
Jordanian parliamentary and economic circles have opposed the signing of an agreement proposed to establish a free trade zone between Jordan and Israel proposed by Israel to Jordan.
Jordan-Israel, Economics, 12/24/1998
Arab League continues efforts for solution to Lockerbie incident
Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid on Wednesday in Cairo discussed with Libyan Foreign Minister Omar al-Muntasir the latest developments concerning the Lockerbie crisis and efforts exerted to find a settlement for it.
Libya-Regional, Politics, 12/24/1998
US company manages a Saudi project for quick meals
The American company I.F.C Enterprises Inc. along with the Saudi company Ali Java Cinnamon have agreed to establish and upgrade coffee shops and bakeries in Saudi Arabia and five other Gulf countries.
Saudi Arabia-USA, Business, 12/24/1998
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The Egyptian Ministry of Culture decided to open the pyramid of King Cheops to visitors at the beginning of January after a closure that lasted for eight months during which the pyramid was restored and renovated, where the lighting and ventilation systems were changed to electronic control, enhancing the internal environment for the monuments of the pyramid. Meanwhile the director of the Giza Antiquities Authority, Dr. Zahi Hawass, pointed out that for the first time the room of Queen Anfeliad at the bottom of the pyramid was opened to visitors.
US forces and British embassies took additional measures fearing terrorist attacks. This is despite the intensive precautions already prevailing in places where US forces are in Kuwaiti and Bahrain. In Cairo, the Egyptian police took intensive precaution to protect the U.S and British embassies, while the police prevented trucks from passing into the street that link the two embassies.
The Egyptian Ministry of Public Works decided to raise three nutrition companies for sale at the beginning of the coming year an official source in the ministry told ArabicNews.com today. The source added that the Holding Company for Food will offer the rest of the shares it owns in the Besco Misr and Starch companies, accounting for 51% of each company's shares, for sale to strategic innovators and it will sell the rest of Misr for Milk's factories for a main investor.
The number of investment funds registered in the Bahrain stock market reached 51 after Chase Manhattan Bank registered 12 funds in the stock market at one time. In a press statement today the director of stock market, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohamed Al-Khalifa told ArabicNews.com that the fact that Chase Manhattan Bank registered this number of funds shows great trust from one of the largest international banks in the Bahrain stock market and that this is related to new government measures that have contributed to reducing the duties on recording and registering these funds.
The second conference for Arab businesswomen will be held under the title of "Toward and Arab joint market" from March 9 - 31 in Cairo on the margin of the 32nd session of the Cairo International Market and sponsored by the Arab League. Yomna El-Sheridi, the head of the board of directors of the Egyptian Businesswomen's Assembly told ArabicNews.com that the conference will stress issues surrounding developing joint cooperation among businesswomen inside and outside the Arab states.
The Center for the Development of Egyptian exports is organizing a visit to Italy during the coming January in which Egyptian businessmen who want to obtain an Italian commercial partner will participate. Hamdi Salem, the center's chairman, said this visit comes within the bilateral joint agreements between Egypt and Italy as it is also among the center's plan for paying similar visits to the advanced industrial countries in order to market Egyptian exports.
Germany has granted Morocco $33 million in financial assistance to help the kingdom carry out water purification projects. The accord was signed Wednesday in Rabat. The German assistance includes a $20 million grant and a $13 loan released under concessional terms.
Egyptian official sources expressed fear that the recent US - British strike against Iraq and destruction of the petroleum refinery for exporting oil could obstruct the implementation of the oil-for-food agreement and delay the compensation that is to be sent to those harmed by the Gulf War, of which Egypt is still to receive about $293,000 in compensation under article A for forced departure, as well as $100,000 under article C for compensation of damages caused to possessions.
The Arab corporation for satellite communications, ArabSat signed with the Qatari Telecommunications Company, Q-Tel, an agreement that calls for ArabSat's participation in Q-Tel's capital, ArabSat general manager Saad El-Barna said. El-Barna added that the participation in Q-Tel's capital came according to the approval of the general assembly of ArabSat to invest the available opportunities in the Arab market for developing the corporation in investment projects for diversifying the sources of ArabSat's income.
Iran and the Sultanate of Oman on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation between the two countries. The signing ceremony was held at the conclusion of the meetings of the sixth session of the joint Omani - Iranian trade and economic committee.
The governor of the Saudi Arabian central bank, Hamad Said al-Sayarri, has announced that Saudi Arabia enjoys a strong economy that would enable it to withstand the low oil prices and the economic crisis which affects several countries.
Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri left Beirut on Wednesday for Cuba via Paris for an official visit during which he will meet with Cuban President Fidel Castro and with high-ranking Cuban officials. Berri is accompanied by Lebanese Parliamentarians Antoine Haddad and Faisal al-Dawoud as well as a media delegation.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday received the secretary of the Libyan people's committee for foreign relations and international cooperation (Foreign Minister) Omar al-Muntasir. Present at the meeting was Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa.
Jordanian opposition parties said on Tuesday they had assigned a judicial committee to sue the Jordanian government and foreign minister because of preventing several national figures and secretarie generals of opposition parties from traveling to Damascus to take part in the works of the Palestinian people's conference on December 12.