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Iraqi no-fly zones see a second clash as Iraq assert it downed a US plane
A US Pentagon spokesman said today that a second clash this week took place in the US-enforced Iraq no-fly zones, with today's conflict taking place in the southern zone.
Iraq-USA, Military, 12/30/1998
Baghdad condemns postponement of Arab foreign ministers meeting
Iraq has officially condemned the Arab League decision to postpone up to next January 24 the Arab foreign ministers meeting which was scheduled last week.
Regional, Politics, 12/30/1998
Iraqi delegate at AL: Delay in foreign ministers meeting reflect internal conflict in Arab states
Sultan El-Shawi, Iraqi's new delegate at the Arab League, stated that delaying the meeting of the Arab foreign ministers to January 24 revealed that there is a gap between public opinion and that adopted by Arab officials.
Iraq, Politics, 12/30/1998
Jordan pharmacists to ship medicines to Iraq
Jordanian pharmacists said on Tuesday they intend to ship drugs and medical equipment to Iraq.
Jordan, Politics, 12/30/1998
Special meeting for the GCC states in Riyadh
Foreign ministers of Gulf Cooperation Council member states held a meeting in Riyadh on Tuesday night to discuss several topics and the latest developments in the Gulf and Arab arenas, foremost being the consequences of the US - British attack against Iraq and the call for convening an Arab summit conference.
Gulf, Politics, 12/30/1998
Khatami: US-British campaign against Iraq is an international conspiracy
Iranian President Muhammad Khatami has strongly criticized the recent US-British military campaign against Iraq and described it as an "international conspiracy."
Iran-Regional, Politics, 12/30/1998
Hostages killed in Yemen during attempt to free them
A Yemeni official has said that three western hostages held in Yemen, two Britons and one American, were killed and another 13 hostages were freed when Yemeni security forces attacked the place where the hostages were being held. Two of the kidnappers were also killed, the official said.
Yemen, Local, 12/30/1998
Japan cancels warning to its citizens on visits to Egypt
Japan has canceled a warning issued last year following the Luxor massacre advising its citizens not to visit Egypt after the attack claimed the lives of 58 tourists, many of whom were Japanese.
Egypt-Japan, Economics, 12/30/1998
Sudanese official links reconciliation with opposition to acceptance of constitution
A Sudanese official has downplayed the possibility of the success of any Egyptian initiative to achieve reconciliation between the Sudanese government and the northern opposition.
Sudan, Politics, 12/30/1998
Morocco holds back on allowances for senior government executives
In a bid to rationalize state expenditures, the Moroccan government has suppressed some allowances granted to senior executives, Moroccan economy and finance minister, Fathallah Oualalou said.
Morocco, Politics, 12/30/1998
Saudi Arabia announces guidance budget for 1999
Saudi Arabia on Monday announced its budget for 1999 which set expenditures for the next year at 165 billion Saudi riyals (US $ 44 billion). It estimates revenues at 121 billion riyals (US $ 32.3 billion), leaving a total expected defecit estimated at 44 billion riyals (US $ 11.7 billion).
Saudi Arabia, Economics, 12/30/1998
Lahoud stresses cohesion of Syrian-Lebanese tracks
the Lebanese Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss said the withdrawal of the pro-Israeli South Lebanon Army militia from certain positions in Jezzine district was not significant or enough.
Lebanon, Politics, 12/30/1998
King Hussein announces full recovery
King Hussein of Jordan on Tuesday announced that he has left the Mayo Clinic hospital in the United States after he has fully recovered from cancer and completed six stages of chemotherapy, which he started in July 14.
Jordan, People, 12/30/1998
New Jordanian party established by Toujan al-Faisal
The prominent figure in the Jordanian opposition, Toujan al-Faisal, has announced a repeatedly-postponed decision to establish a political party to frame the activities of its partisans under the name of "al-Ummah al-Fattat".
Jordan, Politics, 12/30/1998
Egypt bans Israel from taking part in Cairo book exhibition
Egypt has renewed its rejection of cultural and artistic normalization with Israel, turning down an Israeli request to take part in the coming Cairo International Book Fair
Egypt, Politics, 12/30/1998
Israel threatens to close Gaza Airport
Israel threatened yesterday to close Gaza Airport which has been open for less than a month, alleging that the Palestinian government has broken the agreement regulating the operation of the airport.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 12/30/1998
Beilin expects his party's success in coming elections
Beilin said his visit to Cairo comes in light of his concern over consultations with Egyptian officials at the present, saying that Egypt is the main supporter of peace and stability in the region and that Israel has to cooperate with Egypt.
Egypt-Israel, Politics, 12/30/1998
Moroccan enterprises ready to contribute to creating 250,000 jobs annually
The Moroccan industrial federation (CGEM / employers Association) said it is mobilized to contribute to creating 250,000 jobs annually.
Morocco, Economics, 12/30/1998
A trip into the heart of ancient civilizations
Syria is regarded by historians as the very heart of the Arab Islamic world. It witnessed Arab Islamic civilizations that flourished through successive ages. Fruitful interaction had been carried out between them producing remarkable, distinctive civilizations.
Syria, History, 12/30/1998
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The official spokesman of the Algerian foreign ministry, Abdul Aziz Saba, stated his country's support for convening an Arab summit without excluding Iraq's participation. He said, "Algeria calls for an organized Arab summit to discuss all the challenges that face the Arab states," adding that Algeria summoned the US and British ambassadors in Algeria to discuss the joint attacks against Iraq, and that Algeria described the aggression of being outside international law.
The US intends to continue to patrol northern and southern Iraqi no-fly zones, US National Security Council spokesman David Leavy reiterated, after the second clash between Iraqi anti-aircraft sites and US war planes.
The International Committee of the Red Cross said that about 230 Iraqis were wounded during the recent US - British attacks, Bahrain Tribune reported.
Bahrain's Ministry of National Economy has projected a two-year budget deficit of 320 million dinars ($849 million), Gulf Daily News reported.
The Economist Intelligence Unit found good prospects for continued growth of Qatari exports with a large increase in liquid natural gas exports, Gulf Times reported.
UAE Foreign Ministry official Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan called for Arab solidarity and reiterated the UAE's support for an Arab summit, Khaleej Times reported.
The Lebanese Cabinet called yesterday various ministers to report on privatization, administrative and electoral reform, Lebanon News Wire reported.
The Organizers of the Riyadh Charity fair awarded the Moroccan stand the fair's 1st prize for its success in scoring the highest sales.
Four people are reported missing following the wreckage of their ship recently off the northern shores of Morocco, the local press reported.
A delegation comprised of exporters of Egyptian potatoes and governmental agricultural experts left Cairo yesterday for Brussels for negotiations with the European Union Standing Committee on Plant Health over the repeated refusal of the committee to allow Egyptian potatoes into European Union countries, claiming that the potatoes are infected by brown rot disease.
The Palestinian Ministry of Trade and Economy said in a statement today that the current year viewed an increase in the volume of national investment. The manager of the investment department in the ministry said that the value of investment reached more than $5 billion since the establishment of the Palestinian government four years ago and that nearly $3 billion has been invested in the banking and financial sectors.
The Syrian Ministry of Agriculture has asked for US $ 11.6 million to supply the country's needs of agricultural pesticides for the 1998-1999 agricultural season.
The Hama (Syrian province) Tire company has contracted with a Saudi company to export some 200 wheels for tractors and combine-harvesters at a cost of US $27,500.
Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa on Tuesday evening received the representative of the World Food Program, who handed al-Sharaa his credentials as a representative for the program. The two sides discussed issues relating to WFP activities conducted in Syria.
President Hafez al-Assad on Tuesday received member of the Lebanese Parliament Walid Jumblatt, who is also the chief of the Socialist Progressive Party (SPP).
The Iraqi daily Babel, supervised by the elder son of Saddam Hussein, considered the year 1998 as the year "for great and numerous Iraqi victories." The paper wrote on Monday that these "these great achievements meant bitter defeats for the governments of the US and Britain."
The Sudanese news agency SUNA reported that the Sudanese Supreme Court postponed until January 24, 1999 the trial of 27 persons before a military court, accused of in being involved in explosions that took place in Khartoum last June.