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London closes its council in Yemen
London has closed the British counsulate in Yemen and its staff started to leave the country after British citizens have been exposed to kidnappings, and several of them were killed in an incident at the end of December 1998. Yemen had indicated that Britain is involved in terrorist activities in Yemen to destabilize the country.
Yemen, Politics, 2/5/1999
Ethiopia, Eritrea exchange fire
A government statement in Ethiopia said on Thursday that continued bombardment started on Thursday at dawn between the Eritrean and Ethiopian troops along Badmi front, in northwest Ethiopia.
Ethiopia-Eritrea, Politics, 2/5/1999
Al-Sharaa holds fruitful talks in London
Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa met on Thursday in London with Arab ambassadors accredited in Britain. Talks dealt with discussions and meetings the minister held in London with British officials and means of reactivating Arab media and diplomatic activities in the service of Arab causes.
Syria-UK, Politics, 2/5/1999
El-Baz: Egypt prevented Bush from entering Baghdad, arresting Saddam
The Egyptian president's political advisor, Osama El-Baz, said that the "Iraqi government failed in dealing with the mistakes committed by UNSCOM chairman Richard Butler, who was in charge of eliminating the Iraqi mass destruction weapons."
Egypt, Politics, 2/5/1999
Communications underway to defuse Libya crisis
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa said that there are current communications with the United Nations to reach a solution to the Lockerbie crisis.
Regional-Egypt, Politics, 2/5/1999
Morocco renews wish to see Sahara referendum held
Morocco on Thursday renewed its will to see the self-determination referendum in the Sahara held as soon as possible.
Morocco, Politics, 2/5/1999
Qatari women's municipal election, a new experience to the region
Women in Qatar are preparing to take part in the municipal elections set for March 8. It will be the first general election in an Arab Gulf state in which women are permitted to take part as candidates or voters.
Qatar, Politics, 2/5/1999
On al-Sharaa's visit to London
A Kuwaiti daily said on Thursday that the spokesman for the British Foreign Ministry refrained from answering a question asked by the paper on whether there was a Syrian - British consensus concerning Iraq and whether Syria accepts the US and British strikes against Iraqi sites in the two no-fly zones.
Syria-UK, Politics, 2/5/1999
US energy secretary to visit Saudi Arabia, UAE
US Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson today starts a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia, which is the first visit by a US energy secretary in nine years.
Gulf-Saudi Arabia-USA, Economics, 2/5/1999
Al-Assad issues decree to enhance Syrian tax compliance and revenues
Syrian President Hafez al-Assad on Thursday issued legislative decree no. 2 of 1999, providing for exempting taxpayers from direct financial charges and additions related to 1998 and earlier from interest and fines if they settle the taxes and charges related to any of these years before June 30,1999.
Syria, Economics, 2/5/1999
Morocco builds new national library
Morocco will build a new national library over an area of six hectares in the capital city of Rabat.
Morocco, Culture, 2/5/1999
Egypt seeks to increase its share of Nile water
Egyptian Minister of Water Resources Mahmoud Abo Zeid said there are serious steps to be taken to obtain an additional share of the Nile's water for Egypt.
Egypt-North Africa, Economics, 2/5/1999
Hussein Ayat Ahmad a candidate for the Algerian presidency
The extraordinary conference of the Socialist Forces Front in Algeria on Thursday announced that the front's chairman, Hussein Ayat Ahmad, will be nominated for the early presidential elections in April.
Algeria, Politics, 2/5/1999
Fatchett opposes intervention in Jordan
British Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Derek Fatchett described his visits to the UAE, Qatar and Egypt as a "complete success." He stressed that London will continue imposing no-fly zone in the northern and southern parts of Iraq.
Regional-UK, Politics, 2/5/1999
Gaza airport will receive Arab and foreign planes this month
The Palestinian minister of tourism announced that Gaza international airport is going to receive Arab and foreign planes carrying tourists to the Palestinian areas starting from the middle of the current month.
Palestine, Economics, 2/5/1999
Morocco extends technical assistance and political backing to Palestinians, Palestinian official says
Germany is the single biggest donor state and has made available 1.2 billion marks ($714 million), in part through its EU donations, said the German Foreign Ministry.
Palestine-Morocco, Economics, 2/5/1999
Ali Saleh stresses the importance of strategic dialogue with Washington
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has asserted his country's desire to develop its relations with the US. This was expressed on Thursday during the meeting he held with the US assistant under secretary of state, Ronald Newman.
Yemen-Eritrea-USA, Politics, 2/5/1999
A message from Iraq to AL chief
Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid has asserted that the final statement of the Arab foreign ministers meeting, recently held in Cairo, adopted positive points in favor of Iraq, stressing the AL's desire to maintain Iraq's territorial integrity.
Regional-Iraq, Politics, 2/5/1999
Moroccan government paid 9.8 billion dh in internal debt arrears
The Moroccan state treasury has paid 9.8 billion dh ($1.02 billion) in internal debt arrears, the spokesman for the government said on Thursday.
Morocco, Economics, 2/5/1999
Bashar al-Assad asserts readiness to take any responsibility given to him
Colonel Bashar al-Assad, son of Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, assured that he is ready to take any responsibility that is authorized to him.
Syria, Politics, 2/5/1999
Moroccan government renews will to promote business environment
The Moroccan government said it is determined to go ahead with efforts to promote the business environment in Morocco.
Morocco, Business, 2/5/1999
Syrian ambassador in Washington denies statement broadcast by Israeli radio
Israel Radio broadcast on Thursday what it said it was a statement by the Syrian ambassador in Washington, Walid al-Mu'allim in which he stressed his country's readiness to rapidly resume peace negotiations with Israel.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 2/5/1999
US senators fear Africa trade bill would harm US textile industry
Supporters and opponents of the latest version of an African trade bill called "African Growth and Opportunity Act," which aims to transform US-African relationship from one based on aid to one based on trade, fired the opening salvo on Feb.3 as the House Ways and Means Committee took up consideration of the measure.
North Africa-USA, Economics, 2/5/1999
British, US workers withdrawal will not affect UN food program
Spokesman for the UN World Food Program, George Somerwill, said that the withdrawal of the US and British citizens working in the program in Iraq will not affect the work performance of the UN humanitarian agency.
Iraq-UN, Politics, 2/5/1999
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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Thursday received South Korea Prime Minister Kim Chong-pil, currently visiting Egypt, leading an economic delegation representing South Korean businessmen. Talks during the meeting dealt with investment and economic issues. This is considered the first visit of this level since the start of diplomatic ties between Egypt and South Korea. During the visit, they will discuss increasing the commercial trade volume which is currently only $700 million.
1,000 children from al-Eslah Society camp, in Sakhir yesterday helped clean up litter at Bahrain's al-Areen Wildlife Park and Reserve, Gulf Daily News reported.
The European Union said that future aid to the Palestinians and Israelis would be linked to progress in the implementation of peace agreements, Oman Daily Observer reported.
Angela King, the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, said that Algeria had realized progress in areas such as health, education and human rights since signing the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women two years ago, but still needs to make progress in social stereotypes and the revision of the Family Code.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry's spokesman said that a Palestinian request at a UN General Assembly emergency session today for a session of the Geneva Convention to discuss the conditions in Palestinian areas constitutes a "gross violation" of Israeli-Palestinian peace agreements.
Talks between Seagram and Saudi Arabia's Prince Muhammad Bin Bandur Abdul Aziz have broken off over the purchase of PolyGram film assets, CNBC reported. The prince had allotted $50 million to the deal to buy the movie production and distribution assets.
The Moroccan police arrested lately two Turkish nationals possessing faked Greek passports. An enquiry found that an international ring is involved in the affair and used Morocco as a transit point towards Europe. Investigation led to the arrest of two other Turkish persons, said to be the masterminds of the ring specialized in forging travel documents, Map reported.
The European Investment Bank "EIB" lent Morocco 182.7 million euros in 1998, the Bank's executives told reporters Thursday in Brussels. Nearly half of the loans were destined to rural and renewable energy projects while the other sums were allocated to infrastructure, water and environment projects. They also aimed to help Moroccan enterprises modernize management and enhance competitiveness to meet globalization challenges.
The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism has decided to hold merchandising campaigns in the markets of several European countries, Britain, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Russia, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, and Denmark.
Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark, the defense lawyer for the Islamic group's mentor, Sheikh Omar Abd El-Rahman, who is imprisoned for life in a US jail, has denied reports that his client has ever written a legal opinion in which he demanded revenge on the United States.
Diplomatic Kuwaiti sources told ArabicNews.com that the visit of Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sabah El-Ahmed on Sunday to Moscow aims to change Russia's position toward Iraqi where Russia supports lifting the sanctions off Iraq.
Sultan Qaboos of Oman on Thursday started a private visit to Egypt which will last for several days during which he will hold talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on " bilateral relations, the Middle East peace process and means of consolidating Arab solidarity."
Djibouti President Hassan Gouled Aptidon has announced that he will in April withdraw from the political scene after he held his country's presidency for nearly 22 years. AFP quoted Aptidon as saying in a message read at an extraordinary conference of the People's Progress Assembly, which the president presides over, that he will not nominate himself for the presidential elections in April.
The sixth meeting of the executive bureau of Arab electricity ministers will be held in Rabat on February 17. During their two-day deliberations, the Arab electricity ministers will discuss electricity grid projects among the Arab states, means of supporting the establishment of the greater Arab free trade zone, unifying terminology, specifications and measurements pertaining to the electricity sector as well as means of supporting the manufacture of electrical equipment to produce, transfer and distribute electricity among the Arab states.
Pakistani police officials said on Thursday that one Tunisian citizen suspected of having have ties with Saudi billionaire Osama Bin Laden was arrested in Karachi, southern Pakistan, in January.
The new Iraqi ambassador to the UN, Saeed Hasan, 53, on Wednesday submitted his credentials to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. Hasan, was an assistant to his predecessor, Nizar Hamdoun, who returned to the Iraqi Foreign Ministry. Hasan has served at the UN since 1994.