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Israel expands border by annexing a Lebanese town
Lebanese security sources stressed news reports that a joint force of Israelis and Israeli-allied South Lebanon Army militia troops on Wednesday at 7 p.m. approached the surroundings of Arnoun Pool accompanied by trucks, lorries and Jeeps and installed a fence around the city of Arnoun.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 2/19/1999
Mubarak to visit Europe next week
It was announced in Cairo on Thursday that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will hold a European tour which will cover Italy and Germany, starting as of Monday and lasting for four days.
Egypt-International, Politics, 2/19/1999
Structure of Syrian agriculture sector in public, cooperative and private activities
The control of the government in Syria on the agricultural sector was established through the creation of special state-run organizations which are responsible for the process.
Syria, Economics, 2/19/1999
Morocco decides to use Arabic only in drafting laws
Morocco, where the French language is widely used, has decided that Arabic will be the sole Language used in drafting laws.
Morocco, Culture, 2/19/1999
Bin Ali calls for reactivating Arab Maghreb Union
Tunisian President Zein al-Abidin Bin Ali has called for revitalizing the Arab Maghreb Union. This was expressed in messages he addressed to heads of the Arab Maghreb states on the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the union.
Tunisia-Maghreb, Politics, 2/19/1999
Albright discuss with Abu Mazen the implemention of Wye accord
US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright held talks with the secretary of the PLO executive committee, Abu Mazen. During the one-hour meeting, talks dealt with means of implementing the Wye River agreement.
Palestine-USA, Politics, 2/19/1999
Yemeni President confers with Iraqi FM
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has called upon Iraq and all Arab countries to halt all exchanged media campaign and resort to dialogue and joint Arab action in order to restore Arab solidarity.
Iraq-Yemen, Politics, 2/19/1999
Syrian media source criticizes Jordanian statements about detainees
A Syrian official source has criticized statements made by Jordanian Minister of the Interior Nayef al-Qadi on the "file of the Jordanian detainees."
Syria-Jordan, Politics, 2/19/1999
Moroccan-Saudi accords must be updated, Moroccan minister says
Moroccan Minister of Economy and Finance Fathallah Oualalou, who is on a visit to Saudi Arabia at the head of a large business delegation, stressed the need to update Moroccan-Saudi cooperation accords, some of which are 30 years old.
Saudi Arabia-Morocco, Economics, 2/19/1999
AL chief confers with Sudanese President
Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid has said he seeks to purify the atmosphere of inter-Arab relations. He added that he explained with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir during their meeting in al-Khartoum on Thursday the supportive Arab role to establishing peace in southern Sudan.
Regional-Sudan, Politics, 2/19/1999
Saudi FM rules out resorting to arbitration with Yemen
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal has ruled out that Saudi Arabia and Yemen will resort in order to settle their border disputes to arbitration, "Due to or complete conviction the deep relations and fraternal ties between our two countries and due to the determination and the political leadership of the two countries', this issue will be settled and a final settlement will be reached concerning them."
Yemen-Saudi Arabia, Politics, 2/19/1999
Yeltsin reiterates strong ties with Syria as al-Sharaa met Arab ambassadors in Moscow
Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa and members of the accompanying delegation arrived in Damascus on Thursday in conclusion of his visit to Moscow during which he conveyed a message from President Hafez al-Assad to Russian President Boris Yeltsin.
Syria-Russia, Politics, 2/19/1999
Yeltsin delays visit to Cairo
The visit that was to be paid by Russian President Boris Yeltsin to Cairo at the beginning of March has been delayed to an unspecified date. Russian sources in Cairo said today that the delay in the visit was due to the health of the Russian president.
Egypt-Russia, Politics, 2/19/1999
Syrian - Turkish security committee to meet on Tuesday
Turkish sources told the London-based al-Hayat daily that a Turkey's Gen. Etach Yalman will visit Damascus on Tuesday in the course of the periodic meetings of the security committee set up between the two countries according to the Adanah agreement on October 20, 1998 and put an end to the Syrian - Turkish crisis.
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 2/19/1999
Arafat visits Rome
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat is paying a formal visit today to Rome and the Vatican in which he will meet with the Italian foreign minister and Pope John Paul II to discuss the celebrations in Bethlehem for the year 2000.
Palestine-Italy, Politics, 2/19/1999
French Foreign Minister to visit Doha next month
French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine will start an official visit to Qatar on March 6 during which he will sign political agreements between the two countries.
Qatar-France, Politics, 2/19/1999
Al-Hoss: Improvement in Egyptian - Lebanese relations
Lebanese Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss is due to arrive in Cairo on a three-day formal visit on Saturday, during which he will meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzouri, Foreign Minister Amr Moussa and Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguig.
Lebanon-Egypt, Politics, 2/19/1999
Washington asks Taleban to find Bin Laden and expel his partisans
A well-informed source in Washington said that an official at the US state department that the US Under Secretary of State for Southern Asia affairs Karl Inderfurth informed Taleban's representative that the movement was asked to find out Bin Laden and to hand him to the US.
Regional-Afghanistan, Politics, 2/19/1999
Report: Ocalan's lawyer tells the story of his capture
A lawyer for captured Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan, Preta Boiler, has singled out former Greek Foreign Minister Theodore Pangalos as bearing the main responsibility for what happened to her client (Ocalan), who was handed over by the Kenyan authorities to a group of Turkish intelligence at an airport in Nairobi.
Regional, Politics, 2/19/1999
Report: Western aggression destroyed 3,800 schools in Iraq, Iraqi minister
Western aggression against Iraq has destroyed 3,800 schools since 1991, the Iraqi education minister said.
Iraq, Education, 2/19/1999
Casablanca hosts international colloquy on future of Arab Jerusalem next week
Casablanca plays host next week to an international colloquy on the "Future of Arab Jerusalem" meant to highlight the cause of the holy city.
Regional-Morocco, Politics, 2/19/1999
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It was decided to convene the annual meeting of the Arab work ministers in Cairo on March 6 - 13 on the margins of the 26th Arab work conference, in which representatives of business owners' organizations and the Arab Labor Organization in addition to representatives of the Arab League, the public unions for Arab trade, industrial, and agricultural chambers, the international union for the Arab laborers' syndicates, corporations for the joint Arab work, and specialized regional and international organizations are going to participate.
The US embassy in Damascus has announced that it will resume its activities on Sunday. US officials stressed that Washington and Damascus have this week reached an agreement ending the consequences of the incident of breaking into the US embassy in Damascus by Syrian demonstrators. According to the agreement, Damascus presented an apology and pledged to pay US $500,000 as compensation for the damages inflicted on the embassy's headquarters and the residence of the ambassador.
Iranian President Muhammad Khatami has announced Iran's readiness to sign security agreements with the countries of the Gulf region. He asserted that security will be established in the region only when foreign troops leave the area and cooperation is maintained between the countries of this region.
Tunisian President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali will pay an official visit to Morocco next march, Moroccan minister in charge of relations with the Parliament told reporters Thursday in Rabat.
The Egyptian Ministry of Culture agreed to regulating a world music celebration to mark the beginning of the third millenium since the birth of Christ on December 31, in front of Dahshour's pyramids. An Egyptian tourism company will organize this celebration, which is expected to include 4,000 tourists. The secretary general of the high council for antiquities, Gab Allah Ali Gab Allah said the company will set up an enclosed theater in this region and an area for utilities and services.
Egyptian - Danish negotiations are to begin on Tuesday, including the activities of the Danish investment and works day in Egypt, with the participation of a Danish delegation that includes representatives from 30 companies, the Danish industrial union, the Danish industrial fund for investment, and trade chambers in Denmark.
Security officials in Turkey asserted on Thursday that the Turkish troops backed by an air-force made an incursion to more than 15 km in Northern Iraq to attack the armored Kurds. The officials said that confrontations erupted near a camp for the Kurdistani Workers Party between Turkish troops whose numbers are estimated at 4,000 and armed Kurds. Turkish military sources said the operation aims at striking a blow against the armed Kurds, who are angered by the capture of PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan.
Morocco decided on Thursday to set up an agency that will see to social development. The agency -- which will be made up of delegates from the administration, the private sector and civil society -- will promote literacy, basic education and improve basic infrastructures in rural areas with a special emphasis on drinking water supply.
The Egyptian government intends to float a bid to establish seven car parking decks (garages) in Cairo, which will work on the B.O.T. (build-operate-transfer) system. A source in Egyptian government told ArabicNews.com that the work has actually begun in establishing the multi-floor garage at El-Darasa, and it will be completed within 30 months, while the governorate will obtain $90 million dollars as usufruct
The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) agreed on Thursday to lend Morocco $30 million destined to fund several drinking water projects in northeastern Morocco.
The Egyptian international department for markets and fairs has received the approval of 35 countries to participate in the Cairo International Market, which will be held from March 9 to 19, the head of the department told ArabicNews.com adding that the department expects more than 50 countries to participate in the market, which presents this year new facilities for presenters such as customs exemptions on payments and deals that will be held on the margin of this session.
Lebanon's Central Bank and Ministry of Transportation are discussing whether to privatize Middle East Airlines, Future News reported.
Emirates Bank International is putting some of its projects on hold before it merges with the National Bank of Dubai, Bahrain Tribune reported.
Tourists entering Ras Al Khaimah, UAE from cruise ships will not be required to apply for visas or pay to enter, Khaleej Times reported.
The establishment of a society to help disabled people in the Gulf Cooperation Council states will be addressed when GCC officials meet on March 18, Gulf Daily News reported.
The United Arab Emirates has reduced its copyright piracy rate to around that of European states and should be taken off the US priority watchlist, the International Intellectual Property Alliance said, Gulf News reported.
The Iranian capital, Tehran, is going to witnesses during the period from June 21 - 26 a week for Egyptian products and industry, in which 300 companies from different production sectors in Egypt will take part.
The number of films from around the world participating in the ninth session of the Cairo children's cinema festival, to be held from March 1 - 9, amounted to 70 films from 30 countries.
The international Ahli Bank in London received offers from two British companies to buy the Egyptian Ahli Company for Insurance. A statement released by Ahli Bank of Cairo confirmed that El-Ahli Bank will be the mediator in the buying process, immediately after the Ministry of Public Works begin the process of privatizing the insurance company.
Egyptian security forces started Thursday intensive security measures on Turkish interests in Cairo, to head off any possible violent actions by the Kurds who reside in Egypt or extremist Islamic groups, in protest against the arrest of Kurdistani Workers Party leader Abdullah Ocalan, who was captured in Nairobi.
Lebanon is ready to sign with Morocco accords for the encouragement and protection of investments. During its weekly meeting, the Lebanese ministers' council approved a law authorizing the government to conclude accords in this regard with Morocco to boost trade exchanges and economic cooperation between the two countries.