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People of annexed Arnoun town in South Lebanon stage sit-in
Old women and children behind the wires wept, demanding the restoration of access to their village. One Lebanese woman from the village said members of the International Red Cross Committee had entered earlier on Friday to bring bread and medicine.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 2/20/1999
Israel bombs house of Ahmad Na'eem Haidar in Arab Salim town
News reports from South Lebanon said that the Israeli intelligence service and pro-Israeli Lahd militia stormed a number of villages in the western and central sectors.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 2/20/1999
Al-Sahaf explains Iraq's stand towards recent Arab FM s conference
Iraqi Foreign Minister said in Damascus today Saturday following his meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa said "I have explained Iraq's position concerning the recent meeting held in Cairo by the Arab foreign minister's consultation meeting.
Syria-Iraq, Politics, 2/20/1999
Mubarak to visit Washington in April
Arrangements are currently underway to convene a summit between US President Bill Clinton and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Diplomatic sources in the US embassy in Cairo expect that Mubarak's visit to Washington may take place in April.
Egypt-USA, Politics, 2/20/1999
Hillary Clinton due to visit region
Hillary Clinton, wife of the US President Bill Clinton, is due to pay a visit to Egypt in the third week of coming month during which she will visit antiquities in Luxor city.
Regional-USA, Culture, 2/20/1999
Mubarak will address economic issues on visit to Italy and Germany
Economic circles in Cairo expected that the president's visit to Germany could result in tangible outcomes in upgrading economic and investment relations and industrial cooperation between Egypt and the two countries.
Egypt-European Union, Politics, 2/20/1999
Iraqi FM in Damascus for talks with al-Sharaa
Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara today Saturday received the Iraqi Foreign Minister MuhammadSaeed al-Sahaf and members of the accompanying delegation
Syria-Iraq, Politics, 2/20/1999
Egyptian petroleum minister is due to Turkey soon
Egyptian Minister of Petroleum Hamdi El-Banbi is going to visit Turkey on February 25, at the invitation of Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Ziya Aktas to discuss the exportation of Egyptian gas to Turkey.
Egypt-Turkey, Economics, 2/20/1999
Bethlehem 2000 meeting in Rome
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat said yesterday in Rome at a meeting on the Bethlehem 2000 project, that the project has religious, cultural and historical dimensions of international significance.
Palestine, Politics, 2/20/1999
Canadian trade minister to visit Saudi Arabia on Monday
Canadian Minister of International Trade Seirgio Marchi will begin a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia on February 22, in which he will meet his Saudi counterpart, Osama Jafar Faqih.
Saudi Arabia-Canada, Economics, 2/20/1999
Morocco cuts phone tariffs
The prices of inter-city calls were lowered by 50% while those of long distance and mobile phone subscription fees were decreased by 25%. Morocco, which counts 28 million inhabitants, has about 1.4 phone subscribers and over 80,000 cellular phone clients.
Morocco, Business, 2/20/1999
Morocco refuses to join any African meeting
Formal sources told ArabicNews.com that Morocco is committed to suspending its participation in any African meeting held within the framework of the Organization of African Untiy if the organization continues its support for a Saharan republic.
Morocco, Politics, 2/20/1999
A conference for bank's alliance of Middle East countries on coming August
A banking alliance between Middle East banks is to be established to confront the deterioration of economic performance and the spread of unemployment on the regional level.
Regional, Economics, 2/20/1999
Al-Hoss: Lebanon suffered under Israeli goverments from both Labor, Likud
Before his visit to Cairo today, Lebanese Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss has termed as "excellent" Lebanon's ties with Egypt, with reference to his country's desire to upgrade these ties in all domains.
Lebanon, Politics, 2/20/1999
Norwegian Prime Minister is starting a visit to Cairo on Wednesday
Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik will begin a two-day visit to Cairo on Wednesday, during which he will be escorted by a delegation of high-ranking Norwegian officials and a group of businessmen.
Egypt-Regional-Norway, Politics, 2/20/1999
Beirut refuses Washington's demand not to receive Iraq's foreign minister
The Lebanese government refused yesterday an official US request not to receive Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Said al-Sahaf in Beirut.
Lebanon-Iraq-USA, Politics, 2/20/1999
Chairman of U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff starts regional tour in Amman
The Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Henry Shelton, began a visit to the region yesterday in the Jordanian capital, Amman, where he met today with King Abdullah, and his Jordanian counterpart to discuss military cooperation between the two countries.
Jordan-USA, Politics, 2/20/1999
Croatian economy minister meets Moroccan businessmen
Visiting Croatian Economy Minister Nenad Pogoes conferred in Casablanca with several Moroccan businessmen on ways to foster economic and commercial cooperation between Morocco and Croatia.
Morocco-Croatia, Politics, 2/20/1999
United Arab Emirates: the land of mysterious secrets
The southeastern part of the Arabian Peninsula, which used to be known in the past as "Bilad al-Majan," still has numerous hidden secrets.
United Arab Emirates, History, 2/20/1999
Jordan and the emergence of a Hashemite state
The Emergence of the Hashemite state as it is known today goes back to 80 years ago. It is a story which started at the end of the first world war and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, as well as the launching of what is known as "the greater Arab revolution," led by al-Sharif Hussein in al-Hijaz.
Jordan-Jordan, History, 2/20/1999
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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak today received the chairman of the Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and held with him a round of bilateral talks. Later the meeting was joined by the Egyptian Foreign and information ministers, President Mubarak's advisor for political affairs Dr. Osama el-Baz.
Moroccan Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Minister Abdellatif Filali will tour as of Sunday some Latin American countries. Filali will pay official visits to Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay at the invitation of his peers in these three countries.
King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia has agreed to pay for the cost of a kidney transplant for a Moroccan female student. The Saudi embassy in Rabat said that Salma Abkar had appealed to the Saudi king to be treated at King Faisal Hospital in Riyadh. Abkar, a student at the medical college of Rabat, suffers from kidney failure.
The Saudi minister of finance and national economy Ibrahim al-Assaf today in Riyadh signed with the federal chancellor for national economy and the Swiss economy minister an agreement to avoid double taxation on revenues arising from international air transport and employees bonuses between the Saudi and Swiss governments.
Iraqi trade minister Mahdi Saleh on today in Amman held with the Jordanian industry and trade minister Muhammad Saleh al-Hourani talks on means of strengthening economic cooperation and trade exchange between the two states. The meetings of the two ministers, however, comes in preparation for the Jordanian minister to Iraq, next week to attend the meetings of the joint Iraqi- Jordanian committee on the ministerial level in Baghdad,in order to discuss various bilateral co operation issues.
The Yemeni Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Abdul Qader Baj'mal arrived in the United Arab Emirates UAE today in a one-day visit where he will convey a message to the President of the UAE from the Yemeni President, Gulf news agency reported.
It was announced in Baghdad today Saturday' that a prominent Shiite man of religion Ayatollah al-Ozma Muhammad Sadeq Sader was killed together with his two sons in an attack took place on Thursday night.
France has expressed deep concern over the Israeli occupation of the LebanesAmoun town in South Lebanon. Spokeswoman for the French Foreign Ministry said that the Israeli occupation of Arnoun is not acceptable, noting that such an Israeli act would increase tension in the region.
Palestinian officials denied a report in Foreign Report calling into question the health of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, Gulf Daily News reported.
Qatar has said that 82 documents whose authenticity was questioned by Bahrain in a case before the International Court of Justice dealing with a territorial dispute between the two Gulf states can be disregarded, Gulf Times reported.
80,000 pirated videos were confiscated by a task force from Oman's Ministry of National Heritage and Culture in an operation that took place earlier this year, Oman Daily Observer reported.
The Middle East Oil Show and Conference will begin today and last until February 23 at Bahrain International Exhibition Center, Bahrain Tribune reported.
Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid will head tomorrow to Morocco for a five-day visit during which he will meet with King Hassan II to discuss new developments in the Arab arena.
The Egyptian authorities cancelled an Arab symposium under the title of "Challenges of Zionist project and Arab confrontation," which was to begin on Sunday. Among the expected participants are the leader of the People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Geroge Habash, and the head of Hamas' political bureau Khaled Mishal, who Israel tried to assassinate in 1997, were to attend.
The Euro-Mediterranean chambers of trade and industry will hold their first conference next March 1-2 in Milan, Italy. The conference will launch a two-year initiative to reinforce the role of trade and industry chambers in the development of business flows and trade exchange.
Two Italian non-governmental organizations agreed to assist Morocco in developing handicrafts in its northern region of Chefchaouen. Under the accord, the two Italian NGOs commit to carry out projects supporting handicraft in the Moroccan region through training, workshops, marketing and micro-loans.
Several students were wounded and scores were arrested by the police during riots at Fez University, the Moroccan press reported. The students were trying to stage a sit-in at the university, when the police intervened to disperse the crowd, Map reported.
Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, winner of the 1997 Noble Prize for physics, will give several lectures in Morocco. Cohen-Tannoudji teaches at the College de France and is director of a French atomic physics laboratory. He is visiting Morocco at the invitation of the Moroccan secretariat of state for scientific research.
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein called for convening an Arab expanded meeting on a summit level or on any other official level. The call came in a communique sent by Hussein to the Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid at the beginning of this month.