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Lebanese contacts to calm down the situation in south Lebanon
Lebanese President Emile Lahoud on Monday in Beirut said that Lebanon "will never fall into any trap so long as it follows the same track as Syria."
Lebanon, Politics, 3/2/1999
Caution, tension prevail in south Lebanon
Tension prevailed on Monday in south Lebanon and the western Bekaa, following Israeli air strikes on populated towns in the Bekaa and south Lebanon.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 3/2/1999
Mordechai calls for a settlement in Lebanon in the presence of Syria
Former Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai said that no solution will be found for Israel's plight in Lebanon without entering into the Syrian court and without direct US intervention, which will be conducive to settling conditions there.
Israel-Regional, Politics, 3/2/1999
Iran regrets Arab League statements over Gulf islands
Iran has expressed regret over the recent statement released by the Arab League which criticized Iranian military maneuvers underway in the waters of the Arab Gulf and its assertion of control and sovereignty of the United Arab Emirates on the three islands of Greater Tanb, Lesser Tanb and Abu Mousa.
United Arab Emirates-Iran, Politics, 3/2/1999
UAE hands over a memorandum of protest to the Arab League against Iran
The United Arab Emirates on Monday submitted a second memorandum of protest in which it accused Iran of threatening the security of the Gulf and perpetuating its occupation of the three UAE islands of Greater Tanb, Lesser Tanb and Abu Mousa.
United Arab Emirates-Iran, Politics, 3/2/1999
Syrian - Lebanese economic cooperation focus on concrete results, set up joint companies
The Syrian-Lebanese joint committee on Monday concluded its meetings in Damascus. The two sides agreed to assign a committee of exerts and technicians to set up Syrian-Lebanese joint venture companies.
Syria-Lebanon, Economics, 3/2/1999
British-Syrian disputes over Iraq
The British ambassador in Damascus, Basil Eastwood, has expressed hope to reach with Britain's "Arab friends a means of avoiding us the use of power in Iraq."
Syria-Iraq-UK, Politics, 3/2/1999
Arafat's tour to US focus on state declaration
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told ArabicNews.com that Arafat will meet with Clinton "to discuss the issue of the Palestinian state's declaration" in a U.S. attempt to persuade Arafat to delay it from May 4.
Palestine, Politics, 3/2/1999
Kuwaiti crown prince due to visit Iran on Saturday
Kuwaiti Crown Prince and Prime Minister Sheikh Saad al-Abdullah al-Sabah is starting a two-day official visit to Tehran on Saturday, during which he will hold talks with Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, Vice President Hassan Habibi, and the head of the parliament, Ali Akhbar Nateq Nouri.
Kuwait-Regional, Politics, 3/2/1999
Libya criticizes the US over human rights
The Libyan official news agency, JANA, has strongly criticized the annual report prepared by the US State Department on human rights in the world, asserting that the US is that last one who has the right to talk about "human rights."
Libya-USA, Politics, 3/2/1999
Iraqi oil pumping to Turkey stopped
The pumping of Iraqi oil to Turkey continued to be halted on Monday due to the damage Iraq said was inflicted on the oil pipelines as a result of the US air strikes on Sunday.
Iraq-Turkey, Economics, 3/2/1999
Japan grants 506 million yens to al-Quds university
The medical college will train some 420 students, which will systematically increase the number of doctors in the autonomous areas and will improve the health and medical services provided for the Palestinians.
Palestine-Japan, Education, 3/2/1999
Jordanian foreign minister arrives in Kuwait today
Jordanian Foreign Minister Abd al-Ilah al-Khatib arrives today on the first visit by a Jordanian foreign minister the since liberation of Kuwait from Iraqi occupation in 1991.
Jordan-Kuwait, Politics, 3/2/1999
Syrian president amends antiquities law to preserve country's heritage
Syrian President Hafez al-Assad on Monday issued law no. 1 for 1999 on the amendment of the law of the antiquities.
Syria, Politics, 3/2/1999
A Japanese film about Egyptian civilization
A Japanese scientific and antiquities mission is to start during the coming week shooting a documentary film about Egyptian civilization to be taught to students of Japanese schools and universities.
Egypt-Japan, Culture, 3/2/1999
Peres for reaching understanding with Syria concerning Lebanon
In an interview with Israeli Army radio on Monday, former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres said unless an understanding is reached with Syria concerning several issues on south Lebanon the same situation will be perpetuated.
Israel-Regional, Politics, 3/2/1999
Sahara issue poisons regional relations, former Mauritanian president says
The "painful conflict" in the Sahara, which has lasted nearly 25 years, "poisons regional relations" in North Africa, former Mauritanian President Mokhtar Ould Daddah said.
Morocco-Maghreb, Politics, 3/2/1999
Syrian exports went down in 1998
In the first half of 1988, Syrian exports went down by a rate of 20% in comparison with the same period of 1997, with oil prices being a main factor.
Syria, Economics, 3/2/1999
Dubai Shopping Festival celebrates the third millenium
The administration of the fourth session of the Dubai Shopping Festival decided to celebrate the end of the 20th century during its session that is held in the period from March 18 to April 17 under the slogan of "The family first," in order to concentrate on the role of family values at the end of the century.
United Arab Emirates, Economics, 3/2/1999
Cairo appoints lawyer to defend Bin Laden's asistant
The Supreme Military Court in Cairo decided to appoint a lawyer to defend Ali Amin El-Rachidi, who is known as Abu Obida El-Banshidi, whose name was stated in the list of those accused in the issue of those who returned from Albaina despite statements that confirmed the death of Abu Obida by drowning in Lake Victoria in Kenya in 1996.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 3/2/1999
Arab League discusses using of nuclear energy in coming century
The works of the informative symposium organized by the Arab League in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency began today at the headquarters of the Arab League.
Regional, Politics, 3/2/1999
Compensating the owners of land taken for Gaza airport
The legal committee in the Palestinian Legislative Council recommended today the start of compensatory payments to owners of the land that was confiscated to found Gaza International Airport nearly 5 years ago.
Palestine, Economics, 3/2/1999
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Air forces from the Gulf Cooperation Council member states have started one-week maneuvers in the United Arab Emirates. Arab Gulf dailies issued on Monday quoted a military spokesman as saying on Sunday that the organization's six member states, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, are taking part in the maneuvers.
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi will hold on Tuesday a one-day visit to Iran. Spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Hamid Rida Asify, said that during this visit, Kharazi will discuss with Saudi officials bilateral relations and means of developing cooperation between the two countries as well as the latest developments in the region and efforts exerted to prevent further deterioration in oil prices in the world markets.
United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nahyan on Monday received a message from Algerian President Liamine Zeroual on bilateral relations and issues of mutual concern.
Followers of former Sudanese President Jaafer Nemairi presented a request to register a new political party in light of the political succession law enforced since the beginning of the current year. Abu El-Kassem Hashim, Nemairi's former assistant, said the party, which named itself the Alliance of the Labor Force and will be headed by Nemairi, will be open to all the Sudanese people who want to work to establish a democratic system, adding that the party will open its doors to workers, peasants and cultured people.
United Arab Emirates paid its share in the budget of the Arab economic council of unity and announced its complete support to the council and its targets in establishing and activating the Arab joint market.
Saudi Arabia donated 150 tons of sheep meat and 1,000 tons of dates to Indonesia, the Indonesian news agency ANTARA reported. The donation will be distributed to orphanages, centers for the rehabilitation of handicapped persons and Islamic boarding houses.
The international festival of Latin American and Spanish cinema is being held in Morocco. Eight films from Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Spain and Venezuela are screened during the festival in several Moroccan cities.
The Egyptian University of Alexandria is planning to sign a series of agreements on scientific and cultural cooperation with two Moroccan universities. The university board okayed in its latest meeting the signing of agreements with Abdelmalek Saadi University of Tetouan (northern Morocco) and Hassan II University of Casablanca.
A small fortune boat was intercepted recently off Morocco's northern shores with 27 candidates to illegal immigration onboard. Two women were among the undocumented group that was trying to sneak into Spain via the Straits of Gibraltar.
The Algerian daily al-Youm said on Monday that 10 members of the municipal guard were killed and another 10 citizens were kidnapped during confrontations that took place with the Armed Islamic Group (GIA) in Medea province. The paper noted that the GIA carried out major theft operations on cattle in al-Darra municipality and were confronted by members of the municipal guard.
President of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah on Monday in Kuwait received the deputy speaker of the Norwegian parliament. Talks dealt with bilateral relations and issues of mutual concern.
Fighting continued on Monday between Ethiopian and Eritrean troops on the Western front of Padmi. AFP quoted the chairman of the Eritrean presidential office as saying that Sunday's confrontations were not halted until nightfall, after the Eritrean forces inflicted heavy losses on the Ethiopian forces. On Sunday, Ethiopia announced that it had achieved complete victory against the Eritrean forces in Padmi district on the Western front.
Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Muhammad Bin Mubarak al-Khaleifa on Monday in Manama received a message from the speaker of the Kuwaiti Parliament, Ahmad Abdul Aziz al-Sa'doun, on Bahrain's stances in support of Kuwait in its capacity as member of the UN Security Council.
Syrian President Hafez al-Assad on Monday made a telephone call to Lebanese President Emile Lahoud. During the telephone conversation talks dealt with "recent developments in the region and the situation in south Lebanon in light of the Israeli aggression and threats," SANA reported.
The spokesman for UNIFIL in south Lebanon said on Monday that it has been placed on maximum alert. In a statement issued on Monday morning, the spokesman added that UNIFIL is closely monitoring the situation concerning Israeli moves, noting that so far no field changes or developments had taken place.
Israel Radio said on Monday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon and Defense Minister Moshe Arens were due to hold a meeting to discuss the latest developments in south Lebanon.