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President of Bahrain dies at 65, Sheikh Hamad assumes power
The Emir's palace in Manama announced today that the ruler of Bahrain Sheikh Issa Bin Salman al-Khaleifa died today, naturally at 65.
Bahrain, Politics, 3/6/1999
Libyan - Egyptian summit today
The works of the Libyan - Egyptian summit started today between Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Colonel Moammar Gaddafi, leader of the Libyan revolution.
Egypt-Libya, Politics, 3/6/1999
Iran accuses Gulf Cooperation Council countries of interfering in its internal affairs
The Iranian foreign ministry has described the request made by the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council GCC from Iran to halt the maneuvers it is carrying out in the Gulf as "flagrant intervention in the internal affairs of Iran."
Gulf-Iran, Politics, 3/6/1999
Discussions between Mubarak and Arafat regarding declaration of Palestinian state on Monday
A Palestinian - Egyptian summit is expected to he held in Cairo on Monday between Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat to discuss the issue of declaring a Palestinian state on May 4.
Palestine-Egypt, Politics, 3/6/1999
UAE president confers with French foreign minister
United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Rashid Abdullah al-Nuemi held talks in Abu Dhabi with French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine, who began a formal visit to the UAE yesterday evening.
United Arab Emirates-France, Politics, 3/6/1999
Hilary Clinton in Tunisia soon
Tunisian sources confirmed that US first lady Hillary Clinton is to visit Tunisia soon to learn about its experience in the field of woman's rights, but the sources did not specify the date of the visit.
Tunisia-USA, Politics, 3/6/1999
Syrian FM official: Syria to continue contacts to alleviate sufferings of the Iraqis
an official source at the Syrian foreign ministry said on Friday, that in its capacity as chairman of the consultation meeting of Arab Foreign ministers, Syria, in coordination with the secretary general of the Arab League, has had intensive discussions in order to convene a meeting for the committee that would help in lifting economic sanctions imposed on Iraq.
Syria, Politics, 3/6/1999
Kuwait released prisoners arrive in Jordan
Jordan-Kuwait, Politics, 3/6/1999
2000 companies in Cairo International Exhibition on Tuesday
Egyptian Minister of Trade and Supply Ahmed Goweili stated that the Cairo international market has become the most important economic event in Egypt and the Middle East as a whole, as the number of countries participating in the event has reached 53, compared to only 32 countries last year.
Egypt-International, Economics, 3/6/1999
Oman sill maintains close relations with Israel
Chairman of the Arab Gulf department at the Israeli Foreign Ministry David Roger has unveiled that representatives from Oman has participated in symposiums recently held in the city of Eilat to discuss issues pertaining to waters desert agriculture and irrigating areas suffering from law rainfall.
Oman-Israel, Politics, 3/6/1999
Israeli sources commented on Lebanese Premier statements
The Israeli radio said today that well-informed political sources at the court of the Israeli Prime Minister commented on what had been said by the Lebanese prime Minister Salim al Hoss to the BBC that "he will seek to prevent attacks to be made by the Hizbullah Party on Israel from the Lebanese territories if Israel will withdraw from South Lebanon
Lebanon, Politics, 3/6/1999
France proposes increase of 20% ceiling for debt swapping for some countries
French Minister of Economy and Finance Dominique Strauss-Kahn proposed the cancellation of the 20% ceiling set for swapping debts owed to the Paris Club by some countries, like Morocco and Egypt.
Regional-International, Economics, 3/6/1999
Large German business delegation in Cairo on Monday
A German business delegation that includes 38 members representing a group of major German companies will arrive on Monday in Cairo.
Egypt-Germany, Politics, 3/6/1999
Powerful astronomy observatory dedicated in Rabat
An astronomical observatory, described as the most powerful in Morocco and North Africa, was dedicated Friday afternoon in Rabat.
Morocco, Science, 3/6/1999
AL envoy conveys a message to the Iraqi leadership
The Arab league AL assistant Secretary General Ahmad Bin Hali today conveyed a message to the Iraqi leadership.
Iraq, Politics, 3/6/1999
Arab food industries to meet next June in Lebanon
The second congress of Arab food industries will be held next June 15-20 in Lebanon, Lebanese economy and trade minister, Nasser Saadi, announced.
Regional-Lebanon, Business, 3/6/1999
OIC chief calls for dialogue to settle Iraq crisis
Secretary general of the Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), Azeddine Laraki, called for dialogue between Iraq and the United Nations to get out of the present deadlock.
Regional-Iraq, Politics, 3/6/1999
Mediterranean forum supports Palestinian statehood
The eleven countries of the Mediterranean forum, which met here, supported the creation of a Palestinian state and stressed, at the same time, Israel's right to "live in peace."
Regional-Palestine, Politics, 3/6/1999
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The Turkish daily Hurriyet said on Friday that Damascus is still persistent in considering "Hatai" district "Iskandaroun Sanjak" as a Syrian province. The paper noted that Syria is not willing to give its demands pertaining to the Southern Turkish district "Hatai," noting that the Syrian TV channels still show "Hatai" as part of Syria in its Weather forecast news. The Turkish daily concluded as saying that Damascus "still clings to its stand despite warnings addressed by Turkey in this respect."
Jordan's King Abdullah bin al-Hussein will pay a visit to Egypt during the current month as part of his first foreign tour, which will include Saudi Arabia and a number of Arab Gulf states. Jordanian official sources said King Abdullah will discuss with the Egyptian president bilateral relations and mutual coordination between Cairo and Amman to push the peace process forward.
Kuwait's crown prince and Prime Minister Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah al-Sabah arrived in Tehran today on top of a high ranking delegation in a three-day official visit to Iran.
The United Arab Emirates UAE's chairman of the royal court and Abu Dhabi crown prince Sheikh Sultan Bin Khaleifa Bin Zayed al-Nahyan, who is also the deputy commander in chief of the armed forces in the UAE arrived in Amman today leading a high ranking UAE delegation in a visit to Jordan.
Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Othman Ismael said yesterday that the government does not intend to renew the agreement of the partial cease fire with the Sudanese People's Liberation Army in Bahr El-Gazal province that will end in the middle of April. The SPLA was accused of kidnapping seven employees of the international committee for the Red cross for a week in Bentiu city in El-Wahdah province, and violating the agreement not to carry out armed operations in Bahr El-Gazal.
Algerian armed groups have killed seven villagers near the Algerian capital and killed seven more civilians in two other attacks. Security sources said that armed groups slaughtered the seven villagers in an attack near Sayed Rached coastal village 60km west of the capital.
Jewish ultra-orthodox suffered serious injuries after he was stabbed near Bab al-Amoud at the entrance of old Jerusalem. Israeli security sources said the victim was injured in his neck and lost large amounts of blood. He underwent surgery. He accused a Palestinian of attacking him, and Israeli police found the knife used by the attacker, on which there were signs of blood.
The United States denied Israeli press reports that aid to Israel earmarked as part of the Wye River accord is not moving forward. "The President of the United States included in the Administration's FY 2000 budget submission to Congress a supplemental request for assistance to Israel and the Palestinians to support the costs associated with the Wye Memorandum. The request is currently before the Congress," Director of the State Department Press Office M. Lee McLenny said yesterday.
Moroccan minister of transport and merchant navy, Mustapha Mansouri, said connecting the city of Nador (northeastern Morocco) to the rail network would require an investment of $ 208.4 Million (two billion dirhams).