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Algerians cast their votes for the only candidate for the presidency
In a statement he made to reporters on Thursday after he cast his vote, the Algerian president expressed regret for the stand taken by the six candidates who withdrew from the elections, adding that this initiative violated the law.
Algeria, Politics, 4/16/1999
US and Israel on the verge of major rift over settlements
Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu expects to receive this week a strongly-worded letter from US President Bill Clinton expressing his dissatisfaction with the continued construction of Jewish settlements.
Palestine, Politics, 4/16/1999
Arnoun once again in the hands of Israel
On February 18 there was the first occupation. On the February 26, just eight days after being seized by Israel, Arnoun was freed from the barbed wires at the hands of Lebanese students. Arnoun enjoyed the taste of freedom for just a few weeks.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 4/16/1999
Al-Sharaa address at the European -Mediterranean conference
In his capacity as chairman of the Arab group to the conference, Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa reviewed what has been achieved since the launching of the Barcelona conference and reiterated Syria's position regarding peace settlement.
Regional-International, Politics, 4/16/1999
Egyptian FM: All the world admits the right of the Palestinians for a state
In statements to reporters in Stuttgart on Thursday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa said the deadlocked Middle East peace process cannot control the "Barcelona process."
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 4/16/1999
Mauritanian opposition rejects education project for minimizing Arabization
In separate statements Mauritanian opposition parties rejected the draft project "of educational reform" which brings back strongly the French language to the country's teaching curricula and considered this project as "an evidence of the failure of the authorities."
Mauritania, Politics, 4/16/1999
Indyk warns Iraq
US Undersecretary of State for Near East Affairs Martin Indyk has said that there "are red lines that Iraq has not to exceed, otherwise it will be vulnerable to an answer by the US."
Bahrain-USA, Politics, 4/16/1999
France, UAE conclude maneuvers
The United Arab Emirates news agency reported on Thursday that French and UAE forces on Thursday concluded "successfully" joint military maneuvers which had started last Sunday.
United Arab Emirates-France, Military, 4/16/1999
Ethiopian warplanes bombard Eritrean positions
The Eritrean authorities announced that Ethiopian warplanes on Thursday afternoon bombarded Adi Kaieh city, 185 km north of the capital, Asmara, Forto town in western Eritrea and the outskirts of Mendefera city.
Eritrea-Ethiopia, Politics, 4/16/1999
Tunisian president cites signs of UMA reactivation
Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali said there are clear signs heralding the reactivation of the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA) and the overcoming of the inactive phase that marked the union.
Tunisia-Maghreb, Politics, 4/16/1999
King Abdullah in Libya tomorrow
Jordan-Libya, Politics, 4/16/1999
Morocco's prime minister calls Arab states to weld ranks
Moroccan Prime Minister Aderrahmane Youssoufi called Thursday in Rabat for Arab countries to weld ranks and enhance unity.
Morocco-Regional, Politics, 4/16/1999
Hamas and Kosovo
Commenting on a statement made by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Victor Posovaluke that members "of organizations including Hamas have moved to Kosovo," the Hamas movement said, "What has been stated by the Russian deputy foreign minister is null and groundless."
Palestine, Politics, 4/16/1999
Lebanon arrests network of spies for Israel
A Lebanese security source said in a statement on Thursday that the directorate of intelligence in the Lebanese army continues to dismember other spy networks with Israel, adding that efforts made in this respect resulted in discovering and suspending a networking which works for the Israeli intelligence and its elements and their department 504.
Lebanon, Politics, 4/16/1999
Kuwait defends its oil fields policy
During a seminar currently being held in Bahrain about oil, a Kuwaiti official has defended his country's policy of getting foreign companies involved in developing oil fields in Kuwait.
Kuwait, Economics, 4/16/1999
Syria receives second Airbus from France
Syria on Wednesday received an Airbus A320, which is the second of six planes the Syrian airline company had contracted to buy from the French Airbus company in 1997.
Syria, Business, 4/16/1999
US trade delegation visits Cairo
A delegation from US companies working in fields of security equipment is due to visit Cairo from April 20 - 21, during which it will organize a working meeting with officials from the Egyptian Ministry of Interior during their stay in Cairo.
Egypt-USA, Economics, 4/16/1999
Mayor of Riyadh to start Asian tour
The mayor of Riyadh, Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz is to head toChina for a formal seven-day visit at the invitation of Beijing, at the beginning of Prince Salman's tour to Asia, which is to include South Korea.
Saudi Arabia-China, Politics, 4/16/1999
Moroccan-UN talks on referendum preparations
Morocco and the United Nations held in New York on Wednesday two meetings on amendments proposed by the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to speed up the referendum process in the Sahara.
Morocco, Politics, 4/16/1999
Riyadh hosts OIC experts
A team of governmental experts from the Organisation of the Islamic Conference member states has recommended collective Islamic efforts to enable Muslim minorities and communities in non-OIC states to retain their religious and cultural identity.
Regional, Politics, 4/16/1999
Some 44% of young Saudis prefer to marry cousins
Around 44% of young Saudi men prefer marrying close relatives like cousins, despite the fast changing social conditions in the kingdom. At least 45 percent of fathers and 58 percent of mothers are of the view that their sons will be married in the family.
Saudi Arabia, Culture, 4/16/1999
Exports of Egyptian free zones amount to $120 million
The exports of Egyptian industrial free zones amounted to $120 million during the first quarter of the current year, in comparison to $91 million during the same period of last year for an increase of 32%.
Egypt, Economics, 4/16/1999
An adventurist Netanyahu made transparent on television
More details have been coming out, gradually, on the military adventures that Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu had contemplated over the past three years of his tenure.
Israel-Regional, Politics, 4/16/1999
Clay tablets discovered in northern Syria
A Dutch expedition team working at the Sabi Abbyad archaeological site in the province of al-Raqqa, in northern Syria in its tenth excavation season discovered a complete archive of some 30 clay tablets.
Syria, Culture, 4/16/1999
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Yemen is to host on June 27 - 29 a three-day summit on "transitional democracies," with the expected participation of Yemeni Prime Minster Abdul Karim al-Iryani and officials from several other countries including Mali and Georgia.
A Singaporean economic delegation under the chairmanship of Haropendar, head of the Singapore commercial and economical council for the Middle East is starting a three-day visit to Beirut.
A strong impetus has been given to Iranian-Saudi relations, especially following the visit of Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal to Tehran. Iranian President Muhammad Khatami is expected to visit Saudi Arabia in the middle of May. In a statement to the Saudi daily Okaz, the Iranian ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Muhammad Rida Nouri, said Khatami will during his visit, hold talks with Saudi King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz and high-ranking Saudi officials.
Russia in collaboration with France and China is preparing to propose an initiative to submit a draft project to the UN Security Council in the framework of a comprehensive plan to tackle the Iraqi file. The draft project is based on a plan starting with setting up a new commission to replace UNSCOM in order to monitor armament programs in Iraq.
The Organization of the Islamic Conference has decided to allocate US $150,000 from its fund for the refugees of Kosovo. OIC Secretary General Azzedin Laraki said that this aid falls in the context of efforts made by the OIC towards Kosovo and to help eliminate this humanitarian catastrophe. The OIC donation will be handed over for humanitarian aid and relief in the Albanian capital, Tirana.