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Israeli terrorism leaves 8 Lebanese dead, electric stations blown
Israeli war planes on Thursday carried out a series of raids against bridges and the electricity network in Lebanon. The bombardment resulted in killing six Lebanese civilians and wounding 10 others.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 6/25/1999
On the Israeli terrorist attacks on Lebanon
US officials were surprised by the large-scale Israeli aggression against Lebanon. They rushed immediately to contact officials in Israel, Syria and Lebanon to halt the escalation.
Lebanon-International, Politics, 6/25/1999
High-ranking French official arrives in Damascus tomorrow
US Undersecretary of State for Near East Affairs Martin Indyk held talks on Thursday in Paris with officials at the French Foreign Ministry, including the director of the Middle East and North Africa department, Eve Oban.
Syria-France, Politics, 6/25/1999
Al-Sharaa confers with British minister of state in London
Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa met on Thursday morning in London with British Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Hoon, upon al-Sharaa's transit stop in his way back to Damascus from Canada.
Syria-UK, Politics, 6/25/1999
Algerian - Moroccan borders to opened in August
The Algerian daily al-Khabar announced on Thursday that Algerian - Moroccan land borders will be opened during August.
Algeria-Morocco, Politics, 6/25/1999
Oman: A conflict between two parties
Oman's chairman of the State Council, Sheikh Hamoud al-Harithi, has denied limiting the role played by the Shoura Council since the establishment of the State Council in 1996. He added that he backs public elections through direct voting "at the proper time and gradually."
Oman, Politics, 6/25/1999
Oman tries to diversify its economy away from oil
Omani Minister of Trade and Industry Maqboul Bin Ali Bin Sultan said on Wednesday that Oman is trying to diversify its economy, which is primarily based on oil, whose prices were reduced in the course of the recession in world oil prices.
Oman, Economics, 6/25/1999
22 Arab unions discuss in Cairo the future of Arab economy
Cairo is to witness the biggest economic assembly for discussing the influence of the agreement of the World Trade Organization on economics in the Arab states in October before the start of a round of negotiations among the Arab states and the WTO by the beginning of the year 2000.
Regional, Economics, 6/25/1999
Iranian FM in Sudan today
Sudan-Iran, Politics, 6/25/1999
New $250 million automotive Egyptian - Korean company
An Egyptian - Korean Company for cars and other means of transportation was established with a capital of $250 million.
Egypt, Business, 6/25/1999
Arab Development Fund warns against increasing shortage in water resources
A report issued by the Arab Development Fund warned against the increaing lack of the water resources available in the Arab states and the increasing demand for water in the future.
Regional, Politics, 6/25/1999
Increasing immigration of Arab scientific personnel abroad
The Arab Labor Organization, affiliated to the Arab League, warned of the seriousness of increasing immigration of Arab technical and scientific personnel to foreign countries.
Regional, Science, 6/25/1999
Iraq agrees to receive UN experts to exterminate poisons
The representative of the United Nations' secretary general in Baghdad, Prakash Shah, announced on Thursday that Iraq has agreed to receive a UN team in order to eliminate poisons left by UNSCOM inspectors in their offices in Baghdad.
Iraq-UN, Politics, 6/25/1999
Tunis plans to merge three biggest banks
Tunisia, Business, 6/25/1999
Morocco calls for contributions to Kosovo children refugees
Morocco has initiated a large donation campaign to children refugees of Kosovo and has called Moroccan citizens to make donations at a special bank account opened at Bank-Al Maghrib (Morocco's central bank).
Morocco, Culture, 6/25/1999
Morocco will not renew fisheries accord with European Union, under same terms
Morocco has proposed another partnership formula, promoting joint ventures in fisheries-related sectors such as shipyards, ships maintenance, sea-food processing and fish-farming.
Morocco-European Union, Economics, 6/25/1999
Discussing establishing joint economic projects between Iraq and Lebanon
A delegation from the Iraqi Industrial Union that is visiting Lebanon under the chairmanship of Adnan El-Hamidawi started economic discussions at a meeting with members of the board of directors of the Lebanese Industrialists Association under the chairmanship of Jacques Sarraf, the head of the association.
Lebanon-Iraq, Economics, 6/25/1999
Arab ministers meeting took ambitious decisions to remedy tourism problems
Moroccan tourism minister Hassan Sebbar who took part in the 2nd session of the Arab ministerial council on tourism held in Sanaa (Yemen) said the session adopted an ambitious program to overcome problems hindering the development of tourism in the Arab states.
Regional, Economics, 6/25/1999
EU Middle East envoy statements on peace
The European Union's special envoy for the Middle East peace process, Miguel Angel Moratinos, said he will visit the Palestinian Authority and Israel following the formation by Ehud Barak of the new Israeli government on June 28.
Regional-European Union, Politics, 6/25/1999
British - Sudanese relations to reexchange ambassador
British Minister of State for Middle East Affairs Geoffrey Hoon on Wednesday held a round of talks with the first secretary of the Sudanese Foreign Ministry, Hassan Abidin, in London, aimed at restoring relations between the two countries to the level of ambassadors after a cessation following the US strikes against the Sudanese al-Shefaa medicinal factory.
Sudan-UK, Politics, 6/25/1999
Mission from the Japanese cooperation fund to visit Egypt
A mission from the Japanese Fund for Economic Cooperation will arrive in Cairo on July 4 for a 10- day visit to discuss increasing Japan's contributions to development projects in Egypt, said diplomatic sources in the Egyptian Foreign Ministry.
Egypt-Japan, Politics, 6/25/1999
$1.7 billion in income from Suez Canal in 1998
Ahmed Fadel, head of Suez Canal organization, said the canal's income for 1998 decreased to $1.7 billion, despite an 11% increase in the containers crossing through the canal.
Egypt, Economics, 6/25/1999
Moroccan unionist leader decries government's coldness in handling social problems
UGTM had decided to withdraw from the social dialogue between the government, employers and trade unions. Afilal explained his union's position by the "government's non-respect of all its commitments."
Morocco, Economics, 6/25/1999
Aden court to deliver judgment on accused Brittish terrorists
Yemen, Judicial, 6/25/1999
King Abdullah confers with Hariri
Jordanian King Abdullah Bin Hussein met on Wednesday in Amman with former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who is making a private visit to Jordan.
Jordan-Lebanon, Politics, 6/25/1999
A new $40 million Egyptian - US Company for insurance
Frank Wisner, Vice Chairman, External Affairs of the American International Group and the U.S former ambassador in Egypt, stated that it was agreed with the Egyptian Orascom company to establish a new company for insurance with a capital of $40 million.
Egypt-USA, Business, 6/25/1999
Tough security measures in Sidon, Fatah leaders unite in Ein al-Helweh
The repeated security incidents in Sidon and its surroundings have pushed the Lebanese security forces and army to intensify their barriers there on Wednesday.
Lebanon, Local, 6/25/1999
A report about drugs in the Arab states
A security report recommended that Arab states producing drugs must destroy illegal plants and different kinds of drugs and to ask the rich countries to share their experiences and for technical support, financial help.
Regional, Politics, 6/25/1999
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The United Arab Emirates daily al-Khaleej said on Thursday that the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council states will meet in Riyadh on July 3 to perpetuate reconciliation between the UAE and Saudi Arabia. The paper quoted GCC Secretary General Jamil al-Hujeilan as asserting that the mediation efforts exerted by the ruler of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khaleifa al-Thani, who visited both the UAE and Saudi Arabia for this purpose, resulted in agreement to fix a date for the meeting of the GCC foreign ministers.
The Secretary General of the Arab parliamentary Union APU Nour eddine Bushkouh said on Thursday in Damascus that the Union will hold meetings of its 34th session On Sunday. In a meeting with pressmen in Damascus, the APU secretary general said that Arab parliaments will discuss " common Arab issues, means of strengthening Arab solidarity and purifying Arab atmospheres." He added " we hope Iraq and Kuwait would stop their disputes."
Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jasem Bin Jaber al-Thani on Thursday received a message from his Malaysian counterpart, Syed Hamid bin Syed Jaafar Albar. The Gulf News Agency said that Sheikh Hamad received the message, which pertains to coordination between the two countries in the framework of the of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, via diplomatic channels.
Prince Khaled Al-Faysal Ibn Abdel Aziz, governor of the Acir region (Saudi Arabia) started on Thursday a visit to Morocco at the invitation of Moroccan minister of cultural affairs, Mohamed Achaari. The Saudi prince told reporters his visit aims at getting information on progress made by Morocco in cultural fields. The artist prince will read out poems and dedicate an exhibition of his paintings.
Oman Ministry of Communication undersecretary and Gulf Air Board Member Majid bin Said al Rawahi received the first of six Airbus A330-200s ordered by Gulf Air, Oman Daily Observer reported.
A boat carrying 10 persons, including a woman, who were trying to migrate illegally to Europe wrecked Wednesday off the shores of the Moroccan northern town of Nador, police sources said.
Yemen and Palestine signed today in Sanaa an agreement for tourism cooperation. The agreement calls for exchanging data and studies as well as for cooperation in promoting tourism, preparing and marketing tourism, and programs in the field of training, preparing and qualifying tourism workers.
The Palestinian central statistics department said the unemployment average reaches 11.5% in the West Bank and 20.3% in Gazza strip. The department said that the average of Palestinian unemployment decreased to 14.4% in 1998 from 20.3% in 1997, due to new jobs for workers in Israel and the Palestinian public sector.
The Italian - Arab trade chamber offered yesterday to the Saudi industrial private sector opportunities to enter into 18 projects with the Italian private sector, including economic cooperation program with the European Union, which aims at activating investment between the two parties.
Jordanian Prime Minister Abdul Raouf al-Rawabdeh arrived in Beirut on Thursday afternoon for a three-day official visit. During his visit, al-Rawabdeh will hold talks with high-ranking Lebanese officials on the regional situation and bilateral relations between the two countries.