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Morocco's El-Guerrouj shatters mile world mark
Moroccan field and track star Hicham El-Guerrouj shattered on Wednesday here the mile world record, clocking 3:43.13 in a breathtaking race at the second Golden League meeting of the season.
Morocco, Sports, 7/8/1999
Syria reciprocates Barak's desire for peace
Syria-Israel, Politics, 7/8/1999
Kuwait authorizes women to join army
Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Sheikh Salem Al-Sabah announced on Wednesday that Kuwaiti women would join the armed forces.
Kuwait, Politics, 7/8/1999
Mubarak to receive Barak tomorrow
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is to receive Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak tomorrow in Cairo.
Egypt-Israel, Politics, 7/8/1999
King Hassan calls Morocco, Algeria to cultivate factors of unity
King Hassan II called on Morocco and Algeria to cultivate what can unite them and appease what can divide them.
Morocco-Algeria, Politics, 7/8/1999
Lebanese premier comments on Barak's statements on peace
Lebanese Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss has reiterated Lebanon's commitment to a just and comprehensive settlement that provides for liberating the land and restoring legitimate rights. He stressed his country's persistence toward resuming negotiations from the point at which they broke off, providing for Israel's withdrawal to the June 4, 1967 border lines.
Lebanon, Politics, 7/8/1999
Libya says UK decision to resume ties should speed up normal relations
Libyan Ambassador Abuzed Omar Dorda said on Wednesday that Britain's decision to resume diplomatic relations with his country should speed up the lifting of sanctions.
Libya-UK, Politics, 7/8/1999
Albright in Middle East at the end of current month
Regional-USA, Politics, 7/8/1999
King Hassan impressed and reassured by changes in Moroccan society
King Hassan II said he was impressed and reassured by the changes that occurred in the Moroccan society over the past decade.
Morocco, Politics, 7/8/1999
Sheikh Yassin: Hopes on Barak have no foundation
Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, founder of the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement, said that "Arab hopes" placed on new Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak to push forward the peace process "have no foundation."
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 7/8/1999
Arab and vocational unions renew opposition to normalization
The national front for the Arab syndic and vocational unions denounced convening Cairo peace conference organized by the Copenhagen group.
Egypt, Politics, 7/8/1999
Moussa statements on Copenhagen group
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa has announced that his resfusal to take part in the Copenhagen Alliance conference goes back to timing that was not proper to convene such a conference.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 7/8/1999
Research institute on medicinal plants to be set up in Morocco
Morocco harbors some 42,000 species of plants, but only 800 are used in the medicine and perfume industries, the official said, noting that the marketing of plants is scoring an increasing progress due to the use of these plants, either traditional or modern, in medicine, cosmetics and others.
Morocco, Science, 7/8/1999
Discovering a rare statue for the sun god Amun
Egyptian Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni yesterday dropped the curtain on a statue of the sun god Amun Ra and his wife Mut whose age is 3,300 years.
Egypt, Culture, 7/8/1999
King Hassan calls for restoring trust in Mideast
King Hassan II called for restoring, at any cost, a climate of trust in the Middle-East and renewed will to spare no effort to promote peace in the region.
Morocco-Israel, Politics, 7/8/1999
Levy for building confidence between Israel and each of Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinians
Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy said on Wednesday that he is giving top priority to the issue of strengthening relations between Israel and each of Jordan, and Egypt as well as creating an atmosphere of confidence with the Palestinians.
Regional-Israel, Politics, 7/8/1999
US $40 million Arab loan for Djibouti
Djibouti radio said on Wednesday that certain Arab financial institutions, including the Arab Fund for Social and Economic Development and the funds of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi provided a loan of US $40 million to finance a project to expand Djibouti port.
Djibouti, Economics, 7/8/1999
AL stresses European role in Middle East peace
Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid has underlined the British and European role in reviving the Middle East peace process and resuming negotiations from the point at which they broke off and the need to urge the government of Israel to implement the agreement signed with the Palestinians.
Regional-UK, Politics, 7/8/1999
Indonesian legislators against ties with Israel
Indonesia should not establish diplomatic ties with Israel until Israel settles its conflict with Arab countries, including Palestine, an Indonesian legislator said in Jakarta Wednesday.
Israel-Indonesia, Politics, 7/8/1999
Iraqi tribe attacks ruling party headquarters
A news bulletin issued by the Iraqi opposition Communist Party abroad said on Wednesday that the Albu Hassan tribe which lives in the suburbs of al-Rmeithah on the night of July 4 attacked the premises of the Iraqi Baath Party and killed or wounded most members of the armed party and security elements present at the premises.
Iraq, Politics, 7/8/1999
Iraqi foreign minister expected to attend Algerian summit
African official sources said that Algeria directed an invitation to Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Said al-Sahaf to attend the meetings of the African foreign ministers tomorrow.
Iraq-Algeria-Africa, Politics, 7/8/1999
Jordanian PM discusses water issue with US expert
Jordanian Prime Minister Abdul Raouf al-Rawabdeh met on Wednesday in Amman with Wayne Owens, chairman of the Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation in the US the question of the water shortage in the region as a result of the lack of rainfall in this year.
Jordan-USA, Politics, 7/8/1999
Morocco, Croatia sign four agreements
The agreements deal with air transport, a project to cancel the visa requirement for holders of diplomatic passports, sea transport and the consolidation of political consultation between the two countries' foreign ministries.
Morocco-Croatia, Politics, 7/8/1999
Bouteflika optimistic over French-Algerian relations
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said in a statement to Radio France Internationale that initiatives will be taken in the second half of July to strengthen French - Algerian relations.
Algeria-France, Politics, 7/8/1999
Meetings of World Islamic Council held in Cairo
The Arab League has called upon the new Israeli government to fully abide by basic requirements for a genuine Middle East peace based on implementing international legitimacy resolutions and the Madrid terms of reference, especially the land-for-peace formula.
Regional, Politics, 7/8/1999
Third Arab International Communication Conference in Beirut next March
Lebanon's post and communication minister, Issam Naaman, announced on Wednesday that the third Arab International Communication Conference and fair (Arabcom-2000) would be held in Beirut on March 25-28, 2000.
Regional-Lebanon, Economics, 7/8/1999
Budget deficit curbed to around 3% of GDP in fiscal 1998-99
The Moroccan budget deficit in the fiscal year 1998-1999 is to stand at around 3% of the Gross Domestic Product, announced the Moroccan Ministry of Economy and Finance.
Morocco, Economics, 7/8/1999
Moroccan fishing professionals say departure of foreign fleet will generate $1.5 billion
The departure of the entire foreign fleet from Moroccan territorial waters will create 100,000 new jobs and double foreign currency incomes to $1.5 billion, said Moroccan fishing professionals.
Morocco, Politics, 7/8/1999
Two banks merge in Lebanon
The Lebanese trade bank agreed to merge with the Lebanese United Bank to become the third-largest bank in Lebanon.
Lebanon, Business, 7/8/1999
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Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak's usage of the phrase "peace of the brave" must be translated to reality on land, and he must know that the Arabs want him to implement the agreements, stop settlement activity and negotiate on the Syrian and Lebanese tracks.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has asserted that he is looking forward to an Arab summit to be convened next autumn in which Iraq can once again take part. In an interview granted to the French daily Le Figaro published on Wednesday, Mubarak added that the Syrians are ready to negotiate and, "We are asking the new Israeli government to implement the Wye Plantation agreement."
The Moroccan police has arrested members in a networking of hireling working to migrate Moroccan youths to Israel. The Moroccan " al-Itihad al-Ishtiraki" paper, mouthpiece of the ruling part in Morocco said the majority of the networking members are from a family which lives in the coastal city of al-Muhamadeyah and one of its members works in Israel, while other members of the family work in the town's municipal council.
Egyptian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture Yousef Wali hailed the positive results of agricultural cooperation between Egypt and Denmark, especially in field of improving agricultural products and following up on these products' quality. He also praised the two countries' participation in establishing the central laboratory for food affiliated to the agricultural research center in 1981.
US jets attacked a target in northern Iraq today referred to as a "an intelligence and operations center southeast of Mosul. The site is used to process information from radars that in-turn can target coalition aircraft," a statement from the US European Command said. The statement added that planes flying as part of Operation Northern Watch attacked after being fired upon by Iraqi anti-aircraft artillery and that all the aircraft left the area safely.
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika excluded the immediate release of Abbas Madani and Ali Beljaj, the two highest-ranking leaders in the Islamic Salvation Front, despite the pardon he issued for the strict Islamists in Algeria. Abbas Madani lives under house arrest while Baljaj is still in prison.
The Monte Carlo radio correspondent in Wednesday said on Wednesday in a report from Washington that Washington sees the visit of President Hafez al-Assad to Moscow as aimed at strengthening Syria's negotiation and military positions with the approach of the resumption of peace negotiations. The report added that US officials believe that Boris Yeltsin, who still feels strong regret because the NATO led by the US had imposed its policy in Yugoslavia at the expense of Moscow, seeks to revive the Russian diplomatic role in the Midde East peace process and strengthening relations with Damascus, the door through which Russia can return to the Middle East.
Former Lebanese Prime Minister Shafiq al-Wazzan died today in Beirut, the Lebanese television LBC said today.
Saudi Defense Minister Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, who is also the second deputy premier in Saudi Arabia, arrived on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi in an open visit. The UAE news agency said that during his visit Prince Sultan will hold talks with Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, on bilateral relations.
France has called for the withdrawal of Turkish forces from northern Iraq as soon as possible. The spokeswoman for the French Foreign Ministry on Wednesday reiterated her country's commitment to maintaining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq, asserting the refusal of Paris to violate these principles.
Israeli political sources said that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak will meet on Wednesday in occupied Jerusalem with Turkish President Suleiman Demirel. Israel Radio said Demirel will be the first foreign figure to visit Israel since Barak assumed power this week. Israel Radio added that Demirel will also meet with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat.
Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah has assigned Crown Prince Sheikh Saad al-Abdullah al-Sabah to form a new Kuwaiti government. Sheikh Jaber released an Emiri law that provides for appointing Sheikh Saad as the prime minister and for nominate members of the new Cabinet, then to present their names to the ruler of the country in order to appoint them.
The Algerian daily al-Youm said on Wednesday that the security forces killed four gunmen of the Armed Islamic Groups (GIA) in Jabal al-Houd, adjacent to al-Jumaa district in Tebessa province, 634 kilometers from the capital Algiers. The Algerian daily al-Khabar said that the GIA members surrendered themselves to the security forces in Medea province.
Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah on Wednesday received a message from French President Jacques Chirac. The message pertains to bilateral relations between the two countries and several regional and international matters.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa on Wednesday received the ambassadors of Kuwait, Norway and Belgium accredited in Cairo. Talks during the three separate meetings dealt with conditions in the Gulf region and inter-Arab relations as well as the Middle East peace process and means of salvaging it.
The French ambassador to Lebanon, Daniel Juano, has asserted his country's backing for Israel's comprehensive and complete withdrawal from south Lebanon in implementation of UN resolution 425. During his tour of the town of Rashayya in the western Bekaa on Wednesday, Juano added that the April Understanding Monitoring Committee will restore its role very soon in order to protect civilians.
Both Sudan and the United Arab Emirates have announced that they resumed relations on the level of ambassadors, after the UAE reduced its diplomatic representation with Sudan into the level of charge de affairs in 1990.