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AL chief calls on Iraq to apologize to Kuwait over the invasion
Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid has called on Iraq to apologize to Kuwait over invading its territories on August 2, 1990. He stressed the "need of Baghdad's commitment to the implementation of international legitimacy resolutions."
Regional-Iraq, Politics, 8/17/1999
Lebanese resistance leader killed, resulting in clashes with two dead Israelis soldiers
Lebanese security sources in Sidon stressed that Lebanese resistance leader Khuder Deib, known as Abu Hassan Salamah, was killed on Monday after his car was destroyed in a double roadside bomb blast that took place in the outskirts of the city of Sidon.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 8/17/1999
Moroccan king sets commission to compensate missing and victims of arbitrary detention
King Mohammed VI has ordered the setting up of an arbitration commission to set compensations to victims or inheritors of missing persons and arbitrary detention, the royal palace's official spokesman, Hassan Aourid, announced on Monday.
Morocco, Politics, 8/17/1999
Turabi and El-Merghani to meet in European capital
Official Sudanese sources said that Hassan Turabi, the secretary general of the ruling National Conference Party, will hold talks with Mohammed Othman El-Merghani, the head of the Sudanese opposition Democratic National Alliance within the coming days in an European capital.
Sudan, Politics, 8/17/1999
King Mohammed receives Spanish premier
King Mohammed VI, accompanied by his brother Prince Moulay Rachid, received here on Monday afternoon Spanish premier, Jose Maria Aznar.
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 8/17/1999
Jordanian industry and trade minister arrives in Syria
Jordanian Minister of Industry and Trade Muhammad Asfour arrived in Syria by land through Daraa on Monday and visited the Syrian - Jordanian industrial free zone. He was accompanied by Syrian Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade Muhammad al-Imadi.
Syria-Jordan, Economics, 8/17/1999
Damascus hosts Euro-Arab partnership meeting
A coordination meeting of the Arab states participating in the European - Mediterranean partnership was held in Damascus on Monday.
Regional, Politics, 8/17/1999
Moussa: No crisis in Palestinian - Israeli talks
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa said yesterday that his country sees negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis as continuing and that the problems that have not yet been resolved by those negotiations have not reached a crisis point.
Egypt-Palestine, Politics, 8/17/1999
Hariri asks to meet with President Lahoud
Former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has asserted that all Lebanese concerned with public affairs "want this rule (of President Emile Lahoud) to succeed because in his success the whole country will succeed."
Lebanon, Politics, 8/17/1999
Disputes in the Palestinian follow up committee
A Jordanian newspaper has said that the chairman of the higher follow up committee of the Palestinian opposition, Khaled al-Fahoum, and Abu Ali Mustafa, the assistant secretary general of the People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine were exposed to strong criticism from members of the committee during its meeting last Sunday in Damascus.
Palestine, Politics, 8/17/1999
Woman chairs Moroccan stock market companies
The board of directors of the Moroccan stock market companies' assembly, has agreed to appoint Nozha Haiat as the head of the assembly for a year, putting a woman in such a positoin for the first time in the history of an Arab stock market.
Morocco, Business, 8/17/1999
Algerian-Moroccan Relations to be Normalized Shortly, Bouteflika Announces
Algeria-Morocco, Politics, 8/17/1999
King Mohammed receives speaker of Iraqi National Assembly
King Mohammed VI received in Rabat on Monday the speaker of the Iraqi National Assembly, Saadoune Hammadi, who extended him condolences on behalf of the assembly members and of the Iraqi people, following the demise of King Hassan II.
Morocco-Iraq, Politics, 8/17/1999
Saudi delegation visits Uzbekistan
Saudi Minister of Trade Usama Jafar Faqih headed today to Uzbekistan heading a delegation to attend the meetings of the joint Saudi - Uzbekistani committee in its first session.
Saudi Arabia-Uzbekistan, Politics, 8/17/1999
Prisoner talks between Iraq and Iran
Iraq has stressed that the failure of the recent talks with Iran on the question of prisoners and war missing does not mean halting negotiations between the two countries.
Iraq-Iran, Politics, 8/17/1999
Russia warns against Islamic support for Dagestan
Russian sources in Cairo warned the Arab and Islamic countries today of enhancing, reinforcing and support the Muslim fighters who occupied a region southwest of Dagestan and announced the establishment of an independent Islamic republic.
Regional-Russia, Politics, 8/17/1999
Kuwait: We confiscated a ship from Iraq carrying children's foodstuffs
The Kuwaiti Ministry of the Interior said on Monday that the authorities had confiscated in its territorial waters an Indian ship coming from Iraq loaded with 250 tonnes of items for children for a trader in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
Kuwait-Iraq, Politics, 8/17/1999
Police arrest Palestinians in Galilee explosion
The Palestinian police said yesterday that they detained two brothers who are suspected fo being involved in manufacturing a bomb that exploded in the West Bank on Sunday in an incident that might be related to the Hamas resistance movement.
Palestine, Politics, 8/17/1999
On Muslim Brothers in Jordan
The Jordanian weekly al-Majd said that the Jordanian authorities refused to permit the Shoura council of the Syrian Muslim Brothers is to convene a meeting in Amman this week.
Jordan-Syria, Politics, 8/17/1999
Indian and Pakistani workers in UAE
The United Arab Emirates has decided to freeze the operations that bring in unskilled labor from India and Pakistan, due to the increase in the number of unemployed in the UAE from the two countries.
United Arab Emirates-International, Economics, 8/17/1999
Algerian Peaceful Society Movement condemns Bechar massacre
The Algerian Peaceful Society Movement (Hamas) condemned the terrorist attack that took place on August 15 in Bechar state in Algeria, due to which 29 citizens were killed.
Algeria, Politics, 8/17/1999
King Mohammed receives Moroccan political leader
King Mohammed VI received in Rabat on Monday, Mahjoubi Aherdane, secretary general of the National Popular Movement.
Morocco, Politics, 8/17/1999
US Secretary of State expected in Morocco next month
US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will visit Morocco to meet with Secretary Albright will meet with King Mohammed VI and Prime Minister Yousouffi next September 1, part of a tour in the Middle East and East Asia, it was officially announced in Washington at the State Department.
Regional-Morocco-USA, Politics, 8/17/1999
Some 3 Iraqis killed, 9 wounded in US-British raids
An Iraqi spokesman said, "US and British warplanes attacked service and civilian institutions in the southern parts of Iraq on Monday." An Iraqi military spokesman said that US and British warplanes attacked civilian and service institutions in the southern provinces and the attacks resulted in killing three citizens and wounding nine, including a child.
Iraq-USA, Military, 8/17/1999
Iraq refuses US donation for hospitals
Baghdad on Monday refused an American donation of US $1 million for Iraqi hospitals.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 8/17/1999
Taleban movement meets with the Americans over Bin Laden
The Afghan Taleban movement announced on Monday in Kabul that several meetings were held with US officials over Osama Bin Laden, but it asserted its refusal to expel Bin Laden from the territories of Afghanistan.
Regional-Afghanistan, Politics, 8/17/1999
Fair for Kuwaiti products in South Africa
Kuwait will hold its first fair for Kuwaiti products outside the Arab states during November in Johannesburg, South Africa with the participation of 50 Kuwaiti factories and companies.
Kuwait-South Africa, Economics, 8/17/1999
US views on immediate Wye implementation
Palestine-Israel-USA, Politics, 8/17/1999
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The deportees committee in the occupied Lebanese territories on Monday sent a message to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, to the human rights committee at the UN and international humanitarian organizations. The message highlighted the sufferings of Lebanese civilians at the hands of the Israeli occupation forces in the occupied areas of south Lebanon and the western Bekaa and deportations of civilians with their families on groundless accusations. The committee, in its message, called for pressuring the Israeli forces to abide by the Geneva Conventions, halt the deportation operations and secure the return of the deportees to their villages and homes.
Israel Radio said on Monday that US President Bill Clinton asked Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak in a message sent last week to start the implementation of the Wye River agreement with the Palestinian government without any delay.
That Egypt sends two-air plane to Turkey loaded with medical supply, food
King Mohammed VI has sent President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan a message dealing with the brotherly relations existing between the two states, bilateral cooperation and issues of mutual concern. The message was handed over to Sheikh Zayed on Monday in Abu Dhabi by Moroccan envoy, Tayeb Fassi Fihri.
Lebanese President Emile Lahoud received Sheikh Khaled Bin Saqer al-Qasimi, ruler of Raas al-Kheima in the United Arab Emirates, on Monday in Beirut. Talks during the meeting dealt with fraternal relations between Lebanon and the UAE, the Middle East peace process and the situation in the Gulf region.
Israel Radio said on Monday, quoting sources in Nablus, that the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine has announced its readiness to negotiate with Israel on the permanent settlement. A member of the front's political bureau, Teiser Khaled, said dialogue between the front and the Fatah movement resulted in reaching an agreement on a new sort of negotiation with Israel when it is time to discuss final status matters.
Jordanian Prime Minister Abdul Raouf al-Rawabdeh on Sunday received in Amman Algerian Minister of Youths and Sports Aziz Derwaz, in the presence of the Jordanian deputy premier and acting minister of sports and youths.
Iraq on Sunday denied reports that spoke of a rebellion inside the Iraqi armed forces and the execution of Iraqi army officers. Iraqi Minister of Culture and Information Humam Abd al-Khaliq Abd al-Ghafur said on Monday in press statements that these reports are "fabricated and baseless."
Hamas has accused the Palestinian government of carrying out the explosion which took place on Sunday. AFP quoted a statement by the Hamas movement released in Amman on Monday asserted by Hamas spokesman Ibrahim Ghousheh as saying that the Hebron explosion seemed fabricated adding this explosion is a justification for the Palestinian security to launch more acts of arrest on the youths of the Hamas movement as part of a prisoner exchange deal with Israel.
The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Henry Shelton left yesterday for a Middle East visit that will include Turkey, Bahrain and Israel the US Department of Defense said. Shelton will visit with US troops at Turkey's Incirlik air force base -- the base of Operation Northern Watch, which patrols the northern Iraqi "no-fly zone" -- as well as with US troops in Bahrain. Shelton will meet with officials in all three countries and return to the United States on August 20.
The US State Department last week issued a statement on US policy toward the PKK and the situation in northern Iraq. "Both of the main Kurdish parties in northern Iraq, the KDP and the PUK, have committed themselves to the territorial integrity of Iraq and to preventing the PKK from operating in northern Iraq. The U.S. likewise does not support the formation of a Kurdish state in northern Iraq," the statement said.
The US European Command said that US jets today were fired on by Iraqi anti-aircraft artillery and tracked by a surface-to-air missile targeting radar. The jets responded with attacks against "a surface-to-air missile support site west of Mosul and the SAM site, targeting ONW (Operation Northern Watch) aircraft, south of Mosul."