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African summit convenes today in Libya
Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gaddafi, who opened the meeting of the foreign ministers, said in a speech, "The question is to decide on what sort of unity is sought by Africa. Is it a unity similar to that of the United States of America, the European Union or the former Soviet Union?"
Regional-OAU, Politics, 9/8/1999
Al-Sharaa confers with European Union Middle East peace envoy
Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa met on Tuesday with the European Union's Middle East peace process special envoy, Miguel Moratinos, and members of his accompanying delegation.
Syria-European Union, Politics, 9/8/1999
Egyptian - Russian talks coming next Wednesday
A session of Egyptian - Russian talks is to be held in Moscow next Wednesday, where the Egyptian side will be chaired by Assistant Foreign Minister for European Affairs Fathi El-Shazely.
Egypt-Russia, Politics, 9/8/1999
Iraq calls on Arab states to lift international sanctions
The undersecretary of the Iraqi Foreign Ministry, Nabil Negm, has called on the Arab states to work toward ending the strange state effecting the deteriorated Arab situation, which affects all Arab countries in general.
Iraq-Regional, Politics, 9/8/1999
Sultan Qaboos arrives in Saudi Arabia
Sultan Qaboos Bin Said of Oman arrived in Jeddah on Tuesday for an official visit to Saudi Arabia which will last for three days.
Saudi Arabia-Oman, Politics, 9/8/1999
Current misunderstanding in Moroccan-Algerian relations is transient cloud
Moroccan Interior Minister Driss Basri described as "no more than a transient summer cloud" the current misunderstanding in the Moroccan-Algerian relations, triggered by Algerian president's implicit accusations that Morocco hosts the persons responsible for Beni Ounif massacre in southern Algeria.
Morocco-Algeria, Politics, 9/8/1999
King Abdullah concludes visits to Kuwait, Egypt
King Abdullah of Jordan on Tuesday night returned home, together with members of his accompanying delegation, following visits to Kuwait and Egypt, during which he met with the ruler of Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah.
Jordan-Regional, Politics, 9/8/1999
Israel proposes Syria to raise the level of negotiations with Israel
Arab sources who refused to be identified said US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright proposed during her meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa last Saturday the idea of raising the level of negotiations to the foreign ministers so the two delegations will negotiate under the chairmanship of al-Sharaa and his Israeli counterpart, David Levy.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 9/8/1999
Morocco, Portugal determined to step up partnership
The Moroccan-Portuguese high commission ended Tuesday in Tangier (Northern Morocco) its fifth session with the signing of a package of accords destined to enhance Portuguese investments in Morocco and rev up trade exchange between the two countries.
Morocco-Portugal, Economics, 9/8/1999
Shaath: We are waiting for practical implementation of Sharm agreement
Palestinian Minister of International Cooperation and Planning Nabil Shaath said the Palestinian leadership is waiting for the practical implementation of the Wye River accord in light of what was ratified in the Sharm El-Sheikh implementation agreement, referring to the beginning of preparations for final status negotiations over the Palestinian territories on Monday.
Palestine, Politics, 9/8/1999
Tripoli: Moussa confers with African FMs
On the margins of the Organization of African Unity summit in Libya, Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa held talks with the African foreign ministers.
Egypt-Sudan-OAU, Politics, 9/8/1999
Democratic front to open office in Cairo shortly
Sources at the opposition Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine said the front's office in Cairo will open within a few weeks and that it will not end its presence in Damascus unless it is forced to do so.
Palestine-Regional, Politics, 9/8/1999
On Albright's visit to Damascus
Well-informed Syrian sources told the Lebanese daily al-Nahar that US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright conveyed to Damascus on Saturday a formula for resuming negotiations, proposed by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak.
Syria-Israel-USA, Politics, 9/8/1999
Iraq responds to AL message on purifying Arab atmospheres
Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid on Tuesday received an urgent reply message from Iraqi Foreign Minister Muhammad Said al-Sahaf. It was handed over by the Iraqi Foreign Ministry's secretary, Nabil Najm, during the talks he held on Tuesday in Cairo with the AL assistant secretary general for Arab affairs, Ahmad Bin Hali.
Iraq, Politics, 9/8/1999
Dubai attracts some 2.5 tourists annually
Dubai has become a source of tourism attraction, bringing in some 2.5 million tourists every year, most of them from the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
United Arab Emirates-Gulf, Economics, 9/8/1999
ISESCO calls for fighting illiteracy
The Islamic Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) has called for doubling efforts for fighting illiteracy on all its levels.
Regional, Education, 9/8/1999
Lebanese minister: Albright's visit to Syria, Lebanon were exploratory
Lebanese Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Issam Naaman said the visit of US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to Syria and Beirut was an exploratory one, during which Albright called for negotiations on the Lebanese - Syrian tracks.
Lebanon, Politics, 9/8/1999
Understanding committee condemns Israeli violation
The April Understanding Monitoring Committee on Tuesday condemned the Israeli attack against Lababa town in the western Bekaa, which resulted in the deaths of two citizens and injuries to another five. Several houses were damaged.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 9/8/1999
Israel continues bombardment of south Lebanon
The Lebanese resistance on Monday night attacked the Sujoud and al-Debsheh positions of the Israeli forces and their militia allies in the central sector of south Lebanon.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 9/8/1999
Hyundai wins contracts in Saudi Arabia, Libya
The Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd., which belongs to the Southern Korean Hyundai group on Tuesday won t contracts in Libya and Saudi Arabia, at a total value of US $297 million.
Regional-Saudi Arabia-South Korea, Business, 9/8/1999
Danish NGOs praise Moroccan human rights experience
A group of Danish human rights non-governmental organizations have praised in a meeting with Moroccan Human Rights Minister Mohamed Aujjar the Moroccan human rights experience.
Morocco-Denmark, Politics, 9/8/1999
GCC housing ministers conclude meeting in Riyadh
Ministers of housing in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council on Tuesday concluded their fifth meeting, which was held at GCC headquarters and lasted for one day.
Gulf, Politics, 9/8/1999
UAE protests Walt Disney exposition
The United Arab Emirates has asked the UNESCO on September 6 to ask the Walt Disney company which organizes an exhibition in Florida to prevent the Israeli stand in which Jerusalem is introduced as the capital of Israel.
Regional, Politics, 9/8/1999
Saudi campaign to maintain work and residency compliance a success
Saudi Arabia, Economics, 9/8/1999
Moroccan interior minister meets UN secretary general's special representative for Sahara
Moroccan Minister of the Interior Driss Basri met in Rabat on Tuesday with the UN secretary general's special representative for the Sahara, William Eagleton, who was accompanied by the chairman of the UN identification commission, Eduardo Vetere.
Morocco, Politics, 9/8/1999
Israeli government meets today
The Israeli government held a meeting today to specify the areas from which the Israeli forces are going to withdraw in the West Bank, in light of the military withdrawal dictated by the Sharm El-Sheikh agreement on implementing Wye River accord.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 9/8/1999
Lebanese physicians observe strike today
The chairman of the Lebanese Dentists Union announced on Tuesday that some 8,000 doctors will observe today a strike in opposition to the release of a military judicial sentence against three civilian physicians under charges of "neglect," in the death of a military man.
Lebanon, Judicial, 9/8/1999
Three police officers investigated for carelessness in assassination attempt against Mubarak
Egypt, Politics, 9/8/1999
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Moroccan track and field star Hicham El-Guerrouj shattered Tuesday the 2,000 m world record at the Berlin athletics meet, part of the IAAF Grand Prix and Golden League. El-Guerrouj, holder of the 1,500 m and the mile records, covered the 2000 m race in 4:44.79, lowering by three seconds the former world record which has been held for four years by Algerian Noureddine Morceli.
Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi made a phone call to check on the health of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak after Mubarak was exposed to an assassination attempt, and Mubarak apologized for not being able to attend the African summit. Libyan radio said this morning that President Mubarak told Gaddafi during the phone call yesterday night that his health is good.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Sultan Qabous Bin Said on Oman on Tuesday held final talks in Sharm El-Sheikh. Talks between the two sides dealt with Middle East peace process developments and the efforts made to revitalize all tracks, as well as the situation in the Gulf region and the importance of strengthening Arab solidarity. Sultan Qaboos left Sharm El-Sheikh later on Tuesday, following a day -five day visit.
King Mohammed VI, accompanied by Prince Moulay Rachid, received Tuesday in Rabat visiting Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres, who arrived last weekend in Morocco. The royal audience was attended by Moroccan Premier Abderrahmane Youssoufi, Foreign Minister Mohammed Benaissa, Portuguese Secretary of State for European Affairs Rui Goncalo and senior officials.
Chinese Vice President Hu Jintao met on Tuesday in Beijing with Kuwaiti Defense Minister Sheikh Salem Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah and members of the accompanying delegation, currently visiting China.
US sources in occupied Jerusalem said on Tuesday that the US Middle East peace process coordinator, Dennis Ross, will shortly return to the region to work for resuming negotiations on the Syrian track. The sources added that Ross will try during this visit to find a formula to bring stances closer to be able to resume negotiations between Syria and Israel.
Liberia's Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday that Liberian President Charles Taylor has decided to attend the African summit in Libya and was due to head there later in the day. A statement by the Liberian Foreign Ministry said President Taylor was due to leave for Tripoli on Tuesday on top of a high-ranking delegation to attend the summit of the Organization of African Unity due to start deliberations today.
The ruler of Bahrain Sheikh Hamad Bin Issa al-Khaleifa on Monday enacted a pardon for a pilot who fled in his plane to Qatar in 1996 and returned to Manama later on.
The Algerian daily al-Khabar said on Tuesday that Algeria has officially asked for the nomination of Algerian Minister of Energy Youssef Yousefi, the current president of OPEC, for the post of OPEC's secretary general. The paper said the decision of the nomination will be taken during the OPEC meeting in Vienna on September 22. The Algerian candidate will face competition from Saudi Oil Minister Suleiman Harbish and Iranian Oil Minister Hosni Odbeiki for this post.
The Organization of the Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) will hold a seminar titled "New Techniques for Natural Gas Processing, Liquefaction and Transport" in Doha, Qatar on October 4-6, the Qatar General Petroleum Corporation said. Qatari Minister of Energy, Industry, Electricity and Water Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, QGPC's chairman, will open the seminar.
El-Mesaya newspaper of Jordan said yesterday that a joint Jordanian - Israeli - Turkish factory for cotton fabrics began to offer its products in US markets. The newspaper said the factory, built in the El-Hussein industrial city, cost $160 million and is considered a sign of mutual economic cooperation between Turkey, Israel and Jordan.