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Egypt: 18 years under the reign of Mubarak
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak joins the referendum campaign for a fourth presidential term of office due to be made on September 26, and in his decision to launch this fight he counts on his achievements through the past 18 years, which raise vast controversy between those who back and oppose him.
Egypt, Politics, 9/24/1999
Presidential elections started in Yemen
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh asserted on Thursday that there is no track back from the democratic operations in his country.
Yemen, Politics, 9/24/1999
Morocco's GDP posted 6.5 % jump in 1998, report
Morocco's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) posted a 6.5 % increase in 1998 against a 2.3 % decrease in 1997, said a report by the Bank of Issue.
Morocco, Economics, 9/24/1999
Syria, Lebanon sign protocol on grid maintenance
A contract on the operation, maintenance and investment of the electricity grid for the Lebanese village of al-Tafil was signed on Wednesday at the headquarters of the Syrian-Lebanese higher council in Damascus.
Lebanon-Syria, Economics, 9/24/1999
Preparatory meetings to prepare 20th Gulf summit
The foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council member states will convene a preparatory meeting for the 20th Gulf summit in Abu Dhabi in November, as the second meeting must be held in Riyadh two days before convening the Gulf summit to place the final touches on the agenda.
Gulf, Politics, 9/24/1999
Oman sees growth in GDP contributions from oil, non-oil sectors
The contribution of the oil and non-oil sectors in Oman rose by 1%, from 2669.1 million in the first six months of 1998 to RO 2695.8 million in the same period this year, Oman News Agency reported.
Oman, Economics, 9/24/1999
Egypt criticises Barak's nos
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa has asserted the importance of Israel's commitment to a complete withdrawal from the occupied Golan Heights to the June 4, 1967 border line, according to the agreement reached with the former Israeli government under Yitzhak Rabin.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 9/24/1999
Albright fails to bring together Syrian, Israeli FM s
An attempt was made by US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to bring together the Syrian foreign minister and Lebanese prime minister at a breakfast banquet to which the two foreign ministers were invited today.
Regional-Israel, Politics, 9/24/1999
New Israeli settlement in the Golan
Israeli settlers in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights have escalated their propaganda against any form of withdrawal from the Golan, even if this withdrawal will lead to peace.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 9/24/1999
Barak sets next July as date to withdraw from south Lebanon
French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin on Thursday stressed his country's readiness to provide any help in the efforts exerted to achieve peace in the Middle East.
Regional-Israel-France, Politics, 9/24/1999
Jordanian government not backing off in procedures against Hamas
Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister and Information Minister Aymen al-Majali stated today that the decision to arrest Hamas' leaders in Jordan and close the movement's offices is a decision taken by the Jordanian government and that it will "never back off from it."
Jordan, Politics, 9/24/1999
Hamas appeals to Arab leaders to intervene, end detention of its leaders
The spiritual leader of the Hamas movement, Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, has called on Arab and Muslim leaders to release the six leaders and members of the Hamas movement who were arrested on Wednesday when they arrived in Amman, Jordan. He stressed Hamas' opposition to all pressures made on it.
Jordan, Politics, 9/24/1999
Morocco to have its 1st bone marrow transplant unit
Morocco will launch shortly its first bone marrow transplant unit to spare Moroccan patients costly travels abroad to undergo grafting operations.
Morocco, Health, 9/24/1999
Thousand of Somalis in danger of starving
Somalia, Local, 9/24/1999
Abu Ali Mustafa to return to Gaza next week
Member of the executive committee of the PLO and member of the political bureau of the People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Abdul Rahim Mallouh, stated that the assistant secretary general of the PFLP, Abu Ali Mustafa, will move to the areas of the Palestinian Authority by the middle of next week.
Palestine, Politics, 9/24/1999
One Lebanese soldier killed, seven wounded by Israeli raids
The Lebanese resistance on Thursday launched more than 11 attacks which targeted Israel and pro-Israeli South Lebanon Army militia positions in the occupied part ofsouth Lebanon.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 9/24/1999
Begovitch concludes his official visit to Kuwait
The president of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Alija Izetbegovic, concluded yesterday his three-day official visit to Kuwait, during which he held talks with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmed al-Sabah that tackled means of developing bilateral relations between the two countries and issues of joint concern.
Kuwait-Bosnia, Politics, 9/24/1999
King Mohammed sends message to Mauritanian president
Mauritania-Morocco, Politics, 9/24/1999
Clinton: US should fulfill Wye commitments
US President Bill Clinton said yesterday before meeting with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat that the United States needs to meet its obligations under the Wye River agreement.
Palestine-USA, Politics, 9/24/1999
Tunisian - Lebanese labor joint statement
The public labor union in Lebanon and the Tunisian public union for labor- emphasized the importance of enhancing joint Arab positions and boosting cooperation to reach greater Arab integration to serve Arab causes, especially liberation cases, growth and comprehensive development.
Tunisia-Lebanon, Politics, 9/24/1999
Egyptian space scientist Farouk El-Baz visits Cairo
Egypt, Environment, 9/24/1999
UN Compensation Commission makes funds available
The United Nations Compensation Commission has made $481,224,655.70 available for claims resulting from the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait, the first payments to be made in the second phase of the process.
Iraq-UN, Economics, 9/24/1999
Palestinian, Israeli youth delegations meet with the Pope
A delegation representing Israeli and Palestinian youths met with Pope John Paul II in Italy on Wednesday and handed him what is called the "peace order of merit" which bears the signature of US President Bill Clinton, Israeli President Ezer Weizman and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat as well as Israeli Regional Cooperation Minister Shimon Peres.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 9/24/1999
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Syrian Prime Minister Mahmoud al-Zou'bi on Wednesday in Damascus received member of the representative board of the Dutch Shell Oil company and members of the accompanying delegation. Stress was led on Shell's activities in the field of oil and gas exploration and its future prospects in Syria. Present at the meeting were Syrian Oil Minister Muhammad Maher Jamal and the director of the Syrian petroleum company.
Algerian Prime Minister Smail Hamdani discussed with the director general of the World Trade Organization, Mike Moore, the latest economic developments and relations between Algeria and the organization.
A delegation representing the French Senate is to arrive in Damascus on Thursday, led by the chairman of the cultural affairs committee at the senate, Adrian Gouteran, in a visit to Syria which will last for four days. During its visit the delegation will meet with several Syrian officials and visit the French cultural institutions in Damascus.
The American-British Enron and Azurix group was pre-selected for a 25-year concession for the distribution of water and power in the Moroccan northern cities of Tangiers and Tetouan, Moroccan L'Economiste daily reported. Nine other international groups were vying for the concession. The US-British group said it would invest $ 1 billion, if it wins the tender.
"The Moroccan Information Society and Its African Environment" is the theme of a workshop to be held here Sep. 28-30.