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Jordan to end exemptions for honor killings
Jordanian Minister of Justice Hamzeh Haddad announced in Amman on Monday that the Jordanian government will soon submit to the parliament a draft law providing for abrogating item 340 of the sanctions law, which exempts those who commit "honor" killings from penalties stated in the law, which may reach the death penalty.
Jordan, Politics, 9/28/1999
Mubarak: Major change expected in Egypt
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak of will take his constitutional oath on October 5 to assume the presidency of Egypt for a fourth term of office after he won reelection with a majority of 93.97%.
Egypt, Politics, 9/28/1999
Egyptian- Saudi committee to meet in October
The Egyptian- Saudi joint high committee will hold a meeting in Cairo in the second half of the coming month under the chairmanship of the foreign ministers of the two countries.
Egypt-Saudi Arabia, Economics, 9/28/1999
Libyan-Tunisia economic cooperation
The secretary of the Libyan general committee, Muhammad Ahmad al-Manqoush, started on Monday a two-day visit to Tunisia, during which he will discuss with Tunisian officials economic cooperation between the two countries.
Libya-Tunisia, Politics, 9/28/1999
Al-Sharaa meets with counterparts in New York
Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa met on Monday in New York with Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque. Talks between the two ministers dealt with the most important issues listed on the agenda of the 54th session of the UN General Assembly and the south summit due to be held in April in Havana.
Syria-Regional, Politics, 9/28/1999
Moroccan industry minister in Bulgaria
Moroccan minister of industry, trade and handicraft, Alami Tazi, is currently visiting Bulgaria for talks on means to reactivate economic cooperation and diversify trade exchanges.
Morocco, Economics, 9/28/1999
Pro-Iraq delegation arrives in Morocco
A British delegation, led by Labor MP George Galloway arrived Monday in the Moroccan northern city of Tangiers, part of a caravan meant to back Iraq. The caravan, bound to Baghdad, will visit five countries before reaching Iraq.
Morocco-Iraq, Politics, 9/28/1999
Suzanne Mubarak: Egypt making progress for children
Egypt's First Lady Suzanne Mubarak said Egypt has made progress in child care, protection, and development . "But there are also illegal practices that should stop," she added, saying that 1989 -1999 is the decade for the Egyptian child in Egypt, which focuses attention on priorities relating to children.
Egypt, Culture, 9/28/1999
SLA senior official killed by Lebanese resistance
The chief of the Israeli-allied South Lebanon Army militia's intelligence in the central sector of the Israeli occupied sone of south Lebanon, Fawzi al-Saghir (45), was killed on Monday when the Lebanese resistance detonated a roadside bomb on Monday.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 9/28/1999
Iraqi Communist Party alleges killing of hundreds in upheaval
An Iraqi opposition group in exile said yesterday that the Iraqi security forces have executed 500 citizens and buried them in a collective grave after an upheaval witnessed by Basra city in southern Iraq.
Iraq, Politics, 9/28/1999
Discussing activating Egyptian- Libyan initiative for national reconciliation in Sudan
Egyptian Assistant Foreign Minister for Sudanese Affairs Fouad Youssif held a meeting with Gomaa El-Gazali the secretary general of the Libyan Arab follow-up bureau in Cairo and Ahmed Abdel-Haliem, the Sudanese ambassador to Egypt.
Sudan-Regional, Politics, 9/28/1999
Despite judicial decision, Palestinian police refuse to free El-Rantisi
The Palestinian police refused to free the spokesman of Hamas in Gaza, Abdul Aziz El-Rantisi, despite the central court's decision in Gaza yesterday to release him on bail of 3,000 shekels ($700) until the end of his trial, whose date is not yet determined.
Palestine, Politics, 9/28/1999
Kuwaiti: June 2000 the last date for solving Bedouin nationality problem
The Kuwaiti government decided on a new date to end the residency problems of non-specified nationality Bedouins on June 27, as the government had previously specified another date, but the case is not yet solved.
Kuwait, Politics, 9/28/1999
Tunis delays final date for selling commercial center
Tunisian economic sources said yesterday that Tunis delayed until October 30 a 41.6% share of the capital for a shopping center named Tunis Center.
Tunisia, Business, 9/28/1999
On detention of Hamas leaders
The Jordanian weekly al-Majd has said that the only Arab state which welcomed Hamas political bureau member Mousa Abu Marzouk after he was evacuated from Jordan upon returning together with the chairman of Hamas' political bureau, Khaled Mashaal, and the official spokesman for Hamas, Ibrahim Ghoshe, is Syria, in which Abu Marzouk arrived last Thursday.
Syria-Jordan, Politics, 9/28/1999
551 Syrian antiquities roving Switzerland, Canada, the US
With the advent of the third millennium, Syrian antiquities and unearthed finds will be shown to the world in a roving exhibition. The exhibition will be held under the title " Syria: Land of Civilizations."
Syria, Culture, 9/28/1999
On the water dam projects in Turkey
The Turkish ambassador in Amman, Tunjar Tobour Ali, said that Turkey has spent some US $150 million on the river project of "Manafjat," which has a pumping capacity of 500,000 cubic meters per day.
Turkey-Regional, Politics, 9/28/1999
IAEA calls for a nuclear free Middle East
The International Atomic Energy Agency has expressed its hope that the Middle East region will be a nuclear free zone.
Regional, Politics, 9/28/1999
Italian businessman kidnapped in Mogadishu
The Somali paper Ayamaha issued in Mogadishu on Monday said that an Italian businessman was kidnapped in southern Mogadishu by a group of traders led by a former Somali minister of finance.
Somalia, Politics, 9/28/1999
El-Asadeyat meteors will fall on the Arab states starting on November 15
Jordan and other Middle Eastern countries as well as North Africa will witness in mid-November the natural phenomenon known as the El-Asadeyat meteors, which occurs only once every 23 years.
Regional, Science, 9/28/1999
Butterfly population in Sudan dwindles
Sudanese zoologists affirm that the decrease in the number of butterflies that has been observed in the country is an indicator of environmental deterioration
Sudan, Environment, 9/28/1999
Palestinian Christians distance themselves from pro-Israel cults
Groups of Christian cults, some of which are strongly pro-Israel, have started to arrive in Jerusalem not only to mark the end of the second mellinium but to prepare for the arrival of Jesus Christ, whom they sternly believe will return by the end of this year.
Palestine-Israel, Local, 9/28/1999
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King Mohammed VI received here on Monday Iraqi vice-president, Taha Yassine Ramadan, envoy of President Saddam Hussein. Ramadan had said upon arrival in Morocco that he was bearing a message of wishes and greetings from President Saddam to King Mohammed VI.
President Hafez al-Assad on Monday sent a cable of congratulations to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on his reelection to a fourth term of office. In his cable, President al-Assad expressed "best wishes to President Mubarak and the brotherly people of Egypt."
King Mohammed VI has sent a message of congratulations to Egyptian President Husni Mubarak for his election for a fourth term. The king said he is confident that Moroccan-Egyptian relations will be further enhanced and that Egypt will remain under this new term an oasis of peace and security and a factor of stability and prosperity for the whole Middle East.
King Abdullah of Jordan on Monday made a telephone call to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in which he congratulated Saleh over his victory in the Presidential elections in Yemen and the confidence entrusted in him by the Yemeni people.
Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah on Monday received a message from Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh. The message was delivered by the chairman of the National Society in Djibouti and advisor to Guelleh for investment affairs, Fahmy Ahmad al-Haj, during his meeting with Sheikh Jaber on Monday in Kuwait.
In its 22nd session the Federation of the African Parliaments which was held recently in Angola agreed to convene its next conference in Khartoum. The chairman of the foreign relations committee at the Sudanese Parliament, Ismael Hussein, said in press statements he made in Khartoum on Monday that the recent conference if the Federation of the African Parliaments tackled three main issues: the role of public administration in Africa, the debt of Africa and its impact on development and democracy, terrorism and factors behind destabilization in Africa.
Reports said that Ibrahim Ghoshe, the official spokesman of the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, was taken to a military hospital in Amman for high blood pressure and an increased heart rate. The Jordanian weekly newspaper al-Majd said that Ghoshe's health condition has improved.
15 joint companies have been set up since May, according to Michel de Cafarelli, General Manager of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Algerian News Agency said, adding that the companies work in areas that include radio, oil, water, and public works.
An exhibition on Islamic art will be dedicated next Friday in New York. The exhibition is organized by the permanent mission of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) to the United Nations in cooperation with the Islamic Arts department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.