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Mubarak starts fourth term
President Hosni Mubarak received the fourth period of his reign after the people's assembly 'the parliament ratified the results of the elections where he was met with great reception by the chairman of the parliament, the members, ministers, and the great men of state.
Egypt, Politics, 10/5/1999
Kuwait University teacher sentenced to imprisonment for speech
Kuwait University teacher Ahmad al-Baghdadi told the AFP that a court in Kuwait sentenced him to one month imprisonment over charges that he published several articles that were considered an insult to Islam.
Kuwait, Judicial, 10/5/1999
King Abdullah is visiting U.K.
Jordan, Politics, 10/5/1999
For tenth consecutive year, Iraqis go back to school under sanctions
For the tenth consecutive year, thousands of Iraqi children went back to school in extremely harsh economic and social conditions under the embargo enforced against their country.
Iraq, Education, 10/5/1999
Children's polio may spread out of Iraq
The World Health Organization WHO on Monday warned against the wide spread of children polio in Iraq and also of fears that this disease will spread in the region as a whole.
Iraq, Health, 10/5/1999
Moroccan-Egyptian business council meets in Cairo next week
The council's latest meeting in Casablanca last June had assessed the level of trade exchanges between the two states and identified obstacles hampering the promotion of these exchanges.
Egypt-Morocco, Economics, 10/5/1999
Economic trade to increase significantly between Syria and UK
The British ambassador in Damascus, Basil Eastwood, has expressed his hope of developing economic cooperation and trade exchange between Syria and Britain in the service of the two countries' interests.
Syria-UK, Economics, 10/5/1999
Jordanian authorities release four Muslim Brothers detainees
The Jordanian security forces released four detainees from the Muslim Brothers group who were arrested at the beginning of September after they organized a demonstration in support of the Hamas movement in al-Baqaa camp for the Palestinian refugees.
Jordan, Politics, 10/5/1999
King Fahd reiterates backing for Arab causes
King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia has expressed his country's hope that the 54th session of the UN General Assembly will achieve its objectives, especially in maintaining peace and security in the Middle East region.
Saudi Arabia, Politics, 10/5/1999
Egyptian - Libyan talks
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa met Ali al-Treaki, the secretary - assistant for the African affairs in the general committee for the foreign communication and international cooperation in Libya.
Egypt-Libya, Politics, 10/5/1999
Moussa asks Sudanese opposition to support Egyptian initiative for national rapport
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa asked the different Sudanese opposition assemblies and formations to create an adequate atmosphere for the initiatives raised to achieve national rapport in Sudan so these initiatives can be fruitful.
Egypt-Sudan, Politics, 10/5/1999
Barak speaks of the peace of the brave
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak said in a speech he delivered before the Israeli Knesset on Monday that the "decisive hour to achieve peace with Syria has come."
Syria-Israel, Politics, 10/5/1999
Sudanese security forces broke into the house of al-Mahdi in Um Darman
The Sudanese daily al-Bayan said on Monday that the security forces broke on Sunday in Um Darman into the house of former Sudanese prime minister and the leader of the Ummah Party, al-Sadeq al-Mahdi, who lives in exile.
Sudan, Politics, 10/5/1999
British business delegation visits Libya
The delegation of more than 50 heads of commercial and oil companies as well as financial and banking institutions, is led by John Hill, president of the British commission of trade with Middle East countries.
Libya-UK, Business, 10/5/1999
Yemeni socialist official surrenders
A source at the Yemeni opposition said that the official of the Socialist Party in the province of Hadramout, Hassan Ba'oum, surrendered to the court in the region in the company of lawyers.
Yemen, Politics, 10/5/1999
Al-Hoss confers with Hungarian minister
Lebanese Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss on Monday in Beirut received Hungarian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dennis Tomai. Investments, bilateral relations between the two countries and the situation in the region were discussed
Lebanon-Hungary, Politics, 10/5/1999
Syrian-Saudi developed bilateral relations
Saudi Arabia is among the leading countries in the world in providing assistance to other states in comparison to its GNP, of which it offers 5.45%. During the past two decades it provided aid estimated at US $71 billion, from which 72 world countries benefited.
Saudi Arabia-Syria, Politics, 10/5/1999
Report: Disputes between al-Kabareiti, al-Wabdah over dealing with Hamas
The Jordanian weekly al-Majd has talked about tense differences between Jordanian Prime Minister Abdul Raouf al-Rawabdeh and the chief of the Jordanian royal court, Abdul Karim al-Kabareiti, concerning the issue of Hamas.
Jordan, Politics, 10/5/1999
French and US defense ministers to visit Saudi Arabia in the coming days
French Defense Minister Alain Richard and US Secreatry of Defense William Cohen will pay official visits to Saudi Arabia during the coming days to discuss means of boosting military cooperation discussing issues of joint concern as well as the situation in the Gulf.
Saudi Arabia-International, Politics, 10/5/1999
Morocco posts 6.3% growth in 1998, World Bank reports
The Moroccan Gross Domestic Product recorded a 6.3% growth in 1998, estimates in the World Bank annual report say, the highest rate in North Africa and the Middle East.
Morocco, Economics, 10/5/1999
70 Algerian terrorists abroad surrender themselves
Algerian Minister of Interior Abd el-Malek Sellal revealed that 70 terrorists whom were living in Spain, France and Germany as well as in the Arab Gulf states surrendered themselves to concerned committees in order to benefit from the recently approved civil rapport law that provides amnesty.
Algeria, Politics, 10/5/1999
Iraq calls on Iran to release all Iraqi prisoners
The Iraqi daily al-Thawra on Monday called on Iran to release all Iraqi prisoners who are still being held since the end of the war between the two countries in 1988.
Iraq-Iran, Politics, 10/5/1999
Arab League calls for Palestinian pavilion at Disney
The Arab League has reiterated its call on the Walt Disney Company to establish a Palestinian pavilion in its exhibition, held under the title the Millennium Village, which started activities as of October 1.
Regional, Politics, 10/5/1999
Syrian woman member to world council for teaching adults
The Syrian Higher Council for Eradicating Illiteracy was accepted as a member of the International Council for Teaching Adults during its recent meeting held in Manila, the Philippines.
Syria-Regional, Education, 10/5/1999
Literacy project launched in Rabat
Morocco, Education, 10/5/1999
Algeria pays back $1 million of its share in Arab League's budget
Algeria paid yesterday a $1 million to complete the rest of its share in the Arab League's budget for 1999 ,which reaches $1.6 million, 5.8% of the AL's budget which is $27.6 million.
Algeria-Regional, Politics, 10/5/1999
Continued Israeli attacks against south Lebanon
Lebanese security sources said the Israeli artillery positioned in al-Zafatah shelled the woods of Sujoud, al-Rayhan, Aqmata farm, al-Rafee mountain, the Litani river course and Naba al-Taseh course.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 10/5/1999
Israeli - Palestinian agreement regarding safe passage
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 10/5/1999
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The Egyptian Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzouri presented today his resignation to the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak who accepted it and directed thanks to the resigned ministry for its effort and the work in the large projects for expending the agricultural and the technological progress. Mubarak appointed Atef Abeid, minister of the public enterprise sector, as the Primer Minister for the new cabinet to make a new ministerial formation.
Egyptain President Hosni Mubarak today inaugurates officially his fourth term in the Egyptian presidency by taking his constitutional oath before members of the Egyptian Parliament in a special session following his victory in the referendum on September 25.
Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa was admitted to the hospital of the American University in Beirut after having a health trouble. At the hospital, the Syrian FM was submitted to physical check-ups as a preliminary step toward having heart surgery. Lebanese Health Minister Karam Karam said on Monday after visiting al-Sharaa in hospital that al-Sharaa had successful open-heart surgery at 7 p.m. Monday, and he was then taken to the intensive care unit. The BBC correspondent in Beirut said today that President Hafez al-Assad and his son Bashar are following up the health conditions of the Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara, in their telephone calls with Beirut.. SANA added in this regard that Lebanese medical source said Tuesday that health conditions of the Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara is stable.
Visiting Speaker of the Moroccan chamber of Advisors (upper chamber of the parliament), Mohamed Jalal Essaid, said he would deliver a message from King Mohammad VI to the Tunisian president and meet the speaker of the house of representatives and cabinet members during his three day visit.
Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari will tomorrow pay a short visit to Lebanon in the course of his tour of the region. The Finnish president will hold talks with his Lebanese counterpart, Emile Lahoud, on means of reactivating and developing bilateral relations, the Middle East peace process and the Euro- Mediterranean partnership.
Moroccan premier Abderrahmane Youssoufi will be on an official visit to Great Britain next spring, the Socialist Union of Popular Forces daily "Al Ittihad Al Ichtiraqi" announced Monday. Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair issued the invitation in the wake of his Labor Party annual conference attended by delegates from Youssoufi's party as sole representatives of the Arab states.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry stressed that the date for the visit Iranian President Muhammad Khatami intends to make to France has not been set. In a statement, a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry said the two countries are discussing "the timing of this visit."
The chairman of the higher Shiite Islamic council in Lebanon, Sheikh Muhammad Mahdi Shamseddine, on Monday arrived in Amman leading a delegation on a visit to Jordan which will last for several days.
Jordanian Army chief of staff Lt. Gen. Muhammad Youssuf al-Mekkawi on Monday in Amman received US Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Walter Slocombe. The two sides reviewed conditions in the region in general, areas of cooperation and issues of mutual concern.
Iranian Minister of Industry Qolam Reza Shafei asserted the importance of lifting the economic sanctions from the Iraqi people as soon as possible to end the Iraqi people's suffering. During his discussions with his Iraqi counterpart, Adnan Abd al-Majid Jasim al-Ani, in Tehran, he said that Iran urges solving the area's problems through the area's countries themselves with understanding and cooperation, as well as removing tensions and misunderstandings, adding that his country opposes foreign presence in the area which is considered the main part of the problem.
A discussion symposium was held in Baghdad yesterday regarding the health and food situations as well as the childhood problem in Iraq due to the economic sanctions imposed since 1990. Iraqi Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Sadi Tumah Abbas said during the discussions that the sanctions caused the spread of diseases that were not present in Iraq before 1990, as well as malnutrition and psychological diseases which lead to the death of a large number of people.
Head of the Spanish autonomous government of Andalusia (southern Spain), Manuel Chaves, is expected this Tuesday in Morocco on a two-day visit. Chaves will meet Moroccan premier, Abderrahmane Youssoufi, other members of the government and the King's advisor, Andre Azoulay.
Morocco celebrated Monday the children world day devoting this year's events to children's right to a clean and healthy environment. A nation-wide campaign is staged to inform and promote awareness of children and adults of key environment issues and achievements by Morocco in realms of legislation, enforcement, and funding of children related activities.
The chief of staff of the Argentina Army, Gen. Carlos Sabala, arrived in Kuwait on Monday for a four-day official visit. During his visit the Argentinian general will hold talks with the ruler of Kuwait and high-ranking Kuwaiti officials aimed at strengthening and developing bilateral military cooperation.
The United Nations Security Council yesterday approved an increase in the amount of oil Iraq is allowed to sell within current phase of the oil-for-food program by $3.04 billion. The former limit was $5.26 billion. The current phase of the program began on May 25 and will last for 180 days.
Five Moroccan youngsters are taking part in the 21st international Koran recitation contest which opened in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday. A total of 177 contestants from 30 countries and 33 Islamic foundations are vying for a prize of $236,000 earmarked by the Saudi Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs. The youngest participant is an 8-year old Brazilian who does not speak Arabic but succeeded in learning five surat (chapters) of the Koran.
Sixty national and foreign pilots will turn on engines next March 14 to vie for the 7th edition of Morocco's classic rally that will cross several Moroccan mountainous and desert areas.
Two frenchmen were arrested last week at the port of the Moroccan northern city of Tangiers with 45 kg of cannabis extract, locally known as chira. Jean Marc Cantiran, 31, and Jeanine Ojada, 40, were concealing the banned substance in their France-plated car.