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Netanyahu forms six-member committee, selects economic targets in Lebanon
A Jordanian daily said today that a six-member committee formed by the Israeli premier chose in a meeting he chaired on Wednesday night main economic targets in Lebanon for a first-phase attack and Syrian strategic military positions for a later attack.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 8/28/1998
Lebanon accelerates contacts in confrontation of Israeli military build up
Lebanon continued its contacts with several major states with the objective of preventing Israel from launching a large-scale military operation against it, at a time when several Israeli ministers called for military strikes against the Lebanese economic infrastructure, including electricity, bridge and main road networks in an attempt to undermine the steadfastness of the Lebanese people and their commitment to national resistance.
Lebanon, Politics, 8/28/1998
U.S. urges restraint in Lebanon border conflict
The United States is urging the governments of both Israel and Lebanon to show restraint after the Israeli assassination of a Lebanese Amal leader inside Lebanon was followed by Lebanese Katyusha missile attacks into northern Israel.
Lebanon-Israel-USA, Politics, 8/28/1998
Bombing suspect cause US pressure on Yemen to suspend passports
US Attorney General Janet Reno said that Yemeni native Muhammad Rashid Dawoud Al-Owhali, also known as Khaled Salem Saleh Bin Rashid, who was taken on Wednesday to the US, will be tried under charges of murder before a federal court for being involved in the bombing of the US embassy in Nairobi on August 7.
Regional-USA, Politics, 8/28/1998
Iraq wants to carry out UN resolutions says Egypt's FM
Egypt's Foreign Minister Amr Moussa discussed with his Iraqi counterpart Muhammad Saeed al-Sahaf the latest developments pertaining to Iraq's work with UNSCOM.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 8/28/1998
Algeria has no evidence of Morocco's involvement in arms smuggling
A spokesman for the Algerian government, Hamrawi Habib Chawki, said Algeria cannot accuse its neighbors, mainly Morocco, of being a transit for Algeria-bound weapons in the absence of evidence.
Algeria-Morocco, Politics, 8/28/1998
Arab initiative to apply nuclear safeguards in the Middle East
The Arab Group at the United Nations in getting ready to make intensive diplomatic communications for implementation of IAEA safeguards in the Middle East, through the 42nd session of the agency's conference which will start its works on September 21.
Regional, Politics, 8/28/1998
Amr Moussa in South Africa tonight, sees greater role for Non-Aligned Movement
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa is heading today to Durban, South Africa to head Egypt's delegation to the meetings of foreign ministers of the Non-Aligned Movement countries that will begin works on Sunday to prepare for the 12th summit of the NAM countries.
Egypt-Non-Aligned Movement, Politics, 8/28/1998
Al-Sabah's opening speech at GCC meeting
Foreign ministers of the six Arab Gulf Cooperation Council states on Thursday in Jeddah started the meetings of their 68th session to discuss several Gulf, Arab and international issues.
Gulf, Politics, 8/28/1998
Tunisian president meets Qaddoumi, calls for peace efforts
Tunisian President Zein al-Abidin Bin Ali called upon the international community -- especially the Middle East peace process cosponsors and the European Union -- to move swiftly to salvage the Middle East peace process.
Tunisia-Regional, Politics, 8/28/1998
Britain withdraws its ambassador from Sudan, warns Brits to leave
Britain on Thursday decided to withdraw its ambassador from Sudan and recommended British residents in Sudan to leave.
Sudan-UK, Politics, 8/28/1998
Arab arbitration conference to start dealing with concrete trade issues
Arab League Secretary-General Esmat Abdul Meguid opened the meeting of the general secretariat for the Arab arbitration centers on Thursday at the headquarters of the Chamber of Trade, Industry and Agriculture in Beirut.
Regional, Politics, 8/28/1998
France to devote more focus on Maghreb countries
Maghreb-France, Politics, 8/28/1998
EU welcomes Libya's stand over Lockerbie issue
The Presidency of the European Union has welcomed Libya's position concerning the Lockerbie issue. The EU presidency statement said the EU expects Libya to accept the proposal.
Libya, Politics, 8/28/1998
King Fahd confers with Saudi crown prince, officials
Saudi Arabia, Politics, 8/28/1998
A message from Iranian President to Gaddafi
Libya-Iran, Politics, 8/28/1998
U.N. Security Council approves sanction suspension once Libyans are handed over
Libya-UN, Politics, 8/28/1998
French calls ambassadors to soften visa-issuing procedures
French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine asked Thursday his country's ambassadors in countries from which a visa is required to enter France to improve the waiting and application conditions in their embassies.
Regional-France, Politics, 8/28/1998
Moroccan UN human rights expert calls for lifting embargo on Iraq
A Moroccan UN Human Rights expert has called for lifting the sanctions imposed Iraq and urged the international community to alleviate the sufferings of the Iraqi people.
Morocco-Iraq, Politics, 8/28/1998
Portugal and Morocco set up parliamentary friendship group
A Portugal-Morocco parliamentary friendship group has just been set up at the initiative of Portuguese social-democrat MP Paulo Mendo.
Morocco-Portugal, Politics, 8/28/1998
Moroccan ministerial committee on illegal emigration holds first session
The Moroccan ministerial committee on illegal emigration, set up this week, held its first meeting on Thursday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi.
Morocco-Italy, Politics, 8/28/1998
Iraq denies US claim
Iraq-USA, Politics, 8/28/1998
Hussein Aideed visiting Ethiopia
Somalia-Ethiopia, Politics, 8/28/1998
Sudanese army denies flight of US airplanes from Haliyub
Abdul Rahman Ser El-Khatm, the official spokesman of the Sudanese armed forces, said in press statements yesterday that reports that US airplanes were launched from a military base in Haliyub to strike El-Shefaa factory outside Khartoum are untrue.
Sudan-USA, Politics, 8/28/1998
Yemeni president: Corruption is too much in some ministeries
Yemen, Politics, 8/28/1998
Arab League adopts new item in its council's meetings
Regional-UK, Politics, 8/28/1998
Libya asks Security Council to delay action on Lockerbie suspects resolution
Libya asked the Security Council on Wednesday to postpone action on a Security Council resolution calling for the quick handover of two suspects in the 1988 bombing of a Pan-am airliner over Scotland. All 270 passengers and crew were killed.
Libya, Politics, 8/27/1998
Egyptian trade minister: Potato exports banned in six European countries
Ahmed Goweili, the Egyptian minister of trade and supply, announced during his meeting with exporters and producers of potatoes that the Egyptian government absolutely opposes the decision of the European Union in setting up preventive conditions that restrict exports of Egyptian potatoes.
Egypt-European Union, Politics, 8/27/1998
No Egyptian military attaches in African Horn and Nile Basin countries
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry announced in a statement yesterday that there are no military attachments in any of the Egyptian embassies in the capitals of the African Horn and Nile Basin countries, except Nairobi and Kinsasha.
Egypt-Ethiopia-Eritrea, Politics, 8/27/1998
Security Council satisfied over progress in UN settlement plan in Sahara
The UN Security Council expressed satisfaction over the progress achieved in some aspects of the UN settlement plan for the Sahara, mainly regarding the identification process of persons eligible to vote in the projected referendum.
Morocco-West Sahara, Politics, 8/27/1998
Islamic Awqaf bans tourists from entering Aqsa mosque
The Islamic Awqaf (authority) department decided on wednesday to ban foreign and Israeli tourists from entering Al Aqsa mosque and surrounding compound for three days starting from today.
Regional, Politics, 8/27/1998
Saudi crown prince will visit South Korea
Saudi Arabia's deputy prime minister, Crown Prince Abdallah Bin Abdul Aziz received a formal invitation from Korean Prime Minister Kim Chong-pil to visit South Korea.
Saudi Arabia-South Korea, Politics, 8/27/1998
Italian - Tunisian illegal immigration discussions today
Italian Minister of Interior Georgio Napolitano arrived today in Tunis for an official visit, during which he will hold talks with his Tunisian counterpart Ali El-Shawish and Foreign Minister Said Ben Mostafa that tackle the arrangements to implement the agreement on combating illegal immigration.
Tunisia-Italy, Politics, 8/27/1998
Arab League has no information about convening Arab summit on Sudan
Esmat Abdul Meguid, the Arab League's secretary-general, denied in Beirut yesterday having information about convening an Arab summit to discuss the US attack against Sudan.
Lebanon-Regional, Politics, 8/27/1998
Bahrain FM highlights Non Aligned Movement key role
Bahrain's Foreign minister Sheikh Muhammad Bin Mubarak al-Khaleifa has underlined the role played by the Non Aligned Movement NAM in the forthcoming phase, under the current international conditions and developments in the Arab states and international arenas.
Bahrain-Regional, Politics, 8/27/1998
Boueiz to present Lebanon's case against Israel at Non Aligned Movement conference
Lebanon-Non-Aligned Movement, Politics, 8/27/1998
Lebanon ready to face all possibilities
Lebanon, Politics, 8/27/1998
Iraq, Politics, 8/27/1998
Qatar - Yemen educational cooperation
Qatar-Yemen, Politics, 8/27/1998
Tel Aviv municipality chief for immediate withdrawal from South Lebanon
Israel, Politics, 8/27/1998
Mauritanian president Meets Malian Peer
Mauritania-Mali, Politics, 8/27/1998
Bashir convenes with Sudanese ambassador in Cairo
Sudan, Politics, 8/27/1998
Gulf foreign and finance ministers start meetings today
The foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries are convening in Jeddah today and tomorrow in the course of their normal meetings.
Gulf, Politics, 8/27/1998
Libya approves US-UK intiative on Lockerbie
Libya gave approval to the offer of the United States to put the matter of the Lockerbie crisis to a trial in the Hague, Netherlands.
Libya, Politics, 8/26/1998
Reforming the UN Security Council is all talk and no action
Expressing pessimism over the amount of progress made by the Open-ended Working Group on Security Council reform, United Nations General Assembly President Hennadiy Udovenko said, "There is no compelling evidence to believe that the meetings of the Working Group have yielded a breakthrough in this reform exercise."
Regional-UN, Politics, 8/26/1998
Libya to reply to US proposal, President of Chad leaves Tripoli by plane
The President of Chad, Idris Debi left Libya's Tripoli airport in spite of the flight embargo imposed by the U.N. on Libya because of the Lockerbie crisis.
Libya-Chad, Politics, 8/26/1998
Syrian FM sudden visit carries message to Chirac
French President Jacques Chirac on Tuesday night received Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa and held a closed door meeting that dealt with the Middle East peace process.
Syria-France, Politics, 8/26/1998
Sudanese opposition assert production of chemical weapons in El-Shefaa factory
Sources in the Sudanese opposition confirmed yesterday that the El-Shefaa factory, destroyed last week by US attacks, was producing chemical weapons.
Sudan, Politics, 8/26/1998
A message from President Clinton to Arafat
Arafat was quoted as saying in Oslo that the new Israeli proposals concerning redeployment in the West Bank in return for which the Palestinian government has to take tougher security measures, against individuals who use violence for political ends, if members of the Palestinian police are permitted to move freely within areas dedicated to them.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 8/26/1998
Sudan wants Carter to chair American team to inspect medicine factory
Sudan announced that it intends to present its dispute with the U.S. to the International Court of Justice in the Hague and proposed that former US President Jimmy Carter assume the chairmanship of a US inspection team investigating the ruins of El-Shefaa medicine factory.
Sudan-USA, Politics, 8/26/1998
Morocco sets up ministerial committee on illegal emigration
The Moroccan government has set up a ministerial committee on the issue of illegal emigration, it was officially announced in Rabat.
Morocco, Politics, 8/26/1998
Morocco seizes 74 tons of juvenile sardines
Moroccan fishing authorities have seized lately 74 tons of juvenile sardines in the southern Atlantic port of Laayoune.
Morocco, Politics, 8/26/1998
UNSCOM's Scott Ritter resigns
Iraq, Politics, 8/26/1998
Indian Premier to visit Oman
Oman-India, Politics, 8/26/1998
Baath Party internal disputes in Jordan
Jordan, Politics, 8/26/1998
Lebanese Premier confers with AL chief
Lebanon-Regional, Politics, 8/26/1998
Turkish Premier to visit Jordan, Israel, the Palestinian territories
Turkey-Regional, Politics, 8/26/1998
A message from Pakistani President to ruler of Qatar
Qatar-Pakistan, Politics, 8/26/1998
Norway to withdraw its contingent from south Lebanon
Lebanon-Norway, Politics, 8/26/1998
Jordan press to aviod water crisis reports
Jordan, Politics, 8/26/1998
EU - Golan
Syria-Israel-European Union, Politics, 8/26/1998
Hariri: Presidential elections will be held on time
Lebanon, Politics, 8/26/1998
El-Tourabi expects improving relations with America
Sudan-USA, Politics, 8/26/1998
A new French ambassador for Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia-France, Politics, 8/26/1998
Sudan asks Egypt to send scientific delegation to bombed medicine factory
Sudan asked Cairo to send a specialized Egyptian scientific delegation to visit the location of the medicine factory hit by a US military strike to investigate US claims that "precursor chemicals" used in the making of chemical weapons were produced there.
Sudan-Egypt-USA, Politics, 8/25/1998
Oslo anniversary: no reason to celebrate
At least twenty thousand Palestinians living in the heart of Hebron had to mark the 5th anniversary of the signing of the Oslo Accords while confined to their homes. The Israeli troops clamped a curfew on the city center following last Thursday night stabbing to death of a leading settler in Hebron.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 8/25/1998
Arab League upbeat over US-Britain approval to try Libyans in Hague
The Arab League on Monday described the American and British approval to try the two Libyans suspected of bombing a Pan Am plane over Scotland in 1988 in the Hague, Holland, under Scottish law as "a positive step."
Libya-Regional, Politics, 8/25/1998
Damascus: Riyadh, Cairo want Baghdad to attend forthcoming summit
Syrian Defense Minister Lt. Gen. Mustafa Tlass has asserted that Syria, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia want Iraq to take part in the forthcoming Arab summit.
Syria-Regional, Politics, 8/25/1998
Report: Bin Laden knew of coming US strike
Spokesman for Islamist billionaire Osama Bin Laden said that the US strikes prevented the former from convening a summit in Afghanistan scheduled to be held by leaders of extremist Islamic movements.
Regional-Afghanistan, Politics, 8/25/1998
Baghdad: No more cooperation with UNSCOM
Iraq informed the Arab League of its continued refusal to cooperate with members of UNSCOM weapons inspection teams who are looking for weapons of mass destruction, adding that Iraq presented all cooperation through seven-and-a-half years and it has nothing more to present.
Iraq, Politics, 8/25/1998
Gulf States FMs to meet in Jeddah on completing integration
Foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states will hold meetings of their 68th ministerial session on Thursday in Jeddah to discuss developments in the Gulf, Arab and international arenas.
Gulf, Politics, 8/25/1998
Saudi Arabia, Yemen to reactivate security cooperation
Saudi minister of the Interior Prince Nayef Bin Abdul Aziz received a message on Sunday night from his Yemeni counterpart, Hussein Arab, on means of reactivating security cooperation between the two states.
Yemen-Saudi Arabia, Politics, 8/25/1998
Egypt FM confers with al-Mahdi
Egypt's Foreign Minister Amr Moussa discussed developments in Sudan as a result of the US recent strikes against Khartoum with former Sudanese prime minister and Nation's Party leader al-Sadeq al-Mahdi.
Egypt-Sudan-USA, Politics, 8/25/1998
Fact-finding committee on water pollution in Jordan
The Jordanian Cabinet had decided to submit the water pollution case to the attorney general who will take necessary judicial measures against those behind the water crisis Amman suffers.
Jordan, Politics, 8/25/1998
Weizman: Arrangements needed before Lebanon withdrawal; Britian concerned over Israeli Golan settlements
Israeli radio quoted Israeli President Ezer Weizman as saying today that there is an urgent need to reach an understanding between Israel and both Lebanon and Syria before achieving an Israeli withdrawal from south Lebanon.
Lebanon-Syria, Politics, 8/25/1998
A message from Gambia's president to ruler of Kuwait
Kuwait-Gambia, Politics, 8/25/1998
Saudi crown prince receives Libyan message
Saudi Arabia-Libya, Politics, 8/25/1998
Sudan withdraws its ambassador from Britain
Sudan-UK, Politics, 8/25/1998
Britain urged to reconsider situation of Islamist asylum seekers
Regional-UK, Politics, 8/25/1998
Iranian president confers with Lebanese Mufti
Iranian President Muhammad Khatami today received Lebanese Mufti Sheikh Muhammad Rashid Qabbani, currently visiting Iran. Talks dealt with the situation in Lebanon and the continued Israeli aggressions against south Lebanon.
Lebanon-Iran, Politics, 8/25/1998
New Jordanian premier in Washington to meet with King Hussein
Newly-appointed Jordanian Prime Minister Fayez Tarawneh on Monday headed for Washington to meet with King Hussein who is on a break from the cancer medical treatments he is receiving in the Mayo Clinic.
Jordan, Politics, 8/25/1998
Damascus: No security or peace with occupation
The assistant secretary general of the ruling Baath Party in Syria, Abdullah al-Ahmar, on Monday stressed that Israel "cannot get security and peace while perpetuating its occupation of the Arab territories."
Syria, Politics, 8/25/1998
Netanyahu approves withdrawal from 13% of West Bank territories
Israeli dailies published on Monday said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has at last given up certain conditions prevent the realization of an accord with the Palestinian government on partial redeployment from the West Bank.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 8/25/1998
Security Council: Lack of Iraqi cooperation unacceptable
Iraq-UN, Politics, 8/25/1998
Bashir: We did not accuse Egypt of supporting America in shelling us
Sudan-Egypt, Politics, 8/25/1998
A message to Mubarak from president of Eritrea
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak received a message from Eritrean President Assiyas Afworki.
Egypt-Eritrea, Politics, 8/25/1998
A report for Moussa concerning the French - Egyptian peace initiative
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa received a report yesterday from Ali Maher, Egypt's ambassador in Paris, including the intensive communications made by France in cooperation with Egypt to save the peace process, topped by the idea of convening an international peace conference based on the French - Egyptian initiative.
Egypt-France, Politics, 8/25/1998
Saudi Arabia stresses need to combat terrorism within U.N. framework
At a meeting chaired by First Deputy Prime Minister Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul-Aziz, the Saudi Cabinet condemned all forms of terrorism and emphasized that all legal international measures should be taken to combat terrorism and confront those who harbor terrorists.
Saudi Arabia-Regional-USA, Politics, 8/25/1998
Fish professionals' international meeting to convene in Morocco
The fourth international meeting of fish exporters and importers will be held in Agadir, Southern Morocco, next September 9-11.
Morocco, Politics, 8/25/1998
Returning accusation, Moroccan diplomat says Polisario violates freedom of movement
Brushing aside these allegations as "pernicious and unacceptable," the diplomat said accusations that Morocco is restricting the movement of diplomats and journalists are totally false.
Morocco-West Sahara, Politics, 8/25/1998
Algeria still clings to global approach to heal relations with Morocco
Algerian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Aziz Sabaa said Monday his country still adheres to "a global approach" in addressing its relations with Morocco.
Algeria-Morocco, Politics, 8/25/1998
A message from Indonesian president to Sheikh Zayed
United Arab Emirates-Indonesia, Politics, 8/25/1998
Chad President arrives Tripoli by air
Libya-Chad, Politics, 8/25/1998
Algeria denies Spanish report on nuclear program
Algeria, Politics, 8/25/1998
Afro-Asian People denounces Israeli settlements in the Golan
The president of the Afro-Asian People's Solidarity Committee (AAPSO) has issued a press statement denouncing the Israeli settlement operations in the Golan.
Syria, Politics, 8/25/1998
Arab League condemns Washington's attack against Sudan
The Arab League condemned Monday in Cairo at an emergency meeting the US missile strikes against a pharmaceutical plant in northern Khartoum.
Regional-Sudan, Politics, 8/24/1998
Sudan expects more attacks, Bombed factory asks US to admit error
The legal advisor for the Sudanese factory Dar el-Shefa asked the US administration to admit its error in shelling the factory in Khartoum, emphasizing the readiness of the factory to receive an international committee to investigate the credibility of the US claim that the factory produces "precursor chemicals" for the production of chemical weapons.
Sudan-USA, Politics, 8/24/1998
Egyptian Labor Party delegation in Sudan for moral support
A delegation from the Egyptian opposition Labor Party headed to Khartoum under the chairmanship of Ibrahim Shokri to express public solidarity with Sudan against last week's US attacks.
Egypt-Sudan, Politics, 8/24/1998
Report: Algeria able to produce plutonium within two years
The Spanish daily Elbais reported on Sunday, quoting Spanish intelligence sources, that Algeria is carrying out a nuclear program which would enable it to produce military plutonium within two years.
Algeria, Politics, 8/24/1998
A message from President Mubarak to President al-Assad
Syrian President Hafez al-Assad on Sunday received Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa who arrived Damascus earlier in the day for a brief visit. Moussa conveyed a message to President al-Assad from Egypt's President Mubarak, and al-Assad asked Moussa to convey a reply message to Mubarak.
Syria-Egypt, Politics, 8/24/1998
Many issues on the agenda of Egyptian diplomacy in the days to come
The coming few days will view intensive activity in Egyptian diplomacy on the international, African and Arab levels.
Egypt-North Africa, Politics, 8/24/1998
Iran: Iranian president will visit Paris in September
Iranian sources in Cairo stated that Iranian President Mohammed Khatami will visit Paris during September, where he will meet with French President Jacques Chirac.
Iran-France, Politics, 8/24/1998
Sudanese south council threatens resignation
Members of the South Sudan Coordination Council threatened to present their resignations over the marginalization of the council by officials in the government.
Sudan, Politics, 8/24/1998
US agrees to have Libyans accused of Lockerbie bombing tried
After much delay, US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright formally announced the US acceptance of the proposal to have the Libyans accused in the 10 year old Pan Am 103 plane bombing incident over Lockerbie - Scotland tried in a neutral country under Scottish law, saying, "We have decided to go forward with the trial of the two suspects."
Libya-USA, Politics, 8/24/1998
OIC opposes any unilateral anti-terrorist action
The Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Conference called for refraining from any unilateral action outside international legality and stressed the need to step up efforts to fight terrorism through legal means.
Sudan-OIC, Politics, 8/24/1998
Kabariti informs Abdul Meguid of Algeria developments
Arab League Secretary-General Esmat Abdul Meguid received yesterday afternoon Abdelkarim Kabariti, a member of the recent United Nations delegation to Algeria, who conveyed a message from former Portugese President Mario Soares, the delegation's leader.
Algeria-UN, Politics, 8/24/1998
AL chief arrives in Beirut tomorrow
Regional, Politics, 8/24/1998
Saudi defense minister confers with US senator
Saudi Arabia-USA, Politics, 8/24/1998
Libya, Yugoslavia for boosting bilateral cooperation
Libya-Yugoslavia, Politics, 8/24/1998
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