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Lahoud meets Ramadan, warns of Israel promoting strike on Iraq
The Lebanese President Emil Lahoud warned against Israel's promoting the implementation of an international decision that will be conducive to striking Iraq, as Israel had already done in subverting the world "terrorism" to strike against the Palestinian Intifada.
Lebanon-Iraq, Politics, 8/31/2002
Butaflika congratulates King Mohammed on anniversary date
President Bouteflika stated recalling that when the (French) occupying forces exiled the late King Mohammed V and his family in 1953, the Algerian people rose to express their anger and rejection of the move as their brethren in Morocco did.
Algeria-Morocco, Politics, 8/31/2002
Fate of al-Turabi, as weapons, documents are found with Sudan's People Congress party
News reports have been contradictory concerning the fate of the opposition leader of the People's Congress Party Hassan al-Turabi.
Sudan, Politics, 8/31/2002
Maher's talks with FMs of Saudi Arabia, Syria, Sudan, Somalia on threats
Cairo has witnessed an intensive diplomatic activity prior to the meetings of the Arab foreign ministers next Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday, Somalia's foreign minister Youssef Hassan Ibrahim arrived in Cairo to take part in the meetings and hold talks with the foreign minister Ahmad Maher.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 8/31/2002
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Israel prevents 250 clergy men in Golan from visiting Syria
The Israeli occupation authorities refused to permit 250 men of religion from the Golan to visit their homeland Syria.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 8/31/2002
Yemeni religious committee to guide youths arriving from Afghanistan
The Yemeni "September 26th" daily said on Thursday evening that the Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh ordered the formation of a committee including senior men of religion in order to deliver lectures and maintain dialogues with the Yemeni youths especially those who are arriving from Afghanistan in order to "orient them with correct concepts and thoughts of the Islamic religion."
Yemen-Afghanistan, Politics, 8/31/2002
Satterfield meets with Quartet committee representatives
David Satterfield, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs met in Jerusalem on Friday with the representatives of the Quartet committee and briefed them on the talks he held with Israeli officials.
Palestine-USA, Politics, 8/31/2002
Message from Mubarak to Qathafi
Egypt-Libya, Politics, 8/31/2002
Asharq Alawsat: Powell stressed firm relations with Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia-USA, Politics, 8/31/2002
Iran denies to have bought Israeli weapons
Iran-Israel, Politics, 8/31/2002
Food shortage looming on Tindouf refugees, UN warn
A serious lack of food aid and insufficient funding are combining to threaten the health and welfare of refugees living in quarter-century old Tindouf camps in Algeria, two United Nations agencies warned Thursday.
Algeria, Politics, 8/31/2002
Libya releases 65 political prisoners
Gaddafi International Foundation for Charitable Associations for charity works announced on Thursday the release of "65 prisoners of opinion" arrested during the 1980s in the country.
Libya, Politics, 8/30/2002
Iraqi vice president in Beirut
Lebanon-Iraq, Politics, 8/30/2002
Railway agreement, Syrian- Iraqi joint projects; Ramadan: UN inspector will not pacify US war threats
Meetings of the Syrian- Iraqi joint higher committee were concluded yesterday by signing several economic agreements and joint projects and they stressed on political stances between the two states towards commitment to the Beirut summit initiative, a call on the US to give up the policy of siding with Israel, rejecting interference in the internal affairs of Iraq as well as noting the need of continued dialogue between Iraq and the UN, according to a statement issued by the Syrian cabinet on Thursday.
Syria-Iraq, Politics, 8/30/2002
Al-Faisal: it is not wise to topple Saddam and install another
The US President George Bush has vowed during a meeting he held with the Saudi ambassador to the UN Prince Bandar Bin Sultan to make consultations with Saudi Arabia and other countries before taking any decision concerning a military attack against Iraq
Saudi Arabia-Iraq, Politics, 8/30/2002
King Fahd gets a phone call from Mubarak
Saudi Arabia's King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz on Thursday received a telephone call from President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt.
Saudi Arabia-Egypt, Politics, 8/30/2002
Al-Rai al-Am: Libya wants projects in South Sudan to off cessation
The Sudanese foreign minister Mustafa Othman Ismael has announced that Libya’s Leader of the Revolution Colonel Muammar al Qathafi called on investment sides in his country to establish development projects in southern Sudan to ward off the ghost of cessation between the two parts of Sudan.
Sudan-Libya, Politics, 8/30/2002
King Mohammed chairs ministers' council, focus on Arabic language
The institution will mainly consecrate the role of the Arabic language in education, culture and sciences through its adapting to the evolution of science and technology. It will equally endeavor to modernize, simplify and rationalize Arabic to make it accessible to the whole society and to enable it cover all the sectors of activity in the country.
Morocco, Politics, 8/30/2002
Amsterdam conference discussed formation of an Iraqi government
Sources in the Iraqi opposition unveiled that the representatives of the 6 opposition parties who met with officials in the US administration by the beginning of this August agreed with them to elect an opposition Iraqi government in the opposition conference due to be held in Amsterdam in September.
Iraq, Politics, 8/30/2002
Danish peace plan: A Palestinian state by fall of 2005
Denmark which presides the current rotating presidency of the European Union has called for the foundation of an independent Palestinian state by the fall of 2005 in the context of a plan to revive the suspended peace process in the Middle East.
Palestine-Denmark, Politics, 8/30/2002
Iran denies claims on Israeli weapons
The spokesman for the Iranian foreign ministry Hameed Rida Asifi has strongly denied claims alleged by the Israeli ministry of defense saying that Iran had bought weapons from Israel that were sold earlier to Taiwan.
Iran-Israel, Politics, 8/30/2002
King Mohammed receives China's premier
Morocco-China, Politics, 8/29/2002
Okaz: Iraq is ready to restore relations with the US
The Iraqi foreign minister Naji Sabri has stressed the need of inter- Arab solidarity, noting that such solidarity will be able to avert the region and Iraq an American attack that would be conducive to making a change in the political map of the region.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 8/29/2002
Morocco extends assistance to flood-stricken Algeria
Three Moroccan planes landed in Algiers Wednesday with 21 tons of aid to the victims of the torrential storms that affected Algeria recently.
Algeria-Morocco, Politics, 8/29/2002
American demands from Jordan
Jordan-USA, Politics, 8/29/2002
Al-Assad, King of Bahrain talks on revitalizing solidarity
The king stressed Bahrain's unwavering position on the need of Israel's withdrawal from the occupied Syrian Golan Heights until June 4, 1967 lines and the parts remaining under occupation in the Shebaa farms in South Lebanon
Syria-Bahrain, Politics, 8/29/2002
Al-Bashir arrests al-Turabi party leadership
The Sudanese government yesterday launched a vast detention campaign in the lines of the leaderships of the People's National Congress party led by Hassan al-Turabi that targeted 26 of them, in a step justified by the authorities for attacks made against university students, while later investigations showed that al-Turabi's party was planning for "acts of damages in a order to create a state of disorder in order to obstruct the peace process" between Khartoum and the rebels in the south.
Sudan, Politics, 8/29/2002
Al-Shara, Bin Issa discuss regional issues
Syria's foreign minister Farouk al-Shara on Wednesday received Bahrain's foreign minister Sheikh Muhammad Bin Issa Mubarak al-Khalifa and members of the accompanying delegation.
Syria-Bahrain, Politics, 8/29/2002
AL chief: Mashakos agreement not a danger to Arab national security
Sudan-Regional, Politics, 8/29/2002
Al-Hayat: Syria and the threat against Iraq, the region
The paper said that the Syrian leadership is working to benefit from the fact she is the only side that has good relations with Iraq and the Gulf states, altogether in order to bring about view points between Baghdad and Saudi Arabia in order to establish an Arab solidarity so as to withstand tremendous expected onslaughts in the coming phase. These two elements, however, were behind the visit made by Present Bashar al-Assad to Saudi Arabia and his talks there with its officials.
Syria-Iraq, Politics, 8/29/2002
Al-Raya: Mauritanian diplomat refuses work at embassy in Israel
Mauritania-Israel, Politics, 8/29/2002
Ramsey Clark tours Iraq; 100,000 dead due sanctions
Former U.S. Attorney General Clark had previously said that "An attack on Iraq by the United States would also violate the Constitution and laws of the United States ... Unfortunately in recent years our Constitution has been more honored in the breach than in faithful observance of the rights it is intended to protect for all.
Iraq, Politics, 8/29/2002
Straw and the reform process in Syria
The British foreign office secretary Jacque Straw said in press statement yesterday in London that Britain is working with the Syrian government and provides support for the reform programs in Syria especially in the economic cultural, educational, health, tourism and telecommunications fields.
Syria-UK, Politics, 8/29/2002
China, India stress rejection to striking Iraq
China has stressed its rejection to the use of the military force against Iraq and warned that an act as such will increase tension and instability in the Middle East region.
Iraq-China, Politics, 8/29/2002
Moussa presides AL permanent representatives meeting
The secretary general of the Arab League (AL) Amr Moussa stated that there is Arab consensus to enlist an item concerning foreign threats against the Arab states, foremost being the American threats against Iraq on the agenda of the AL council at the level of the Arab foreign ministers to be held on September 4 and 5.
Regional, Politics, 8/29/2002
Ben Eliezer cancels Israeli- Palestinian security officials meeting
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 8/29/2002
Al-Qanat: Satterfield to convey US threats to Syria
Arab diplomatic sources in Beirut unveiled that the forthcoming visit of the US under secretary of state for the Middle East David Satterfield to Damascus bears threats.
Syria-USA, Politics, 8/29/2002
Sharon will not recognize new council for Palestinian authority
Sources at the office of the Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon said that Sharon will not recognize any new council in the Palestinian authority unless its establishment will be preceded by what he called genuine and fundamental reforms in security and fighting what he had called terrorism.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 8/29/2002
Al- Assad talks with King of Bahrain in Damascus
King of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa arrived in Damascus yesterday on a "fraternal" official visit to Syria.
Syria-Bahrain, Politics, 8/28/2002
Al-Assad discusses with Ramadan bilateral relations, Arab conditions
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday in Damascus received the Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan and members of the accompanying delegation. The delegation includes the minister of commerce Muhammad Mahdi Saleh, the minister of transport Ahmad Murtada and the minister of industry and minerals.
Syria-Iraq, Politics, 8/28/2002
Chinese premier arrives in Morocco
In addition, Chinese businessmen have established five processing ventures in Morocco. They include a steel wire factory, a motorcycle assembly works and a garment factory.
Morocco-China, Politics, 8/28/2002
Mubarak meets with students about Iraq, Sudan, and local issues
"We have spoken with Iraq several times, and a representative from the Arab League went to Baghdad. He told me that Iraq had accepted the return of the international inspectors, but nothing has happened so far and this was a long time ago," he added.
Egypt, Politics, 8/28/2002
On the visit of al-Assad to Saudi Arabia
The London- based al-Hayat daily in its Tuesday's issue quoted a Syrian source as saying on the occasion of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad's visit to Saudi Arabia on Monday that Damascus is making efforts to improve the Iraqi - Gulf relations, on the ground of the reconciliation achieved during the recent Beirut Arab summit conference.
Syria-Saudi Arabia, Politics, 8/28/2002
Telephone conversations between Saudi crown prince, President Bush
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz has stressed the need that any solution for the Middle East question should be based on justice, equity and international legitimacy resolutions.
Saudi Arabia-USA, Politics, 8/28/2002
Qatar's FM talks in Baghdad
The Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jasem al-Thani said on Tuesday that his country is relentlessly seeking to avoid the region any military act against Iraq.
Qatar-Iraq, Politics, 8/28/2002
Iraqi opposition members trained in Washington
The US Department of State has stated that a group of 17 Iraqi opposition members will receive this week in Washington a training in communications for four days at the headquarters of the Department of State in order to help them how to promote their case against the Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 8/28/2002
Bush, Abdullah to meet in New York in September
In its Tuesday's issue, the Lebanese daily Assafir said quoting well-informed American sources that the Saudi crown prince Abdullah will in the second half of September pay an official visit to the USA in order to hold talks with the US President George Bush. This visit will be the second of its kind this year following their talks in April in Texas.
Saudi Arabia-USA, Politics, 8/28/2002
Juan Carlos visits king Fahd
The Spanish King Juan Carlos on Tuesday paid a courtesy visit to the Saudi King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz at his residence in Marbaya.
Saudi Arabia-Spain, Politics, 8/28/2002
Religion is the most sensitive issue in Sudan
The Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir stressed on Tuesday that the initial peace agreement between the Sudanese government and the southern rebels guarantees the role of the Islamic Sharia in the country.
Sudan, Politics, 8/28/2002
Jewish Rabbi: Israeli practices against Palestinians contradicts Judaism
The Greater Israeli Rabbi for British Jews Jonathan Sacs has criticized the Israeli practices against the Palestinian people. He stressed that these practices are in contradiction with the real teachings of Judaism.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 8/28/2002
Israeli Mossad recruits former Lahd militias members
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 8/28/2002
Al-Assad talks with Saudi crown prince in Jeddah about Arab solidarity, attacking Iraq
The talks dealt with means of strengthening relations, developments in the occupied Palestinian territories and on the Arab and international arenas and the American threats to strike Iraq.
Syria-Saudi Arabia, Politics, 8/27/2002
King of Bahrain starts visit to Syria, today
Syria-Bahrain, Politics, 8/27/2002
King of Bahrain on private visit in Morocco
Great hopes are pinned on the mounting generations in the whole Arab nation which spares no effort to secure them conditions for a life in dignity and freedom. "This is one of the outstanding topics on which we focus our talks with H.M. King Mohammed VI whenever we meet," Sheikh Hamad said.
Bahrain-Morocco, Politics, 8/27/2002
Release of 11 Lebanese held in Syria
Lebanon-Syria, Politics, 8/27/2002
Libya calls on Palestinian groups to disclose information about al-Sader
Libya-Lebanon, Politics, 8/27/2002
All historical, legal, geographical data evidence Morocco's rights on tourah islet, fm
Spain may have reacted the way it did out of fear that the case becomes a prelude to Morocco's claim over Sebta and Melillia (two Moroccan cities still under Spanish rule), Benaissa said. "The Spaniards are wrong, for Morocco has always claimed the two cities, which are in Moroccan territory."
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 8/27/2002
Sabri arrives in China
Iraq-China, Politics, 8/27/2002
Al-Assad receives Bulgaria's FM, stresses Syria's commitment to just peace
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on Monday in Damascus received Solomon Basi the Bulgarian foreign minister and members of the accompanying delegation.
Syria-Bulgaria, Politics, 8/27/2002
Some 125 Saudis detained in Guantanamo
In June, the Saudi ministry of the interior announced that members of Saudi and foreign nationalities were arrested while planning to carry out terrorist acts targeting several key positions in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia-USA, Politics, 8/27/2002
Al-Jazeera: Qatar denies permitting US attacks against Iraq
The Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jasem al-Thani arrived on Monday in Baghdad in an official visit during which he discusses the possibility of the return back of UN inspectors to Iraq in order to dismantle the current crisis, according to the Qatari al-Jazeera TV station.
Qatar-Iraq, Politics, 8/27/2002
Libya, Congo for establishing peace in Greater lakes areas
On the other hand, Qathafi appealed to the world activists taking part in the World Environment summit to be held today in Johannesburg, south Africa in which he called for a serious stand on the future of the "Nile Delta" on which the fate of millions of people in Egypt depends.
Libya-Congo, Politics, 8/27/2002
Al-Dostour: On an Arab Troika
The Jordanian daily al- Dostour said on Monday that a Syrian call to convene a tripartite summit including Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Syria has come in the due time because of threats and provocation imposed on the three states requires that the tripartite alliance should restore back the spirit that prevailed during after Oslo years.
Regional, Politics, 8/27/2002
Kuwaiti documents to be restored back within weeks
The UN envoy Richard Fouran has crossed the border by land from Iraq to Kuwait on Monday in order to draw the final arrangements for the return back of tons of Kuwaiti national documents which were taken by the Iraqis during the invasion of Kuwait 12 years ago.
Iraq-Kuwait, Politics, 8/27/2002
Hammoud, Moussa discuss meetings of the Arab follow up committee
Lebanon-Regional, Politics, 8/27/2002
Bush does not need Congress approval to attack Iraq
White House legal advisors have considered that the US President George Bush does not need to get the approval of the Congress in order to launch a military attack against Iraq.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 8/27/2002
Saadat observes hunger strike
The secretary general of the People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine Ahmad Saadat on Sunday evening started a hunger strike in prison in protest of his continued detention since May despite the decision of the supreme Palestinian court to release him.
Palestine, Politics, 8/27/2002
Qarisli invites Arab members in Israeli Knesset to visit Germany
The German member of parliament Jamal Qarisli has invited several Arab members in the Israeli Knesset, including Azmi Beshara, and the chairman of the Arab Democratic Party Abdul Wahab al-Drawesha and many of his colleagues in the party to visit Germany.
Israel-Germany, Politics, 8/27/2002
Qatar's foreign minister heads today for Baghdad
Iraq-Qatar, Politics, 8/26/2002
Abul Ragheb: there is no mediation with Qatar
Jordan-Qatar, Politics, 8/26/2002
Some 17 Iraqis killed, wounded in American raids
Iraq-USA, Politics, 8/26/2002
Al-Qabas: Sheikh Khaled visited Washington
Kuwait-USA, Politics, 8/26/2002
Libyan, Sudanese, Ugandan meeting
A meeting was held on Saturday evening in Tripoli included the secretary of the Libyan people's committee for African unity Ali Abdul Salaam al-Tureiki, the Sudanese foreign minister Mustafa Othman and Uganda's foreign minister James Wabaka.
Libya-Sudan, Politics, 8/26/2002
Egypt: ministry of agriculture official arrested for corruption
The Egyptian authorities this week arrested the chairman of the agricultural development bank and the secretary of the ministry of agriculture Youssef Abdul Rahman on charges of receiving bribes. Abdul Rahman is considered the second man in the ministry after minister Youssef Wali.
Egypt, Politics, 8/26/2002
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Palestinian embassy refuses to receive Abu Nidal's body
Palestine-Iraq, Politics, 8/26/2002
Saleh defends Yemen about missiles: All Arab states to have Iraq's fate
The Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Saturday defended his country's right to buy Skud missiles, noting that Sanaa was not exposed to the American sanctions because it backs the American war against terrorism.
Yemen-USA, Politics, 8/26/2002
Al-Sharq: Abu Mazin stops his work in Palestinian authority
The Lebanese daily al-Sharq said in its Saturday's issue, quoting Palestinian sources, that member of the PLO executive committee and the closer to succeed the Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas, Abu Mazin has stopped working since more than one month.
Palestine, Politics, 8/26/2002
Al-Shara reviewed with Bulgarian counterpart tense conditions in the region
The Syrian foreign minister Farouk al-Shara on Sunday in Damascus received the Bulgarian foreign minister Solomon Basi and members of the accompanying delegation. The meeting was attended by high ranking officials representing the two sides..
Syria-Bulgaria, Politics, 8/26/2002
Al-Watan: a forthcoming Syrian, Egyptian, Saudi summit
The Saudi daily al-Watan said in its Sunday's issue that the two messages sent by President Bashar al-Assad to the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and to Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz unveiled stress to convene a tripartite Syrian, Egyptian and Saudi summit in the second half of September.
Syria-Regional, Politics, 8/26/2002
Al-Deyar: Iraqi opposition trains volunteers to fight Saddam Hussein
In its Sunday's issue, the Lebanese daily al-Deyar said that the Iraqi opposition has actually started preparation to recruit Iraqi fighters in order to fight Saddam Hussein's regime and that the US will pay the salaries of those fighters, train them and place them in camps on the borders in Turkey and Jordan.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 8/26/2002
Al-Rai al-Am: Contacts between Khartoum, Asmara
The advisor for the Sudanese president for political affairs Qutbi al-Mahdi has stated that contacts were made between Khartoum and Asmara during the past days in order to revitalize the special agreement relating to the security committees meeting between the two countries.
Sudan-Eritrea, Politics, 8/26/2002
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