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Escalation of humanitarian conditions in Darfour; An agreement over two of the margined areas in Sudan
The Sudanese government and the southern rebels in Sudan have agreed over the situation of two of the three margined areas in the center of Sudan.
Sudan, Politics, 1/24/2004
House of advisors in Morocco adopts Family Code
The House of Advisors unanimously adopted on Friday the new family code that aims at promoting the situation of women in the Moroccan society.
Morocco, Politics, 1/24/2004
London's conference for the Saudi opposition calls for democracy in the Kingdom
The coalition for democracy, a Saudi opposition organization, held a conference in London in which it discussed the future of democracy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia, Politics, 1/24/2004
Algeria, Kabylie, agree to quit illegal parliamentarians
The Algerian government agreed with Tansiqeyat al-Oroush, which includes major berber tribes in Kabylie area, to remove illegally elected persons who won the legislative and municipal elections.
Algeria, Politics, 1/24/2004
Egypt, Libya lift restrictions on citizens travel
Each of Cairo and Tripoli decided to lift the restrictions imposed since two weeks on the travel of the citizens of the two states at the al-Salloum border crossing between Egypt and Libya.
Egypt-Libya, Politics, 1/24/2004
Sahara: France highlights need to carry on dialogue between Morocco, Algeria
France highlighted Friday the need for Morocco and Algeria to carry on dialogue to reach a "negotiated settlement" to the Sahara question.
Morocco-France, Politics, 1/24/2004
American congressmen prepare to visit Tripoli; Libya cooperates with weapons teams
The US has expressed its satisfaction over the cooperation shown by Libya with the visiting American and British officials which study means of eliminating and destroying banned weapons programs Libya owns.
Libya-USA, Politics, 1/24/2004
Israel extends al-Barghoutri detention in the cell
The Israeli prisons administrator Thursday asked for extending imprisonment of member of the Palestinian legislative council, Marwan Barghouthi, who has been detained since April 2002 in a separate cell.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 1/24/2004
AL chief describes Washington's policy in Iraq and the region as wrong
The secretary general of the Arab League (AL) Amr Moussa urged the US on Wednesday to discuss democracy with the Arabs and not to try to impose it on an area which is boiling because of the occupation of Iraq and the Israeli- Palestinian conflict.
Regional-USA, Politics, 1/24/2004
Clashes in Abu Deis: Washington stresses commitment to peace
Clashes erupted yesterday between the Israeli occupation soldiers and scores of Palestinian protesters at the wall of separation, in Abu Deis town, to the east of occupied Jerusalem.
Palestine-USA, Politics, 1/24/2004
Syria's PM pays an official visit to Jordan Sunday
Jordan-Syria, Politics, 1/24/2004
AL delegation discusses Tunisian preparations for the Arab summit
Tunisia-Regional, Politics, 1/24/2004
International NGOs confirm humanitarian aid embezzlement in Tindouf camps
Algeria-Morocco, Politics, 1/24/2004
Polisario, destabilization factor in maghreb, sahrawi NGOs
Maghreb, Politics, 1/24/2004
New UN ultimatum to Morocco on sahara, quite weird, paper
Morocco-UN, Politics, 1/24/2004
Bahrain's parliament questions three ministers
Heads of parliamentary blocs in the Bahraini parliament asked yesterday for the interrogation of three ministers in the course of the investigation held by the parliamentary committee concerning status of two retirement funds.
Bahrain, Politics, 1/22/2004
Cairo: Judiciary lifts immunity from Parliamentarian Yousef Wali
The Cairo criminal court yesterday called for lifting parliamentary immunity from the deputy premier and minister of agriculture in Egypt, Youssef Wali, so as to be investigated in a corruption case one of his former aides was accused in.
Egypt, Politics, 1/22/2004
Mubarak sends top delegates to Tripoli with message to Gaddafi
Egypt, Libya maintain 'strong' relations President Hosni Mubarak yesterday dispatched senior officials to Tripoli with a message to Libya's Leader of the Revolution Colonel Muammar al Qathafi.
Egypt-Libya, Politics, 1/22/2004
Equity and Reconciliation Commission keen to meet society aspirations
The newly created Equity and Reconciliation Commission (ERC) said Tuesday in a release that in addition to its mission of out-of-court settlement of past human rights abuses, it is keen to meet the Moroccan society's aspirations and bring answers to suspended questions.
Morocco, Politics, 1/22/2004
Powell Says No Hard Evidence Iraqi WMD Hidden in Syria
US Secretary of State Colin Powell says there is "no hard evidence" to suggest that Iraqi stocks of weapons of mass destruction were hidden in neighboring Syria before the U.S. and coalition forces attacked last year.
Syria-USA, Politics, 1/22/2004
Mubarak: al-Assad is ready to negotiate Israel without conditions
The Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak said on Tuesday during his meeting with Egyptian intellectuals that his Syrian counterpart President Bashar al-Assad confirmed to him that he is ready to negotiate with Israel without prior conditions.
Egypt-Syria, Politics, 1/22/2004
Jordanian committee deplores Sharon statement of separation wall
The Arab and Foreign Relations Committee at the Jordanian House of Representatives ( Parliament ) denounced irresponsible statements by Israeli Premier Ariel Sharon on Jordan's rejection of the Apartheid wall being built by Israel in the West Bank.
Jordan-Israel, Politics, 1/22/2004
Sorour: Women's participation in political life enhances democracy
Egypt, Politics, 1/22/2004
Lahoud meets with Greek counterpart: commitment to just ME peace
Lebanon-Greece, Politics, 1/22/2004
Greek president confers with Lebanese premier, parliament speaker in Beirut
Lebanon-Greece, Politics, 1/22/2004
A-Shara, Obeid discuss ME developments on a telephone call
Syria-Lebanon, Politics, 1/22/2004
Maher calls on Israel to respond to Syria's call on ME peace
Egypt-Israel, Politics, 1/22/2004
Gulf secretary meets with Syrian ambassador on cooperation
Gulf-Syria, Politics, 1/22/2004
Gulf states condemns Israeli aggressions against south Lebanon
Gulf-Lebanon, Politics, 1/22/2004
Pope John Paul II calls for making peace in ME, abandoning conflicts
Regional-Vatican, Politics, 1/22/2004
British Spokesman denies change of principled attitude towards Syria
Syria-UK, Politics, 1/22/2004
Maghreb Union cannot materialize while differences persist among member states, MP
Morocco-Algeria, Politics, 1/22/2004
AL denies news on detaining Israelis trying to enter AL premises
Regional-Israel, Politics, 1/22/2004
Shalom visits Jordan next week
Jordan-Israel, Politics, 1/22/2004
Egypt's Muslim Brothers announce readiness to be converted into a civilian party
Member of the Guidance ( Irshad ) office of the Ikhwan al-Muslimin (Muslim Brothers) group, Abdul Menem Abu al-Fotouh, said that the group wants to convert inself into a legitimate declared political party that practice its activities in the open.
Egypt, Politics, 1/21/2004
Saudi Mufti deplores removing the veil in a conference in Jeddah, King nephew accuses his government of kidnapping him
Prince Sultan Bin Turkey Bin Abdul Aziz, son of the brother of King Fahd, issued a statement in which he unveiled what he called details of his kidnapping operation from Geneva to Riyadh on July 12.
Saudi Arabia, Politics, 1/21/2004
Mubarak discuss views on host of issues; reform takes priority
President Hosni Mubarak said the political reform takes priority, noting that Egypt took long strides towards the road of political reform.
Egypt, Politics, 1/21/2004
Mubarak, King Abdullah discuss pushing forward the peace process, reject the Apartheid wall
Egypt and Jordan have renewed their rejection for Israel's building of the Apartheid wall in the West Bank. This was expressed in conclusion of the talks the Jordanian King Abdullah II held with the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo.
Egypt-Jordan, Politics, 1/21/2004
Al-Assad confers with the Saudi FM on Arab League development
The Saudi foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal yesterday held talks in Damascus with the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and with the foreign minister Farouk al-Shara on several debated issues to develop the Arab league.
Regional-Saudi Arabia, Politics, 1/21/2004
Forum voices support to Geneva (peace) initiative
Participants in a forum held at the Paris-based United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organization (UNESCO), on Monday voiced their support to the so-called Geneva Initiative on peace in the Middle east.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 1/21/2004
Lahoud deplores Israeli provocations in South Lebanon
Lebanon's President Emile Lahoud held Israel responsible for Monday's incident inside southern Lebanese lands in which an Israeli military bulldozer was destroyed.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 1/21/2004
Mubarak: our relations with Libya are strong
President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt has stressed that Egyptian- Libyan relations are "strong even if there are different view points," in remarks to Cairo's rejection on Libya's "unilateral" negotiations, rather than having a Arab collective framework on the issue of mass destruction weapons.
Egypt-Libya, Politics, 1/21/2004
Doubts over the continued Sudanese negotiations
A high ranking official in the Sudanese government said yesterday that peace talks between Khartoum and the rebels of southern Sudan will be halted for one month as from the current week, noting that the first deputy for the Sudanese President Ali Othman Muhammad Taha, who leads the Khartoum delegation in Kenya talks, will return back to Sudan in order to prepare for al-Haj rituals.
Sudan, Politics, 1/21/2004
Qatar decides to chop most of the Iraqi debts
An official in the Qatari foreign ministry announced yesterday that Qatar will chop most of its debts due to be paid by Iraq, and will also discuss chopping the remaining sums.
Qatar-Iraq, Politics, 1/21/2004
Keftaro confers with Izmir counterpart
Keftaro talked about the importance of solidarity, integration and coordination on all levels and in all domains to achieve the "two friendly people's interests and to boost the ability to confront challenges."
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 1/21/2004
Solution to sahara conflict, key to stability in the region, EU parliamentarian
President of the European Union's commission for the Maghreb and member of the EU parliament, Gerardo Galeote Quecedo, told MAP Tuesday the solution to the Sahara issue is the "key to a definitive stability in the region."
Morocco-European Union, Politics, 1/21/2004
Kuwait permits Iraqi pilgrims to cross its lands
Member of the Iraqi Governing Council and chairman of the Iraqi pilgrims mission, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, said that the Kuwaiti authorities permitted all Iraqi pilgrims who have been waiting since several days on the borders between the two states to enter its territories, on their way to Saudi Arabia.
Kuwait-Iraq, Politics, 1/21/2004
Arab Follow up committee meets in February
News reports in Cairo said quoting well-informed sources in the Arab League that the Arab follow up committee of the Arab summit will hold its meeting on February 9th.
Regional, Politics, 1/21/2004
Annan studies UN interference in Iraq
Nws reports say that the UN secretary general Kofi Annan is studying a request proposed by the UN and the Iraqi Interim Governing council to send a UN team to Iraq in order to discuss the possibility of making early elections before authority transfer.
Iraq-UN, Politics, 1/21/2004
Al-Shara, Maher telephone call on ME developments
Syria-Egypt, Politics, 1/21/2004
British military delegation in Damascus
Syria-UK, Politics, 1/21/2004
Moroccan king arrives in UAE
Syrian human rights group calls for releasing Islamists
The Human Rights Society in Syria yesterday urged the government in Syria to release 8 prisoners detained in 1980 because of ties with Islamists said to have had actually completed their prioson sentence.
Syria, Politics, 1/20/2004
Butrous Ghali, a chairman for Egyptian human rights council
The Egyptian Shoura council decided yesterday to appoint the former secretary general of the UN, Butrous Ghali, as a chairman for the National Council For Human Rights and the former minister of information, Ahmad Kamal Abu al-Majd, as his deputy.
Egypt, Politics, 1/20/2004
Mubarak-Abdullah summit in Cairo today
Egypt-Jordan, Politics, 1/20/2004
Riyadh cling to dialogue and calls not to undermine the Islamic doctrines
During a meeting chaired by King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz, the Government of Saudi Arabia has committed to "dialogue and moderation attitudes, and called for not violating the Islamic doctrines."
Saudi Arabia, Politics, 1/20/2004
Lahoud stresses Syrian- Lebanese coordination
Lebanon-Syria, Politics, 1/20/2004
Al-Assad confers with Saudi FM
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad received on Monday, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal.
Syria-Saudi Arabia, Politics, 1/20/2004
Saudi dates gifted to Syria
Saudi Arabia-Syria, Politics, 1/20/2004
Ad-Dustour: Bshara commends Syria's position towards Arab issues
The Palestinian intellectual Azmi Bshara described Syria's policy as "wise, brave and adhered to the national and pan-Arab firm principles."
Palestine-Syria, Politics, 1/20/2004
Sharon: Negotiations with Damascus means the return back of the Golan
A member in the Israeli Knesset said that the Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, warned members of the Israeli Knesset yesterday that making talks with Damascus means by the ultimate end the return back of the Syrian occupied Golan heights, which is occupied since 1967, to Syria.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 1/20/2004
Coalition forces releases Jordanian prisoners
Some 20 Jordanian prisoners freed by the coalition forces which occupy Iraq arrived on Sunday in Amman in two planes for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Iraq-Jordan, Politics, 1/20/2004
Mubarak will be absent from the inauguration of the Book exhibition
Chairman of the secretaries of the general Egyptian Book commission stressed yesterday that the "prime minister Atef Ebeid is the one who will open activities of the 36th session of Cairo's International Book exhibition on Wednesday." It will be the first time in which the Egyptian President will be absent from inaugurating the exhibition since he assumed power in Egypt.
Egypt, Politics, 1/20/2004
ElBara135dei stresses IAAE role in dismantling Libyan weapons
The director general of the International Agency for Atomic Energy, Mohamed ElBaradei, stressed that the agency has the clear authority to supervise the dismantling of the Libyan nuclear weapons programs.
Libya-UN, Politics, 1/20/2004
Powel: Saddam Hussein will not be tried before transfer of authority to the Iraqis
The US Secretary Of State Colin Powell said yesterday that the former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein will mot be tried before the transfer of the authority to the Iraqis.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 1/20/2004
Baker starts Gulf tour for the Iraqi debts
The White House announced that the presidential envoy, former secretary of state, James Baker, started a tour on several Gulf states in order to consult with its leaders over reducing due debts owed by Iraq or canceling them.
Gulf-USA, Politics, 1/20/2004
Some 13 were killed, other wounded in tribal clashes in Somalia
The security authorities in Somalia said that at least 13 persons were killed and other 27 wounded, during the two past days in the continued armed struggles between armed men belonging to one tribe in Beletoin city in the center of the country.
Somalia, Politics, 1/20/2004
Al-Sharif reiterates support for Syria to restore back legitimate rights
Egypt-Syria, Politics, 1/20/2004
Egypt information minister underlines EU role in ME peace
Egypt-European Union, Politics, 1/20/2004
Syrian opposition holds its second conference in Brussels
The US- backed Syrian opposition continued work of the second conference, of what is called the "democratic national coalition," including certain Kurdish parties and some independents.
Syria-Belgium, Politics, 1/19/2004
Cairo: demonstration for the coalition party demanding Atef Obeid's resignation
Some 400 members of the leftist Egyptian coalition party demonstrated on Saturday in Cairo, demanding the resignation of the Prime Minister Atef Ebeid, accusing him of being unable to halt price increase of daily commodities, and to stop unemployment
Egypt, Politics, 1/19/2004
Bashir discusses with Mubarak Sudan's peace developments
Egypt's minister of information Safwat al-Sharif said that the Egyptian - Sudanese summit which was held yesterday discussed results attained in the operation of achieving peace in Sudan.
Egypt-Sudan, Politics, 1/19/2004
Algerian army warns presidential candidates from misusing the constitution
The commander of the Algerian army, Lt. Gen. Muhammad al-Ammari, warned candidates for the post of the President of the republic from the consequences of violating the constitution, and party pluralism; the republican features.
Algeria, Politics, 1/19/2004
House of representatives unanimously adopts new family code
The House of Representatives (Parliament's lower chamber) unanimously approved on Friday the draft Family Code during a plenary session in the presence of premier Driss Jettou and other government members.
Morocco, Politics, 1/19/2004
Al-Assad discusses with Qatar's FM ME developments
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad held on Saturday in Damascus talks with Qatar's foreign minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jasem Bin Jaber al-Thani centered on developments of conditions in the Middle east.
Syria-Qatar, Politics, 1/19/2004
Al-Youm: Efforts to end human rights violations in Iraq
Iraqi Human Rights Minister, Abdul Basset al-Turki said there is continued contacts with the American occupation troops to end their violation of human rights in the country.
Iraq, Politics, 1/19/2004
al-Dustour: Palestinians commend Syria's position to wards their cause
Chairman of the Political Department at the Palestinian Liberation Organization, Farouk al-Qaddoumi, stressed that the US has no right to put Syria under accountability.
Palestine-Syria, Politics, 1/19/2004
20 role of youths in deepening contacts underlined
Syria's Expatriates Minister, Buthaina Shaaban on Sunday underlined the importance of deepening the political and cultural communication with the new generations of youths abroad, for briefing them on developments and stances adopted by their country in all domains, and for enabling them to explain these stances in a proper way.
Syria-Regional, Politics, 1/19/2004
Morocco will not accept any imposed solution to the Moroccan Sahara
Morocco-Algeria, Politics, 1/19/2004
Faisal meets with AL chief, Czech peer
Saudi Arabia-Regional, Politics, 1/19/2004
Syrian army chief of staff meets with Sudanese counterpart
Syria-Sudan, Politics, 1/19/2004
Saudi FM criticized pressures on Syria
Saudi Arabia-Syria, Politics, 1/19/2004
Al-Shara meets with Smaha on regional developments
Syria-Lebanon, Politics, 1/19/2004
Al-Assad meets with Polish Senate speaker
Syria-Poland, Politics, 1/19/2004
Maher meets with EU commissioner on ME developments
Egypt-European Union, Politics, 1/19/2004
Erdogan renews Turkey's rejection for an ethnic rule in Iraq
Iraq-Turkey, Politics, 1/19/2004
AL chief confers with Irish FM
Regional-Ireland, Politics, 1/19/2004
Turkey for unity of Iraqi parties
Iraq-Turkey, Politics, 1/19/2004
al-Iqtisadeyah: Damascus forces early retirement in organizations, trade unions
Syria, Politics, 1/19/2004
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