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Butaflika leaves Libya: optimistic over visit results
Algeria-Libya, Politics, 10/30/2004
The Guardian: 100,000 Iraqis had been killed by coalition troops
Downing Street yesterday challenged a study claiming that 100,000 Iraqis had been killed by coalition troops since the invasion, as anti-war politicians reacted with horror to the figure
Iraq, Politics, 10/30/2004
Lebanese defence minister reiterates rejection of UN Resolution No.1559
Lebanon-UN, Politics, 10/30/2004
Mahdi: Egypt qualified to play crucial role in solving Sudan's problems
Sudan-Egypt, Politics, 10/30/2004
The first visit for an Iraqi president, Elyawer in Kuwait today
The Iraqi President Ghazi ElYawer starts today an official visit to Kuwait which will last for two days. It is the first for an Iraqi President in the modern history of the two neighboring states.
Iraq-Kuwait, Politics, 10/30/2004
New Lebanese government determined to deal with economic and social problems
The Lebanese government seems determined to achieve success by the support of the social bodies in Lebanon.
Lebanon, Politics, 10/30/2004
Oman's population is over 2 million, a plan to recruit citizens
The population of Oman has tolled 2.34 million, while the Omani government seeks to encourage the local labor force to replace the foreigners who compose one quarter of the population in the country.
Oman, Politics, 10/30/2004
Chairman of the secular council in Bahrain says organization is legitimate
One of the senior Shiite scholar in Bahrain, Sheikh Issa Qasem, said that the "Secular Islamic Council which was established by several Shiite clergy men is in compliance with the constitution," noting that "it is not a political establishment and its principles are religious rather than political."
Bahrain, Politics, 10/30/2004
Moroccan FM to arrive in Cairo today
Egypt-Morocco, Politics, 10/30/2004
Arafat arrives in Paris to receive medical treatment
The Palestinian president Yasser Arafat arrived on Friday in Paris on board of a French medical plane after his doctors recommended to transfer him abroad to receive treatment following the deterioration in his health condition.
Palestine-France, Politics, 10/30/2004
Turkey's ambassador says ties with Syria are example
Turkey's ambassador in Damascus on Friday voiced happiness for the development the Syrian-Turkish ties have been witnessing during the last four years noting these ties " have become an example to be followed."
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 10/30/2004
Morocco ready for negotiations on 'viable, appropriate autonomy' for Sahara, official
The Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations on Thursday voiced the government's readiness to participate in any negotiation on what he described as " a viable and appropriate autonomy" for its Southern provinces, known as the Sahara.
Morocco-Algeria, Politics, 10/30/2004
Amal and Hizbulla vow continued resistance against Israel
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 10/30/2004
Egypt hosts an African ministerial meeting on Darfur
Egypt announced it will host a meeting on Darfur within the few coming days including the foreign ministers of countries that took part in Tripoli summit which was held two weeks ago which are Egypt, Chad, Libya and Sudan.
Egypt-Sudan, Politics, 10/30/2004
al-Jazeera: new threats against the US by Bin laden
Leader of al-Qaida organization, Osama Bin Laden, threatened in a new video tape broadcast by al-Jazeera TV on Friday evening of striking the US once again. He considered that the reasons for repeating what had happened on September 11, 2001 are still there.
Regional-USA, Politics, 10/30/2004
Rafsanjani condemns practices of the occupiers in Iraq and Palestine
Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has condemned "the operations of killing, destruction and genocide committed by the Israeli forces against the Palestinians"
Regional-Iran, Politics, 10/30/2004
Criticism US policy in Iraq
British journalist and writer Patrick Seale on Friday said US President George W Bush's policy of combating terrorism have implied a political error in its tents and led to isolate America and to increase hatred towards it.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 10/30/2004
Kuwait: women voting issue gains supporters
Women in Kuwait have advanced one step forward in getting the right to vote in elections. This is after the Islamists parliamentarians in the parliament -- who used to oppose any political participation for women -- have changed their position.
Kuwait, Politics, 10/29/2004
Bahrain detains 30 persons maintaining solidarity with al-Khawaja
The Bahraini security forces have dispersed by force massive demonstrations in cars that took the streets of the country in solidarity with the executive director of the Bahrain Center For Human Rights, Abdul Hadi al-Khawaja, who has been detained since the end of September and detained other 30 persons.
Bahrain, Politics, 10/29/2004
Arafat to be treated in Paris, Hamas calls for the formation of a national leadership
The Palestinian President Yasser Arafat is leaving Jordan today for Paris for medical treatment. His advisor Nabil Abu Rudinah said that the President will not appoint a deputy during Arafat's travel for treatment in Paris.
Palestine, Politics, 10/29/2004
Former Algerian president sought to overcome conflict with Morocco on Sahara
Former Algerian president, Ahmed Benbella, said Wednesday he always sought to turn the page of the Moroccan-Algerian conflict over the Sahara, regretting to see it continuing.
Algeria-Morocco, Politics, 10/29/2004
Morocco 'firm and unshakable' in defending its territorial integrity, minister
Morocco will "firmly and unshakably" defend its territorial integrity and is ready to reach a political, negotiated and lasting solution to the Sahara issue in line with international legality, said Minister delegate to foreign affairs and cooperation, Taib Fassi Fihri.
Morocco-Algeria, Politics, 10/29/2004
Lebanese new foreign minister assert role of relations with Syria
In a statement following a meeting in Beirut, the parties called on the Lebanese new government to put a plan to confront the resolution 1559 and solve economic and social problems.
Lebanon, Politics, 10/29/2004
Al-Faisal calls for more forces in Iraq
The Saudi ambassador in Britain, Prince Turkey al-Faisal, said that the foreign forces working in Iraq are not enough to withstand what he called foreign terrorists who continue to flow into Iraq since the invasion led by Washington in April 2003.
Saudi Arabia-Iraq, Politics, 10/29/2004
International guarantees for Arafat's return back to Ramullah
Palestinian officials stressed on Thursday they had received international guarantees from the European Union and the USA for the return back of Arafat to his headquarters in Ramullah after the end of his medical treatment.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 10/29/2004
Spain may regularize situation of 100,000 Moroccan undocumented immigrants
Nearly 100,000 Moroccan undocumented immigrants in Spain may benefit from a regularization plan, recently announced by the Spanish government, said head of the association of Moroccan immigrants and workers in Spain (ATIME), Mustapha Lamrabet.
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 10/29/2004
Security Council extends UN mission in Sahara through April 2005
Morocco-UN, Politics, 10/29/2004
Cairo licenses a new political party
The parties affairs committee in Egypt approved the formation if a political party led by lawyer and member of parliament Ayman Nour. This is, however the third time in which the committee green lights a new party since its foundation in 1977.
Egypt, Politics, 10/28/2004
Al-Assad wants labor supply and demand data for the market, and merit as guide for job performance
Talks also dealt with issues of the administrative development, adopting principle of competition and competence at work, in addition to issues of salaries and wages. In this regard, al-Assad ordered the Group to form a work team to put mechanisms that assess performance of work.
Syria, Politics, 10/28/2004
Al-Wasat: Bahrain shiite council boycotts Islamic affairs minister
The Bahraini daily al-Wasat said yesterday that Shiite men of religion, founders of a new council called "the secular Islamic council" refused to attend a meeting with the minister of Islamic affairs Abdullah Bin Khaled al-Khaleifa after the latter announced that the formation of this council is "a violation to the constitution" and called on its founder to join the Higher Council for Islamic Affairs.
Bahrain, Politics, 10/28/2004
Abuja's Darfur negotiations stopped, Khartoum accuses the rebels
Political negotiations between the two delegations of the Sudanese government and the rebels of Darfur stopped on Wednesday just less than one hour after resuming it in Abuja, capital of Nigeria.
Sudan, Politics, 10/28/2004
UN secretary general representative accuses Darfur rebels of killing humanitarian workers
The stumble in the inter-Sudanese negotiations came after Jan Brunik, the special representative of the UN secretary general in Sudan, accused the rebels of Darfur of attacking aid caravans and implanting land mines that led to the killing of humanitarian workers in the area.
Sudan, Politics, 10/28/2004
Washington commends Syria on the Iraqi level, criticizes it at the Lebanese, Palestinian levels
The US stressed yesterday that Syria has achieved a progress over its own demands concerning the Iraqi file and that it failed in two other axes embodied in stopping support for the Palestinian resistance and its withdrawal from the Lebanese territories.
Syria-USA, Politics, 10/28/2004
Somalia rejects postponing UN aid
The president of Somalia, Abdullah Youssef, refused the call made by the UN secretary general Kofi Annan postponing the expansion of the scale of aid to Somalia until the improvement of the security condition in the country.
Somalia, Politics, 10/28/2004
Al-Baz: withdrawal from Gaza should be a step towards implementing Roadmap
President Mubarak yesterday telephoned Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and inquired after his health Palestine satellite channel reported that the two leaders discussed, during the call, the latest developments on the Palestinian arena, efforts exerted for ending the Israeli aggression and commitment to the Roadmap.
Egypt-Palestine, Politics, 10/28/2004
News on a committee to succeed Arafat denied, vagueness over his health condition
News was contradictory over the Palestinian President Yasser Arafat formation of a tripartite committee as a precaution for any emergency because of his deteriorated health condition which is vague.
Palestine, Politics, 10/28/2004
A state of Alert, Suha Arafat is coming back
Part of the developments concerning health conditions of the Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, Israeli officials said that Arafat will be permitted to be admitted to Ramullah hospital or to travel to any place he chooses for medical treatment if it is necessary. The Israeli radio said that the defense minister Shaoul Mofaz renewed his offer this week over Arafat's movement for medical treatment.
Palestine, Politics, 10/28/2004
Washington: plans were foiled against Americans in Jordan
The US Department Of State announced on Tuesday that several plans to launch aggressions against American targets in Jordan were foiled since April, but the American citizens and interests are still vulnerable in this country.
Jordan-USA, Politics, 10/28/2004
Assafir: Berri saya new lebanese government belongs to all
Lebanon, Politics, 10/28/2004
FM meets US Presbyterian Church
Egypt-USA, Politics, 10/28/2004
Syrian court postpones hearings on devastating actions in al-Mazze area
The Higher State Security Court on Wednesday adjourned hearings on the issue of sabotage actions made by 22 accused Syrians last April in Damascus until next month.
Syria, Politics, 10/28/2004
Palestine one Qassam missile fired; one injured Palestinian died in Jabalia
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 10/28/2004
Freedom of the press: Saudi Arabia, Iran and Syria are the worst, Lebanon is vanguard
The Sans Frontiers organization which is concerned with the press freedoms in the world said in a report yesterday that the countries of Eastern Asia, especially northern Korea, Burma and China, the Middle East countries especially Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria and Iraq are considered "the worst regions in the world" in the field of the press freedoms while northern Europe is described as " safe haven for journalists."
Regional, Politics, 10/27/2004
Amir of Kuwait opens Ummah council session: political rights for the woman; economic reforms
Kuwaiti prime minister Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah said yesterday that the government's main policy for 2005 is to implement urgent political reforms and work for issuing a law allowing women the right to elect, vote for the Ummah council which opened its legislative session on Tuesday by the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah for the first time since a long time.
Kuwait, Politics, 10/27/2004
Serbia-Montenegro withdraws recognition of Sahara Republic
The government of Serbia-Montenegro (former Yugolsavia) announced this Tuesday it is withdrawing its recognition of the so-called "Sahara Republic," proclaimed by the Algeria-backed Polisario separatists.
Morocco-Serbia-Montenegro, Politics, 10/27/2004
Mubarak: Combating terrorism starts with solving problems of Palestine and Iraq
Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak discussed with Jean Asselborn, the deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Luxembourg the latest developments in the region, mainly Palestine, Iraq and the Sudan.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 10/27/2004
New Lebanese government formed
Lebanese new Premier Omar Karami said Tuesday his newly-appointed 30- member government including two women for the first time in the history of Lebanon will hold its first session today morning to form a ministerial committee and formulate the ministerial statement.
Lebanon, Politics, 10/27/2004
Human Rights Committee congratulates Morocco for 'continued progress' in human rights
The Human rights committee of the United Nations congratulated Tuesday Morocco for the quality of the periodical report it submitted Monday, and for the "continued progress" the Kingdom is achieving in the field of Human rights.
Morocco, Politics, 10/27/2004
Khartoum threatens to close Washington's embassy, Abuja negotiations stumbled
Negotiations stopped in Abuja yesterday over Darfur once again when the rebels refused to negotiate directly with the Sudanese government delegation until the meeting of the African Union leaders separately to agree on the agenda.
Sudan, Politics, 10/27/2004
Moratinos upbeat on solution to Sahara issue, Spanish press
Spanish foreign minister, Miguel Angel Moratinos said on Monday he does not share UN Secretary General "pessimism" on the Sahara issue, adding solution to the conflict "is not that far," according to reports of the Spanish press.
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 10/27/2004
Egypt; no links for Taba explosions to any Palestinian group
Egypt has renewed yesterday its assertion that there are no ties linking between the Palestinian who designed the explosions of Sinai resorts and between the Palestinian organizations.
Egypt-Palestine, Politics, 10/27/2004
Knesset approves Sharon plan for Gaza pullout; 17 Palestinians killed in the Israeli operation,
One Palestinian was killed after he was hit by bullets of one Israeli soldier yesterday morning in Rafah to the south of Gaza, at a time when the occupation army started withdrawal from Khan Younis following the military operation in which some 17 Palestinians were killed and inflected huge damages.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 10/27/2004
Yasser Araft is recovering
Palestinian officials denied information which talked about the deterioration of health conditions of the Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, stressing that he is in a good health condition and is recovering from a severe cold.
Palestine, Politics, 10/27/2004
Somali official lauds Mubarak's role on Somali reconciliation
Somalia-Egypt, Politics, 10/27/2004
Lawyers try to open the file of kidnapping the Saudi prince Sultan Bin turkey
The London-based al-Quds al-Arabi magazine said that a group of European lawyers are preparing to head for the Swiss Judiciary to open the file of the case over the disappearance of the Saudi prince Sultan Bin Turkey Bin Abdul Aziz who was kidnapped one year ago from Geneva, Switzerland, because of his strong stances over what is called corruption in the Kingdom and his demands for making change.
Saudi Arabia-Switzerland, Politics, 10/26/2004
Karami to announce on Tuesday the formation of the new Lebanese government
The designated Lebanese prime minister Omar Karami announced names of his new government on Tuesday after he was able of solve the differences which postponed the ministerial formation.
Lebanon, Politics, 10/26/2004
Ben Ali wins the Tunisian elections; Tunisian opposition protests
The democratic initiative which sponsored the candidate for the Presidential elections in Tunisia, Muhammad Ali Helwani, protested over the results of the Presidential elections that took place in Tunisia on Sunday.
Tunisia, Politics, 10/26/2004
Egypt stance on UNSC enlargement
Regarding the projected enlargement of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit stressed some weeks ago before the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) that Egypt possesses due regional power elements and enjoys political and social stability in addition to strong international relations with all world countries.
Egypt-UN, Politics, 10/26/2004
Egypt, Sudan seek laying out solid economic integration
Egypt's Minister of Foreign Trade and Industry Rasheed Mohamed Rasheed and Sudanese Minister of Foreign Trade Abdel Hamid Kasha on Monday agreed on pushing up joint trade cooperation through solid infrastructure for economic 'integration.
Egypt-Sudan, Politics, 10/26/2004
No negotiation on Moroccan kingty over Sahara, party
Moroccan sovereignty over its Southern provinces cannot be subject to any negotiation, said Istiqlal Party Secretary general, Abbas El Fassi, stressing the Sahara issue is a national priority that concerns the whole of the Moroccan people.
Morocco-Algeria, Politics, 10/26/2004
Madrid keen to foster agreement among parties in Sahara conflict, official
The new Spanish government is trying to foster agreement among the parties in the Sahara conflict so as to reach a compromise solution to the dispute in face of the current deadlock, said Taib Fassi Fihri, Moroccan minister delegate to foreign affairs and cooperation.
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 10/26/2004
Egypt discloses the identity of persons accused of Sinai explosions
The Egyptian ministry of the interior announced yesterday the detention of five Egyptians over involvement in the Sinai explosions on October 7th which resulted in killing 32 persons, at least, most of them are Israeli tourists.
Egypt, Politics, 10/26/2004
Negotiations resumed between Khartoum and Darfur rebellions
A new round of negotiations started yesterday in Abuja, capital of Nigeria, between the Sudanese movement and the two main rebel movements in Darfur which has been witnessing acts of riots that resulted in killing thousands of persons and displacing more than one million persons.
Sudan, Politics, 10/26/2004
Barnier: we do hope for the release of the two French hostages shortly
The French foreign minister Michael Barnier said yesterday that he hopes the two French hostages in Iraq will be released shortly but he urged caution towards the most recent report indicating their nearby release.
Iraq-France, Politics, 10/26/2004
IAAE: hundreds of tons of explosives lost in Iraq
The International Agency for Atomic Energy (IAAE ) stressed that hundreds of tons of traditional explosives were missing from the Iraqi military arsenal that used to be under the rule of the toppled Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Iraq, Politics, 10/26/2004
Syrian- Russian coordination over Sharm esh Sheikh conference on Iraq
Syria's Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara on Monday received the Ambassador-at-large of the Iraqi affairs at the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergei Kirpichenko.
Syria-Russia, Politics, 10/26/2004
Morocco submits to UN committee periodical human rights report
Morocco presented this Monday to the United Nations human rights committee its 5th periodical reports dealing with its enforcement of the international pact of civil and human rights.
Morocco, Politics, 10/26/2004
Lahoud reiterates rejection to external pressures
Lebanese President Emile Lahoud said Monday that pressures exerted against Syria and Lebanon will not affect their commitment to the national firm stances and aspirations to achieve a just and comprehensive peace.
Lebanon, Politics, 10/26/2004
Judicial organization establishes in Egypt a committee to defend Semitism
One of the Egyptian human rights organization has established a committee in defense of Semitism in the world aiming at helping the Arab citizens to benefit from the American law which makes it obligatory for the US Department Of State to monitor anti-Semitic practices in the world.
Regional-USA, Politics, 10/26/2004
Haaretz: Israel might accept Egyptian proposal to deploy forces in Sinai
Israel is inclined to accept the Egyptian proposal to deploy reinforcements of the border guards forces on the border with the aim to prevent smuggling of weapons via tunnels of Rafah to Gaza.
Egypt-Israel, Politics, 10/26/2004
German Chancellor: Arad is not alive
The German chancellor who took part in the negotiations operations between Israel and Hizbullah Biernid Schmidth Baro said that the missing Israeli pilot whose plane was downed in Lebanon in 1986 is not alive.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 10/26/2004
New Somali President in Cairo tomorrow
Egypt-Somalia, Politics, 10/26/2004
Morocco and Mexico review consolidation of economic ties
Consolidation of economic ties was the focus of a meeting held here this Monday between Moroccan minister-delegate for foreign affairs and cooperation, Taib Fassi Fihri, and visiting deputy-foreign minister, Maria de Lourdes Aranda Bezaury.
Morocco-Mexico, Politics, 10/26/2004
Cairo: a petition by 700 politicians vows to prevent Mubarak from a new term of office
Some 700 activist and intellectual in Egypt issued a joint statement in which they vowed to seek amending the Egyptian constitution with the aim of preventing President Hosni Mubarak from nominating himself for a new term of office in the presidential elections due in 2005 and getting rid off the rule of the one-man regime.
Egypt, Politics, 10/25/2004
Partial results indicate Ben Ali to win the Tunisian Presidential elections at 90%
It was announce din Tunis in several balloting centers that Zine al-Abidin Ben Ali got rates exceeding 90% while his nearest rival got only 5% of the votes.
Tunisia, Politics, 10/25/2004
Egyptian- Jordanian summit to discuss conditions in Iraq, Palestine
The Jordanian King Abdullah II and the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak called in conclusion of their talks in the al-Aqaba city yesterday for the need to work promptly to put an end to the cycle of violence in the Palestinian territories, warning that these acts are threatening the security of the region.
Jordan-Egypt, Politics, 10/25/2004
Former Egyptian minister of agriculture advisor sentenced for 15- year imprisonment
An Egyptian court yesterday sentenced the legal advisor of the Egyptian former deputy premier and minister of agriculture for 15 year imprisonment and a fine of 2 million Egyptian pounds ( $ 322,000) under the charge of bribe and illegal wealth accumulation.
Egypt, Politics, 10/25/2004
Muasher quits the foreign ministry in a ministerial amendment in Jordan
Three ministers in the government of Faisal al-Fayez submitted their resignation in the course of a ministerial reshuffle which has witnessed yesterday evening introducing of ten new ministers to the Jordanian government.
Jordan, Politics, 10/25/2004
UN Day celebrated in Damascus
Under the patronage of the Syrian foreign minister Farouk al-Shara, a celebration was held yesterday, October 24th marking the foundation anniversary of the UN.
Syria-UN, Politics, 10/25/2004
Shaalan: Libyan interferes in Iraq's affairs
The Iraqi defense minister Hazem al-Shaalan accused Libyan of interfering in the affairs of his country by providing material aid to "Iraqi sides" positioned in Syria, noting that these sides "obstruct the security situation in Iraq."
Iraq-Libya, Politics, 10/25/2004
A human massacre in Iraq
In the largest attack targeting volunteers in the new Iraqi army, the bodies of 43 volunteers and five civilian drivers were found between Baladrose and Badra area and Jassan to the south east of Baqouba.
Iraq, Politics, 10/25/2004
Sharon government agrees to compensate the settlers in Gaza
The Israeli government approved a draft law which states compensating the Israeli settlers who will be evacuated from Gaza in the framework of a plan by the Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon to withdraw from Gaza.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 10/25/2004
Al-Bayan newspaper calls on international community to curb Israel practices against Palestinians
United Arab Emirates al-Bayan newspaper on Sunday called on the international community to curb the Israeli state terrorism against the Palestinian people.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 10/25/2004
Jordan denies convening a meeting with Israel to amend the borders
Jordan has denied news that it had delegated a delegation to meet with Israel to discuss amending the borders at the Jordan valley with the aim of completing the first joint academic project on a land considered to be neutral.
Jordan-Israel, Politics, 10/25/2004
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