Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

North Africa

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

North Africa

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Suzanne Mubarak Launches Projects for Women

According to the Jan. 28 Arab News online, Egyptian First Lady Suzanne Mubarak, chairperson of the National Council for Women (NCW), has launched several projects aimed at improving NCW services throughout Egypt. The projects, based in Cairo, include a training center for women who own small businesses, and boast the most advanced information center in Egypt, dedicated to collecting and publishing accurate data on the status of Egyptian women. At the opening of the new center, Mrs. Mubarak, asserting the importance of improving women's status in the government's development plans, called the appointment of the first female judge in Egypt's history "a great leap forward toward removing obstacles to women's progress."

Sudan Maintains Covert Ties With Israel

According to rumors circulating in diplomatic circles, one of the conditions the US. has given the Khartoum government for arbitration in Sudan's peace talks is a normalization of relations with Israel. Whether these rumors prove true or not, said the Jan. 14 online Middle East and North Africa Business Report (

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