- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 9, 2002

Yemen imposes curbs on foreigners
SANA'A, Yemen Yemen has imposed restrictions on foreign students, teachers and Muslim clerics living in the country as part of efforts to combat Islamic extremism, officials said yesterday.
The official Yemeni news agency Saba said the Cabinet had barred educational institutions from admitting foreign students who did not have special permission to study in the country.
Yemen recently began a hunt for suspected backers of Saudi militant Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network blamed for the September 11 attacks on the United States on its territory.

Sun shines in Middle East
NICOSIA, Cyprus The snow started melting yesterday in the Middle East as the sun returned following a rare wave of cold that caused scores of accidents, but the region was bracing for more bad weather during the next two days.
The snow was splashed across Lebanon's newspapers yesterday morning, with Al-Mustaqbal's headline reading, "Lebanon Caught in the Heart of a White Storm."
As Beirut was still drying from its heaviest snowfall in years, Lebanon's dailies reported children unable to attend school, postponed conferences, gasoline shortages and power cuts throughout the country.
In Jordan, the army was attempting to reopen some roads blocked by the snow, which caused many accidents and a dozen injuries.
Israel and the Palestinian territories also were affected by the snow that swept the region and seemed to be tailing off yesterday at noon.

Cyprus logjam may be resolved
BERLIN Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem was quoted yesterday as saying a resolution of the conflict over Cyprus could be achieved by the end of 2002.
In an interview with the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Mr. Cem said he believed the conditions for solving the dispute over the divided eastern Mediterranean island had improved.
"A mutually acceptable resolution should be achieved before the end of 2002," Mr. Cem said. "We have a new platform which has created improved conditions for mutual understanding."
The island has been divided since a Turkish invasion in 1974 in response to a brief Greek-inspired coup in Nicosia.

Riyadh grants PA $45 million
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia has decided to grant $45 million to the Palestinian Authority, which is facing an acute financial problem, the Palestinian representative in the kingdom said yesterday.
"The money will be paid over the next three months to the tune of $15 million a month. It will be used to pay the wages of Palestinian employees in the occupied territories," said Mustafa al-Sheikh Dib.
The grant was offered by the Saudi Development Fund during a visit by Palestinian international cooperation minister Nabil Shaath, who arrived in the kingdom last week.
Mr. Dib said the Palestinian Authority was facing a severe financial problem.

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