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1969 Nov 3
The Arab League brokered a deal in Cairo that gave the PLO in Lebanon refugee camps freedom of government interference. They reached an agreement that effectively endorsed PLO freedom of action in Lebanon to recruit, arm, train, and employ fighters against Israel. The Lebanese Army protected their bases and supply lines.
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1973 Nov 28
Arab League summit in Algiers recognized Palestine.
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1976 Nov 15
A Syrian peace force took control of Beirut, Lebanon. The Arab League gave Syria a peacekeeping mandate.
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1978 Jul 2
The Arab League imposed a boycott on South Yemen.
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1979 Mar 31
The Arab League suspended Egypt following its treaty with Israel.
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1981
Prince Fahd of Saudi Arabia proposed an 8-point peace plan to end the Arab-Israeli conflict. It was adopted by the Arab League after some controversy.
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1989
Pres. Mubarak's lobbying culminated in a majority of Arab League foreign ministers endorsing Egypt's readmission to the league after 10 year absence caused by Arab rejection of Sadat's peace treaty signing with Israel.
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1990 May 28
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein opened a two-day Arab League summit in Baghdad with a keynote address in which he said if Israel were to deploy nuclear or chemical weapons against Arabs, Iraq would respond with "weapons of mass destruction."
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1992 Jan 25
Mahmoud Riad (b.1917), Egyptian diplomat and sec-gen of Arab League (1972-79), died.
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1992 Mar 23
The president of the U.N. Security Council announced that Libya had offered to surrender two men suspected in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 to the Arab League. Libya reversed itself two days later; however, the suspects surrendered for trial seven years later. One was subsequently convicted, the other found innocent.
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1992 Mar 25
Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi backed away from an offer to turn over two suspects in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 to the Arab League.
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1994 Sep 15
An Arab Charter on Human Rights was adopted by the Council of the League of Arab States.
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1996 Dec 1
The Arab League held an emergency meeting in Cairo, after which it warned Israel that peace efforts would be endangered if Israel insisted on expanding Jewish settlements.
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1998 Feb 2
Russia announced that an envoy in Baghdad received concessions from Saddam Hussein on UN weapons inspections. US Sec. Albright failed to get permission from Saudi Arabia for US use of air bases to launch air strikes against Iraq. France, Turkey, Jordan, the Arab League and Yasser Arafat said they would send envoys to Baghdad to avert a possible US military strike.
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2000 Sep 3
In Egypt a 2-day meeting of Arab League foreign ministers opened. Yasser Arafat said he would not accept a peace deal without control of Jerusalem.
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2001 May 19
The Arab League called on Arab governments to sever political contacts with Israel until the Jewish state ended military action against Palestinians.
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2002 Mar 27
In Beirut the Arab League opened a summit of its 22 member states. Egypt's Pres. Mubarak did not attend. It dissolved into chaos when Palestinian delegates stalked out when Arafat was not given a prominent place for a live broadcast. Arafat endorsed the peace initiative of Prince Abdullah.
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2002 Mar 28
In Beirut the Arab League committed to accepting Israel as a neighbor under conditions that included the creation of an independent Palestinian state and Israel's full withdrawal from war-won lands, an offer that Israel did not accept.

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2002 Apr 6
Arab League ministers in emergency session denounced the Bush administration's handling of the Middle East conflict. Some 15k Jordanians marched in Ibrid. Over 20k marched in Paris and another 20k marched in Rome.
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2002 May 10
Arab leaders pressed Yasser Arafat to stop suicide bombings as Israel delayed a strike into Gaza.
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2003 Mar 24
Arab League foreign ministers adopted a resolution that called for the US and Britain to withdraw their troops from Iraq immediately and without conditions.
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2003 Dec 22
Leaders of Arab countries from the Persian Gulf agreed to form a pact to combat terrorism and praised Washington for planning to transfer power to Iraqis by mid-2004.
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2004 May 22
An Arab League summit met for a 2-day session in Tunis. 8 Arab leaders, including Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, failed to show up and Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi walked out on the 1st day.
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2004 May 23
In Tunisia Arab leaders concluded a 2-day summit and committed their countries to political reforms.
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2005 Feb 21
The Arab League chief said that Syria will "soon" take steps to withdraw its army from Lebanese areas in accordance with a 1989 agreement. Tens of thousands of opposition supporters shouted insults at Syria and demanded the resignation of their pro-Syrian government in a Beirut demonstration.
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2005 Mar 3
An Arab League meeting opened in Cairo. An Arab diplomat said Syria has told Arab countries it needs to keep 3,000 troops and early-warning stations inside Lebanon to maintain its security despite international pressure for a full withdrawal. Saudi Arabia told Syria to withdraw its troops.
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2005 Nov 21
In Egypt Iraqi leaders backed a Sunni call for a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S.-led forces and said Iraq's opposition had a "legitimate right" of resistance. The announcement concluded a reconciliation conference backed by the Arab League.
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2006 Feb 19
Amr Moussa, the head of the Arab League, said that members would meet this week to hammer out a plan for sending millions of dollars a month to the Palestinian Authority, despite US attempts to stop the flow of money to the new Hamas-led government.
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2006 Mar 4
The Arab League said it will open offices in Iraq for the first time since the 2003 US-led invasion, part of its efforts to help reconcile the country's Sunni Arab, Shiite and Kurdish communities.
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2006 Mar 28
In Sudan Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa called on Arab leaders to move toward a goal of "entering the nuclear club" and making use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes. The absence of at least 10 heads of state, including President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, raised concerns of a lackluster summit.
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2006 Mar 28
In Sudan Arab leaders promised to fund African soldiers in Darfur from October this year, despite international pressure to allow the United Nations to take over the mission.
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2006 Jul 11
President Mahmoud Abbas' office said it had received $50 million from the Arab League, the most international aid Palestinians have gotten since the Islamic militant group Hamas won legislative elections.
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2006 Jul 15
Arab foreign ministers held an emergency summit in Cairo over Israel's expanding assault on Lebanon, the worst Israeli attack on its neighbor in 24 years.
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2006 Aug 20
Arab League foreign ministers convened in Egypt for an emergency meeting to discuss how to fund reconstruction in war-ravaged Lebanon and defuse Mideast tensions amid rising discord between moderate Arabs and Syria, a main backer of Hezbollah.
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2006 Nov 12
Palestinian foreign minister Mahmud Zahar told fellow ministers at an Arab League emergency meeting in Cairo that the costs of rebuilding the north Gaza town of Beit Hanun after deadly Israeli shelling amounts to 50 million dollars. Arab countries decided to lift the financial blockade on Palestinians in response to a US veto on a UN Security Council draft resolution condemning Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The Hamas-led Palestinian government agreed to an international peace conference with Israel.
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2007 Jul 25
The foreign ministers of Egypt and Jordan, delegated by the 22-member Arab League, began a historic visit to Israel to formally present an Arab peace plan, saying they were extending "a hand of peace" on behalf of the region.
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2008 Feb
The 22-member Arab League approved restrictive guidelines for satellite channels.
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2008 Mar 29
An Arab League summit in Damascus, where Syrian President Bashar Assad questioned how long Arab nations can keep offering Israel a land-for-peace proposal. Islamic and Arab leaders denounced a Dutch film that portrays Islam as a ticking time bomb aimed at the West, demanding international laws to prevent insults to religions.
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2008 Jul 12
The Arab League said it will hold crisis talks on Sudan after reports the International Criminal Court may seek Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir's arrest, amid fears for peace efforts in Darfur. It would mark the first-ever bid by the ICC, based in The Hague, to charge a sitting head of state. The African Union said that plans by the ICC could jeopardize peace efforts in Darfur.
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2008 Jul 19
The Arab League criticized the International Criminal Court's prosecutor for seeking the arrest of Sudan's president on genocide charges, saying diplomacy should be given a priority to solve the conflict in Darfur.
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2008 Sep 12
The Sudanese government army and Janjaweed militias launched new attacks in a mountainous area of south Darfur according to rebel claims made the next day. UN boss Ban Ki-moon welcomed the establishment of an Arab League panel led by Qatar that will work with the African Union and United Nations to sponsor peace talks in Sudan's Darfur region.
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2008 Dec 31
The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting on an Arab request for a binding and enforceable resolution condemning Israel and halting its military attacks on Gaza. The US immediately called the draft resolution circulated by Libya on behalf of the 22-member Arab League "unacceptable" and "unbalanced" and because it makes no mention of halting the Hamas rocket attacks that led to the Israeli offensive.
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2009 Jan 19
The Arab League’s 22 leaders met in Kuwait City for a 2-day session on infrastructure projects and ways to deal with the global financial crises.
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2009 Jan 20
In Kuwait the deeply divided Arab League failed to come up with a plan to reconstruct the devastated Gaza Strip and could not agree on whether to back Egyptian peace efforts to end the crisis.
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2009 Mar 16
Amr Moussa (b.1936), former Egyptian Foreign Minister and head of the Arab League, said AL countries will not carry out an International Criminal Court request to arrest Sudan's president on charges of war crimes in Darfur.
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2009 May 28
In Senegal UN, African Union, EU and Arab League representatives met with Mauritian political parties in Dakar to discuss upcoming polls and a political stalemate since a coup.
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2010 Mar 27
A two-day Arab League summit opened in Sirte, Libya. Amr Moussa, the head of the Arab League, urged the 22-nation bloc to engage Iran directly over concerns about its growing influence in the region and its disputed nuclear program.
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2010 Mar 28
In Libya Arab leaders renewed their support for Mideast peace efforts, rejecting pressure from Syria and Libya on the Palestinians to abandon talks with Israel and resume armed resistance.
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2010 Jun 13
Amr Moussa, the head of the 22-member Arab League, met with the top Hamas leader in Gaza, PM Ismail Haniyeh, in a significant diplomatic boost for Hamas.
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2010 Aug 8
Arab League chief Amr Moussa signed a letter asking for backing of a resolution urging Washington and other powers to end support of Israel's nuclear secrecy and to push the Jewish state to allow international inspections of its program. Arab nations planned submit the request to the September assembly of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
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2010 Oct 9
The Arab League opened a summit in Libya with the pressing Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Sudan added to the original agenda.
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2011 Mar 12
Libyan rebels called for help from the Arab League as it met for key talks on the conflict, including recognition for their council and backing for a no-fly zone to help their battered forces. Europe and the US stepped up diplomatic pressure on Gaddafi to quit. Troops loyal to Gaddafi launched an assault on the city of Misrata, attempting to recapture the last town in the west of the country still in rebel hands. Matthew VanDyke (31), a Maryland writer, was last heard from as he set off for a daytrip to Brega from Benghazi. He sent GPS coordinates the next day and was not heard from since.
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2011 May 28
The Arab League endorsed a Palestinian bid to seek recognition at the United Nations of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders. The announcement came after an Arab ministerial meeting in Qatar.
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2011 Jul 3
Egypt's Nabil al-Arabi formally replaced his compatriot Amr Mussa as secretary general of the Arab League.
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2011 Sep 10
Syria's President Bashar Assad and Arab League head Nabil Elaraby held talks in Damascus. Investigators at the so-called 'Polish' prison in Homs severely beat rights campaigner Najati Tayar (66).
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2011 Oct 16
The Arab League called an emergency meeting in Cairo to discuss whether to suspend Syria. The Arab League said that it would make contact with the Damascus government and a raft of opposition groups with the aim of launching "national dialogue within the seat of the Arab League and under its guidance within 15 days." Security forces opened fire on a funeral for a slain activist in the east. Security forces arrested at least 44 people in the capital's suburbs in house-to-house raids. The Observatory for Human Rights in Syria said 923 people from Homs have been arrested in the past week.
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2011 Oct 26
In Syria an Arab League team held talks with President Assad at the start of a bid to mediate with the opposition. Activists said at least 15 people were killed in military operations including 12 in Homs. Tens of thousands of Assad supporters rallied in Damascus.
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2011 Oct 30
The Arab League handed Syrian officials a plan for ending seven months of increasingly violent unrest against President Bashar al-Assad's rule, and Assad told Russian Television he would cooperate with the opposition. The plan involved talks in Cairo between the Syrian authorities and their opponents. At least two people were killed in fresh violence. Pres. Assad in an interview with Britain's Sunday Telegraph newspaper warned of "another Afghanistan" if foreign forces intervened in his country as they had with the Libyan uprising.
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2011 Nov 2
Arab foreign ministers met anew in Cairo to step up pressure on Syria to end nearly eight months of deadly violence. Gunmen stormed a factory in Syria’s province of Homs killing 10 workers while security forces shot dead 4 civilians in several Homs neighborhoods. Damascus pledged to withdraw its forces from protest centers under a plan put forth by the Arab league. Not timetable was set.
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2011 Nov 5
Syrian activists reported more violence, including tank shelling, in the restive central city of Homs. Nabil Elaraby, head of the Arab League, warned that the failure of an Arab-brokered plan to end the violence in Syria would have disastrous consequences.
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