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Greece furious over Libya-Turkey deal

Greece said on Friday it was expelling the Libyan ambassador, angered by an accord between Libya and Turkey signed on Nov. 27 that maps out a sea boundary between the two countries close to the Greek island of Crete. Libya called the move unacceptable. Turkey dismissed it as outrageous. Greek …

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Egypt to get $1.1 billion for petroleum products

The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) will provide Egypt with $1.1 billion to support the import of petroleum products and basic goods in 2020, Egypt’s petroleum ministry said on Wednesday. The funds are part of a $3 billion agreement between Egypt’s investment ministry and ITFC signed in January 2018. …

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Unions launch pro-government ralleys in Algeria

Government supporters took to the streets in Algeria on Saturday to show solidarity ahead of next month’s elections that are opposed by a long-running mass protest movement. The marches, organized by the General Union of Algerian Workers (UGTA), attracted over 10,000 people across several cities. They are the biggest public …

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Erdogan signs maritime boundary deal with Libya

Turkey and Libya’s internationally recognized government have signed an agreement on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean Sea as well as a deal on expanded security and military cooperation, the Turkish government said on Thursday. There were no immediate details on the maritime accord, which could further complicate disputes over energy …

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Noble energy wins $430-million deal with Egypt

Egypt said on Saturday it had signed several multimillion-dollar energy investment accords including a $430-million deal for Texas-based Noble Energy to pump natural gas through the East Mediterranean Gas Company’s pipeline. Under another agreement with Noble, which will also be financed by the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, the energy …

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US tells Hafter to stop

The United States on Friday called on eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar to stop his offensive on the capital held by the internationally recognized government and warned against Russian interference. Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) has been trying since April to take Tripoli, part of a power struggle in the …

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Algeria to have five presidential candidates

Five candidates will run in Algeria’s presidential election next month, including two former prime ministers, the head of the election authority said on Saturday, amid mass protests rejecting the vote. The authorities have repeatedly said the Dec. 12 vote would be the only way to get out of a crisis …

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Algerian protestors want house cleaning of regime

Riad Mostefai has marched through the capital of Algeria every Friday since February to demand a purge of the ruling hierarchy, an end to corruption and the army’s withdrawal from politics. Though some of his demands have been met, Mostefai plans to keep on marching each week along with tens …

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Tunisia’s new president sacks defence, foreign ministers

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has dismissed the foreign and defense ministers after consultation with the newly elected President Kais Saied, a statement on the presidency’s website said on Tuesday. Chahed has appointed Karim Jamoussi, the justice minister, as acting defense minister, and Sabri Bachtabji as the acting foreign minister, …

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New Algeria protest wave in face of election plans

Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in the center of Algiers on Friday in the first significant test of the months-old protest movement since the government called an election for December, a Reuters journalist said. They were marching despite several high-profile arrests of opposition activists over the past week and …

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26 Tunisians to run for presidency

Tunisia’s electoral commission said on Wednesday it had approved 26 candidates including two women for next month’s presidential election and had rejected 71 other applicants. The Sept. 15 vote follows the death at age 92 last month of Beji Caid Essebsi, the first president to be democratically elected in Tunisia …

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Tunisia’s Essebsi passes away uneventfully

Tunisia’s 92-year-old president, Beji Caid Essebsi, a major player in the north African country’s transition to democracy after a 2011 revolution, has died, the presidency said on Thursday. He was taken to a military hospital on Wednesday. A leading figure in the country’s fortunes since 2011, Essebsi was hospitalized late …

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Algerian protestor tries to set himself on fire

A man sought unsuccessfully to set himself on fire on Friday as tens of thousands of Algerians rallied to push for reforms and the departure of the ruling elite. For the 21st consecutive Friday, crowds gathered, now demanding more rapid change after they brought about the end of Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s …

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Migrants missing off coast of Tunis

Over 80 migrants went missing at sea following a shipwreck which occurred on Wednesday off the coast of Zarzis in Tunisia, Italian news agency ANSAmed reported on Thursday. Only five people survived the incident, according to Alarm Phone, which announced the news on Twitter and attributed it to Chamseddine Marzoug, …

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Erdogan calls for inquiry into Mursi death

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday vowed to try to ensure the Egyptian government is tried in international courts for the death of former president Mohamed Mursi, who suffered a fatal heart attack in a Cairo court earlier this week. “Muhammed Mursi flailed on the courtroom floor for 20 minutes …

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President Abdelkader Bensalah tries to calmn Algerians

Algeria’s interim President Abdelkader Bensalah called on Thursday for all parties to launch an “inclusive dialogue” to prepare for presidential elections, following the constitutional council’s scrapping of a vote set for July 4. Bensalah, in a speech broadcast on state television, did not set a date for the new contest. …

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Algerian authorites balk at July 4 presidential polls

Algeria’s constitutional council has concluded it will not be possible to hold presidential elections on July 4 as planned, state TV reported on Sunday, prolonging the country’s transition after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned two months ago. The constitutional council cited a lack of valid candidates, saying it had received only …

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