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Protests break out in Tunis over COVID, jobs

Hundreds of protesters rallied in the Tunisian capital and other cities on Sunday demanding the government step down after a spike in COVID-19 cases that has aggravated economic troubles. In Tunis, police used pepper spray against protesters who threw stones and shouted slogans demanding that Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi quit …

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Car bomb hits Libyan peace

Two members of Libya’s security forces were killed and five others wounded Sunday evening in a car bomb blast at a checkpoint in the country’s south, a police source said. “A car bomb exploded as it was crossing a roadblock set up by the security forces” in the city of …

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US to give $500 million to Tunis

The United States will grant Tunisia $500 million in aid to finance infrastructure and other projects and talks are also advanced on a loan guarantee, Tunisian finance minister Ali Kooli told Reuters on Monday. “Our visit to Washington was important and fruitful with International Monetary Fund, World Bank and American …

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Tunis desperate for $4 billion from IMF

Tunisia will seek a $4 billion loan programme from the International Monetary Fund in talks starting next week, Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi told Reuters on Friday, saying politicians faced a “last opportunity” to save the economy. Mechichi said he expected talks to last about two months and had “confidence” Tunisia …

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Libya’s new PM headed to Turkey

Libyan Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh and a delegation of ministers will make their first visit to Turkey on Monday since taking office last month, the Turkish presidency said on Sunday. Libya’s new unity government was sworn in on March 15 from two warring administrations that had ruled eastern and western …

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Dr. Csicsery-Ronay Istvan on The Golden Mean between Local and Global SF

Emad El-Din Aysha: Dear Dr. Csicsery-Ronay Istvan. First please let me apologise for saying doctor. In Arabic countries we take such honorifics very seriously, even when speaking English. Secondly, please tell us something about yourself. Where you teach, your background? What drew you to science fiction and specifically non-Anglophone SF? …

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Revenge killings jeopardise Libyan peace

Gunmen assassinated an eastern Libyan commander wanted for war crimes on Wednesday, medics said, underscoring the risks of violent escalation on the ground that poses the biggest challenge to Libya’s new unity government. Mahmoud al-Werfalli was shot from a car outside a hospital in Benghazi alongside two of his bodyguards, …

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France eager to reopen Tripoli embassy

France will reopen its embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli next Monday to show its support for the North African country’s new authorities, President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday. Libya’s new unity government took office on March 16 from two warring administrations that had ruled eastern and western regions, completing …

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Sisi happy with national rapprochment in Libya

Egypt’s President Sisi has stressed the importance of reaching a political settlement in Libya and has urged the country’s leaders to maintain a “Libyan-Libyan” dialogue to curb foreign interference. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said it was important to build on positive steps towards a political settlement in Libya during a …

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Libya elects woman to new cabinet, hopes high

Libya’s first woman foreign minister, Najla el-Mangoush, will be sworn in next week as part of a new unity government, a rare female voice at the top table whose appointment many Libyan women welcomed on Thursday. Mangoush, a lawyer who had a role in the transitional council that briefly governed …

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Libyan parliament finally endorses national unity bid

Libya’s long-divided parliament on Wednesday approved an interim government mandated to bring the fractured country together after a decade of chaos and violence, and to oversee elections in December as part of a U.N.-backed peace plan. The parliament’s approval of Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh’s cabinet by 132 votes to two …

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Egypt endorses Abdulhamid Dbeibeh, Libya’s new PM

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met incoming Libyan prime minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh in Cairo on Thursday and offered his country’s support in achieving stability in its troubled neighbour,‮ ‬the presidency said in a statement. Egypt has welcomed the announcement of a new interim government – the latest U.N.-brokered effort to …

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Egypt to reopen embassy in Libya

Egypt is planning to reopen its embassy in Libya’s capital for the first time in six years, according to Egyptian sources and Libyan officials, marking a shift to a more conciliatory approach to western Libya-based factions. The planned reopening, which a visiting Egyptian delegation discussed in Tripoli on Monday and …

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Police isolate central Tunis as protests persist

Police locked down a large area of central Tunis on Saturday, blocking roads as thousands of protesters, backed by the country’s powerful labour union, gathered in Tunisia’s biggest demonstration for years. The rally was held to mark the anniversary of the 2013 killing of a prominent activist and to protest …

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