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Thousands in protest over Kais Saied’s coup

Thousands of Tunisians protested against President Kais Saied’s seizure of almost total power protested in the capital on Sunday as the growing numbers taking to the street in recent weeks has raised the risk of the political crisis unleashing unrest. A week after thousands demonstrated in support of Saied, the …

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Tunis crackdown on opposition party TV channel

Tunisian security forces on Wednesday seized broadcasting equipment used by an unlicensed television station close to the Islamist-inspired Ennahda party, the country’s media authority said. Zitouna TV, considered close to Ennahda and its ally Al-Karama, both of which oppose a July power grab by President Kais Saied, had been operating …

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UN mandate in Libya extended

Security Council members on Thursday extended once again the UN’s mandate in Libya, until the end of January 2022. But permanent members, including the US and UK, expressed dissatisfaction with the council’s inability to reach an agreement on an overhaul of the UN Support Mission in Libya that would have …

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Libya in roadmap talks with Saudi

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan held talks with his Libyan counterpart, Najla Mangoush, in the capital, Riyadh, on Thursday, during her visit to the Kingdom. During the meeting, the two sides discussed the importance of supporting all means and international efforts to lay the foundations for security …

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Water management only solution to Arab sustainable future in era of climate refugees

Low rainfall, limited freshwater from rivers and lakes, and dwindling non-renewable groundwater reserves make the Middle East the most water-stressed region on earth. Meanwhile, demand is soaring — and likely to rise even further given population growth and economic development — leading to some of the highest per-capita water consumption …

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Tunis protests deepen in face of growing presidential power

Several thousand demonstrators rallied in the Tunisian capital on Sunday to protest against President Kais Saied’s seizure of power, calling on him to step down in the biggest show of public anger since his intervention.https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.481.0_en.html#goog_91845150  Saied this week brushed aside much of the 2014 constitution, giving himself power to rule …

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Fighting in Libya claims two helicopters

East Libyan forces said they lost two helicopters in a crash during a military operation on Sunday, after days of fighting with a formerly allied rebel group from Chad. The Libyan National Army (LNA) of eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar has been engaged since last week in battles with the Front …

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BREAKING NEWS – Algeria’s Bouteflika dies at 84

Former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who fought for independence from France, reconciled his conflict-ravaged nation and was then ousted amid pro-democracy protests in 2019 after two decades in power, has died at age 84, state television announced Friday. The report on ENTV, citing a statement from the office of current President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, did not …

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Democratic crackdown in Algeria claims new journalist

EnerVenue, the first company to offer metallic hydrogen batteries, announced that it has raised $100 million in Series A funding, led by Schlumberger New Energy and Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV)- Aramco Ventures’ capital programme, the company said in a statement. EnerVenue has established a framework for a major distribution and manufacturing …

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Algeria, Saudi talk trade, OPEC

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud on Tuesday discussed coordination within OPEC as well as bilateral, regional and international issues, Algeria’s presidency and the Saudi minister said. Saudi Arabia “is keen to continue coordination and consultation regarding regional and international issues…most notably …

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Arab League wants Iran to open all nuclear facilities to inspection

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt called for a “rapid and comprehensive inspection” of all Iranian nuclear sites on Thursday. Gathering on the sidelines of an Arab League session in Cairo, ministers from the four countries also discussed stopping Tehran’s destabilizing policies that threaten global security and stability. The …

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Algeria charges Morocco with complicity in forest fires, cuts off relations

Algeria’s Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra said Tuesday that his country has severed diplomatic relations with Morocco due to “hostile actions,” following months of resurgent tensions between the North African rivals. The countries have long accused one another of backing opposition movements as proxies, with Algeria’s support for separatists in the …

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Suicide attack in Zella, Libya

A suicide bomber attacked a checkpoint into the Libyan town of Zella on Sunday, killing himself but causing no other casualties, a spokesman for the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA), which controls that area, said. Libya has endured a decade of violence and chaos since the 2011 uprising against Muammar …

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Wildfires rife in Algeria, dozens killed

At least 25 soldiers died saving residents from wildfires ravaging mountain forests and villages east of Algeria’s capital, the president announced Tuesday night as the civilian toll rose to at least 17. President Abdelmadjid Tebboune tweeted that the soldiers were “martyrs” who saved 100 people from the fires in two …

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Turkey says it wants parliament back soon in Tunis

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told his Tunisian counterpart Kais Saied in a phone call on Monday that the continuation of the Tunisian Parliament’s work was important for the region, his office said, after Saied froze Parliament and dismissed his premier. In a statement, Turkey’s presidency said Erdogan “emphasised that the …

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Tunis crackdown reaches prominent judge

A Tunisian judge who has been accused by human rights groups of hiding terrorism-related files has been placed under house arrest for 40 days, local radio and a security source said on Saturday. The move against Judge Bechir Akremi came after President Kais Saied pledged to lead a campaign against …

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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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