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Libya makes formal request for Turkish troops

Libya’s internationally recognized government has formally requested from Turkey “air, ground and sea” military support to fend off an offensive of eastern forces to take the capital Tripoli, a Tripoli official said on Thursday. Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan said earlier his country will send troops to Libya at the request …

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Erdogan makes surprise visit to Tunis

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Tunisia on Wednesday in a surprise visit for talks with his Tunisian counterpart, his office said, in the first visit by a head of state since Tunisian presidential elections in the autumn. The visit comes as Turkey has ramped up efforts to strike deals …

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Algeria enters new crisis as army chief dies

Algeria’s powerful army chief Lieutenant-General Ahmed Gaed Salah, who was instrumental in bringing down long-time president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, has died of a heart attack, state media reported on Monday. The 79-year-old’s death comes at a time of mass protests across Africa’s largest country, with many Algerians demanding that the ruling …

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Turkey drawing closer to Libya, Erdogan says

Turkey will improve its cooperation with Libya and is ready to provide military support for the Tripoli-based government or back joint steps in the eastern Mediterranean, broadcaster NTV cited President Tayyip Erdogan as saying on Wednesday. Last month, Turkey and Libya’s internationally recognized government signed accords on maritime boundaries, which …

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Russia and Turkey to talk about Libya in January

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will discuss Ankara’s offer to provide military support to Libya’s internationally recognized government during talks in Turkey next month, the Kremlin said on Tuesday. On Saturday, Turkey sent a bilateral accord with the Tripoli government to its parliament for approval, in …

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New protests planned as Algeria picks old order leader

Former Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune was elected Algeria’s new president after a vote the authorities hope will end months of turmoil, but demonstrators who toppled his predecessor Abdelaziz Bouteflika vowed that their movement would not stop. Tebboune, who served as housing minister under Bouteflika and briefly as premier before falling …

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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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UAE and Egypt in key defence talks

Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs, on Monday received Dr. Mohamed Saeed Al-Assar, Egypt’s Minister of State for Military Production, and his accompanying delegation, and explored ways of enhancing cooperation to achieve common interests. At the meeting, which was held at the ministry’s premises in …

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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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