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Banks part of Haftar war machine

Eastern Libya commander Khalifa Haftar has thrown much of his military forces into attacking Tripoli, but the outcome of the offensive could be determined by a separate battle — to keep open the parallel finance system that funds his soldiers. Mobilizing Libya’s biggest military campaign since the 2011 overthrow of …

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UAE chairing Arab Economic and Social Council

The UAE is chairing the 7th extraordinary meeting of the Arab Economic and Social Council, which began today at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the Arab League. The three-day meeting of senior officials will discuss a range of issues, including rules of origin, which was also discussed during …

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More Bouteflika allies being arrested over corruption

An Algerian court has summoned former Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia and current Finance Minister Mohamed Loukal, two close associates of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in a probe into the wasting of public money, state TV said on Saturday. They are being investigated over “dissipation of public money” and “illegal privilege,” …

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Tripoli airport reopens amidst fighting

Libya has reopened Tripoli’s only functioning airport, according to a posting on the airport authorities’ Facebook page on Sunday. Mitiga airport was closed earlier in the day when residents reported an air strike on the Libyan capital. Source: Reuters

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Haftar under attack by Libyan resistance

An armed group on Thursday attacked a major air base in southern Libya controlled by eastern military commander Khalifa Haftar who has moved much of his forces north to try take the capital Tripoli, officials said. Fighting was continuing at the Tamanhint base near Sabha, the main city in southern …

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Qatar calls for embargo on Haftar

Qatar’s foreign minister has called for an effective arms embargo against eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar and for his troops to withdraw from areas they have occupied, Italian daily La Repubblica said on Tuesday. Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani also told the newspaper in an interview he was …

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Algerians set presidential elections for July

Algeria will hold a presidential election on July 4, the interim presidency said on Wednesday after weeks of mass protests led to the resignation of long-serving leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika. No further details were immediately given. On Tuesday, interim president Abdelkader Bensalah had said he would organize free elections within 90 …

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Interim president for Algeria

Algeria’s parliament appointed on Tuesday its upper house chairman Abdelkader Bensalah as interim president following the resignation of ailing Abdelaziz Bouteflika after weeks of mass demonstrations against his rule. His appointment is in keeping with Algeria’s constitution but protesters, who want sweeping democratic reforms, oppose figures like Bensalah, a close …

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Air strikes on Tripoli from Haftar

Eastern Libyan forces carried out an air strike on the southern part of Tripoli on Sunday, escalating an operation to take the capital despite calls for a truce from the United Nations. The Libyan National Army (LNA) force of Khalifa Haftar, which backs a parallel administration in the east, last …

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Algerian protests boosted by spychief resignation

Protesters waving banners and calling for radical change marched through Algiers for a seventh successive Friday as Algeria’s spy chief was reported fired in a further sign of high-level turmoil following the resignation of the country’s veteran president. Thousands of demonstrators gathered in the capital to push for the removal …

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Algerian leader told to leave now

Algeria’s army chief of staff demanded on Tuesday immediate procedures to remove President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, saying enough time had already been wasted, state news agency APS said on Tuesday. On Monday, Bouteflika, who is 82, in poor health and facing weeks of mass demonstrations against his 20 year rule, had …

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Aging Bouteflika to go before month’s end

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will resign before his mandate ends on April 28, state news agency APS said on Monday, bowing to weeks of mass protests and army pressure seeking an end to his 20-year rule. There was no immediate reaction from leaders of the protest movement that has buffeted …

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Algerians protest in thousands for ouster of Bouteflika

Hundreds of thousands of protesters marched though Algiers for the sixth Friday in succession to demand the removal of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika days after the country’s powerful military called for him to step down. Dancing, blowing horns and shouting freedom slogans, some demonstrators also called for the entire political elite …

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UAE-Egypt consular consultations committee holds 4th session

The fourth session of the UAE-Egypt consular consultations committee was held yesterday morning under the chairmanship of Mansour Abdel Kareem Al Faheem, Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for Consular and Development of Proceeds, and Yasser Mahmoud Hashim, Assistant Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs and Egyptians …

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Saudi King meets Libyan ex-general

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman met on Wednesday the commander of the Eastern Libyan forces Khalifa Haftar, the Saudi foreign ministry said in a tweet. King Salman made assurances during the meeting of the Kingdom’s keenness for the security and stability of Libya, the foreign ministry said. Source: Reuters

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Protests spread to Morocco

More than 10,000 Moroccan teachers staged a new protest in the capital Rabat on Sunday to demand better working conditions, a witness said, hours after police had dispersed an earlier demonstration with water cannon. The teachers started marching peacefully from the education ministry in Rabat to the square in front …

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Algerian lawyers up in arams against Bouteflika

Hundreds of Algerian lawyers protested again on Saturday in the capital to demand the immediate resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika who has been for 20 years in power. They gathered in Algiers’ center, the scene of mass protests for one month, holding up slogans that read: “Respect the will of …

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Fujairah herlads Free Zone Authority to market Algerian products

Khalid Mohammed Al Jassim, Director-General of the Fujairah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has highlighted the chamber’s keenness to reinforce its ties with friendly countries and connect business owners with their peers in other countries, to exchange information and establish investment partnerships in various commercial, industrial, and services sectors. This …

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Tunisia’s Essebsi in bid to erode PM’s authority

Tunisia’s president called on Wednesday for changes to the new constitution to give the presidency more power, in the latest escalation of a dispute between the two highest offices in the country. The constitution, adopted in 2014 after the uprising of 2011 that ousted autocrat Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, …

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Algerian army happy with democractic protesters

Algeria’s army chief declared that the public has expressed “noble aims” during weeks of demonstrations against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the strongest signal yet that the military is distancing itself from the long-serving ruler. Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaed Salah said the month had been “marked by the deeds of noble aims …

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Algerians want end to military rule

Thousands of students, university professors and health workers rallied in Algiers on Tuesday calling for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to quit, and a new group headed by activists and opposition figures told the army not to interfere. In the first direct message to the generals from leaders emerging from nearly a …

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Protests spread to Algeria’s petroleum workers

Algeria’s newly-appointed prime minister has started talks to form a new government, state media reported on Sunday, in a move designed to placate protesters demanding President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika and his inner circle step down. The discussions began as some workers at Algeria’s biggest gas field staged a protest against …

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Algerians want Bouteflika out no matter what

Hundreds of thousands of people protested in central Algiers on Friday in the biggest demonstration against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s 20-year rule since unrest began last month. Protesters crammed streets and squares in the capital after Friday prayers, many draped in Algeria’s green, white and red flag. Demonstrations also took place …

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Fujairah Social and Cultural Association heading toMorocco’s International Youth and Women Forum’

The UAE, represented by the Fujairah Social and Cultural Association, is participating in the ‘3rd International Youth and Women Forum’, being hosted by the Moroccan city of Tangier until 17th March 2019. The forum, organised by the Moroccan Association for Economic, Social and Cultural Development, under the slogan, ‘Women and …

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Algeria ready for government of the people

Algeria’s government on Wednesday declared itself ready for talks with protesters seeking rapid political change, saying it sought a ruling system based on “the will of the people” after opposition groups rejected proposed reforms as inadequate. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Monday reversed a decision to seek a fifth term in …

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Algerians protestors press for more reforms

Thousands protested in Algeria on Tuesday, demanding immediate political changes a day after ailing President Abelaziz Bouteflika abandoned his bid for a fifth term in power but stopped short of stepping down. Huge crowds gathered in several cities and Ennahar TV reported workers began a strike that paralyzed operations at …

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Student holiday meant to placate Algeria protestors

Algerian authorities on Saturday ordered an early start to the spring university holiday, an apparent attempt to weaken two weeks of student-led protests against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. A woman protests against Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in Algiers, Algeria March 8, 2019. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra The Higher Education Ministry’s decision came a …

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Ruling papert members joining Algeria protests

Several lawmakers of Algeria’s ruling FLN party have resigned to join mass anti-government protests, the private Ashourouq TV station said on Friday. No more details were immediately available. Protesters have been demonstrating for weeks against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decision to stand for another term. Source: Reuters

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Algerian lawyers now protesting against Bouteflika

Hundreds of lawyers in black robes took to the streets of downtown Algiers on Thursday to press President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down after 20 years in power, adding momentum to the biggest protests there since the 2011 Arab Spring. Security forces were deployed to monitor the demonstration but as …

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