Tunisair looks to African routes as European battle brews

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Tunisair is counting on new African routes to drive passenger growth as it prepares for increased competition for flights to and from Europe under an “Open Skies” agreement with the EU. The Tunisian state-owned airline will launch two new routes by the end of this year, to Sudan and Cameroon, the company told Reuters. That will bring the number of its African routes to 10, after it began flights to Guinea and Benin last year. New paths to growth could be vital for the survival of ...

Thousands stage protest in Morocco's Jerada despite ban

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Thousands of Moroccans on Friday defied a government ban and demonstrated in the former mining town of Jerada demanding an "alternative economy" and the release of jailed activists. The accidental deaths in December of two brothers trapped in a mine shaft, followed by two other deaths under similar circumstances, has sparked a wave of unrest and protests in the impoverished town. An economic plan proposed by the government succeeded in briefly calming social unrest, but protesters ...

Armed militants kidnap Libya’s military prosecutor

Friday, 16 March 2018

A group of unknown armed militants kidnapped Libya’s military prosecutor, Masoud Erhouma, on Thursday, the head of the Interrogations Office under the Libyan attorney general said.According to Libyan media outlets, Erhouma was kidnapped near his house in the Salah el-Din area in Tripoli. This comes just a day after an assassination attempt on the head of the Supreme Council of the State, Abdulrahman al-Suweihli, following an armed ambush on his vehicle.Erhouma was appointed in accordance ...

Moroccan protestors clash with police in mining town, hundreds injured

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Moroccan protestors on Wednesday clashed with security forces in a poor mining town where residents have been demanding government help to tackle poverty, officials and activists said. The town of Jerada in the remote northeast has seen protests since two artisan miners were killed in an accident in December but demonstrations calling for state aid and alternative jobs had remained peaceful until now. On Wednesday, protestors set five police cars on fire and clashed with police, a local ...

Hundreds of migrants picked up between Libya and Italy

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Libya’s coastguard and an international charity ship picked up several hundred migrants on Saturday as smugglers trying to take advantage of calm seas launched a flurry of boats towards Italy. Libyan coastguard vessels intercepted two of the migrant boats, the first an inflatable dinghy that had broken down with 125 people on board off Zawiya, just west of the capital, Tripoli, said Ayoub Qassem, a coastguard spokesman. The second boat was turned back off Garabulli, east of Tripoli, and ...

Debate reemerges in Libya over fate of Qaddafi’s corpse

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Debate erupted once again in Libya over the fate of the corpse of late leader Muammar al-Qaddafi. Former Libyan Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Mohammed Saeed al-Qashat told Russia’s Sputnik news agency that the location of his grave is not known. His corpse was handed over to the Misrata brigades after his death in 2011 and placed inside a mortuary freezer for a week. It was then washed and prayers were performed. Afterwards, nothing is known of its fate, he said. Despite demands made by some ...

Algeria attacks false Qatari media reports of conflict with Saudi Arabia, UAE

Monday, 5 March 2018

Algeria’s Foreign Ministry has criticized false press reports published by Qatari media outlets’ claims of conflict in relations between Algiers and Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.  Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, Abdulaziz ben Ali Shareef said that “Algeria's position on the Gulf crisis is clear, it stands at a distance from all its parties,” stressing that the information published by international and Gulf media on the existence of differences ...

Cannabis, glue and alcohol: Ingredients of Morocco’s violent drug

Sunday, 4 March 2018

A new drug is swarming the streets of Morocco. Locally called Karkoubi, the drug has now, more than ever, become a national concern. The pill is a dangerous mix of cheap psychotropic drugs, cannabis, alcohol and even glue. It sells cheap, only two Moroccan dirhams, making it 250 times cheaper than a gram of cocaine. For this reason, Karkoubi has been called the drug for the poor. Since users get disillusioned to feel invincible, the drug is mostly known for its sinister side effect, violence. ...

Libyan army says agreement to unify military institution to be signed soon

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Libya’s armed forces spokesperson, Colonel Ahmed al-Mesmari, said that discussions aimed at unifying Libya’s military institution will continue in Cairo on Thursday, adding that most clauses were agreed upon in a draft agreement which will be signed soon. The agreement is sponsored by Egypt, and will be a stepping stone towards unifying the country’s military, al-Mesmari said. The second stage will be the signing of the document which was drafted by the different Libyan parties ...

Morocco passes new law to combat violence against women

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Morocco’s parliament ratified a law on Wednesday to combat violence against women after months of debate and discussion between political parties and civil society in a move aimed at containing violence against women, a phenomenon that is wide spreading among Moroccan society.A year and a half ago after drafting the law, 168 deputies voted today in favor of this law, prepared by the Ministry of Family, Solidarity, Equality and Social Development, in partnership with the Ministry of Justice ...

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