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Rabat suspends twin city plan with Guatemala over Jerusalem move

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Rabat has shelved plans to for a twin city partnership with Guatemala City in protest against Guatemala’s transfer of its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the Moroccan capital’s deputy mayor said on Saturday. “Following Guatemala’s decision to establish an embassy in Al Quds (Jerusalem), Rabat’s city council unanimously decided to suspend the examination of a twinning project with Guatemala City in solidarity with the Palestinian people,&rdquo ...

Obituary: Maya Jribi, Tunisia’s first woman party leader, dies

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Maya Jribi, Tunisia’s first woman to lead a political party, had passed away on Saturday at the age of 58. Jribi is considered among many as one of the fiercest and most famous Tunisian woman who strongly opposed the regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and stood up to tyrannical policies throughout his reign. Jribi, who was born in 1960 from a Tunisian father and an Algerian mother, entered politics early on in her life through her father, the Tunisian leader Saleh Ben Youssef against Habib ...

Moroccan economy reels under campaign to boycott consumer goods

Saturday, 12 May 2018

The Moroccan government is deeply concerned over an unprecedented popular campaign to boycott consumer goods from leading national companies marketing milk, mineral water and gasoline in the country, These companies which provide jobs for thousands of citizens have been hit my huge losses, while the government is worried that the boycott campaign may be extended to include other goods. The campaign which was launched on social media and targeted national companies one is owned by a minister, has ...

Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia fail to agree on Nile dispute

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

An Egyptian official says Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have again failed to make progress on their Nile dispute as Ethiopia works to complete a massive upstream dam. Egypt fears the Renaissance Dam will cut into its share of the river, which provides virtually all the freshwater for the arid country of 100 million people. Hossam el-Emam, a spokesman for Egypt’s Irrigation Ministry, told The Associated Press on Monday that technical talks among irrigation ministers in Addis Ababa last week ...

Libya strongman announces offensive to take Derna from ‘terrorists’

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Strongman Khalifa Haftar announced a military offensive on Monday to take from “terrorists” the city of Derna, the only part of eastern Libya outside his forces’ control. “The zero hour has struck for the liberation of Derna,” said Haftar, declaring his troops had already started to crush the “bastions of terrorists” in the city. Dressed in uniform, he was speaking from a military parade in the city of Benghazi in which thousands of soldiers from his ...

Independent candidates emerge as stars of Tunisian municipal elections

Monday, 7 May 2018

Independent candidates taking part in the Tunisian municipal elections on Sunday have emerged as the true stars of the poll, according to early results announced on Monday.Together, the hundreds of candidates amassed 28 percent of the overall vote, an indicator of the Tunisian voting public preferring independent contenders over parties in the country’s first free municipal elections since the 2011 uprising.But the Islamist Ennahda party claimed an official victory with 27.5 percent of the ...

War drums beat east of Libya amid plans to liberate Derna

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Army forces are gathering in and around Libya’s Derna as military strongman Khalifa Haftar announced plans to liberate the city. This escalation coincided with threats from a Salafist leader, an ally of Haftar to eliminate militants belonging to the Shura Council of Mujahideen who have controled Derna since they forced out ISIS in 2015. It is the last eastern town out of the Libyan National Army’s control. Meanwhile, the leader of the special forces in Benghazi, Wanis bou Khamadda, ...

Tunisian president urges massive turnout in first free municipal elections

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Tunisians head to the polls on Sunday for the first free municipal elections since the 2011 revolution, seen as another milestone on the road to democracy in the birthplace of the Arab Spring. Yet while the North African country has been lauded for its transition from decades of dictatorship, interest in the poll remains muted as struggles with corruption and poverty continue. Tunisians have voted in parliamentary and presidential elections since the fall of dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, but ...

Tunisians to vote in first free municipal elections amid economic gloom

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Tunisians vote on Sunday in their first free municipal elections, another step in the north African country’s difficult democratic transition that has become marred by disappointment over a lack of jobs and economic opportunities.Tunisia has been hailed as the only democratic success of the Arab Spring because it toppled a long-serving autocrat - Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, in 2011 - without triggering major violence or civil war, or a reversion to authoritarian rule.But enthusiasm for ...

Gunmen kidnap German ICRC aid worker in Somali capital

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Unidentified gunmen kidnapped a senior German staff member of the International Committee of the Red Cross in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Wednesday, police and her co-workers said. “We got the report minutes after she was abducted and now we are searching the whole area. We hope we shall find her,” Major Mohamed Hussein, a police officer, told Reuters. ICRC staff said the kidnappers snatched their colleague from inside the Swiss-based agency’s compound in Mogadishu and ...

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