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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 ...

23 killed after truck carrying illegal immigrants overturns in Libya

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

WARNING: Graphic images, viewer discretion advisedTwenty-three people, including two children and a women, were killed when a truck transferring illegal immigrants overturned in the early hours of Wednesday Bani Walid, 230 kilometers away from east of the Libyan capital, Tripoli. A medical source told Al Arabiya.net that 35 injured people were transferred to health centers in Bani Walid while others with more severe injuries were transferred to hospitals.According to a security source, the truck ...

Wheel on Algerian plane separates during take-off, crew unaware

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The wheel on an Algerian plane fell off as it departed France’s Toulouse airport and headed to the city of Oran in Algeria earlier this week.“An Air Algerie Boeing 737-600, registration 7T-VJR performing flight AH-1077 from Toulouse (France) to Oran (Algeria), departed Toulouse's runway 32R and climbed to cruise level,” the Aviation Herald reported, adding that the incident occurred on February 8.“Enroute near Barcelona, Spanish air traffic control (ATC) informed the crew ...

Could a plate of couscous warm up ties between North Africa nations?

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Could a plate of couscous warm up relations between wary North African nations? A drive to win coveted UNESCO status for the dish could at least get them talking around the same table. The hearty meal itself however is a bone of contention between countries that haven’t always got along. Who makes it the best? And given that the fluffy semolina can be topped with everything from fish in Tunisia to camel meat in Libya, what truly makes a couscous a couscous? As with the “hummus ...

Morocco tops 11-million mark in record tourism year

Monday, 12 February 2018

Morocco recorded a bumper year for tourist arrivals in 2017, breaking through the 11-million barrier for the first time, the tourism ministry announced Monday.Visitor arrivals numbered some 11.4 million, a 10-percent increase over 2016, with tourists from “emerging markets” such as China and Brazil joining those from France, Spain and Germany.Revenues from the sector jumped to 69.7 billion dirhams ($7.55 billion, 6.16 billion euros) in 2017, up from 64.2 billion dirhams the previous ...

Sudan’s Bashir replaces intelligence chief

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir Sunday replaced powerful intelligence chief Mohammed Atta, the official news agency SUNA reported, amid a security crackdown on opposition protests against rising food prices. Bashir issued a presidential decree announcing Salah Abdallah Mohammed Salih as the new head of the country’s National Intelligence and Security Service, SUNA said, without providing further details. Salih had previously headed NISS and was replaced by Atta in August 2009. ...

At least two killed, 37 wounded by twin mosque bombing in Libya’s Benghazi

Friday, 9 February 2018

Libyan officials say twin bomb explosions at a mosque in the city of Benghazi have killed at least two people and wounded 75 others. Motaz Agouri, an official at Benghazi security directorate's media office, said the explosion took place during Friday prayers inside the Saad Ibn Ibada mosque in Benghazi's busy Berka district. Agouri said the bombs were planted in separate rooms inside the mosque. The devices appear to have been activated remotely using a mobile phone, one military source said. ...

Egypt begins security operation against ‘terrorists’, closes Gaza border

Friday, 9 February 2018

Egypt on Friday launched a major security operation involving the army and police against “terrorist and criminal elements and organizations” across the country, the army spokesman said. The army spokesman said the operation covers areas in Sinai, the Delta and the Western Desert and it follows a three-month deadline set by President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to crush a years-long Islamist insurgency. “The law enforcement forces began this morning implementing the comprehensive ...

UN report says human smugglers in Libya have links to security services

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Most armed groups involved in human smuggling and trafficking in Libya have links to the country’s official security institutions, sanctions experts said in a confidential report to a UN Security Council committee seen by Reuters on Wednesday. People smugglers operating with impunity in Libya have sent hundreds of thousands of migrants to Europe, mainly Italy, by sea since 2014. Thousands have died during the voyages. “Armed groups, which were party to larger political-military ...

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