Morocco probes dinosaur tail sold in Mexico auction

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Moroccan authorities have opened an inquiry into the origins of a dinosaur tail from the North African country sold at auction in Mexico, the culture ministry said Saturday. The four-metre-long (13-foot) fragment of an “Atlasaurus tail from the Jurassic period” was sold on Tuesday for 1.8 million pesos ($96,000), according to Mexican auctions website Morton. It said the fossil came from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco after which the dinosaur is named. Abdellah Alaoui, the head of ...

In absentia: Algerians debate honoring Bouteflika through his portrait

Friday, 19 January 2018

The manner in which Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was honored last week has sparked wide debate on social media after a mayors decided to celebrate him using just his photo at a ceremony. On Thursday, video and photos were posted on Facebook and Twitter from the Palais des Congrès in Algiers, where officials were shown honoring a photo of Bouteflika while the president himself was nowhere to be seen. Algerians expressed dissatisfaction with the event, with some saying the event ...

Morocco sentences man to death over MP killing

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

A Moroccan court sentenced to death a man over the murder of a member of parliament and jailed his widow, in a case involving sex and money, the government said Tuesday.Abdellatif Merdas, who was a member of the liberal Constitutional Union party, was gunned down near his house in Casablanca in March last year.A local councillor, Hicham Mouchtari, was sentenced to death on Monday after he was convicted of “premeditated murder”, the justice ministry said.Merdas’s widow, Ouafae ...

At least 20 dead as clashes shut airport in Libyan capital

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Fierce clashes broke out in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Monday, killing at least 20 people, shutting the airport, and damaging planes during what the government said was a failed attempt to spring militants from a nearby prison.The attack triggered the heaviest fighting in Tripoli for months, undercutting claims by the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) to have largely stabilized the city. The violence also undermines GNA efforts to persuade diplomatic missions to ...

Libyan Health Ministry: Tripoli airport clashes kill nine

Monday, 15 January 2018

Heavy clashes broke out in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Monday, leaving at least nine people dead and forcing the airport to suspend all flights. Heavy gunfire and artillery could be heard from the city center and Mitiga airport said all flights had been suspended until further notice. The fighting pitted the Special Deterrence Force, known as Rada and one of the most powerful groups in the city, against a rival group based in Tripoli’s Tajoura neighborhood. Rada acts as an anti-crime and ...

Violent protests resume in Tunisia after two days of calm

Monday, 15 January 2018

Violent protests erupted again on Sunday in two areas of the capital Tunis and another town after a relatively calm two days, the latest protests in the country against austerity measures.After nearly a week of at times violent protests, police used tear gas against dozens of young protesters in the Ettadamen district of Tunis in renewed demonstrations over a tax hike.A Reuters witness saw youths around 20 years old throwing stones at police cars and setting fire to tires before security forces ...

Morocco repatriates its last migrants from Libya

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Morocco on Saturday said it has started the third and final operation to repatriate its nationals stranded in Libya, a stepping stone to illegal migration to Europe.The ministry of expatriates and migration said the operation was launched on Friday and aimed at bringing home 338 Moroccan migrants stuck in Libya.The migrants were to be flown to Casablanca on the Libyan airline Afriqiyah and then transported by bus to their home towns, the ministry said in a statement.It did not say when the ...

Tunisia regains total calm after three nights of unrest

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Friday was totally quiet, in Tunisia, after three nights of unrest. On Thursday, unrest was limited to sporadic clashes in very few cities and Friday night was totally calm, after just around 200 people protested peacefully in the capita, according to the interior ministry. Tunisian authorities arrested another 150 people including local opposition leaders on Friday, bringing the total detained close to 800 in response to demonstrations this week against price and tax rises. ALSO: Five years on, ...

Tunisia deploys army, makes 300 arrests as violent unrest continues

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Tunisian protesters burned down a regional national security headquarters near the Algerian border, prompting authorities to send in troops after police retreated, witnesses said, as unrest over prices and taxes continued nationwide. Over 300 protesters were arrested overnight and the army was deployed in several cities to help quell violent protests in Tunisia seven years after the overthrow of Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in the first of the Arab Spring revolts. In Thala, near the Algerian border, ...

Tunisia deploys army in several cities as violent protests intensify

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Over 300 protesters were arrested overnight and the army was deployed in several Tunisian cities in violent demonstrations over prices, taxes and unemployment that have swept the country. In Thala, near the Algerian border, troops were sent in after protesters burned down the national security building forcing police to retreat from the town, witnesses told Reuters. Violent anti-government protests have raged in other towns in the North African country since Monday, among them the tourist ...

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