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Sudan gets new government as PM keeps finance

Sudan gets new government as PM keeps finance

Sudan's new 21-member cabinet was sworn in on Saturday, with Prime Minister Moutaz Mousa Abdallah also assuming the finance portfolio in a bid to revive the country's ailing economy. Sudan has been grappling with an acute foreign exchange shortage and inflation above 65 percent for...

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Libyan officials say unknown missiles hit Tripoli airport

Libyan officials say unknown missiles hit Tripoli airport

Missiles were fired at Libya's capital Tripoli, including the city's only functioning airport, forcing authorities to divert flights to anther airport to the south, government and airport officials said Wednesday, less than a week after the U.N. brokered a cease-fire between rival armed...

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Libya oil company offices attacked, causing fire, casualties

Libya oil company offices attacked, causing fire, casualties

Security forces of Libya's U.N.-backed government on Monday stormed the headquarters of the country's national oil company in the capital Tripoli shortly after gunmen had gone into the building, shooting randomly, setting off explosions and taking hostages, officials said. At least one...

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Armed groups agree to keep Tripoli ceasefire: UN

Armed groups agree to keep Tripoli ceasefire: UN

Armed groups vying for control of the Libyan capital have agreed to set up a mechanism to "consolidate" a recently agreed ceasefire, the United Nations' Libya mission, UNSMIL, said Sunday. On Tuesday, the United Nations persuaded various armed groups to halt fighting that had killed...

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UN says 'criminals' impersonating its staff in Libya to target migrants

UN says 'criminals' impersonating its staff in Libya to target migrants

The U.N. decried Saturday "reliable reports" that smugglers and traffickers were impersonating its staff in Libya to target desperate migrants and refugees, and demanded action to hold them to account. The U.N. refugee agency said reliable sources were indicating that smugglers and...

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France partly to blame for Libya crisis: Italian minister

France partly to blame for Libya crisis: Italian minister

France is partly to blame for the crisis in Libya, Italy's Defence Minister Elisabetta Trenta said Monday, ruling out Italian military intervention there. "France, from my point of view, has a responsibility," the minister wrote on Facebook, evoking the military intervention in 2011 by...

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Morocco king pardons 188 people linked to Hirak protests

Morocco king pardons 188 people linked to Hirak protests

Morocco's King Mohammed VI has pardoned a total of 188 people linked to the Hirak protest movement on the occasion of Islam's Eid al-Adha religious feast, the National Council on Human Rights said Tuesday. The council initially reported that royal pardons had been granted to 11...

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Morocco restoring military service

Morocco restoring military service

Morocco's government is moving to restore military service, with men and women between the ages of 19 and 25 expected to serve a year in the army, navy or air force. King Mohammed VI's ministerial council on Monday approved the draft law that is expected to comfortably win lawmakers' backing...

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Italy threatens to send stranded migrants ‘back to Libya’

Italy threatens to send stranded migrants ‘back to Libya’

Italy's far-right interior minister threatened Sunday to send "back to Libya" nearly 180 people stranded for three days on an Italian coastguard ship if the EU did not step in to resolve another migrant row with Malta. The 177 people have been sat off the coast of the Italian island of...

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Tunisia anti-litter activist takes up 300-km, 30-beach challenge

Tunisia anti-litter activist takes up 300-km, 30-beach challenge

Bin bags at the ready, "long-distance activist" Mohamed Oussama Houij moves methodically along a beach in Tunisia's Mediterranean town of Nabeul, scooping up all kinds of trash as he goes along. The 27-year-old sanitary engineer set out in July to walk a 300-kilometre (185-mile) stretch...

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Spain and Germany seek EU aid for Morocco over migrants

Spain and Germany seek EU aid for Morocco over migrants

The leaders of Spain and Germany agreed Saturday to push for greater EU help for countries such as Morocco, a major point of departure for migrants and refugees trying to reach Europe. "Fourteen kilometres separate the coast of Spain - and therefore Europe - from those of North Africa...

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Libya's sovereign wealth fund to move offices after abductions, threats

Libya's sovereign wealth fund to move offices after abductions, threats

Libya's sovereign wealth fund has decided to move from its main office in Tripoli due to security breaches after a number of staff were threatened or abducted, it said in statement on Wednesday. The Libyan Investment Authority (LIA), which holds about $66 billion-worth of mostly frozen...

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UN says Libya recovered some 100 bodies of migrants in 2018

UN says Libya recovered some 100 bodies of migrants in 2018

The United Nations refugee agency says Libya's coast guard has recovered some 100 bodies of Europe-bound migrants off its coast in 2018. A statement from UNHCR late Sunday also said that as of July 31, the Libyan coast guard had also intercepted or rescued 12,633 migrants near its...

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Duterte says may deploy warship to save Filipino captives in Libya

Duterte says may deploy warship to save Filipino captives in Libya

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Friday he might send the navy's most modern frigate to waters off Libya in a bid to "save" three Filipinos and a South Korean kidnapped last month from a water plant in the north African country. South Korea has redirected a vessel taking part in...

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 Morocco's King Mohammad VI sacks economy minister

Morocco's King Mohammad VI sacks economy minister

Morocco's King Mohammad VI has sacked the country's economy minister, his office said Wednesday, after the monarch demanded "urgent action" on social issues in the North African nation hit by unrest over unemployment and graft. The king decided to dismiss Mohammad Boussaid after...

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Armed raid on Tunisian bank treated as terrorism-related: officia

Armed raid on Tunisian bank treated as terrorism-related: officia

An armed group robbed a Tunisian bank in the town of Kasserine near the Algerian border on Wednesday in an attack with a "terrorist background," a Tunisian security official said. Eleven men, some armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles, had hijacked a car and four then stormed the bank and...

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Migrants stranded without aid as Tunisia refuses to let ship dock

Migrants stranded without aid as Tunisia refuses to let ship dock

A Tunisian boat carrying around 40 African migrants has been stranded off the country's coast without aid for more than a week after authorities refused to let them disembark there, the Red Crescent said on Monday. Monji Slim, an official of the Tunisian Red Crescent, said the...

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Migrant charity files manslaughter complaint against cargo ship, Libya

Migrant charity files manslaughter complaint against cargo ship, Libya

The charity Proactiva Open Arms has filed a complaint, including of involuntary manslaughter, with the Spanish police against a cargo ship for failing to help migrants adrift on a destroyed dinghy in the Mediterranean. The captain of the charity's rescue boat said on Saturday he also plans...

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