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Tunisia will increase aid for poor in response to protests

Tunisia will increase aid for poor in response to protests

Tunisia plans to increase support for poor families and needy people by some $70 million, a government minister said on Saturday, after protests broke out in the North African country. Protests, some of them violent, were held on Monday against austerity measures such as increases of...

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Fresh Tunisia arrests over wave of unrest

Fresh Tunisia arrests over wave of unrest

Tunisian authorities said Friday the number of people detained in a wave of violent protests had risen to nearly 800, as fresh unrest over austerity measures hit a provincial town overnight. Activists have called for a major protest Friday over the measures introduced at the start of...

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Tunisia deploys army, makes 300 arrests as violent unrest persists

Tunisia deploys army, makes 300 arrests as violent unrest persists

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 raged on nationwide. But the government, under pressure to cut a ballooning...

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A Tunisian synagogue set on fire by Molotov cocktails

A Tunisian synagogue set on fire by Molotov cocktails

Two Molotov cocktails have been thrown at a synagogue on the Tunisian island of Djerba, setting fire to the building. The president of Djerba's Jewish community, Perez Trabelsi, told The Associated Press Wednesday that the attack was perpetrated by two people on a motorbike. He said the...

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Libyan navy says some 100 migrants believed missing at sea

Libyan navy says some 100 migrants believed missing at sea

Libya's navy says some 100 migrants are believed missing at sea and that at least 279 others have been rescued off the Libyan coast. Wednesday's statement says the migrants, mostly Africans, had embarked on the perilous trip across the Mediterranean in several vessels. Those missing...

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UN raises probable death toll in migrant boat sinking to 64

UN raises probable death toll in migrant boat sinking to 64

The U.N. migration agency has raised the probable death toll to 64 in the weekend sinking of a smugglers' rubber dinghy in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya. The Italian coast guard, hours after the boat started sinking Saturday due to a puncture, rescued 86 people from it and retrieved...

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200 undocumented migrants rescued off Libyan coast

200 undocumented migrants rescued off Libyan coast

More than 200 migrants were rescued when a boat carrying undocumented African migrants sank off Libya’s western coast Sunday evening, but at least two also died, according to a spokesman for the Libyan Navy. Ayoub Qassim told Anadolu Agency that the boat sank off the coast of...

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At least 25 dead in migrant shipwreck off Libya: rescue charities

At least 25 dead in migrant shipwreck off Libya: rescue charities

At least 25 people are feared to have drowned in a shipwreck off Libya after a dinghy, possibly carrying some 150 migrants, ran into trouble, two rescue organizations said Saturday. "Rubber dinghy sunk north of Tripoli. At least 25 people died in the incident, exact numbers still...

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Armed groups clash at key Libya border post

Armed groups clash at key Libya border post

Armed groups clashed Friday in western Libya, forcing the closure of a key border crossing with Tunisia, an official and a military commander said. The clashes took place near the Ras Jedir border post, the main crossing between western Libya and southeastern Tunisia. The...

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Sudan announces state of emergency in Kassala, North Kurdufan: SUNA

Sudan announces state of emergency in Kassala, North Kurdufan: SUNA

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has announced a 6-month state of emergency in the states of Kassala and North Kurdufan, government news agency SUNA said Saturday. The move is part of ongoing disarmament campaigns which started near Darfur and Blue Nile in October. 

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Turkey remains committed to back Sudan: Erdogan

Turkey remains committed to back Sudan: Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said his country remains committed to support Sudan. Speaking at Khartoum University in Sudanese capital after being awarded an honorary doctorate, Erdogan said Turkey would continue to be with the Sudanese people through its institutions and...

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Attack on Libyan crude pipeline cuts output by up to 100,000 bpd

Attack on Libyan crude pipeline cuts output by up to 100,000 bpd

 Armed men blew up a pipeline pumping crude oil to Es Sider port on Tuesday, cutting Libya’s output by up to 100,000 barrels per day (bpd), military and oil sources said. The state-run National Oil Corporation (NOC) said in statement output had been reduced by 70,000-100,000 bpd....

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Tunisia bans Emirates Airlines flights from landing in its territory

Tunisia bans Emirates Airlines flights from landing in its territory

Tunisia on Sunday suspended Emirates Airlines flights after a public outcry over security measures in the United Arab Emirates targeting women from the North African country. The transport ministry said it had "decided to suspend" Emirates flights to Tunis "until the airline is able to...

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10,000 refugees' to be relocated from Libya to EU in 2018

10,000 refugees' to be relocated from Libya to EU in 2018

Up to 10,000 people stranded in refugee camps and detention centers in Libya could be relocated to Europe in 2018, the Italian government said Sunday. The initiative would be part of an attempt by EU countries to address the deteriorating conditions in Libya, where thousands of people...

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Local official shot dead in Libya’s Misurata

Local official shot dead in Libya’s Misurata

Militants shot dead the chief of the Misurata Municipal Council in northwestern Libya on Monday, according to the official Libyan News Agency. Mohammed Ishtwei was abducted by militants shortly after leaving the city’s airport earlier in the day and was later found dead, the agency...

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Libya’s Haftar announces end of Skhirat Agreement

Libya’s Haftar announces end of Skhirat Agreement

Libya’s national army commander Khalifa Haftar announced on Sunday the end of the Libyan Political Agreement, which was signed in Skhirat in Morocco in 2015, and said he does not recognize any decisions issued by the political bodies linked to it. “The military institution will not...

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Tunisia in new delay of first post-revolt local poll

Tunisia in new delay of first post-revolt local poll

A new date next May has been set for Tunisia's first post-revolt municipal elections, already long delayed, polling officials said Saturday. The Independent High Authority for Elections said the polling date was set at May 6, rather than March 25 as previously announced, at a meeting...

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Libya's coast guard rescues over 270 migrants

Libya's coast guard rescues over 270 migrants

A Libyan official says coast guards have rescued at least 270 migrants off Libya's eastern coast. Navy official el-Hadi Kheil said Saturday that the Arab and African migrants, who included women and children, were taken to a navy base in the capital, Tripoli. "We were lost and...

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