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Amnesty accuses EU of abetting migrant rights violations in Libya

Amnesty accuses EU of abetting migrant rights violations in Libya

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European governments are “complicit” in grave human rights violations in Libya through their support for authorities there that often work with people smugglers and torture refugees and migrants, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. Determined to cut African...

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Algerians elect local leaders as oil-reliant economy falters

Algerians elect local leaders as oil-reliant economy falters

Ailing Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika made a rare public appearance Thursday to encourage turn out in the country's local elections that have been marred by voter frustrations amid rising poverty. Bouteflika, 80, cast his vote at a school near the capital, Algiers. He has...

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Tunisia PM will go ahead with painful policy despite opposition

Tunisia PM will go ahead with painful policy despite opposition

Tunisia will continue with a package of painful economic policies, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said Tuesday, despite resistance from labor unions and business associations to changes that will raise taxes and put thousands out of work. The North African country is under pressure from...

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Fifteen dead in food aid stampede in Morocco: ministry

Fifteen dead in food aid stampede in Morocco: ministry

Fifteen people were killed and five more injured when a stampede broke out in a southwestern Moroccan town on Sunday as food aid was being distributed in a market, the Interior Ministry said. A hospital source put the death toll at 18, adding that most victims were women who had been...

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Libya says to probe 'slave auction' footage

Libya says to probe 'slave auction' footage

Libya will investigate alleged slave trading in the country, the internationally recognized government announced Sunday, following the release of video footage appearing to show migrants being auctioned off. Chaos-ridden Libya has long been a major transit hub for migrants trying to...

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Militant threat hangs over Islamic State's former Libyan stronghold

Militant threat hangs over Islamic State's former Libyan stronghold

Nearly a year after Islamic State was driven from its Libyan stronghold Sirte, residents surveying their wrecked homes feel neglected and vulnerable, still afraid of the militant threat that has waned but not vanished. Though security in the Mediterranean coastal city has improved,...

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Suspect in 2012 Benghazi attack to appear Friday in US court

Suspect in 2012 Benghazi attack to appear Friday in US court

 A man seized by U.S. forces in Libya and accused of involvement in an attack that killed the U.S. ambassador in Benghazi in 2012 will appear on Friday in federal court in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Attorney's office for the District of Columbia said. Mustafa al-Imam, who arrived...

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Libya considering UK extradition request for Manchester bomber's brother

Libya considering UK extradition request for Manchester bomber's brother

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libyan authorities are processing a request from Britain to extradite the brother of the bomber who killed 22 people in Manchester in May, but no decision has been taken yet, a government spokesman said on Thursday. The armed group holding the brother said that if...

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Suspected Islamist arrested after knife attack near Tunis parliament

Suspected Islamist arrested after knife attack near Tunis parliament

A suspected Islamist militant was arrested on Wednesday after wounding two policemen with a knife near the parliament in Tunis, Tunisia's interior ministry said, a rare incident in a country that has improved security since deadly attacks in 2015. The assailant was known to authorities...

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Moroccan social justice movement seeks relief from crackdown

Moroccan social justice movement seeks relief from crackdown

 It all began with a fish seized by the police. Morocco is marking one year since a fisherman's gruesome death spawned a social protest movement against police abuse - an event that has drawn comparisons to the 2010 death of a Tunisian vendor that sparked the Arab Spring democracy...

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Libyans dig for water in latest test for capital's residents

Libyans dig for water in latest test for capital's residents

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Across Libya’s capital residents have started drilling through pavements to access wells in a desperate search for water after the taps ran dry in a new low for living conditions. After years of neglect, workers turned off the water to do urgent maintenance earlier...

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Gaddafi son in good health, following politics: family lawyer

Gaddafi son in good health, following politics: family lawyer

TUNIS (Reuters) - Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the most prominent son of the former Libyan leader, is in good health and is following the political situation in Libya from his base inside the country, a Gaddafi family lawyer said on Tuesday. Khaled al-Zaidi said he was in personal contact...

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Fighting in Libyan capital closes airport

Fighting in Libyan capital closes airport

The Libyan capital's Mitiga airport was evacuated on Tuesday and civilian flights were repeatedly suspended as rival armed groups clashed nearby, officials said. Flights had restarted around midday on Tuesday after being suspended for several hours during the morning and the previous...

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Armed faction takes over protection of Libyan oil and gas complex, fresh concern over migrants

Armed faction takes over protection of Libyan oil and gas complex, fresh concern over migrants

SABRATHA, Libya (Reuters) - An armed alliance involved in a three-week battle over the Libyan smuggling hub of Sabratha said on Saturday it had taken over protection of the Mellitah oil and gas terminal after expelling a rival group. An organization called the Operations Room and its...

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Armed force claims victory in Libyan migrant smuggling hub

Armed force claims victory in Libyan migrant smuggling hub

An armed alliance involved in a three-week battle over the Libyan smuggling hub of Sabratha said it had taken control of the coastal city on Friday. A group called the Operations Room and its allies have been fighting the Anas al-Dabbashi brigade, a major facilitator of migrant...

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Tunisia Islamist party says municipal polls postponed

Tunisia Islamist party says municipal polls postponed

The head of Tunisia's Islamist Ennahda party on Sunday said the country's first post-revolution municipal polls due in December would be postponed, probably until March next year. Rached Ghannouchi told private Shems FM radio: "We were not favourable to a postponement of the municipal...

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Tunisians march against contested corruption amnesty

Tunisians march against contested corruption amnesty

 Hundreds of Tunisians protested on Saturday in the streets of the capital against a widely contested new law that grants officials from the former regime involved in corruption amnesty from prosecution. Tunisia’s parliament on Wednesday approved a law protecting officials...

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Tunisia parliament approves controversial amnesty for Ben Ali-era corruption

Tunisia parliament approves controversial amnesty for Ben Ali-era corruption

Tunisia’s parliament on Wednesday approved a controversial law granting amnesty to officials accused of corruption during the rule of autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, triggering angry protests from the opposition and activists outside. Opposition lawmakers sang the national anthem...

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