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El-Sisi says Egypt won't stand idle in Libya if security is threatened

Egypt will not stand idle in the face of any moves that pose a direct threat to Egyptian and Libyan national security, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said on Thursday, according to a presidency statement.The statement also said tribal leaders meeting El-Sisi in Cairo had authorized the president and

Sudan says Ethiopia denies filling the Renaissance dam reservoir

Ethiopia has told Sudan that news reports that it had started filling the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam reservoir on the Blue Nile were incorrect, Sudan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.Ethiopia’s charge d’affaires in Khartoum also told a senior Sudanese Foreign

Algeria Ex-Car Boss Gets 16-Year Jail Term for Corruption

A former car industry boss who swiftly amassed riches under Algeria's ousted president Abdelaziz Bouteflika was sentenced Wednesday to 16 years in prison on corruption charges. In the country's fourth major post-Bouteflika era corruption trial, Mahieddine Tahkout was convicted over "privileges, adv

Tunisia’s Ennahda party to withdraw confidence from government

 Tunisia’s moderate Islamist party Ennahda, the biggest party in the parliament, decided on Wednesday to withdraw confidence from the government, a senior official in Ennahda told Reuters.Ennahda’s move will deepen the political crisis engulfing Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfkah, whom E

‘Hunger crimes’ on the rise in crisis-hit Lebanon

Zakaria Al-Omar was walking through Beirut when a stranger robbed him at knifepoint, a desperate crime of a kind that has become increasingly common in crisis-torn Lebanon.The small Mediterranean country is mired in an economic crisis marked by a steep currency fall and runaway inflation that have p

Jordan king says virus 'under control'

Jordan's King Abdullah II said Sunday that his country had successfully brought the novel coronavirus "under control" and that it was time to focus on restarting the economy."We have successfully dealt with the coronavirus, which today is under control in Jordan," he said during a meeting with promi

Accusations of serial assault spark new #MeToo wave in Egypt

Their accounts are similar. The girls and women describe meeting the young man — a former student at Egypt’s most elite university — in person and online, followed by deceit, then escalating sexual harassment, assault, blackmail or rape.Some were minors when the alleged crimes took

Palestinian government imposes curfew, bans travel as COVID-19 cases soar

The Palestinian government on Sunday introduced a curfew across the occupied West Bank and heavily restricted travel as COVID-19 cases continued to rise.Hebron, Bethlehem, Ramallah, and Nablus have been “fully closed” for four days and travel between all governorates banned for two weeks

Sudan to allow drinking alcohol for non-Muslims, ban FGM

 Sudan will permit non-Muslims to consume alcohol and strengthen women’s rights, including banning female genital mutilation (FGM), its justice minister said late on Saturday, in a reversal of almost four decades of hard-line Islamist policies.About 3% of Sudan’s population is non-M

.New Tunisia protests over unemployment

Hundreds of Tunisians demonstrated in the south of the country on Saturday against unemployment and the death of a young man they say was killed by soldiers earlier this week.Protesters in the town of Remada demanded that President Kais Saied visit their region to discuss their living conditions, wi

Conflict-hit Libya to restart oil operations but with low output

Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) lifted force majeure on all oil exports on Friday as a first tanker loaded at Es Sider after a half-year blockade by eastern forces, but said technical problems caused by the shutdown would keep output low.“The increase in production will take a lon

Palestinians hope Biden would roll back Trump’s embrace of Israel

 Palestinian leaders hope Democrat Joe Biden will tone down Washington’s pro-Israel policies if he becomes US president, and Palestinian-Americans have been pressing his campaign for a change, sources familiar with the efforts said.So far, their efforts have had little impact, the sources

Morocco to start reopening borders after strict lockdown

Morocco will start gradually reopening its air and maritime borders next week after one of the world’s strictest border lockdowns, which trapped tourists inside the country and left thousands of Moroccans stranded abroad and unable to come home.Only Moroccan citizens and expatriates living in

Sudan Officer in Court for Running over Demonstrator

Khartoum - Ahmed Younis - The Senior Criminal Court in Sudan has adjourned to July 11 a hearing to try an officer on murder charges. The session was held amid tight security measures and was attended by many legal figures, while thousands of civilians gathered outside the court demanding strict pun

Arab Ministers Call for ‘Serious Negotiations’ with Israel

Amman, London - The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the UAE, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Oman, Kuwait and Palestine called for “serious and effective” negotiations with Israel to end the conflict through the two-state solution, and rejected all annexation plans. Meeting via vide

Moroccan King Approves Military-Linked Bills

Rabat - Morocco’s King Mohammed VI, also Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR), has approved three bills and one draft decree on military affairs While chairing the cabinet session on Monday evening at the Royal Palace in Rabat, the King approved the first bill on cybersecurity,

Foreign intervention in Libya delays political solution: US State Department

Ismaeel Naar Foreign intervention in Libya keeps warring parties from reaching a political solution, warned a US State Department spokeswoman, adding that Washington believes there is no military solution to the crisis which must be resolved through the United Nations. The comments made by State D

Lebanese businessman convicted of financing Hezbollah returns to Beirut from US

A Lebanese businessman serving a five-year sentence in the United States for providing millions of dollars to the militant Hezbollah group arrived Wednesday in Beirut after his early release, local media reported. Kassim Tajideen was sentenced last year in a federal court in Washington for his role

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