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Egypt backs deal for withdrawal of foreign troops from Libya

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry yesterday discussed in Cairo the latest developments in Libya with UN Secretary-General Special Envoy for Libya Jan Kubis. The spokesman for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, Ahmed Hafez, said on Twitter that Shoukry and Kubis discussed developments of the Lib

Libya’s PM, MPs head to Sert for vote of confidence for new unity government headed by Abdul Hamid Al-Dabaib

Libya’s parliament headed to Sirte on Monday ahead of a vote on a new interim unity government for the divided country, a crucial step toward December elections and stability after a decade of violent turmoil.Prime minister-designate Abdul Hamid Dbeibah and 80 members of parliament travelled

Syria president and first lady test positive for COVID-19

Syrian President Bashar Assad and his wife have tested positive for the coronavirus, the president's office said Monday, with both having only mild symptoms of the illness.In a statement, Assad’s office said the first couple did PCR tests after they felt minor symptoms consistent with the CO

Missile strikes on Syria oil refineries kill 4

Missile strikes on makeshift oil refineries in northern Syria killed four people and injured more than 20 others, a war monitor said on Saturday.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a series of strikes launched from Russian warships and by allied Syrian regime forces hit the makeshift refi

Jordan’s PM to reshuffle cabinet to hasten IMF-guided reforms

AMMAN: Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh was expected to reshuffle his cabinet on Sunday to help accelerate IMF-guided reforms seen as crucial to economic recovery in Jordan from the blow of the coronavirus pandemic, officials said.Six new ministers will be named including interior and justice af

Lebanese president welcomes Pope Francis’ Iraq arrival

BEIRUT: Lebanese President Michel Aoun welcomed the pope’s arrival in Iraq on Friday, saying he hoped it would be a “push toward establishing the genuine peace” that people in the region needed. Pope Francis is in Iraq from March 5-8. It is the first time a pope has visited the

Sisi to visit Sudan, will hold talks on Ethiopia's dam

CAIRO: Egyptian president Abdel Fattah-al Sisi will hold talks over Ethiopia's Blue Nile mega-dam during his visit to Sudan on Saturday, according to the Egyptian presidency.    

Lebanon’s roads blocked with burning tires over economic, political crisis

BEIRUT: Protesters in Lebanon took to the streets for the third day, blocking roads with burning tires and blaming “leaders’ incompetence” for failing to form a new government, as the country’s prime-minister designate blamed the political stalemate on the president and Hez

Egyptian president: We must reach legal agreement on Ethiopian dam

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi affirmed Egypt’s position on the imperative to reach a binding legal agreement regarding filling and operating the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). The president expressed Egypt’s support for all efforts done to promote peace and stability in Suda

Egypt begins vaccine rollout to wider population

CAIRO: Egypt on Thursday expanded its coronavirus vaccination rollout to include the elderly and people with chronic diseases after several weeks of vaccinating medical staff, the Cabinet said.Nearly 153,000 people have applied for vaccinations since Sunday when the North African country opened on

Algeria prepares law to withdraw nationality of people threatening state

Algeria plans for the first time to deprive of nationality citizens who commit acts abroad that are liable to "seriously damage the interests of the state or harm the national unity", the prime minister's office said yesterday, Reuters reports. The measure will apply to people who join,

Sudan receives 800,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine

Covax has sent 800,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Sudan. The vaccines will be administered next week to healthcare workers in the country, the over-45s with chronic medical conditions and those living in high transmission areas.   The vaccines were delivered with Unicef’s su

Jordanian Cabinet ministers resign before expected reshuffle

Jordan’s Cabinet submitted its resignation on Wednesday, official media reported, in a technical move before a government reshuffle expected within days. The change was expected after the justice and interior ministers were sacked for attending a banquet at a restaurant without observi

Egyptian FM: Arabs need to unite in face of challenges

Egypt’s foreign minister called for the unified Arab front to face current issues and challenges during a ministerial meeting of the Arab League.Sameh Shoukry called for the halt of foreign interference in Libya and expressed support for a political solution.He also said “we fully supp

UN advance team arrives in Libya to monitor cease-fire

The advance team of a UN observer mission has arrived in Libya, which after a decade of conflict and chaos plans to hold elections in December, informed sources said Wednesday.The group of about 10 United Nations staff flew into the capital Tripoli on Tuesday, they said, to monitor a cease-fire be

The UN mission in Libya denies allegations of bribery and sends an invitation

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya urged the House of Representatives to meet to discuss the vote to give confidence to the government of Prime Minister-designate Abdul Hamid al-Dabaiba. In a statement on Tuesday, she noted that it does not receive reports submitted by the UN Panel of Ex

Tunisia faces calls to investigate officials' free vaccine from UAE

Tunisian MPs have called for an investigation into allegations that senior state officials received 1,000 free doses of the coronavirus vaccine from the UAE at the beginning of February. This, the MPs insist, is an act of "high treason". The presidency in Tunis confirmed that it has received the

Egypt and Sudan sign defence pact and blame Ethiopia for stalled dam talks

Egypt and Sudan on Tuesday signed a defence co-operation pact, sending Ethiopia a stern warning over what the two allies see as its intransigence on a border dispute with Khartoum and talks over Addis Ababa’s construction of a massive Nile dam. Signed in Khartoum by the Sudanese and Egyptia