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Egyptian, Syrian FMs meet on UNGA sidelines

 Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly to discuss bilateral relations, regional issues of common interest, and ways to end the Syrian conflict.  Mekdad stressed the importance of relations betwee

Suicide car bomb in Somali capital kills at least 7 -official

A suicide car bomb killed at least seven people in the Somali capital on Saturday at a street junction near the president's residence, an official said."A suicide car bomb that exploded at Ceelgaab junction killed seven people and injured eight others," Muawiye Mudeey, district commissioner of Mog

Cairo Says Death Rate Dropped during 4th COVID Wave

Egypt's Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed has affirmed that coronavirus-related deaths rate declined during the fourth wave. The health ministry reported Wednesday 692 new COVID-19 cases, raising Egypt’s total infections to 298,988 since the outbreak began in early 2020. Egypt r

Denmark signs $72m grant to Palestine

Denmark has provided Palestine with a  $72 million grant to support its efforts to reach independence. The funds will be spent on local government, agriculture, civil society and in other fields. Palestinian Authority (PA) Minister of Finance, Shukri Bishara, and Denmark's Representative to

Tunisia's Ghannouchi calls for peaceful struggle against 'absolute autocracy'

Speaker of the Tunisian Parliament and leader of Ennahda movement, Rached Ghannouchi, yesterday called on the Tunisian people to engage in a "peaceful struggle" against "autocracy", local media reported. Ghannouchi's call came a day after President Kais Saied declared that he will rule

Tunisia: UN calls for comprehensive dialogue to resolve issues

The UN called on Tunisian political parties yesterday to start an inclusive, comprehensive dialogue to resolve the country's issues, Anadolu has reported. This, said a UN spokesman, would be in line with democratic values. "The United Nations continues its commitment to support democrat

Algeria may take more steps against Morocco, official says

Algeria may escalate its dispute with Morocco and take more steps after having cut off relations and closed airspace, a senior Algerian diplomat said today. "The adoption of additional measures cannot be ruled out," Amar Belani, the Foreign Ministry official responsible for Maghreb countries, tol

The chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya

The chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya on Thursday said he would be staging an international conference next month to gain backing for efforts to bring stability and security to the country. Mohammed Al-Menfi revealed that security, military, and economic issues would top the agenda of

Aoun hails new phase for Lebanon

Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Friday hailed a new phase for his country that he hopes will lead it to recovery from an unprecedented economic crisis. In a pre-recorded speech to the UN General Assembly, he urged the international community to financially support Lebanon as it tries to “

UN updates named death toll for Syria war

The war in Syria has killed 350,209 fully identified individuals, according to a new count published Friday by the United Nations, which warned the real total of deaths would be far higher. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) included only fatalities identifiable by a ful

US envoy to travel to Sudan next week after attempted coup

US envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman will visit Sudan next week to reaffirm American support for the country’s government days after Sudanese authorities said they had thwarted an attempted coup, the White House said Friday.In a phone call with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamd

Arab coalition destroys Houthi drone launched toward southwest Saudi Arabia

The Arab coalition intercepted and destroyed a booby-trapped Houthi drone launched toward Saudi Arabia’s southwestern city of Abha on Friday. The militia’s escalation in attacks is a deliberate attempt to target civilians, the coalition said.  On Thursday, the Iran-backed militi

'62 children died in YPG/PKK-held al-Hol camp in Syria this year'

Some 62 children died in the al-Hol camp held by the terrorist PKK's Syrian offshoot YPG in northeastern Syria this year, according to a report by Save the Children. Two children die every week in al-Hol, the report said Thursday. The charity said many countries, including European Uni

Libya's Haftar steps down from military role to run for president

Libya's eastern-based putschist Gen. Khalifa Haftar announced Wednesday he was suspending his military activities, a step which could lead to his candidacy in elections later this year. In a statement, Haftar said he had named an interim replacement as head of the self-proclaimed Libyan National

Dispute deepens: Algeria closes airspace to Moroccan aviation

Algeria's presidency announced Wednesday to close airspace to all Moroccan flights, for both civil and military aircraft, less than a month after it cut diplomatic relations with the kingdom. The decision came "in view of the continued provocations and hostile practices on the Moroccan side," it

Tunisian police re-arrest MP hostile to President Saied

Tunisian lawmaker Seifeddine Makhlouf, an outspoken critic of President Kais Saied, has been re-arrested, for “undermining the dignity of the army,” his lawyer told AFP on Wednesday.Like other MPs, Makhlouf lost his parliamentary immunity when Saied assumed full power on July 25, sacki

Sudan’s military strikes out at civilian politicians after coup attempt

Sudanese military leaders said on Wednesday the civilian politicians they share power with had opened the door to a coup attempt by neglecting public welfare while they were consumed by internal squabbles.A body known as the Sovereign Council has ruled Sudan under a fragile power-sharing deal betw

Algeria's interim president dies aged 80

Algeria's former interim president Abdelkader Bensalah, who ruled the country during an unprecedented political crisis in 2019, died today aged 80, Reuters reported the presidency saying. Bensalah was named interim president after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika stepped do