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Saudi Arabia deposits $2 billion in Central Bank of Yemen to support currency

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia ordered a deposit of $2 billion to be paid into Central Bank of Yemen to strengthen the weak Yemeni currency, the Saudi government said. King Salman issued the order to help support the rial, which has plummeted amid a lingering conflict between ...

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Flights resume in Mitiga airport in Libya capital after five days of closure

Flights of the state-owned Libyan Airlines have been resumed in Mitiga Airport in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on Saturday morning as the first flights flew to Tunisia’s Carthage Airport, Libyan Express reports. According to local media citing the airliner, the flights will continue to take off from Mitiga airport as ...

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French police clash with prison guards in protest over jail conditions

French riot police clashed on Friday with striking prison guards who accuse the government of doing little to counter spiralling violence and Islamist activism inside the country’s overcrowded jails. The scuffles outside Fleury Merogis prison, one of Europe’s largest with 3,800 inmates, coincided with news from a jail in Corsica ...

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Western Mediterranean – 5 + 5 Dialogue – Foreign ministers meeting (Algiers, 21 January 2018)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will co-chair together with his Algerian counterpart, Abdelkader Messahel, the 14th meeting of the foreign ministers of the “5+5 Dialogue on the Western Mediterranean” on January 21. During this meeting, the ministers will work on the concrete responses to issues relating ...

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UN envoy says violence still looms large over Libya

UN Special Envpy for Libya Ghassan Salame said Wednesday that the threat of violence remained in Libya. He was speaking in a videoconference during a Security Council meeting. Salame underscored that armed factions were making shows of strength recently in Tripoli, along the country’s border with Tunisia and in Derna, ...

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EU and Libyan economy experts meet in Tunisia

Libyan and European economy figures held a meeting in Tunisia on Thursday to review the necessary channels through which they can support Libyan Industry and Commerce Chamber via the EU funding program that is worth 7.8 million euros. The program is implemented by French experts and experts from German Agency ...

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Leonid Bershidsky: Is democracy coming to Iran? The demographics say yes

A theory that predicted the recent transition to democracy in Tunisia may offer some clues on the future path taken by Iran In a country as repressive as Iran, it’s difficult to gauge where the current countrywide protests are leading. But a bold theory that predicted the recent transition to ...

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Libya to recruit 500 diplomatic security personnel

Libya’s Interior Ministry of the UN-backed government has approved to recruit 500 new members of the diplomatic security service responsible for protecting foreign embassies and missions in Libya, according to a security official on Monday. Col. Wissam Al-Jama, head of the diplomatic security service, told Xinhua that this batch will ...

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Palestinian Authority recalls envoy to US over Trump’s move on al-Quds Listen

GAZA: The Palestinian Authority has recalled its ambassador to Washington in protest at US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel. On Sunday, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki decided to recall Husam Zomlot for consultations, the Palestinian news agency SAFA reported. Malki said discussions would ...

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