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UNSMIL confirms Tunis CBL Governors’ meeting between El-Kaber and Hibri on auditing the CBL

The United Nation’s Libya mission, UNSMIL, confirmed today that a ‘‘work’’ meeting was held in Tunis yesterday between Tripoli-Central Bank of Libya Governor Saddek El-Kaber and acting head of the Beida Central Bank of Libya, Ali Hibri. The meeting came at the invitation of UNSMIL head Ghassan Salame to discuss ...

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Tory MPs complain over peer’s Tunisia trip

Three Tory MPs have lodged a complaint against party colleague Lord Sheikh over his attendance at a conference on Palestinian rights in Tunisia in 2014. Lord Sheikh confirmed he was at the event, as Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn faced questions about his participation in a memorial ceremony during the same trip. ...

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Did Morocco let more migrants make dangerous Spain crossing?

 Morocco may have relaxed migration controls into Europe as leverage in key negotiations with Brussels, it’s been claimed. The country, 14 kilometres from Andalucía, is in fresh focus after its northern neighbour Spain emerged as the busiest route into the EU for migrants. Experts say while they cannot be certain, ...

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Migration: Italy Mulls Investing at Least €1 Bln in North Africa

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has unveiled lately an ambitious plan worth at least 1 billion Euros destined to support the economies of North African countries, help create job opportunities in this region and curb migration flows. In a statement to Sky TG24, Mr. Salvini said these investments would focus ...

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Algeria Ready for Joint World Cup Bid, but Politics May Get in the Way

Algeria’s sporting authorities have reiterated a desire to jointly bid with neighbours Tunisia and Morocco for the hosting rights of the 2030 FIFA World Cup. While Algerian Minister of Sports Mohamed Hattab spoke more cautiously in June when Morocco first spoke of the possibility of a joint bid, the Algerian ...

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Italy Says Libya’s Election Hinges on Reconciliation

As Libyan parties continue to have different standpoints towards the commitment to France’s mediation and the outcomes of the meeting, hosted by Paris in May, Italy seemed to follow the path of French diplomacy in the Libyan crisis file in which Italian Defense Minister Elisabetta Trenta arrived in Tripoli coming ...

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Why the prospects for democracy are so much better in Tunisia than Egypt or Libya

May’s municipal elections in Tunisia had many commentators speculating about the future of the country’s ongoing democratic transition. The results were roughly in line with expectations, with the “Islamist” Ennahda taking 27.5 percent of the vote, the “secular” Nidaa Tounes taking 22.5 percent and independent candidates taking 28 percent. At the same ...

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Saudi Arabia 300kph ‘Haramain Express’ train, High-speed intercity transport to serve pilgrims of the two holy cities

.60 million – number of passengers to be served per year .453 km – the distance covered by the two-way electric trains, linking the Saudi cities of Makkah and Madinah with extensions to Jeddah and King Abdullah Economic City. .5 – number of stations on the system (Makkah, Madinah via Jeddah, King Abdul ...

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Morocco Joins Interpol-Led Counter-Terrorism Operation ‘Neptune’

Interpol announced Friday it has deployed agents in Mediterranean seaports in eight countries, including Morocco, to apprehend suspected terrorists during the summer tourist season. Codenamed “Neptune,” the counter-terrorism operation aims to assist local authorities to identify foreign terrorists using Mediterranean maritime routes between North Africa and southern Europe. The operation ...

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Migrants rescued in Maltese SAR stranded on ship outside Tunisia

Migrants rescued in Maltese SAR have been refused port entry in Malta, Italy and Tunisia according to NGO that says rescued people are now stranded at sea Malta and Italy have been accused of refusing to give safe harbour to 40 migrants rescued by a supply ship inside the Maltese search ...

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