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Libya: Sweheli Asks for Washington Mediation to Rein in Haftar

Head of Libya’s High Council of State Abdulrahman Sewehli indirectly called for a US mediation with Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. An aide close to Haftar however denied the claims. Lambasting Haftar, Sewehli explained that the mediation would be necessary to rein in those “thwarting the ...

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Outbound Chinese tourism sees record high

Outbound visits by Chinese residents hit a record high of over 130 million in 2017, up 7 percent compared to 2016, making China the world’s biggest travel guest source country, according to a report released by the China Tourism Academy and the online travel service Ctrip on Thursday. Outbound travelers ...

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Minister: Algeria considers exporting electricity to Libya via Tunisia

Algerian Minister of Energy and Mines Mustapha Guitouni said that his country is considering exporting electricity to Libya through Tunisia. “Algeria is in the process of preparing the necessary studies to examine the possibility of exporting electricity to Libya through the Tunisian territories,” Guitouni said in response to a question ...

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UN and Libya take step towards labour migration management

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and Libyan authorities took the first steps to develop a plan to manage labor migration in Libya. UNSMIL said in a statement on Friday that the step was taken during a three-day workshop hosted by the Libyan Minister of Labour and Capacity ...

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Italy strengthens engagement in controversial migrant management initiatives in Libya

The Italian government has announced an additional 80 million euro investment in its African Fund to fight illegal migration and the deployment of troops in Libya “to combat illegal immigration and counter terrorism threats.” The deployment of troops is condemned as a violation of Libyan sovereignty and a report by ISS Institute ...

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Italy pledges 80 million euros to fight illegal migration through Libya

Italy announced Tuesday an additional 80 million euros (98 million U.S. dollars) in its investment to fight illegal migration from Africa. Italy is allocating a further 80 million euros to its 200-million-euro Africa Fund, Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano told an Africa-European Union ministerial conference on migration here. Foreign ministers from African ...

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Africa needs to be firm against toxic wastes dumping

Bamako Convention of 1998 prohibits importation into Africa of toxic goods Conference urges African leaders to rid the continent of toxic goods Recycling of used electronic goods could provide sustainable jobs Africa needs to do more to address the dumping of hazardous wastes, especially from the developed world, into the ...

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Around 800 migrants rescued in Mediterranean, two bodies recovered

Around 800 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean on Saturday as they tried to reach Europe and two bodies were recovered, Italy’s coast guard, which coordinated the rescues, said in a statement. No details about the nationalities of those rescued were given, nor was there further information about the deaths. ...

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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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