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Members of Libyan parliament signal backing for U.N. transition proposals

Libya’s eastern-based parliament voted on Tuesday to approve some U.N. proposals aimed at unifying the divided North African nation, although major obstacles remain for a deal to stabilize the oil producer. The U.N. launched a new round of talks in September to end years of turmoil in Libya following a ...

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Algeria picks up 286 boat migrants en route to Europe

Algeria’s coastguard has picked up 286 illegal migrants heading across the Mediterranean to Europe by boat, the Defence Ministry has said. The migrants were detained on several boats between Thursday and Saturday, according to a ministry statement carried on Sunday by the state news agency, APS. Algeria has so far ...

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South Africa shows signs of bouncing back in governance index

Despite current controversy over state capture and financial instability‚ governance in South Africa is showing signs of bouncing back from a decade of decline. This is according to the Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG)‚ a monitor of overall governance performance in African countries which was released on Monday. ...

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Spain saves 500 migrants crossing Mediterranean in 46 boats

Spanish authorities say around 500 migrants have been saved by rescue boats as they attempted the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea from Africa. Francisco Bernabe, the Spanish representative in the region of Murcia, says 461 migrants have arrived at the southern port of Cartagena on Saturday after being pulled ...

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EU: December 15 is deadline for Tobruk parliament to amend Libya’s political agreement

The European Union (EU) and some other major European countries have set mid-December as a deadline for the Libyan eastern-based parliament to amend the political agreement on ending the country’s political crises, a parliament member said. “We were informed by the president of a political bloc in the parliament that ...

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Libyan Higher Council of State to consider early elections in case of political deal failure

Abdurrahman Swehli, the head of Libya’s Higher Council of State, said Thursday that the council will next week discuss the possibility of holding early elections within six months if the country’s political agreement fails. Swehli made the remarks during a meeting with Bettina Muscheidt, EU’s ambassador to Libya, in Tripoli, ...

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Migrants being auctioned off as slaves in Libya

Sub-Saharan African migrants are being sold for as little as $400 in auction houses around Libya, a CNN undercover investigation has revealed. The American TV channel revealed the slave markets that have taken place around Libya including in western Libya, around the capital Tripoli and near the border with Tunisia but also in Ghadames, a town ...

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Egypt: North Africa’s Foreign Ministers Issue ‘Cairo Declaration’ On Libya

The foreign ministers of Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria issued a joint statement on the Libyan crisis called “The Cairo Declaration”, following their talks in Cairo on Wednesday 15/11/2017 . The statement is as follows : 1- Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with counterparts of Tunisia Khemaies Jhinaoui and Algeria Abdelkader ...

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World has racked up 7000 protectionist measures since crisis: study

he world’s top 60 economies have adopted more than 7,000 protectionist trade measures on a net basis since the financial crisis and tariffs are now worth more than $400 billion, a study of global data showed on Wednesday. The research, which drew from World Bank, Heritage index and Global Trade ...

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Europe, Africa ministers agree to help migrants held in Libya

European and African ministers agreed on Monday to try to improve conditions for migrants in Libya and seek paths such as scholarships for Africans to reach Europe legally, to cut the death toll from smuggling across the Sahara and Mediterranean.  The deadly trek across the desert from sub-Saharan Africa through ...

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