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Migrant crisis: Europe should stop using Libya as a dumping ground

With no central government and its own crises, Libya is ill-equipped to deal with an influx of returned migrants requiring shelter Although it is not a new problem, the issue of migration has accelerated sharply in the past five years, and migration from mainly sub-Saharan African countries to Europe across ...

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Beyond Transactional Deals: Building Lasting Migration Partnerships in the Mediterranean

As maritime arrivals to Europe rose sharply in 2015 and 2016, European policymakers renewed their focus on building partnerships with origin and transit countries in North Africa in an effort to bring Mediterranean crossings under control. Though hardly new—some such partnerships stretch back decades—these efforts have taken on new urgency ...

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Holidaymakers’ paradise in Tunisia

“Always look on the bright sight of life…” Almost everyone knows this famous scene from the film “Life of Brian”. But what many people don’t realise: Large parts of the film were shot in the Tunisian city of Monastir. Built as a fortress in the year 796, the town became ...

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Corruption Puts Tunisia’s Transition at Risk- Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Despite the remarkable progress in installing democratic political solutions witnessed in Tunisia since deposing President Ben Ali, the country continues to suffer from rampant corruption putting its democratic transition at risk, said the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in a recent analysis Dubbed “Tunisia’s Corruption Contagion: A Transition at Risk”, ...

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Explaining the recent spike in migration from Tunisia to Europe

Over the past few weeks Tunisia has attracted increasing attention for the revival of its migration route toward Italy. 4,500 people from Tunisia reached Italy in 2017 – a fourfold increase on last year, with more than 3,000 arriving between September and mid-October. A host of false claims have been made ...

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Cleaning a Dirty Sponge Only Helps Its Worst Bacteria, Study Says

Stop. Drop the sponge and step away from the microwave. That squishy cleaning apparatus is a microscopic universe, teeming with countless bacteria. Some people may think that microwaving a sponge kills its tiny residents, but they are only partly right. It may nuke the weak ones, but the strongest, smelliest and potentially ...

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‘Running may be the most cost-effective lifestyle medicine’

With New York City hosting the world’s biggest and most popular marathon yesterday, runners around the world were picturing its storied finish line to push for that extra kilometre. But is running actually good for your health? Yes, say experts, as long as you are careful. Runners are 30 per ...

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Could running be the key to living longer?

s New York limbers up to host the world’s biggest marathon on Sunday, runners around the world will be picturing its storied finish line to push for that extra kilometer (mile). But is running actually good for your health? Yes, say experts, as long as you are careful. Running for ...

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