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Egyptians in Libya - to flee or to stay?
Libya Politics

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The roundabouts in the Libyan capital of Tripoli have long been a place for Egyptians to find work. Every day, carpenters, builders, plumbers and decorators sit and wait, each man carrying the tools of his trade to make it easier for prospective employers.

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Egypt, UAE ink deal to build brand new capital east of Cairo
Economics

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Egypt and the United Arab Emirates on Saturday signed a deal to build Egypt’s new administrative capital, east of the existing capital Cairo.

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Libyan businessmen gather in Brussels to discuss economic situation
Economics

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Businessmen from across Libya attended a meeting hosted by the EU in Brussels on 9 March, during which they addressed issues related to the economic recovery and development of Libya including macro-fiscal sustainability, public financial management,

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Algeria: EU project improves capacities of body for apprenticeship and lifelong learning
Economics

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Thirteen consultants from the Algerian Apprenticeship and Lifelong Learning Fund and several employees of the National Office for the Development of Apprenticeship and Lifelong Learning (FNAC) are receiving training this week on training tools and techniques as part of the EU funded regional programme GEMM, implemented by European Training Foundation (ETF).

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Improving Mediterranean trade: project trains future experts in efficient maritime transport
Economics

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A group of ten people from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia have undergone a specialized training dedicated to intermodal transport as a way to improve the efficiency of freight circulation between Mediterranean ports.

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The day Egyptians forgot about the Muslim Brotherhood
Egypt Politics

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It’s been decades since optimism reigned as it did yesterday, when giant developmental and constructional plans declaring a 'new Egypt' were announced.

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How the Middle East should handle the Muslim Brotherhood
Global Arab Network - Jamal Khashoggi
Opinion

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I have not read the minutes of the separate meetings that the Saudi king held with the Turkish and Egyptian presidents, but I am ready to assert that the Muslim Brotherhood was not mentioned at all. Journalists and political commentators were divided on the matter.

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Libya’s arms pursuit illustrates geo-political alignments
Libya Politics

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Even as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) rises further in Libya, looming ever closer to Southern Europe, there is a widening arms race to supply the various sides - Tripoli aka Libya Dawn and Tobruk aka Libya Dignity - from various corners of the region.

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Gulf-Egyptian military and economic cooperation
Egypt Politics

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There is enthusiasm in most Gulf countries to support Egypt on all levels. This stance has restored trust in Cairo, and restored Egyptians’ confidence after a dangerous crisis that almost brought their country to the point of collapse. Gulf states are aware of Egypt’s importance to them and to the region, and want to be a partner in its successes, not a victim of its crises.

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Can Tunisia become a hub for entrepreneurs?
Economics

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Tunisia has struggled to meet popular demand for economic freedom since its protest movement ousted former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali at the beginning of 2011, during the Arab Spring.

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Egypt joins the military effort against ISIS
Opinion

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Egypt entered officially – and in real terms – the war on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) through the Libyan gateway this week, after Jordan stepped up its military operations against ISIS last week through the Syrian path. Iraq has pledged to crush ISIS on its territory, which has seen intensive airstrikes conducted by the U.S.-led international coalition.

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Libya, a new terror theatre in a larger arena
Global Arab Network - Eyad Abu Shakra
Libya Politics

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The horrifying seaside slaughter of 20 innocent Egyptian Copts and one Ghanaian opens a new chapter in the war against wanton terrorist violence, whose perpetrators are hell-bent on pushing Islam—as a whole—on a collision course with world civilizations.

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For Egypt not to fall in the ISIS trap
Global Arab Network - Jamal Khashoggi
Egypt Politics

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The U.N. Security Council and international community saved Egypt from falling into a trap which the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) set for it. The international community did so by rejecting President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi’s call for an international military intervention in Libya.

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Algeria Year in Review 2014
Economics

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Hydrocarbons-rich Algeria benefited from steady growth in 2014 even amid declining crude prices, thanks in part to strong public spending and increased manufacturing activity.

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Egypt ready to roll out massive project to build homes
Economics

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Construction is soon to begin on the first phase of a long-awaited government plan in Egypt to develop one million new homes, adding to a building boom and infrastructure projects already under way across the country to spur economic growth.

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What next for Libya?
Libya Politics

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If any further evidence was needed of the importance of ending the power struggle that has plunged Libya into chaos since last summer, it was the reminder this week that sympathisers of the so-called Islamic State (IS) are keen to exploit the resulting power vacuum.

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Automotive and electronics exports increasing - Morocco’s economy expanding
Economics

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Morocco’s economy is estimated to have expanded by around 3% in 2014 on the back of automotive and electronics exports increasing by more than a quarter in the first 11 months of the year and the government reining in public spending.

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How Can Foreign Investment Become a Driving Force for Development in Tunisia? Ask My Brother
Opinion

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In any developing country, you’ll hear politicians and government officials talk about foreign investment as a solution, a priority and a need.

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Djibouti: What Happens When Women Control the Income?
Culture

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Imagine you are a mother of three in Djibouti, a tiny country on the Horn of the Africa with scarce farmable land or drinking water that is a frequent victim of devastating floods and droughts.

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Tunisian women fight for their say in politics
Tunisia Politics

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On October 26, Tunisians go to the polls for the first time under their new constitution to elect 217 new parliamentarians to govern their small Mediterranean country for the next five years.

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Two Scenarios for a Hotter and Drier Arab World—And What We Can Do About It
Economics

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If you think the summers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are hot—think again. Summers are likely to become much warmer.

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Sexual Violence against Egypt’s Street Children Can No Longer Be Ignored
Culture

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Violence against Egyptian women has received extensive coverage in the newspapers, accompanied by numerous online testimonials.

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Egypt’s Quiet Existential Crisis: Overpopulation
Economics

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Egypt faces a number of challenges but there is one in particular that is rarely discussed: overpopulation. A couple of decades back, the country had a good family planning system, but the recent surge in the population is a crisis of potentially epic proportions.

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Algeria expands fertiliser production with new plant
Economics

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Fertiliser production is increasing in Algeria, thanks in part to two new major sites already online and a third due to start early 2015.

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