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Algerian army targets southern smuggling
Algeria Politics

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Algeria’s army is shifting its focus from fighting Is­lamist militants at home to Sahel border smuggling that supports those militants.

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Migrants labour in Libya to keep dream of Europe alive
Economics

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Like thousands of other mi­grants, Elias is labouring in Libya to scrape together enough cash to pay people traffickers for perilous journey across Mediterranean.

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Why Sufism is the antidote to extremism
Culture

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Creed and sharia without sensitivity lead to corruption of creed and turning of sharia into abuse and cruelty.

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Southward Journey through Tunisia
Travel

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Our visit to Tunisia’s south pro­vided diversity in architecture, in landscape and in the people we met.
When Lawrence of Arabia travelled the desert, he left many images behind that conjure up a rather romantic vision of desert life; travel by camel, a world far from worries and images of endless sand and emptiness that have a stark beauty of their own.

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The unfinished reforms of Morocco
Economics

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Setbacks include system’s inability to fight smuggling and corruption in bureaucracy, while most dangerous problem remains unemployment, especially for college graduates.

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Sudan’s pyramids, nearly as grand as Egypt’s, go unvisited
Travel

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Pyramids at Meroe, some 200 kilometres north of Khartoum, are rarely visited despite being UNESCO World Heritage Site like those in Egypt.

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Egypt’s ‘Generation Y’ erupts on stage
Culture

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Borrowing much from thea­tre of absurd, play is di­vided into 13 seemingly unrelated vignettes tied by themes of aliena­tion, resentment, indignation and fear of unknown.

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Marrakech: Always a winner
Travel

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Today Mar­rakech is filled with stylish boutique properties built from homes within medina often abandoned or sold cheaply by locals, in many cases, to European visitors.

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Egypt and Russia deepen relations
Egypt Politics

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Egyptian-Russian relations date to 16th century, when Russia began supporting Orthodox Chris­tian interests in Egypt, while for much of Cold War Egypt was major Soviet ally.

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Impact of US and Algerian positions on Libya crisis
Algeria Politics

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Wrong-headed policies of both United States and Algeria have served to exacerbate crisis in Libya.
The Libyan crisis is worsening day after day, despite the fact that Libyan society largely lacks the type of ethnic and sectar­ian divisions noted in Iraq, Syria or Yemen.

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US leadership conspicuously absent on Libya crisis
Libya Politics

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Solution to abetting illegal immigration lies in Libya and world powers must take initiative to push for remedy there.
The European Union had an emergency meeting on April 23rd to address the rise in illegal migration and its humanitarian implica­tions.

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Omar al-Bashir keeps iron grip on Sudan against all odds
Sudan Politics

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Aside from years of horrendous crimes in Darfur region, Sudan is perhaps best known as having first sitting president wanted by ICC.

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In Yemen, Egypt balancing its interests
Egypt Politics

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Egypt’s decision to inter­vene in the Yemeni crisis against the Houthis re­flects President Abdel Fat­tah al-Sisi’s need to protect Egypt’s economic and political in­terests.

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The Moroccan challenge to ISIS
Morocco Politics

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The entire Maghreb, from Libya to Morocco, is being targeted by the Islamic State (ISIS). The terror group’s recent assumption of responsibility for the Bardo Museum attack in Tunis comes in the context of a wider campaign to influence democracy in Tunisia and open a new front in the heart of the Maghreb. Morocco, however, represents a unique challenge to this threat.

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What’s next for Libya?
Libya Politics

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UN Special Envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon has been trying to herd the scattered Libyan politicians of all politi­cal shades around the table in or­der to negotiate a peace treaty of sorts, put an end to the fighting and establish a unity government that can keep the country together and enable it to serve as a credible member of the international com­munity.

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Ad campaign and security measures as Tunisia hopes to save tourist season
Travel

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Still smarting from a jihadist attack that killed 21 foreign tourists last month, Tunisia is hoping to save the summer season with new security measures and an ad campaign touting its safety as a destination, but industry leaders are glum.

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The Arab world’s soft revolution
Culture

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Arab youth are breaking taboos, bridging borders and reinventing them­selves in unprecedented ways and it is not by picking up arms or joining jihad.

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Algeria moves to boost agricultural production
Economics

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Weaker oil prices coupled with a drive to improve food security have prompted Algeria to accelerate its planned agricultural reforms over the next five years.

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Egypt looks to success after investment conference
Economics

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Garnering more investment, loans and assistance packages than had been widely expected, Egypt’s Economic Development Conference (EEDC) secured investment contracts worth $36.2bn, an additional $18.6bn in infrastructure contracts to set up power plants, and $5.2bn in loans from international financial institutions.

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Arab League summit: start of a new era in diplomacy?
Egypt Politics

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The Arab Summit, held recently at Sharm El-Sheikh, can be the beginning of a new phase in joint Arab action and the credibility of Arab countries if decisions are translated into reality.

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Morocco issues first 4G licences
Economics

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The three main mobile operators in Morocco have won licences enabling them to operate 4G services, opening the door to critical new revenue streams for a sector that is nearing subscriber saturation.

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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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