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Algeria aims to energise the bourse
Finance

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The Algerian stock market has launched reforms to encourage new listings and bolster its market capitalisation, although private sector representatives have pushed for greater regulatory transparency.

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Morocco retail sector mirrors growing wealth, changing habits
Economics

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More than three-quarters of Morocco’s retail activity takes place among small-scale or informal retailers, but that is beginning to visibly change, with dedicated retail property growing and large foreign retailers expanding.

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Made in Algeria campaign shifts up a gear
Economics

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Faced with a slowing economy, Algeria has launched a drive to revitalise its industrial sector and boost agricultural productivity by upping the focus on locally made products.

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Egypt gains momentum in ICT outsourcing
Technology

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Egypt has long been a cost-competitive destination for offshore services, such as business process outsourcing (BPO), but a spate of new agreements with a number of large investors has given the ICT sector a further boost, with thousands of potential new jobs in the offing.

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Most glorious days of freedom
Media

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Self-censorship, refusal to push limits just in case someone might disapprove, is more insidi­ous, more slippery and far harder to fight.

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Europe must respond courageously to the problems of the Middle East
Tunisia Politics

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Regional pow­ers need to be encouraged to en­gage to reach solution to po­litical impasse that is allowing ISIS to expand.

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Morocco revives falconry heritage with help from UAE
Travel

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Emirati participation is part of UAE\'s commitment to re­viving Morocco’s falconry heritage through active sup­port of Lekouassem Fal­conry Festival.

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ISIS using European faces to advertise global Jihad
Opinion

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ISIS strategy places a much heav­ier emphasis on foreign recruit­ment compared to its main Islamist rival, Jabhat al-Nusra.

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ISIS expands reach in Libyan vacuum
Libya Politics

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Libyan sources tell The Arab Weekly that ISIS fighters are progressing towards key oilfields and water main lines.
Islamic State (ISIS) propagan­da tells supporters unable to reach the killing fields of Syria and Iraq to make for Libya in­stead.

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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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