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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
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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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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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