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Sahrawis, Officials Pay Tribute to Western Sahara Leader

By Hamid Ould Ahmed RABONI, Algeria, June 4 – Chanting slogans for independence, hundreds of Sahrawi people joined diplomats and government officials in southern Algerian camps to pay their respects to Western Sahara independence leader Mohamed Abdelaziz who died this week after illness. Abdelaziz, 68, will be buried on Saturday. On Friday his coffin arrived

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Tunisia: Time For A Rethink

Tunisia’s Renaissance Party may have signaled the start of a Muslim reformation BY Nicholas Noe Over the past 15 years, a steady stream of observers in North America and Europe, in particular, have argued with increasing urgency that the Muslim faith needs to undergo some kind of a reformation, akin to the processes that convulsed

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For Art’s Sake

An art exhibit in Sharjah reflects the course of a short century BY Leila Hatoum Different art appeals to different people. Many are attracted by colors and techniques used to create an art piece while for some, an artist’s name is enough of an appeal. I am charmed by the story behind the painting; the

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Bribery for Services Rampant in Mideast, North Africa, Research Finds

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK, May 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Roughly one in three people in the Middle East and North Africa has recently paid bribes to public officials and for services such as medical care and electricity, and most people say corruption is growing, a watchdog group said on Tuesday. Only a fifth

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Britain Says Can’t Rule Out Sending Troops to Libya

LONDON, April 24 – British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Sunday that he could not rule out sending troops to Libya if requested to do so by the Libyan government, but that any deployment would need to be approved by parliament. Western powers are backing a new Libyan unity government, hoping it will seek

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EU Leaders Meet on Libya as Migrant Flows Rise

BRUSSELS, March 18 – Europe’s major powers will discuss Libya in the margins of an EU summit on Friday, with leaders expected to focus on efforts to end the political chaos and conflict in the country and rising migrant flows. The leaders of Britain, Germany, France, Italy, along with Spain, Malta and the EU’s foreign

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Battle Between Rival Chairmen of Libya’s $67 Billion Fund Reaches UK Court

  By Claire Milhench LONDON, March 7 – A long-running dispute over the leadership of Libya’s $67 billion sovereign wealth fund reaches London’s High Court on Monday, potentially paving the way for litigation against two global investment banks to move forward. The Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) wants to pursue Goldman Sachs and Societe Generale in

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Egypt: Fashion Victims

The government of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El Sissi is increasingly concerned with how women dress BY Ruth Michaelson Gaber Nassar sits in his ornate office, behind a huge oak desk covered with piles of papers, as he explains why his university recently banned women from teaching while wearing the niqab, a veil that covers the face

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Former U.N. Chief Boutros Boutros-Ghali Dies at 93

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Feb 16 – Former U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, whose term was marked by war in the former Yugoslavia, famine and genocide in Africa and confrontation with the United States, died on Tuesday. He was 93. The 15-member U.N. Security Council observed a minute’s silence after the death was announced on

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Egypt Border Forces Fatally Shoot Five Sudanese Migrants

CAIRO, Nov. 23 – Egyptian border forces shot dead five Sudanese migrants trying to cross from Egypt’s turbulent North Sinai region into Israel on Monday, the military said in a statement. “Law enforcement tasked with protecting the border spotted at dawn today a group of Africans trying to sneak though the international border in cooperation

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