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Algeria and Morocco tussle over Syrian refugees

Morocco’s Interior Ministry scolded Algerian authorities for their “immoral and unethical” actions with regards to 54 Syrian nationals who tried to “illegally enter” Morocco from Algeria, between April 17 and 19 through the mountainous border town of Figuig. Rabat deplored the actions by the Algerians “to manipulate the moral and physical distress of these people” […]

April 24th, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Rabat, Havana Resume Diplomatic relations Ushering New Era

Morocco and Cuba have decided to resume their diplomatic relations severed in 1980. A memorandum of understanding was signed Friday in New York by the two countries’ ambassadors to the United Nations. The resumption of Moroccan-Cuban relations, which opens new era for the two countries, comes after the private visit paid lately by King Mohammed […]

April 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Iran: Ahmadinejad ousted from presidential race for “no reason”

Ahmadinejad’s application to be a candidate is Iran’s May presidential election has been rejected by the Guardian Council, the body that vets applicants, according to the Interior Ministry. The decision does not seem to come as a surprise after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s urged him not to run for elections because it is “not […]

April 21st, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Trump to Italian PM, US has no Role in Libya

Italy’s Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni’s call for the US to undertake a significant role in war torn Libya has been turned down by President Donald Trump. In a joint press conference at the White House, Gentiloni stated that “we need a stable and unified Libya” and “the US role in this is critical.” Trump’s response […]

April 21st, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Egypt and Sudan agreed on mutual security

At the end of the Egyptian-Sudanese political consultation committee meetings on Thursday in Khartoum, the foreign ministers of the two countries held a joint press conference renewing their efforts to foster the ties between their governments after the recent setbacks in their relations. Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said the government “will not allow any […]

April 21st, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Middle East: Trump to host Abbas next month in build-up to conference on conflict

The White House Wednesday announced that U.S. President will receive leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas early next month as part of President Trump’s attempt to revive suffocating peace efforts between Israelis and Palestinians. The announcement comes one month after phone talk between the two leaders. In March President Trump phoned Abbas to pledge […]

April 20th, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Egypt: ‘President Trump requested U.S. charity worker’s release’ US diplomat

A U.S. diplomat in Washington has revealed to London-based Qatari “The New Arab” that President Donald Trump has intervened in the release of US charity worker Aya Hijazi arrested nearly three years ago in Egypt for child abuse and human trafficking. The diplomat who spoke under condition of anonymity told the Qatari media that the […]

April 20th, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

World Bank Expects 2.6 % Growth in 2017 in MENA region

The economies in the region of North Africa & Middle East will grow by 2.6 percent in 2017, down from 3.5 pc posted in 2016, according to the World Bank’s semi-annual MENA Economic Monitor report. But after 2017, thanks to the reforms engaged, the situation is expected to improve slightly and growth could exceed 3 […]

April 20th, 2017 | Posted in Finance,Headlines | Read More »

Turkey: Parliament extends state of emergency till July

Turkey’s parliament extended the state of emergency by three months on Tuesday but the opposition is crying foul play. Ozturk Yilmaz, Deputy Chair responsible for foreign relations of the Republican People’s Party’s (CHP), alleged that it is an attempt by the government to “curb the freedom of expression, all freedom of assembly, to squeeze public […]

April 19th, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Iran: Death to Israel in National Army Day parade

The Iranian armed forces held a military parade on Tuesday to mark the country’s National Army Day. The celebrations were dominated with a display of military power and the resurfacing of the ‘Death to Israel’ banners. During his address at the ceremony, President Rouhani said although Iran is “avoiding tensions and encounters” with other states […]

April 19th, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

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