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Tunisia: Over 600 people arrested as protesters clash with police

– Advertisement – Police in Tunisia have arrested more than 600 people as violent protesters returned to the streets for the fourth consecutive night. On Monday, thousands of the protesters gathered in the centre of the capital, Tunis, throwing stones and petrol bombs at police. The police fired tear gas and water cannon to quell the violent protests. Outside Tunis, clashes were also reported on Monday in the cities of Kasserine, Gafsa, Sousse and Monastir. The protesters are peeved over worsening economic conditions with a third of its young people being unemployed. – Advertisement –…

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Egypt: Temple and coffins unearthed at archaeological site

– Advertisement – Egypt has announced a major archaeological discovery at the Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo. Archaeologists have unveiled 54 wooden coffins, many of which can be traced back 3000 years to the New Kingdom period. Another major discovery is the funerary temple of Queen Neit near the pyramid of her husband, King Teti of Egypt’s 6th dynasty which dates back 4200 years. The famed archaeologist Zahi Hawass, who headed the archaeological mission said the coffins include the first dating back to the New Kingdom to be found at…

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Covid-19: Tunisia orders nationwide lockdown to prevent spread

– Advertisement – Tunisia’s government has ordered a four-day nationwide lockdown effective Thursday in an attempt to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Health Minister Faouzi Mehdi told reporters that new measures will cover extending the night curfew from 1700GMT to 0500GMT. Schools will also be closed from Wednesday until 24 January, according to the government. The country has confirmed over 160,000 cases since the pandemic started last year with more than 5,000 deaths. Confirmed infection rate in Tunisia is still pegged at over 300 new cases daily. – Advertisement –…

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African nationals killed in road accident in Algeria

– Advertisement – Twenty people were killed Thursday in Algeria when a vehicle carrying mainly African nationals overturned in the south of the country, the civil protection unit said. The crash took place near the town of Tamanrasset and 11 people were also injured, the rescue unit said on its Facebook page. Those killed were 19 African nationals, including children, and the Algerian driver of the pick-up truck, which was completely destroyed in the accident, it added. The injured were given first aid at the scene of the accident before…

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Israel and Morocco begin historic first regular flight

– Advertisement – Morocco and Israel have started historic first scheduled flight between the two nations effective Tuesday. Israel and Morocco less than a month ago agreed to normalise relations between them. Passengers on the El Al plane for the first flight included White House senior advisor Jared Kushner, who reportedly played a key role in brokering the peace agreement. The US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman was also on board the flight. The plane for the flight is emblazoned with the word “peace” in Arabic, Hebrew and English. –…

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Egypt secures $1.67 billion in aid from the IMF

– Advertisement – The board of the International Monetary Fund on Friday approved the release of a second tranche of aid valued at $1.67 billion for Egypt, saying public debt and Covid-19 threatened its economic recovery. In June, the board approved a one-year, $5.2 billion financing package for Egypt. With the latest disbursement, more than $3.6 billion will have been released. “The Egyptian authorities have managed well the Covid-19 pandemic and the related disruption to economic activity,” Antoinette Sayeh, the IMF deputy managing director, said. “There are still risks to…

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Egypt finds treasure trove of over 100 sarcophagi

– Advertisement – Egypt announced Saturday the discovery of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi, the largest such find this year. The sealed wooden coffins, unveiled on site amid fanfare, belonged to top officials of the Late Period and the Ptolemaic period of ancient Egypt. They were found in three burial shafts at depths of 12 metres (40 feet) in the sweeping Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo. Archaeologists opened one coffin to reveal a mummy wrapped in a burial shroud adorned with brightly coloured hieroglyphic…

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Man sets himself ablaze over corruption in Egypt

– Advertisement – A man in Egypt on Thursday set himself ablaze in Tahrir Square in the capital, Cairo as he protested against “corruption and poor living conditions”. The man was later rescued by police and passersby, according to local media reports. The Egyptian man was reportedly sacked from his job at a bank for exposing corruption involving state officials. In a video widely circulated on social media, the man complained about his financial and living conditions. The 20-minute video broadcast on Facebook showed the man talking about his efforts…

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Algerians vote for presidential term limits

– Advertisement – Algerians are voting on presidential term limits and creation of a new anti-corruption body. To win the referendum, either the “yes” or “no” camp needs at least 51% of the vote. Results are to be announced on Monday November 2, 2020. The referendum is expected to cement changes made after long-time President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. He was forced to resign last year after massive protests against his bid for a fifth term bid. – Advertisement – Incumbent President Tebboune, 74, came to power last year in a controversial…

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Libya: Warring factions sign accord for permanent ceasefire

– Advertisement – The warring factions in Libya have signed an agreement for a permanent ceasefire to end the years of violence. The agreement was reached in Geneva following five days of talks. It was brokered by the United Nations between military leaders from Libya’s government, and those from opposition forces lead by General Khalifa Haftar. The UN envoy to Libya envoy Stephanie Williams has called the agreement “a crucial sign of hope for the Libyan people”. The AFP quotes the envoy saying that the ceasefire will allow displaced people…

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