Africa North Africa Sudan World 

Sudan’s Prime Minister resigns amid mass protests

– – Sudan’s civilian prime-minister, Abdalla Hamdok on Sunday resigned from his position as mass protests against the military take-over continue. There has been a political deadlock in the country for months after the military carried out a coup against the civilian led transitional government. Hamdok was removed from office by the soldiers but re-instated when citizens started marching on the streets for a return to civilian rule. He decided to take up the role hoping that will stop the protests and killings of protesters. But in a televised speech…

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Africa Libya North Africa World 

Libya: Presidential bid of Gaddafi’s son sparks controversy

– – The presidential bid of the son of former Libyan leader, Muamar Gaddafi has sparked controversy in the North African nation. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi has announced he is running for president in next month’s elections. The election commission said on Sunday that Seif al-Islam completed “all the required legal conditions”. Seif al-Islam Gaddafi “submitted… his candidacy for the presidential election to the High National Electoral Commission office in the city of Sebha,” it said in a statement. This will be Libya’s first ever direct presidential election, with a first…

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Africa North Africa Sudan World 

Sudan’s army forms new government after coup

– – Sudan’s army that carried out a coup last month has announced the formation of a new government. The coup leader General Abdel Fattah al-Burhane rejected calls for him to re-instate the toppled civilian prime minister by the international community. He quickly dissolved the government on October 25 after he led the coup, arresting civilian leaders that were part of the transitional government. The soldiers then declared a state of emergency in the country, but there has been pressure across the world for the military to led go power.…

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North Africa OP-ED 

Bravo, University Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah

By Yossef Ben-MeirMarrakech Our communities and our world in this time of pandemic, climate challenges, and injustice call upon us to build and design anew programs and infrastructure reaching beyond earlier models in offering outcomes even better than we could once have imagined. The role of higher education has been part of this calling to majorly improve and even rethink fundamental purposes and approaches. A legitimate criticism of universities in recent decades and even generations has been their complacency of operating within their analyses and provision of explanations as to the social and…

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Africa Sudan World 

Sudan: 7 killed, 140 injured in protests over military coup

– – Seven people are reported to have been killed during protests against the military in Sudan for Monday’s coup. Some 140 people are also said to have been injured in the protests which resulted in clashes between protesters and soldiers. Sudan’s military on Monday dissolved the transitional civilian government after arresting political leaders. The soldiers led by Gen Abdel Fattah Burhan who had been heading a joint council with civilian leaders has now declared a state of emergency. He blamed the current military take-over on political infighting within the…

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Africa North Africa Sudan World 

Sudan: Another coup as military dissolves civilian government

– – Sudan’s military on Monday dissolved the transitional civilian government after arresting political leaders following another coup. The soldiers led by Gen Abdel Fattah Burhan who had been heading a joint council with civilian leaders has now declared a state of emergency. He blamed the current military take-over on political infighting within the civilian government. Protesters earlier took to the streets of the capital, Khartoum resulting in clashes between them and soldiers amid gunfire. There have been reports of some injuries following the clashes. Heavily armed soldiers have been…

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Africa North Africa Sudan World 

Sudan’s political transition in crisis amid pro-military protests

– – Sudan’s political transition is facing a major crisis amid pro-military protests by some citizens demanding the dissolution of the civilian government. The pro-military Sudanese protesters held another rally on Sunday, which is a second day of protest. They gathered outside the presidential palace in central Khartoum demanding the dissolution of the interim government, claiming it has failed politically and economically. These protests are coming at a time that cracks have emerged among the transitional government ruling the country. The civilian transitional government was installed following a coup sparked…

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Africa North Africa Sports Tennis World 

Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur reaches tennis top 10

Ons Jabeur will become the first Arab tennis player to reach the top 10 in the world rankings after reaching the Indian Wells semi-finals. The Tunisian beat Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit 7-5 6-3 win to reach the last four of a WTA 1,000 tournament for the first time. It was the 27-year-old’s 48th win of the season – more than any other player on the WTA Tour this season. “This is a dream coming true,” said Jabeur. “Top 10 I know is the beginning. I know I deserve this place from…

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Lifestyle North Africa 

U.S. and Morocco launch partnership to preserve the Kingdom’s diverse cultural heritage

By Fatima Zahra Laarbi Essaouira – U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires David Greene joined H.E. André Azoulay, Senior Advisor to H.M. King Mohamed VI, at Bayt Dakira in the Mellah of Essaouira to launch a three-year USAID program aimed at recording and sharing hundreds of stories that capture the Kingdom’s rich multicultural history. This $3 million program, called the Religious and Ethnic Minorities Activity (REMA), will involve multiple communities in five cities, namely Fes, Azrou, Marrakech, Essaouira, and Tangier. “Religious tolerance is a hallmark of Morocco’s history — from its welcoming…

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Morocco women Lifestyle North Africa 

Women’s Empowerment and Yoga in Rural Morocco and in Your Life

Catrin WatersBefore you read this, I challenge you to pause and ask your body the question: how do you like the thoughts I think about you? When we make an active choice to listen to ourselves, we access the power of introspection. But as you likely realized within the first sentence of this article, that often isn’t comfortable. It is almost taboo to honestly ask yourself how you are, and even rarer to have the skills needed to be able to listen to the response. These skills are exactly what…

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