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Morocco legalizes cannabis production for medical use

– – Morocco‘s government has legalized the production of cannabis for medicinal and industrial purposes. With the approval, farmers would now be allowed to farm so the cannabis can be exported and used domestically. The government is hopeful this move will lift up impoverished farmers in the Rif mountains amid a growing legal global market for the drug. Cannabis is mostly grown in the northern Rif mountains of Morocco. Until this approval growing the plant was illegal although the production has been overlooked by authorities with Morocco among the top…

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Egyptian lost city dating back over 3,400 years discovered

– – Egyptian Archaeologists have announced the discovery of a lost ancient city which was supposedly buried under sand for thousands of years. Experts say the discovery is one of the most important finds since unearthing Tutankhamun’s tomb. Famed Egyptologist Zahi Hawass who announced the discovery of what is called the “lost golden city”, said the site was uncovered near Luxor, home of the legendary Valley of the Kings. The archeology team said in a statement that “The Egyptian mission under Dr. Zahi Hawass found the city that was lost…

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Sudan declares state of emergency after clashes left 40 dead

– – A state of emergency has been declared in Sudan‘s West Darfur state following ethnic clashes that have left at least 40 dead. Over 50 people have also be injured in the clashes which have displaced thousands of people. The violence broke out on Saturday between Arab groups and the non-Arab Massalit ethnic community in the city of El Geneina. Gunfire could be heard in the neighbourhoods of Hay Al Jabal and Al Jamarik late afternoon on Monday, UN humanitarian affairs agency OCHA said. According to OCHA, the situation remains tense in the…

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Photos: Historic parade held for Egyptian mummies in Cairo

A historic parade was held on Saturday for Egypt’s ancient rulers through the capital, Cairo. 22 mummies made up of 18 kings and four queens were transported from the neo-classical Egyptian Museum to their new resting place 5km away. Transported with great fanfare the mummies were paraded in chronological order of their reigns – from the 17th Dynasty ruler, Seqenenre Taa II, to Ramses IX, who reigned in the 12th Century BC. The mummy of King Ramses II was among those to be transported. Photo: Reuters The mummies were placed…

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Morocco cuts all ties with German embassy

– – Morocco has suspended all ties with the German embassy in the country over its stance on Western Sahara. The suspension of relations was announced by Morocco’s foreign affairs ministry who cited “deep disagreements concerning crucial issues.” In December, 2020 Germany criticized then-US President Donald Trump for recognizing Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara. A senior diplomat said Morocco’s decision to suspend ties with Germany was also a response to not receiving an invitation to an international meeting about Libya last year. When Berlin hosted a conference in January 2020…

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95 African migrants rescued off Libya’s coast

International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said that its officials have rescued 95 migrants off the coast of Libya on Sunday. IOM officials however revealed that many of those rescued suffered from burns and hypothermia. 15 others died at sea with most of those rescued on Sunday are African migrants from Cameroon, Sudan and Mali. Last week IOM officials in Libya also disclosed that more than over 150 migrants were intercepted and returned to the country by its coast guard. ? Tragic news from #Libya as 15 lives were lost…

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Morocco to legalise cannabis production for medical use

– – Morocco‘s government has announced that it will soon be legalizing the production of cannabis for medicinal and industrial purposes. Once the approval is secured farmers would then be allowed to farm so the cannabis can be exported and used domestically. The government is hopeful this move will lift up impoverished farmers in the Rif mountains amid a growing legal global market for the drug. Cannabis is mostly grown in the northern Rif mountains of Morocco. Growing the plant is currently illegal but the production has been overlooked by…

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‘World’s oldest’ mass-production brewery unearthed in Egypt

A high-production brewery believed to be more than 5,000 years old has been uncovered by a team of archaeologists at a funerary site in southern Egypt, the tourism ministry said Saturday. The site containing several “units” consisting of about 40 earthenware pots arranged in two rows was uncovered at North Abydos, Sohag, by a joint Egyptian-American team, the ministry said in a statement on its Facebook page. The brewery likely dates back to the era of King Narmer, it quoted the secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa…

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Sudan’s PM forms new cabinet with 7 former rebel leaders

– – Seven former rebel leaders have been appointed in the new cabinet of Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. It forms the dissolution of the previous cabinet on Sunday to form an inclusive government. The seven former rebel leaders were part of a peace deal signed in October. Veteran rebel leader and economist Gibril Ibrahim has been appointed Finance Minister to handle the sky rocketing inflation and food and fuel shortages. Mariam al-Sadiqal-Mahdi – the daughter of Sudan’s last democratically elected Prime Minister, Sadiqal-Mahdi has also been appointed Foreign Affairs Minister. –…

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Egypt frees Al Jazeera journalist after four years in detention

– – Egyptian authorities on Saturday released a journalist working for Qatar’s Al Jazeera television network who was held in pre-trial detention for more than four years, his brother and a lawyer told Reuters. Mahmoud Hussein, an Egyptian detained in December 2016‮‮‮ ‬‬‬after arriving in Cairo from Doha on vacation, was held on charges of spreading false news, joining a banned group and receiving foreign funds. He was released after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt agreed in January to restore diplomatic, trade and travel ties with…

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