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Sudan blames allies of ex-president Bashir for failed coup

A transitional government made up of the military, civilian representatives and protest groups have been ruling as part of a power-sharing agreement. “We’re not going back… there are people trying to turn back the hands of time,” said Information Minister Hamza Baloul in a statement read on state TV. – – The Sudanese government has said the situation in the country is now “under control” but there are still agitations among some citizens. Sudan’s transition to democratic regime is still facing deep political divisions and chronic economic problems. It is…

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Former Algerian President Bouteflika buried

– – Former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who died on Friday has been buried in a solemn ceremony on Sunday. There was no fanfare ceremony for the burial of the North African country’s longest-serving president. Bouteflika was buried at a cemetery for Algeria’s independence heroes, but he didn’t receive any honours accorded his predecessors. There was no lying in state for him, he got only three days of national mourning instead of eight. Sunday’s funeral was attended by his successor President Abdelmadjid Tebboune and, the minister for Algeria‘s independence fighters,…

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Libya: Gaddafi’s son released from prison

– – The third son of the former Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, has been released from jail in the capital Tripoli. He has been in prison since 2014 when he was arrested and put on trial after fleeing the when his father was toppled in 2011. Sa’adi Gaddafi was commander of Libya’s Special Forces. He fled to Niger when his father was overthrown and killed. He was then extradited back to Libya, put on trial where he was found not guilty of a series of crimes including murder. Libya’s Government…

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Photos: The huge ancient Egyptian boat used by the pharaohs

– – Egyptian authorities have moved the huge boat used by the pharaohs thousands of years ago to its new home. The impressive ancient Egyptian boat from the time of the pharaohs was transported to its new home at the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza. The Great Boat of King Khufu which is more than 4,500 years old was discovered virtually intact in 1954. EGYPTIAN MINISTRY OF TOURISM AND ANTIQUITY It was unearthed in the Great Pyramid in Giza, greater Cairo, which was constructed by King Khufu. – – King…

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150 people hospitalized in Algeria after swimming

– – About 150 people have been hospitalized after swimming at a beach in Algeria. The seawater is suspected to have been polluted at Tenes in north-western Algeria, a regional official said. Three beaches and a desalination plant have been closed for an investigation into the incident. Local government official Lakhdar Seddas told the privately owned Echourouk TV channel that “149 people suffered nausea, fever and redness of the eyes and were taken to hospital.” Seddas said the suspicions centre on a ship carrying livestock that had arrived recently at Tenes port. – –…

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At least 43 migrants drown after boat sinks off Tunisia

Those rescued, off the Tunisian fishing port of Zarzis, were aged between three and 40, Tunisia’s defence ministry said. – – The nationalities of the rescued include 46 Sudanese nationals, 16 Eritreans, 12 Bangladeshis and five from Egypt. North Africa remains a key transit point for migrants from many countries hoping to reach Europe via the Mediterranean. Libya has been a major route but Tunisia has also become a major hub for years now. – – Some of those fleeing are in search for better living conditions in Europe while…

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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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