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Egypt border suspicions hit Tobruk trade TOBRUK: Mutual suspicion with neighbour Egypt threatens to halt a revival in the fortunes of Libya's eastern port of Tobruk, officials there said. New restrictions on travellers and goods passing the nearby land border are hitting container volumes, said Nasser Zgogo, operations manager at the port. "This will have a negative impact," he said. Both countries have sought to limit travellers passing the land border. Egypt is worried that Islamist militants smuggle weapons over the border to help supporters of toppled President Mohamed Mursi. Libya is concerned that emigrants from Egypt and sub-Saharan countries come on forged visas. Once a backwater neglected under Muammar Gaddafi, Tobruk's port has seen a rise in activity as foreign goods enter a new market. Western products such as perfumes, quality fashion and food as well as cars were hard to get in Libya's once state-dominated economy. In 2013, Tobruk's port saw around 220 ships ...

Tunisia's economic woes could become 'catastrophic': PM TUNIS: Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa warned Monday that the country's economic woes could become "catastrophic," saying that people will have to make sacrifices. Tunisia's economic recovery since its 2011 "Arab Spring" revolution has been hampered by political instability, social unrest and militants violence."Frankly, the situation is more difficult than we thought," Jomaa said in an interview aired on public television a month after becoming prime minister."We will have to make sacrifices. You can ignore ...
Militants kill 31 more in northeast Nigeria MAIDUGURI: Insurgents have killed at least 31 people in attacks on a village in northeast Nigeria, a state lawmaker said on Monday, a day after 85 were killed in a wave of attacks by suspected militants nearby. Gunmen stormed Mafa village in Borno state at around 8 p.m. (1900 GMT) on Sunday, shooting fleeing civilians and throwing explosives at occupied houses, witness Auwalu Gunda said. Senator Ahmed Zannah said 29 civilians ...
Bouteflika registers for April election ALGIERS: Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the ageing independence veteran who suffered a stroke last year, has registered his candidacy for April's election, the state news agency APS said on Monday. Bouteflika's registration at the Constitutional Council a formal step for his candidacy ended months of speculation over his intentions. But opposition leaders say they believe the president, who just turned 77, is still too ill to govern. Algeria's prime minister had already announced a week ...
two Libyan MPs shot and wounded by protesters: speaker TRIPOLI: Two members of Libya's interim parliament were shot and wounded when protesters stormed the General National Congress on Sunday, said the speaker of the assembly."Two members (of the GNC) were hit by bullets when they tried to leave the venue in their cars," Nuri Abu Sahmein said on Al-Nabaa television station, blaming "armed protesters" for the shooting.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
South Africa largest union eyes new political party JOHANNESBURG: South Africa biggest trade union, the 340,000-strong National Union of Metalworkers (NUMSA), said on Sunday it was laying the ground for a new "working class" political party.Union spokesman Castro Ngobese announced the launch of a new platform, called the United Front Movement for Socialism, that would group together left-leaning organisations to fight for better education, healthcare and municipal services for South Africa's poor.This would be "a build up to the formation of an independent ...
Security top priority for new Egypt government: PM CAIRO: Egypt's new military-installed prime minister said on Sunday that security was his top priority, with police and soldiers facing near daily attacks since the July ouster of president Mohamed Mursi.In his first address to the nation, Ibrahim Mahlab, a former member of the party of toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, said Egypt faced "challenges that are like mountains", but vowed to confront them with transparency and firmness.On Saturday, Mahlab unveiled a new 31-member cabinet that ...


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