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"Their response could and should have been more effective," judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith said in his conclusions after a series of hearings that began in January."The response by the police was at best shambolic, at worst cowardly," he said, adding that the hotel guards were not armed and had no…
05.24 / 14:05
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One in three public service users in the Arab world – that’s nearly 50 million people - admitted they bribed someone in the last year to access basic services, such as water, medicine and education. "We demand that civil society be a partn…
05.24 / 14:05
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The Islamic State (IS) jihadist group claimed the attack in central Tunis as well as bombings earlier in 2015 at the Bardo National Museum and at a beach resort that killed 59 foreign tourists and a Tunisian guard.The state of emergency has been in place since the attack, in spite of government assurances that security has improved in the north African…
05.24 / 14:05
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European efforts to close the route are also thought to lie behind a 30 to 40 percent increase in the number of mainly African migrants who have landed at Italian ports in the first two months of this year, compared to the same period in 2015 and 2016.More than 2,700 people have been rescued in recent days, including a newborn delivered on a Norwegian police…
05.24 / 14:05
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Under the deal, worth $170 million (160 million euros), the plant will produce its first car in June 2017 and is expected to increase output to more than 100 vehicles a day.The assembly line will be built in Relizane, 320 kilometres (200 miles) southwest of…
05.24 / 14:05
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One year after a controversial deal with Turkey to stop migrants setting out across the Aegean Sea for Greece, the European Union is seeking to reach a similar accord with conflict-hit Libya, despite fierce opposition from human rights campaigners.Just this past weekend more than 3,300 people were rescued from unseaworthy vessels off the north African country, bringing the number of arrivals in Italy to nearly 20,000 so far in 2017 -- a significant increase on previous…
05.24 / 14:05
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But despite urgent challenges facing the country, candidates have struggled to inspire voters disillusioned by what many see as broken government promises and a tainted political system."Corruption has plagued politics. How can you vote for a candidate who has paid to be selected by a party?" asked Ali, a merchant in the town of Blida, 45 kilometres (30 miles) southwest of…
05.24 / 10:03
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Islam Times - Germany and Italy have called for the deployment of European Union troops in Africa to ostensibly stop illegal migrants from the continent crossing over to…
05.24 / 02:04
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Libya has been riven by violence and lawlessness since Kadhafi was toppled and killed in a NATO-backed revolt in 2011, and his son Seif al-Islam and 36 former regime officials are on trial for crimes including human rights violations.The report by the UN's Libya mission and Human Rights Office highlighted a series of flaws in the…
05.23 / 22:17
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Refrigerators in the Moroccan desert; a bracelet to prevent heart attacks in Tunisia; a source funding system for charities in Egypt. Mission-driven start-ups are blossoming in these three North African countries, which are now at the forefront of social entrepreneurship.Morocco now boasts more than 250 start-ups. With around 100 seed-stage startups, Tunisia is ranked seventh in the world as the best place to launch start-ups by SeedStars World. Egypt broke records with the creation of thou…
05.23 / 21:01
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