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Mixed reactions as Algeria’s former president dies

Mixed reactions as Algeria’s former president dies

Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who ruled Algeria for two decades before resigning in 2019 under pressure from huge street protests, has died aged 84, leaving behind mixed reactions.

Iran won't allow IS presence on Afghan border: president

Iran won't allow IS presence on Afghan border: president

Iran will not allow the Islamic State group to establish a presence on the country's border with Afghanistan, President Ebrahim Raisi warned on Saturday

Algeria's ex-president Abdelaziz Bouteflika dies aged 84

Algeria's ex-president Abdelaziz Bouteflika dies aged 84

Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who ruled Algeria for two decades before resigning in 2019 as huge protests engulfed the country, died on Friday aged 84, public television announced.

Libya-Tunisia border reopens after 2 months

Libya-Tunisia border reopens after 2 months

Tunisia and Libya opened their shared border yesterday, two months after it was closed as Tunisia’s coronavirus caseload soared.

Somalia accuses Djibouti of  detaining its security official

Somalia accuses Djibouti of detaining its security official

Somalia’s president accused Djibouti yesterday of unlawfully detaining his national security adviser, a key player in the spiralling feud in Mogadishu’s top leadership that threatens to hurl the country into fresh crisis.

Guinea junta hosts talks on post-coup transition

Guinea junta hosts talks on post-coup transition

Guinea’s military strongman opened a four-day series of talks yesterday, intended to pave a return to civilian rule after a coup that one attendee said he blamed on “the failure of the entire political and military class”.

Tunisian wildfires scorch poor region’s cork industry

Tunisian wildfires scorch poor region’s cork industry

For cork collector Khaled Warhani, the wildfires that devastated part of northern Tunisia’s lush woodland this summer were a warning of how the changing climate will hurt his livelihood.

Syria ‘bleak’ with violence upsurge, economic woes: UN

Syria ‘bleak’ with violence upsurge, economic woes: UN

The upsurge in violence in Syria, combined with its plummeting economy, is making life increasingly bleak for civilians, United Nations investigators said yesterday.

Israeli PM visits Egypt in first official trip for a decade

Israeli PM visits Egypt in first official trip for a decade

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi yesterday for talks on Israeli-Palestinian relations and bilateral ties in the first official trip by an Israeli head of government to Egypt for a decade.

Palestinian youth shot by occupation forces south of Bethlehem

Palestinian youth shot by occupation forces south of Bethlehem

A Palestinian youth was shot by the Israeli occupation forces on Monday near Gush Etzion junction, south of Bethlehem in the West Bank.

Uneasy calm in Syria’s Daraa after truce

Uneasy calm in Syria’s Daraa after truce

An uneasy calm held sway in a southern Syrian city yesterday after the army entered a former rebel holdout under a surrender deal, AFP journalists on a government-organised tour said.

Nuclear surveillance deal with Iran keeps hopes for talks alive

Nuclear surveillance deal with Iran keeps hopes for talks alive

Iran and the UN atomic agency yesterday announced the IAEA will keep up surveillance of Tehran’s nuclear activities, soothing a sore point in talks to resuscitate a 2015 deal to curb its programme.

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