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Islamists issue ultimatum over Algerian hostages: spokesman

An Islamist group that abducted seven Algerian diplomats in Mali has warned Algiers that if it fails to meet its demands within 30 days, the hostages' lives will be in danger....

EBRD to attract $10bn into N Africa, Jordan

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) hopes to attract investment of 7.5 billion euros ($9.77 billion) a year into North Africa and Jordan, its president said....

U.S. Should Forge "New Partnership" With Turkey, Report Say

Major changes that have swept both Turkey and its neighbourhood since the Cold War require Washington to forge a "new partnership" with Ankara, according to a new report released Tuesday by the influential Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)....

Mubarak Still Has His Billions

More than a year since president Hosni Mubarak was removed from power, the money he allegedly syphoned from Egypt during his 29-year rule remains beyond the reach of authorities attempting to recover it. Mubarak amassed a fortune by carving...

Qatar Telecom's Tunisian unit gets phone licenses

Qatar's largest telecommunications provider said Monday its Tunisiana subsidiary has won licenses to operate fixed-line and 3G mobile services in Tunisia, boosting the Gulf state's influence in the North African nation. Qatar Telecom will...

Egypt frontrunners face their pasts on vote trail

Two of the top contenders for Egypt's presidency are confronting a similar challenge on the campaign trail: their past. Leading Islamist Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh and veteran diplomat Amr Moussa are both facing scrutiny over their former affiliations, one to the Muslim Brotherhood and the other to...

Libya holds first civilian trial of alleged Gaddafi supporters

Libya began its first civilian trial of alleged supporters of Muammar Gaddafi's regime on Tuesday, officials said, as five men accused of planning to create instability by "terrorist acts" appeared in the dock. Judge Amer al-Turki did not...

EU supports new ILO project to promote job creation in Tunisia

Head of the European Union Delegation to Tunisia Adrianus Koetsenruijter, Monday, took stock of co-operation between the European Union and Tunisia since the Revolution of January 14 at a lunchtime discussion with media representatives, on the celebration of Europe Day....

Greek, French Elections Sound Death Knell for Austerity

The voting out of conservative governments in France and Greece this weekend heralds the end of harsh European austerity programmes and ushers in an era of new economic, investment, and social policies aimed at restoring growth and employment across the continent....

North African fighters join AQIM

About a hundred fighters from across North Africa have joined the ranks of an Al-Qaeda offshoot which now dominates northern Mali, a Malian defence ministry official said on Sunday....

Algeria’s new Islamists won’t rock the boat

Moderate Islamist parties should emerge the winners of a parliamentary election in Algeria on Thursday but they are unlikely to push for substantial change in a country ruled by the same elite since independence half a century ago. Islamists have already won a share of power in other...

The Algerian economy must create 350,000 jobs annually to absorb unemployment

Algeria's economy is expected to create about 350,000 jobs per year of employment to absorb unemployment in the country, the Chairman of the Forum of Heads of Enterprises (FCE), Reda Hamiani said on...

For African Anti-Terrorism, Region Must Lead, but U.S. Is Helping

Porous borders and weak security institutions have heightened the threat posed by violent groups in East and West Africa, and the US is working with countries in both regions to counter the...

TICAD IV calls for reinforcing support for Africa to boost economic growth.

The Fourth Ministerial Follow-up Meeting of Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV), which ended on Sunday in Marrakech, called for reinforcing the support for Africa in...

Algeria election campaign wraps up

Algeria’s parties prepared their final rallies ahead of the May 10 legislative polls Sunday, after the Arab Spring sweeping the region failed to bring new faces to the campaign and spark the...

Egypt detains 300 over deadly clashes

Demonstrations outside the Ministry of Defence in the Abbassiya district of Cairo have ended and the army is holding 300 protestors in prison of 15 days. One soldier was killed and scores of protestors wounded. A curfew around the Ministry...

Al-Qaeda ‘dominates north Mali’

An offshoot of Al-Qaeda now dominates northern Mali, regional security sources said Saturday, as militants brazenly began to impose their radical vision of Islam by desecrating a holy tomb in Timbuktu. The shock attack at the UNESCO World...

Francois Hollande wins French Presidency - what it means for N. Africa

Francois Hollande has won the French elelction with preliminary results registering about 52% of the votes against 48% for Nicholas Sarkozy, who has conceded defeat .The turnout was just over 80%....

Putting Resilience at the Heart of Development

The world's population today is healthier, wealthier, and better educated than ever before. Yet, despite incredible progress, disconcerting realities stubbornly persist. Many people still live in extreme poverty, even where economies are...

Calls Mount for Stronger U.S. Stance as Bahrain Resists Reform

Citing growing violence and polarisation along sectarian lines, human rights groups and independent experts here are urging Washington to exert more pressure on the government of Bahrain to free political prisoners and launch a serious dialogue with its opposition on major democratic reforms....