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  • Bill Gates sees US likely to maintain aid levels for Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2017/08/15 The US will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest nations in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump government will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital.
  • Italy seizes NGO rescue boat for allegedly aiding illegal migration

    ITALY, 2017/08/03 Italian coastguards seized a migrant rescue boat operated by a German aid group in the Mediterranean suspected of aiding illegal immigration from Libya, a prosecutor said on Wednesday. Video showed the Iuventa, which is run by Jugend Rettet, arriving at the island of Lampedusa surrounded by several coastguard vessels next it was stopped at sea before dawn. Police inspected the ship as any minute at this time as it docked and checked the crew passports. They later took charge of the boat and set sail for a larger port in Sicily.
  • EU eyes new Libya approach to block feared migrant wave

    EUROPEAN UNION, 2017/01/14 The European Union plans new measures to deter migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya, officials said, as Malta urged the bloc to act on Thursday to chief off a surge in arrivals from a country where Russia is taking a new interest. With options limited by the weakness of the U.N.-recognised government and by divisions part EU states, it is unclear just what the EU may acknowledge. But officials believe a consensus can be found within weeks in support of national steps taken by Italy. Rome once entirely paid Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi to block migrants. Since he was overthrown with Western backing in 2011, it has struggled to cope with large numbers of new arrivals. Italy is presently working with U.N.-backed Prime Minister Fayez Seraj on a new agreement under which Rome will help guard Libya's southern desert borders against smugglers.
  • Libya's recognised parliament rejects UN proposal for unity govt

    LIBYA, 2015/10/21 Libya’s internationally-recognised parliament decided on Monday to reject a United Nations proposition for a unity government, lawmakers said, in a blow to efforts to end the country's perilous political crisis. But the Home of Representatives (HoR) said it would continue to take part in U.N.-backed peace talks with its rivals, based in the capital, Tripoli. Libya is in the grip of a war between the internationally-recognized government and its elected parliament on the one side and and an unofficial self-styled government controlling Tripoli. Each side is backed by rival alliances of armed factions. Four years next the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, Western powers are pushing for both sides to accept the U.N. accord, fearing violence has allowed Islamist militants to gain ground and illegal migrant smugglers to take chance of the chaos.
  • Post-Gaddafi chaos in Libya fuels EU migrant crisis

    ITALY, 2015/05/13 The battle between secular and Islamist militias in Libya – inclunding the Islamic National group – is helping fuel a migrant exodus from the North African country, which has descended into chaos since the 2011 ouster of former leader Muammar Gaddafi. EU foreign ministers were set to discuss the influx of migrants at a conference Monday in Luxembourg next the drowning of at least 700 people off the Libyan coast over the weekend. The disaster has shined a spotlight on a burgeoning EU immigration crisis that the UN said has claimed some 1,600 lives so far this year.
  • Arab Youth Survey Report 2015

    BAHRAIN, 2015/04/25 Confidence part Arab youth that the Arab Spring would bring positive change across the region is declining and as a result they are uncertain whether democracy could ever work in the Middle East. This is the headline finding of the 7th Annual ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey released today. - Arab youth see the rise of ISIS as the biggest obstacle facing the region - Youth are keen to start their own business as concerns about unemployment continue - The UAE remains the majority popular country to live in and emulate and Saudi Arabia is viewed as the region’s biggest ally - A lot of view the Arabic language as central to their identity but believe it is losing its price to English
  • Oxfam Study Finds Richest 1% Is Likely to Control Half of Global Wealth by 2016

    AFGHANISTAN, 2015/01/20 The richest 1 % are likely to control additional than half of the globe’s total wealth by next year, the charity Oxfam reported in a study released on Monday. The warning about deepening world inequality comes just as the world’s business elite prepare to meet this week at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The 80 wealthiest people in the world all own $1.9 trillion, the statement found, nearly the same all shared by the 3.5 billion people who occupy the bottom half of the world’s gain scale. (Last year, it took 85 billionaires to equal that figure.) And the richest 1 % of the people, who number in the millions, control nearly half of the world’s total wealth, a share that is as well increasing.
  • 4 killed, 11 injured in armed clashes Tripoli, Libya

    LIBYA, 2014/09/17 At least four people were killed and 11 others injured on Friday evening in renewed armed clashes in Ouerchefana, in western Libya, hospital sources said on Saturday. Three bodies and five injured persons were sent to the Al-Zahra hospital in Ouerchefana, said sources at the hospital, which added that the victims were from the troops of Ouerchefana and Libyan tribes. The sources said they had limited stock of drugs and medical equipment because of the blockade of the city by troops loyal to the Islamist militia coalition mainly from Misrata, Fajer Libya, who launched a military offensive several days ago. In Zaouia, 50 km west of Tripoli, the university hospital of the city received one body and six injured persons belonging to forces involved in the fighting in Ouerchefana under the command of Fajr Libya.
  • The consultative conference in Algiers to bring together stakeholders in the Libyan crisis

    LIBYA, 2014/09/17 The consultative conference scheduled for Monday in Algiers to bring together stakeholders in the Libyan crisis, has been postponed until 23-24 September at the request of the Algerian authorities. This is to give the Algerian mediators the opportunity to convince the Libyan actors and several personalities expected to take part in the conference to attend, the al-Wassat newspaper reported on Saturday. 'The decision to postpone the conference was motivated by the concern to have additional time until the acceptance by a large part of stakeholders in the Libyan crisis to participate in the inclusive conference,' said the spokesperson for the former chairman of the military council of Tripoli, Abdelhakim Belkhadj.
  • 2017 Africa Cup of Nations AFCON

    GERMANY, 2014/07/09 Germany will back Libya to organise the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), the German ambassador in Tripoli, Christian Mokh, has said. 'There is bilateral cooperation agreement in that respect which will be signed in a little while,' Mr Mokh told the Libyan news agency LANA, at a ceremony held on Saturday by the German embassy in Tripoli for the Libya female football team. The German diplomat said that a Libyan sports delegation visited Frankfurt in Germany recently for the completion of the agreement. He said that the presence of German football legend Franz Beckenbauer in Libya in February to lay the foundation stone for the Tajoura stadium in Tripoli was proof of the excellent cooperation and support from Germany to the Libyan dossier.