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Saudi Arabia has pledged 100 million euros for the G5 Sahel force, a five-nation anti-terror force in the Sahel region of West Africa

A video at the opening meeting of an Islamic counter-terrorism alliance in Saudi Arabia caused a stir after using footage of Palestinian fighters to depict terrorists.

More than 250 migrants rescued off Spain's coast

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More than 250 migrants rescued off Spain's coast

Spanish authorities said over 250 migrants making the dangerous crossing to Europe were rescued off the coast of Spain on Friday, with several other vessels still in need of rescue.

Inside the Battle of Algiers: Lessons for Palestine

Vacy Vlazna

Inside the Battle of Algiers: Lessons for Palestine

Comment: Zohra Drif's gripping account of her actions as a young freedom fighter in 1950s Algiers has important lessons for the Palestinian ...

UN begins evacuating refugees from Libya to Niger

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UN begins evacuating refugees from Libya to Niger

The UN refugee agency said the evacuation of 25 "extremely vulnerable refugees" from Libya on Saturday marked the first of its kind.

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Mauritania anti-slavery blogger facing execution released on appeal

Mauritanian blogger Cheikh Ould Mohamed Ould Mkheitir accused of blasphemy had his death penalty reduced to two years, after a case that has drawn protests from human rights groups.

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Saudi-led bloc 'bribed' African countries to join Qatar crisis

A Saudi-led bloc boycotting Qatar has 'bribed and blackmailed' several African countries to join its attempt to isolate the country, Qatar's ...

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UN envoy meets Western Sahara independence leaders

Horst Koehler met leaders of an Algerian-backed independence movement on Wednesday, as part of his new position as the UN envoy for disputed ...

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UN envoy in Morocco to restart Western Sahara talks

Horst Koehler was visiting Morocco on Monday as part of a regional tour aimed at restarting stalled peace talks between Rabat and the ...

<em>Mauritania</em> and Algeria to open borders

Habibulah Mohamed Lamin

Mauritania and Algeria to open borders

Mauritania is turning to Algeria in a bid to enhance its economic ties with the oil-rich country after years of tension with Morocco, ...

Habibulah Mohamed Lamin

Sahrawi youth: Caught between home and a hard place

Blog: With few opportunities at home, Sahrawi youth are finding themselves lured by the dream of escaping to Europe, writes Habibulah Mohamed ...

Mauritanian women take economic independence into their own hands

Jillian Kestler-D’Amours

Mauritanian women take economic independence into their own hands

'We can't leave 51 percent of the country's population behind because of traditions that say that men must do everything. That's over.'

African leaders meet in Congo to discuss Libya crisis

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African leaders meet in Congo to discuss Libya crisis

African Union leaders are in Congo's capital Brazzaville to discuss possible ways to end the war in Libya.

Qatar closes Chad embassy in retaliatory move

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Qatar closes Chad embassy in retaliatory move

The retaliatory move came just 24 hours after the central African state announced it was closing Qatar's embassy in N'Djamena.

Chad shuts Qatari embassy, tells staff to leave

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Chad shuts Qatari embassy, tells staff to leave

Chad says it is closing Qatar's embassy in N'Djamena and giving its staff 10 days to leave.

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UN comes under twin attack by militants in Mali

Two UN bases have been attacked in Mali, with a peacekeeper and Malian security guard killed, a militants continue their campaign against the mission's presence in the country.

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Iraq premier 'refuses renewed pressure to join anti-Qatar bloc'

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has refused pressure from Bahrain to join the diplomatic and economic offensive aimed at Doha led by ...

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Mauritania votes on controversial constitutional changes after tense campaign

Mauritanians have begun voting on several contentious changes to their constitution sought by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz but opposed by a ...

Uri Levy

The Twitter tournament: This week in Middle East football

Blog: The Arab Club Championship represents a serious mark for sports broadcasting as it becomes the first football tournament to be broadcast ...

Transfers and tribulations: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Transfers and tribulations: This week in Middle East football

Blog: What impact will the Gulf blockade have on Qatar's World Cup? Rumours of demands made of FIFA, as well as usual transfer speculation, has ...

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Saudi-led bloc demanded FIFA 'strip Qatar of World Cup’

A Saudi-led coalition blockading Qatar has reportedly urged football’s governing body to strip the Gulf nation of hosting the 2022 World Cup, ...

Algeria's anti-immigrant hysteria is hiding government failings

Yasmina Allouche

Algeria's anti-immigrant hysteria is hiding government failings

Comment: Control of the situation lies in legalising the presence of sub-Saharan migrants in Algeria, writes Yasmina Allouche.

Djinn no tonic for Gulf crisis

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Djinn no tonic for Gulf crisis

A journalist for a Saudi-owned news network has said that Qataris have hired African wizards to summon spirits to solve the Gulf crisis

Baghdad 'refuses' Saudi-Emirati pressure to join anti-Qatar bloc

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Baghdad 'refuses' Saudi-Emirati pressure to join anti-Qatar bloc

Iraq's prime minister has reportedly refused demarches from Saudi and Emirati officials to join the diplomatic offensive against Doha.

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