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Egypt seeks to parry rights criticism after mass arrests

12 Nov 2019

CAIRO Egypt has been trying to deflect criticism of its human rights record and prison conditions ahead of a U.N. review in Geneva on Wednesday that comes in the wake of thousands of new arrests.

Frontline clashes ebb and flow as Libya's war hits impasse

31 Oct 2019

TRIPOLI On the outskirts of Tripoli, days of silence are broken by bursts of heavy artillery fire. Fighters camped out for weeks in abandoned houses watch for movement on enemy lines. A drone buzzes overhead and strikes, causing brief panic.

Frontline clashes ebb and flow as Libya's war hits impasse

31 Oct 2019

* Both sides dependent on foreign drones - analysts, diplomats

UPDATE 1-EXCLUSIVE-Supplies of banknotes from Russia to east Libya accelerated this year -data

29 Oct 2019

MOSCOW/CAIRO, Oct 29 A parallel central bank in eastern Libya stepped up deliveries of new banknotes from Russia this year, before and after eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar launched a military offensive to capture Tripoli, Russian customs data show.

EXCLUSIVE-Supplies of banknotes from Russia to east Libya accelerated this year -data

29 Oct 2019

MOSCOW/CAIRO, Oct 29 A parallel central bank in eastern Libya stepped up deliveries of new banknotes from Russia this year, before and after eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar launched a military offensive to capture Tripoli, Russian customs data show.

War creates new uncertainty for migrants in Libya

22 Oct 2019

TRIPOLI After three days at sea trying to reach Europe, Demba Dembele was intercepted by Libya's EU-backed coastguard and returned to Tripoli – where, like dozens of other migrants, he got in a taxi and set off into the city.

Egypt to press for outside mediator in Ethiopia dam dispute

20 Oct 2019

CAIRO Egypt will push Ethiopia this week to agree to an external mediator to help resolve a deepening dispute over a giant hydropower dam being built on Ethiopia's Blue Nile, officials said on Sunday.‮‮ ‬‬

Gunmen raid cafes in Libya capital to curb social freedoms

17 Oct 2019

TRIPOLI Gunmen raided two trendy seafront cafes in the Libyan capital Tripoli this month to banish unmarried couples and impose strict religious codes, witnesses said, in a move that has alarmed civil liberties defenders.

Libya estimates 2020 budget at less than $34 billion: GNA economy ministry

17 Oct 2019

TRIPOLI Libya's 2020 budget is estimated at slightly less than 48 billion Libyan dinars ($34 billion), the U.N.-backed administration said on Thursday, a day after it sharply hiked kerosene prices as part of a reforms program.

Libyan government raises commercial price for kerosene as first step in reforms

16 Oct 2019

TRIPOLI Libya's internationally recognized government said on Wednesday it was sharply increasing the price of kerosene for industrial and commercial use as a first step to reform costly fuel subsidies and tackle smuggling.

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