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Death toll from clashes in Sudan's West Darfur rises to 160

Jan. 19, 2021 12:19 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Hospitals in Sudan’s West Darfur province Tuesday received at least 29 more bodies, doctors said, bringing the tally from clashes between Arab and non-Arab tribes to some 160 dead, including women and children. The violence in the province grew out of a fistfight Friday in a camp for...

FILE - In this Jan.18, 2021 file photo, demonstrators face police officers during clashes in Ibn Khaldoun City near Tunis. A growing groundswell of youth unrest, tapping into a well of economic frustration, is sweeping Tunisia and worrying its leadership all the way to the top. It is, after all, the country that triggered 2011's Arab Spring revolutions. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi, File)

AP Explainer: Why are youth protests sweeping Tunisia?

Jan. 19, 2021 11:32 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A growing groundswell of youth unrest, tapping into a well of economic frustration, is sweeping Tunisia and worrying its leadership all the way to the top. It is, after all, the country that triggered the 2011 Arab Spring revolutions. A third of the North African nation’s young...

Libya rivals meet in Egyptian resort for talks on elections

Jan. 19, 2021 10:39 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libyan officials from rival administrations began talks Tuesday in an Egyptian Red Sea resort on constitutional arrangements laying the legal groundwork for presidential and parliamentary elections later this year, the United Nations said. U.N. acting envoy for Libya, Stephanie Williams, said...

Migrants scale border fences to enter Spanish enclave

Jan. 19, 2021 7:59 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — More than 80 migrants have managed to scale the double frontier fence to enter Spain’s North African city enclave of Melilla from Morocco. Some 150 people from sub-Saharan countries attempted the crossing at 7.30 a.m. Tuesday but police stopped many from entering the territory, the...

Arab League head hopes Biden changes Trump Mideast policies

Jan. 18, 2021 7:09 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the Arab League expressed hope Monday that the Biden administration will change President Donald Trump's policies and launch a political process supported by regional and international parties to achieve independence for the Palestinians. Ahmed Aboul Gheit,...

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Tribal clashes leave dozens dead in 2 Sudanese provinces

Jan. 18, 2021 4:56 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Tribal clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs in Sudan’s West Darfur province killed around 130 people over the weekend, including children and women, doctors and an aid worker said Monday. Authorities In South Darfur, meanwhile, reported dozens of casualties from ethnic fighting in that...

FILE - In this Oct.11, 2009 file photo, then Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali waves from his car at a campaign rally in Rades, outside Tunis.  Swiss authorities said Monday Jan. 18, 2021, they are preparing to lift a freeze on tens of millions of dollars’ worth of assets linked to former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who fled with his family to Saudi Arabia in 2011 and died in 2019. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi, File)

Swiss to lift freeze on millions linked to ex-Tunisia leader

Jan. 18, 2021 2:02 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss authorities are preparing to lift a freeze on tens of millions of dollars’ worth of assets linked to former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, a decade after the longtime autocrat was driven from power in an uprising that set off the so-called “Arab Spring”...

UN chief says 9 African nations, Iran in arrears on UN dues

Jan. 18, 2021 11:45 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief says nine African nations and Iran are in arrears on paying their dues to the United Nations’ operating budget and should lose their voting rights as required under the U.N. Charter. In a letter to General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir circulated Monday,...

Police officers face demonstrators during clashes in Ben Arous, Tunisia, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. Police used tear gas to disperse violent protests led by disgruntled youths in several Tunisian cities Saturday night to Sunday, including in the capital Tunis and the seaside city of Sousse. Though the causes are unclear, Tunisians are angry that the North African country is on the verge of bankruptcy and has dire public services. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

Tunisian army units, police quell unrest in many areas

Jan. 18, 2021 11:00 AM EST

Tunisia's defense ministry said Monday that army units deployed overnight and police have quelled days-long social unrest that saw violent protests by young people in various cities across the North African country. The ministry said military units were called in on Sunday night to protect public buildings and...

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Death toll from violence in Sudan's West Darfur rises to 83

Jan. 17, 2021 11:00 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The death toll from tribal violence between Arabs and non-Arabs in Sudan’s West Darfur province climbed to at least 83, including women and children, a doctor’s union and aid worker said, as sporadic violence continued Sunday. The ruling sovereign council met Sunday and said...