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Libya aims to maintain oil output after elections delay

Jan. 19, 2022 15:48 PM EST

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — The head of Libya’s national oil company said on Wednesday that his country is targeting an output of 1.2 million barrels of oil a day in 2022. Mustafa Sanallah, the head of Libya’s national oil corporation, said in a press conference in Tripoli that the...

Algeria shuts schools for 10 days as COVID infections surge

Jan. 19, 2022 15:19 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's leader on Wednesday ordered all elementary and high schools closed for 10 days because of surging COVID-19 infections in the North African country and authorities tightened entry requirements at airports. The decision by Algerian President...

US senior diplomats in Sudan to try resolve post-coup crisis

Jan. 19, 2022 14:05 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Two senior U.S. diplomats were in Sudan Wednesday to try to find a way out of the crisis roiling the African country since an October military coup. An Israeli delegation meanwhile met with Sudan’s ruling generals to consolidate newly established ties between their countries. ...

Greece boosts air force with advanced French jet fighters

Jan. 19, 2022 08:49 AM EST

TANAGRA, Greece (AP) — French-built fighter jets roared Wednesday over the Acropolis as Greece races to modernize its military and flaunts new security alliances aimed at checking neighboring Turkey. Six advanced Rafale jets, purchased from the French air force, flew in low...

Egypt's president raises minimum monthly wage to around $172

Jan. 18, 2022 12:05 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s president on Tuesday raised the minimum monthly wage to about $172, a move meant to ease the burdens of Egyptians hurt by painful austerity measures in recent years. President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi announced in a statement that the minimum monthly wage in the...

German arms exports hit record after big sales to Egypt

Jan. 18, 2022 08:08 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's arms exports reached record levels in 2021, largely due to significant sales of maritime and air defense weapons to Egypt, officials said Tuesday. Preliminary figures released by the Economy Ministry show Germany exported arms worth 9.35 billion euros...

EU denounces violence against anti-coup protesters in Sudan

Jan. 18, 2022 07:19 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The European Union’s foreign policy chief on Tuesday said Sudan’s military rulers have shown an unwillingness to negotiate a peaceful settlement to the country's ongoing crisis, a day after security forces opened fire on anti-coup protesters in the capital. At least seven people...

UN chief: Over 12,000 detainees held officially in Libya

Jan. 17, 2022 18:12 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Over 12,000 detainees are held officially in 27 prisons and detention facilities across Libya and thousands more are held illegally and often in “inhumane conditions in facilities controlled by armed groups or `secret’ facilities,” the United Nations chief said in a...

UN official: Libya elections could be rescheduled for June

Jan. 17, 2022 16:47 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A senior U.N. official said she is pushing for Libya to hold elections by June, after the county missed a December deadline to elect its first president since the 2011 ouster and killing of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Stephanie Williams, the U.N. special adviser...

Sudanese forces open fire on anti-coup protesters, killing 7

Jan. 17, 2022 14:00 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese security forces opened fire on protesters Monday, killing at least seven people and wounding around 100 others in the country's capital in one of the deadliest days since an October military coup, activists said. Earlier Monday, thousands had once again...