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Tunisian wildfires scorch poor region’s cork industry

Tunisian wildfires scorch poor region’s cork industry

For cork collector Khaled Warhani, the wildfires that devastated part of northern Tunisia’s lush woodland this summer were a warning of how the changing climate will hurt his livelihood.

Syria ‘bleak’ with violence upsurge, economic woes: UN

Syria ‘bleak’ with violence upsurge, economic woes: UN

The upsurge in violence in Syria, combined with its plummeting economy, is making life increasingly bleak for civilians, United Nations investigators said yesterday.

Israeli PM visits Egypt in first official trip for a decade

Israeli PM visits Egypt in first official trip for a decade

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi yesterday for talks on Israeli-Palestinian relations and bilateral ties in the first official trip by an Israeli head of government to Egypt for a decade.

Palestinian youth shot by occupation forces south of Bethlehem

Palestinian youth shot by occupation forces south of Bethlehem

A Palestinian youth was shot by the Israeli occupation forces on Monday near Gush Etzion junction, south of Bethlehem in the West Bank.

Uneasy calm in Syria’s Daraa after truce

Uneasy calm in Syria’s Daraa after truce

An uneasy calm held sway in a southern Syrian city yesterday after the army entered a former rebel holdout under a surrender deal, AFP journalists on a government-organised tour said.

Nuclear surveillance deal with Iran keeps hopes for talks alive

Nuclear surveillance deal with Iran keeps hopes for talks alive

Iran and the UN atomic agency yesterday announced the IAEA will keep up surveillance of Tehran’s nuclear activities, soothing a sore point in talks to resuscitate a 2015 deal to curb its programme.

Guineans fed up with Conde embrace junta, for now

Guineans fed up with Conde embrace junta, for now

Even as African regional leaders press Guinea’s new military government to restore civilian rule as soon as possible, people fed up of decades under Alpha Conde are inclined to support the junta — for now.

Military strikes Gaza in retaliation for rocket fire

Military strikes Gaza in retaliation for rocket fire

Israel carried out air strikes in the Gaza Strip yesterday in response to Palestinian rocket fire into its territory, the Israeli military said.

Tunisia’s president keen to amend constitution

Tunisia’s president keen to amend constitution

Tunisian President Kais Saied has announced plans to form a new government and said the constitution should be amended, weeks after he sacked his premier and suspended parliament in moves his critics called a coup.

IAEA chief heading to Tehran before key board meeting

IAEA chief heading to Tehran before key board meeting

The IAEA’s chief is to visit Iran today to try to defuse tension with the West over what the UN watchdog says is Tehran’s lack of co-operation in monitoring its nuclear programme.

Two more escaped Palestinian fighters captured, say police

Two more escaped Palestinian fighters captured, say police

Israeli forces yesterday captured two more of the six Palestinian fighters who escaped from a maximum security jail this week, a police spokesperson said.

Morocco’s king names businessman Akhannouch to head government

Morocco’s king names businessman Akhannouch to head government

Morocco’s King Mohamed VI on Friday named businessman Aziz Akhannouch to lead a new government after his National Rally of Independents (RNI) thrashed the long-ruling Islamists in parliamentary elections.

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