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Tunisia women want to be virgins again

In Tunisia, young women are expected to be virgins when they marry, leading to a growing trade in hymen reconstruction surgery. Yasmine (not her real name) looks nervous. She's biting her nails and checks her mobile phone constantly. "I…
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Over 900 migrants rescued off Libya

The Libyan coastguard has rescued more than 900 African and Asian migrants attempting to reach Europe, a navy spokesman said on Saturday. "A coastguard patrol from Zawiya (west of Tripoli) intercepted five inflatable boats and a wooden…
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ICC calls for arrest of Gaddafi’s son

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has called for the arrest and surrender of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who was released by a militia in Libya last week after six years in jail. The son of late leader Col Muammar Gaddafi is wanted for…
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Morocco’s request to join ECOWAS approved

West African regional group Ecowas has in principle approved Morocco's membership application despite the country being in North Africa. But Ecowas leaders meeting in Liberia said the implications of its membership still needed to be…
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East Libyan forces take desert air base

Libyan forces loyal to eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar said they had taken the strategic military base of Jufra on Saturday after rival factions withdrew. The move consolidates control for Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army…
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Algeria army kills two suspected Islamists

Algeria's army on Friday shot dead two suspected Islamists south of the capital Algiers days after gunmen in the same region wounded four policemen, the defence ministry said. The army killed the two, seizing two Kalashnikov rifles,…
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Moroccans protest demanding release of an activist

Thousands of people have demonstrated in the northern Moroccan city of Al-Hoceima, demanding the release of a well-known activist. Reports say riot police were involved in a tense stand-off with protesters, but later retreated. Protesters…
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Egypt issues controversial NGO law

Egypt on Monday issued a new law that regulates the work of non-governmental organisations, a measure seen by rights groups as the latest sign of a growing crackdown on dissent against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Human rights groups and…
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