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#North Africa

From TheJournal.ie Why North African countries that don't always get along will be brought together... by couscous Cous And Make Up

Why North African countries that don't always get along will be brought together... by couscous

Countries are set to unite to win the delicacy Unesco status.

From TheJournal.ie Tunisia to end 'inhuman' forced anal examinations on 'suspected homosexuals' North Africa

Tunisia to end 'inhuman' forced anal examinations on 'suspected homosexuals'

Foreign and local rights groups have condemned the practice of the forced exams as “cruel” and “inhuman”.

From TheJournal.ie 'Sometimes, I take my veil off and only put it back on when I leave' Algeria

'Sometimes, I take my veil off and only put it back on when I leave'

Young North Africans are discovering their local shopping centres against a new backdrop of massive carparks, shiny floors, benches and fountains.

From TheJournal.ie 40 people have left Ireland for Islamic State areas Arab Spring

40 people have left Ireland for Islamic State areas

At least three have died in conflicts.

From TheJournal.ie "There is a real thirst for revenge" - Muslim cleric on Tunisia terrorist attack Tunisia

"There is a real thirst for revenge" - Muslim cleric on Tunisia terrorist attack

Muslim activist Anjem Choudary has said that the presence of Western civilians in Muslim countries is creating instability.

From TheJournal.ie A boy found in a suitcase in Spain is being reunited with his mother Smuggled

A boy found in a suitcase in Spain is being reunited with his mother

He was found a crossing into a Spanish enclave in North Africa.

From TheJournal.ie Cairo court sends three Al Jazeera journalists to jail for 7-10 years Media Crackdown

Cairo court sends three Al Jazeera journalists to jail for 7-10 years

Peter Greste, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed had been accused of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood

From TheJournal.ie Here's What Happened Today: Sunday News Fix

Here's What Happened Today: Sunday

Everyone’s been talking about the Sophie Toscan du Plantier case and what the gardaí knew.

From TheJournal.ie Turkey: After four days away, Prime Minister returns home to protests Turkey

Turkey: After four days away, Prime Minister returns home to protests

Two are dead and thousands are reported injured after six days of clashes between those protesting against PM Erdogan and security forces.

From TheJournal.ie French and Malian forces patrol historic desert city of Timbuktu Mali

French and Malian forces patrol historic desert city of Timbuktu

French and Malian troops now control the historic town in which Islamist rebels are said to have destroyed thousands of ancient Muslim and Greek manuscripts.

From TheJournal.ie Britain to use chairmanship of G8 to focus on terror threat David Cameron

Britain to use chairmanship of G8 to focus on terror threat

British Prime Minister David Cameron said that he would put the topic to the “top of the agenda where it belongs.”

From TheJournal.ie French president recognises France's 'brutal' rule of Algeria Colonial Rule

French president recognises France's 'brutal' rule of Algeria

Franois Hollande said Algeria was subjected to “a profoundly unjust and brutal system” for over a century.

From TheJournal.ie UN concerned about possible death by torture in Libya Libya

UN concerned about possible death by torture in Libya

The UN mission to Libya has expressed concerns about the recent deaths of three people being held in detention in the country, saying they may be a result of torture.

From TheJournal.ie Revealed: The world's most dangerous places to be a journalist Danger Zones

Revealed: The world's most dangerous places to be a journalist

More journalists were murdered last year than died on assignments or in combat.

From TheJournal.ie Dubliner among six people rescued after boat capsized in the Atlantic Rescue

Dubliner among six people rescued after boat capsized in the Atlantic

The six rowers, five British and one Irish, were taking part in a challenge to row from Morocco to Barbados.

From TheJournal.ie One year on: what has the Arab Spring changed? Arab Spring

One year on: what has the Arab Spring changed?

TheJournal.ie’s guide to how what has changed (or not) in Bahrain, Syria, Libya, Egypt, Yemen and Tunisia since the uprisings.

From TheJournal.ie ICC deadline looms for news on Saif Gaddafi Libya

ICC deadline looms for news on Saif Gaddafi

Today marks the deadline for Libya’s government to provide information to the International Criminal Court on the health and status of Mummar Gaddfi’s son – if it fails to do so it may be referred to the UN Security Council.

From TheJournal.ie Veteran human rights activist sworn in as Tunisia's president Tunisia

Veteran human rights activist sworn in as Tunisia's president

Dr Moncef Marzouki emotionally vowed to be a president for “all Tunisians”, adding that the world would be closely watching the country’s “laboratory of democracy”.

From TheJournal.ie Clashes erupt as moderate Islamists win Tunisia elections Tunisia

Clashes erupt as moderate Islamists win Tunisia elections

There were protests after another party withdrew its candidates – though international observers said the election was fair.

From TheJournal.ie Moderate Islamist party claims Tunisian election victory Tunisia

Moderate Islamist party claims Tunisian election victory

The official results of the first elections since Ben Ali was deposed are expected to be released today.

From TheJournal.ie Migrants who fled Libya found dead on boat travelling to Italy Migrants

Migrants who fled Libya found dead on boat travelling to Italy

Twenty five bodies – all young men – have been found dead in the hold of a boat crossing the Mediterranean.

From TheJournal.ie Tunisia prepares for 'shameful masquerade' as Ben Ali goes on trial Tunisia

Tunisia prepares for 'shameful masquerade' as Ben Ali goes on trial

However, the ousted president will not be there.

From TheJournal.ie Italy signs deal with Libya to stem the flow of migrants Libya

Italy signs deal with Libya to stem the flow of migrants

Italy says it is bearing the brunt of the influx of refugees fleeing violence in North Africa.

From TheJournal.ie France and Germany spar with Italy over Tunisian immigrants Europe

France and Germany spar with Italy over Tunisian immigrants

Germany and France are furious with Italy for granting temporary residence papers to Tunisian immigrants and, in an affront to the EU principle of free movement, the French authorities have refused entry to some immigrants at the border.

From TheJournal.ie Former Tunisian leader Ben Ali facing 18 charges Tunisia

Former Tunisian leader Ben Ali facing 18 charges

Ousted Tunisan leader facing over a dozen charges including voluntary manslaughter and drug trafficking.

From TheJournal.ie Five found dead in Morocco following anti-government protests Morocco

Five found dead in Morocco following anti-government protests

The bodies of five people have been found in a burned-out bank in a northern Moroccan town.

THE SPANISH GOVERNMENT has said that two of its nationals, taken hostage by al-Qaeda’s North African wing over nine months ago, are now “en route to freedom“.

Last November, Barcelona-Accio Solidaria aidworkers Roque Pascal and Albert Vitalta were seized in Mauritania, in north-east Africa. A third aidworker Alicia Gomez was also kidnapped but was released last in March.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) operates in the vastly empty stretches of land in Mauritania, Algeria, Mali and Niger, and has kidnapped several westerners recently.

It is one of the longest-running kidnapping cases in the Sahara desert.

The pair are thought to be moving south through Mali, where they were released, to Burkina Faso.

It is unclear whether a ransom was paid for the men’s release. AQIM had reportedly demanded $5m (€3,938).