North Africa

Locust Plague Threatens Crops in the Middle East

March 8, 2013

“Israel’s Agriculture Ministry set up an emergency hotline today and urged residents to be vigilant in reporting sightings of the insects to prevent an outbreak.”

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Fox News Incorrectly Overstates and Blames Egypt’s Problems on President Mohamed Morsi

March 7, 2013

Instead of critically analyzing statistics and facts, Fox News often, like in this case, uses information that sounds bad but isn’t actually relevant, congruent, or applicable.

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Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) Criticizes Secretary of State John Kerry’s $250 Million Aid Pledge to Egypt

March 7, 2013

“This is an important point that some in Washington often forget — we don’t provide foreign assistance solely out of the goodness of our heart, we do so because it furthers our national interest.”

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Harlem Shake Videos Provoking Sectarian Violence in Tunisia

March 6, 2013

“Videos posted by Tunisian students have provoked a violent backlash by conservative Muslims, condemnations from the education minister and hundreds of new copycat videos online.”

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Algerian Gas Plant Hostage Crisis Mastermind Mokhtar Belmokhtar Killed in Northern Mali

March 4, 2013

“Mokhtar Belmokhtar – nicknamed Mr Marlboro after amassing a fortune by smuggling cigarettes and drugs across the Sahara – is said to have died along with 14 of his men in an attack by soldiers on a mountain stronghold.”

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Secretary of State John Kerry: U.S. Releasing $250 Million in Aid to Egypt

March 4, 2013

“Yet Kerry also served notice that the Obama administration will keep close watch on how Morsi, who came to power in June as Egypt’s first freely elected president, honors his commitment and that additional U.S. assistance would depend on it.”

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Fiery Explosion on Hot Air Balloon Kills 19 Passengers

February 26, 2013

“One of the balloons had exploded, and its 21 passengers and operators plummeted about 1,000 feet (300 meters) to the ground.”

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Site of the Algerian Hostage Crisis, the Tiguentourine Gas Plant Partially Resumes Production

February 24, 2013

“Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal started up one of three gas streams at the plant, which is jointly run by BP, Algeria’s state-owned Sonatrach and Norway’s Statoil, state radio reported.”

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Arab Tribal Violence in Sudan’s Darfur Region Kills 51 People

February 24, 2013

“Fighting broke out in January between the Bani Hussein and Rizeigat tribes over the mine in Jebel Amer in North Darfur, displacing 100,000 people, according to the United Nations.”

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Rights Groups: Egyptian Police Illegally Detaining and Torturing Hundreds of Children

February 21, 2013

“One lawyer said he believed that up to 400 children, many of them barely teenagers, may have been rounded up during police operations following the outbreak of street clashes on 25 January.”

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Egyptian Military Growing Increasingly Impatient With Islamist Political Leaders

February 21, 2013

“The tension is raising the specter of another military intervention much like the one in 2011, when generals replaced longtime authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak after they sided with anti-regime protesters in their 18-day popular uprising.”

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U.S. Marine Corps Set to Announce New Crisis Response Task Force in Eastern Europe and North Africa

February 21, 2013

“The group, which will be known as the Marine Air-Ground Task Force, will likely be based at Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily, Italy.”

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Report: Egyptian Government Denies U.S. Officials Access to Arrested Benghazi Terrorist Suspect

February 21, 2013

“The US government has asked Egypt for permission to interview the senior-most detainees in custody, according to intelligence and law enforcement officials.”

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Standard & Poor’s Downgrades Tunisia’s Credit Rating For the Third Time Since January 2011

February 20, 2013

“Hours before Jebali announced his resignation, Standard and Poor’s rating agency downgraded Tunisia’s credit rating for the third time since Mr. Ben Ali’s removal: from BB to BB-.”

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Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali After Replacement Government Initiative Fails

February 19, 2013

“Jebali had threatened to quit if his plan for a non-partisan cabinet of technocrats to lead the north African country into early elections foundered.”

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