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Ulf Laessing

Tunisia's weakened premier unlikely to push reform as polls loom

Sep 21 2018

TUNIS Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has survived attempts by his own party and unions to force him out but, with elections looming, looks less and less able to enact the economic reforms that have so far secured IMF support for an ailing economy.

Uneasy truce may not last long in embattled Libyan capital

Sep 07 2018

TRIPOLI/TUNIS Residents of Tripoli emerging from their homes to take advantage of a ceasefire between armed groups noticed one thing straight away. The militias had not withdrawn their heavy weapons from strategic locations in the Libyan capital.

Morocco needs more reforms before new currency liberalisation, bankers say

Aug 15 2018

CASABLANCA/RABAT, Morocco, Aug 15 Morocco has managed to keep its currency stable since introducing a more flexible foreign exchange system, but broader reforms are necessary to boost investment before taking the next step in liberalisation, bankers say.

One in three Moroccan graduates jobless in slack economy: planning chief

Aug 03 2018

RABAT One in three Moroccan university graduates cannot find a job due to slow economic growth, under-investment and an education system that fails to develop employable skills, the kingdom's planning chief said in an interview.

Baghdad book market turns the page on a new Iraq

Jun 28 2018

BAGHDAD When Maher Abu Hissam started his Baghdad bookshop two decades ago he was selling up to 40 books a day, such was the hunger for literature in the days of Saddam Hussein, even though the regime banned anything it did not like.

Iraq to plant 70,000 date palms to revive once legendary crop

Jun 27 2018

KERBALA, Iraq, June 27 Iraq is to plant 70,000 date palms south of Baghdad, hoping to revive production of a crop it was famed for across the Middle East.

U.N. special envoy Jolie visits Syrian refugees in Iraq

Jun 18 2018

DOMIZ CAMP, Iraq The world is failing to properly invest in the Syrian refugee crisis and families, women, and children are suffering terribly as a result, U.N. refugee agency special envoy Angelina Jolie said on Sunday. | Video

Exclusive: Tunisia to raise fuel prices, hold off public wages increases

Jun 01 2018

TUNIS Tunisia will raise fuel prices in the coming days but hold off increasing public wages this year to meet terms of the International Monetary Fund for its next loan tranche, a government official and diplomatic sources told Reuters.

Exclusive: Saddam's superyacht winds up as sailors' hotel

May 22 2018

BASRA, Iraq The king size bed in Saddam Hussein's superyacht is made, the silk curtains around it have been drawn back and, in the gold-rimmed bathroom next door, a barber's chair awaits its occupant. | Video

On former battlefield, Kuwaiti investor plans date palm groves, ostrich and deer reserve

May 22 2018

SOUTHERN BADIA, Iraq On a former battlefield of the 1991 Gulf War, deep in Iraq's southern desert, a Kuwaiti investor is looking to grow 100,000 date palms and build a nature reserve complete with ostriches and deer. | Video

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