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Egypt projects 7.1% increase in debt financing needs in 2021/22

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FILE PHOTO: A view of the city skyline and River Nile from Cairo tower building in the capital of Cairo, Egypt December 5, 2019. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh/File Photo CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt expects its debt financing needs to rise by 7.1% to 1.068 trillion Egyptian pounds ($68.1 billion) in the......

Qatar National Bank’s Q1 net profit falls 7% as provisions climb

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DUBAI, April 11 (Reuters) – Qatar National Bank (QNB) , the biggest lender in the Gulf, said on Sunday its first quarter net profit fell by 7% from a year earlier to 3.3 billion riyals ($906 million) as it booked 1.4 billion riyals in “precautionary” loan loss provisions. The bank’s......

Morocco will keep coronavirus night curfew during Ramadan

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FILE PHOTO: People wait to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, during a national coronavirus vaccination campaign, in Sale, Morocco January 29, 2021. REUTERS/Shereen Talaat RABAT (Reuters) – Morocco will keep its nightly curfew in place during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan when people gather after breaking their fast at sunset,......

Clashes in Sudanese city of El Geneina kill 18: medics

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KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Medics said on Monday that 18 people have been killed and 54 injured in clashes in the western Sudanese city of El Geneina. The clashes between militiamen and members of the Masalit tribe began on Sunday and escalated on Monday morning throughout the city, sources said. Reporting......

Egypt postpones tender for license to make cigarettes – sources

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A man smokes a Cleopatra cigarette, produced by Eastern Company SAE, at a cafe in Cairo, Egypt, on October 23, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany/File Photo CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s has postponed a tender for a licence to manufacture conventional and electronic cigarettes, two sources in companies selling tobacco there......

Suez canal ends shipping backlog: statement

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CAIRO (Reuters) – Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said that all 422 ships stranded by the grounding of the giant container ship Ever Given passed through the canal by Saturday, ending the backlog caused by the blockage. Reporting by Moamen Said Atallah; writing by Mahmoud Mourad; editing by John Stonestreet Source......

Suez Canal shipping backlog to end on Saturday – canal authority

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CAIRO (Reuters) – The last ships stranded by the grounding of a giant container vessel in the Suez Canal should pass through the waterway on Saturday, according to the canal authority, which said an investigation into the incident would report its findings soon. Osama Rabie, chairman of the Suez Canal......

Suez Canal shipping backlog to end on Saturday – canal authority

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CAIRO (Reuters) – The last ships stranded by the grounding of a giant container vessel in the Suez Canal should pass through the waterway on Saturday, according to the canal authority, which said an investigation into the incident would report its findings soon. Osama Rabie, chairman of the Suez Canal......

Suez Canal says close to clearing backlog after ship dislodged

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A container ship sails at the Suez Canal, in Ismailia, Egypt March 31, 2021. Suez Canal Authority/Handout via REUTERS CAIRO (Reuters) – The Suez Canal said on Friday it was close to clearing a backlog of shipping that built up when a giant container ship was grounded in the waterway.......

Egypt’s Sisi says response will be felt if water supply affected by dam

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FILE PHOTO: Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam is seen as it undergoes construction work on the river Nile in Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia September 26, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Tuesday that there would be severe regional consequences if Egypt’s water......

Shipping restarts at Suez Canal after ship refloated- sources, agency

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ISMAILIA, Egypt March 29 (Reuters) – Shipping is on the move again in the Suez Canal after a container ship that had blocked the waterway for nearly a week was refloated, two marine sources and a shipping agency said on Monday. A marine source said ships were travelling southwards towards......

Ship swings back across Suez Canal before next tugging attempt, witness and source say

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A view shows the container ship Ever Given, one of the world’s largest container ships, after it was partially refloated, in Suez Canal, Egypt March 29, 2021. Suez Canal Authority/Handout via REUTERS SUEZ, Egypt (Reuters) – A giant container ship that was jammed across the Suez Canal and has been......

World Bank re-engages with Sudan following arrears clearance

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KHARTOUM (Reuters) – The World Bank will shortly begin the process of allocating some $2 billion in grants to Sudan, a bank official said, representing the country’s return to the international financial system after decades of isolation. Priority areas for the funds will be defined following meetings early next month,......

Building collapse in Cairo leaves five dead

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CAIRO (Reuters) – Five people were killed and 24 injured when a Cairo apartment building collapsed in the early hours of Saturday, Egyptian state news agency MENA reported. Witnesses told Reuters many people were still trapped under the rubble of the 10-story building. Reporting by Mai Shams Eldin and Omar......

Container ship runs aground within Suez Canal causing traffic jam

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SINGAPORE, March 24 (Reuters) – A container ship heading to Rotterdam ran aground in the Suez Canal on Tuesday, blocking other vessels from transiting one of the world’s most important waterways, according to shipping company GAC and shipping data on Refinitiv Eikon. The 200,000-tonne vessel en route from the Red......

Dearth of interpreters leaves deaf students struggling in Sudan

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KHARTOUM (Reuters) – At Sudan University’s fine arts college, two full-time sign language interpreters dart between classes trying to cater to dozens of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The college, in the capital Khartoum, is one of the few places in Sudan where students with impaired hearing......

Egypt gets more doses of Chinese coronavirus vaccine

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CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt received another 300,000 doses of a coronavirus vaccine developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) in the early hours of Saturday, the health ministry said in a statement. FILE PHOTO: A health worker counts used vials of Sinopharm’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, at a vaccination centre......

Tunisia’s parliament speaker urges dialogue to end political crisis

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By Tarek Amara, Angus McDowall TUNIS (Reuters) – The speaker of Tunisia’s parliament, Rached Ghannouchi, said he backs calls for a new national dialogue to address the country’s political standoff and constant disputes over the constitution. Parliament Speaker Rached Ghannouchi, head of the moderate Islamist Ennahda, speaks during an interview......

Libya PM addresses parliament as government vote looms

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SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s designated interim prime minister, Abdulhamid Dbeibeh, urged the long-divided parliament on Tuesday to back his proposed unity government as it prepared for a confidence vote expected on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Libya’s new Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh gestures as he speaks in parliament in Sirte, Libya......

In revival of street movement, Algerians protest for second Friday

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ALGIERS (Reuters) – Thousands of Algerians demonstrated against the political and military elite in cities across the country for a second successive Friday, as the United Nations human rights body voiced concern at what it called a crackdown on protesters. The demonstrations mark a resumption of the street protest movement,......

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