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Tunisia to impose new customs, taxes on tech products

September 19, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The Tunisian government is preparing to impose new customs duties on imported computers and smartphones increasing the current tax rate on them.   The measures, set to come into effect next year, are in an effort to boost the domestic financial incomes.   An official in the Tunisian Union of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA) expressed concern about increase in prices.   He said the Ministry of Finance has informed the professionals about its intention to impose customs taxes of 20 per cent on products, in addition to increasing the value added tax from six per cent to 18 per cent.   He said that the new tax increases are likely to be put in force in early January, if not before the […]

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Egypt to restructure Libya’s army under Haftar’s command

September 19, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Egypt yesterday announced the reorganisation of the Libyan National Army, which is affiliated to the Tobruk-based House of Representatives in the east of the country, under the command of Brigadier General Khalifa Haftar. In a statement, Egyptian army spokesman, Tamer Al-Rifai, said Egyptian Chief of Staff Mahmoud Hijazi received a Libyan military delegation in Cairo. Al-Rifai said: “The members of the Libyan military institution [who he did not name] chose Egypt to be the starting point for the reorganisation of the Libyan army, in the framework of Egyptian efforts to end the state of division and unify the Libyan army.” On more than one occasion, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi announced that his country supports the Libyan National Army led […]

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US envoy: Our relations with Israel ‘deep and complex’

September 19, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman described Washington’s relationship with Tel Aviv as “deep, complex and similar to two members of the same family,” Quds Press reported yesterday. Speaking to Israel Hayoum newspaper, Friedman said: “The deepest relations between Washington and Tel Aviv in the security side.” “During the administration of the previous [US] President [Barack] Obama, there had been a unilateral view about the conflict. There had been a link between terror and settlement. Let me say that settlements are an important issue that deserves to be discussed, but terror is killing.” The ambassador added: “The real face of Obama became clear during his final December – at the end of this term – when he became a lame […]

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Sudan: Military link with Ethiopia a pillar of stability in the region

September 19, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

“Military relations between Sudan and Ethiopia are key to achieving stability in the two countries and the region,” Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir said yesterday. This came during his meeting with Ethiopian Joint Chief of Staff General Samora Muhammad Yunis, according to the statement of the Ministry of Defence reported by the Anadolu Agency. Al-Bashir expressed his hope that this bilateral relationship would be a model for other links between the countries of the region. He awarded the highest military decoration of the Sudanese armed forces to the Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian National Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Samora Yunis, in appreciation of his efforts in strengthening the role of Ethiopian peacekeepers. “We look forward to developing these relations in […]

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Italy begins training Libyan navy and coastguard

September 19, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Italy yesterday received 87 Libyan navy and coastguard personnel as part of a European training programme aimed at improving Libya’s capabilities to combat smuggling and human trafficking across the Mediterranean. “The training of Libyan navy and coastguard officers will take place at the Italian Taranto’s Petty Officer Academy,” the Italian state television reported. A statement by the EU-led Naval Operation “Sophia” said: “The objective of the training is to increase the security of Libyan territorial waters, implementing the capacities of the Libyan Coastguard and Navy to perform their duties, thus enhancing the capacity in basics of maritime security skills, including search and rescue activities to save lives and to disrupt smuggling and trafficking from/to Libyan shores.” According to the statement, […]

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Twins for Palestinian prisoner whose sperm was smuggled out of jail

September 19, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The wife of a Palestinian prisoner gave birth to twins yesterday after his sperm was smuggled out of prison, Quds Press reported. “The prisoner Qasim Al-Akleek, who is being held in Israeli jails and sentenced to a term of 17 years, had a baby boy and a baby girl, Abboud and Hajar respectively, after his wife had a caesarean in Al-Araby Hospital in Nablus,” medical sources told Quds Press. Palestinian Ammar Al-Zebin was the first person to have his sperm smuggled out of prison in Nablus in 2012. He had been held in prison since 1998 and was serving 27 life sentences. Read: 50 Palestinian newborns from smuggled sperm At first, Israel refused to allow children born after sperm had been […]

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Palestinians petition Israeli Supreme Court to return bodies of slain family members

September 19, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The families of three Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces in June have petitioned the Israeli Supreme Court to have the bodies of their relatives released for burial, according to a report by the Ma’an News Agency. Muhammed Mahmoud, an attorney from the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, petitioned the court yesterday on behalf of the families of 18-year-olds Adel Ankoush and Baraa Saleh and 19-year-old Osama Atta who all come from Deir Abu Mashaal in the occupied West Bank. The three men were shot dead on 16 June, while conducting a combined stabbing and shooting attack outside of Jerusalem’s Old City, killing an Israeli Border Police officer. #PalestinianLivesMatter The Israeli authorities have routinely withheld the bodies of Palestinian assailants […]

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First direct flight from Iraq to Russia in 17 years

September 19, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Direct flights between Iraq and Russia resumed on Sunday for the first time in 17 years, the Anadolu Agency reported. The Iraqi Minister of Transport Kadhum Finjan Al-Hamami said in a statement that “the new air route will enable Iraqi civil aviation to enter European airspace and will allow the Iraqi travellers to study, receive treatment, travel for tourism and trade in Russia.” “Iraq and Russia are linked through historical relations dating back to the 1940s which have developed over the past years, especially in the areas of investment, study and medicine,” the minister added, pointing out that the new route will ease the difficulty of travelling between airports and reduce the cost of travel. A source at Baghdad International […]

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EU: Sudan must reform to attract foreign investment

September 19, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The European Union yesterday called on Sudan to undertake reforms at all levels to attract foreign investment, the Anadolu Agency reported. “There are no European economic sanctions imposed on Sudan, but it is very important for Sudan to undertake reforms at all levels in order to attract foreign investment,” the head of the EU delegation to Sudan, Ambassador Jean-Michel Dumond, said in a statement yesterday. Dumond said a delegation of Sudanese officials and businessmen visited the capital of Belgium, Brussels, last week to exchange views with senior officials in the European Union regarding the management of foreign relations, trade, development and international cooperation in Sudan. On 15 September, a delegation of government officials and businessmen led by State Minister of […]

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