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Algeria latest news

Algeria latest news

The events of March — notably the suspension of the Hirak; the onset of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic; the Karim Tabbou affair; and the collapse in the oil price — are likely to have transformational implications for the country. To these might be added the...

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Libya latest news

Libya latest news

Libya currently stands at a critical moment as the country faces the dual risks of both the intensifying conflict and the possible spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. On 24 March the Tripoli authorities reported the first known case of coronavirus which indicated that...

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Niger: Threat of an army coup?

Niger: Threat of an army coup?

There is an extraordinary parallel between Niger’s current defence ministry corruption  scandal and those in Mali which led to the 2012 coup d’état. In Mali the army was quickly put to flight by the Tuareg rebels and Islamists because it was ill equipped and, in...

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Iran’s pharmaceutical sector

Iran’s pharmaceutical sector

One of the themes to emerge from the handling of COVID-19 is that US sanctions have restricted the availability of pharmaceuticals and medical devices in Iran. The Iranian Foreign Ministry has published a list of items that the country desperately needs and cannot...

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