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Op-Ed: Key members of Libyan Government of National Accord named

Skhirat - The UN has announced the names of key officials of the planned Government of National Accord(GNA) even though one of the two rival governments — the General National Congress(GNC) based in Tripoli — has not even submitted names as yet.

Peru protesters tell IMF 'imperialists' to go home

- Activists marched through the Peruvian capital Friday to protest what they called the anti-poor policies of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, which are holding their annual meetings here.

Portuguese centre-right TV star billed to win presidential poll

Lisbon - The former leader of Portugal's centre-right Social Democratic Party (PSD) and prominent television commentator Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on Friday announced his bid to run for the presidency in next January's election.

Tunisia's Nobel Peace Prize bolsters fragile democracy

Tunis - Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet winning the Nobel Peace Prize is a breath of fresh air for a fragile emerging democracy facing serious security issues that threaten its economy.

Tunisia Nobel winners 'show way out of regional crises': EU

Brussels - The EU hailed Tunisia's national dialogue mediators Friday after they won the Nobel Peace Prize, saying they had shown North Africa and Middle East a democratic path out of turmoil.

Portugal coalition talks bogged down say Socialists

Lisbon - The leader of Portugal's opposition Socialist Party, Antonio Costa, said Friday that talks with conservative Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho on forming a coalition government had been "unfruitful".Coelho's "Portugal Ahead" coalition won 38.

Tunisian democracy activists win Nobel Peace Prize

Oslo - Tunisian civil society groups won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for helping to save the the only democracy that emerged from the Arab Spring, offering the country symbolic support after it was shaken by a wave of jihadist attacks.

Nobel Prize 'tribute to martyrs of democratic Tunisia': Joint winner

Tunis - The Nobel Peace Prize awarded Friday to Tunisian national dialogue mediators is a "tribute to martyrs" of the country's democracy, the head of a labour union within the quartet said.

Hamas Gaza chief calls unrest a new 'intifada'

Gaza - Hamas's chief in Gaza on Friday called violence that has hit the occupied West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem in recent days an "intifada" and urged further unrest."We are calling for the strengthening and increasing of the intifada....

Nuclear opponents, Good Samaritans tipped for Nobel peace award

Oslo - The pope, the German chancellor and a Congolese doctor were all tipped as top contenders for Friday's Nobel Peace Prize, but speculation was mounting that the honour could go to two octogenarian survivors of the atomic bombings of Japan 70 years ago.

Op-Ed: Khalifa Haftar's Plan B for Libya

Tobruk - A recent article in the Middle East Eye describes what the author, Mattio Toaldo, calls Khalifa Haftar's Plan B. The plan would replace that of the UN to create a unity Government of National Accord(GNA) supported by the existing two rival governments.

Clashes in Guinea ahead of Sunday's presidential vote

Conakry - Guinea's president vowed to press ahead with Sunday's election, dismissing opposition calls for a delay as clashes broke out in the capital ahead of the hotly contested vote.

Migrant surge hits Greece as UN OKs military action on smugglers

Rome - Greece was hit by a huge new surge in migrants as the United Nations Friday approved a European seize-and-destroy military operation against people smugglers in the Mediterranean.

Australia in talks with Philippines to resettle refugees

Sydney - Australia said Friday it is in talks with the Philippines to send refugees there, but refused to confirm reports of a Aus$150 million (US$109 million) deal to expand its controversial resettlement policy.

Russia will soon suffer 'casualties' after Syria intervention: U.S. defence secretary

Brussels - US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said Thursday Russia will soon begin to suffer casualties after dramatically expanding its military support for long-time ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Republican chaos as McCarthy quits US House speaker race

Washington - Conservative US Republicans drove frontrunner Kevin McCarthy out of the race to be the next speaker of the House, plunging their party into disarray and triggering a mad scramble to find the chamber's next leader.

A Rubik’s cube with no solution: The debate over Syria Special

Washington - At the end of September Russia launched its first air strikes against rebel positions in Syria. Did the show of force mean that Putin had outmaneuvered Obama once again or was it a desperate move to shore up the crumbling regime of Bashir Assad?

The West must 'treat Russia properly': Juncker

Berlin - The West must "treat Russia properly" and address it as an equal, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Thursday, criticising US President Barack Obama for labelling Moscow a mere regional power.

Europe's refugee crisis will last for years: Juncker

Berlin - Europe's refugee crisis is expected to rumble on "for years", European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Thursday, following a visit to a migrant reception centre on Germany's border with Austria."This refugee crisis will last a few years.
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