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Qatar arrests finance minister in corruption probe
Ali Shareef al-Emadi is being questioned over alleged abuse of power and the misuse of public funds.
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Netanyahu rival Lapid asked to form government
'Spy' academic files claim over UAE detention
Yemen flash flooding causes large-scale damage
Senior Swiss diplomat in Iran 'dies in fall'
Iraq bans terror prank TV shows
Israel state watchdog to investigate deadly crush
Abbas postpones rare Palestinian elections
Scans reveal 'only known' pregnant Egyptian mummy
Iran Bahais 'told to bury dead at mass grave site'
'Yedidya, to my great sorrow, did not survive'
'People were screaming they couldn't breathe'
Chaotic scenes at site of deadly festival crush
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11:01 6 May
Qatar arrests finance minister in corruption probe
Ali Shareef al-Emadi is being questioned over alleged abuse of power and the misuse of public funds.
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9:04 6 May
'Nonuplets face health challenges ahead’
‘Malian nonuplets face health challenges ahead’
The premature babies are at risk of future health problems, an expert in multiple pregnancy has said.
4:57 6 May
Malian woman's nine babies face months in care
Halima Cissé, 25, gave birth to nonuplets at a clinic in Morocco in an "extremely rare" case.
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2:27 6 May
Malian woman gives birth to nine babies
Nonuplets are extremely rare - and doctors had thought Halima Cissé was carrying seven babies.
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22:48 5 May
US secretary of state warns on Russia and China
US secretary of state talks Russia, Iran, China
America's top diplomat vows Washington will respond if Moscow acts "recklessly", and says US allies should be careful about doing business with China.
10:32 5 May
Police keeping an 'open mind' over man's death
Officers appeal for help over the movements of a 36-year-old man in the days before his death.
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10:19 5 May
Netanyahu rival Lapid asked to form government
Israel's president turned to Yair Lapid after the prime minister missed an overnight deadline.
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8:41 5 May
'Spy' academic files claim over UAE detention
Matthew Hedges says he is "still waiting for justice" after being imprisoned for spying in 2018.
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22:35 4 May
Algerian doctor jailed for insulting president
BBC World Service
The activist was accused of offending Islam and insulting the president
A member of the Hirak protest movement in Algeria has been sentenced to two years in prison for offending Islam and insulting the president.
Activists say that Amira Bouraoui has not been detained while she awaits an appeal against the sentence.
A gynaecologist and mother of two, Ms Bouraoui served a short prison sentence last year but was provisionally released last June.
At least 70 people are reported to be currently held in jail in Algeria in connection with the mass protests against the authorities which unseated the former president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, or other cases related to freedom of expression.
8:48 4 May
Yemen flash flooding causes large-scale damage
Thousands of families have been affected, many of them already displaced by the country's civil war.
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6:30 4 May
Tunisian MP wears bullet-proof vest to parliament
Ahmed Rouaba
BBC News
Tunisian MP Abir Moussi created a stir in parliament as she took her seat wearing a bullet-proof vest and helmet.
The controversial lawyer and leader of the opposition Destourian party said she needed to put on the "protective gear to come to parliament" to work, but fell short of saying exactly why she needed protection.
Supporters of the MP on social media hailed her "courage and determination" to make her voice heard. However her critics described her move as a "stunt" to get public attention.
Mrs Moussi is a fierce critic of the main Islamic party, Ennahda, and the speaker of parliament Rached el-Ghanouchi.
She is also known to be a supporter of former president, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, who was ousted in the 2011 popular uprising.
In March, along with some of her supporters, she stormed the premises of the Union of Muslim Scholars demanding that the international organisation be dissolved.
6:21 4 May
Senior Swiss diplomat in Iran 'dies in fall'
Iranian media report that the 51-year-old woman fell from the high-rise building where she lived.
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23:50 3 May
Tributes to British man killed in Israel crush
Manchester student Moshe Bergman was among 45 people killed at the religious festival.
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13:27 3 May
Iraq bans terror prank TV shows
The two shows sparked outrage after using fake suicide vests and staging kidnappings.
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7:10 3 May
Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu: Commando turned PM
Fighting for his political survival, Israel's longest-serving leader faces his biggest challenge.
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6:16 3 May
Israel state watchdog to investigate deadly crush
The state comptroller says the disaster on Friday that killed 45 people "could have been prevented".
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6:15 3 May
UK and Iran in talks over £400m debt - minister
By Francesca Gillett
BBC News
But the debt negotiations are not linked to Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's case, James Cleverly says.
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4:55 3 May
Algerian president urges dialogue over economic crisis
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There have been protests over the crisis in the country
The Algerian president, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, has urged his government to open a dialogue with different social partners, as unrest continues over the economic crisis in the country.
A government statement said Mr Tebboune had told his cabinet to engage more widely to find ways to improve the lives of employees in the education and health sectors.
Algeria is preparing for legislative elections in June, against a background of regular street protests over the government's failure to address unemployment of 15% soaring prices and food shortages.
1:51 3 May
How did potatoes get so expensive in Algeria?
Alan Kasujja
BBC Africa Daily podcast
Said Touati
Recent images of Algerians queuing up for milk paints a picture of just how difficult it’s become for people trying to get the very basic food staples they rely on.
Not just milk but things like chicken, red meat and now even potatoes. Potatoes, once accessible and cheap are now very expensive.
The country’s concentration on its oil industry has meant it’s not done enough to reduce its reliance on food imports.
Algeria imports around 70% of its food requirements. The fall in oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic have just added to the cost of basic food.
Algerian journalist Lina Serene says that the country is “‘now seeing shortages it hasn’t seen since the sixties and seventies”.
She says with some people in rural areas “living on just two dollars a day” they simply can’t manage the prices.
She describes a situation “where there have been stampedes for some of these staples” and says the situation is largely due to government mismanagement.
The government has hit back at these accusations. It recently announced it was sacking the heads of the country’s six state banks, to develop the banking sector as part of wider economic reforms.
And it also announced plans to develop the non-energy sector and reduce the country’s reliance on oil and gas earnings. It also says the price hikes are a result of people hoarding.
Qualid Kebir, the resident of the Maghreb Association for Peace, Cooperation and Development think tank says Algeria needs to take advantage of its large land mass and “make more investment in agriculture”.
In Monday's Africa Daily I find out why Algerians are struggling to put food on the table.
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