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'Population overshadows bird flu case' -Egypt
Doctors in Egypt have detected a new human case of the H5N1 bird flu, the 19th in the country so far, health ministry spokesman Abdel Rahman Shaheen has said.

Arab league to hold next summit in Riyadh
Heads of state of the 22-member Arab League will hold their next summit in Riyadh at the end of March, in an abrupt change of venue, the organisation's chief, Amr Mussa announced on Monday.

Libya nods at foreign language in tourism sector
The Libyan government has given the green light for the use of foreign languages in addition to Arabic in forms intended for tourists, information on archaeological and touristic sites as well as administrative formalities at ports of entry.

Egypt's Mubarak warns Iran
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has delivered a stern warning to Tehran to stay out of Iraq.

ADB chief, Chinese official sue for closer trade ties
Enhanced trade and investment between China and Africa would consolidate a strong partnership between the Asian economic giant and African countries, according to officials.

Libya sets private sector minimum wage at 250 dinars
The Libyan general people's Committee has passed a decree setting 250 Libyan dinars ($200) as the minimum wage for employees of companies and institutions that are not paid from the public treasury.

Sudan reverts back to the pound
The dinar will continue to circulate alongside the new pound until June 30 when it will be withdrawn completely

Aluminium pumping out of Morocco
A Spanish company specialised in the extrusion of aluminium has begun operation in the northern Moroccan city of Asilah, its first factory with an annual production capacity of 6,000 tonnes of extruded aluminium, after investing 8 million euros ($10.5mn).

Tourism partnership
The Libyan Authority for Tourist Development and the French Agency for tourist, observation, development and engineering (ODIT) concluded a contract here Monday for the development of tourist investment zones in the coastal regions of Tobrouk (far northeastern part) and Sabratha (West).

Libya increases energy cooperation with Tunisia
Libya plans to build oil and gas pipelines running to Tunisia, as part of plans to boost energy cooperation with its North African neighbor

LIBYA to pump out more natural gas
Spanish oil company, Repsol YPF SA, has announced the discovery of a new natural gas deposit in Libya, some 1,000-km south of Tripoli.

Morocco's trade deficit up 6.9 percent
Morocco's trade deficit rose by 6.9 percent last year stabilising at E7.8bn ($10.26bn) by November, despite an increase in exports, the Exchange Office said.

Morocco's oil bill up 4% in 2006
Morocco's oil bill rose to E2.1bn ($2.77bn) during the first 11 months of 2006, representing a 4 percent increase over the same period the previous year, an official source revealed.

Taiwan group to invest in Libya oil exploration
Chinese Petroleum Corp says it will invest $39mn over the next three years to explore an oil field located in southern Libya

Libya, Norway review oil, gas ties
Officials of Libya and Norway have met to review co-operation between the two countries in oil and gas prospecting and production.

Sudan approves $11.7bn budget
The Sudanese government has approved a budget of $11.7bn for 2007 and was targeting a growth rate of 10 percent, official sources said.

Qatar invests $335mn in Moroccan tourism
Morocco�s efforts to grow tourism received another boost after Qatar signed an agreement to invest $335mn in tourism projects in the North African state.

US collector buys Egyptian mummy for $1.1mn
An unnamed, private collector in New York has paid $1.1mn for an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus, brought to the United States in 1901.

AU plans to light up Africa
The African Union (AU) has adopted plans to promote electric energy production in Africa, AU commissioner for infrastructure and energy, Barnader Zouia, has disclosed.

ACP summit looks at future of EU trade
The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) have kicked off a two-day summit in Khartoum to discuss its future when it loses its privileged access to European markets.

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