Ulf Laessing

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21 May 2018 | 9:00 PM

On former battlefield, Kuwaiti investor plans date palm groves, ostrich and deer reserve

SOUTHERN BADIA, Iraq (Reuters) - On a former battlefield of the 1991 Gulf War, deep in Iraq's southern desert, a Kuwaiti investor is looking to grow 100,000 date palms and build a nature reserve complete with ostriches and deer.

16 May 2018 | 11:23 PM

Iraqi election commission says Kirkuk voting stations under siege, staff inside

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk were on Wednesday besieging several polling stations containing election staff, four days after a national vote, the head of the electoral commission said.

14 May 2018 | 2:24 AM

Iraq's firebrand cleric Sadr makes comeback in vote, initial results suggest

BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - Moqtada al-Sadr, a firebrand Shi'ite cleric who led uprisings against U.S. troops, appeared to make a remarkable comeback in Iraq's parliamentary election after being sidelined for years by Iranian-backed rivals.

26 Apr 2018 | 8:15 PM

Tunisia needs dialogue to solve economic crisis - Islamist leader

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia needs a national dialogue to end a deadlock over economic reforms in the same way it solved a political crisis in 2013 that almost tore apart the birthplace of the Arab spring, the head of the co-ruling Islamist party said.

17 Feb 2018 | 1:17 AM

Tunisia phosphate exports halted by job protests

UMM AL-ARAIS, Tunisia (Reuters) - Young men block the entrance of a Tunisian phosphate mine, halting exports as they demand jobs in a conflict that is exacerbating an economic crisis in the North African country.

2 Feb 2018 | 2:48 PM

Miners' protest raises political temperature in Morocco

RABAT/MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) - Moroccans risking their lives scraping coal from abandoned mines have listened to local officials, the mining ministry and a close royal ally since they began protesting five weeks ago. Now some of them want the king himself to intervene.

13 Jan 2018 | 10:47 PM

Tunisia plans to increase support for poor families - source

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia plans to increase support for poor families and needy people, a government source said on Saturday, after protests broke out in the North African country.

12 Jan 2018 | 11:13 PM

In cradle of Tunisia's revolution, new unrest over broken promises

SIDI BOUZID, Tunisia (Reuters) - Shouting slogans and holding up placards outside a government office in the impoverished Tunisian city of Sidi Bouzid, university graduates have a message for officials - give us jobs or you will face trouble.

10 Jan 2018 | 11:36 PM

Tunisia arrests 237 in clashes with protests as Jewish school gets attacked

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian police arrested 237 people, including two Islamists, for attacking police stations and government buildings and for vandalism in anti-government protests, the interior ministry said on Wednesday, as a Jewish school was attacked.

16 Nov 2017 | 2:09 PM

Libyans swap jewellery for medical treatment as crisis bites

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - In a square behind Libya's central bank, black market dealers, some of them armed, carry small plastic bags filled with dollars and larger ones with dinars in and out of one of many informal exchanges.