News From the Middle East and North Africa

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Algeria

OCTOBER 25More than 10,000 security agents in the state-run oil and gas Sontrach Corporation are on strike across Algeria to protest working and living conditions. | El-Khabar

Bahrain

OCTOBER 24Bahraini police and anti-government protesters clashed in a Shiite village outside the capital Manama overnight leaving at least two people wounded, the police said on Wednesday. | AFP

Egypt

OCTOBER 25An Egyptian security forces raid has resulted in the death of one Libyan terrorist, Karim Ahmed Essam el-Azizi, suspected of involvement in last month’s Benghazi consulate attack, and the detainment of four Egyptian militants with suspected ties to al-Qaeda in the restive district of Nasr City, Cairo. Police say that they found fifteen bombs and various weapons in his rented apartment; el-Azizi was killed by a bomb he tried to use against police. | Reuters

Iran

OCTOBER 24Iran will suspend all oil exports, pushing global crude prices higher, if the U.S. and Europe tighten sanctions further on the OPEC member’s economy, Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi warned. | Bloomberg

Iraq

OCTOBER 25Efforts by Iraq’s premier to court disbanded army officers from Sunni areas of the country can help boost security and support for the Shiite leader ahead of upcoming elections, analysts and observers say. | AFP

Jordan

OCTOBER 25The number of Syrians fleeing to Jordan is plummeting in the face of what activists describe as the regime’s renewed attempts to tighten its hold over the border region. | Jordan Times

Kuwait

OCTOBER 24Kuwait risks sliding into Arab Spring-style protests over a forthcoming election that has polarized opinion in the Gulf Arab state and posed an unprecedented challenge to the authority of the once revered emir, a close Western ally. | Reuters

Lebanon

OCTOBER 25—On Wednesday the Appeals Chamber of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon rejected defense motions challenging the court’s legality and jurisdiction. | Daily Star

Libya

OCTOBER 24— Libyan pro-government forces on Wednesday seized control of Bani Walid, one of the last bastions of Moamer Qadhafi’s ousted regime, an AFP correspondent in the town said. | Daily Star; Al-Manara Link

Morocco

OCTOBER 25Morocco’s Finance Minister Nizar Baraka introduced a 2013 budget that set spending at $34.7 billion and targeted a deficit of about 5 percent, as his government looks to stave off unrest that has rocked other Arab nations.| Bloomberg

Palestine

OCTOBER 25—Palestinian militants held fire overnight Thursday and Israel refrained from air strikes as an informal truce brokered by Egypt appeared to take hold following two days of violence along the Israel-Gaza border. | Reuters

Saudi Arabia

OCTOBER 23Mujtahid, an anonymous Twitter user from Saudi Arabia, is causing trouble for the kingdom by highlighting corruption and working for reform. He has been called a “slanderer” by authorities, but is getting more popular by the month. | Business Insider

Sudan

OCTOBER 25The Sudanese government has blamed an Israeli airstrike for the explosion of a military factory in the capital Khartoum, warning that it reserves the right to respond. Tel Aviv has not responded to the charge. | Sudan Tribune

Syria

OCTOBER 25There has been fresh violence in several Syrian cities, opposition activists say, just hours before the Syrian government was due to announce a final decision on an Eid al-Adha ceasefire proposed by Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN and Arab League envoy. | Al Jazeera

Tunisia

OCTOBER 25On Wednesday a Tunisian court sentenced the leader of radical Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia, Abu Ayub, to one year in prison for inciting an attack on the U.S. embassy in Tunis last month in which four people were killed. | Reuters

Turkey

OCTOBER 25The U.S. Armed Forces recently sent soldiers to Turkey amid incidents on the border with Syria. The soldiers deployed in Turkey have been sharing intelligence, U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling said. | Hurriyet

UAE

OCTOBER 24A local human rights group on Tuesday called on the United Arab Emirates authorities to speed up trials of Islamists detained over alleged threats to state security but dismissed concerns of possible torture and abuse raised by some families and activists. | Reuters

Yemen

OCTOBER 25—Yemen has denied media reports that Turkey requested to establish a training camp for the Free Syrian Army in the country, the Al-Shara'a newspaper reported. | Yemen Post

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Source http://carnegieendowment.org/2011/04/20/news-from-middle-east-and-north-africa/1hq

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45%

of the Chinese general public

believe their country should share a global leadership role.

30%

of Indian parliamentarians

have criminal cases pending against them.

140

charter schools in the United States

are linked to Turkey’s Gülen movement.

2.5–5

thousand tons of chemical weapons

are in North Korea’s possession.

92%

of import tariffs

among Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru have been eliminated.

$2.34

trillion a year

is unaccounted for in official Chinese income statistics.

37%

of GDP in oil-exporting Arab countries

comes from the mining sector.

72%

of Europeans and Turks

are opposed to intervention in Syria.

90%

of Russian exports to China

are hydrocarbons; machinery accounts for less than 1%.

13%

of undiscovered oil

is in the Arctic.

17

U.S. government shutdowns

occurred between 1976 and 1996.

40%

of Ukrainians

want an “international economic union” with the EU.

120

million electric bicycles

are used in Chinese cities.

60–70%

of the world’s energy supply

is consumed by cities.

58%

of today’s oils

require unconventional extraction techniques.

67%

of the world's population

will reside in cities by 2050.

50%

of Syria’s population

is expected to be displaced by the end of 2013.

18%

of the U.S. economy

is consumed by healthcare.

81%

of Brazilian protesters

learned about a massive rally via Facebook or Twitter.

32

million cases pending

in India’s judicial system.

1 in 3

Syrians

now needs urgent assistance.

370

political parties

contested India’s last national elections.

70%

of Egypt's labor force

works in the private sector.

70%

of oil consumed in the United States

is for the transportation sector.

20%

of Chechnya’s pre-1994 population

has fled to different parts of the world.

58%

of oil consumed in China

was from foreign sources in 2012.

$536

billion in goods and services

traded between the United States and China in 2012.

$100

billion in foreign investment and oil revenue

have been lost by Iran because of its nuclear program.

4700%

increase in China’s GDP per capita

between 1972 and today.

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billion have been spent

to complete the Bushehr nuclear reactor in Iran.

2%

of Iran’s electricity needs

is all the Bushehr nuclear reactor provides.

78

journalists

were imprisoned in Turkey as of August 2012 according to the OSCE.

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