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Indian FM sees Sudan trade near $1 billion

India sees two-way trade with Sudan approaching $1 billion this year, New Delhi's foreign minister said Tuesday in Khartoum, as the impoverished African nation asked for help in building its agricultural sector. "Our trade figures are expected to reach close to $1 billion by the end of the financial year 2013-14", External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid told reporters after talks with his Sudanese counterpart Ali Ahmed Karti. The value of two-way trade between the two countries reached about $888 million in the financial year ended March 31, 2013.

Egyptian PM says reshuffle to include Sisi's defence minister: report

CAIRO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi has said a cabinet reshuffle will include the defense ministry, an Egyptian newspaper said on Sunday, in the clearest sign yet that Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi plans to stand for president. Army chief Sisi, now defense minister in Egypt's interim government, deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July after mass protests against his rule and is widely expected to announce his candidacy within days and win an election easily.

Kerry calls for swift elections in Tunisia

US Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday urged Tunisia's new government of independents to organize elections swiftly as the next step in the country's democratic transition. The new leadership, which replaces the Islamist-led administration, took the oath of office Wednesday and is tasked with steering the country towards democracy. Kerry said the new government and the adoption of a new constitution were a "historic milestone in Tunisia's democratic transition" three years after the Arab Spring revolution.

Kerry calls for swift elections in Tunisia

US Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday urged Tunisia's new government of independents to organize elections swiftly as the next step in the country's democratic transition. The new leadership, which replaces the Islamist-led administration, took the oath of office Wednesday and is tasked with steering the country towards democracy. Kerry said the new government and the adoption of a new constitution were a "historic milestone in Tunisia's democratic transition" three years after the Arab Spring revolution.

Lawyer demands 'truth' on Salafist deaths at US embassy in Tunis

The lawyer representing 20 Salafists given suspended sentences over an attack on the US embassy in Tunis demanded the "truth" Tuesday about the killing of four assailants, hinting that embassy staff were responsible. Defence lawyer Monaem Turki branded as "political" the appeals trial of the 20 suspects, which comes after Washington sharply criticised the original sentences for being far too lenient. The judge, after a brief hearing on Tuesday, adjourned the case until March 25.

US dodges questions on Egypt army chief's presidency hopes

US officials on Monday deflected questions about plans for Egypt's army chief to run for the presidency, but stressed it was important to maintain "checks and balances" between the military and government. "Only the people of Egypt can take the next steps in their transition," said White House spokesman Jay Carney as the Egyptian military backed its commander General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to stand in presidential elections slated for mid-April.

Arabs invest $850 mn in Mauritania

Mauritania has attracted funding from Arab organisations totalling more than $850 million at a one-day international investment forum, the government said on Monday. The investments, equivalent to almost a fifth of the size of the economy, will pump cash into fisheries, agriculture, livestock, health and roads while funding imports from Arab countries to the tune of $145 million.

Tunisia Islamists eye October vote after charter adopted

Tunisia's dominant Islamist party expects elections to take place in October, senior Ennahda official Ameur Larayedh told AFP Monday, the day after parliament approved a new constitution by an overwhelming majority. "Within six weeks there will be an electoral law. There is a clear path to the next elections, which will probably take place in October 2014," said Larayedh, speaking inside the national assembly. "Tunisia is now building its democratic model," he added.

Egypt announces early election a day after carnage

Egypt Sunday announced early presidential elections likely to anoint the general who overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, as jihadists claimed they downed a military helicopter over a bloody weekend that killed dozens nationwide. Interim president Adly Mansour announced the poll in a televised address, a day after 49 people died in clashes between Islamist protesters and police and thousands rallied in support of military chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Tunisia's Jomaa forms new cabinet as MPs vote on charter

Lawmakers were to vote Sunday on a new constitution, three years after Tunisia's revolution, as premier-designate Mehdi Jomaa presented his proposed government of independents after initially failing to achieve consensus. "I have submitted to the president the list of members of the proposed government to be subjected to a confidence vote in the National Constituent Assembly," Jomaa announced. The vote is expected within three days.
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