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Moroccan police break up Islamic State cell planning attacks

Rabat - Security forces detained the alleged mastermind of the cell in a safe house in Fez, where they found guns and a large quantity of bullets, materials for making suicide belts, nails and electric wires, according to a statement from the interior ministry.

shipowners

Egypt cuts transit fees through Suez Canal by half

Cairo - During a press conference in Cairo Mamish, who is also the president of the economic district of the Suez Canal, said that “reducing prices will not affect the quality of shipping services provided to vessels”.

casualties

Anti-migrant ship in trouble refuses help from NGO

Tripoli - Like a sort of Nemesis,the “Defend Europe” ship which arrived near the Libyan coast to discourage NGO ships committed to rescuing migrants, saw one of those very ships come to its rescue after an engine problem

road rail air transport

Egypt train crash kills 36, injures more than 100

Cairo - Two trains collided in Egypt’s coastal city of Alexandria on Friday killing 36 people and injuring 100 others, two security sources and one medic said.

finance and politics

Egypt, number of tourists in May up by 32.9%

Cairo - The number of tourists that visited Egypt in May increased by 32.9% compared to last year, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) reported on Monday. CAPMAS added that the number of nights tourists spent in Egypt increased by 145.8% to 5.9 million nights

commodities

Saudi Arabia bans Egyptian strawberries

Ryadh - Saudi Arabia is banning imports of Egyptian strawberries due to pesticide residues, said Abdel Hamid al-Demerdash, the head of Egypt’s Agriculture Export Council, the latest such ban to hit Egypt as it struggles to revive its economy

oil and energy

Unrest over gas tests government in Tunisia

Kamour - In Tatatouine province in Tunisia’s southern Sahara,around 1,000 protesters living in a makeshift campsite are threatening to blockade roads used by foreign companies to access nearby gas and oilfields. They want a larger slice of the gas proceeds to go towards the development of Tatatouine

finance and politics

The African giant is in motion / ANALYSIS

2020 target: the Continent is striving for economic success but Europe is likely to suffer the risks but miss out on opportunities.

shipowners

Suez project loses steam / ANALYSIS

According to the British weekly, Egypt’s president is even more repressive than Hosni Mubarak, and more incompetent than Mohammed Morsi.