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Tunisia's trade deficit rises to a record $5.28 billion

Tunisia's prime minister Youssef Chahed attends a press conference  at the Elyse Palace in Paris, France, Nov. 10, 2016. Photo: Francois Mori/AP/SIPATunisia's trade deficit widened by 23.5 percent year-on-year in the first 10 months of 2017 to 13.210 billion dinars ($5.28 billion), a record level, the State Statistics Institute said on Friday.

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Egypt's Carbon Holdings aims to start building Tahrir petrochemicals project by June

Egypt first anniversary of launching the New Suez Canal and 60th anniversary of nationalizing Suez Canal in Ismailia, Egypt August 6, 2016. Photo: Egyptian P.O/Apimages/SIPAEgypt's Carbon Holdings aims to finalise funding and start building its massive Tahrir petrochemicals project by June, producing raw materials desperately needed to boost the country's industrial sector, its chief executive told Reuters.

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IMF says Morocco ready for currency reform, but delay 'not a problem'

The now Prime Minister of Morocco, Saad Eddine El Othmani, addresses the media in Berlin, Germany, Nov. 23, 2012. Photo: Michael Sohn/AP/SIPAMorocco's macroeconomic indicators indicate the country is ready to introduce a flexible exchange rate, but delaying the introduction is "not a problem", the International Monetary Fund said on Monday.

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Kenya's purple shoots of progress

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As a drought wreaks havoc on agricultural output across the country, Kenya is trying to boost production of drought-resistant crops like purple tea.

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Libya's Sharara oil field reopens after strike: National Oil Corp

In this 2011 photo, a Libyan oil worker, works at a refinery in Brega, eastern Libya. Photo: Hussein Malla/AP/SIPALibya's major Sharara oil field has reopened after a workers' protest and should return to normal production within three days, the National Oil Corporation said in a statement early on Friday.

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Archaeologists seek to promote tourism in Africa's old Islamic sites

A woman tends to the family's sheep in their  home next to Djingareyber Mosque, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in Timbuktu, Mali. Photo: Rebecca Blackwell/AP/SIPAA group of archaeological experts met in Bahrain to discuss how to use their research on Africa's archaeology to help promote the continent's old Islamic sites.

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