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late autocrat Zine-Abidine Ben-Ali. [PHOTO CREDIT: Euro News]

Tunisia’s ousted dictator Ben Ali, buried in Saudi Arabia

His lawyer also said Saturday that Ben Ali’s family would not return to their homeland for legal reasons.

Cocoa beans are pictured next to a warehouse in the village of Atroni, near Sunyani, Ghana, April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Ange Aboa

Ghana to produce 850,000 tonnes of cocoa in 2019/20 season – Regulator

Ghana’s annual cocoa production is usually between 850,000 and 900,000 tonnes, although the country had an official forecast of 900,000 tonnes for the current 2018/19 season, which ends this month.

Pirates

Somali pirates release Iranian held hostage since 2015

Mohammad Sharif Panahandeh was a crew member on the FV Siraj, an Iranian fishing vessel that was captured off the coast of Somalia in March 2015, the Hostage Support Partnership said in a statement.

Houthi rebels

Houthi rebels say they’ll end drone, missile attacks on Saudi Arabia

The Houthi rebels have claimed recent attacks on major Saudi oil facilities.

USA Troops used to tell the story. [PHOTO CREDIT: Aljazeera]

U.S. to send more troops to Middle East after strike on Saudi oil facilities

U.S. President Donald Trump approved the deployment of additional troops of a defensive nature.

late autocrat Zine-Abidine Ben-Ali. [PHOTO CREDIT: Euro News]

Tunisia allows ex-dictator Ben Ali to be buried at home

Ben Ali died on Thursday at a Saudi hospital at the age of 83, according to his lawyer.

Namibia map

Namibia mobilises funds for repatriated refugees

About 3,000 Namibian were last week repatriated by neighbouring Botswana.

ECOWAS-Court

ECOWAS Parliament seeks UN support in resolving crisis in sub-region

The delegation said one of the reasons the sub-region is poor is because the West has not adequately helped in curbing the smuggling of small arms and light weapons into the region

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi [Photo Credit: CNN]

Pakistan denies airspace to Indian Prime Minister amid Kashmir tensions

Pakistan’s airspace is open for commercial flights, but this is the second time this month that Islamabad has turned down a special request from India to let its leaders overfly.

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika [Photo Credit: The New York Times]

Algeria detains opposition activist in new sign of clampdown

The authorities are trying to quell a mass protest movement that began in February, forced veteran president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, to quit in April and is pressing demands for a thorough purge of the old ruling elite.

U.S. President Donald Trump [Photo: USA Today]

Trump revokes California’s right to set own car emissions standard

California was granted a waiver to set car emission standards that were stricter than federal regulations in 2013.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia shows evidence attacks “unquestionably sponsored by Iran”

Iran’s foreign ministry had earlier denied any involvement in the attacks on Saudi oil facilities in an official letter to the U.S.

Robert-OBrien [PHOTO CREDIT: UPI.com]

Trump names new national security adviser

Robert O’Brien, a legal practitioner, will be Mr. Trump’s fourth national security adviser in three years.

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways annual loss widens to $639m

The results mark a steeper loss from the previous year when Qatar Airways reported a loss of 69 million dollars.

27 children killed in Liberia’s Islamic school fire

The police told BBC that “they are still looking for bodies in the Paynesville area” where the fire occurred.

Angela Merkel

Germany extends ban on arms exports to Saudi Arabia

The export ban was introduced in November 2018 after the death of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Iran writes U.S., denies involvement in Saudi attack

“Iran has nothing to do with the attack,” states the letter, which was delivered to the U.S. via the Swiss embassy in Tehran.

The Constitutional Court ruled that it is illegal to spank children

Spanking children unconstitutional, South African court rules

The court said that there are effective ways to discipline a child without needing to resort to corporal punishment.

Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel [Photo Credit: CNN.com]

Exit polls see Israel’s Netanyahu and rival Gantz neck-and-neck

Two polls showed Blue and White with a slight lead over Likud, winning 33 seats to Likud’s 31 and 34 seats to Likud’s 33, respectively.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in [Photo credit: CNN]

South Korea drops Japan from list of trusted trade partners

In recent months, Tokyo has taken a series of trade steps against Seoul, which are linked to a spat over Japan’s 1910-1945 occupation of the Korean Peninsula.

OPEC

Drone Attack: Saudi to resume full oil production by month’s end

Drone attacks at the weekend targeted two facilities operated by Saudi state oil giant Aramco in its eastern province.

Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigerian foreign minister says South Africa must act decisively.

UNGA won’t discuss xenophobic attacks — Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister

The minister said the countries affected by the xenophobic attacks in South Africa have the capacity to settle the issue within themselves.

Egypt on map

Egypt orders arrest of ex-Italian honorary consul over smuggling antiquities

Investigations revealed that Mr Skakal, along with Egyptian defendants, including the brother of a former minister, is involved in smuggling ancient Egyptian antiquities in diplomatic bags.

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu

Facebook blocks Netanyahu chatbot on Election Day

Israel’s leading YNET news website said the chatbot had posted results from an election poll on Tuesday while Israelis were out voting, a contravention of election rules.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Iran’s Supreme Leader rejects talk with U.S.

Khamenei said Washington should return to the 2015 nuclear deal if the U.S. wants any talk.