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  1. Tunisia law to protect women has failed - rights group

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    A leading human rights group says that a domestic violence law introduced five years ago in Tunisia has failed to protect women.

    In a new report, Human Rights Watch has concluded that poor implementation of what it describes as one of the strongest laws against domestic violence in the Middle East and North Africa has left Tunisian women at risk.

    The group alleges that the Tunisian authorities have failed to systematically respond, investigate and provide protection to women who report violence.

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    Video caption: Qatar: Meet the acts lighting up the World Cup off the pitch

    Outside the stadiums and on the streets, music and dance acts from around the globe are keeping fans entertained long after the final whistle.

  3. Tunisia bakeries on strike over unpaid subsidies

    BBC World Service

    Image caption: Bread shortages have caused unrest in Tunisia

    Thousands of bakeries in Tunisia have gone on strike over more than a year of unpaid government subsidies.

    Their owners say they are owed nearly $80m (£65m).

    The move follows similar action in October that ended after a partial deal – which bakers say the government has since reneged on.

    Bread shortages have been a flashpoint for unrest in Tunisia, which has experienced a spike in protests over food shortages and living conditions.

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    Video caption: Morocco fans celebrate historic World Cup win in London

    Moroccan fans in London celebrate a historic win seeing the north African team reach the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time.

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    Video caption: Syria camps: Relatives of Islamic State group 'stuck in limbo'

    Thousands detained in 2019 are stuck in limbo with their home countries unwilling to repatriate them.

  6. Morocco erupts in ecstasy after historic World Cup win

    Fans of Morocco celebrate in Rabat, Morocco, 06 December 2022

    Jubilant fans poured into the streets of major cities of Morocco after the country reached the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time

    The Atlas Lions stunned Spain 3-0 in a shootout after a goalless draw. They will they will face Portugal on Saturday (15:00 GMT).

    "Impossible not Moroccan," was how the Moroccan Football Federation described the win.

    Flares were set off and flags waved in the streets of the capital, Rabat, as cheering, singing and drumming continued deep into the night.

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    Morocco King Mohammed VI also joined in the street celebrations as he waved a flag while being driven through the streets.

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    The country becomes the fourth African team to reach the men’s World Cup quarter-finals after Cameroon (1990), Senegal (2002) and Ghana (2010).

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    Video caption: Fireworks and flares after historic Morocco win

    The north African team beat Spain on penalties in their World Cup last 16 match.

  8. Egyptian lawyers 'escalate protests' over e-tax system

    BBC Monitoring

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    Egyptian lawyers have reportedly escalated their rare protests in the capital Cairo and elsewhere nationwide over requirements for a new electronic system to collect taxes.

    In a live-streamed video on Facebook on Monday, prominent pro-Islamist laywer Montasser al-Zayyat showed dozens of lawyers gathered at the Bar Association's main building in central Cairo chanting slogans against the new system.

    The chants mainly reiterated the lawyers' rejection of registering in the new electronic system for collecting taxes as per instructions by the finance ministry.

    The Egyptian Tax Authority published a statement on 27 November requesting all investors - including lawyers, artists and doctors - who handle direct business transactions with consumers register for an electronic invoice system before 15 December.

    The electronic tax system is part of government efforts to digitise financial transactions and end unregulated economic markets.

    Lawyer Tarek El-Awady said in a Facebook post on Monday that "Egyptian lawyers were making history in defence of their legitimate rights as they staged the biggest peaceful protest in Egypt over the past nine years".

    The privately owned, pro-government Cairo24 website said that the lawyers had demonstrated to reiterate their right to be exempt from paying the electronic tax.

    The London-based Al-Quds al-Araby website reported that the lawyers had "escalated their protests" to reject the electronic tax system through staging rallies in various governorates, including Alexandria, Kafr el-Sheikh, Beni Suef, Fayyoum, Menoufiya and Sohag.

    The report said that the protesters' chants criticised the economic policies adopted by Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, especially recently agreed loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

    On 27 November, several media outlets reported protests by lawyers in Cairo and the northern Dakahlia governorate over the new system.

  9. Libya invites global oil firms to resume operations

    Mike Thomson

    BBC World Service News

    A picture taken on September 24, 2020 shows a partial view of the Brega oil port some 270kms west of Libya's eastern city of Benghazi.
    Image caption: Libya has Africa’s largest crude oil reserves

    Libya’s Tripoli-based government of national unity has invited international oil companies holding contracts with the state oil firm to resume working in the country.

    Production has been frequently halted over the last decade following invasions of oil sites by armed groups and protesters.

    Tensions have been fuelled by an ongoing battle for power and resources between rival administrations in the west and east of the country.

    Libya has Africa’s largest crude oil reserves and is desperate to increase production to fund much needed investment in housing, transport and electricity networks.