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2006-08-22 07:29:58

By Lamine Chikhi ALGIERS (Reuters) - As an Arabic speaker, Syrian businessman Ziad Karam thought he'd feel at home in Algeria. How wrong he turned out to be. "I need language training to understand my Algerian brothers!" Karam, 42, told Reuters. "It's so complex, the sound so unusual, that I've decided to use an interpreter during my stays in Algeria." Unlike neighbors in Morocco and Tunisia, Algerians speak a dense patois, a mixture of Arabic, Berber, French and sometimes Turkish,...

2006-02-17 09:31:58

By Lamine Ghanmi - Analysis RABAT (Reuters) - A U.S. drive to deepen anti-terror ties with North African nations needs to be balanced by greater concern for democracy and human rights in order to gain wide political acceptability in the region, analysts say. U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, visiting Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco this month, heaped lavish praise on their cooperation in Washington's "war on terror" on his first tour of the strategic energy-rich region on Europe's...

2006-02-17 09:35:55

By Lamine Ghanmi - Analysis RABAT (Reuters) - A U.S. drive to deepen anti-terror ties with North African nations needs to be balanced by greater concern for democracy and human rights in order to gain wide political acceptability in the region, analysts say. U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, visiting Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco this month, heaped lavish praise on their cooperation in Washington's "war on terror" on his first tour of the strategic energy-rich region on Europe's...

2006-02-13 08:52:37

By Will Dunham IFRANE, Morocco (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, wrapping up three days of talks in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, said on Monday he saw an "extremely low possibility" of al Qaeda or similar guerrilla groups gaining a foothold in the three North African countries. "I think each of these three countries certainly stands out as examples of countries where they've taken a lot of steps to show that they can live in peace and successfully deal with the...

2006-02-11 12:20:00

By Will Dunham TUNIS -- U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Saturday the United States wanted to strengthen military ties with Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco and played down the threat posed by al Qaeda in the three North African states. Rumsfeld arrived in Tunis after a NATO meeting in Sicily to begin a three-day visit to the Maghreb -- his first to the region as defense secretary -- and praised Tunisia's support in the U.S. campaign against global terrorism. "They have been...

2006-02-06 08:37:06

RABAT (Reuters) - A senior U.S. security official was scheduled to visit Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia this week to cement their cooperation in Washington's fight against terror, diplomats said on Monday. U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) head Robert Mueller's visit coincides with Moroccan media reports that suspected al Qaeda members were attempting to sneak into Europe from the region. Quoting security officials, Moroccan media has suggested group members were infiltrating...

2006-01-03 20:15:00

By Charles Dick TIOUT, Morocco (Reuters) - Tree-climbing goats, a centuries-old Berber tradition and an evergreen tree combine to produce Morocco's argan oil, prized by locals and enthusiasts abroad for its culinary and cosmetic qualities. The golden oil comes from the seed of the argan tree which grows almost exclusively in the harsh environment of the southwest of the North African country, near the Sahara. The tree is so hardy it can stay dormant for years during times of drought before...

2005-10-04 08:20:44

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is ready to send experts to Morocco to help solve a crisis sparked by thousands of illegal immigrants trying to enter Spanish enclaves in North Africa, the EU's top justice official said on Tuesday. EU Justice and Security Commissioner Franco Frattini said the bloc at the request of Spain would examine Morocco's border control efforts and offer Rabat financial aid to deal with the problem. In return, he said, Morocco should agree to take back...

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2005-04-26 07:27:07

WASHINGTON (AFP) -- A DNA investigation has solved the mysterious origin of Gibraltar's Barbary macaques, the only free-ranging monkeys in Europe, according to a report. The approximately 200 macaques alive today had nearly disappeared in 1942, and Britain's then-prime minister, Winston Churchill, ordered that their numbers be replenished or risk fulfilling a folklore belief that Britain would lose Gibraltar if the macaques ever died out. "Our project was designed as a test case for...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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