Algerian police halt opposition march against Bouteflika bid
Algerian police prevented opposition leaders from marching on Wednesday to demand a boycott of next month's election, in which President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is seeking a fourth term in power.
Ousted Libyan PM flees country after tanker escapes rebel-held port
Former Libyan prime minister Ali Zeidan has fled to Europe after parliament voted him out of office on Tuesday over his failure to stop rebels exporting oil independently in a brazen challenge to the nation's fragile unity.
Sharjah ruler approves 7% rise in government spending in 2014
The Gulf emirate of Sharjah will raise government spending by nearly 7 percent in 2014, mainly due to a large increase in public sector wages and operating costs, after its ruler approved the new state budget on Wednesday.