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The Africa Report: 18 November

EWN’s Africa correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day’s top African news

The third Foreign Ministerial Africa-Arab Summit in Kuwait will aim to establish a common market between two continents. Picture: http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuwait

AFRICA-ARAB SUMMIT TO DISCUSS COMMON MARKET

The third Foreign Ministerial Africa-Arab Summit in Kuwait will aim to establish a common market between two continents.

The summit will draw 34 heads of states, including Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and Senegal's President Macky Sall.

The two blocs last met in 2010 at the behest of fallen Brother Leader Muammar Gaddafi in Tripoli.

This third summit will focus on bettering economic relations between the oil-rich Gulf, the Arab world, and the fast-growing economies of Africa.

The summit will run from 18 to 20 November.

GULF STATES URGED TO PROTECT MIGRANTS

International rights watchdog Human Rights Watch has urged Gulf nations to better protect migrant workers coming mostly from Africa and South Asia.

This follows the start of a deportation of migrants in Saudi Arabia.

Hundreds of migrants, mostly from Africa, were transported to deportation centres on Friday and 23,000 Ethiopians voluntarily handed themselves over as illegal immigrants.

However, some resisted deportation resulting in riots in Riyadh and at least five people were killed.

Human Rights Watch has urged the Gulf states to better protect migrants who often find themselves in menial work where they are being exploited, overworked, underpaid and their passports often withheld.

FIERCE CLASHES ERUPT IN LIBYA

More than 40 people have been killed in clashes in Libya, the worst since the uprising that led to the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Violence broke out in Tripoli on Friday when protestors took to the streets in a bid to drive of the militia who helped overthrow Gaddafi.

The protestors are calling for the banishment of the militia who are refusing to disarm since the Arab Spring.

Adding to the volatile situation in Tripoli was the kidnapping of Libya's deputy intelligence chief Mustafa Noah.

Noah's kidnapping comes a month after the brief abduction of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan.