Lawyer for Egyptian hijacker says client 'tortured'

2016-05-26 23:30

The lawyer for an Egyptian man who admitted hijacking an EgyptAir passenger in March says his client had been tortured on many occasions while in custody.

Survivors say 100 migrants missing in shipwreck off Libya

2016-05-26 22:26

Survivors of a fishing boat shipwreck in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya say that around 100 migrants may have drowned.

Egypt quashes jail terms for 47 protesters

2016-05-25 20:04

An Egyptian appeals court has overturned five-year prison sentences for 47 people for participating in unauthorised protests, but upheld fines of more than $11 000 each.

Egypt deports French journalist amid crackdown on the media

2016-05-25 11:46

Egyptian authorities have deported a French journalist without explanation, their latest move in an ongoing crackdown on freedom of expression and the media.

Libya says oil production up at 300 000 bpd

2016-05-24 20:29

Crude production in oil-rich but conflict-ridden Libya is now more than 300 000 barrels per day since a new terminal opened in the east, the LANA news agency has announced.

Tunisian Islamist party separates religion, politics

2016-05-24 05:22

Tunisia's Islamist Ennahda party has voted to separate its political and religious work, part of the group's effort to cast itself as a modern political party.

Pope and top imam embrace

2016-05-23 19:28

Pope Francis has met the grand imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar Mosque at the Vatican in a historic encounter that was sealed with a hugely symbolic hug and exchange of kisses.

No theories ruled out on EgyptAir crash after smoke report: Paris

2016-05-21 16:32

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault says that no theory on the cause of the EgyptAir crash has been ruled out, after revelations of smoke in the cabin minutes before the disaster.

EgyptAir flight messages showed smoke on board

2016-05-21 10:16

The French aviation safety agency says that the EgyptAir A320 that crashed into the Mediterranean with 66 people aboard had transmitted automatic messages indicating smoke in the cabin.

Air-sea search intensifies for crashed EgyptAir plane

2016-05-19 23:11

Egypt's president has demanded authorities step up the search for an EgyptAir plane that crashed in the Mediterranean with 66 people aboard.


Hundreds in candlelight vigil for EgyptAir crash victims

2016-05-26 22:27

Hundreds of people have gathered in Cairo for a candlelight vigil for the 66 people killed last week when an EgyptAir plane crashed into the Mediterranean in mysterious circumstances.

Tunisia mulls women soldiers

2016-05-26 22:26

Tunisia's defence minister says his country must examine the possibility of allowing women to serve in its armed forces to face down 'new challenges' including jihadist attacks.

Tight security for Tunisia Jewish pilgrimage

2016-05-25 16:02

An annual Jewish pilgrimage to Africa's oldest synagogue in Tunisia is being heavily guarded to ward off potential jihadist attacks.

Italy says another 3 000 migrants rescued off Libya

2016-05-25 08:44

Another 3 000 migrants have been rescued from stricken boats in waters off Libya, the Italian coastguard say, lifting the total saved in the space of 48 hours to 5 600.

Egypt's former top auditor summoned for questioning

2016-05-24 08:44

An Egyptian security official says Egypt's former top auditor, who was dismissed in March, has been summoned for questioning by the country's national security prosecutors over statements he made estimating the cost of corruption.

India bans nationals from travelling to Libya

2016-05-23 20:16

India has banned its nationals from travelling to Libya for any reason, citing potentially deadly security threats.

Egyptians held over islands protest on hunger strike

2016-05-23 05:37

Family members of Egyptians detained for planning a demonstration last month say 21 of them have started a hunger strike, protesting what they call an "unfair trial".

First photos emerge of EgyptAir plane debris

2016-05-21 13:41

The first photographs have emerged of debris of EgyptAir flight 804, which crashed into the Mediterranean on its way to Cairo from Paris, killing all 66 people on board.

Crews hunt for debris, black box from doomed EgyptAir jet

2016-05-21 08:53

Search crews are scouring for further wreckage of EgyptAir flight 804 - including for the plane's black boxes, which could provide vital clues to why the jetliner crashed killing all 66 on board

Tunisia's Ennahda to separate politics from Islamic activity

2016-05-19 22:33

Tunisia's Islamist Ennahda party will separate it religious activities from political ones, its chief has said in statements ahead of a weekend congress to formalise the change.

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