Tunisia's new unity government takes office

2016-08-30 22:02

A new Tunisian unity government has taken office in the birthplace of the Arab Spring, with Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, the country’s youngest-ever leader, facing major economic and security challenges.

Opposition vows to rid Morocco of Islamists in Oct vote

2016-08-30 21:07

The main opposition party PAM, has vowed to "liberate" Morocco from the scandal-tainted ruling PJP Islamist party as the country gears up for campaigning ahead of crucial October election.

Libyan forces tighten noose on ISIS in Sirte

2016-08-30 13:20

Pro-government forces in Libya have cornered the Islamic State group in one neighbourhood of Sirte, after two days of deadly fighting for the jihadists' last stronghold in the country.

Analysis: Where next for S Sudan and rebel chief Machar?

2016-08-30 08:04

War-torn South Sudan's slide into chaos resumed last month with fresh fighting in the capital Juba that forced rebel leader turned vice president and peace deal signatory Riek Machar to flee.

Tunisia attack kills three soldiers

2016-08-29 20:05

Three Tunisian soldiers have been killed in an attac near Mount Sammama, a hideout for jihadists.

18 pro-govt fighters killed, 120 wounded in Libya's Sirte

2016-08-29 07:02

Eighteen fighters loyal to Libya's UN-backed unity government have been killed and 120 others wounded in clashes with the Islamic State group in Sirte.

Tunisia's youngest premier since independence sworn in

2016-08-28 07:49

Tunisia's new Prime Minister Youssef Chahed and members of his cabinet were sworn in on Saturday, the presidency said, after approval from parliament.

Egypt orders release of a lawyer in solitary confinement

2016-08-25 17:24

An Egyptian court has ordered the release of a prominent rights lawyer detained and held in solitary confinement for the past three months.

Prominent Morocco Islamists rapped over 'sex on beach'

2016-08-23 10:07

Two senior Moroccan Islamist figures have been suspended from their party, the group has announced, following media reports that they have been arrested in a "sexual position" on a beach.

Tunisia parliament sets date for unity government vote

2016-08-22 22:41

Tunisia's parliament will meet on Friday to hold a vote of confidence on a new unity government which has been announced over the weekend by premier-designate Youssef Chahed.


Al-Qaeda-linked group claims deadly Tunisia ambush

2016-08-30 22:02

An al-Qaeda-linked group has claimed responsibility for a blast that killed three Tunisian soldiers near Mount Sammama, a hideout for journalists at war with authorities, an intelligence group says.

Egypt opens Gaza border crossing for Muslim pilgrimage

2016-08-30 18:03

Hamas says Egypt has opened its border crossing with the Gaza Strip for three days, allowing hundreds of Muslim faithful to travel for a yearly pilgrimage

UN document says Morocco violated Western Sahara cease-fire

2016-08-30 09:02

Confidential UN document says Morocco violated a 1991 cease-fire agreement with the Polisario Front independence movement by sending armed security personnel and equipment into the contested Western Sahara without prior notice to UN peacekeepers

At least 6 500 migrants rescued off Libya: coastguard

2016-08-30 08:04

Around 6 500 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya on Monday, the Italian coastguard said, in one of its busiest days of life-saving in recent years.

Egypt frees renowned rights lawyer

2016-08-29 09:36

Egyptian authorities have released a renowned human rights lawyer who has been arrested after protests against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's decision to hand over two islands to Saudi Arabia.

Final battle with ISIS for Sirte has started - Libya

2016-08-28 12:40

Forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed unity government has pushed into the last areas of Sirte held by the Islamic State group in what was the jihadists' coastal stronghold, a spokesperson says.

Egypt minister quits amid wheat scandal

2016-08-25 21:26

Egypt's minister of supplies, Khaled Hanafy, has announced his resignation after reportedly being found politically responsible for wheat deals that had cost the country tens of millions of dollars.

Egypt wants Mubarak-era tycoon's foreign assets unfrozen

2016-08-24 10:20

Egyptian authorities have said they have been asking foreign countries to unfreeze the assets of a close associate of former president Hosni Mubarak after he had paid back three quarters of his wealth.

Libya parliament rejects UN-backed unity government

2016-08-22 22:41

Libya's internationally recognised parliament has voted no confidence in a UN-backed unity government, in a blow to efforts to end the country's political chaos.

Turkey wants to repair ties with Egypt: PM

2016-08-20 17:07

Turkey wants to repair its ties with Egypt, after relations has soured over the removal of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has said.

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