Libya's interim government resigns

2014-08-29 07:55

Libya's interim government, led by prime minister Abdullah al-Thani, has announced it has tendered its resignation to the elected parliament, days after a rival Islamist administration was created.

Libya warns UN of possible slide into civil war

2014-08-27 21:58

Libya has warned the UN Security Council that the chaotic North African state could descend into full-scale civil war if heavily armed warring factions are not disarmed.

Libya air strikes show UAE willing to 'go it alone'

2014-08-26 21:03

UAE air strikes on Libya aim to prevent Islamists from controlling the violence-stricken country and sends a message to Washington that it is capable of protecting its own interests, experts say.

UN envoy opposes foreign intervention in Libya

2014-08-26 17:47

The newly appointed UN envoy to Libya says he doesn’t believe foreign intervention of any kind can halt the north African country’s turmoil as political divisions and infighting push it deeper into chaos.

19 killed in Egypt as buses plunge into canal

2014-08-26 14:48

Nineteen people have been killed and 15 injured after two minibuses plunged into an irrigation canal in southern Egypt, an official says.

UAE aircraft bombed Islamists in Libya

2014-08-26 06:25

The United Arab Emirates has secretly sent warplanes on bombing raids against Islamist militias in Libya over the past week, using bases in Egypt, two US officials say.

Armed groups in Mali prepare for peace talks

2014-08-25 17:49

Ethnic Tuareg and Arab militias from Mali are gathering for talks in Burkina Faso ahead of peace negotiations with the government.

Libya gets new chief of staff to tackle militia threat

2014-08-25 14:01

Parliament in Libya has named a new military chief of staff tasked with tackling armed militia that control vast areas of the violence-plagued North African nation.

Islamists seize airport in Libya

2014-08-24 19:18

Islamist militias have openly challenged the legitimacy of parliament after announcing their seizure of Tripoli airport, plunging Libya's rocky political transition into fresh crisis.

Militia in Libya claims control of Tripoli airport

2014-08-24 14:16

An Islamist Libyan militia says it has captured the main airport in the capital Tripoli from a rival militia.

Egypt calls for Gaza ceasefire as fighting rages

2014-08-23 17:49

Egypt has called on Israel and the Palestinians to halt fire and resume peace talks, but violence continued unabated with Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip and Hamas militants firing rockets at the Jewish state.

Airstrikes in Libya's capital kill 15

2014-08-23 12:00

A senior Islamist militia leader says two airstrikes targeting its positions in Libya's capital, Tripoli, have killed 15 fighters and wounded 20.

Libya football stadium hosts videotaped execution

2014-08-22 16:04

An Islamist armed group carried out a videotaped execution of an Egyptian man in a football stadium in Libya, in what Amnesty says highlights the country’s descent into lawlessness.

Tunisia, Cairo airport closes air routes to and from Libya

2014-08-21 20:40

Tunisia and Egypt’s Cairo airport have cancelled all flights to Libya, officials in the three countries have said.

Thuds from Liby set rhythm of Tripoli life

2014-08-20 21:14

Regular thuds from rival militias' battles near Tripoli airport set the rhythm of daily life for the Libyan capital's residents, busy coping with power cuts and petrol shortages.

Rockets fly into affluent Tripoli district

2014-08-19 19:53

Libyan militias have fired rockets into an affluent district of Tripoli, moving a battle with a rival faction closer to the capital after fighters on one side came under air attack.

Confusion after 'mystery jets' attack Tripoli targets

2014-08-19 07:42

Loud explosions were heard as two unidentified aircraft roared over Libya's capital, with the government saying it does not know whose aircraft attacked militia positions.

6 killed as Libyan militia is attacked in Tripoli

2014-08-18 15:50

A Libyan militia spokesperson says rockets targeting positions of an Islamist-led militia in Tripoli have killed six people.

2 Islamist protesters killed in Cairo

2014-08-15 17:17

Two Islamist protesters have been killed during clashes between police and demonstrators in Cairo, Egyptian security sources say.

At least 449 Filipinos evacuated from Libya

2014-08-14 16:15

A Philippine-chartered ship has evacuated 449 Filipinos and a small number of other foreigners from Libya, the foreign department says, due to the deteriorating security situation in the north African country.

Egypt Islamists mark anniversary of mass killing

2014-08-14 14:41

Egyptian security forces firing tear gas have quashed small, scattered demonstrations by Islamist supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi.

Mummies long before Age of Pharaohs

2014-08-13 21:28

The earliest evidence of mummification in Egypt suggests that the practice of wrapping bodies to preserve them after death began around 1 000 years earlier than thought.

Egypt to deliver Mubarak verdict in September

2014-08-13 14:30

An Egyptian court says it will deliver its verdict in the murder trial of Hosni Mubarak on 27 September, in a session in which the ousted strongman passionately defended his 30-year rule.

Tripoli police chief assassinated

2014-08-12 19:50

Colonel Mohamed al-Suissi, chief of police in Tripoli, has been gunned down by unidentified attackers in the Libyan capital's eastern suburbs.


Egypt probes Morsi for giving 'security papers' to Qatar

2014-08-28 07:56

Egypt has opened an investigation into deposed president Mohammed Morsi for delivering “documents relevant to national security” to Qatar, a report says.

Libya ministers resign over militia fighting

2014-08-27 16:02

The official Libyan news agency says six ministers have resigned after accusing the government of taking sides in escalating battles among rival militias.

Washington to give Tunisia military aid

2014-08-26 17:47

The United States will give Tunisia $60m worth of military aid to help it fight Islamist militants who are threatening the country's nascent democracy.

Libya Dawn Islamists 'reject Ansar al-Sharia terror'

2014-08-26 16:05

Islamist militia have distanced themselves from jihadists seeking Islamic law in Libya, saying they support a democratic transition, but they are also challenging the legitimacy of the newly elected parliament.

Troubled Libya faces duelling governments

2014-08-26 07:58

Libya's past, Islamist-dominated parliament has reconvened and voted to disband the country’s current interim government.

Libya neighbours back Egypt call to disarm militias

2014-08-25 21:15

Libya's neighbours have backed an Egyptian call for rival militias in the tumultuous North African country to be disarmed.

More Egyptians join ongoing hunger strike

2014-08-25 19:39

A rights group says more prisoners are joining the Egypt hunger strike, including a prominent activist.

220 migrants die in 3 shipwrecks off Libya, Italy

2014-08-25 14:44

More than 220 migrants have been reported dead following three shipwrecks at the weekend off the coast of Libya and Italy.

Egypt proposes new Gaza ceasefire - official

2014-08-25 11:52

Egyptian mediators have proposed a new ceasefire in Gaza that would open the blockaded enclave’s crossings and allow in aid and reconstruction materials, a senior Palestinian official says.

More than 250 migrants may have died in shipwreck off Libya

2014-08-24 17:20

More than 250 migrants may have died when a boat sank a kilometre off the Libyan coast, a coastguard official says.

Cops kill 2 women in tense region of Tunisia

2014-08-23 19:04

Police have killed two young women in a tense region of Tunisia early on Saturday, mistaking them for members of an armed group, the interior ministry and a relative say.

Boat with 170 on board sinks off Libyan coast

2014-08-23 16:31

A wooden boat with around 170 African migrants on board trying to reach Europe has sunk in rough seas off the Libyan coast, a spokesperson for the Libyan navy says.

Migrants feared lost at sea off Libya

2014-08-22 22:32

A Libyan coastguard official says a boat carrying 170 illegal migrants from sub-Saharan Africa is feared lost at sea.

At least 33 dead in bus crash in Egypt's Sinai

2014-08-22 07:41

At least 33 people have died and dozens injured after two buses collided before dawn in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, a report says.

Heavy fighting erupts in Libya's Benghazi, 5 dead

2014-08-21 08:02

Clashes between irregular forces of a renegade general and Islamists have erupted in Libya’s eastern Benghazi city, killings at least five people, medical and military sources say.

Egypt activist goes on hunger strike

2014-08-19 21:18

A prominent activist imprisoned in Egypt has started a hunger strike to protest his prosecution.

Egypt cop gets 15 years for killing detainee

2014-08-19 08:30

An Egyptian court has sentenced a policeman to 15 years in prison for shooting dead a man in detention, judicial sources say.

Libya: Unclear who did Tripoli airstrikes

2014-08-18 21:20

The Libyan government does not yet know which group carried out the aerial bombing of militia positions in Tripoli.

Unidentified war planes, explosions heard in Tripoli

2014-08-18 08:09

Unidentified war planes are flying over the Libyan capital Tripoli and explosions are being heard, residents say, adding the cause is unclear.

Three dead in Egypt clashes

2014-08-14 19:09

At least three people have been killed in Egypt as police quashed attempts by supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to commemorate the first anniversary of the Cairo crackdown.

Morocco dismantles recruitment cell for Iraq

2014-08-14 16:15

Moroccan police say they have dismantled a nine-person cell recruiting volunteers to fight with the radical Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

Gunmen shoot dead Cairo cop

2014-08-14 12:40

Gunmen have shot dead a police sergeant in Cairo, as security forces were on heightened alert for the first anniversary of the killing of hundreds of Islamist protesters.

Libya's parliament challenges militias

2014-08-13 21:25

Libya's parliament has voted to disband the country's militia brigades and called on the United Nations to protect civilians in an effort to end the worst fighting.

Egypt's Sisi visits Putin for arms talks

2014-08-12 21:26

Russian President Vladimir Putin has hosted his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for talks about Cairo's purchase of advanced surface-to-air missiles and membership in a Moscow-led free trade zone.

Year after Cairo carnage, Sisi turns page

2014-08-12 16:04

A year after a bloody Cairo crackdown, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has tightened his grip on Egypt, crushed the Muslim Brotherhood, jailed top opponents and turned the page.

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