ARTICLES RELATING TO NORTH AFRICA

Egypt reopens Gaza crossing for 1st time in month

2014-11-26 15:34

Egypt has reopened the Rafah border crossing with Gaza for the first time since its closure in late October after a bombing in the Sinai Peninsula, officials say.

Tunisia presidential race to go to December run-off

2014-11-25 20:36

Tunisia's former prime minister Beji Caid Essibsi will face outgoing President Moncef Marzouki in a run-off vote for the presidency in December, the election commission says.

Pro-government forces retake west Libya town

2014-11-24 22:11

Fighters loyal to Libya's internationally recognised government have seized control of the key western town of Kekla after more than 40 days of clashes with Islamists.

Malta pulls out diplomats from Libya

2014-11-24 21:02

Malta has recalled its diplomats from Libya, citing security concerns, Foreign Minister George Vella said on Monday.

Morocco flash floods toll climbs

2014-11-24 18:53

The death toll from three days of what residents described as the heaviest storms to hit southern Morocco in decades is still climbing.

Voting continues in Tunisia

2014-11-24 09:43

Voting is continuing in Tunisia as Tunisians cast ballots in the country’s first presidential election since the overthrow of long-time dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in a 2011 uprising.

Burkina's Compaore to stay for limited period – Morocco

2014-11-21 19:37

Burkina Faso's former president Blaise Compaore, who was toppled in a popular uprising last month, will stay in Morocco for a limited period after fleeing his country, the Moroccan government says.

Jihadi wave tests Tunisia's young democracy

2014-11-21 14:11

The wave of jihadis and their possible return home as veteran combatants creates yet another complication for Tunisia, as the small North African country tries to complete its democratic transition.

Ousted Burkina leader arrives in Morocco from I Coast

2014-11-21 08:47

Burkina Faso’s deposed president Blaise Compaore has arrived in Morocco from Ivory Coast, where he has been in exile since his ouster in a popular revolt last month, the Moroccan foreign ministry says.

Egypt arrests Brotherhood leader as crackdown intensifies

2014-11-20 22:23

Egyptian police have arrested Mohamed Ali Bishr, one of the few Muslim Brotherhood leaders to escape jail after last year’s overthrow of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

US concerned over reports of ISIS extremists in Libya

2014-11-20 08:10

The US says it is 'concerned' about reports that radical extremists with avowed ties to the ISIS are destabilising eastern Libya.

Tunisia dictator son-in-law returns, is jailed

2014-11-19 15:37

The son-in-law of Tunisia's deposed dictator has returned from exile to face outstanding cases against him and has been sentenced to six months in prison on gun possession charges.

Tunisia artists, media fear for freedoms after election

2014-11-19 10:03

Tunisian rappers, comedians and journalists are bracing themselves to defend the country’s freedoms, ahead of next week’s presidential elections.

French, Dutch hostages in Mali beg for help

2014-11-18 07:20

The last French hostage held in Mali by Al-Qaeda's North African branch has pleaded in a video for France to secure his release, while a Dutch hostage says he holds his government responsible if he is harmed.

Italian freed in Libya 8 months after kidnapping

2014-11-16 19:12

Italy's foreign ministry says an Italian engineer who was abducted in Libya in March has been freed.

340 dead in month-old battle for Benghazi

2014-11-15 18:05

At least 340 people have been killed in fighting for Libya's second city Benghazi since the launch of a government-backed offensive against Islamist militias a month ago, medical sources say.

Bombs explode near Egypt, UAE embassies in Libya

2014-11-13 10:36

Bombs have exploded near the Egyptian and United Arab Emirates embassies in Tripoli, though there were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage in the attacks.

New Egypt decree to deport foreigners

2014-11-12 22:49

A new Egyptian decree allows the president to deport foreigners accused or convicted of a crime.

Germans convicted of stealing from Egypt pyramid

2014-11-12 10:51

An Egyptian court has sentenced three Germans and six Egyptians to five years jail on for stealing fragments of a pharaonic artefact from Cairo's Great Pyramid, a judicial source says.

At least 10 wounded in Sinai blast

2014-11-12 09:44

A car bomb outside a fast-food restaurant in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula has wounded 10 people after it exploded as security forced were evacuating a heavily populated area, sources say.

2 held in bombings near Libya-UN meeting

2014-11-10 18:42

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with twin car bombings in an eastern Libyan city where a UN envoy was meeting with the prime minister, a senior Libyan security official says.

Egyptian militant group pledges loyalty to ISIS

2014-11-10 08:35

Egypt's most active militant group, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, has sworn allegiance to Islamic State, the al-Qaeda offshoot which has seized territory in Syria and Iraq, according to an audio clip.

 

Three Egyptian police killed in Sinai

2014-11-26 17:55

Gunmen have shot dead three Egyptian policemen in the Sinai Peninsula, where militants regularly launch attacks on security forces.

ISIS group gains toehold in Libya - experts

2014-11-26 14:12

With Libya engulfed in chaos, the town of Derna in the east of the largely lawless country is emerging as a new stronghold for the Islamic State jihadist group, experts say.

10 killed in Egypt after building collapses

2014-11-25 10:20

Police officials say at least 10 people have been killed when an eight-story building collapsed in the western Cairo suburb of Matariya.

Tunisia presidential vote set for close run-off

2014-11-24 21:03

An official under former hardline ruler Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali appears set for a close run-off in Tunisian presidential polls with a rival who says he represents the 2011 Arab Spring.

Unidentified jet bombs Tripoli airport

2014-11-24 20:21

At least one unidentified jet has carried out an air strike targeting Mitiga airport in the Libyan capital Tripoli.

Run-off expected in Tunisia presidential poll

2014-11-24 14:42

Vote counting has begun in Tunisia’s presidential poll, with indications pointing to a run-off to the be held in late December.

Tunisians vote for new president

2014-11-23 10:00

Tunisians are voting for a new president in just the third free election since the 2011 revolution that ended the regime of autocrat Zine el-Abidine Beni Ali.

Egypt closes schools in Sinai towns after violence

2014-11-21 14:58

Egypt has indefinitely shut schools in two border towns in northern Sinai as the army prepares to intensify a battle with Islamist militants that turned the daily trip to lessons into a 'journey of death'.

Pardon for Jazeera journos being discussed - Sisi

2014-11-21 10:04

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has suggested that he is considering pardoning journalists of the Qatar-based Al Jazeera television station jailed in his country for nearly a year.

Egypt acquits doctor of fatal FGM

2014-11-21 05:05

An Egyptian court has acquitted a male doctor of carrying out a female circumcision that killed a teenager.

5 police wounded in Cairo blast

2014-11-20 16:41

A bomb has wounded five policemen near a Cairo university and four people were hurt in a panicked crush after an explosion at a train station.

UN announces 12-hour truce in Benghazi

2014-11-19 19:46

The United Nations says Libya’s warring parties in the eastern city of Benghazi have agreed to a 12-hour humanitarian truce.

Egypt: 10 die in mistaken airstrike on civilian home

2014-11-19 14:15

Ten members of the same family have died after the Egyptian air force shelled a civilian home in the Sinai Peninsula by mistake.

Sinai caught in the middle of Egypt's 'war on terror'

2014-11-18 13:01

With soldiers firing warning shots to herald the nightly curfew and jihadist militants beheading informants, Sinai's residents find themselves caught in the middle of Egypt's "war on terror".

Egyptian woman dies of bird flu

2014-11-17 22:29

A woman diagnosed with bird flu has die, the second fatality this year say Egyptian health officials.

Armed clashes in Tripoli, airport closed

2014-11-16 14:12

Armed clashes broke out in Libya's capital Tripoli closing down the city's main working airport, local residents and an official have said.

Algerian president Bouteflika hospitalised in France

2014-11-15 11:16

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 77, has been admitted to hospital in the French town of Grenoble, a French government source says.

Sinai militants kill 5 as Egypt probes sea attack

2014-11-13 18:50

Militants have shot dead five Egyptian conscripts in the Sinai Peninsula, as the army searched for eight servicemen missing after an attack on a navy boat in the Mediterranean.

'Terror' attack on Egypt vessel leaves 8 missing

2014-11-13 09:07

The Egyptian military says one of its navy vessels came under 'terrorist' attack in the Mediterranean, leaving five servicemen injured and eight others missing at sea.

Bombs hit Libyan city housing elected parliament

2014-11-12 13:16

A Libyan spokesperson says two car bombs have gone off in the eastern city of Tobruk, where the nation’s elected parliament is temporarily located, causing casualties.

Libya on the wrong path, warns ICC

2014-11-12 09:44

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court says there are indications of war crimes being committed in Libya, warning that the strife-torn country is "on the wrong path".

Security agents train to stop the next Benghazi

2014-11-11 20:31

The US Diplomatic Security Service, responsible for protecting Americans around the world, has dramatically expanded training two years after the attack on a US facility.

Egypt jihadists seek ISIS ties

2014-11-10 21:00

Under increasing pressure from the military, Egypt's deadliest jihadist group has pledged allegiance to ISIS in a bid to boost recruitment and bolster its fight.

Egyptian rights groups fear govt crackdown looms

2014-11-10 14:32

Some Egyptian human rights groups have shredded documents and instructed their staff to stay home as a government deadline approaches for them to register under a Hosni Mubarak-era law.

Explosions end meeting of UN envoy, Libyan premier

2014-11-09 20:44

A series of nearby explosions has prematurely ended a meeting between Libya's prime minister and the United Nations top envoy to the country, though no one was wounded.

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