Libya arrests 600 Europe-bound illegal migrants

2015-05-23 21:57

Libyan authorities have arrested about 600 illegal migrants from African countries who were planning to sail to Europe, a coastguard official says.

Egypt court acquits 17 in protest that saw mother killed

2015-05-23 19:04

An Egyptian court has acquitted 17 people over taking part in an unsanctioned demonstration that saw a young mother shot dead in Cairo.

Algeria army seizes guns, explosives

2015-05-22 22:13

Algeria's defence ministry said a military sweep in an area where 25 Islamist gunmen were killed this week has uncovered two major arms caches.

Tunisia to be non-Nato ally of US

2015-05-22 05:41

President Barack Obama has elevated Tunisia to new allied status, promising financial and security aid to help the country's transition to democracy.

Bardo museum suspect procured weapons

2015-05-21 18:49

The Moroccan arrested in Italy on suspicion of involvement in the Islamist militant attack on Tunisia's Bardo Museum provided the weapons, says an official.

Mystery surrounds movements of Italy's Tunisia Bardo suspect

2015-05-21 14:49

Italy’s interior minister is defending the country's handling of a suspect in Tunisia’s Bardo museum massacre amid questions about movements after he arrived in Italy with a boat full of rescued migrants.

Tunisia: 60 citizens released in Libya, many remain

2015-05-21 13:40

Tunisia’s foreign ministry says 60 of its citizens have been released from detention in Libya, leaving more than 100 still under arrest.

Obama, Tunisia's new president to meet at White House

2015-05-21 10:16

President Barack Obama is showing support for Tunisia’s transition to democracy by opening the Oval Office to the North African country’s newly elected president.

Algerian sweep kills 25 suspected Islamists

2015-05-20 17:38

Algerian soldiers have shot dead three Islamist militants, raising to 25 the number of suspects killed in a sweep east of the capital where jihadists operate, the defence ministry said.

Tunisian towns call strike over economy, jobs

2015-05-20 14:46

Four cities in Tunisia’s southern “mining basin” area, the main producer of its phosphate exports, have begun a general strike to protest against unemployment, residents and officials say.


Activists denounce Africa's silence over migrants

2015-05-23 20:21

Despite cries of alarm from European politicians over the deaths of migrants in the Mediterranean, African leaders have been silent over an issue they fear underlines their weak governance, say campaigners.

Wounded Egyptian soldier kidnapped, killed

2015-05-23 09:34

Suspected Islamist militants killed a wounded Egyptian soldier after kidnapping him in the restive North Sinai province, say security sources.

Egypt's Sisi: Lack of 'justice' fueling extremism

2015-05-22 14:18

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, who has led a massive crackdown on Islamists, says the fight against extremism in the region must go hand-in-hand with pursuing greater ‘freedom, equality and justice’.

Algerian minister: Only few terrorists remain

2015-05-21 19:56

Algeria's foreign minister Ramtane Lamamra says only remnants of terrorism remain in Algeria, where authorities say 25 Islamist militants have been killed.

19 pro-government forces killed in Libya

2015-05-21 18:49

The internationally-recognised government in Libya is making a new push to retake Benghazi from Islamic militants and so far 19 people have been killed.

Suicide car bomber kills 2 near Libya's Misrata – report

2015-05-21 14:48

A suicide bomber in a car has blown himself up at a checkpoint near Libya’s Misrata city, killing two guards, a report says, quoting military sources.

Obama looks to anchor Tunisia's democratic gains

2015-05-21 11:24

Barack Obama and Tunisia’s president are set to discuss increased military and economic aid designed to ensure the brightest democratic light to emerge from the Arab Spring is not extinguished by jihadists.

ISIS’s Egypt affiliate urges attacks on judges

2015-05-21 08:04

Islamic State’s Egypt affiliate has urged followers to attack judges, declaring a new front in an Islamist militant insurgency in the world’s most populous Arab state.

1 dead in clashes between Libya govt, ISIS

2015-05-20 15:59

Forces loyal to a self-declared Libyan government controlling the capital Tripoli have fought Islamic State fighters near the town of Sirte, killing one person and wounding seven, a government official says.

Merkel insists on invitation to Egyptian leader Sisi

2015-05-20 13:45

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has insisted that she would go ahead with a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, despite opposition from within her government.

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