Libya deputy minister freed after brief kidnapping

20 minutes ago

A Libyan deputy foreign minister has been released, a day after his kidnapping by gunmen in the eastern city of Ai-Baida where the recognised government is based, his ministry says.

Body of slain Frenchman flown home from Algeria

2015-01-26 15:22

The body of a French tourist who was kidnapped and beheaded by jihadists in Algeria last September has been put on a plane to Paris after a brief ceremony in Algiers.

Libya peace talks resume in Geneva

2015-01-26 15:22

A new round of peace talks between Libya's warring factions resumed in Geneva as the country continued to sink into chaos.

Egyptian female cyclists pedal for acceptance

2015-01-26 11:44

More and more women in Egypt are deciding to use bicycles as a form of transport, even though socially it is unacceptable in Egypt for a girl to ride a bicycle in the street.

11 die in unrest on Egypt uprising anniversary

2015-01-25 18:30

At least 10 protesters and a policeman have been killed in unrest in Egypt as the country marked the fourth anniversary of its 2011 uprising, officials say.

Mubarak sons leave prison pending Egypt retrial

2015-01-23 14:30

Two sons of Egypt’s ousted leader Hosni Mubarak seen as symbols of his era’s corruption have been freed from prison pending a graft retrial, a report says.

Egypt's Sisi: Right to protest is exaggerated

2015-01-20 17:37

Egypt's president Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi says those questioning his government about human rights are ignoring the fact that his country of 90 million lacks development, stability and investment.

Egypt drops sexual case against Ecuador envoy

2015-01-20 10:43

Prosecutors in Egypt have dismissed a sexual harassment complaint against Ecuador's ambassador because of insufficient evidence, the foreign ministry in Quito says.

ISIS claims attack on Algerian embassy in Libya

2015-01-17 22:34

Assailants lobbed explosives at Algeria's embassy in the Libyan capital Saturday, wounding three people, a security official said, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group.

Algerian police, protesters clash over Charlie Hebdo

2015-01-17 07:12

Police have clashed with protesters in Algiers after rioting broke out at the end of a march against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo's publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.

Algeria finds body of beheaded Frenchman

2015-01-15 21:09

Algerian troops have found the body of French tourist Herve Gourdel, months after he was beheaded by jihadists.

Egypt to investigate Aids detector

2015-01-15 05:00

Egypt's military prosecutor is to investigate an 'AIDS detector' that experts at home and abroad have derided.

Police captain found dead in Egypt’s Sinai

2015-01-13 17:24

The body of a police captain has been found in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, two days after he was abducted by suspected militants, the military says.

Sisi scores early success with smart cards for bread subsidies

2015-01-12 17:01

The successful roll-out so far of a new "smart card" system to distribute subsided bread has been a major achievement for Egypt’s government.

Egypt court acquits 26 men accused of debauchery

2015-01-12 15:34

An Egyptian court has acquitted 26 men accused of "debauchery" after they were arrested in a night-time raid on a Cairo bathhouse that triggered international concern.

Time running out for Libya peace talks - UN

2015-01-09 20:55

The UN has called for Libya's warring factions to resume peace talks "before it is too late" after its envoy to the violence-plagued state met with rival camps.

Egypt sets poll dates as Sisi cements grip

2015-01-09 11:05

Egypt says it is to hold parliamentary elections from 21 March but analysts say the new legislature will offer no meaningful opposition to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's rule.

Egypt court sets Morsi trial verdict for 21 April

2015-01-08 16:30

An Egyptian court is set to deliver a verdict in the trial of ousted president Mohammed Morsi and 14 others charged with inciting the killing of protesters, judicial officials say.

Tunisian policemen probed over shooting 2 women

2015-01-08 08:37

Two policemen are to be detained for an investigation into the killing of two young women in the Kasserine region of Tunisia after apparently mistaking them for terrorists.

Amal Clooney disputes Egypt arrest warning story

2015-01-07 05:00

British human rights lawyer Amal Clooney has disputed a story reporting how Egyptian officials warned her she risked arrest last year if she released a report in Cairo critical of judiciary.

Tunisia names old regime veteran to form new govt

2015-01-06 10:29

Tunisia’s largest political party has chosen a veteran from the country’s former dictatorship as its candidate for prime minister.

Libya parliament speaker says no to foreign military action

2015-01-06 09:00

The speaker of Libya’s internationally recognised parliament says his government is against any Western military intervention in his country.

New pharaonic tomb unearthed in Egypt

2015-01-05 14:16

Czech archaeologists have unearthed the tomb of a previously unknown queen believed to have been the wife of Pharaoh Neferefre who ruled 4 500 years ago, officials in Egypt say.

2 dead as unknown aircraft bombs Greek tanker in Libyan port

2015-01-05 13:05

Greek authorities say an unidentified warplane has bombed a Greek-owned tanker ship in the eastern Libyan port of Darna, killing two crew members and injuring two more.


HRW slams Egypt cops after revolt anniversary bloodshed

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Human Rights Watch has accused Egyptian police of using "excessive force" against protesters after 20 people were killed in clashes on the fourth anniversary of its 2011 uprising.

Morocco arrests suspect tied to Frenchman's murder

2015-01-26 15:22

Moroccan authorities say they have arrested a suspected Algerian member of the militant group responsible for kidnapping and beheading French tourist Herve Gourdel east of Algiers in September.

Mubarak’s 2 sons freed from prison – officials

2015-01-26 13:10

Egyptian security official say two sons of ousted president Hosni Mubarak have been released from prison, nearly four years after they were first arrested along with their father.

Release of Mubarak sons delayed

2015-01-26 08:43

Egyptian security officials say the release of the Alaa and Gamal Mubarak pending a corruption retrial has been delayed, after state media reported they had walked free from prison.

Egypt court frees Mubarak sons pending graft trial

2015-01-22 16:39

An Egyptian court has ordered the release of the two sons of ousted president Hosni Mubarak pending a corruption retrial, a judicial official says.

Egypt imprisoned blogger on hunger strike hospitalised

2015-01-20 15:29

The family of a prominent Egypt blogger imprisoned for protesting say he has been hospitalised after 78 days on hunger strike.

Libya army declares ceasefire after UN talks

2015-01-18 21:14

Libya's army has announced a ceasefire, joining an Islamist-backed militia alliance in declaring a truce that the UN hailed as a "significant" step towards ending months of violence.

3 wounded in bombing at Algerian Embassy in Libya

2015-01-17 18:30

A bomb thrown near the Algerian Embassy in the Libyan capital of Tripoli has wounded three security guards, Libyan security officials say.

Libyan factions agree on agenda for unity govt

2015-01-16 13:04

Libya’s warring factions have agreed on an “agenda” to form a unity government after two days of the UN-brokered talks in Geneva, the UN says.

Libya fires at trawler carrying petrol

2015-01-15 14:52

A Libyan warplane has attacked a fishing trawler carrying petrol to the port of Benghazi this week after suspecting it was supplying Islamist militants.

Egypt minister - Al Jazeera pardon possible

2015-01-13 21:12

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi could still pardon three jailed Al Jazeera journalists who are now facing a retrial if he deems it appropriate.

Egypt court orders retrial of Mubarak in graft case

2015-01-13 14:23

Egypt’s appeals court has ordered the retrial of deposed President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons in a corruption case, a move that could pave the way for the former autocrat’s release.

Warning of jihadist threat, Libya PM pleads for help

2015-01-12 15:34

The head of Libya's recognised government has pleaded for more help from the international community, warning that the country could become a dangerous haven for jihadists on Europe's doorstep.

Relatives: Former Morsi-aide released from jail

2015-01-12 05:00

A former aide to ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood Islamist movement has been released for health reasons after 18 months in detention.

UN peacekeepers wounded in northern Mali attack

2015-01-09 17:56

Seven UN peacekeepers have been wounded by a blast that hit their vehicle near the airport in the northern Malian town of Kidal, the latest in a string of attacks on foreign forces.

Egypt doubling Gaza buffer

2015-01-08 19:45

The Egyptian military is doubling the buffer zone with Gaza , demolishing nearly 1 220 more homes.

Turkey urges citizens to leave Libya 'quickly'

2015-01-08 15:27

Turkey has urged all Turkish citizens remaining in Libya to leave “quickly” due to the deteriorating security situation in the conflict-torn country.

Mali appeals for international intervention in Libya

2015-01-07 12:27

Mali’s foreign minister has told the UN Security Council that an international force could help stabilise Libya and the entire Sahel region and check the threat from Islamist groups.

Gunmen kill 2 Egyptian cops guarding Coptic church

2015-01-06 16:04

Egyptian security officials say gunmen have opened fire, killing two policemen guarding a Coptic church south o Cairo.

Libya appeals for weapons to battle militia

2015-01-06 10:29

Libya’s internationally recognised government has appealed for weapons to combat militias which have seized parts of the oil-rich nation, at an emergency meeting of the Arab League.

Libya strike on tanker draws Greek anger

2015-01-05 21:26

Libya's internationally recognised government says its aircraft bombed an oil tanker off the Islamist-held port of Derna.

UN postpones Libya peace talks again

2015-01-05 14:16

The UN has postponed peace talks between Libya’s warring factions which had been scheduled for this week without announcing a new date.

Defence lawyers criticise Egypt bathhouse trial

2015-01-05 08:45

Defence lawyers for 26 men on trial in Egypt after being arrested in a televised raid by police officers looking for gays at a public bathhouse, have criticised the prosecution’s case, saying it is based on a faulty investigation.

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