Libya must unite against ISIS: UN envoy

2016-05-31 18:32

The UN's special envoy on Libya has called on all the country's armed groups to unite against ISIS and says it must be a "Libyan fight".

Head of Egypt's journalists union detained

2016-05-30 18:10

A member of the board of Egypt's journalists union says he has been questioned by prosecutors and detained, along with another board member and the union's head.

Up to 700 migrants feared dead in Mediterranean this week: UNHCR

2016-05-29 13:15

Up to 700 migrants are feared to have drowned in deadly shipwrecks off the coast of Libya this week, the UN's refugee agency says, saying the situation is "chaotic".

Egypt sentences ex-minister, his 2 sons for corruption

2016-05-28 18:00

Egyptian media says a Cairo Criminal Court has convicted and sentenced former Information Minister Safwat el-Sharif and two of his sons for corruption to between five and 10 years in prison.

Hundreds in candlelight vigil for EgyptAir crash victims

2016-05-26 22:27

Hundreds of people have gathered in Cairo for a candlelight vigil for the 66 people killed last week when an EgyptAir plane crashed into the Mediterranean in mysterious circumstances.

Tunisia mulls women soldiers

2016-05-26 22:26

Tunisia's defence minister says his country must examine the possibility of allowing women to serve in its armed forces to face down 'new challenges' including jihadist attacks.

Tight security for Tunisia Jewish pilgrimage

2016-05-25 16:02

An annual Jewish pilgrimage to Africa's oldest synagogue in Tunisia is being heavily guarded to ward off potential jihadist attacks.

Italy says another 3 000 migrants rescued off Libya

2016-05-25 08:44

Another 3 000 migrants have been rescued from stricken boats in waters off Libya, the Italian coastguard say, lifting the total saved in the space of 48 hours to 5 600.

Egypt's former top auditor summoned for questioning

2016-05-24 08:44

An Egyptian security official says Egypt's former top auditor, who was dismissed in March, has been summoned for questioning by the country's national security prosecutors over statements he made estimating the cost of corruption.

India bans nationals from travelling to Libya

2016-05-23 20:16

India has banned its nationals from travelling to Libya for any reason, citing potentially deadly security threats.


Head of Egypt's journalists union to stand trial

2016-05-31 08:23

Prosecutors refer the head of Egypt's journalists union and two board members to trial after they're formally charged with spreading false news and harbouring journalists wanted by authorities.

Egyptian court sentences 36 Islamists to life

2016-05-30 17:14

An Egyptian court has handed down life sentences to 36 Islamists, including a top leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

Unity government struggles to make impact in Libya

2016-05-29 11:23

Two months after his dramatic arrival in Libya's capital, Fayez al-Sarraj's unity government has won international support but had little impact inside a divided country plagued by jihadists, analysts say.

Lawyer for Egyptian hijacker says client 'tortured'

2016-05-26 23:30

The lawyer for an Egyptian man who admitted hijacking an EgyptAir passenger in March says his client had been tortured on many occasions while in custody.

Survivors say 100 migrants missing in shipwreck off Libya

2016-05-26 22:26

Survivors of a fishing boat shipwreck in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya say that around 100 migrants may have drowned.

Egypt quashes jail terms for 47 protesters

2016-05-25 20:04

An Egyptian appeals court has overturned five-year prison sentences for 47 people for participating in unauthorised protests, but upheld fines of more than $11 000 each.

Egypt deports French journalist amid crackdown on the media

2016-05-25 11:46

Egyptian authorities have deported a French journalist without explanation, their latest move in an ongoing crackdown on freedom of expression and the media.

Libya says oil production up at 300 000 bpd

2016-05-24 20:29

Crude production in oil-rich but conflict-ridden Libya is now more than 300 000 barrels per day since a new terminal opened in the east, the LANA news agency has announced.

Tunisian Islamist party separates religion, politics

2016-05-24 05:22

Tunisia's Islamist Ennahda party has voted to separate its political and religious work, part of the group's effort to cast itself as a modern political party.

Pope and top imam embrace

2016-05-23 19:28

Pope Francis has met the grand imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar Mosque at the Vatican in a historic encounter that was sealed with a hugely symbolic hug and exchange of kisses.

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