Jihadists claim twin murders of Tunisia secularists

2014-12-18 14:32

Jihadists have claimed the twin murders of secular politicians that plunged Tunisia into crisis in 2013, in a video posted online.

Egypt refers 26 suspected homosexuals to trial

2014-12-17 20:51

An Egyptian official says prosecutors have referred 26 men arrested in a raid on a bath house to trial on charges connected to their suspected homosexuality.

312 Egypt Islamists to face military courts

2014-12-16 20:48

Egypt has referred 312 backers of ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi to military trial accused of torching a court complex in the city of Ismailiya, a judicial source says.

Scholars criticise Egypt over cleric’s arrest warrant

2014-12-15 16:40

A group of Islamist scholars have criticised Egypt for seeking an Interpol arrest warrant for their leader, a Qatar-based cleric and supporter for the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egyptian policeman killed in drive-by

2014-12-14 14:10

Gunmen have killed an Egyptian policeman and wounded another in a drive-by shooting in the Sinai Peninsula, security and medical officials say.

Militias battle in near Libya oil terminal

2014-12-13 13:00

Libyan officials say Islamist-allied militias from the western city of Misrata have fought with an eastern militia that holds a major oil terminal.

Police stations, prisons reopen in Benghazi

2014-12-12 19:31

Police stations, prisons and the local security headquarters have reopened in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi for the first time in over a year.

1000s displaced by prolonged Libya fighting - Red Cross

2014-12-11 19:48

Fighting in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi and in the west of the country has displaced tens of thousands since the summer and has disrupted medical and health services.

Dad allegedly kidnaps son, 7, leaves SA

2014-12-09 11:59

Specialised Security Services says it is helping police investigate the alleged kidnap of a 7-year-old boy by his father last month when he took him on a "dad weekend" and left the country for Egypt.

Canadian embassy in Cairo closed due to security concerns

2014-12-08 16:55

The Canadian Embassy in Cairo is closed until further notice because of security concerns, an official answering the emergency telephone line says.

Moroccan lawmaker dies after being hit by train

2014-12-08 08:30

A Moroccan lawmaker close to Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane has been killed in a train accident his party says.

Hawks mum on R2 trillion Libya assets in SA

2014-12-07 14:44

The Hawks have declined to comment on reports that an investigation into Libyan assets stored in South Africa is under way.

UN calls for fresh Libya talks to end crisis

2014-12-03 21:06

The UN mission to Libya says it will call fresh talks between warring factions in an attempt to end months of violence and political deadlock in the country.

Egypt to criminalise 'insulting revolutions'

2014-12-03 15:26

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says his office is drafting a law to criminalise insulting the uprisings that toppled President Hosni Mubarak and his Islamist successor Mohammed Morsi.

Egypt court sentences 188 people to death

2014-12-02 22:27

An Egyptian criminal court has sentenced 188 people to death pending approval from the country's top religious official.

Prosecutor appeals Mubarak verdict, cites flaws

2014-12-02 16:51

Egypt’s public prosecutor says he has appealed against a court decision to drop charges against former president Hosni Mubarak, his interior minister and six aids of the killing of protesters in a 2011 uprising.

'Terrorists' behead off-duty Tunisia cop – reports

2014-12-01 18:13

"Terrorists" in Tunisia have abducted and decapitated an off-duty policeman, media reports say, citing the interior ministry.

Sisi sees new future for Egypt after Mubarak verdict

2014-12-01 13:17

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says Egypt will never return to the past and is charting a new future, after a court dismissed murder charges against former leader Hosni Mubarak.

Lawyer: Mubarak could get early release

2014-11-30 20:01

Egypt's jailed ex-president Hosni Mubarak could be released early after having served two-thirds of a corruption sentence and seeing murder charges dropped, his lawyer says.

Protest in Cairo against Mubarak verdict

2014-11-29 18:51

Dozens of protesters have gathered at a key Cairo square to denounce an Egyptian court's decision to drop a murder charge against ousted president Hosni Mubarak.

Tunisia's outgoing premier backs broad coalition

2014-11-29 13:01

Tunisia's next government should be a broad as possible coalition so that it has the necessary support to implement difficult economic reforms, the outgoing prime minister says.

Egypt rounds up dozens ahead of Islamist demos

2014-11-28 14:10

Egyptian police have arrested dozens of suspected Islamists ahead of planned rallies as troops beefed up their presence in the capital.

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.


2 Egyptians, 2 Emiratis killed in military aircraft crash

2014-12-18 09:02

Four crew members have been killed, two of them Egyptian and two Emirati, when their military aircraft crashed during joint exercises, officials say.

Tunisia heads to the polls to cap off revolution

2014-12-17 09:50

Tunisians will vote in the second round of a presidential election this weekend, capping off four years of a sometimes chaotic transition since their country sparked the Arab Spring.

British embassy in Cairo reopens to the public

2014-12-16 17:35

The British embassy in Cairo says it has resumed services to the public, nine days after it was suspended over security concerns about the mission's main building.

4 die as homes collapse in Morocco storms

2014-12-15 14:23

Four people have died in a house that collapsed as new storms swept across Morocco, a month after flooding killed nearly 50, the authorities say.

Libyan forces repel Islamist attack on oil region

2014-12-13 19:13

Islamist fighters have launched a three-pronged attack on a key oil region in eastern Libya but were pushed back by pro-government forces, military officials say.

Algerian mayor's throat slit by 'terrorists'

2014-12-13 08:20

The mayor of a town in Algeria has been shot dead and has had his throat slit by unidentified "terrorists", police were quoted as saying.

UN envoy warns of ISIS camps in Libya

2014-12-11 22:28

A Un special envoy is warning of ISIS camps in Libya and says many nearby states risk being destabilised if the country's chaos isn't quickly brought under control.

ICC refers Libya to Security Council

2014-12-10 22:22

The International Criminal Court says Libya was in violation of an obligation to hand over murder suspect Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and referred the matter to the United Nations Security Council.

Egypt arrests 33 for debauchery

2014-12-08 18:59

Thirty-three men have been arrested in a night-time police raid on a Cairo bathhouse for alleged debauchery.

Date set for Tunisia presidential runoff

2014-12-08 16:54

Moncef Marzouki and Beji Caid Essebsi are to face off on 21 December in Tunisia’s second round of presidential voting to decide who leads the nation that sparked the Arab Spring.

17 dead in migrant ship off Libya

2014-12-05 17:13

Rescue crews have discovered 16 bodies in a migrant boat off Libya, the first reported deaths since the European Union took over Mediterranean rescue operations, the Italian navy says.

Rights groups slam Egypt over death sentences

2014-12-03 16:03

Global rights groups Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have slammed Egypt over the mass death sentencing of 188 Islamists.

Head of Egypt's Al-Azhar slams ISIS 'barbarity'

2014-12-03 14:03

The head of Al-Azhar, one of the most prestigious centres of Sunni Islam learning, on Wednesday condemned "barbaric crimes" committed by the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

Egypt must hold forces accountable

2014-12-02 17:44

Egypt must rein in its security forces and investigate human rights abuses against protesters, the United Nations says.

Morocco storms kill 11: report

2014-12-02 07:26

Floods triggered by torrential rains have killed 11 people in Morocco, a week after a storm left 36 dead.

At least 7 dead in Morocco storms

2014-12-01 16:13

Foul weather in Morocco has killed up to seven people a week after a previous storm left 36 dead, report say.

Egypt militant group says it killed US oil worker

2014-12-01 13:16

An Egyptian organisation allied with the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the killing of an American oil worker.

2 die in clashes over Mubarak

2014-11-30 10:16

Two people have been killed in clashes between police and demonstrators in Cairo after a court dismissed murder charges against former president Hosny Mubarak.

Murder charge against Mubarak dropped

2014-11-29 16:38

An Egyptian court has dismissed a murder charge against former president Hosni Mubarak over the deaths of protesters during a 2011 uprising.

Gunmen shoot dead Egypt army general in Cairo

2014-11-28 22:32

Gunmen in a car have shot dead an Egyptian army brigadier general and wounded two soldiers in eastern Cairo.

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.

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