Morocco king slams development delays in restive north

2017-06-26 15:16

Morocco's king has rebuked ministers over delays to a development programme meant to pump investment into a region rocked by months of protests over unemployment and perceived state neglect.

Dutch slam 'unnecessary' extradition row with Morocco

2017-06-25 16:02

The Netherlands has reacted coolly after Morocco summoned its ambassador home in a row about the extradition of an alleged drug trafficker, saying comments by Rabat were "incomprehensible and unnecessary".

Egypt's president ratifies disputed Saudi islands pact

2017-06-24 21:00

Egypt's president has ratified a disputed 2016 agreement under which his country would transfer control of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia

EU leaders boost support for Libya to halt migrant exodus

2017-06-23 20:29

European Union leaders are pledging to boost their support for conflict-ravaged Libya as the number of people fleeing Africa from there for better lives in Europe continues to rise

Egypt extends state of emergency

2017-06-22 21:04

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has extended a state of emergency declared after twin church bombings in April by jihadists, in a decree issued in the official gazette.

Morocco protest leader 'beaten' during arrest: NGOs

2017-06-22 19:07

The leader of a protest movement in northern Morocco was "severely" beaten and verbally abused by police during his arrest, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have said.

Egypt doubles capacity of ration cards

2017-06-21 19:31

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi says the government will increase the monthly capacity of ration cards through which it distributes food subsidies from $1.16 per person to $2.77 in an attempt to ease the effects of hard-hitting economic reforms.

Egypt sends fuel to power-starved Gaza, undercuts Abbas

2017-06-21 13:19

Egypt is trucking 1 million litres of cheap fuel to Gaza's power plant, easing a crippling electricity crisis but also undercutting efforts to pressure territory's Hamas rulers

Morocco detains three as Rif protests move to Imzouren

2017-06-20 22:07

Police have arrested three more members of a protest movement in northern Morocco's neglected Rif region, prompting hundreds of demonstrators to rally demanding their release,say activists.

Egypt police kill 3 militants in gunfight

2017-06-20 21:06

Egyptian policemen shot and killed three wanted militants from the Islamist Hassam group in a shootout in the coastal city of Alexandria, the interior ministry has said.


Morocco seeks drug suspect's extradition from Netherlands

2017-06-25 19:57

Morocco has sought the extradition from The Netherlands of an alleged drug trafficker and summoned its envoy from The Hague to come home for consultations, the foreign ministry has said.

Egypt police says foiled church bombing

2017-06-25 07:23

Egyptian police say they foiled a church bombing by arresting a cell including the would-be attackers, two months after suicide bombers killed dozens of church goers in two attacks.

Egypt tycoon jailed for diva murder freed after presidential pardon

2017-06-24 18:00

An Egyptian real estate tycoon jailed for the murder of a Lebanese pop diva was freed as part of a presidential pardon for hundreds of detainees, security officials have said.

Gaza restarts power station as Egypt fuel eases crisis

2017-06-23 11:34

The Gaza Strip's sole power station has been fired up again, the energy authority in the Palestine enclave says, after fuel supplies from Egypt helped ease an energy crisis.

UN urges Egypt to halt execution of 6 men in 'flawed' trials

2017-06-22 21:04

UN experts urge Egypt to halt execution of 6 men over killing a policeman in 2014, saying their trials were 'flawed'

Egypt census workers detect another baby boom

2017-06-22 16:01

Egypt census workers going door to door discover that more than 20 million people were born in the last decade alone.

Egypt top court suspends all rulings on islands transfer

2017-06-21 18:26

Egypt's top court has suspended all previous rulings on whether Cairo can transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, as it considers who has legal jurisdiction.

Morocco to start move towards flexible currency this year

2017-06-21 08:26

Morocco will begin the process of moving towards a flexible exchange rate system gradually in the second half of this year, the governor of the country's central bank says.

Egypt court rules against island transfer to Saudi

2017-06-20 22:07

An Egyptian court ruled that previous judicial decisions in favour of transferring two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia were invalid, a judicial official and a lawyer have said.

Egypt army says 12 militants killed in North Sinai

2017-06-20 20:07

Egypt's military says its air force has killed 12 "extremely dangerous" militants in airstrikes in northern Sinai, a militant hotspot

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