Morocco welcomes vote backing W Sahara peace talks

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Morocco has voiced satisfaction over a UN Security Council resolution endorsing a new peace initiative on the disputed territory of Western Sahara.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Cairo

2017-04-29 16:05

Pope Francis will celebrate Mass for Egypt's tiny Catholic community and meet with its priests and seminarians before returning to Rome

Pope urges Egypt imams to teach and preach tolerance, peace

2017-04-29 12:02

In Cairo, Pope Francis has urged Egypt's leading imams to teach students to reject violence in God's name, preach peace

Seen as a setback to justice, Egypt ratifies judges' law

2017-04-29 09:00

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has ratified much-contested legal amendments that effectively give him the ultimate power over courts, as he will be the one appointing heads of judicial bodies.

UN Security Council delays vote on Western Sahara to allow pullback

2017-04-28 17:36

The UN Security Council postponed voting on a draft resolution on the Western Sahara conflict amid signs the Polisario Front independence movement is preparing a pullback from a tense zone of the contested territory.

Pope Francis heads for Egypt as 'pilgrim of peace'

2017-04-28 13:04

Pope Francis flies to Egypt Friday for a visit aimed at fostering reconciliation with the Muslim world against the backdrop of recent jihadist attacks on the Middle East's biggest Christian community.

Morocco seizes 420 tons of plastic bags in year since ban

2017-04-28 09:09

Moroccan authorities have seized more than 420 tons of plastic bags in the year since they were banned, the government has said.

Pope faces balancing act in Egypt

2017-04-27 22:19

Pope Francis is facing a religious and diplomatic balancing act as he heads to Egypt, hoping to comfort its tiny Christian community after a spate of Islamic attacks.

Sisi to accept courts' decision on island transfers

2017-04-27 21:09

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says he will not interfere in any decision the courts take on a move to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

50 Syria migrants stranded on Morocco-Algeria border

2017-04-27 16:00

A group of around 50 Syrian migrants have been stranded in the Moroccan-Algerian border zone with neither country granting them access, say activists.


Tunisian officials sacked after protests

2017-04-29 21:40

Tunisia says it has replaced two senior officials in a southeastern region, days after protesters there booed the prime minister off stage.

Pope and Egypt's Coptic patriarch pray at ISIS-bombed church

2017-04-29 12:02

In a Cairo church bombed by the Islamic State group just months ago, Pope Francis and the Coptic Orthodox patriarch sat side by side and prayed near tangible reminders of the horrific attack.

Pope Francis set to pray with Egypt's Christians

2017-04-29 10:56

Pope Francis is set to lead a mass for Egypt's small Catholic community on Saturday as he visits the country in support of its Christians following a series of deadly church bombings.

UN envoy to Libya to visit Sudan for peace talks

2017-04-28 21:07

The United Nations envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler, will visit Khartoum for talks on the conflict in the North African country, the Sudanese foreign ministry has said.

In Egypt, pope seeks Christian-Muslim rejection of violence

2017-04-28 17:31

Pope Francis has brushed off security concerns to forge ahead with a two-day trip to Egypt aimed at presenting a united Christian-Muslim front that repudiates violence committed in God's name.

Jail terms over gruesome death of Moroccan fishmonger

2017-04-28 09:54

A Moroccan court has sentenced seven people to between five and eight months in prison over the death of a fish seller crushed in a rubbish truck.

EU reviews Libyan naval equipment request

2017-04-28 07:52

The EU has said it is reviewing a Libyan request for naval equipment to help control migrant flows as doubts grow about the effectiveness of the plan.

Tunisian PM booed out of town hall meeting

2017-04-27 21:45

Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has been booed off stage as he addressed a town hall in a southeastern region rocked by protests and a general strike.

Morocco's parliament approves new government

2017-04-27 20:30

Morocco's parliament has approved a new coalition government created to end months of political and economic deadlock.

Egyptian artist paints church murals, unfazed by attacks

2017-04-27 14:00

On a scaffold several stories high beneath the dome of a Cairo church, Ayman William paints for the glory of God, unfazed by recent attacks against his fellow Coptic Christians in Egypt

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