Libya PM wins parliament approval for new govt

2014-09-23 15:23

Libya's prime minister Abdullah al-Thani has won the blessing of parliament for his proposed cabinet of 13 ministers, after a previous line-up had been rejected.

Brotherhood leader, 104 referred to trial

2014-09-22 22:30

The leader of Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and 104 others have been referred to trial on murder charges.

Egypt militants claim blast near foreign ministry

2014-09-22 13:49

An Egyptian militant group has claimed responsibility for a bomb blast in a busy downtown Cairo street near the foreign ministry that has killed two senior police officers and wounded several others.

Egypt military aircraft crash kills six

2014-09-21 22:00

The Egyptian army says six soldiers have been killed after an Egyptian military aircraft crashed on a training mission.

Cause undetermined in fatal Mali air crash

2014-09-20 16:04

Investigators probing the crash of an Air Algerie flight in Mali that killed 116 people says there is no obvious lead yet and all possibilities, including terrorism, are being explored.

Egypt 'using detention' to silence opponents

2014-09-19 13:59

The growing number of political detainees in Egypt is raising concerns about human rights abuses, an issue US secretary of state John Kerry says he has had 'frank' talks about in Cairo.

Egypt targets last bastion of Brotherhood dissent

2014-09-18 18:17

Egypt has moved to close down one of the last bastions of Muslim Brotherhood dissent with sweeping new rules to curtail protest at Al Azhar University.

Libya army chief calls for jihad

2014-09-18 14:27

Libyan army chief General Abdel-Razzaq al-Nazouri has called for "jihad" against "outlaws" amid clashes between Islamist militias and their rivals, including some army units.

Islamists launch new assault on Benghazi airport

2014-09-17 20:58

Islamist fighters have launched another offensive on the airport in Libya's Benghazi, the final redoubt in the eastern city of an ex-general who has been waging war on them.

3 killed in shelling outside Tripoli

2014-09-17 14:35

Three people have been killed in shelling outside the Libyan capital after militia fighting in the area announced the death of one of their commanders, a report says.

Copts clash with cops

2014-09-16 17:23

Coptic Christian protesters have clashed with police in southern Egypt over an abducted housewife.

Egypt: Qatar ordered Islamists out within 2 months

2014-09-15 13:39

Egypt will hunt down exiled Muslim Brotherhood leaders and seek their arrest, a top official says, after Qatar ordered them to leave its territory.

Kerry drums up support to fight jihadists

2014-09-13 20:20

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said Egypt was on the frontline against "terrorism" after meeting its leadership to garner support to fight jihadists in Iraq and Syria.

Morocco dismantles extremist recruitment cell

2014-09-12 16:06

Morocco has announced the dismantling of a cell involved in recruiting Moroccans to go fight with the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

UN envoy calls for Libya ceasefire

2014-09-11 21:44

The UN envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon, has called for an immediate ceasefire in the chaos-hit country.

Egypt jails orphanage head for beating kids

2014-09-11 09:08

A court has jailed the head of a Cairo orphanage for three years after a video emerged on the internet showing him beating children.

Battle for Benghazi could break up Libya

2014-09-10 10:02

Pro-government Libyan forces, already reeling from the fall of the capital, are fighting to prevent Islamist militants from seizing the eastern city of Benghazi and splitting the north African country.

Egypt: Brotherhood leader, cleric get 20 years in jail

2014-09-09 14:36

An Egyptian court has sentenced a leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and an Islamist cleric to 20 years in prison for attempting to kill two policemen.

Libya accuses Sudan of arming 'terror' groups

2014-09-08 05:00

Libya has accused Sudan of flying weapons to "terrorist" groups on its territory and declared Khartoum's military attache persona non grata, a government statement says.

Egypt charges Mursi with passing secrets to Qatar

2014-09-06 14:05

An Egyptian prosecutor has charged ousted president Mohamed Morsi and several of his aides with endangering national security by leaking state secrets and sensitive documents to Qatar.

Egypt jihadist group claims deadly Sinai bombing

2014-09-04 19:31

An Egyptian jihadist group behind some of the deadliest attacks on security forces says carried the bombing that killed 11 police in the Sinai Peninsula this week.

Path to jihad: From upmarket Cairo to ISIS beheadings

2014-09-04 15:47

After leaving his upmarket Cairo neighbourhood to fight with the ISIS militant group in Syria and Iraq, Younes says he learned how to work as a sniper, fire heavy weaponry and behead prisoners.

Sisi: stalled Mideast peace process fuels jihadists

2014-09-04 10:28

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has blamed the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process for fuelling regional militancy, as US tries to shore up support to combat ISIS jihadists.

Policeman shot dead in Egypt's restive Sinai

2014-09-03 17:01

An Egyptian security official says an off-duty policeman has been shot dead by gunmen in the restive north of the Sinai Peninsula.

Sinai blast kills 11 Egypt cops

2014-09-02 16:41

Eleven Egyptian policemen have been killed after a roadside bomb blast struck their armoured vehicle in the restive Sinai Peninsula, security officials say.


Foreign ministers urge immediate Libya ceasefire

2014-09-23 12:43

Foreign ministers from 13 countries plus the EU and UN have called for an immediate truce in Libya and backed moves to try end a bitter power struggle between rival governments.

Egyptian officials visit new Ethiopian dam

2014-09-22 19:31

Egyptian and Sudanese officials have visited the site of the new Nile dam in Ethiopia.

Algerian troops kill 'terror' chief

2014-09-22 13:49

Algerian soldiers have killed a 'terrorist chief' during an operation in the Kabylie region some 110km east of the capital, the defence ministry announced.

Four die in Cairo bombing

2014-09-21 14:02

A bomb blast has killed two Egyptian policemen and two civilians near the foreign ministry in central Cairo.

Decapitated body found in Egypt's Sinai

2014-09-19 19:01

The decapitated body of a man has been found in a town in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, security officials say, the latest in a series of beheadings allegedly carried out by jihadists.

Libya MPs reject govt lineup, want crisis team

2014-09-18 20:30

Libya's parliament has rejected Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani's proposed 18-member cabinet, calling for a slimline "crisis" team of no more than 10 ministers, a deputy says.

Libya ex-air force chief murdered in Benghazi

2014-09-18 18:17

A former Libyan air force chief has been shot dead in the country’s violence-ridden second city of Benghazi, medical and army sources say.

Libyan PM tries to reassert authority

2014-09-17 22:01

Libya's acting prime minister sought to reassert authority over his turbulent country by naming a new cabinet but some lawmakers threatened to veto his choices.

Tunisian forces, militants clash near border

2014-09-17 16:52

Tunisian police have killed an Islamist militant during clashes near the Algerian border, the interior ministry says, after the government raised the security alert level before elections next month.

Jihadists claim bomb that killed 6 Egypt cops

2014-09-17 11:03

Egypt’s deadliest militant group has claimed the killing of six policemen in a roadside bomb in the Sinai Peninsula, where forces frequently clash with jihadists.

Sinai bomb kills 6 Egypt policemen

2014-09-16 11:06

A bomb has hit an Egyptian security force convoy in the Sinai Peninsula, killing six policemen in the restive region where jihadists launch regular attacks.

Dozens of migrants missing in sinking off Libya coast: navy

2014-09-15 10:59

Dozens of migrants are missing and feared dead after their boat sank off the coast of Libya, a Libyan navy spokesperson says.

9 migrants rescued, many feared dead off Malta

2014-09-13 12:31

Maltese and Italian vessels are searching for more than 20 migrants feared dead after a boat carrying them sunk 480km south east of Malta.

Kerry to visit Egypt to push anti-ISIS coalition

2014-09-12 05:00

US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Cairo as Washington seeks to build an international coalition to counter ISIS.

Libyan assembly: Charter vote set for March

2014-09-11 12:40

Libya's state-news agency says that a referendum on the draft constitution will be held in March, a possible breakthrough for the country in conflict.

ISIS leaves signed note on beheaded corpse

2014-09-10 19:43

Residents in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula have found a beheaded corpse bearing a note signed by an Islamist militant group linked to the Syria and Iraq-based Islamic State.

Hard times for red gold divers

2014-09-09 16:16

Harvesting mineral-rich seaweed on Morocco's Atlantic coast, Attibari Lemkhanter worries that the plant known locally as 'red gold' is becoming increasingly scarce.

Libya militia attacks amount to war crimes - HRW

2014-09-08 20:31

Libya militia which fought fierce five-week battle for control of Tripoli’s international airport committed "war crimes" against civilians, HRW says.

Egypt prosecutor orders 7 held for 'debauchery'

2014-09-06 22:31

Egypt's top prosecutor has ordered seven men detained and physically examined over accusations of "debauchery", a charge often levelled at gays, after a video emerged of a same-sex wedding party.

Quarter million flee militia fighting in Libya

2014-09-04 21:17

The UN is reporting that Libya militia fighting has forced 250 000 to flee their homes.

Islamists' ammunitions sites get bombed in Libya

2014-09-04 19:31

Government forces and helicopters belonging to a Libyan renegade general have bombed ammunition sites of suspected Islamist militants in the eastern city of Benghazi.

Massive blackout hits Cairo rush hour

2014-09-04 12:16

A huge power outage has blacked out most of Cairo causing major disruption across the city of at least 20 million people at the height of the morning rush hour.

Egypt judge orders lawyers investigated

2014-09-03 21:11

In an unprecedented move an Egyptian judge has ordered activist lawyers to be investigated by prosecutors.

Group: Witness for Egypt mass killings detained

2014-09-03 07:18

Human Rights Watch says one of the witnesses for its investigation into mass killings in Egypt last summer has been detained, calling for his release.

Libyan clashes kill 31

2014-09-02 12:57

Fierce clashes in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi between Islamist militiamen and rival forces loya to a renegade general have killed 31 fighters on both sides, a security official says.

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