At least 33 dead in bus crash in Egypt's Sinai

2014-08-22 07:41

At least 33 people have died and dozens injured after two buses collided before dawn in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, a report says.

Heavy fighting erupts in Libya's Benghazi, 5 dead

2014-08-21 08:02

Clashes between irregular forces of a renegade general and Islamists have erupted in Libya’s eastern Benghazi city, killings at least five people, medical and military sources say.

Egypt activist goes on hunger strike

2014-08-19 21:18

A prominent activist imprisoned in Egypt has started a hunger strike to protest his prosecution.

Egypt cop gets 15 years for killing detainee

2014-08-19 08:30

An Egyptian court has sentenced a policeman to 15 years in prison for shooting dead a man in detention, judicial sources say.

Libya: Unclear who did Tripoli airstrikes

2014-08-18 21:20

The Libyan government does not yet know which group carried out the aerial bombing of militia positions in Tripoli.

Unidentified war planes, explosions heard in Tripoli

2014-08-18 08:09

Unidentified war planes are flying over the Libyan capital Tripoli and explosions are being heard, residents say, adding the cause is unclear.

Three dead in Egypt clashes

2014-08-14 19:09

At least three people have been killed in Egypt as police quashed attempts by supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to commemorate the first anniversary of the Cairo crackdown.

Morocco dismantles recruitment cell for Iraq

2014-08-14 16:15

Moroccan police say they have dismantled a nine-person cell recruiting volunteers to fight with the radical Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

Gunmen shoot dead Cairo cop

2014-08-14 12:40

Gunmen have shot dead a police sergeant in Cairo, as security forces were on heightened alert for the first anniversary of the killing of hundreds of Islamist protesters.

Libya's parliament challenges militias

2014-08-13 21:25

Libya's parliament has voted to disband the country's militia brigades and called on the United Nations to protect civilians in an effort to end the worst fighting.

Egypt's Sisi visits Putin for arms talks

2014-08-12 21:26

Russian President Vladimir Putin has hosted his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for talks about Cairo's purchase of advanced surface-to-air missiles and membership in a Moscow-led free trade zone.

Year after Cairo carnage, Sisi turns page

2014-08-12 16:04

A year after a bloody Cairo crackdown, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has tightened his grip on Egypt, crushed the Muslim Brotherhood, jailed top opponents and turned the page.

Egypt's president to visit Saudi Arabia

2014-08-11 08:04

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is in Saudi Arabia to meet one of his strongest international supporters, King Abdullah, to talk about key security issues impacting the region.

Israel accepts Egypt ceasefire proposal: govt official

2014-08-10 19:52

Israel has accepted an Egyptian proposal for a 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza which will go into force within hours, government officials say.

Egypt closes Muslim Brotherhood political wing

2014-08-09 15:01

An Egyptian court has issued a ruling dissolving the Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

Libya calls for supervised ceasefire

2014-08-07 22:12

Libya's new parliament has called for a supervised ceasefire for rival militias.

Mufti rejects Brotherhood leader death verdict

2014-08-07 13:45

An Egyptian court has asked the top religious authority to reconsider his decision to reject its death sentence against the leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and 13 supporters.

Obama: Egypt should release Al Jazeera journos

2014-08-07 10:14

US President Barack Obama has called for the release of three Al Jazeera journalists sentenced to prison in Egypt for allegedly defaming the country.

Sudanese killed in Libya

2014-08-06 18:38

Eighteen Sudanese have been killed by a rocket strike in the Libyan capital, but Khartoum says the situation does not yet warrant an evacuation of its nationals.

Egypt mediates talks between Israel, Palestine

2014-08-06 12:17

Egyptian officials mediating talks for a durable truce in Gaza have met an Israel delegation during the night and were to relay their demands to Palestinian representatives.

US calls for political tolerance in Africa

2014-08-05 07:49

The US has opened a US-Africa summit by urging African leaders to respect political differences, saying that core democratic principles are vital to achieving long-term economic growth.

British navy evacuates nationals from Libya

2014-08-03 21:15

A British navy ship has evacuated British nationals from Libya, the defence ministry says, as worsening security there is forcing thousands to flee.

Britain to pull embassy staff out of Libya

2014-08-02 12:09

Britain will close its embassy in Tripoli, evacuating diplomatic staff to Tunisia, after fighting between rival armed factions spread in the Libyan capital, officials say.


Tunisia, Cairo airport closes air routes to and from Libya

2014-08-21 20:40

Tunisia and Egypt’s Cairo airport have cancelled all flights to Libya, officials in the three countries have said.

Thuds from Liby set rhythm of Tripoli life

2014-08-20 21:14

Regular thuds from rival militias' battles near Tripoli airport set the rhythm of daily life for the Libyan capital's residents, busy coping with power cuts and petrol shortages.

Rockets fly into affluent Tripoli district

2014-08-19 19:53

Libyan militias have fired rockets into an affluent district of Tripoli, moving a battle with a rival faction closer to the capital after fighters on one side came under air attack.

Confusion after 'mystery jets' attack Tripoli targets

2014-08-19 07:42

Loud explosions were heard as two unidentified aircraft roared over Libya's capital, with the government saying it does not know whose aircraft attacked militia positions.

6 killed as Libyan militia is attacked in Tripoli

2014-08-18 15:50

A Libyan militia spokesperson says rockets targeting positions of an Islamist-led militia in Tripoli have killed six people.

2 Islamist protesters killed in Cairo

2014-08-15 17:17

Two Islamist protesters have been killed during clashes between police and demonstrators in Cairo, Egyptian security sources say.

At least 449 Filipinos evacuated from Libya

2014-08-14 16:15

A Philippine-chartered ship has evacuated 449 Filipinos and a small number of other foreigners from Libya, the foreign department says, due to the deteriorating security situation in the north African country.

Egypt Islamists mark anniversary of mass killing

2014-08-14 14:41

Egyptian security forces firing tear gas have quashed small, scattered demonstrations by Islamist supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi.

Mummies long before Age of Pharaohs

2014-08-13 21:28

The earliest evidence of mummification in Egypt suggests that the practice of wrapping bodies to preserve them after death began around 1 000 years earlier than thought.

Egypt to deliver Mubarak verdict in September

2014-08-13 14:30

An Egyptian court says it will deliver its verdict in the murder trial of Hosni Mubarak on 27 September, in a session in which the ousted strongman passionately defended his 30-year rule.

Tripoli police chief assassinated

2014-08-12 19:50

Colonel Mohamed al-Suissi, chief of police in Tripoli, has been gunned down by unidentified attackers in the Libyan capital's eastern suburbs.

HRW chiefs denied entry to Egypt - staff

2014-08-11 09:47

The executive director of Human Rights Watch and another senior staff member have been denied entry to Egypt for "security reasons" after being held at the Cairo airport for 12 hours, two of the group's staff says.

Heavy shelling resumes in Tripoli

2014-08-10 20:41

Heavy shelling has resumed in Tripoli after three days of relative calm following more than a month of street fighting between factions battling for control of the city's airport.

Egypt burns books promoting Brotherhood ideas

2014-08-09 21:04

Egypt has extended its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood to include burning books it says promote violence and ideas linked to the banned Islamist group, a local official and a security source says.

Libya clashes spread towards oil port

2014-08-08 05:00

Clashes in Libya have spread from Tripoli to the western town of Zawiya near Tunisia's border, where a large oil port is located, local town council officials say.

Egypt sex attack 2 get life

2014-08-07 19:28

Egypt has sentenced 2 men to life in prison and 1 to 20 years for sexual assaults in Tahrir Square.

Libya congress calls for UN-backed ceasefire

2014-08-07 11:26

Libya's house of representatives has called for an immediate ceasefire under UN supervision to end three weeks of clashes among rival factions that have killed more than 200 people.

Extremists tighten grip over Benghazi

2014-08-07 05:00

Radical Islamic militias have conquered more army bases, tightening their grip on Benghazi.

Egypt: Militants attack checkpoint, kill 5 police

2014-08-06 16:32

Egypt's interior ministry says militants attacked a police checkpoint in the country's north, killing five policemen. Security forces killed four of the attackers in a gun battle that followed.

New Libya parliament holds first session far from Tripoli

2014-08-05 16:35

Libya's new parliament has held its first formal session to international approval, away from the clashes rocking the capital Tripoli as divisions between Islamists and nationalists deepened.

Egypt arrests orphanage head over torture

2014-08-04 20:48

The head of a Cairo orphanage has been arrested after a video showing him allegedly beating young children triggered outrage on social media.

Desperate Philippine workers stay in Libya

2014-08-04 14:34

More than 11 000 Filipinos in Libya have ignored appeals to evacuate, with many apparently choosing to take their chances in the war-torn country rather than risk unemployment at home.

Libyan factions keep fighting over airport

2014-08-03 16:28

Libya's government said 22 people had been killed in the latest battles between armed factions to control Tripoli airport, and fighting left a huge fire raging at the city's fuel depot.

Tunisia closes borders with Libya

2014-08-01 22:16

Tunisia has closed its border crossing with Libya after people fleeing violence tried to break through.

Egypt's Sisi to skip Obama's Africa summit

2014-08-01 10:40

New Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will not attend a gathering of African leaders in the US, an official says, after he was given a belated invitation.

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