Mauritania president says two-term limit will stay

2016-10-22 06:57

Mauritanian leader Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has said a two-term limit for the presidency will remain in place after months of speculation he would attempt to run for a third stint in office.

Armed men attack migrant boat off Libya, four dead, 15 missing: NGO

2016-10-22 06:56

Armed men have attacked a boat carrying migrants off Libya, leaving at least four dead and 15 missing, says German NGO Sea-Watch .

Egypt's govt announces austerity measures

2016-10-21 07:09

Egypt has decreed a cut of up to 20 percent in government expenditure, a move its prime minister says is needed to set an example to follow during a biting economic crisis

US shifts aid away from Egypt citing impediments

2016-10-20 11:51

The Obama administration has shifted more than $100m in aid from Egypt to other countries, citing Egyptian impediments to its effective use.

Tunisia suspends TV show over rape comment

2016-10-20 10:05

Tunisia's broadcasting watchdog has ordered the suspension for three months of a popular television show after its host suggested a young rape victim marry her attacker.

UN peacekeeping chief to visit disputed Western Sahara

2016-10-19 11:52

The UN peacekeeping chief says he is heading to the disputed Western Sahara later this week to visit UN troops for the first time since Morocco expelled more than 70 UN civil staffers in March.

US concerned about use of force in Libya's capital

2016-10-16 16:08

The United States says it is concerned about reports of the use of force to seize the offices of Libya's UN-backed National Accord government in the capital, Tripoli.

Egyptian air strikes hit jihadists after deadly attack

2016-10-15 13:00

Egypt's military has launched air strikes against jihadist targets in the Sinai Peninsula, the army says, after the Islamic State group killed 12 soldiers at a checkpoint.

Migrants lost at sea off Libya in nighttime horror

2016-10-14 08:38

Waves 2.5m high, winds of 50km an hour and a sinking dinghy: rescuers have described on Thursday a race into Libyan waters to save 113 migrants, with 15 others lost to the raging sea.

Longtime allies Egypt, Saudi Arabia in rare public row

2016-10-12 22:00

Egypt and Saudi Arabia have long been key allies but tensions over regional issues including Syria and Yemen have erupted into the open in rare public disagreements.


Armed men attack migrant boat off Libya, four dead, 15 missing: NGO

2016-10-22 06:57

Armed men have attacked a boat carrying migrants off Libya, leaving at least four dead and 15 missing, says German NGO Sea-Watch .

Egypt's fight against Islamic militancy makes enemies

2016-10-21 18:00

Egypt has made fighting Islamic militants its overriding foreign policy objective, a decision that has brought it closer to Syrian President Bashar Assad, Russia and Iran, in turn antagonising its chief financial backer, Saudi Arabia.

At least 1 400 migrants rescued off Libyan coast

2016-10-21 07:09

At least 1 400 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean have been rescued off the coast of Libya, according to the Italian coastguard, which co-ordinated the operations conducted mainly by aid ships.

Morocco king seeks support for AU bid in east Africa

2016-10-20 11:08

Moroccan King Mohammed VI has begun a tour of east Africa to shore up support for a historic bid to rejoin the African Union after more than three decades.

Egypt extends state of emergency in north Sinai for 3 months

2016-10-19 13:05

Egypt extends the state of emergency in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula for three months, with a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the most troubled areas where it is fighting militants including an Islamic State affiliate.

Egypt's Sisi defends 'tough but unavoidable' economic reforms

2016-10-17 10:00

Egypt's president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has defended what he describes as "tough but unavoidable" reforms ahead of a $12-billion International Monetary Fund loan to revive his country's ailing economy.

Egypt's president predicts long war against Sinai militants

2016-10-15 18:00

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says the war against Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula will be long, but that conditions in the vast and arid region are improving.

Militant attack kills 12 Egyptian soldiers in Sinai

2016-10-14 22:00

Suspected Islamic militants have attacked an army checkpoint in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing 12 soldiers and wounding another eight.

Tunisia sentences 76 over soldier killings

2016-10-13 08:30

A Tunisian court has handed jail and death sentences to 76 people for killing eight soldiers in a jihadist hideout near the Algerian border in 2013, the prosecution said.

Egypt seeks alternatives after Saudi halts fuel deliveries

2016-10-11 20:00

Egypt has invited tenders to meet its refined oil products needs for October after Saudi Aramco halted the expected delivery of 700 000 tons for this month, says the petroleum ministry.

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