Algeria identifies suspects in Frenchman's beheading

2014-10-01 11:22

Algeria has identified suspects in the kidnapping and beheading of French tourist Herve Gourdel, the justice minister says, as the north African country widens its probe into the brutal execution.

Islamist-allied militia in Libya reject UN talks

2014-09-30 17:37

Islamist-allied militias in control of the Libyan capital say they reject the United Nations’s call for a cease-fire.

Briton held over 'ISIS jihad recruitment'

2014-09-29 17:45

Bangladesh police say they have arrested a British citizen suspected of entering the country to recruit militants for jihadist groups overseas such as the Islamic State organisation.

Egypt postpones Mubarak verdict

2014-09-27 14:15

An Egyptian court has postponed the verdict on whether former president Hosni Mubarak ordered the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended his 30-year rule.

Egyptian 'cured of Ebola' returns to Cairo

2014-09-27 06:45

An Egyptian man reportedly cured of Ebola has been quarantined in Cairo as a precaution after returning from Sierra Leone, a report says.

Resolve military crisis, Libya told

2014-09-26 12:14

Forty countries and three major organisations have urged Libya's feuding political leaders to peacefully resolve the political and military crisis gripping the north African country.

Militants issue video showing killing of Frenchman

2014-09-24 18:30

Algerian militants have released a video that appears to show them killing Frenchman Herve Gourdel, in what the group said was a response to France's action against ISIS.

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.


Tunisian youths at forefront of Syria jihad

2014-10-01 09:11

Tunisian youths disillusioned with the post-revolution era have flocked to join jihadists overseas, making the birthplace of the Arab Spring the top source of foreign fighters in Syria.

Egypt court bans party

2014-09-30 08:01

An Egyptian court has banned an Islamist political party that had formed part of a coalition backing ousted president Mohammed Morsi.

UN gathers Libya rivals for reconciliation talks

2014-09-29 14:13

Opposing factions in the Libyan parliament have met for UN-brokered talks on ending a split that has left the country with rival governments, the UN says.

Egypt's Mubarak in court for murder verdict

2014-09-27 10:41

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has arrived at court for the verdict in his murder retrial over the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that toppled him.

Egypt changes clocks for 4th time in 5 months

2014-09-26 20:04

Egypt has changed clocks for the fourth time in less than five months and cabinet says no major disruptions have been reported.

Egypt blasts Turkish leader after UN speech

2014-09-25 22:09

Egypt has accused Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan of supporting terrorists and seeking to provoke mayhem in the Middle East after he questioned the legitimacy of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Tuareg man decapitated in Mali

2014-09-24 16:31

Suspected al-Qaeda-linked militants in northern Mali have decapitated a Tuareg hostage seized for purportedly acting as an informer for French forces in the region.

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.

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