North Africa

'I shoot up four or five times a day': Heroin addiction sweeps cannabis corridor in Morocco

2019-10-06 21:21

In a filthy squat in a beach town in northern Morocco, drug users inject and smoke heroin, a relatively recent scourge plaguing a region long known for cannabis and contraband.

Police disperse protest march on Sudan women's prison

2019-02-11 14:26

Police used tear gas to disperse hundreds of Sudanese protesters who marched on a women's prison calling for the release of detainees in Omdurman, witnesses say.

Egypt train crash toll hits 40 as cranes clear busy link

2017-08-12 13:28

The death toll from Egypt's latest train disaster has risen to 40 as cranes worked to clear the stricken railway line between Cairo and the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.

Algerian man jailed for links with Paris attacks planner

2016-02-28 19:03

Authorities have jailed an Algerian citizen for possible links with the suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud.

Operations to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean underway

2015-04-20 16:28

Several operations have been launched to rescue migrants making the perilous journey to European shores from North Africa.

Greece to evacuate Libya embassy, foreign nationals

2014-07-31 13:20

Greece is sending a frigate and two other vessels to Libya to evacuate workers at its embassy in Tripoli as well as a few hundred Chinese and European nationals.

Key anti-Mubarak group banned in Egypt

2014-04-28 13:22

A Cairo court has banned the opposition April 6 Youth Movement that was a catalyst in the uprising to oust former president Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

'Refugee conditions appalling'

2009-09-21 17:08

The UN's refugee agency has ruled out Libya as a country to host people seeking protection in Europe as asylum seekers, describing conditions in some migration centres as appalling.


Italy's Salvini faces two-boat migrant rescue standoff

2019-07-07 07:45

A fresh standoff brewed Saturday between charity rescue vessels and Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini after two boats carrying shipwrecked migrants arrived off the coast of Lampedusa seeking a safe port.

Dirco has 'no update' on SA man who may be abducted in Libya

2017-11-04 09:46

It is still unclear whether a South African man is among the four foreigners who have been abducted in Libya.

Police fire tear gas to halt Morocco 'million-man march'

2017-07-21 11:21

Police in the northern Moroccan city of Al-Hoceima have fired tear gas to disperse protesters and stop them marching in defiance of a government ban.

More than 3 400 migrants rescued at sea

2015-05-03 11:29

More than 3 400 migrants have been rescued at sea, mainly off Libya, as Europe seeks ways to deal with the flood of people trying to reach its shores.

Wild fire spreads from North Korea to South

2015-03-23 16:38

Strong winds have swept a wild fire in North Korea across the heavily armed border with South Korea, prompting a suspension of cross-border movements into a jointly-run factory park in the North.

France to deploy 3 000 soldiers in Sahel

2014-05-08 12:22

France says it will deploy 3 000 soldiers to combat Islamist violence in the vast and largely lawless Sahel region of Africa.


5 dead in Egypt clashes

2012-12-06 09:14
Five demonstrators died in the worst violence since Mohamed Morsi became Egypt's first Islamist president in June.

Five demonstrators died in the worst violence since Mohamed Morsi became Egypt's first Islamist president in June.

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