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Tunisia frees 1,420 prisoners over coronavirus

Tunisia’s President Kais Saied on Tuesday ordered the release of 1,420 prisoners in an amnesty to combat the spread of the coronavirus in prisons, a presidency statement said.Tunisia has declared a general lockdown to slow infection rates, and has...

Libya: Haftar forces capture Syrian mercenary recruited by Turkey

A video shared by Libyan National Army (LNA) allied to Gen. Khalifa Haftar, shows an alleged Syrian mercenary talking about being recruited by Turkey to fight in the North African country according to Al Arabiya.The man who identified himself...

Libya battles escalate amid report of first coronavirus case

An intense bombardment shook Tripoli on Wednesday as new battles erupted around the capital hours after Libya reported its first case of coronavirus and despite U.N. calls for ceasefires around the world during the epidemic.Residents of the Libyan capital,...

Human Rights Watch says Egypt security torturing children

Human Rights Watch on Monday accused Egyptian security forces of torturing children in jails, saying it was typical of "the brutal security tactics" employed by the North African state.In a 43-page report, HRW and Egyptian rights group Belady documented...

Five killed in attacks in Tripoli despite calls for truce over virus spread

At least five civilians were killed, including two members of the same family, by heavy shelling in Libya’s capital of Tripoli on Monday, officials in the U.N.-backed government said, despite increased international pressure to halt fighting over coronavirus concerns.Mortar...

Libyan official says 5 women killed in shelling near Tripoli

Five women were killed and five others were wounded, including a child, when their houses were shelled near Libya’s capital Tripoli, a health official with the U.N.-recognized government said Thursday.Mortar shells hit civilian houses late Wednesday in the towns...

Sudan orders arrest of ex-minister over 1989 coup role

The Sudanese prosecutor's office has ordered the arrest of a former foreign minister, Ali Karti, over his role in the 1989 coup that brought Omar al-Bashir to power.Human rights activists have long accused Mr Karti of being implicated in...

UN to Libyans; drop your guns and battle coronavirus

The United Nations and nine countries on Tuesday called on Libya's warring parties to cease hostilities to allow health authorities to fight against the new coronavirus.In a joint statement, the ambassadors of Algeria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Britain...

Sudan to mediate Egypt-Ethiopia dam dispute

A top Sudanese general on Sunday said his country would mediate a deal on an escalating dispute between Ethiopia and Egypt over Ethiopia’s mega dam on the Nile River.The deputy head of Sudan’s Sovereign Council, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, said...

Tunisia herbalists cash in on coronavirus fear

There is no known cure for the new coronavirus, but in the medicinal herbs souq in Tunis, anxious Tunisians are consulting with herbalists and stocking up on traditional remedies."I am afraid for my father, who is old and sick,...
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Coronavirus force Ethiopia to shift election

Ethiopia's electoral board has postponed August’s highly anticipated general election because of current coronavirus pandemic.A new schedule would be...
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Boy 13, shot dead in Kenya by police enforcing curfew

The bullet struck the 13-year-old as he stood on the balcony of his family’s home with his siblings. Below, police officers moved through the...

Foreigners in East Africa face hostility over coronavirus

Panic over the global coronavirus pandemic has led to reports of discrimination against foreign nationals in East Africa.From Ethiopia, to Kenya and the Democratic...

Tunisia frees 1,420 prisoners over coronavirus

Tunisia’s President Kais Saied on Tuesday ordered the release of 1,420 prisoners in an amnesty to combat the spread of the coronavirus in prisons,...

MTN to go ahead with Nigeria stock sale amid market crisis

MTN will push on with a plan to reduce its majority stake in the wireless carrier’s Nigerian business, though turmoil caused by the coronavirus...