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US believes drone was shot down by Russian air defenses near Tripoli

The U.S. military believes that an unarmed American drone reported lost near Libya’s capital last month was in fact shot down by Russian air defenses and it is demanding the return of the aircraft’s wreckage, U.S. Africa Command says.Such...

Greece ask Libyan ambassador to leave over Turkey-Libya accord

Greece said on Friday it was expelling Libya’s ambassador to the country, angered at an accord between Libya and Turkey signed on Nov. 27 that maps out a sea boundary between the two countries close to the Greek island...

Libyan officials say has evidence of Russian mercenaries in war

Officials from Libya’s U.N. backed government say they plan to confront Moscow over the alleged deployment of Russian mercenaries fighting alongside their opponents in the country’s civil war.Libyan and U.S. officials accuse Russia of deploying fighters through a private...

Explosion at Sudanese factory ‘kills 15’

At least 15 people have died and 48 others have been wounded after an explosion caused a huge fire at a ceramics factory in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, the Sudanese Doctors Union (SDU) has said.The SDU appealed to doctors to...

Western Sahara activist warns time running out to avoid war

Aminatou Haidar, a champion of peaceful resistance to Morocco's annexation of Western Sahara, is demanding urgent international action to prevent the frozen conflict from devolving into war.The 52-year-old Sahrawi human rights activist, who on Wednesday will receive a top...

At least 24 killed in Tunisia bus crash

At least 24 Tunisians were killed on Sunday after a bus crashed during an excursion in the northern town of Amdoun, the health ministry said.The bus veered off a winding road when the driver failed to negotiate a sharp...

Tunisians protest in southern town after man sets himself ablaze

Tunisian police used tear gas to disperse dozens of protesters who blocked roads in the southern town of Jelma on Saturday following the death of a young man who burned himself to death, witnesses said.Abdelwahed Hablani, 25, set himself...

Algerian anti-election protesters vote with their feet

Algerians are due to elect a new president next month but a huge protest movement bitterly rejects the vote, fearing it will cement in power politicians close to the disgraced old guard.Candidates have been loudly heckled during rare and...

Sudan adopts law to dissolve Bashir party

Sudanese transitional authorities approved a law on Thursday to dissolve the former ruling party and repealed a public order law used to regulate women’s behavior under ex-president Omar al-Bashir, the justice minister said.The two measures responded to key demands...

Haftar forces warplanes attack Chadian forces near southwest oilfields

East Libya-based forces said their warplanes had attacked targets near oilfields in the southwest of the country on Thursday after fighting in the area briefly shut one field.Mi-35 attack helicopters had struck at Chadian forces preparing to attack Sharara...
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Six killed in rebel attack on eastern DR Congo

Rebels again attacked a city at the center of the Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo, killing at least six...
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Court jails Sudan’s Omar al Bashir for corruption

A court in Sudan convicted former President Omar al-Bashir of money laundering and corruption on Saturday, sentencing him to two years in a rehabilitation...

Twins who married same man for 9 years now divorced, waiting for one man to love them both

Meet Owami and Olwethu Siko, the twins from Gauteng, South Africa who were once married to the same man, TV director Mzukiseni Mzazi when...

Bosnia to release table tennis players to Nigeria

Bosnian authorities have told the BBC that two Nigerian students who were wrongfully deported to Bosnia from Croatia will soon be sent home, but...

UN expert report unmasks Libya arms embargo violations

From buying an Irish navy boat re-registered as a "pleasure yacht" to enlisting a Canadian firm to recruit Sudanese fighters -- Libya's warring parties...