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Haftar forces regain control of 70k bpd El Feel oilfield

Eastern Libyan forces said on Wednesday they had driven armed groups from Libya’s 70,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) El Feel Oil Field, where production was halted after a rival group took control of it.The National Oil Corporation said earlier on Wednesday that...

Egypt military court sentences Hisham Ashmawy to death

An Egyptian military court Wednesday condemned a high-profile Islamist militant, Hisham Ashmawy, to death by hanging over his alleged involvement in terror attacks, the army said.Ashmawy was convicted for his role in 14 "crimes" including a deadly firefight with...

Migrants raft fails in Mediterranean, 4 dead, 16 missing

Four migrants have died and up to 16 more are missing after trying to cross into Europe from North Africa on a small raft, Spain’s coastguard said on Wednesday.Rescuers saved 58 people from the raft, which was found drifting...

U.S. officials meet with Libya’s Haftar in push to end Tripoli offensive

U.S. officials met on Sunday with eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar as Washington presses him to end his offensive on the capital, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) has been trying since April to...

Spanish rescue ship with African migrant allowed into Italy

Italian authorities have agreed to grant the Open Arms ship access to a port to disembark 62 African migrants it has been carrying since Wednesday, the founder of the Spanish rescue mission said on Sunday.Oscar Camps said the vessel...

US military loses drone over Libya capital

The U.S. military says it has lost an unmanned drone aircraft over the Libyan capital, Tripoli.Rival armed groups have been fighting there for control of the city since April.The U.S. Africa Command said late Friday that the drone was...

Two dead, 9 missing in Morocco fishing boat mishap

A boat capsized off the coast of Morocco’s port of Tan Tan, 856 km (537 miles), south of capital Rabat, leaving two fishermen dead while at least nine others were still missing, the fisheries department said late on Friday.The...

UN says bodies of at least 6 migrants found on Libyan coast

The U.N. migration agency says the bodies of at least six migrants were found on Libya’s Mediterranean coast.The U.N.’s International Organization for Migration tweeted that the bodies were found near the Libyan port of al-Khums on Friday. The organization...

UN envoy berates foreign interference after air strikes on Libya factory

The UN's Libya envoy pleaded with foreign actors to honor an arms embargo on the conflict-torn country as he said an attack on a Tripoli factory Monday may amount to a war crime.Ghassan Salame accused unnamed countries of worsening...

US urges Libya’s Khalifa Haftar to end attack on Tripoli

The United States has urged Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar to end his offensive to seize Tripoli and accused Russia of exploiting the conflict.The US made its most explicit call against the self-styled Libyan National Army of Haftar, who was...
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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...