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Morocco set to produce 42% of her energy needs from renewable sources by 2020

Morocco will produce 42 percent of its electricity needs from renewable sources by 2020, head of the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN) said on Monday. Mustapha Bakkoury made the statement to the press following a working session on...

Clashes with Islamic States in Libya’s Sirte leaves 19 dead

Ten jihadists and nine pro-government fighters died in clashes Thursday around the last positions of the Islamic State group in the Libyan coastal city of Sirte, medical and military sources said. "Our forces are advancing on the last holdouts...

Court jails five juveniles in Egypt over Red Sea island protest

An Egyptian court sentenced five juveniles to five years in prison and a fine of 100,000 Egyptian pounds ($11,000) for protesting against a decision to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, a judicial source and state media...

Six fatalities reported in military helicopter crash in east Libya

Six people were killed when a military helicopter operated by armed forces loyal to Libya's eastern government crashed late on Monday, a military source said. Among those killed was Colonel Idris Younes, an adviser to the head of Libya's...

Kidnapping in Libya; Canadian, 2 Italian seized by unknown gunmen

Two Italians and a Canadian have been kidnapped in Libya's southwestern desert, possibly by a criminal gang, authorities said. The three, who were working on airport projects, were abducted between the towns of Ghat and Tahala, near the border...

Tensions heat up within Moroccan government as election nears

Tensions have erupted between Morocco's royal establishment and the Islamist ruling party, with the Islamist justice minister complaining of "weird" goings-on in the run-up to a parliamentary election next month. Mustapha Ramid accused his government colleague Mohammed Hassad, a...

Khalifa Haftar forces repel Libyan loyalist bid to retake oil ports fails

A counter-attack by fighters loyal to Libya's UN-backed unity government aimed at retaking key eastern oil ports was repelled on Sunday by forces from a rival administration. The operation came as three members of forces loyal to the Tripoli-based...

Trouble brewing in Tunisia over water shortages may spark ‘thirst uprising’

Activists are warning of a potential "thirst uprising" in Tunisia following protests over severe water shortages after one of the North African nation's driest summers on record. Residents in the interior are suffering long water supply cuts, reservoirs are...

Eastern Libyan forces under Khalifa Haftar seize key oil ports

Forces loyal to east Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar on Sunday seized at least two key oil ports from a rival force loyal to the U.N.-backed government, risking a new conflict over the OPEC nation's resources. Ahmed al-Mismari, a spokesman...

U.S. says Libya close to eliminating Islamic State from Sirte

U.S.-backed Libyan forces are close to vanquishing Islamic State from its last holdouts in the city of Sirte, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday. Carter said forces aligned with Libya's U.N.-backed government, who have been aided by...
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Jihadists seize key Mozambique LNG port town

Fighters linked to Islamic State seized control of a northern Mozambican port town that’s been a key logistics link for a $23 billion natural-gas...

Condemnation trail Somalia new bill seeking to allow child and forced marriage

Somalia’s parliament has sparked outrage by replacing long-awaited legislation to protect women and girls from violence with a new bill permitting child and forced...

Malians back on the street renew call for president to resign

Thousands of people took to the streets of Mali’s rainy capital Bamako on Tuesday renewing calls for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to step down...

Three persons handed 30 years jail term for throwing stone at president’s convoy

Three people have been sentenced to 30 years in prison in Burundi after being accused of throwing stones at the president’s convoy. The sentence...