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Libyan presidential council to name new cabinet after previous one was rejected

The Libyan Presidential Council members have started on Thursday talks aiming to form a new unity government as proposed under a UN-sponsored agreement to end the country's political division in the Moroccan city of Skhirat. These talks comes after...

Sudan’s al Bashir declares resumption of river transport with South Sudan

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Thursday announced resumption of river transport between Sudan's Kosti town and Juba, the capital city of South Sudan. Al-Bashir made the announcement when addressing a gathering in Rabak town in White Nile State Thursday....

Fear grips Sirte, Libya’s growing jihadist haven

Public beheadings and roving jihadist gangs are terrifying residents in the Islamic State group's Libyan stronghold of Sirte, in an ominous sign of the movement's growing international influence. Witnesses tell of amputations and executions in squares in Muammar Gaddafi's...

10 Libyan lawmakers sacked for signing UN-backed unity deal

Libya's unrecognised Islamist-backed parliament on Tuesday dismissed 10 lawmakers who signed a UN-brokered deal to set up a national unity government, members said. First deputy head of the Tripoli-based General National Congress, Awad Mohammed Abdul-Sadiq, told a news conference...

32 Islamic State affiliates detained in Algeria

Algerian security forces arrested 32 members of a terrorist group affiliated to Daesh, also known as Islamic State (IS) group, in the province of Boumerdes, local media reported, citing a security source. According to the state-run Algerian newspaper El...

Handicrafts remain key feature of Sudan’s cultural diversity

Throughout the ages, handicrafts in Sudan have remained an important feature of the African country's cultural diversity that reflects the multiplicity of its tribes and heritage. In the Nile Tourism and Shopping Festival, kicked off on Sunday in Nahral...

Ancient Egyptian boat discovered near pyramids

Czech archaeologists have unearthed an ancient funerary boat near the Abusir pyramids south of Cairo, officials said Monday, in a discovery that could shed light on shipbuilding in ancient Egypt.The discovery of the more than 4,500-year-old remains of the...

Tunisia police clash with Islamist militants leaves 2 dead

Tunisian police have clashed with Islamist gunmen in a remote mountainous area in the southern region of Gabes, killing at least two militants, the interior ministry said on Monday. Tunisia's security forces are on a campaign against Islamist militants...

22 killed in Egypt in crashes caused by heavy fog

Bad weather including heavy fog caused two major traffic accidents in Egypt on Sunday that left at least 22 people dead, officials said. The deadlier accident saw 16 people killed and 21 wounded in multiple car crashes near Beni...

3 policemen killed, 5 wounded in Egypt’s Sinai blast

At least three policemen were killed and five others wounded at Thursday midnight in a massive blast in a city in Egypt's restive North Sinai province, state-run Al-Ahram news website reported. The blast was caused by an improvised device...
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Two killed, 20 wounded as suicide bomber detonates near Somali capital

At least two people were killed and more than 20 others wounded when a suicide car bomber targeted a...
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South African man shoots his wife, son and mother then himself

The Secunda community in South Africa is reeling in shock after a man Carel Naude, shot his wife, their disabled child, his own mother...

Museum in Benin rep. celebrates return of stolen artifacts from France

More than two years after France promised to return colonial-era treasures to their African homes, Benin — ostensibly the first recipient of the groundbreaking...

Suspense in Guinea-Bissau as Supreme Court calls for clarification of presidential vote result

The outcome of Guinea-Bissau’s presidential election was thrown into doubt on Friday after the Supreme Court called for a clarification of the tally hours...

Eastern Libya halts more than half the country’s oil output

Eastern Libya ports controlled by commander Khalifa Haftar, who is trying to seize the capital Tripoli, are shutting down oil exports, slashing national crude...