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Fires still raging at Libyan oil terminal after Islamic States’ attack

Fires at oil storage tanks in the major Libyan terminal of Ras Lanuf were still raging on Friday more than 24 hours after an attack by Islamic State militants, a firefighting official said. Mustafa Moussi said fires were burning...

Sudan parliament approve harsher penalties for rioting

Sudan's parliament Wednesday amended its criminal law to increase the penalty for causing criminal damage during riots from six months in prison to a maximum five-year jail sentence.The changes come one week after deadly unrest at a town in...

Tunisia police disperse fresh protest after jobless man death

Tunisian police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse hundreds of job-seeking demonstrators in the impoverished town of Kasserine, in a second day of protests after the death of an unemployed man. The demonstrators had gathered outside the...

Belgian with ‘direct links’ to Paris attackers arrested in Morocco

Morocco said Monday it had arrested a Belgian man of Moroccan descent who it said was directly linked with some of those behind the jihadist attacks in Paris in November.The interior ministry said in a statement that the suspect,...

Growing concern over new fighting in Sudan’s Darfur

The UN-AU peacekeeping mission in Sudan's Darfur said Sunday it is "deeply concerned" about an surge in fighting between government forces and rebels in the conflict-hit western region. The UNAMID mission said it was "deeply concerned about ongoing fighting...

UN envoy Martin Kobler tells Libya to form unity government without delay

UN envoy Martin Kobler deplored a decision by Libyan authorities to postpone the formation of a new unity government that was expected on Sunday, saying timelines must be respected. A presidential council headed by businessman Fayez al-Sarraj had been...

Explosion rocks Libya oil pipeline in the south Ras Lanuf

An explosion hit a major oil pipeline south of the Libyan terminal of Ras Lanuf overnight between Wednesday and Thursday, a spokesman for Libya's National Oil Corp (NOC) said. Mohamed al-Harari said it was not clear what had caused...

7 killed in fire outbreak at Algeria beach resort

Seven people died when a deliberately lit fire tore through a tourism complex at a beach resort on the outskirts of the Algerian capital Wednesday, the civil defence service said. The blaze erupted around 2:30 am (0130 GMT) at...

How post revolution Tunisia became a target of Jihadists

The 2011 revolution that toppled Tunisia's regime has awoken extremism in the country after decades of repression, turning it into a target for attacks and a key exporter of jihadists. Analysts say the current state of affairs is a result...

Merkel wants Algeria PM to help speed up return of migrants

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Tuesday asked for Algiers' help in speeding up the repatriation of rejected Algerian asylum seekers to their country of origin. Berlin and Algiers have in place a mutual agreement governing expulsions of their citizens, "but...
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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...