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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...

Algeria to increase natural gas output to meet growing demands

Algeria will increase oil and gas outputs to meet both growing local and global demand, local media said on Thursday. Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal predicted a rising global demand for clean energy in the coming years, "including Algeria's natural...

Morocco set for second general election since 2011 reforms

Moroccans will go to the polls on October 7 for the second general election since the king made constitutional reforms in 2011 following Arab Spring protests, the government said Thursday. Campaigning will begin on September 24, Communications Minister Mustapha...

Obama calls for efforts to counter Islamic State in Libya

U.S. President Barack Obama directed his national security advisers on Thursday to counter efforts by Islamic State to expand into Libya and other countries, the White House said. Islamic State militants have taken advantage of chaos in Libya to...
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Amnesty International condemns Ethiopia for mass arrest of Oromo people

Leading rights group Amnesty International says that at least 75 supporters of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) have been...
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Nigerian international Orji Okonkwo ‘feels lucky’ to play under Thierry Henry

Nigeria youth international Orji Okonkwo feels lucky to return for a second loan spell with Major League Soccer (MLS) side Montreal Impact under manager...

France urges US to stay in fight against Islamists in Africa

France hopes “good sense” will prevail and the United States will not slash support for French military operations in West Africa, where groups linked...

Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo dedicates her Grammy to Burna Boy

The Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo has dedicated her Grammy award to the Nigerian singer Burna Boy who was up against her to win the...

Gambia cracks down on protest movement, 3 dead, 137 arrested

The Gambian government on Sunday launched a crackdown on a weeks-old movement demanding the departure of President Adama Barrow, following violent demonstrations in which...