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U.S. air strikes pound Islamic State militants in Libya’s Sirte

U.S. aircraft hit Islamic State targets with 30 strikes over the last three days on the Libyan city of Sirte as pro-government forces push into its last militant-held districts, the U.S. military said on Monday. Libyan forces are close...

120 Migrants lost at sea off Libya in nighttime horror

Waves 2.5 metres high, winds of 50 kilometres (30 miles) an hour and a sinking dinghy: rescuers described Thursday a race into Libyan waters to save 113 migrants, with 15 others lost to the raging sea. The white rubber...

Commander of Islamic State affiliate killed by Algerian forces

Algerian soldiers have killed two Islamist militants including one who security sources said was a senior commander with an Islamic State-allied group that kidnapped and beheaded a French tourist two years ago. Troops killed the two suspects, known by...

Sisi says Egypt not supporting opposition in Ethiopia

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi denied on Thursday Ethiopian accusations that his country was supporting the opposition after a wave of violent protests that left hundreds dead. Ethiopia accused "elements" in Eritrea, Egypt and elsewhere on Monday of being...

Libyan forces push into last Islamic State area in Sirte

Libyan pro-government forces are advancing into the last area controlled by Islamic State in the coastal city of Sirte, surrounding the militants after a five-month campaign backed by U.S. air strikes, military officials say. At least eight pro-government fighters...

First Cruise ship arrives Tunisia since fatal museum shooting

The first cruise ship has arrived in Tunisia since a deadly Islamic extremist attack on the country's leading museum last year, a voyage welcomed by singers, dancers and government officials who hope it marks a rebirth of Tunisian tourism....

Italian coast guard says 11,000 migrants rescued off Libya

More than 4,650 migrants were saved on Tuesday off the Libyan coast and 28 bodies recovered, bringing the total number of people rescued in the last 48 hours to nearly 11,000, Italy's coast guard said on Wednesday. More than...

Cyprus orders Egypt plane hijacking suspect extradited

A Cypriot court ruled on Friday that an Egyptian man accused of hijacking a plane and diverting it to Cyprus can be extradited to Cairo for his alleged crimes. Nicosia District Court judge Dona Constantinou was satisfied that Seif...

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...
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Post coup Mali interim president and vice sworn in

ReutersRetired colonel Bah Ndaw was sworn in as Mali’s interim president on Friday, tasked with presiding over an 18-month...
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Migrants stranded in Libya face vicious cycle of cruelty

Associated PressAmnesty International said Thursday that thousands of Europe-bound migrants who were intercepted and returned to Libyan shores this year have disappeared after being...

Unusually heavy rains in Senegal expose big gap in $1.4B flood plan

ReutersMore than two weeks after heavy rains hit Senegal, thigh-high stagnant water still fills streets in Dakar’s suburbs, as angry residents ask what happened...

Fmr French president Sarkozy to know fate in cash-from-Libya case

AFPA Paris appeals court will rule Thursday on a legal challenge by ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy and former aides against an investigation into claims that...

US Secretary of States pushes for breakthrough on Sudan deal

AFPWith weeks to go before US elections, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is racing to make a breakthrough with Sudan that he hopes could...