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Libya’s parliament rejects UN-backed unity government

Libya’s internationally recognised parliament voted on Monday to reject a unity government proposed under a U.N.-backed plan to resolve the country’s political crisis and armed conflict. Of 104 members attending the session in the eastern city of Tobruk, 89...

Gunmen kill 3, wound 4 in Egypt checkpoint attack

Gunmen on  three motorcycles opened fire on a checkpoint in Egypt Sunday, killing two policemen and a bystander, security officials said on the eve of the anniversary of the 2011 uprising. Another two policemen were wounded in the attack...

Thousands of trainee teachers protest over grant cuts in Morocco

Thousands of trainee teachers took to the streets of Morocco's capital on Sunday in protest at government decrees that would cut grants and affect their job prospects. Representatives of the five major trade unions and youth activists joined the protesters...

Thousands of trainee teachers protest over grant cuts in Morocco

Thousands of trainee teachers took to the streets of Morocco's capital on Sunday in protest at government decrees that would cut grants and affect their job prospects. Representatives of the five major trade unions and youth activists joined the protesters...

Morocco journalist faces trial for comments on Western Sahara

Moroccan journalist Ali Anouzla is to stand trial next month over comments about the Western Sahara that he made to the German press, he said on Sunday. The head of the Lakome2 website faces charges of "undermining national territorial...

Tunisia introduce curfew after worst unrest since Arab spring

Tunisia on Friday declared a nighttime curfew across the country after a wave of protests and clashes that constitute the most serious outbreak of social unrest since its 2011 revolution. Five years after the overthrow of longtime dictator Zine...

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,...
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Rwandan opposition figures jailed for 7-12 years for ‘conspiracy’

Six Rwandan opposition figures have been jailed for seven to 12 years after being convicted of forming an illegal armed group and conspiring against...

Guinea’s Conde poised for referendum date despite protests

Guinea's President Alpha Conde is set to hold a constitutional referendum next month, government sources said, despite protests led by an opposition alliance fearful...

Opposition radio station in Benin rep. sacks all staff after govt revoke license

A radio station in Benin belonging to an exiled opponent of President Patrice Talon has sacked all its staff after authorities stopped it from...

Estranged wife of Zimbabwe VP gains custody of their 3 children

Zimbabwe vice president Constantino Chiwenga's estranged wife, Marry Mubaiwa, gained custody of the couple's three children on Friday last week, as part of an...