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Tunisian prime minister Habib Essid reshuffles cabinet

Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid named 12 new ministers on Wednesday in a cabinet reshuffle he hopes will boost the effectiveness of his government as it battles jihadist violence and tries to revive the economy. Tunisia has been under...

No easy options to dislodge Islamic State from Libya

Western nations agree military action must be taken soon to combat the growing threat of the Islamic State (IS) group in conflict-wracked Libya, but analysts say there are no easy options. Air strikes by an international coalition helped rebel...

Islamic State presses assault on key Libya oil region

Fighting raged between the Islamic State group and Libyan forces Tuesday as the jihadists pushed on the country's crucial coastal oil terminals. For the second day running, IS jihadists -- an increasingly powerful force in strife-torn Libya -- attacked...

Sudan want Iranian diplomatic members out of Khartoum in 14 days

Sudan on Monday urged members of the Iranian diplomatic mission in Khartoum to leave the country in two weeks after Sudan's earlier decision to cut off its diplomatic ties with Tehran. Sudan's Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned the acting...

Islamic State group claims capture of Libyan town of Ben Jawad

The Islamic State (IS) group has captured the Libyan town of Ben Jawad, close to the country’s vital oil ports, the militants said Monday. The ultra-hardline group, which has taken advantage of years of chaos to grab territory in...

Thousands throng Algeria village for the burial of Hocine Ait-Ahmed

Tens of thousands gathered in an Algerian village Friday for the burial of Hocine Ait-Ahmed, one of the fathers of the country's struggle for independence and a key opposition figure.Ait-Ahmed died last week in Switzerland aged 89. His remains...

UN Libya envoy, Martin Kobler in Tripoli for government talks

The UN's envoy for Libya held talks in Tripoli Friday, seeking to encourage the administration there to commit to a national unity government that would end years of bloodshed.Martin Kobler, on a desperate diplomatic push to get Libya's two...

15 drown in boat mishap in River Nile, Egypt

At least 15 people drowned when an unlicensed ferry capsized in Egypt's Nile river north of Cairo overnight, the government said on Friday. Rescue teams recovered 15 bodies in the Kafr al-Sheikh province north of Cairo, the cabinet said in...
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Ethiopia officials say at least 10 died in protests over autonomy

At least 10 people died in clashes between protesters and security forces in Ethiopia’s southern region on Monday, health...
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Group of Zimbabwe white farmers rejects govt’s $3.5b compensation plan as unfair

An organisation in Zimbabwe, for the White farmers disposed of their land during government's land reform process has dismissed a recent US$3.5B compensation fund...

Gunmen on motorbike kill 6 French aid workers, their driver and guide in Niger

Gunmen ridding on motorcycles intercepted and killed six French aid workers, their Nigerien guide and driver in a wildlife park in Niger on Sunday,...

Military base in Somali capital rocked by bomb blast, at least 8 dead

A huge blast rocked a military base in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu near a stadium on Saturday, killing at least eight people and injuring 14,...

Ivory Coast opposition says Ouattara 3rd term quest would destabilise country

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara’s decision to run for a third term in office violates the constitution and will destabilise a country still recovering...