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Sudan security forces break up demonstration in West Darfur

Sudanese security forces in West Darfur's state capital on Sunday dispersed protesters who had gathered outside government buildings, with rebels claiming four demonstrators were killed but officials saying there had been no casualties. The unrest began after a group...

Egypt gets first parliament in 4 years

Egypt's new parliament convened on Sunday, in its first session in three years, after a legislative election dominated by pro-government candidates in the absence of any opposition. Analysts have said the new 596-member parliament is expected to strengthen the...

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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U.S envoy arrives Sudan to mediate in Ethiopia’s dam dispute

The U.S envoy for the Horn of Africa was in Sudan on Friday with the aim of resolving the...
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