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Libyan officials say suspects in killing of US teacher held

Libyan officials say suspects in killing of US teacher held

Authorities in eastern Libya say they have taken into custody suspects in the 2013 killing of an American chemistry teacher in Benghazi. The self-styled Libyan National Army said on social media Thursday that "those who took part in this crime" – the killing of teacher Ronnie Smith...

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Tunisia says foiled several Daesh attacks

Tunisia says foiled several Daesh attacks

Tunisian security forces have thwarted several attacks by the Daesh terrorist group, Interior Minister Hisham al-Furati said on Monday.   “Plots by Daesh-linked groups to carry out suicide attacks against security and military forces were foiled this month,” al-Furati told...

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Dozens of migrants refuse to leave container ship in Libya

Dozens of migrants refuse to leave container ship in Libya

Dozens of migrants have barricaded themselves in a container ship in the Libyan port city of Misrata for the past five days, after being picked up at sea, and refuse to disembark, saying Libya is too dangerous for them. Loaded with cars, the ship Nivin was already bound for Misrata when...

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Three killed in Morocco mine collapse

Three killed in Morocco mine collapse

  Three people were killed Tuesday and three others injured when a zinc and lead mine collapsed in northeastern Morocco, authorities said, in a region shaken by protests over similar accidents. The accident occurred near the impoverished former mining town of Jerada a week after two...

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One dead in flooding as heavy rains hit Kuwait

One dead in flooding as heavy rains hit Kuwait

Flash floods after heavy rains in Kuwait killed one man Saturday and damaged roads, bridges and homes, officials said, as several oil firms and ministries announced a state of emergency. The health ministry said the man, aged 30, was swept away by the flooding as he tried to rescue his...

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Libyan players set for Italy summit in fresh bid to solve crisis

Libyan players set for Italy summit in fresh bid to solve crisis

Libya's key political players are set to meet global leaders in Italy next week, in the latest bid by major powers to kick-start a long-stalled political process and trigger elections. A summit in Paris in May had seen the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) and eastern...

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Tunisian president accepts new ministers, easing high-level standoff

Tunisian president accepts new ministers, easing high-level standoff

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi said Thursday he was ready to swear in ten new ministers named in a reshuffle that he had originally rejected, easing a high-level political standoff that has alarmed donors. Prime Minister Youssef Chahed announced the reshuffle on Monday – but...

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Female suicide bomber wounds many in central Tunis

Female suicide bomber wounds many in central Tunis

A suicide bomber blew herself up on a busy Tunis avenue Monday afternoon, killing herself and wounding many others, Tunisia's TAP news agency reported. The 30-year-old woman set off the blast just before 2 p.m. in the Tunisian capital's popular Habib Bourguiba avenue, according to...

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Libya strongman Haftar in Rome ahead of crisis talks

Libya strongman Haftar in Rome ahead of crisis talks

Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, whose self-styled Libyan National Army dominates the country's east, was in Rome Monday for talks ahead of next month's Sicily conference on the conflict-hit North African nation. Italy is trying to convince Haftar to support a crisis resolution plan...

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Algeria's Bouteflika to seek re-election in 2019: party chief

Algeria's Bouteflika to seek re-election in 2019: party chief

Algeria's frail President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in power since 1999, will stand for a fifth term at elections next year, the head of his party said Sunday. National Liberation Front chief Djamel Ould Abbes said Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke in 2013, would be the party's candidate at...

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Libyan FM rejects EU's 'disembarkation platforms'

Libyan FM rejects EU's 'disembarkation platforms'

Libya and its north African neighbors are opposed to the EU's plan for "regional disembarkation platforms" to stem the flow of migrants entering the bloc, Tripoli's Foreign Minister Mohammad al-Taher Siala said in an Austrian newspaper interview Friday. "All north African countries...

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Tunisia parliament adopts anti-racism law

Tunisia parliament adopts anti-racism law

Tunisia's parliament has adopted a law criminalizing racist speech, incitement to hatred and discrimination, in a vote hailed as a historic first in a country with a significant black minority. The legislation was approved on Tuesday night after a lengthy debate with 125 members of...

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Morocco navy fires on migrant boat, wounding one

Morocco navy fires on migrant boat, wounding one

The Moroccan navy opened fire on a boat transporting migrants from the North African country, wounding one of them, a military source said Wednesday. Despite warning shots, "the motorboat that was carrying 58 migrants hidden under tarpaulin made a hostile move which forced the...

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Morocco navy says 615 migrants saved in weekend ops

Morocco navy says 615 migrants saved in weekend ops

Morocco's Royal Navy said Monday its forces rescued 615 migrants from 31 boats that ran into trouble in the Mediterranean at the weekend while trying to reach Spain. The Spanish coastguard announced Sunday that in 48 hours it had rescued nearly 1,200 migrants bound for its shores -- a...

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Libyan forces capture fugitive Egyptian militant

Libyan forces capture fugitive Egyptian militant

The self-styled Libyan National Army says its troops have captured a prominent militant wanted in neighboring Egypt. In a statement posted on its Facebook page Monday, the army said Hesham Eshmawi was captured in an "operation" in the eastern town of Derna. A Twitter account run...

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Tunisia extends state of emergency

Tunisia extends state of emergency

Tunisia's presidency Friday announced the extension of the country's state of emergency, imposed in 2015 following a series of deadly jihadist attacks. The decision to prolong the state of emergency until November 6 comes amid a tense political climate ahead of legislative and...

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Sudan seizes two newspapers as EU urges press freedom

Sudan seizes two newspapers as EU urges press freedom

Sudanese security agents confiscated the entire print runs of two newspapers Thursday, their owners said, days after the European Union and Washington pushed for press freedoms in the African country. Agents of Sudan's powerful National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) seized...

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Fighting forces Libya to close Tripoli airport again

Fighting forces Libya to close Tripoli airport again

Libya has closed the only functioning airport in the capital Tripoli again after rockets were fired in its direction, officials said Tuesday, days after flights had resumed following an earlier shutdown. Matiga airport, a former air base used for commercial flights since the main...

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