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Libyan rights activist killed in Benghazi

Libyan rights activist killed in Benghazi

(Al Arabiya-AFP)- Libyan human rights activist and lawyer Salwa Bugaighis, who played an active part in country’s 2011 uprising, was shot dead by unknown assailants in the eastern city of Benghazi late Wednesday. “Unknown hooded men wearing military uniforms attacked Mrs...

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As Libya teeters near chaos, U.S. keeps hands-off policy

As Libya teeters near chaos, U.S. keeps hands-off policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Among all countries swept by the Arab Spring uprisings, few today are as dysfunctional as Libya. Heavily armed militias outgun its fledgling army. A renegade former general has launched a purge of radical Islamists. Weapons looted from arsenals of ousted...

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Tunisia eyes autumn elections to anchor democracy

Tunisia eyes autumn elections to anchor democracy

Tunisia’s election authority has proposed a parliamentary vote on Oct. 26 and the first round of presidential polls a month later, marking the final step towards full democracy in the cradle of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings. Tunisia’s often turbulent political transition began...

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Eastern Libya oil rebel rejects new government

Eastern Libya oil rebel rejects new government

(Reuters) - The leader of the protesters occupying Libyan oil ports said on Monday he did not recognize Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq's new government and suggested a previously agreed deal to end his blockade could be in jeopardy. Ibrahim Jathran, who wants more autonomy from...

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 Gunfire, explosions reported near two military camps in Libyan capital

Gunfire, explosions reported near two military camps in Libyan capital

(Reuters) - Explosions and heavy fighting with anti-aircraft guns could be heard near two military camps in Libya's capital Tripoli early Wednesday, witnesses said, two days after gunmen had stormed parliament in the worst violence in months. Residents reported several loud...

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U.S. moves more forces closer to Libya as unrest grows

U.S. moves more forces closer to Libya as unrest grows

(Reuters) - The United States has increased the number of Marines and aircraft stationed in Sicily who could be called upon to evacuate Americans from the U.S. embassy in Tripoli as unrest in Libya grows, two U.S. officials said on Monday. About 60 more Marines and another...

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Gunmen storm Libyan parliament, clashes in Tripoli

Gunmen storm Libyan parliament, clashes in Tripoli

(Reuters) - Heavily armed gunmen stormed Libya's parliament with anti-aircraft weapons on Sunday in an assault claimed by forces loyal to a renegade ex-general who has vowed to purge the country of Islamist militants. In a confusing, chaotic attack, heavy smoke rose from the...

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Families evacuate Benghazi as renegade Libyan general vows more attacks

Families evacuate Benghazi as renegade Libyan general vows more attacks

(Reuters) - The self-declared Libyan National Army told civilians on Saturday to leave parts of Benghazi before it launched a fresh attack on Islamist militants, a day after at least 43 were killed in the worst clashes in the Libyan city for months. Dozens of families could...

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Bouteflika sworn in as Algerian president for 4th term

Bouteflika sworn in as Algerian president for 4th term

  Abdelaziz Bouteflika was sworn in as Algeria’s president for a fourth term Monday, in a televised ceremony after his re-election in a campaign he was too sick to participate in. Sitting in a wheelchair and dressed in a blue three-piece...

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Tunisia to hold elections by end 2014 deadline

Tunisia to hold elections by end 2014 deadline

 Tunisia, where the Arab spring sparked, is to hold both legislative and presidential elections on schedule, before the end of 2014, the leader of Tunisia's Islamist Ennahdha Movement said during his visit to Ankara on Tuesday. Leader of...

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Tunisian diplomat, in video message, urges government to negotiate with Libyan kidnappers

Tunisian diplomat, in video message, urges government to negotiate with Libyan kidnappers

A Tunisian diplomat kidnapped in Libya pleaded with his government to negotiate with his Islamist captors, according to a video released by an Islamist group on Sunday evening. Libyan Islamists have seized two Tunisian diplomats in the past month to demand the release of fellow...

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Bouteflika wins 4th term as Algerian president

Bouteflika wins 4th term as Algerian president

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has been in power for 15 years and is confined to a wheelchair, has won a fourth term with 81.53 percent of the vote, Interior Minister Tayeb Belaiz announced on Friday. Bouteflika’s closest rival Ali Benflis, who came second with 12.18...

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Gunmen kidnap Tunisian diplomat in Libya

Gunmen kidnap Tunisian diplomat in Libya

A Tunisian diplomat was kidnapped on Thursday in the Libyan capital Tripoli, Libya's foreign ministry said, two days after gunmen seized Jordan's ambassador. Kidnappings have become commonplace in the oil producer, with foreign officials often the targets. The weak interim...

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Libya starts trial of ex-Gaddafi officials, sons absent

Libya starts trial of ex-Gaddafi officials, sons absent

Libyan prosecutors opened the trial of deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi's sons and more than two dozen of his ex-officials on Monday in a major test for the North African state's transition to a democracy. Gaddafi's sons Saadi Gaddafi and Saif al-Islam did not appear in the...

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Egypt's Tahrir Square dream fades as Sisi builds power

Egypt's Tahrir Square dream fades as Sisi builds power

In a courthouse near Cairo, a peremptory message hangs above the judge presiding over one of a series of trials involving Egypt's briefly powerful and now almost impotent Muslim Brotherhood. "In the name of God the Merciful", it reads, "Allah commands you to render trust to...

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Libya's coastguard detains more than 400 immigrants en route to Europe

Libya's coastguard detains more than 400 immigrants en route to Europe

Libya's coastguard has detained more than 400 immigrants, mostly from the Horn of Africa, in its waters in the past two days as they tried to illegally cross to Europe in small boats, Libyan officials said on Thursday. The coastguard picked up five boatloads of people. Warning...

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Egypt court upholds jailing of leading pro-democracy activists

Egypt court upholds jailing of leading pro-democracy activists

An Egyptian appeals court on Monday upheld the jailing of three leading figures of the 2011 pro-democracy uprising, tightening a crackdown on secular activists opposed to the army-backed government. Critics see their case as an attempt to stifle the kind of political street...

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Policeman killed in double blast outside Cairo University

Policeman killed in double blast outside Cairo University

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