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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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Egyptian court sentences 529 Muslim Brotherhood members to death: lawyer

Egyptian court sentences 529 Muslim Brotherhood members to death: lawyer

An Egyptian court sentenced 529 members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to death on charges including murder on Monday, a defence lawyer said, in a sharp escalation of a crackdown on the movement. The ruling was the biggest mass death sentence handed out in Egypt's modern...

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Seized oil tanker Morning Glory arrives in Libyan capital

Seized oil tanker Morning Glory arrives in Libyan capital

A commercial oil tanker seized by U.S. forces after it loaded crude at a Libya port held by anti-government rebels has docked back in the capital Tripoli, a Reuters witness said on Sunday. U.S. special forces boarded the tanker a week ago off Cyprus, days after it left Es Sider...

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Tunisian diplomat kidnapped in Libyan capital: minister

Tunisian diplomat kidnapped in Libyan capital: minister

Unidentified gunmen have kidnapped a Tunisian diplomat in Tripoli, Tunisia's foreign minister said on Saturday, one of a string of diplomatic abductions in the Libyan capital this year. Three years after Libya's revolt to topple Muammar Gaddafi, the North African country is...

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Libyan army in heavy fighting with oil port rebels

Libyan army in heavy fighting with oil port rebels

Libyan troops fought with rebels occupying oil ports on Saturday after fighters attacked an army base where military reinforcements were preparing for an offensive to break the blockade, local residents said. Anti-aircraft gunfire and explosions were heard late at night and again...

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Tunisia ministry pictures: 'Jihadists' or boy scouts?

Tunisia ministry pictures: 'Jihadists' or boy scouts?

Photographs of what the Tunisian government says are young jihadists training to fight in Syria have caused surprise amid claims that some show a boy scouts camp instead. At a news conference on Monday, the ministry presented pictures of a group of young men working in a field, claiming...

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Tunisian prostitutes demand going back to work

Tunisian prostitutes demand going back to work

  A group of Tunisian prostitutes demanded Tuesday to be allowed back to work, 18 months after their brothel in the resort town of Sousse was attacked by hardline Salafists and closed down. A delegation handed deputy parliament speaker Meherzia Laabidi, a woman, a...

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Shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles flow abroad from Libya: U.N.

Shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles flow abroad from Libya: U.N.

Shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles have been trafficked out of  Libya  to Chad, Mali,  Tunisia , Lebanon and likely Central African Republic, with attempts made to send them to Syrian opposition groups, according to a U.N. report on Tuesday. An independent...

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Libyan parliament ousts PM Ali Zeidan

Libyan parliament ousts PM Ali Zeidan

    The Libyan parliament voted Tuesday to oust Prime Minister Ali Zeidan amid anger at his government's failure to stop eastern rebels from independently exporting oil. “The situation in the country has become unacceptable. Even those MPs who used to...

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Algerian President Bouteflika to seek fourth term

Algerian President Bouteflika to seek fourth term

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke last year, will run for a fourth term in an election in April, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said on Saturday. The 76-year-old leader, who has ruled the North African nation since 1999, has not yet announced his own...

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Libyan official, patients killed as military plane crashes in Tunisia

Libyan official, patients killed as military plane crashes in Tunisia

An Islamist official in Libya's government and 10 other passengers and crew were killed when a military plane carrying medical patients crashed near Tunisia's capital early on Friday, officials said. The Libyan Antonov aircraft went down after the pilot tried to land in farmland...

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Insight: After Assad, Syria democrats learn to fear Qaeda

Insight: After Assad, Syria democrats learn to fear Qaeda

When he was agitating for revolution, urging fellow Syrians to rise up against President Bashar al-Assad, Abdullah dreaded the midnight knock at the door from the secret police. Now that the uprising has succeeded in his home town near Aleppo, pro-democracy activists are living in fear...

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Syria’s Jihadi Migration Emerges as Top Terror Threat in Europe, Beyond

Syria’s Jihadi Migration Emerges as Top Terror Threat in Europe, Beyond

Rachid Wahbi came to Syria from a Spanish slum, rushing toward death. And he didn’t plan to die alone. Facing a camera hours before the end, the bearded, 33-year-old cabdriver wore a black headdress and a black flak vest and held an AK-47 rifle. He spoke in hesitant classical...

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Investigation: The Price of Loyalty in Syria

Investigation: The Price of Loyalty in Syria

       The Damascus neighborhood known as Mezze 86 is a dense, dilapidated warren of narrow hillside streets adorned with posters bearing the face of Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad. The presidential palace is nearby, and the area is...

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Special Report: Syria's Islamists seize control as moderates dither

Special Report: Syria's Islamists seize control as moderates dither

As the Syrian civil war got under way, a former electrician who calls himself Sheikh Omar built up a brigade of rebel fighters. In two years of struggle against President Bashar al-Assad, they came to number 2,000 men, he said, here in the northern city of Aleppo. Then, virtually overnight,...

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'Take Your Portion': A Victim Speaks Out About Rape in Syria

'Take Your Portion': A Victim Speaks Out About Rape in Syria

    Alma Abdulrahman is lying gaunt and unable to move anything below her diaphragm in a hospital bed in Amman. Some bedsores have become so deep she's having surgery tomorrow. Screws hold together her upper vertebrae, and cigarette burns pock her right shoulder. Her voice fades...

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