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Libya unity govt denies accord for Italy ships to deploy

Libya unity govt denies accord for Italy ships to deploy

Libya's U.N.-backed unity government chief has denied that an agreement has been struck with Rome to deploy Italian vessels in Libyan waters to combat human trafficking. Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj "denies having asked Italy to send naval vessels into Libya's territorial waters ... or...

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Armed groups in western Libya attack activists

Armed groups in western Libya attack activists

Human Rights Watch said that activists in western Libya were physically attacked and threatened by armed groups, some affiliated with U.N.-backed government based in the country's capital, Tripoli. The statement by the New York-based watchdog on Thursday says that Libyan "authorities seem...

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Libya coastguard rescues nearly 300 migrants off the coast

Libya coastguard rescues nearly 300 migrants off the coast

Libya's coastguard rescued an estimated 278 migrants including women and children Monday off the shores of two different towns west of the capital Tripoli, a spokesman said. The coastal towns to the west of Tripoli - Zawiya, Sabratha, and Zuwarah - are common departure points for migrants...

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Libyan PM decries edict by clerics loyal to rival government

Libyan PM decries edict by clerics loyal to rival government

The prime minister of Libya's internationally-recognized government has decried a religious edict issued by clerics affiliated with a rival government that bans the Ibadi, a Muslim sect to which hundreds of thousands of Libya's Amazigh adhere. Fayez Serraj warned of "endangering social...

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Egypt's state-run media says attack kills 1 policeman

Egypt's state-run media says attack kills 1 policeman

Egypt's state-run news agency says gunmen have attacked a three-car police convoy on the main Cairo-to-Fayoum road killing one policeman and injuring three others. MENA quoted an Interior Ministry statement late Thursday as saying the gunmen fired at the last car from plantation land...

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Tunisia bans Wonder Woman film over Israeli star

Tunisia bans Wonder Woman film over Israeli star

A Tunisian court has banned the US film "Wonder Woman" which stars an Israeli actress, more than a month after it had been scheduled to open at cinemas in the Arab state, a legal source said Wednesday. Lebanon has also banned Wonder Woman, on the grounds of a long-standing boycott of Israel....

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Egypt police trap and kill top militants

Egypt police trap and kill top militants

Egyptian police have killed two leaders of the Hasam militia in a shootout after intercepting them as they relocated to a new hideout on Cairo's outskirts, the government said Tuesday. The interior ministry said the two militants were "prominent leaders" of the Hasam group - an extremist...

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Man killed in Egypt raid on Nile island squatters

Man killed in Egypt raid on Nile island squatters

One person was killed and 50 people were injured in clashes on Sunday as security forces tried to evict squatters from a Nile island, the government and witnesses said. The incident on Warraq island in Cairo came amid a government campaign to remove encroachments from state property and...

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Egypt says 9 militants killed in Sinai

Egypt says 9 militants killed in Sinai

Security forces killed nine militants in the Sinai Peninsula and destroyed 15 vehicles transporting weapons into Egypt across its western border, the military said in statements on Sunday. The "extremists" were killed in two separate incidents in the middle Sinai, but the military did not...

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Benghazi airport reopens after three-year closure during war

Benghazi airport reopens after three-year closure during war

Benghazi's international airport officially reopened for commercial flights amid a heavy security presence on Saturday after a three-year closure due to fighting in the city. The first outward bound flights from Benina Airport were to the capital, Tripoli, to Amman, Jordan, and to the...

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Two German tourists stabbed to death on Egyptian beach

Two German tourists stabbed to death on Egyptian beach

An Egyptian man stabbed two German tourists to death and wounded four others on Friday at a popular seaside vacation spot on the Red Sea, after apparently searching out foreigners to attack, officials and witnesses said. The knifeman killed the two German women and wounded two other tourists...

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Six tourists wounded in Egypt beach resort stabbing

Six tourists wounded in Egypt beach resort stabbing

Two Ukrainian tourists were killed and four other tourists wounded by an attacker with a knife at an Egyptian holiday resort in Hurghada, though the motive for the attack was still under investigation, Egypt's Interior Ministry and security sources said on Friday. The assailant has been...

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Egypt says suspected militant killed in shootout

Egypt says suspected militant killed in shootout

Egypt said Tuesday a member of a violent group suspected of links to the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood has been killed in a shootout with security forces, the latest in what appears to be a stepped-up crackdown on militants across the country. The Interior Ministry, which is in charge of...

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Egyptian police kill 16 gunmen in raids targeting militants

Egyptian police kill 16 gunmen in raids targeting militants

Egyptian police officers have shot dead 16 gunmen in two shootouts, the country's Interior Ministry said on Saturday, adding that most of those killed were fugitive militants linked to recent attacks on security forces in Northern Sinai. Egypt faces an Islamist insurgency led by the Islamic...

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Dozens of Egyptian migrants found dead in Libya

Dozens of Egyptian migrants found dead in Libya

Some 48 Egyptian migrants were found dead in eastern Libya, according to the Libyan Red Crescent. In a statement on Saturday, the Red Crescent said the bodies were found south of a checkpoint between Tobruk and Ajdabiya cities in northeastern Libya. “The victims were on their way to...

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At least 23 Egyptian soldiers killed in Sinai car bomb attacks

At least 23 Egyptian soldiers killed in Sinai car bomb attacks

At least 23 Egyptian soldiers were killed when two suicide car bombs tore through army checkpoints in North Sinai province on Friday, security sources said, one of the bloodiest assaults on security forces for months. Militants are waging an insurgency in the rugged, thinly populated Sinai...

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10 Egyptian troops killed in a suicide bombing attack in northeastern Sinai Peninsula

10 Egyptian troops killed in a suicide bombing attack in northeastern Sinai Peninsula

Egyptian officials say at least 10 security troops have killed when a car bomb struck a military checkpoint followed by heavy gunfire in northeastern Sinai Peninsula. The officials say that the Friday attack started when a suicide car bomber rammed his vehicle into the checkpoint in southern...

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Fierce fighting as East Libyan forces close in on last Benghazi holdout

Fierce fighting as East Libyan forces close in on last Benghazi holdout

East Libyan forces battled to advance into a final area of Benghazi controlled by their opponents on Tuesday, clearing mines and roadblocks and targeting snipers with cover from tank rounds. Khalifa Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) says it is close to concluding a three-year...

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