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Fighting in Libyan capital closes airport

Fighting in Libyan capital closes airport

The Libyan capital's Mitiga airport was evacuated on Tuesday and civilian flights were repeatedly suspended as rival armed groups clashed nearby, officials said. Flights had restarted around midday on Tuesday after being suspended for several hours during the morning and the previous...

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Armed faction takes over protection of Libyan oil and gas complex, fresh concern over migrants

Armed faction takes over protection of Libyan oil and gas complex, fresh concern over migrants

SABRATHA, Libya (Reuters) - An armed alliance involved in a three-week battle over the Libyan smuggling hub of Sabratha said on Saturday it had taken over protection of the Mellitah oil and gas terminal after expelling a rival group. An organization called the Operations Room and its...

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Armed force claims victory in Libyan migrant smuggling hub

Armed force claims victory in Libyan migrant smuggling hub

An armed alliance involved in a three-week battle over the Libyan smuggling hub of Sabratha said it had taken control of the coastal city on Friday. A group called the Operations Room and its allies have been fighting the Anas al-Dabbashi brigade, a major facilitator of migrant...

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Tunisia Islamist party says municipal polls postponed

Tunisia Islamist party says municipal polls postponed

The head of Tunisia's Islamist Ennahda party on Sunday said the country's first post-revolution municipal polls due in December would be postponed, probably until March next year. Rached Ghannouchi told private Shems FM radio: "We were not favourable to a postponement of the municipal...

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Tunisians march against contested corruption amnesty

Tunisians march against contested corruption amnesty

 Hundreds of Tunisians protested on Saturday in the streets of the capital against a widely contested new law that grants officials from the former regime involved in corruption amnesty from prosecution. Tunisia’s parliament on Wednesday approved a law protecting officials...

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Tunisia parliament approves controversial amnesty for Ben Ali-era corruption

Tunisia parliament approves controversial amnesty for Ben Ali-era corruption

Tunisia’s parliament on Wednesday approved a controversial law granting amnesty to officials accused of corruption during the rule of autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, triggering angry protests from the opposition and activists outside. Opposition lawmakers sang the national anthem...

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Trump calls Egypt's Sisi to affirm support

Trump calls Egypt's Sisi to affirm support

U.S. President Donald Trump has told his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi that he wants to strengthen ties with Cairo, Sisi's office said Friday, days after it emerged Washington had cut some aid to Egypt. Egypt had protested on Wednesday a U.S. decision to withhold some military...

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Egypt archaeologists uncover tombs dating back to Roman era

Egypt archaeologists uncover tombs dating back to Roman era

 Egypt's Antiquities Ministry says that archaeologists have uncovered five tombs from the Roman era, dating back to more than 2,000 years. Thursday's statement says the discovery was made in a western desert area known as Beir al-Shagala near the Dakhla oasis, southwest of Cairo....

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Militants kill soldier, policeman in Sinai

Militants kill soldier, policeman in Sinai

Egyptian security officials say a soldier and a policeman have been killed in separate attacks by suspected Islamic militants in the turbulent north of the Sinai Peninsula. The officials say that along with the killed soldier, five others were wounded when their armored vehicle struck a...

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Sudanese children of Islamic State militants released in Libya

Sudanese children of Islamic State militants released in Libya

Four children from Sudan whose parents are believed to have been killed fighting for Islamic State in the Libyan city of Sirte last year were handed over to the Sudanese consul on Sunday for return to their country. Sirte was a stronghold for Islamic State from 2015-2016, when Libyan...

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Shell lifts its first crude cargo from Libya in 5 years

Shell lifts its first crude cargo from Libya in 5 years

Royal Dutch Shell has lifted a cargo of 600,000 barrels of crude oil from Libya's Zueitina port, its first from the war-torn north African country in 5 years, two industry sources told Reuters on Saturday. "Libya is a significant resource holder and Shell International Trading and Shipping...

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East Libyan forces snub ICC arrest warrant for commander

East Libyan forces snub ICC arrest warrant for commander

An elite forces unit linked to the army that controls much of eastern Libya has snubbed international efforts to bring to justice one of its senior officers for allegedly executing dozens of prisoners. The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday for Mahmoud...

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Algerian presidency brings Ahmed Ouyahia back as prime minister

Algerian presidency brings Ahmed Ouyahia back as prime minister

Algeria's president has named Ahmed Ouyahia as prime minister, replacing Abdelmadjid Tebboune after just three months in the job, the president's office said Tuesday. The statement from President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's office gave no reason for the change. Ouyahia, 65, has already served...

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700 migrants in Morocco try to storm Spain border post

700 migrants in Morocco try to storm Spain border post

Spain says around 700 migrants have tried to storm the border crossing between Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta and Morocco, but none managed to make it across. The Interior Ministry's office in Ceuta said the migrants also tried to scale the six-meter-tall barbed-wire fences around...

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ISIS claims attack on Egyptian police car

ISIS claims attack on Egyptian police car

Daesh (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for an attack on a patrol car on Wednesday that killed four Egyptian policemen in North Sinai, the militant group's AMAQ news agency reported on Thursday. Authorities in Arish, the capital of North Sinai province, were on the hunt for gunmen who fired...

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Egypt curtails access to subsidized food as part of reforms

Egypt curtails access to subsidized food as part of reforms

Egypt is curtailing access to ration cards used by three-quarters of the country's 93 million people to buy subsidized food items, the latest move in the government's ambitious economic reform plan. A government decree going into effect on Wednesday denies access to the cards to people...

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Tunisian security forces kill two suspected extremists

Tunisian security forces kill two suspected extremists

Tunisian security forces have killed two suspected extremists during an operation in a mountainous area near the Algerian border, the national guard said on Wednesday. A third suspect was critically wounded in the operation launched on Tuesday evening on Mount Birinou in the Kasserine...

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Blast hits key tribal leader's mosque in Benghazi

Blast hits key tribal leader's mosque in Benghazi

A blast hit worshippers leaving a mosque in the east Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday, apparently targeting a key tribal ally of eastern based commander Khalifa Haftar for a second time, security and medical officials said. The explosion wounded at least seven people, a medical official...

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