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Libya: Violence and low turnout mar Libya parliamentary election
26th Jun 2014

Libya: Violence and low turnout mar Libya parliamentary election

      Voters in Libya have been to the polls to elect a new parliament that, it is hoped, might bring more political stability to the country. Turnout was low and there were some instances of violence, in one … Continued

Nigeria: Deadly shopping mall explosion kills dozens
26th Jun 2014

Nigeria: Deadly shopping mall explosion kills dozens

Dozens are feared dead in an apparent bombing at a shopping center in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, although Boko Haram militants are suspected of carrying out the attack.   The huge explosion tore … Continued

Egypt jails three Jazeera journalists for seven to 10 years
24th Jun 2014

Egypt jails three Jazeera journalists for seven to 10 years

  Three Al Jazeera journalists were jailed for seven years in Egypt on Monday after a court convicted them of helping a “terrorist organization” by spreading lies. The three, who all deny the charge, include Australian Peter Greste, Al Jazeera’s … Continued

Egypt: US Sec of State urges Egypt to pursue moderate policies and fight terrorism
23rd Jun 2014

Egypt: US Sec of State urges Egypt to pursue moderate policies and fight terrorism

In the highest-level American visit to Egypt since the new government took office, the secretary of state has urged political moderation and a stand on terrorism in the Middle East. Improved relations are being sought. US Secretary of State John … Continued

US Secretary of State Kerry makes surprise stop in Egypt
22nd Jun 2014

US Secretary of State Kerry makes surprise stop in Egypt

Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Cairo for the first high-level US meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi. Kerry tacked his surprise visit onto a trip aimed at uniting Iraq’s leadership. On Sunday, Secretary of State John … Continued

Libya: US captures suspected 2012 Benghazi consulate attack ringleader
18th Jun 2014

Libya: US captures suspected 2012 Benghazi consulate attack ringleader

[Photo: Ahmed Abu Khattala] A militant suspected of being involved in the deadly 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi has been captured in a secret raid in Libya. Four Americans, including the ambassador, were killed in the attack. … Continued

Kenya: Al-Shabab claims responsibility for attack which killed 48
17th Jun 2014

Kenya: Al-Shabab claims responsibility for attack which killed 48

      Al-Shabab militants have claimed responsibility for the attack on a Kenyan coastal city popular with tourists. Al-Qaeda’s Somali affiliate declared Kenya a warzone and warned tourists against visiting the country. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility on Monday for the  … Continued

Libya: Suicide attack kills two in Benghazi
12th Jun 2014

Libya: Suicide attack kills two in Benghazi

    BENGHAZI, (Xinhua): A suicide bomber on Wednesday night blew himself up outside Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi, leaving at least two dead and several others injured, according to police sources. A refrigerated truck exploded when it reached Barsis … Continued

Kenya: Prominent Muslim scholar killed in Kenya
11th Jun 2014

Kenya: Prominent Muslim scholar killed in Kenya

  [Photo: Mohamed Idris, 64, chairman of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya, was shot dead by gunmen in Mombasa, Kenya] By Mohammed Yusuf NAIROBI, (VOA): Gunmen shot and killed a prominent Muslim cleric in Mombasa — the … Continued

Sudan: 110 rebels killed in South Kordofan
10th Jun 2014

Sudan: 110 rebels killed in South Kordofan

    KHARTOUM, (Xinhua): Sudanese army have killed 110 rebels of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM)/northern sector in Al-Atmoor area in South Kordofan State, the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) said on Monday. “The SAF on Monday repulsed an attack by … Continued

Egypt: Sisi sworn in as president
9th Jun 2014

Egypt: Sisi sworn in as president

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took the oath of office as Egypt’s president on Sunday, formalizing his de facto rule since he deposed the elected Islamist president Mohammed Mursi last year and crushed his supporters. The retired army chief took the oath … Continued

Democratic Republic of Congo: Dozens killed in  massacre
8th Jun 2014

Democratic Republic of Congo: Dozens killed in massacre

    Dozens of people, including women and children, have been killed in Democratic Republic of Congo’s South Kivu province. The state’s governor blamed the attack on a dispute over cattle.   “It is Congolese (Republic of the Congo) who … Continued

Egypt: Netanyahu, Peres congratulate Sisi on electoral win
7th Jun 2014

Egypt: Netanyahu, Peres congratulate Sisi on electoral win

        [Photo: Egypt President al-Sisi Another photo shows Israeli PM Netanyahu and President Peres]   The prime minister and president of Israel both spoke with Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Friday to congratulate him on his victory in … Continued

Nigeria: Boko Haram overruns three Borno villages, kills dozens, burns houses, churches
6th Jun 2014

Nigeria: Boko Haram overruns three Borno villages, kills dozens, burns houses, churches

James Bwala Maiduguri, (Nigerian Tribune with Agency Report): SUSPECTED Boko Haram militants killed dozens of civilians in three villages of Borno State, a security source and a relative of one of the victims said on Wednesday. Gunmen, in combat clothing riding … Continued

Libya: Benghazi unrest leaves 20 dead
3rd Jun 2014

Libya: Benghazi unrest leaves 20 dead

 At least 20 people were killed and almost 70 wounded when the Libyan army and forces of a renegade general fought Islamist militants in the eastern city of Benghazi on Monday, medical sources said. Libya is in protracted turmoil three … Continued

Nigeria: 40 dead, many injured, at football fans bombing in Mubi
2nd Jun 2014

Nigeria: 40 dead, many injured, at football fans bombing in Mubi

    The number of casualties has not been confirmed in Nigeria, hours after reports of a deadly attack on football fans in the town of Mubi. Sources have not yet been able to confirm the venue where the blast … Continued

Sudanese mother facing apostasy death sentence ‘to be released soon’
1st Jun 2014

Sudanese mother facing apostasy death sentence ‘to be released soon’

A Sudanese woman sentenced to death for apostasy, who gave birth to a daughter in custody this week, may receive a reprieve. A Foreign Ministry official has said that he expects “her to be released soon.”  An under-secretary in the … Continued

Malawi: Peter Mutharika wins controversial presidential election
31st May 2014

Malawi: Peter Mutharika wins controversial presidential election

      Following a dispute over last week’s vote, Peter Mutharika is to become Malawi’s next president. The outgoing president, Joyce Banda, said the elections had been fraught with “irregularities.”  Malawi’s electoral commission declared Peter Mutharika the winner of … Continued

Nigerian President vows ‘full-scale operation’ against terrorism
30th May 2014

Nigerian President vows ‘full-scale operation’ against terrorism

    Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered “a full-scale operation” to combat Boko Haram. He also issued reassurances that the more than 200 school girls kidnapped by the Islamist group would be found.   Jonathan said Thursday that he … Continued

Egypt: Sisi takes 93% of the vote in election marred by dismal turnout
30th May 2014

Egypt: Sisi takes 93% of the vote in election marred by dismal turnout

  Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the general who toppled Egypt’s first freely elected leader, took more than 90 percent of the vote in a presidential election marred by a dismal turnout, provisional results showed on Thursday, as he joined a long … Continued

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