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Libyan Court Sentences 45 to Death For Killing Protesters in 2011

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A Libyan court has sentenced 45 people to death by firing squad for killing protesters during the 2011 uprising against Muammar Gaddafi, according to the ministry of justice. They were convicted of opening fire on anti-Gaddafi protesters in the capital Tripoli, in August 2011. Another 54 defendants were sentenced to five years […]

Saudi Arabia Considers Further Action Against Canada Amid Escalating Row

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Saudi Arabia is considering further measures against Canada, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubair said on Wednesday, amid an escalating diplomatic row between the two countries. On Sunday, Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador, and froze trade and new investments with Canada after Ottawa called on Riyadh to release detained rights activists. “Additional […]

South Sudan Terminates Total Petroleum License

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – South Sudan’s Ministry of Petroleum says it has  terminated negotiations with French international oil company, Total for exploration and production sharing agreements (EPSA) for oil licenses B1 and B2. Recall that prior to South Sudan’s independence in 2011, Total held a petroleum agreement for the 120,000-square kilometer Block B, but ceased activities […]

Security Council Imposes Arms Embargo On South Sudan

(AFRICAN EXAMINER)  – The UN Security Council on Friday narrowly passed a measure aimed at stopping the flow of weapons to armed groups in South Sudan. Adopting a resolution by a vote of nine in favour and none against, with six abstentions, the 15-member body obliged all UN Member States to immediately to take necessary […]

Egypt Denies Report That Fire Caused 2016 Egyptair Plane Crash

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Egypt public prosecution on Monday, denied reports the crash of an EgyptAir flight in 2016 was likely caused by fire in the cockpit, stressing that investigations into the incident were still ongoing. The Airbus A320 en route from Cairo to Paris crashed into the eastern Mediterranean on May 19, 2016, killing all […]

Libyan Company Requests Sanctions Over Push to Sell Oil From East

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Libya’s Tripoli-based National Oil Corporation (NOC) is asking for U.N. sanctions against 48 individuals and others they accuse of trying to sell oil illicitly in a struggle over the country’s oil wealth. In a letter circulated to foreign embassies and the United Nations, and seen by the Media, NOC Chairman, Mustafa Sanalla, […]

Libyan Coast Guard Rescues 301 Migrants in West of Tripoli

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – More than 300 migrants on board two rubber boats have been rescued off the Libyan coast near the Capital Tripoli, reported Libya’s Coastguard Thursday. Navy spokesman, Ayoub Qasim, told dpa the operation to rescue 301 migrants, attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, began in the early hours of the day. The […]

Morocco, Nigeria Sign Agreements on Gas Pipeline, Chemical Plant, Agriculture

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Nigeria has signed with the Kingdom of Morocco three agreements; including a regional gas pipeline that will see country providing gas to countries in West Africa sub-region that extend to Morocco and Europe. The signing of the agreements, which took place in Rabat, Morocco, was witnessed by President Muhammadu Buhari and King of […]

Tunisia Ruling Coalition Fails to Agree On Reforms, Cabinet Reshuffle

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Tunisia’s ruling coalition has failed to agree on a new economic reform plan and a cabinet reshuffle, officials said on Monday. This new political setback happened as the International Monetary Funds (IMF) prepares to review the next loan tranche. The North African country has been hailed as the Arab Spring’s only democratic […]

Terrorist Member Surrenders to Algerian Military Authorities

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A Senior Terrorist Official activating in the Sahel Region surrendered to the Algerian Military Authorities on Monday, according to Algerian Defence Ministry statement on Tuesday.  “As part of the fight against terrorism and thanks to the efforts of the National People’s Army, a dangerous terrorist senior official at one of the terrorist […]

Nigerian Envoy Assassinated in Sudan

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A Nigerian diplomat has been reportedly assassinated in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital. The envoy dead body according to reports was found Thursday at his home in Khartoum. A Dubai-based al-Arabiya television identified the late diplomat as the Consul General and described his death as an “assassination.” There is no detail yet with respect […]

Sudan Close 3 Diplomatic Missions, 4 Consular Offices Abroad

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – President Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan announced the decision to close 13 diplomatic missions and four consular missions abroad due to a financial crisis, the official Sudan News Agency reported. Al-Bashir issued a decree to restructure Sudan’s external representation and directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to close select diplomatic and consular missions abroad. […]

Jailed Egyptian Photojournalist Wins 2018 UN Press Freedom Prize

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Mahmoud Abu Zeid, a photojournalist who has been in jail for nearly five years after being arrested for covering a demonstration in Cairo, has won the 2018 Press Freedom Prize. According to the Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Zeid was selected to receive the 2018 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize, the […]

Germany to Accept 10,200 North Africa, Middle East Refugees in 2019

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(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Germany is to take in a further 10,200 refugees this year and 2019 as part of a EU programme, German Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer, said in Berlin on Thursday. Seehofer spoke after meeting EU Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner, Dimitris Avramopoulos. This year, around 4,600 refugees will be allowed to enter […]

257 Killed in Algeria Military Plane Crash

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – No fewer than 247 people have died after a military plane crashed in Algeria. The media reports confirm that 26 members of Polisario Front, supported by Algeria and seeking independence from Morocco for Western Sahara, were among the victims. The crash occurred shortly after the plane took off from Boufarik military airport […]

Tunisia’s Religious Minister Backs Inheritance Equality

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Tunisia’s religious affairs ministry has said it supports the government’s plan to give women equal inheritance rights, Shems FM radio reports. Religious Affairs Minister Ahmed Adhoum said his department backed the government, which has angered other religious clerics. Tunisia’s President Beji Caid Essebsi announced the inheritance changes on 6 April, meeting a […]

Egypt Court Bans Uber

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Egypt’s Administrative Court issued a verdict Tuesday ordering the government to shut down ride-hailing services Uber and Careem and close their mobile applications for allegedly violating Egyptian law. In March 2017, a legal case was filed by drivers of the regular white taxis, commonly seen across Cairo, who called on authorities to […]

EU Sanctions 3 South Sudan Officials Over Human Rights Violations

Photo: South Sudan’s Former Army Chief of Staff, General Paul Malong (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The European Union imposed sanctions Friday on three current and former South Sudanese officials implicated in human rights violations and obstructions of their country’s peace process. Former army Chief of Staff General Paul Malong, Deputy Chief of Defense and Inspector General Malek […]

Tunisian Leaders Trade Blame Amid Ongoing Wave of Violence

Sporadic protests continued across parts of Tunisia, overnight, as government security forces tried to put a stop to scattered violence that has hit a number of regions. Tunisian government security forces used teargas to quell violence across the country, amid scattered protests that erupted last week following price increases imposed by the government. The Interior […]

Cinemas Return to Saudi Arabia After 3 Decades of Ban

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – After over three decades of ban, the Saudi Arabia Kingdom authority has announced it will lift a ban on commercial cinemas. In effect, the Ministry of Culture and Information has confirmed it would begin issuing licences immediately, while the first cinemas were expected to open in March 2018. Crown Prince […]

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