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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 […]

Hunger-Striking Moroccan Activist Hospitalised

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A detained activist on hunger strike in Morocco was has been rushed to hospital, cutting short his court appearance in the commercial capital, Casablanca, one of his lawyers has said, the AFP news agency reports. Unemployed Nasser Zefzafi was attending a hearing with 53 co-defendants when he said he “felt faint”, Abdessadek […]

Bloody Terrorists’ Attack Killed 184 Muslim Worshipers in Egypt

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – About 184 people were killed Friday as suspected terrorists launched a fatal offensive on a mosque located in Egypt’s North Sinai province. Almost 125 people were also reportedly injured in the attack. According to witnesses’ accounts, al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed, near al-Arish, was targeted during the week’s Friday […]

Egyptian Singer, Sherine Faces Trial for ‘Provocative’ Nile Remarks

Photo: Sherine Abdel Wahab (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A famous Egyptian singer faces trial for “spreading provocative publicity” after she suggested that drinking from the River Nile could make someone ill. A lawsuit was filed after video emerged showing Sherine Abdel Wahab being asked at a concert last year to sing Mashrebtesh Men Nilha (Have You Drunk […]

Brussels Riot After Morocco World Cup Qualifier Win

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – More than 20 police officers were injured in Brussels when celebrations over Morocco’s qualification for football’s World Cup turned violent. The Moroccan national side qualified for the 2018 tournament in Russia with a 2-0 victory away to Ivory Coast on Saturday, topping their group. Fans hit the streets after the game and […]

Militants Shut Down Libyan Oil Field

(AFRICA EXAMINER) – An armed group has shut down one of Libya’s largest oil fields in the south of the country. Al Sharara oil field was pumping over 200,000 barrels of oil before its latest closure. Militias have frequently subjected Libya’s oil production fields and export terminals to blockades in recent years, but production recovered […]

After Facing Defeat in Iraq, Syria; Islamic State Regrouping in Libyan Desert

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – As the Islamic State group faces military defeats in Syria and Iraq, the group has an eye on war-torn Libya, hoping to re-emerge there and organize in the country’s desert, officials and experts warn. Siddiq al-Soor, the head of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Tripoli, told reporters on Thursday that IS militants […]

Ugandan Lawmakers Exchange Punches  Over ‘Life Presidency’ Bill

AFRICAN EXAMINER — A fight broke out in Uganda’s parliament Tuesday amid efforts to introduce legislation that could extend the president’s decades-long hold on power. After opposition lawmakers accused a colleague on the government side of carrying a gun, a brawl broke out in which lawmakers pushed and punched each other. A motion is to […]

Niger Say 44 People Killed, Many Houses Destroyed in Floods

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – At least 44 people have been killed in floods caused by torrential rains this season in Niger. Director General of Civil Protection and Disasters Colonel Aboubacar Bako said flooding has destroyed hundreds of homes since June near Niamey. The United Nations warned in May that 106,000 people could be at risk of […]

2 Moroccan Peacekeepers Killed in Central African Republic

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic says two Moroccan peacekeepers have been killed in a southeastern town where another Moroccan was killed Sunday. A statement says the two peacekeepers were killed by suspected anti-Balaka militia while another peacekeeper was injured. They had been restocking water for the town’s humanitarian needs […]

UAE Not Responsibility For Qatar’s News Agency Hacking –Minister

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has denied it was responsible for the alleged hacking of Qatar’s state news agency in May. UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said Monday that the media allegation was “untrue”. Gargash reiterated that the UAE and five other Arab nations had not […]

Niger Army Rescues 92 Migrants in Sahara Desert

Troops in northern Niger have rescued nearly 100 migrants who were on the brink of death in the Sahara Desert, an army statement has said. Traffickers abandoned the group, which included women and children, without water and food, it added. One child is reported to have died, but there is no confirmation of this. The […]

Kabul Bombing Kills at Least 80, Shaking City Center

AFRICAN EXAMINER — A truck bombing near the Afghan presidential palace early Wednesday killed at least 80 people and wounded hundreds, officials said. The death toll seemed certain to rise, and the attack appeared to be one of the bloodiest of the long Afghan war. The huge blast during the morning rush hour caused panic […]

Terrorism: Gunmen Kill about 28 in Attack on Christians in Egypt

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Tragedy occurred in  central Egypt Friday morning after gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians in central Egypt killing about 28 people and injuring several of them. The Egypt tragedy occurred in Minya province, about 220km (140 miles) south of the capital Cairo, the Egypt’s capital, as the […]

UN Increases Appeal for South Sudan Aid

The United Nations has increased its appeal for aid to help South Sudanese refugees, calling for at least $1.4 billion to provide food, water, and health services. “Bitter conflict and deteriorating humanitarian conditions in South Sudan are driving people from their homes in record numbers,” said U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. A U.N. […]

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