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Libyan Coast Guard Rescues 184 Illegal Immigrants Off Western Coast

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has said that 184 illegal immigrants were rescued by the Libyan Coast Guard off the country’s western coast on Sunday. IOM tweeted: “184 migrants, among them 14 women and 11 children, were returned to Tripoli in Libya by the coast guard. “IOM staff are onsite to […]

Ex-Algerian Prime Minister Jailed 12 Years For Corruption

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – An Algerian criminal court sentenced a former prime minister and energy minister to prison on corruption charges, in the latest crackdown on former officials in an OPEC nation struggling to allay youth discontent with the former regime. Former Prime Minister, Ahmed Ouyahia, was sentenced to 12 years while ex-Energy Minister Youcef Yousf […]

Pope Appeals for End to Libyan Civil War

 (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Pope Francis appealed on Sunday for both sides in the Libyan civil war to seek peace, urging the international community to facilitate talks and protect refugees and migrants he said were victims of cruelty. In an impassioned plea during his noon address in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said he was pained by […]

Libya’s Sharara Oilfield Shut Down Days After Restarting

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – An armed group has shut down Libya’s giant Sharara oilfield days after it restarted following a long blockade, the National Oil Corporation (NOC) and a field engineer said on Tuesday. The armed group, led by Mohamed Khalifa, had instructed employees to shut the field, the NOC said. Khalifa heads one of the […]

UN Calls For Investigation Into Killing Of 30 Migrants In Libya

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Yacoub El-Hillo, on Friday called for an investigation into the killing of 30 migrants in western Libya. “I am shocked by the horrific reports about Wednesday’s shooting at a smuggling warehouse in Mezda, killing 30 migrants and injuring 11 others,’’ El- Hillo said in a statement. The […]

Egypt to Keep Restaurants, Schools, Sports Facilities Closed To Curb COVID-19

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Egyptian Health Ministry, on Thursday, announced that all restaurants, schools and universities, gyms and sports facilities will remain closed to curb the spread of the COVID-19. The decision is part of a three-stage anti-coronavirus plan in preparation for the gradual return of normal life in the country, the government said in […]

Several Military Personnel Killed In Sinai Blast, Says Egyptian Army

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Egyptian army said an explosive hit an armoured carrier in the volatile northern province of Sinai on Thursday, killing or injuring 10 members of the military. Among the casualties were two officers and eight soldiers, a spokesman said on the army’s Facebook page without specifying how many people had been killed […]

Egypt’s COVID-19 Cases Rise To 3,659 With 276 Deaths

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Egypt, on Wednesday, confirmed 169 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total infections discovered in the country so far to 3,659, said the Egyptian Health Ministry in a statement. Meanwhile, 12 patients died of the novel coronavirus in Egypt on Wednesday, raising the death toll to 276, according to the ministry’s spokesman, […]

Algeria Expands Curfew to Slow Coronavirus Spread

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Algeria on Friday expanded a partial curfew to nine provinces where further coronavirus infections had been recorded as the country battles to curb the outbreak. Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad instructed that the night-time curfew be enforced in the provinces. The measure will be in place from 7p.m to 7a.m (1800-0600 GMT), effect […]

Egypt Disputes Coronavirus Report, Threatens to Expel Guardian Reporter

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  Egypt on Tuesday said it will revoke the accreditation of the correspondent for the British newspaper the Guardian after the paper published a report on the coronavirus situation in the country. According to the authorities, it contains false information about the number of infections. On Sunday, The Guardian quoted infectious disease specialists […]

Ex-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Dies At 91

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is dead at age 91. Mubarak, who ruled for about 30 years, was ousted by the military in 2011 during the then raging Arab spring. The former Egyptian Leader who died in the capital Cairo, after being toppled was found guilty of complicity in the killing of protesters […]

Egypt Sentences 37 People to Jail For Joining Islamic State

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – An Egyptian court, on Monday sentenced 37 people to jail terms including life imprisonment for joining or supporting Islamic State’s Sinai Province affiliate, judicial sources said. Militants loyal to Islamic State have been waging an insurgency in the north of the Sinai Peninsula and other parts of the country that has killed […]

Algerian President Appoints New PM Ahead Of Forming New Cabinet

 (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune Saturday appointed Abdelaziz Djerrad as prime minister and requested him to form a cabinet, official media reported. The state-run radio Channel III noted that Djerrad has already served as secretary general at the presidency in the era of President Liamine Zeroual from 1994 to 1997, and diplomatic adviser […]

Egypt to Move Government Headquarters to New Capital in 2020

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said the government headquarters would be relocated to the New Administrative Capital in 2020 and that it would use modern systems to reduce human error. “We made sure that all the relevant AI technologies and applications are incorporated in the process of digitising all the Egyptian government’s services,” […]

4 Tunisian Women Arrested In Morocco Over Drug Smuggling

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  Morocco’s police at Marrakech Menara Airport, on Monday arrested four Tunisian women over alleged involvement in cannabis smuggling. The suspects, aged between 19 and 45, including the mother of a five-year-old child, were arrested with 6.485 kg of cannabis hidden in their personal belts, the Moroccan Police, said in a statement. They […]

Tunisian PM Sacks Foreign, Defence Ministers

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has sacked Foreign Minister Khamaies Jhinaoui, Defence Minister Abdelkarim Zbidi and Secretary of State for Diplomacy Hatem Ferjani. This is contained in a statement issued by the Tunisian government on Tuesday in Tunis. Minister of Justice Kamel Jamoussi will act as interim Defence Minister while Secretary of […]

Group Urges Restraint After Protests Against Egypt’s Al-sissi

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – An international rights group has called on Egyptian authorities to protect the right to peaceful protest and to immediately release those detained, hours after the country saw rare protests against President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi. Late on Friday, hundreds of Egyptians took to the streets in the capital Cairo and other cities. The protesters […]

Morocco Foils Migrants Attempt to Storm Into Spain’s Melilla

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Local authorities, reported that the Moroccan authorities on Friday foiled a mass attempt by over 400 Sub-Saharan migrants to storm into Spain’s North African exclave of Melilla. According to the local authorities, nine migrants sustained minor injuries and were rushed to Fnideq’s hospital, of M’diq-Fnideq. The authorities said over 90 others were […]

Parliament Speaker Sworn In as Interim Tunisia President

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Tunisia’s parliamentary speaker, Mohamed Ennaceur, has been sworn in as the country’s interim president, the official Tunisian news agency TAP reported. The appointment of the interim president comes just hours after the death of president Beji Caid Essebsi Ennaceur took the oath of office at the assembly in the capital Tunis, the […]

Airstrike Kills 44 Migrants In Libyan Detention Center

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – An airstrike hit a detention center for migrants near the Libyan capital of Tripoli early Wednesday, killing at least 44 people and wounding dozens of others in an attack that the U.N. human rights chief said could amount to a war crime. The Tripoli-based government blamed the attack on forces associated with […]

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