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Fighting rages near Libya's capital amid push by rebel army

Dec. 14, 2019 3:20 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Just two days after rebel Libyan commander Khalifa Hifter declared a “final" and decisive battle for the capital Tripoli, heavy fighting raged for a 24-hour period between his troops and militias loosely allied with the internationally backed government based in the city, officials said...

Ex-Sudan strongman al-Bashir gets 2 years for corruption

Dec. 14, 2019 1:12 PM EST

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — A court in Sudan convicted former President Omar al-Bashir of money laundering and corruption on Saturday, sentencing him to two years in a minimum security lockup. That’s the first verdict in a series of legal proceedings against al-Bashir, who is also wanted by the...

Sudan court convicts Omar al-Bashir of money laundering, sentences him to 2 years in rehabilitation facility.

Dec. 14, 2019 4:47 AM EST
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan court convicts Omar al-Bashir of money laundering, sentences him to 2 years in rehabilitation facility.

Ex-PM elected Algeria's new president, to protesters' dismay

Dec. 13, 2019 3:17 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria newly-elected president Abdelmadjid Tebboune vowed after his victory was announced Friday to reach out to pro-democracy protesters, who massively took to the streets to challenge his election at the head of the oil-rich nation crippled by rampant corruption. Tebboune, a...

South Sudan allocates $40M to help integrate rival forces

Dec. 13, 2019 10:29 AM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s government has allocated $40 million to speed up the integration of its soldiers with armed opposition fighters to create a unified national army as the country emerges from a five-year civil war. This comes amid face-to-face talks between President Salva Kiir...

Egypt officials arrest Italian suspected of smuggling drugs

Dec. 13, 2019 10:26 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Cairo airport authorities on Friday arrested an Italian passenger for allegedly attempting to smuggle illegal drugs into the country, a customs official said. Customs inspectors searching the luggage of the traveler arriving from Milan found 644 pills and several glass bottles of illegal...

Libyan PM unfazed by commander’s zero hour Tripoli push

Dec. 13, 2019 10:08 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The prime minister of Libya's U.N.-supported government Friday shrugged off threats by his rival, the commander of a self-styled army waging a months-long offensive to capture the capital Tripoli that the “zero hour” of the battle has begun. Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj called on...

Algerians choose leader as pro-democracy movement boycotts

Dec. 12, 2019 8:11 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerians — without a leader since April — voted on Thursday for a new president in an election marked by protests, scattered violence and a boycott by the massive pro-democracy movement that ousted President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Thousands of protesters filled the...

Hifter to begin 'decisive' battle to capture Libyan capital

Dec. 12, 2019 2:53 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The commander of the self-styled Libyan National Army declared Thursday that his troops will embark on a new "decisive" battle to capture the capital Tripoli. Khalifa Hifter's forces have been trying to wrestle control of the city from the internationally recognized government for nearly...

EU leaders set to reject Turkey-Libya maritime border deal

Dec. 12, 2019 12:20 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders are set to reject a maritime border agreement between Turkey and Libya as invalid and insist that the pact interferes with the rights of other Mediterranean Sea countries, according to a draft summit statement. The border deal, endorsed by the Turkish parliament last...