Latest North Africa News

The Latest: Boston's Jayson Tatum wins skills competition

Feb. 16, 2019 8:43 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on NBA All-Star Weekend (all times local): 8:40 p.m. Boston's Jayson Tatum hit a 3-pointer from just beyond midcourt to beat Atlanta's Trae Young in the final round of the skills competition at All-Star Saturday night. Tatum defeated Memphis' Mike Conley in the first...

NBA, FIBA announce plans for pro league in Africa

Feb. 16, 2019 7:35 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The NBA is bringing a pro league to Africa. The Basketball Africa League, a new collaboration between the NBA and the sport's global governing body FIBA, was announced Saturday. The initial plan is for the 12-team league to begin play in January, and former President Barack Obama is...

The Latest: Russian envoy lashes out a UK defense minister

Feb. 16, 2019 1:33 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — The Latest on the international security conference taking place in Munich (all times local): 7 p.m. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has fired back at British Defense Minister Gavin Williamson, calling him the "minister of war." Lavrov's comments Saturday came the day after Williamson...

Egypt says deadly extremist attack hits Sinai checkpoint

Feb. 16, 2019 9:05 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Extremists attacked an army checkpoint in the troubled northern Sinai peninsula on Saturday at dawn, causing 15 casualties among the armed forces including at least one officer shot dead, Egypt's military spokesman said. The army managed to kill seven of the extremists during the firefight,...

Sexual violence rampant in South Sudan's Unity area, says UN

Feb. 15, 2019 8:05 AM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Brutal sexual violence committed with "pervasive impunity" and a level of "premeditation" persists in South Sudan's northern region, the United Nations said on Friday. At least 134 women and girls were raped, including some as young as eight, between September and December last...

Egypt official: Home-made bomb explodes near mosque, 3 hurt

Feb. 15, 2019 7:56 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian security official says a home-made bomb has exploded near a mosque in Cairo's district of Giza, leaving three people wounded. The official says the blast took place during Friday prayers near al-Istaqama mosque in a busy square in the heart of Giza. Police sealed off the entire...

Morocco, Spain sign economic deals during royal visit

Feb. 14, 2019 1:47 PM EST

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco and Spain have signed agreements about the fight against crime, energy, trade and other partnerships during a visit of King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia to Rabat. The Spanish royals are visiting Morocco for the second time since Felipe's ascension to the throne in 2014. The two...

Spokesman: Joint US-Libya forces bomb al-Qaida militants

Feb. 14, 2019 12:03 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's U.N.-backed government says that joint Libyan and U.S. forces have bombed alleged al-Qaeda militants in a southern desert town. Tripoli-based government spokesman Mohammed al-Salak said late Wednesday the bombing took place in the town of Ubari, about 950 kilometers, or 590 miles,...

Egypt lawmakers approve possible 3-decade rule by president

Feb. 14, 2019 9:41 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to extend term limits for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi until 2034, part of a package of constitutional amendments also set to further enshrine the military's role in politics that will now face a national referendum. Of the 596-seat...

A look at proposed amendments to Egypt's constitution

Feb. 14, 2019 9:05 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Parliament on Thursday approved amendments to the constitution that could see President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi stay in power until 2034. The amendments, backed by 485 lawmakers in the 596-seat chamber packed with el-Sissi supporters, include several other changes to the 2014 charter,...