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Poll: Outsider, jailed tycoon top Tunisian presidential vote

Sep. 15, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A jailed media magnate and an independent outsider appeared likely to face off in Tunisia's presidential runoff, after a roller coaster first-round race in the country that unleashed the Arab Spring pro-democracy uprisings. Official preliminary results are expected in the next couple...

Algeria announces Dec. 12 for presidential election

Sep. 15, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's interim leader has announced Dec. 12 as the date for the presidential election, in line with the army chief's demand to fill the vacancy left when longtime leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika was pushed from office more than five months ago. Abdelkader Bensallah during an address...

Egypt says no 'breakthrough' with Ethiopia over Nile dam

Sep. 15, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Sunday said negotiations over an upstream Nile dam being built by Ethiopia have not led to any "breakthrough." Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told reporters that talks over the $5 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam had stopped for more than a year before restarting in Cairo...

Algeria's interim leader sets Dec. 12 date for presidential election, following army chief's demand

Sep. 15, 2019 3:35 PM EDT
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's interim leader sets Dec. 12 date for presidential election, following army chief's demand.

Polling firm: Outsider ahead in Tunisia presidential vote

Sep. 15, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A polling firm has projected an independent outsider, Kais Saied, as the winner in the first round of Tunisia's presidential election, with jailed media magnate Nabil Karoui in second place. Projections by Sigma Conseil do not show Prime Minister Youssef Chahed among the top four...

Polling firm projects outsider candidate Kais Saied as ranked 1st in Tunisia presidential vote, ahead of jailed magnate

Sep. 15, 2019 3:16 PM EDT
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Polling firm projects outsider candidate Kais Saied as ranked 1st in Tunisia presidential vote, ahead of jailed magnate.

Algeria protesters jailed before speech by interim president

Sep. 15, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian court has jailed 22 citizens detained during a protest march two days ago in a new sign that authorities may be trying to put the brakes on a pro-democracy movement demonstrating weekly for nearly seven months. The TSA online media outlet reported the incarcerations on...

Egypt's el-Sissi dismisses corruption allegations

Sep. 14, 2019 11:01 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president on Saturday angrily dismissed corruption allegations made by a businessman-in-exile against the country's military as "sheer lies and defamation." In viral social media videos posted over the past week, the entrepreneur alleged large-scale misuse of public funds in the...

White House says bin Laden son killed in US operation

Sep. 14, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House announced Saturday that Hamza bin Laden , the son of the late al-Qaida leader who had become an increasingly prominent figure in the terrorist organization, was killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. A statement issued in President...

Sudan court says trial of al-Bashir to resume next week

Sep. 14, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A Sudanese court says the trial of former President Omar al-Bashir on corruption and money laundering charges will resume next week. The court on Saturday heard the testimony of five witnesses, including from Hatem Hassan Bakhit, the director of al-Bashir's office. Bakhit had previously...