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More than 250 killed in Algerian military plane crash

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

More than 250 people were killed when a military plane crashed in a field outside Algeria’s capital on Wednesday, state media said, in the country's worst air disaster. A military source told Al Arabiya News Channel that there were no survivors. The crash occurred in Boufarik, a town in Blida Province, approximately 30 km from the capital Algiers. A total of 257 people were killed, most of them military, the defence ministry said. Ten crew and other people described as family members also ...

Libyans demand execution of gang who killed three young siblings

Monday, 9 April 2018

Hundreds of Libyans demonstrated on Sunday and demanded executing the members of an armed group who are involved in murdering three siblings after kidnapping them in December 2015 while on their way to school in Sorman, west of Libya. The bodies of the three siblings – of whom the oldest was aged 12  – were recently found buried in a forest in Sorman. Libyans’ were struck with grief following the tragic end of the ordeal and organized a protest in Sorman on Sunday to ...

Sudan repatriates seven female ‘ISIS members’ from Libya

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Sudanese security agents on Wednesday brought home from Libya seven Sudanese women who they said were members of the militant ISIS group.The seven women, dressed in traditional Sudanese clothes and wearing headscarves, were shown to journalists at Khartoum airport where they were welcomed by their relatives amid chants of “Allahu Akbar”.Three children were also brought along with the women, an AFP correspondent reported.The group, which included twin sisters, had arrived from the ...

Muammar Qaddafi’s son found not guilty of murder of Libyan footballer

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

A Libyan appeals court cleared one of the sons of late leader Muammar Qaddafi on Tuesday of charges of murdering a footballer before Libya's 2011 uprising, the justice ministry said. Saadi Qaddafi, who has been held in the capital Tripoli since his extradition from Niger in 2014, was found not guilty of "murder, deception, threats, enslavement and defamation of the former player Bashir Rayani," a statement from the ministry said. He was fined 500 Libyan dinars ...

Mauritania unchained: Modern slave owners face 20 years in prison

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Not all slaves have been freed. In Mauritania, slavery is a reprehensible practice which still exists. A private court in Nouadhibou, Mauritania’s second largest city, recently sentenced three slave owners up to 10 and 20 years in prison. El Eid Ould Mubarak, is a lawyer and human rights activist working on the case. “This is the first time there is a Mauritanian committee in place implementing the law against slavery: the verdict is valid, and is in line with the legal atmosphere ...

Pentagon confirms Qaeda higher-up killed in Libya strike

Thursday, 29 March 2018

A senior al-Qaeda operative and another jihadist were killed in a US air strike in Libya, the Pentagon confirmed Wednesday.The March 24 strike near Ubari in southern Libya killed “two al-Qaeda terrorists, including Musa Abu Dawud, a high-ranking Al-Qaeda in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) official,” the US military’s Africa Command said in a statement.Officials said the strike, the second by the US this year and the first targeting AQIM, had been coordinated with the UN ...

Morocco arrests man after viral sexual assault video

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Police on Wednesday reportedly arrested a man after a video emerged on social media showing the sexual assault of a teenage girl in Morocco. The accused has been identified as Yaseeen, 21. Police investigations also unraveled the identity of the person who filmed the incident which took place in January. In the concerned video, the man was seen forcibly removing the clothes off the girl, identified only as Khawla, and touching her inappropriately as she yelled “Don’t you have a ...

Rape video of minor girl sends shockwaves across Morocco

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

A video circulating on social media of a man attempting to rape a minor girl in a public street in Morocco has caused an uproar in the country. In the video, the man is seen forcibly trying to remove the girl’s clothes and touching her inappropriately as the girl yells “Don’t you have a sister? Would you want someone to do this to her?” But the man continued with the assault and can be heard laughing as his friend recorded the horrific incident. The video, which was ...

More Algerian doctors and teachers join pay strikes

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Algerian doctors are expanding a pay strike and teachers are resuming one, representatives said on Tuesday, putting pressure on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his prime minister at a time when resources are limited. Medical students and specialist doctors in several hospitals on Tuesday joined a strike by family doctors that has already been weakening health care in Algiers and other major cities for the last four months. Protests over economic grievances are frequent in the OPEC member, ...

Eritrea accuses Qatar, Sudan of funding terrorism, deploying fighter planes on border

Monday, 26 March 2018

The Eritrean government released a statement accusing Qatar of sending Sudan three fighter planes to thwart a purported attack from Eritrea, and of secretly funding an Eritrean Islamist opposition office in an isolated area in Sudan.In the statement, the Eritrean government said that Qatar is funding supporters of the radical Islamist cleric, Mohammed Jumma, who opened an office in an unknown area in Sudan.“Followers of the radical Islamic Cleric, Mohammed Jumma, opened an office, under ...

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