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Stories with place: North Africa
  • Tunisian govt defends emergency measures 
    Updated: Jul-07-15 8:49 am

    TUNIS, Tunisia - Tunisia's government is urging its citizens to sacrifice some of their freedoms to better protect the country from attacks like the mass shooting at a beach resort last month that killed 38 people, mostly tourists.

  • Egypt anti-terror bill speeds trials, tightens hand on media story has photos
    Updated: Jul-06-15 5:01 pm

    CAIRO - After a series of stunning militant attacks, Egypt's government is pushing through a controversial new anti-terrorism draft bill that would set up special terrorism courts, shorten the appeals process, give police greater powers of arrest and imprison journalists who report information on attacks that differs from the official government line.

  • Egypt's currency drops to new low against the dollar 
    Updated: Jul-05-15 1:04 pm

    CAIRO - The Egyptian pound has fallen to a new low against the U.S. dollar, the second such drop in days, the country's central bank said Sunday, in a move that could help boost much-needed foreign investment.

  • Africans seeking better lives pass through Ethiopian town story has photos
    Updated: Jul-05-15 10:43 am

    METEMA, Ethiopia - The mood in the border town of Metema these days is quiet and watchful.

  • Egypt foiled extremist 'state' in Sinai, president says story has photos
    Updated: Jul-04-15 2:37 pm

    CAIRO - President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, wearing battle dress for the first time in over a year, said Saturday that Egypt had foiled an attempt by the Islamic State group to seize territory and set up an extremist state with its recent assault on the military in the troubled northeastern part of the Sinai Peninsula.

  • Official: 10 civilians killed in 3 car bombs in Libya 
    Updated: Jul-04-15 10:40 am

    BENGHAZI, Libya - A Libyan official says at least ten civilians were killed when three separate car bombs exploded simultaneously in the eastern coastal city of Darna.

  • Egypt marks 2nd anniversary of Islamist ouster with mourning story has photos
    Updated: Jul-04-15 8:37 am

    CAIRO - Two years to the day after the army overthrew Egypt's Islamist president, the sounds coming from the mosque at Cairo's Tahrir Square were sadly telling. At the focal point of Egypt's upheavals, where authorities had hoped to stage celebrations, there was instead a prayer for the week's dead, including soldiers cut down by militants in Sinai and the country's chief prosecutor, assassinated by car bomb in the capital.

  • Rocket fired from Sinai hits southern Israel, no one hurt 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 2:04 pm

    JERUSALEM - Israel's military says a rocket fired from neighboring Sinai, where Egyptian troops are battling Islamic State militants, has struck southern Israel. There was no damage and no one was hurt.

  • Poland advises its citizens against travel to Egypt 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 11:52 am

    WARSAW, Poland - The Polish Foreign Ministry has advised its citizens against traveling to Egypt, and at least one major travel agency has responded by canceling package holidays to the country for the rest of the summer season.

  • UN: 29 die in South Sudan cholera outbreak as cases rise 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 8:58 am

    KAMPALA, Uganda - At least 29 people have died in South Sudan's latest cholera outbreak, the U.N. children's agency said Friday.

  • UN, Libyan groups pressure rivals to accept peace deal 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 4:16 am

    SKHIRAT, Morocco - U.N. mediators and Libya's internationally recognized parliament have presented a tentative peace deal to rival Tripoli leadership, hoping for approval within days.

  • Report: Saudi king censors TV host, pro-Brotherhood scholar 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 7:58 pm

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A government-linked Saudi news website reported Thursday that King Salman ordered an investigation and trial of a pro-Muslim Brotherhood scholar and a television host after an episode that was critical of his predecessor King Abdullah's policies toward the outlawed Islamist group.

  • Egypt passes new budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 3:14 pm

    CAIRO - Egypt's president has approved a new budget for fiscal year 2015-2016, slashing the projected budget deficit to 8.9 percent of gross domestic product, the country's finance ministry said Thursday, in a move likely to please international creditors.

  • The Latest: Israel PM offers condolences over Sinai attacks story has photos
    Updated: Jul-02-15 11:38 am

    CAIRO - The latest on the aftermath of a coordinated militant assault on Egyptian security forces in the restive northern Sinai that killed dozens of troops and set off the bloodiest fighting in the peninsula in decades (all times local).

  • Analysts say UN sanctions on South Sudan not very helpful 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 10:31 am

    JUBA, South Sudan - The U.N. sanctions imposed on South Sudanese generals are not likely to help the peace process, some analysts said Thursday.

  • Benghazi, where Libya's uprising began, now a shattered city 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 2:37 am

    BENGHAZI, Libya - The old courthouse in central Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city and the birthplace of the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi, is a shelled-out ruin - a testimony to the destruction and chaos that permeate this North African country four years after the civil war that ousted the longtime dictator.

  • Libya's internationally accepted PM 'aspires' to peace deal 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 5:50 pm

    VALLETTA, Malta - The internationally recognized prime minister of Libya says he is "aspiring" to sign a peace agreement with representatives of the Islamist-led Tripoli government in Morocco on Thursday.

  • UN sanctions 6 generals for fueling South Sudan conflict 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 5:09 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations Security Council has agreed to impose sanctions on six generals from South Sudan for fueling the ongoing conflict there.

  • South Sudan military is accused of widespread abuses 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 10:08 am

    JUBA, South Sudan - South Sudan's army has burned people alive, raped and shot girls, and forced tens of thousands from their homes, according to interviews with survivors by The Associated Press and corroborated by human rights groups.

  • Israel deports Gaza flotilla activists 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 2:56 pm

    JERUSALEM - Israel has deported a group of pro-Palestinian activists, including a former Tunisian president, who tried to breach its naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

  • A year after Gaza war, Hamas entrenched as frustration grows story has photos
    Updated: Jun-30-15 7:38 am

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Emad Firi is angry. During last summer's Israel-Hamas war, a shell slammed through the roof of his house and shredded his right leg. Unable to work, Firi's son now drives his taxi but the family struggles to survive.

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EDT 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 6:10 am

    Crunch time in Greece as bailout due to expire, IMF loan due with no deal in sight

  • Fallen Egypt archaeologist wants international Grand Museum 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 2:35 am

    CAIRO - For more than a decade, he was the self-styled Indiana Jones of Egypt, presiding over its antiquities and striding through temples and tombs as the star of TV documentaries that made him an international celebrity.

  • UN extends Darfur peacekeeping force despite Sudan protest 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 11:00 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - The Security Council on Monday unanimously approved a one-year extension of the joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan's western Darfur region where conflict is intensifying, rejecting the Sudanese government's demand that the troops leave.

  • Obama speaks to Cameron, Tunisian leader in attack aftermath 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 6:47 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is offering U.S. assistance to the investigation into the attack in Tunisia that killed 38 people at a beach resort.