North Africa

Algerians keep up pressure after president’s half-concession

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian students are protesting President Abdelaziz Bouteflika‘s decision to delay presidential elections indefinitely. Bouteflika’s announcement Monday to withdrew his candidacy for a fifth term cheered his opponents. But on Tuesday, there was more skepticism over his decision to delay an April 18 election without setting a new date, which opponents say … Continue reading Algerians keep up pressure after president’s half-concession

US joins Ethiopian-led investigation at plane crash site

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A team of U.S. aviation experts has arrived in Ethiopia to join an investigation into Sunday’s crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jetliner that killed 157 people. As questions grow about the new Boeing plane involved in the crash, the Federal Aviation Administration said late Monday it is at the crash … Continue reading US joins Ethiopian-led investigation at plane crash site

Algeria’s president abandons bid for 5th term amid protests

ALGIERS, Algeria(AP)— Algeria’s president of two decades abandoned his bid for a fifth term Monday following unprecedented protests over his fitness for office, but his simultaneous postponement of an election set for next month had critics worried he intends to hold on to power. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has rarely been seen in public since … Continue reading Algeria’s president abandons bid for 5th term amid protests

The Latest: Algeria to get new constitution, government

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The Latest on the political situation and protests in Algeria (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Algerian state news agency APS says President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has named the interior minister in his government as the new prime minister. Interior Minister Noureddine Bedoui is close to the president’s brother. Bouteflika charged Bedoui with … Continue reading The Latest: Algeria to get new constitution, government

Tunisia: 12 infants die of hospital-acquired infection

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Twelve newborn babies have died in Tunisia after acquiring infections at the public maternity hospital where they were born prematurely, the country’s interim health minister reported Monday. Sonia Ben Sheikh, who hastily took over when Tunisia’s health minister resigned amid growing outrage, said during a news conference in Tunis that the … Continue reading Tunisia: 12 infants die of hospital-acquired infection

Sudan’s lawmakers approve 6-month state of emergency

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s Parliament says lawmakers have approved a state of emergency across the county, but shortened an initial proposal to six months. It says lawmakers on Monday discussed President Omar al-Bashir’s February decision to declare a yearlong state of emergency. Parliament can extend the term after it expires. Al-Bashir also disbanded the federal … Continue reading Sudan’s lawmakers approve 6-month state of emergency

Restive Algeria awaits decisive move from returned president

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian teenagers and lawyers held protests Monday, and workers held scattered walkouts, as their tense nation waits to see whether ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika offers any concessions in the face of unprecedented protests. Algerian media and protest leaders expect it could be a decisive day for the gas-rich North African country, … Continue reading Restive Algeria awaits decisive move from returned president

Algerian president back home amid mass protests against him

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — President Abdelaziz Bouteflika returned to Algeria on Sunday after two weeks in a Swiss hospital amid massive demonstrations demanding he withdraw his candidacy for a fifth term. The 82-year-old Bouteflika suffered a stroke in 2013 and has rarely been seen in public since. The decision to run for a new term in … Continue reading Algerian president back home amid mass protests against him

The Latest: Algeria’s president arrives home amid protests

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The Latest on Algeria’s president (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has landed at a military airport south of the capital and quickly departed in a convoy after spending two weeks in a Swiss hospital. The arrival of the 82-year-old Bouteflika comes amid massive demonstrations demanding he withdraw … Continue reading The Latest: Algeria’s president arrives home amid protests

Algerian president back home amid mass protests against him

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika landed at a military airport south of the capital Sunday after spending two weeks in a Swiss hospital amid massive demonstrations demanding he withdraw his candidacy for a fifth term. The 82-year-old Bouteflika suffered a stroke in 2013 and has rarely been seen in public since. The … Continue reading Algerian president back home amid mass protests against him

Reports: Algeria leader prepares to return home from Geneva

GENEVA (AP) — An Algerian government plane believed to be carrying President Abdelaziz Bouteflika took off from Geneva on Sunday to bring him back home as major demonstrations against his rule have gripped Algeria. The 82-year-old Bouteflika spent two weeks at a Swiss hospital where he went for medical treatment. Bouteflika suffered a stroke in … Continue reading Reports: Algeria leader prepares to return home from Geneva

A list of the 35 nationalities killed in Ethiopia crash

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Citizens from 35 countries were killed when an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi on Sunday morning. Here is the latest list of nationalities as released by the airline. It accounts for the nationalities of 150 of the 157 people believed to … Continue reading A list of the 35 nationalities killed in Ethiopia crash

Thousands of Algerians protest over absent president

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Wrapped in Algerian flags, singing and tossing flowers, a festive crowd of thousands of protesters marched through central Algiers on Friday to protest President Abdelaziz Bouteflika‘s hold on power. The protesters converged after prayers in a dense stream stretching nearly a kilometer, while onlookers threw flowers and confetti from flag-draped balconies. … Continue reading Thousands of Algerians protest over absent president

Egyptian actor says military court sentenced him to 8 years

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian actor known for his criticism of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi‘s government says a military court has sentenced him in absentia to eight years in prison in two separate cases. Amr Waked, a 45-year-old actor living in Spain, said on Thursday his lawyer told him he was convicted of “disseminating false news … Continue reading Egyptian actor says military court sentenced him to 8 years

Rights group: Egyptian activists targeted in phishing scams

CAIRO (AP) — Dozens of Egyptian activists, rights defenders and journalists have been targeted by digital phishing attacks in the last two months, likely by their own government, an international rights group said Wednesday. Amnesty International said it analyzed dozens of suspicious emails and the attacks appear “to be part of a sustained campaign to … Continue reading Rights group: Egyptian activists targeted in phishing scams

Hundreds of Algerian students protest, call for strike

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian students are gathering for new protests against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika‘s decision to seek a fifth term, calling for a general strike if he doesn’t meet their demands this week. Hundreds of students gathered in central Algiers and in three cities in southern Algeria, holding signs in English that read “Algeria … Continue reading Hundreds of Algerian students protest, call for strike

Hamas leader says Egypt is renewing Gaza mediation efforts

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The leader of Gaza’s ruling Hamas movement says Egypt is launching a new round of mediation to secure a cease-fire between the militant group and Israel. Speaking to reporters Monday, Ismail Haniyeh accused Israel of “opting out of short and long term understandings” aimed at alleviating the humanitarian crisis … Continue reading Hamas leader says Egypt is renewing Gaza mediation efforts

Algeria: Anger boils despite president’s offer to protesters

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika‘s offer of a new constitution and a truncated next term does not appear to have satisfied protesters, who faced off with riot police overnight. Crowds of mainly young protesters demonstrated into the early hours of Monday after Bouteflika’s campaign manager formalized the president’s candidacy for a fifth … Continue reading Algeria: Anger boils despite president’s offer to protesters

Egypt releases prominent photojournalist after 5-year term

CAIRO (AP) — A prominent Egyptian photojournalist was released after five years in prison and returned home Monday to hugs from family and friends, pledging to continue working despite severe restrictions imposed on his movements, including having to spend the nights at a police station nearby. Mahmoud Abu Zaid, popularly known as “Shawkan,” was convicted … Continue reading Egypt releases prominent photojournalist after 5-year term

Algeria president’s offer to protesters fails to quell anger

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Angry Algerians have protested into the night despite President Abdelaziz Bouteflika‘s offer of a new constitution and a truncated next term. Crowds of mainly young protesters faced off with riot police in Algiers late Sunday and early Monday after Bouteflika’s campaign manager formalized the longtime leader’s candidacy for a fifth term … Continue reading Algeria president’s offer to protesters fails to quell anger

Egypt’s top cleric calls polygamy ‘injustice,’ draws debate

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s top Muslim cleric has stirred up controversy after saying that polygamy is an “injustice” for women, but stopped short of calling for a ban on the practice. “Those who say that marriage must be polygamous are all wrong. We have to read the (Quranic) verse in full, said Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, … Continue reading Egypt’s top cleric calls polygamy ‘injustice,’ draws debate

Algeria’s Bouteflika due to submit candidacy amid protests

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria’s Constitutional Council has been placed under high security as President Abdelaziz Bouteflika‘s bid for a fifth term is due to be formally submitted. Sunday is the deadline to present candidacies for the April 18 presidential election. It is unclear whether the 82-year-old Bouteflika would do it in person. Tens of … Continue reading Algeria’s Bouteflika due to submit candidacy amid protests

Egypt military court upholds sentence against former auditor

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian lawyer says a military appeals court has upheld a five-year sentence against the country’s former auditor for disseminating false news about the military. Ali Taha says Sunday Hesham Genena can still challenge the ruling a final time at Egypt’s highest military court of appeals. Genena was arrested in February last … Continue reading Egypt military court upholds sentence against former auditor

Egypt’s top cleric stirs controversy with polygamy remarks

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s top Muslim cleric has stirred up controversy after saying that polygamy is an “injustice” for women. Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, Al-Azhar’s Grand Imam, said “those who say that marriage must be polygamous are all wrong.” He said polygamy is restricted in Islam and requires fairness. “If there is not fairness it is … Continue reading Egypt’s top cleric stirs controversy with polygamy remarks

Egypt says fight between conductors led to crash killing 25

CAIRO (AP) — A fight between two train conductors unleashed a speeding, unmanned locomotive that slammed into a barrier and exploded in the Egyptian capital’s main train station Wednesday, killing at least 25 people, authorities said. Railway officials said the single railcar collided head-on with the buffer stop, causing a huge explosion and fire. At … Continue reading Egypt says fight between conductors led to crash killing 25

Students stage protests across Algeria against president

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Hundreds of students staged protests on Tuesday in several university cities across Algeria to voice their opposition to ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika‘s bid for a fifth term. Following massive street protests last week, students skipped classes and answered calls posted on social networks to join the gatherings held on campuses. The … Continue reading Students stage protests across Algeria against president

The Latest: UK lawmakers pursue strategies to delay Brexit

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Britain’s main opposition Labour Party has thrown its weight behind efforts to hold a new referendum on the country’s European Union membership. The party has previously said it would support a referendum as a last resort if it could not secure … Continue reading The Latest: UK lawmakers pursue strategies to delay Brexit

Main UK opposition party takes step to back new Brexit vote

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May returned from a seemingly unproductive meeting with European Union leaders Monday to a growing attempt by British lawmakers to stop her from taking Britain out of the EU on March 29 without a divorce deal. With May and the EU at odds over not just how, but when … Continue reading Main UK opposition party takes step to back new Brexit vote

The Latest: UK’s Labour says it will back new Brexit vote

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Britain’s main opposition Labour Party has thrown its weight behind efforts to hold a new referendum on the country’s European Union membership. The party has previously said it would support a referendum as a last resort if it could not secure … Continue reading The Latest: UK’s Labour says it will back new Brexit vote