February 16, 2019

Libyan Government soldiers cut off Niger escape route

Forces loyal to Libya's new government have taken control of the strategic city of Sabha, which controls the main road south to Niger. Government fighters have been firing into the air to celebrate its capture, which means anti-Gaddafi forces now control southern Libya and Colonel Gaddafi has … [Read more...]

Egypt murder trial starts with Mubarak in cage

The trial of Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak on corruption and murder charges has begun in Cairo with Mubarak wheeled into the courtroom in a hospital bed and placed in a cage. The 83 year-old former leader has denied charges of corruption and ordering the killing of protesters. He is on … [Read more...]

Israel captures ‘weapons’ boat in the Dead Sea

Israeli authorities say they have seized a boat carrying arms in the Dead Sea and are questioning two Palestinians who were on the vessel. The boat was carrying assault rifles, ammunition and other weapons, according to an Israeli military statement. The military say the weapons were being … [Read more...]

Israeli commandos board Gaza protest boat

Israeli commandos have intercepted and boarded the Dignite-al Karamaa - a boat trying to breach Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip. The Dignite-al Karama, was part of Freedom Flotilla II - a 10-vessel flotilla, that has been trying to breach the blockade for several weeks. Dignite-al Karama was … [Read more...]

Egypt sacks 669 senior police over protester deaths

Egyptian Interior Minister Mansour Essawy has announced the sacking of 669 senior police officers for their involvement in the killing of protesters during the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in February. Among those dismissed were 505 major-generals, including 10 of the interior minister's top … [Read more...]

European E.coli outbreak linked to Egypt

The deadly E. coli outbreaks in Germany and France may have come from seeds sourced in Egypt, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. A report said there was still "much uncertainty", but fenugreek seeds imported in 2009 and 2010 "had been implicated in both … [Read more...]

Egyptian General admits ‘virginity checks’ carried out on female protesters

A senior Egyptian general has admitted that "virginity checks" were performed on some women arrested during the protests following the downfall of Hosni Mubarak's government. The allegations first arose in an Amnesty International report, published a few weeks after the 9th March protest. It … [Read more...]

Egypt to open Rafah border crossing with Gaza

Egypt is to permanently open the Rafah border crossing into Gaza permanently to most Palestinians from Saturday, the Egyptian state news agency Mena is reporting. Gaza has been under blockade since 2007, when the Islamist Hamas movement took control of the territory. The Mubarak regime in Egypt … [Read more...]

Lost pyramids spotted by satellite

A satellite survey of Egypt has reveled seventeen lost pyramids as well as 1.000 tombs and 3,000 settlements. The satellite photos were using infra-red images which are able to show buildings and structures buried underground. Initial excavations have confirmed some of the findings including … [Read more...]

Hosni Mubarak to stand trial over protester deaths

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons, Alaa and Gamal are to stand trial over the deaths of anti-government protesters during the January/February revolution. The three men have been charged with "premeditated murder of some participants in the peaceful protests of the 25 … [Read more...]

Obama wants Israel to return to pre-1967 borders

United States President Barack Obama has officially announced that it is U.S. policy that a future Palestinian state should be based on borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war. Israel seized the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula in the so called 'six day … [Read more...]

Posthumous Osama Bin Laden tape released by al-Qaeda

A 12 minute audio recording made by Osama Bin Laden shortly before he died has been released by al-Qaeda. In the message, he praises the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt and speaks of a "rare historic opportunity" for Muslims to rise up. "I think that the winds of change will blow over the entire … [Read more...]

Niger appeals for aid to help thousands of Libya refugees

The Niger government has appealed for international help to deal with an estimated 59,000 African refugee's who have fled Libya since the civil war there began in February. The International Organization of Migration says many of them arrive with no money or food, and are in poor health after an … [Read more...]

Hamas and Fatah agree Palestinian reconciliation deal

Egypt has brokered an agreement between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah Party and Hamas, to bury their differences and form an interim unity government. The deal will once again unite the Fatah controlled West Bank, and the Hamas controlled Gaza Strip. A date will be fixed … [Read more...]

Insurgents attack Egypt gas pipeline severing supplies to Israel

A major pipeline carrying gas from Egypt to Israel and Jordan has exploded after an attack by armed insurgents in the northern Sinai. With flames shooting high in the air, the pipeline has had to be shutdown until the fire can be extinguished and repairs made. The attack happened south of the … [Read more...]