The former Commander in Chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, has died. He was 85. Following the ousting of the Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, in 2011, Mr Tantawi became the de-facto head of state until the inauguration of Mohamed Morsi as president of Egypt 16 months later. He continued to […]

The fate of Guinea’s President Alpha Condé is unclear after an unverified video showed him surrounded by soldiers, who said they had seized power.   They appeared on national TV claiming to have dissolved the government.   However, the defence ministry said the attempted takeover had been thwarted by the presidential guard.   This follows […]

CIA Director William Burns has met with Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul, according to unnamed US officials cited by the Washington Post and Associated Press. The meeting came amid the ongoing evacuations at the Kabul airport, the AP source said. About 16,000 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, […]

At least 80 people have died, and hundreds more are unaccounted for, in Germany after some of the worst flooding in decades. Belgium has also reported at least 11 dead after the extreme weather, which political leaders have blamed on climate change. Record rainfall in western Europe caused rivers to burst their banks, devastating the […]

Israeli forces have shot a Palestinian woman dead allegedly for attempting to carry out a car-ramming attack northeast of Jerusalem, according to the Israeli army. Palestinian media, which identified the victim as doctoral student Mai Afanah, 29, from Abu Dis, said she was shot and left bleeding at the scene of the incident on Wednesday. […]

Israel launched air raids on the Gaza Strip after Palestinian groups in the besieged enclave sent incendiary balloons into southern Israel. The overnight airstrikes gave way to calm by morning, and there were no reports of casualties on either side. The raids early this morning come less than a month after Israel’s 11-day bombardment of […]

Two parents of kidnapped school children in Tegina in Nigeria’s central Niger state have died of trauma, according to reports from local media. The parents had been in shock after armed gangs kidnapped the students from their school on Sunday, which led to their sudden sickness and unconsciousness. The kidnappers are also said to be […]

Sicilian Mafia boss Giovanni Brusca, whose grisly crimes include having a child’s body dissolved in acid, has been released from prison. Dubbed the “people slayer”, Brusca has confessed to his role in over 100 killings, including the assassination of Italy’s top anti-Mafia prosecutor Giovanni Falcone. But Brusca became an informant, helping prosecutors hunt down fellow […]

The Chad government on Monday accused the Central African Republic (CAR) of killing six of its soldiers in an attack on an outpost in the south of the country. “The Central African armed forces attacked the outpost of Sourou in Chad on Sunday morning … killed a Chad soldier, injured five and kidnapped five others […]

Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu has warned that a proposed unity government aimed at replacing him would be a danger to the country’s security. He urged fellow right-wingers not to back a deal after ultra-nationalist Naftali Bennett said he would form a coalition with a centrist party. Mr Netanyahu’s opponents have until Wednesday to form a […]

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