North African Politics
Mar 21, 2013 12:15 EDT
Credit ratings agency Moody's said on Thursday it has downgraded Egypt's government bond ratings by one notch to Caa1 from B3, saying political instability had "significantly weakened" the economy.
Mar 21, 2013 10:59 EDT
An Islamist activist on Thursday hacked the Facebook page of feminist group Femen's Tunisian branch and posted religious messages after images of two members of the group posing topless were published on the Internet.
Mar 21, 2013 10:12 EDT
Egypt's ruling Muslim Brotherhood warned on Thursday that it will defend its headquarters, as opposition activists planned a march on the building where they have previously clashed with the Islamists.
Mar 20, 2013 10:41 EDT
The first observers are preparing to monitor a demilitarised buffer zone between Sudan and South Sudan, Khartoum's defence minister said on Wednesday, a move which aims to curb cross-border rebel support.
Mar 20, 2013 08:52 EDT
Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi said Wednesday he hoped his country can join major emerging market peers in the BRICS group as he pitched for Indian investment in his country's troubled economy.
Mar 20, 2013 08:03 EDT
Human Rights Watch on Wednesday called on Tunisia to "urgently" repeal its criminal defamation law, which can lead to two years in jail and which it said has a "chilling effect" on freedom of speech.
Mar 19, 2013 16:19 EDT
Egyptian police arrested on Tuesday Moamer Kadhafi's cousin Ahmed Qaddaf al-Dam, wanted by Tripoli for his role in the regime of the slain Libyan strongman, Egyptian officials said.
Mar 19, 2013 16:18 EDT
Jordan's King Abdullah II launched a broadside against regional leaders in an interview published Tuesday in a US magazine, saying Egypt's president has "no depth" in reading the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and that Turkey's premier sees democracy as a "bus ride".
Mar 19, 2013 13:18 EDT
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle pledged Tuesday further investment and aid for Tunisia if it stays on track in turning its Arab Spring revolution into a democratic success story.
Mar 19, 2013 10:25 EDT
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi called Tuesday for an urgent halt to the "bloodshed" in Syria after holding talks with Indian leaders in New Delhi.
Mar 18, 2013 05:58 EDT
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi arrived in Pakistan on Monday, on a South Asian tour that will also take in India as he works to promote trade and investment in his nation's troubled economy.
Mar 17, 2013 14:42 EDT
The head of the International Monetary Fund's Middle East division was in Cairo on Sunday for talks with the Egyptian government to discuss steps towards a possible aid program.
Mar 17, 2013 09:10 EDT
Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court began hearings Sunday on an appeal lodged on behalf of the Islamist president against a lower court's cancellation of a controversial parliamentary election he had called for April.
Mar 17, 2013 08:06 EDT
Hundreds of Sudanese refugees fled heavy fighting in South Sudan, United Nations officials said Sunday, warning of "serious concerns" over the presence of armed groups in border camps.
Mar 16, 2013 20:15 EDT
Women are "the slaves of this age", according to an Egyptian politician who took a stand against the country's Muslim Brotherhood to back a UN declaration on violence against women.
Mar 16, 2013 14:11 EDT
Tripoli's embassy in Cairo said Saturday it was suspending work indefinitely, five days after demonstrators attacked the mission and burned the Libyan flag to protest the death of an Egyptian Copt in Libya.
Mar 16, 2013 13:46 EDT
The African Union's Peace and Security Council arrives in Sudan on Sunday to meet African peacekeepers serving in the troubled Darfur region, official media said, after fresh government-rebel clashes.
Mar 16, 2013 13:43 EDT
Hundreds of Egyptian football fans protested outside the public prosecutor's office on Saturday, demanding the release of fellow members of their Ultras hardcore fan group.
Mar 16, 2013 10:21 EDT
Several thousand people demonstrated on Saturday on the 40th day of mourning after the murder of opposition leader Chokri Belaid, a critic of the ruling Islamists whose death plunged Tunisia into turmoil.
Mar 15, 2013 15:15 EDT
Hundreds of Egyptians demonstrated in Cairo on Friday to press for the army to assume power in a country plagued by unrest and instability two years after a revolution which toppled president Hosni Mubarak.