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Mauritania, Mali Military Attack Al-Qaida Base in Sahel

Mauritania and Mali say they have destroyed an al-Qaida-affiliated base camp and are pursuing terrorists who fled along their common border. Security forces in Africa's Sahel region are on high alert following last month's killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. Mauritanian army spokesman Colonel Teyib Ould Brahim says there were casualties on...

Migrant Workers Stranded in Conflict-Ridden Libya

The International Organization for Migration expresses great concern about the plight of thousands of migrant workers stranded in conflict-ridden Libya. IOM says the migrants have been abandoned by their employers and have few means of survival.  According to the IOM, migrants in Libya had a tough life even before the conflict broke out.  It says...

Libya Offers Truce to UN in Return for NATO Cease-fire

Libya's prime minister has offered a truce to a visiting United Nations envoy in return for an immediate NATO cease-fire. Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi made the comments in Tripoli Sunday following a meeting with U.N. special envoy Abdul Ilah Khatib. Soon after Khatib arrived, Libya's state television reported that a new NATO airstrike hit...

Tunisia Arrests Two Suspected of al-Qaida Links

<!--IMAGE--> Tunisian state television says two people suspected of having links to al-Qaida's North African branch have been arrested in the country's south.Reports say the men were carrying bombs when they were arrested in an area near the border with Libya. No further details were released.Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb grew out of an...

IOM: Migrants Fleeing Libya Overwhelm Niger

The International Organization for Migration says about 1,000 people every day are arriving from Libya to northern Niger's main entry point of Dirkou, fleeing Libya's months-long conflict. The head of IOM in Niger, Abibatou Wane, says many of the migrants are from Niger or other sub-Saharan African countries and arrive in poor condition after...

Thousands of Students Protest in Algeria

Thousands of students in Algeria have marched toward the presidential palace in the capital, Algiers, where they were confronted by security forces.News reports say some demonstrators called for the resignation of Education Minister Rashid Hawarbia while others chanted anti-government slogans.Witnesses say several protesters were injured in...

Activists Fight to Save Crumbling Algiers Casbah

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Algiers' historic Casbah, or old quarter, bears the hallmarks and the scars of the country's turbulent past.  During the bloody "black decade" of Algeria's 1990s civil war, the Casbah was the feared bastion of Islamist terrorists. Now that ordinary residents and a few visitors have returned, and a new battle...

Movie Highlights Terror at Algerian Monastery

A movie about the lives - and gruesome deaths - of French Cistercian Trappist monks in Algeria has become an unexpected box-office hit in France and has now been released worldwide. "Of Gods and Men" is set during Algeria's horrific 1990's civil war. The Tibhirine monastery where the monks live, serves as a reminder of the country's unresolved...

Amnesty International: Momentum Against Death Penalty Gains Ground

The London-based human rights organization Amnesty International says momentum against the death penalty is gaining ground around the world.  The assessment is part of the group’s data-based report titled Death Sentences and Executions in 2010. The total number of executions officially recorded by Amnesty International last year was at least 527....

Algeria's Large Youth Population Has Few Opportunities

Walk down Rue Didouche Mourad - a bustling auto route lined with colonial-era buildings that winds its way toward the Algiers port - and this is what you will see: groups of children heading home from school; young girls, some with headscarves, others bareheaded, mobile phones glued to their ears; young men hanging out in cafes; a street...

In Algeria, Popular Protests Still Simmer Beneath Surface

Algeria is simmering with the same toxic mix of  economic and political discontent that has exploded into revolts across the Arab world. But another effort to stage an anti-government protest in front of the main post office in downtown Algiers failed. Frustrated youth It was announced on Facebook as a youth march that would rally thousands. But...

UNHCR: Preparing For Worst Case Scenario in Libya

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees and International Organization for Migration (UNHCR) warn escalating fighting in Libya could prompt a mass exodus from the country.   They say they are preparing for a so-called worst-case scenario to assist hundreds of thousands of people who might flee across borders into neighboring countries.  Since the...

Libya’s Opposition Tries to Define Itself to Gain Western Support

As the West debates whether to impose a no-fly zone over Libya, rebels there are left to fend for themselves against pro-government forces pushing eastward toward Benghazi. In this port town where the opposition has established its headquarters, the mood is anxious. Everyone wonders: which will come first -- international military support or...

Libya Opposition: Rebels Still Control Brega

A Libyan opposition leader says anti-government forces have beaten back pro-Gadhafi forces from the oil town of Brega. Earlier reports indicated the rebels had fled the oil port as the result of heavy shelling. Hadi Shalluf, president of the Justice and Democracy Party of Libya, also says the rebels captured dozens of pro-Gadhafi soldiers. “The...

Libyan Crisis Threatens Regional Food Security

The crisis in Libya could put food security at risk, not only in Libya, but in neighboring countries as well. Daniele Donati, chief of the Emergency Operations Service for the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, says, “They employ a lot of workers from neighboring countries.  And these people, they are now fleeing the country and they are back...