Syrian rebels "executed" at least 67 civilians and took 200 others hostage from pro-regime Alawite villages in August, Human Rights Watch said Friday, calling the actions war crimes. President Bashar al-Assad is a member of the Alawite Shiite sect.
Following his brief abduction by armed men on Thursday, Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan told FRANCE 24 that a political party seeking to "overthrow the government by any means" was behind the incident.
Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan returned to his office on Thursday afternoon after his brief but brazen abduction by armed men who stormed his Tripoli hotel residence and seized the former diplomat around dawn.
Armed Islamist militants fired shells on the northern Malian city of Gao, the first attack on the insurgents' former stronghold in months. Gao was the first city freed from Islamist occupation in the French-led military intervention earlier in 2013.
Gunmen killed five Egyptian soldiers in an attack on an army patrol near the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya on Monday, security officials said, as a massive explosion killed at least two others in the southern Sinai town of al Tour.
At least 50 people were killed in clashes in Egypt on Sunday after supporters and opponents of deposed president Mohammed Morsi took to the streets for rival demonstrations as Egypt marked the 40th anniversary of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.
Kenya’s military named on Saturday four men believed to have taken part in an attack on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall last month. At least 67 people were killed in the assault, which lasted for four days.
Police fired teargas at rioters who torched a church in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa on Friday, a day after gunmen killed a popular Muslim cleric. Sheikh Ibrahim Ismail and three acquaintances died in a drive-by shooting late on Thursday.