Aug 14, 2016

Islamic State frees hundreds of 'human shields' in Syria

Islamic State group jihadis have released hundreds of civilians they used as human shields while fleeing a crumbling stronghold in northern Syria, but the fate of others remained unknown Saturday. On another front, scores of civilians were killed on Saturday in air raids by ...

Nigeria wrestles with 'suddenly poor' status amid series of oil crises

Aug 14, 2016

Nigeria wrestles with 'suddenly poor' status amid series of oil crises

First it was falling oil prices that plagued Nigeria, then came inflation, power shortages, and a humanitarian crisis in the north. “Suddenly, we’re a poor country,” Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said Thursday in Abuja, the nation’s capital. “Before we came to office, petroleum sold ...

Strife-torn Libya struggles to ramp up oil exports

Aug 14, 2016

Strife-torn Libya struggles to ramp up oil exports

Jihadi attacks and political struggles are thwarting attempts by Libya’s unity government to revive an oil industry seen as vital for the economy of the impoverished North African country. Five years since the fall of dictator Moammar Gadhafi, Libya’s rival governments and militias are ...

Egyptian judoka refuses to shake Israeli opponent's hand

Aug 13, 2016

Egyptian judoka refuses to shake Israeli opponent's hand

Middle Eastern politics spilled onto the judo mat Friday at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics when an Egyptian competitor refused to shake hands with his winning Israeli opponent. Islam El Shehaby, an ultraconservative Salafi Muslim, had come under pressure before the games from Islamist-leaning ...