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Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi smiles during a meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin at the Al-Ittihadiya Presidential Palace on December 11, 2017, in Cairo, Egypt. In the last five years,  the U.S. has  withheld military aid from Egypt, citing human rights concerns, only to eventually release the funds before any substantial improvement.<br>Mikhail Metzel/TASS/Abaca Press/TNS

Egypt’s record on human rights is getting worse. Could withholding American military aid help?

The pattern over the last five years has been consistent: The U.S. withholds military aid from Egypt, citing human rights concerns, only to eventually release the funds before any substantial improvement.


Libyan coast guard rescues 60 Europe-bound migrants

Libya has emerged as a major transit point to Europe for those fleeing poverty and civil war elsewhere in Africa.


7 killed in rebel attack amid Congo's latest Ebola outbreak

In a new reminder of the dangers in containing an Ebola outbreak in a war zone, suspected rebels killed seven people overnight in northeastern Congo and sent residents fleeing, an official said Saturday.

Tunisian fundamentalists protest report on sexual equality

Thousands of Muslim fundamentalists protested Saturday in front of the nation's parliament to decry proposals in a government report on gender equality that they claim are contrary to Islam.


Extremist threat could deter voters in Mali's second round

Mali's first round of voting last month saw electoral agents killed and voting materials destroyed by extremists linked to al-Qaida. Now on Sunday the country will go for round two.


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