Strongman Haftar back in Libya after long absence

File photo showing Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army, arrives for talks over a political deal to end Libya’s crisis in La Celle-Saint-Cloud, near Paris, July 25, 2017. (Reuters)
Updated 26 April 2018
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Strongman Haftar back in Libya after long absence

BENGHAZI: Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar returned Thursday to the eastern city of Benghazi after a long absence for treatment in a Paris hospital, an AFP correspondent reported.
The 75-year-old, smiling and dressed in a black suit, greeted generals from his self-styled army after descending from a plane, in his first public appearance for weeks.


Egypt arrests activist Hazem Abdel-Azim, former El-Sisi supporter

Updated 16 min 28 sec ago
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Egypt arrests activist Hazem Abdel-Azim, former El-Sisi supporter

  • Egyptian security officials say a prominent activist has been detained

CAIRO: Egyptian security officials say a prominent activist has been detained, the latest in a new wave of arrests since presidential elections earlier this year.
The officials say Hazem Abdel-Azim was taken from his home in a Cairo suburb late Saturday on accusations that include disseminating false news and belonging to an outlawed group.
Abdel-Azim has been known for his harsh criticism of the government since he left President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s campaign in the 2014 elections.
The officials spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak to media.
Egypt has arrested a number of secular activists since El-Sisi was re-elected in March in a vote in which he faced no serious challengers.
The latest arrests come amid a wider crackdown on dissent in which thousands of people have been jailed.