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    Video caption: Libya: Ten years on the front line

    Our correspondent on what it's been like to cover the 10 years since Colonel Gaddafi was deposed and killed.

  2. Injuries after Egypt train crash

    People and security forces gather at the scene of a railway accident in the city of Toukh in Egypt's central Nile Delta province of Qalyubiya
    Image caption: People and security forces gather at the scene

    A train has derailed in Egypt, injuring a large number of passengers. The accident happened in the province of Qalyubia to the north of Cairo.

    Dozens of ambulances have rushed to the site and taken the injured for treatment in three hospitals in the province.

    Egypt's rail system has a very poor safety record - last month, at least 20 people were killed in a collision between two trains.

  3. Egypt kings and queens arrive in new resting place

    BBC World Service

    The mummy of King Ramses II was among those to be transported
    Image caption: The mummy of King Ramses II was among those those transported

    The mummified remains of 22 kings and queens from ancient Egypt go on display on Sunday, at their new resting place south of the capital, Cairo.

    Experts at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation took two weeks to carefully examine and unpack the mummies, after they were transported there in a lavish ceremony.

    For the first time, the mummies are showcased next to their coffins, with X-ray images also displayed to help tell the stories of their deaths more than 3,000 years ago.

    The underground vault resembles their original tombs.

    The authorities hope the new exhibition will help to revive Egypt’s vital tourism sector.

    Read more: Egypt mummies pass through Cairo in ancient rulers' parade

  4. UN to set up ceasefire team for Libya

    Alan Johnston

    Middle East editor, BBC World Service

    The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution on Libya that envisages the setting up of a team of ceasefire monitors.

    Up to 60 observers would operate from within the existing UN mission in the country.

    The resolution praised the progress that has recently been made in Libya, after years of conflict.

    A UN-brokered process has installed a new government that's been tasked with uniting the country, and preparing for elections in December.

  5. Boat sinks off Tunisia killing 20 migrants

    Alan Johnston

    Middle East editor, BBC World Service

    A large fishing ship coming from Libya is about to disembark migrants in Lampedusa, Italy
    Image caption: Thousands of migrants attempt to cross the Mediterranean from North African countries to Europe every year (file photo)

    Tunisian coastguards say at least 20 African migrants died when their boat sank off the country's east coast.

    Others are missing, but a search has been called off because of bad weather.

    Only three survivors were rescued.

    The vessel had set off from the Tunisian city of Sfax.

    It's frequently used as a departure point by migrants trying to reach Europe.

    Nearly 40 people drowned in a similar accident in the same waters last month.

    Map of Tunisia
  6. Algerian hunger-strike prisoners 'could die'

    BBC World Service

    Policeman on guard at Serkadji prison in Algiers
    Image caption: Detainees said to be facing health complications

    Human rights groups in Algeria have warned that more than 20 pro-democracy prisoners who are on hunger strike could die, and should be immediately released.

    In a statement posted on social media, the eight organisations - including the Algerian League for Human Rights - said some of the 23 detainees were facing health complications, after refusing food for more than a week.

    They have been charged with "damaging national unity" and holding an unarmed gathering, following their arrest on 7 April at a protest in the capital, Algiers, organised by the Hirak movement, which demands sweeping political change.

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  7. Turkey seeks to mend relations with Egypt

    Alan Johnston

    Middle East editor, BBC World Service

    Turkey says it has accepted an invitation to send a diplomatic delegation to Egypt, as efforts to improve strained relations between the two countries continue.

    Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the talks in Cairo next month would focus on normalising ties.

    The relationship was ruptured eight years ago when Egypt's military overthrew Mohamed Morsi, the country's democratically elected Islamist president.

    He had been close to the Turkish leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

  8. Nile dam row: Sudan's PM seeks urgent summit

    Emmanuel Igunza

    BBC News, Nairobi

    The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile
    Image caption: Ethiopia has vowed to go on with a second filling of the dam during the rainy season beginning June

    Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has called for an urgent summit of leaders of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan to try and resolve the dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

    The talks are seen as last-ditch attempts to revive tripartite talks that collapsed last week in Kinshasa.

    Ethiopia has vowed to go on with a second filling of the dam during the rainy season beginning June. But Egypt and Sudan want a binding agreement in place before the filling continues.

    This comes as Egyptian parliamentarians vowed to "support to the hilt" President Abdul Fattah al Sisi, who has said all options are on the table in dealing with the water dispute.

    MP Tarek Redwan told a human rights conference in Cairo that Ethiopia’s PM and parliament had twice refused invitations to Egypt to listen to the plight of millions of farmers who were fearful of the impact of the dam on downstream countries.

    “Egyptian farmers are not opposed to the economic development of Ethiopia. The same water that feed their development is the same water that feed our farms and families. The River Nile should be a bind between us, not a source of dispute or war," he said.

  9. Greece says Libya agrees to sea-border talks

    Alan Johnston

    BBC Middle East analyst

    A satellite photo of the Mediterranean sea and surrounding territories.
    Image caption: There are potential consequences for oil exploration

    Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis says the new Libyan government has agreed to discuss the highly controversial issue of maritime borders in the eastern Mediterranean.

    Greece has bitterly opposed an agreement struck by the previous administration in Tripoli with Turkey in 2019.

    The division of sovereignty over the seabed has potential consequences for oil exploration.

    On Tuesday, the Turkish leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said after talks with the new Libyan administration that the two countries remained committed to the existing maritime accord.

  10. Bus passengers killed in Egypt crash

    Alan Johnston

    BBC Middle East analyst

    At least 20 people have been killed in a bus crash in the Egyptian province of Asyut, south of Cairo.

    Local officials said the accident happened on a desert road when the bus hit a broken down lorry, and then burst into flames.

    Dozens of people have died in recent weeks in a spate of road and rail accidents in Egypt.

    A map showing Asyut and Cairo in Egypt.