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Eastern Libya halts more than half the country’s oil output

Eastern Libya ports controlled by commander Khalifa Haftar, who is trying to seize the capital Tripoli, are shutting down oil exports, slashing national crude output by more than half and ramping up tensions ahead of a summit in Germany...

European powers condemn Turkish plans to send troops to Libya

The European Union’s top diplomat and the foreign ministers of Britain, France, Germany and Italy condemned on Tuesday Turkey’s plans to send military experts and trainers to Libya, saying foreign interference there was exacerbating instability.After postponing a trip to...

Turkish MPs approve controversial military deal with Libya

Turkey’s parliament approved a security and military deal with Libya’s U.N.-supported government Saturday on the heels of a controversial maritime agreement earlier this month that has drawn international ire.The deal allows Turkey to provide military training and equipment at...

UN expert report unmasks Libya arms embargo violations

From buying an Irish navy boat re-registered as a "pleasure yacht" to enlisting a Canadian firm to recruit Sudanese fighters -- Libya's warring parties are running rings around a UN arms embargo.That's the upshot of a near-400-word report published...

Russia calls for talks in Libya after Haftar calls on forces to advance

Russia’s foreign ministry on Friday called for dialogue between hostile groups to resolve the crisis in Libya, the Interfax news agency reported, a day after eastern forces’ commander Khalifa Haftar urged an advance towards Tripoli.Haftar, who heads the Libyan...

Khalifa Haftar urges forces to advance toward central Tripoli

Libyan Commander Khalifa Haftar urged his forces to advance toward the center of Tripoli on Thursday in what he said would be the “final battle” for the capital, in a speech broadcast on Al Arabiya TV.Haftar, who heads the...

Greece ask Libyan ambassador to leave over Turkey-Libya accord

Greece said on Friday it was expelling Libya’s ambassador to the country, angered at an accord between Libya and Turkey signed on Nov. 27 that maps out a sea boundary between the two countries close to the Greek island...

Libyan officials say has evidence of Russian mercenaries in war

Officials from Libya’s U.N. backed government say they plan to confront Moscow over the alleged deployment of Russian mercenaries fighting alongside their opponents in the country’s civil war.Libyan and U.S. officials accuse Russia of deploying fighters through a private...

Haftar to meet UN backed PM Fayez for Libya peace talks in Paris

Heads of the opposing sides in Libya's crisis are planning to meet in Paris on Tuesday for talks to find a way out of the impasse, according to reports. Khalifa Haftar, who controls the east of the oil-rich country, and...
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‘I used to guard the ministry, now I’m the minister’ – Somaliland minister

It's not often you hear of a security guard rising through the ranks to become a government minister, but Suleiman Yusuf Koore did just...

35 migrants rescued off Libyan coast – UN Agency

A commercial ship has rescued 35 Europe-bound migrants off Libya’s Mediterranean coast and returned them to the capital, Tripoli, the U.N. migration agency said.The...

US warns of a possible repeat of Kenya hotel attack

The United States embassy in Kenya has warned of a terrorist attack at a major hotel in the capital, Nairobi, although the exact hotel...

Congo DR set to sign peace deal with armed militia

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo is set to sign a peace deal with leaders of an armed militia that's been active...