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Erdogan criticizes EU move to enforce arms embargo on Libya

Turkish President on Wednesday criticized the European Union’s decision to launch a new maritime effort focused on enforcing the U.N arms embargo around Libya, accusing European nations that agreed to launch the new operation of “interfering in the region.”Erdogan...

Turkish drone downed in Ain Zara, south of Libya’s Tripoli

The Libyan National Army (LNA) announced Tuesday evening, the shooting down of a Turkish drone in Ain Zara, south of the capital, Tripoli following LNA seaport offensive reports Al Arabiya.The Libyan army spokesman said that the drone had taken...

Tripoli government halts participation in Geneva talks after attacks on seaport

Libya’s internationally recognized government announced late Tuesday it would suspend participation in UN talks aimed at brokering a lasting ceasefire in the war-torn country where a fragile truce has been repeatedly violated.The pull-out came after a barrage of rocket...

Spain searching for over 100 aboard 3 missing migrant boats

Spanish authorities are searching for possibly dozens of migrants missing on three boats en route to the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, maritime rescue service said Tuesday.A Civil Guard airplane was searching for the boats near the islands...

Breaking news! Tripoli seaport bombed, Turkish cargo ship targeted

A Turkish cargo ship carrying ammunition and weapons coming from Turkey was targeted by the Libyan army at the Tripoli port Tuesday, according to Al Arabiya news.UN Libya envoy Ghassan Salame confirmed the port was attacked, without giving additional...

Libya rival factions prepare for long conflict

Libya’s combatants are readying for a long conflict, as foreign weapons flood in, eastern factions close oil ports and rival alliances wrangle over revenues from Africa’s largest petroleum reserves.The moves signal deepening animosity in a war that could worsen...

World powers pledge to uphold Libya arms embargo

Countries with interests in Libya’s civil war recommitted themselves Sunday to uphold a barely working arms embargo, 4 weeks after failed peace summit in Berlin, which was followed by numerous new arms violations, officials from Germany and the U.N....

Coronavirus lands in Africa as Egypt confirms first case.

Egypt’s Health Ministry has confirmed the first case of the new virus on African soil, Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Mugahed said the person was a “foreigner” who is carrying the virus but not showing any serious symptoms.Officials were able...

New born baby, 86 migrants rescued off Canary island

Spanish authorities said Friday that they have rescued a group of 86 migrants that included a baby who was born during the perilous journey in the open sea to reach Europe.Emergency services for the Canary Islands said that the...

Sudan government reaches settlement deal with USS Cole victims

Sudan’s transitional government said Thursday it has reached a settlement with families of the victims of the 2000 attack on USS Cole in Yemen, in a bid to have the African country taken off the U.S. terrorism list and...
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Chad says repelled rebel attack in gold region

Chadian soldiers on Wednesday repelled an incursion into a volatile northern gold-mining region from rebels based in neighbouring Libya,...
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Togo bars observer group from monitoring election

Togo's election authorities on Wednesday barred a main independent observer group from monitoring an upcoming poll expected to see President Faure Gnassingbe extend his...

Kagame men lash out on DR Congo over criticism about dissident singer death

Rwanda has lashed out at the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the death of a dissident singer in Rwandan police custody has revived long-running...

Clinical evidence shows antimalaria drug chloroquine can cure coronavirus

Chloroquine phosphate, an antimalarial drug that has been on the market for years, has proved to be effective against the novel coronavirus, according to...

WHO says man with coronavirus in Egypt is recovering, no longer a carrier

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that the person previously confirmed to have the COVID-19 coronavirus in Egypt is on his way...