Haftar rejects Sarraj’s call for Libya truce as ‘media marketing’

Libyan rebels led by renegade general Khalifa Haftar have rejected a ceasefire announcement by the internationally-recognized government in Tripoli. Ahmed Mismari, a spokesman for Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), told media on Sunday that the ceasefire...

Turkey urges ‘immediate’ end to foreign support for Libya’s Haftar: report

Turkey on Monday urged an “immediate” end to the support for rebel commander Khalifa Haftar in Libya after trilateral talks held in Ankara between Libyan, Maltese and Turkish officials, AFP reported. Turkey earlier this year...

UN Says Libyan Rivals ‘Fully Engaged’ in Military Talks

By Tarek El-Tablawy  -  Bloomberg.com A resident walks amidst the rubble of a building that was damaged in the residential neighborhood of Znatah in Tripoli, Libya, on May 1. Photographer: Mahmud Turkia/AFP via Getty Images The United Nations...

Turkey, Russian diplomats to hold Libya talks in Moscow soon – report

Turkish and Russian diplomats will hold meetings on Libya in Moscow soon, said Alaexey Zaytsev, deputy spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry. The talks would focus on “different aspects of the Libyan crisis,” Zaytsev said on Thursday,...

Coronavirus: South Africa bans alcohol sales again to combat Covid-19

BBC.COM-Image copyright AFP Image caption This is the second ban on alcohol sales since South Africa's outbreak began South Africa has introduced new restrictions, including another ban on alcohol sales, to help contain the spread...

Italian defence minister to visit Turkey to discuss Libya developments

Italian Defence Minister is set to visit the capital city of Ankara on Tuesday to meet his Turkish counterpart to discuss the recent developments in war-torn Libya, state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Monday. Lorenzo Guerini’s trip...

Egypt’s parliament greenlights deployment of troops abroad to secure ‘western front,’ paving way for...

The Egyptian parliament has approved the deployment of armed forces abroad to fight “terrorist groups” and “criminal militias.” The move comes amid repeated threats from Cairo to openly intervene in the Libyan conflict. The deployment...

Top diplomat calls for solidarity with Africa amid pandemic

Solidarity with Africa is more essential than ever as the world struggles with the novel coronavirus, Turkey’s foreign minister said May 25 while marking Africa Day, the anniversary of the foundation of the African Union. “The unprecedented conditions...

UN official warns of escalating Libyan war citing foreigners

Acting U.N. special envoy Stephanie Williams said the escalation will have “devastating consequences for the Libyan people” who are “getting lost in the mix, their voices crowded out.” Source: Associated Press UNITED NATIONS: The top U.N....

Turkish company prepping offer to supply Libya power: report

Turkish power-ship operator Karadeniz Holding is preparing a bid to supply up to 1,000 megawatts of electricity to conflict-hit Libya and will submit it soon, the company said on Monday, according to Reuters. Libya, where...

France will not tolerate Turkey’s military intervention in Libya, Macron says

France will not tolerate Turkey’s military intervention in Libya, President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday, accusing Ankara of playing “a dangerous game,” according to Reuters. Turkey has intervened decisively in recent weeks in Libya, providing...

Libyan protests deepen Sarraj’s isolation and expose Turkey’s role

Fayez al-Sarraj, head of the Presidency Council of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), failed to contain the growing popular discontent and to absorb the anger of the demonstrators in the streets and squares of...

Mali’s president resigns and dissolves parliament

BBC.COM-Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta won a second term in 2018- Reuters Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has resigned, after being detained by soldiers on Tuesday, state TV reports. In a televised address, Mr Keïta said he was...

Extremist fighter’s groundbreaking sex slavery trial opens at ICC

Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud accused of torture and extrajudicial punishments Jason Burke Africa correspondent  -  The  Guardian Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud forced hundreds of Malian women...

Niger Says 75 ‘Boko Haram Terrorists’ Killed

The Sahel state of Niger, which has been battling a bloody jihadist insurgency, said Wednesday around 75 Boko Haram combatants had been killed in the southeast and in neighbouring Nigeria. Twenty-five "terrorists" were killed on...

S. Africa Says No Evidence of Iranian Plot to Kill U.S. Envoy

South Africa's state security agency on Friday said it had found no evidence that Iran was plotting to assassinate the U.S. ambassador to Pretoria, Lana Marks. A U.S. media report, quoting unnamed officials, earlier this...

Egyptian parliament approves maritime deal with Greece over Mediterranean borders

Egypt’s Parliament on Tuesday approved a maritime deal setting the country’s Mediterranean Sea boundary with Greece and demarcating an exclusive economic zone for oil and gas drilling rights, The Associated Press reported, citing local...

Turkey, Russia nearing deal on Libya ceasefire, political process

Earlier on Wednesday night, Libya's internationally recognised Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj announced his intention to step down by the end of October in a speech delivered on state television. By REUTERS Russian President Vladimir Putin...

Sudan Floods Threaten Ancient Archaeological Gem

Rising Nile floodwaters are threatening to swamp an ancient archaeological site in Sudan, after some of the highest ever recorded river levels, archaeologists said Monday. Teams have set up sandbag walls and are pumping out...

North Africa Libya government announces immediate ceasefire

Libya’s internationally-recognized government has announced a nationwide ceasefire and called for demilitarization in the strategic city of Sirte, which is held by strongman Khalifa Haftar’s rebels. The Tripoli-based government said in a statement on Friday...