The long-running conflict between the two competing governments in Libya continued to escalate this week, with the Libyan National Army (LNA) shelling Tripoli’s port and airport infrastructure and demanding that Turkey immediately end its growing involvement in the conflict.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump in a letter to Congress on Thursday said he has extended the national emergency with respect to Libya for another year in order to continue to prevent the diversion of the country's assets.
ANKARA (Sputnik) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday met with Fayez Sarraj, the Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord of Libya (GNA), in Istanbul, Erdogan's administration said.
Agricultural officers and soldiers from the Uganda People's Defense Force have been called upon by the government to work together in coating crops with chemicals to ward off and eliminate the destructive desert locust swarms that have invaded the East African country.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Three bus passengers were killed in Kenya on Wednesday when suspected Al-Shabaab militants opened gunfire on the vehicle, media reported.
The situation in the North African country, which was dragged into a civil war after the death of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, recently escalated as Ankara entered the fray, deploying military advisors to back the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), fighting against Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA).
The US secretary of state previously held talks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and President Sahle-Work Zewde, discussing security issues in the sub-Saharan region, as well as the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project, which has caused tense debates between Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt.
The Libyan National Army (LNA) said in an official statement on Facebook earlier that its forces had destroyed a Turkish vessel carrying weapons and ammunition that was docked in the port of Tripoli. According to the LNA, by delivering the cargo, Turkey had violated an international agreement banning arms sales to the country.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Tripoli's Mitiga International Airport on Monday announced it had to suspend its activities after being attacked.
ATHENS (Sputnik) - Greece is ready to take part in the new European mission in the Mediterranean for controlling the arms embargo on Libya, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said on Monday, following the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Tanzanian authorities ordered the evacuation of at least 25,000 people living in the vicinity of a large dam for fears it may burst and cause devastating floods, media reported Sunday.
Tunisian Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh - a former finance minister to the nation who was earlier appointed as head of the cabinet by Tunisian President Kais Saied - has unveiled a new coalition government, local media have reported.
Canada has not deployed peacekeepers to the Sahel region, where an Islamist insurgency has devastated Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. But it has been providing transportation assistance to France, the former colonial ruler leading the counter-terrorist effort in the region.
On 19 January, an international conference on Libyan reconciliation took place in Berlin and was attended by 16 states and entities, including Russia, Turkey and the US.
MUNICH (Sputnik) - The African Union (AU) is ready to send observers to Libya to monitor the ceasefire regime, AU's Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui said.
CAIRO (Sputnik) – The Sudanese Prosecutor General’s Office said that several members of the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood group had been detained over plotting terror attacks across the country, media reported.
Over the weekend, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the international community to provide swift and free-handed assistance to Africa’s locust-stricken desert countries before the insect invasion becomes unmanageable.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued two arrest warrants for the ousted Sudanese leader in connection with the conflict in Darfur, charging him with genocide and crimes against humanity in 2009 and 2010.
The United Nations has called on the international community to be swift and free-handed with assistance to Africa’s desert locust-stricken countries before the infestation becomes unmanageable.
ADDIS ABABA (Sputnik) - The situation in Libya has become a threat to the global security, especially due to the unprecedented foreign meddling in the country's affairs, African Union's Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui said on Monday.