Libya gov’t vows response after base hit by ‘foreign air force’

Libya’s UN-recognised government has condemned air raids on a recaptured air base in the west of the country. It says a “foreign air force” carried out the attack. The loss of the facility in May was among a string of recent defeats for renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar, pushing him out of large parts of … Read more Libya gov’t vows response after base hit by ‘foreign air force’

Myanmar & other topics – Daily Briefing (2 July 2020)

Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. – Myanmar – Security Council – Libya – Yemen – Afghanistan – Kenya – Bangladesh – Uganda – E-waste – Food Price Index – Vesak – Personnel Appointment – Sustainable Development – Noon Guests on Monday MYANMAR The United Nations in Myanmar today expressed its deep … Read more Myanmar & other topics – Daily Briefing (2 July 2020)

Financing for Development & other topics – Daily Briefing (01 July 2020)

Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Highlights: – Financing for Development – Libya – Yemen – Syria – Central African Republic – South Sudan – Kazakhstan – Brazil – UNHCR – UNESCO – Gabon – Briefings FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT  This morning, the Secretary-General spoke at the first of a series of virtual … Read more Financing for Development & other topics – Daily Briefing (01 July 2020)

US lockdown divide, Putin’s Russia on parade, ‘dangerous game’ in Libya, Eiffel Tower reopens

Could Donald Trump be losing the “culture war” over lockdown and social distancing? François Picard’s panel reacts to the decision by Texas to pause the easing of confinement rules in the face of a new surge of Covid-19 cases. Also, a surge in absentee ballots during primary voting raises the prospect of a long wait … Read more US lockdown divide, Putin’s Russia on parade, ‘dangerous game’ in Libya, Eiffel Tower reopens

Macron and Putin hold virtual summit

French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin were on Friday holding a virtual summit. FRANCE 24’s international affairs editor Philip Turle says the leaders will likely discuss several contentious issues, including the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, Libya intervention, and support for Syria’s leader Bashar al-Assad. Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeEN FRANCE 24 … Read more Macron and Putin hold virtual summit

Nile dam dispute: Ethiopians urge their government not to make compromises

#Nil #water #dam « Today in 2020 there are different realities, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is facing a hard time in #Ethiopia and in #Egypt there is a lot of distress because of problems in the region, coming from Libya or Gaza. Both countries are cornered because of domestic and foreign policy priorities. That is having … Read more Nile dam dispute: Ethiopians urge their government not to make compromises

‘Libya faces a real risk of partition’

In an interview with FRANCE 24, Wolfram Lacher, a senior associate at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, warned of a “real risk” of partition in Libya. He said this could happen either through an escalation of the fighting or because a “frozen conflict” scenario would take hold. Lacher is the author of a recent … Read more ‘Libya faces a real risk of partition’

Analysis: France lacks clear strategy on Libya

France and Turkey are engaged in a war of words over their interventions in Libya. The escalation in dialogue follows a June 10 incident between Turkish warships and a French naval vessel in the Mediterranean, which France considers a hostile act under NATO’s rules of engagement. Jalel Harchaoui, Libya analyst at the Conflict Research Unit … Read more Analysis: France lacks clear strategy on Libya

Arab League calls for Libya ceasefire, peace talks

Libya’s internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) downgraded its participation in the Arab League talks, worried that Egypt wields too much influence in the League. Egypt is an ally of renegade commander Khalifa Haftar and, as GNA forces advance on the city of Sirte, Egypt has warned of possible military action. Al Jazeera’s Mahmoud … Read more Arab League calls for Libya ceasefire, peace talks

Analysis: could Sirte be next flashpoint in Libyan conflict?

French President Emmanuel Macron has rebuked Turkey over its intervention in Libya. Ankara correspondent Jasper Mortimer says the exchange follows a confrontation between the navies of the two Nato allies on June 10. Attention is now focused on the Libyan city of Sirte, with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday saying his country has … Read more Analysis: could Sirte be next flashpoint in Libyan conflict?

Macron: Turkey playing ‘dangerous game’ in Libya

French President Emmanuel Macron says Turkey is playing a “dangerous game” by providing Libya’s government forces with weapons and fighters as it seeks to repel a year-long assault by eastern military leader Khalifa Haftar. Turkey, however, says France is also meddling in the conflict by siding with Haftar’s so-called Libyan National Army. France denies backing … Read more Macron: Turkey playing ‘dangerous game’ in Libya

United Nations orders probe into human rights abuses in Libya

The UN’s top rights body ordered a fact-finding mission after the discovery of mass graves in Tarhuna, previously a stronghold of Haftar and his forces, recently recaptured by forces allied to the internationally recognized government. Libya’s government forces are now positioned to the west of Sirte. They’re demanding Haftar’s forces retreat from the strategic city. … Read more United Nations orders probe into human rights abuses in Libya

Reading stabbings: tributes to three friends killed in park – BBC News

Moving tributes have been paid to the three friends who were stabbed to death in a park in Reading on Saturday evening. Moments of silence have been observed and flowers laid in tribute. They were James Furlong who was 36 years old and a teacher; Joe Ritchie-Bennett who was 39 and a lawyer; and David … Read more Reading stabbings: tributes to three friends killed in park – BBC News

Reading stabbings terror suspect known to MI5 – BBC News

A man arrested on suspicion of stabbing three people to death in a terror attack at a park in Reading had come from Libya and was known to MI5. Khairi Saadallah, who is 25, had come to the attention of the security service last year but was not considered to be an “immediate risk”. The … Read more Reading stabbings terror suspect known to MI5 – BBC News

Could Egypt and Turkey go to war in Libya? | Inside Story

The battlelines of Libya’s civil war are changing quickly. A few weeks ago, Khalifa Haftar’s forces were on the outskirts of the capital Tripoli, battling to remove the UN-recognised Government of National Accord. But the warlord’s campaign failed, and he’s been in retreat since. GNA troops, reinforced by military support from Turkey, are pushing towards … Read more Could Egypt and Turkey go to war in Libya? | Inside Story