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LIBYA: Turkey warns Haftar over attack on Tripoli

Ankara has warned Libya’s Khalifa Haftar against continuous attack on the capital Tripoli. The Turkish president Recep Tayyib Erdogan gave the warning during an address to his ruling party’s legislators Tuesday. He extolled Fayez Sarraj, head of Libya’s UN-backed government, saying he had displayed a positive stance during peace talks in Moscow. ‘‘In the coming […]

Zimbabwe votes against U.N. resolution on Rohingya persecution

Zimbabwe was the only African country that voted against a United Nations General Assembly, UNGA, resolution on the Myanmar persecution of Rohingya Muslims. The resolution, “Situation of Rohingya Muslims and Other Minorities in Myanmar” was however passed overwhelmingly with 134 countries in favour as against nine in opposition and 28 abstentions. Others who voted against

Turkey’s president said Sunday that the country was deploying military units to Libya, where Ankara is supporting the embattled U.N.-recognized government in Tripoli. Turkey’s parliament authorized the deployment of troops to Libya on Thursday, following a separate deal on sending military experts and weapons signed into law in December. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said

Libya conflict: Turkish MPs approve bill to send troops

Turkey’s parliament has passed a bill that will allow the government to deploy troops to Libya to intervene in the civil war. Turkish lawmakers approved the bill on Thursday, with 325 in favour to 184 against. Turkey is allied with Libya’s UN-backed government, which is based in the capital, Tripoli. The Libyan government has been […]

Top Iranian general killed by US in Iraq

General Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ elite Quds Force, has been killed by US forces in Iraq. The Pentagon confirmed he was killed “at the direction of the president”. Gen Soleimani was being driven by car at Baghdad airport, alongside local Iran-backed militias, when he was hit by a US air […]

Israel election: Netanyahu and rival headed for deadlock

Unofficial results in Israel’s second election in five months suggest it is too close to call, Israeli media say. Incumbent PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s party and that of his main challenger, Benny Gantz, are neck and neck with 32 seats each, the Kan public broadcaster says. A prime minister needs to command a 61-seat majority in […]

Iran ‘seizes Iraqi tanker in Gulf for smuggling fuel’

Iran has seized another foreign tanker in the Gulf, state media reports claim. Iranian forces seized the Iraqi ship for “smuggling fuel for some Arab countries” and detained seven sailors, according to the reports. Iraq’s oil ministry has said it has no connection to the seized vessel and that it is working to gather information […]

PAKISTAN: Gunmen attack luxury hotel in Balochistan

Three gunmen have stormed a five-star hotel in the restive Pakistani province of Balochistan, killing at least one person, officials say. The attack targeted the Pearl Continental Hotel in the port city of Gwadar, the centrepiece of a multi-billion-dollar Chinese project. Most guests have been evacuated. The separatist Balochistan Liberation Army said it had carried […]

Iran pulls out of ‘parts of nuclear deal’

Iran has pulled out of “some commitments” under the 2015 international nuclear deal, a year after it was abandoned by the US. President Hassan Rouhani informed other major powers still committed to the deal of the decision on Wednesday. He did not specify which commitments Iran would stop implementing. The deal is aimed at curbing […]
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