Putin and Erdogan warn of rising tension after Trump’s decision on Jerusalem

:: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned against the repercussions of Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel asserting it would be the cause More »

Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage chief highlights tourism’s role in maintaining peace

:: Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) President Prince Sultan bin Salman on Monday iterated that Saudi Arabia’s care for tourism and heritage represents its care for the global human More »

Fighting corruption is a must to achieve development goals, says Muslim World League chief

:: Referring to corruption as a “black hole” that hinders the development process of a nation, Dr. Mohammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa called for confronting this menace in all ways possible. Al-Issa, More »

King Salman’s speech will serve as guideline for Shoura, says council member

:: Guidelines for addressing local and regional challenges with a special reference to domestic and foreign policies, will be spelled out by King Salman on Wednesday, and will set the tone for More »

Trump’s Jerusalem decision could help militants — UAE’s Sheikh Mohammed

:: US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital could provide a lifeline to militants after the setbacks they suffered this year, the de facto leader of the United More »

 

Category Archives: Libya

UN envoy for Libya sets sights on institutions as way to unite country

:: Five months after he was appointed to lead UN peace efforts in Libya, Ghassan Salame says he is focused on building institutions as a way to unite the country. The 66-year-old Lebanese-born academic told AFP in an interview that

Libyan forces hit ISIS camp with air strike

:: East Libyan forces said they launched air strikes against suspected ISIS militants on Wednesday south of the group’s former stronghold of Sirte. “The Libyan air force struck and destroyed the biggest concentration of Daesh (ISIS) south of Sirte, after

Egyptian forces destroy arms smugglers’ vehicles on Libya border

:: Egyptian military jets destroyed 10 vehicles carrying weapons, ammunition and smuggled goods near the country’s western desert border with Libya, the army said on Saturday. Egypt’s porous border with Libya has long been a headache for security forces as

UN ends month-long Libya talks in Tunisia without proposing new date

:: Month-long UN-backed talks aimed at bridging differences between rival Libyan factions ended on Saturday with no discernable progress towards stabilizing the country and paving the way for elections. A month ago UN envoy Ghassan Salame, the latest in a

Report suggests Qatar transferring ISIS militants from Iraq and Syria to Libya

:: ISIS militants have allegedly begun to regroup in south Libya with Qatar’s help after the Gulf state was accused of transferring hundreds of fighters from Syria and Iraq to Libya, a UAE-based newspaper reported on Saturday. Military sources told

Qaddafi family forms legal team to sue Qatari figures

:: A lawyer representing the family of former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi has announced the formation of a team of five international lawyers to prosecute Qatari figures before the International Criminal Court. In a press conference held in Tunis, the

EU aims to boost anti-terror info sharing with Tunisia

:: EU anti-terror chief Gilles de Kerchove on Tuesday called for a boosted exchange of information with Tunisia, which has seen its nationals involved in deadly attacks abroad and on its soil. During a visit to Tunis, for talks with

Fighting in Libyan capital closes airport

:: The Libyan capital’s Mitiga airport was evacuated on Tuesday and civilian flights were repeatedly suspended as rival armed groups clashed nearby, officials said. Flights had restarted around midday on Tuesday after being suspended for several hours during the morning

Majority of Libya now under national army control, says Haftar

:: The Libyan army is now in control over most parts of the country said Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. Only a few areas remain outside of their control, he added. During a meeting with officers and soldiers from the Libyan

Tunisia: At least 8 migrants drown as boat collides with navy vessel

:: At least eight migrants have drowned after their boat sank following a crash with a Tunisian navy vessel in the Mediterranean, the defence ministry said Monday. Spokesman Belhassen Oueslati told AFP that eight bodies were found and 38 people

Libya: Arrest warrants issued for 826 people, mostly in Qatar, Turkey

:: The Libyan Attorney-General issued arrest warrants and travel bans on Monday against more than 826 people in cases involving terrorism, many of them in Qatar and Turkey. Libyan media reported that the arrests, carried out in the city of

Boris Johnson: Sirte can be next Dubai – only if ‘dead bodies are cleared away’

:: British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson came under fire Tuesday for saying Libya could become a magnet for tourists and investors — if it can “clear the dead bodies away” first. Reflecting on his August visit to Libya, strife-torn since

Libyan army: Qatar transports armed ISIS militants from Syria to Libya

:: Libyan armed forces spokesman, Col. Ahmad al-Mesmari, said on Sunday evening that ISIS and branches of the Muslim Brotherhood affiliated to al-Qaeda have joined forces to spread extremism in Libya. “Qatar is transporting armed ISIS militants from Syria to

ISIS militants killed in Libya by US airstrike

:: Two US air strikes killed several ISIS militants in Libya earlier this week, the US military said on Thursday, the second series of strikes in the country in recent days. In a statement, US Africa Command said the strike

Libya arrests ISIS militant involved in 2015 beheadings

:: Libyan authorities have arrested a suspected ISIS militant they believe was involved in the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya in 2015. Chief Prosecutor Al-Sadiq al-Sour told reporters on Thursday that the beheadings took place behind a

Rival Libya govt seeks international recognition

:: The head of Libya’s rival government in the east has called on the international community to recognize his administration which he says controls most of the North African country. Libya, which plunged into chaos after the ouster and killing

Libyan coastguards turn back more than 1,000 migrants

:: Libyan coastguard vessels intercepted 1,074 migrants during an intensive day of operations west of the capital Tripoli on Saturday, a spokesman said. There has been a sharp drop in migrant crossings between Libya and Italy since July, largely attributed

Bodies of 16 migrants found in Libya’s eastern desert

:: Libyan security forces said on Tuesday that the bodies of 16 migrants had been found in the desert near the country’s border with Egypt. The bodies were found about 310 kilometers southwest of the coastal city of Tobruk, said

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