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Turkey to fight Haftar if necessary

Turkey will not refrain from “teaching a lesson” to Khalifa Haftar if his eastern Libyan forces continue attacks against the internationally recognized government in Tripoli, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday. Turkey and Russia failed to convince Haftar on Monday to sign a binding truce to halt his nine-month campaign …

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Putin, Erdogan want speedy ceasefire in Libya

Turkey and Russia urged Libya’s warring parties on Wednesday to declare a ceasefire on Sunday as warring factions clashed and carried out air strikes in a conflict drawing increasing foreign involvement and concern. Turkey backs Fayez al-Serraj’s Tripoli-based, internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) and has said it will …

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Intense fighting over Sirte

East Libya-based forces said they carried out air strikes on Wednesday on a coastal road west of Sirte, a day after nine of their men were killed in a strike by rivals. The Libyan National Army (LNA) took control of Sirte, a strategically important city in the center of Libya’s …

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Libya divided over Turkish troops

Libya’s parliament has voted against a deal that would see Turkey deploy troops in the North African country. The assembly accused Libya’s official head of government, Fayez Serraj, of “treason.” Libya’s eastern-based parliament on Saturday rejected an agreement that would allow Ankara to send troops to Libya. The Libyan House of …

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Exxon Mobile heading to Egyptian shores

Exxon Mobil Corp said on Monday it acquired 1.7 million acres for exploration offshore Egypt, with operations scheduled to begin in 2020. The acquisition includes acreage in the 1.2 million North Marakia Offshore block located about five miles offshore Egypt’s northern coast and 543,000 acres in the North East El …

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German, Turkish, Russian talks on Libyan settlement

German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed efforts to reach a diplomatic solution for the Libyan conflict in separate phone calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, whose government intends to send troops to Libya, a government spokesman said on Monday. Turkey’s foreign minister has warned that the …

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Turkey to send troops to Libya ahead of schedule

Turkey’s foreign minister warned that the Libyan conflict risks sliding into chaos and becoming the next Syria, as he sought to speed up legislation to allow it to send troops to the North African country. Libya’s internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli has been struggling to fend …

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Libya makes formal request for Turkish troops

Libya’s internationally recognized government has formally requested from Turkey “air, ground and sea” military support to fend off an offensive of eastern forces to take the capital Tripoli, a Tripoli official said on Thursday. Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan said earlier his country will send troops to Libya at the request …

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Erdogan makes surprise visit to Tunis

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Tunisia on Wednesday in a surprise visit for talks with his Tunisian counterpart, his office said, in the first visit by a head of state since Tunisian presidential elections in the autumn. The visit comes as Turkey has ramped up efforts to strike deals …

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Algeria enters new crisis as army chief dies

Algeria’s powerful army chief Lieutenant-General Ahmed Gaed Salah, who was instrumental in bringing down long-time president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, has died of a heart attack, state media reported on Monday. The 79-year-old’s death comes at a time of mass protests across Africa’s largest country, with many Algerians demanding that the ruling …

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Turkey drawing closer to Libya, Erdogan says

Turkey will improve its cooperation with Libya and is ready to provide military support for the Tripoli-based government or back joint steps in the eastern Mediterranean, broadcaster NTV cited President Tayyip Erdogan as saying on Wednesday. Last month, Turkey and Libya’s internationally recognized government signed accords on maritime boundaries, which …

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Russia and Turkey to talk about Libya in January

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will discuss Ankara’s offer to provide military support to Libya’s internationally recognized government during talks in Turkey next month, the Kremlin said on Tuesday. On Saturday, Turkey sent a bilateral accord with the Tripoli government to its parliament for approval, in …

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New protests planned as Algeria picks old order leader

Former Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune was elected Algeria’s new president after a vote the authorities hope will end months of turmoil, but demonstrators who toppled his predecessor Abdelaziz Bouteflika vowed that their movement would not stop. Tebboune, who served as housing minister under Bouteflika and briefly as premier before falling …

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Greece furious over Libya-Turkey deal

Greece said on Friday it was expelling the Libyan ambassador, angered by an accord between Libya and Turkey signed on Nov. 27 that maps out a sea boundary between the two countries close to the Greek island of Crete. Libya called the move unacceptable. Turkey dismissed it as outrageous. Greek …

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Egypt to get $1.1 billion for petroleum products

The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) will provide Egypt with $1.1 billion to support the import of petroleum products and basic goods in 2020, Egypt’s petroleum ministry said on Wednesday. The funds are part of a $3 billion agreement between Egypt’s investment ministry and ITFC signed in January 2018. …

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Unions launch pro-government ralleys in Algeria

Government supporters took to the streets in Algeria on Saturday to show solidarity ahead of next month’s elections that are opposed by a long-running mass protest movement. The marches, organized by the General Union of Algerian Workers (UGTA), attracted over 10,000 people across several cities. They are the biggest public …

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Erdogan signs maritime boundary deal with Libya

Turkey and Libya’s internationally recognized government have signed an agreement on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean Sea as well as a deal on expanded security and military cooperation, the Turkish government said on Thursday. There were no immediate details on the maritime accord, which could further complicate disputes over energy …

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Noble energy wins $430-million deal with Egypt

Egypt said on Saturday it had signed several multimillion-dollar energy investment accords including a $430-million deal for Texas-based Noble Energy to pump natural gas through the East Mediterranean Gas Company’s pipeline. Under another agreement with Noble, which will also be financed by the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, the energy …

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US tells Hafter to stop

The United States on Friday called on eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar to stop his offensive on the capital held by the internationally recognized government and warned against Russian interference. Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) has been trying since April to take Tripoli, part of a power struggle in the …

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