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Op-Ed: Who controls Libyan military more important than attacking ISIS

The Presidential Council of the UN-brokered Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Prime Minister Faiez Serraj has asked both the forces of General Khalifa Haftar and those from Misrata to stop their advance towards Sirte to fight the Islamic State.

London mayor rivals tackle housing in 'Box that Rocks'

London - The two men battling to become London's new mayor confronted the city's housing crisis in the campaign's biggest event, as they faced 6,000 citizens in a thunderous Olympic arena.

Iran starts voting in parliament election run-offs

Tehran - Iranians started voting Friday in second round elections for almost a quarter of parliament's seats, the latest political showdown between reformists and conservatives seeking to influence the country's future.

British foreign secretary in Cuba, a first since 1959

Havana - Britain's foreign secretary met Cuban officials on the first such visit to the island since 1959, for talks on boosting trade and tourism ties with the communist state.

Indian PM invited to address joint meeting of US Congress

Washington - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a joint meeting of the US Congress on June 8 during the leader's visit to Washington, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Thursday.

Tripoli-based GNC Salvation government claims it still exists

Tobruk - The former rival of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) and the UN-brokered Government of National Accord (GNA), the General National Congress (GNC), claims it is still alive and functioning.

Turkey journalists jailed for publishing Mohammed cartoon

Ankara - An Istanbul court on Thursday sentenced two prominent Turkish journalists to two years behind bars for illustrating their columns with a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed originally published by French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

Op-Ed: Eastern Libya authorities plan to export more oil illegally

Tobruk - The head of the breakaway National Oil Company (NOC) based in eastern Libya and recognized by the Tobruk-based House of Representatives, Nagi Elmagrabi, said more exports were expected in the future.

White House hopeful Cruz taps Carly Fiorina as running mate

Washington - White House hopeful Ted Cruz went all-in Wednesday as he sought to bar Donald Trump's triumphant march to the Republican nomination, naming Carly Fiorina as his running mate as the primary race hits its final stretch.

World Bank keeps its distance from Iran, despite lifted sanctions

Washington - The World Bank aims to eradicate global poverty, but its push stops at the Iranian border despite the easing of sanctions against Tehran and the country's pressing economic needs.

Trump vows 'America first' foreign policy

Washington - Republican White House frontrunner Donald Trump promised a top-to-bottom overhaul of US foreign policy Wednesday to put "America first" and make its allies pay up.

Greek PM seeks EU help to break creditor deadlock

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday sought help from the European Union to break a deadlock in critical debt talks as his spokeswoman accused the IMF of "undermining" the process.

Austria adopts tough new asylum laws amid far-right surge

Vienna - The Austrian parliament on Wednesday adopted one of Europe's toughest asylum laws, as the country's political leaders struggle to halt the surging far-right which is leading in presidential polls.

Exiled Tibetans reelect Lobsang Sangay as leader

Dharamsala - Exiled Tibetans have reelected Lobsang Sangay as their leader, the election commission said Wednesday, five years after the Dalai Lama ceded political power in a bid to foster democracy and secure his succession.

Ireland edges closer to forming new government with deal on water charges

Dublin - A deal between two rival parties to suspend controversial water charges nudged Ireland closer to the formation of a minority government on Wednesday after more than two months of tortuous negotiations.

Iran's Khamenei says U.S. lifted sanctions only on paper

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader and president accused the United States of hostility and bad faith Wednesday, saying the implementation of its nuclear deal with world powers was not being honoured.

Venezuela imposes two-day workweek as president faces recall bid

Caracas - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro faced rising pressure Wednesday over his latest measures to deal with severe electricity shortages, including a two-day public sector workweek, as opponents pushed for a referendum to remove him.

Trump, Hillary clash in shifting White House race

Washington - Republican Donald Trump trained his fire on Hillary Clinton Wednesday, accusing his Democratic rival of playing "the woman card" in her White House bid, after both took a giant step towards clinching their parties' nominations.

Outspoken Philippine presidential frontrunner jokes about penis

Manila - Philippine presidential favourite Rodrigo Duterte joked Wednesday about his penis and vowed to pardon himself for mass murder, as he took his profanity-laced campaign to the nation's business elite.
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