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Palestinians threaten to quit Oslo Accords over Trump peace plan

Ramallah - Palestinian officials threatened Sunday to withdraw from key provisions of the Oslo Accords, which define relations with Israel, if US President Donald Trump announces his Middle East peace plan next week.

UN slams Libya arms embargo violations despite Berlin pledges

Tripoli - The United Nations mission to Libya has slammed ongoing violations of a UN Security Council arms embargo, despite commitments made a week ago at an international summit in Berlin.

German charity Sea-Eye says 78 migrants rescued off Libyan coast

Berlin - German charity Sea-Eye said it had rescued 78 migrants off the Libyan coast on Saturday and accused Libyan authorities of harassing rescuers and acting illegally.

Ukraine's Zelensky weathers crises from Trump to downed jet

Kiev - In his first nine months as Ukrainian president, former comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has found himself at the centre of major international crises, including the US impeachment investigation and Iran's downing of a passenger jet.

Four employees of French Christian charity in Iraq missing

Paris - Three French nationals and one Iraqi working with a French Christian charity in Iraq have been missing since Monday, the group announced Friday.

Palestinians expect little but bias from Trump peace plan

Ramallah - After US President Donald Trump's announcement that he will finally launch his long-awaited Middle East peace plan next week, the response among many Palestinians Friday was a collective shrug.

More than 38,000 flee homes in northwest Syria: UN

Beirut - Tens of thousands of civilians fled their homes in northwestern Syria last week in the face of intensified bombardment of rebel territory by pro-government forces, the United Nations said on Friday.

Suspected arson at east Jerusalem mosque: police

Jerusalem - Israeli police launched a manhunt Friday after an apparent arson attack, accompanied by Hebrew-language graffiti, at a mosque in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.

Trump to present long-delayed Mideast peace plan

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Thursday he will release a long-delayed plan for Mideast peace before a meeting in Washington next week with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Trump invites Netanyahu to US for peace plan talks

Jerusalem - US Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main election rival to Washington next week to discuss Donald Trump's long-awaited Middle East peace plan.

Rockets target Libya airport ahead of regional peace talks

Tripoli - The Libyan capital's only operational airport has closed again after threats by forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar, dealing another setback to peace efforts as regional foreign ministers prepare to meet in Algeria Thursday.

UN Security Council urges quick ceasefire in Libya

New York - The UN Security Council called Tuesday on Libya's warring sides to quickly reach a ceasefire that would pave the way for a political process aimed at ending conflict in the oil-rich state.

Sergei Lavrov: the inscrutable face of Russian diplomacy

Moscow - Sergei Lavrov, reappointed Tuesday as Russia's foreign minister, is a tough diplomat admired even by Moscow's foes and a sometimes inscrutable enforcer of the Kremlin's foreign policy.

Libya peace still elusive despite 'small step' in Berlin

Berlin - A peaceful solution to Libya's protracted conflict remains uncertain despite an international agreement struck in Germany, analysts say, as a fragile ceasefire between warring factions brought only a temporary truce.

Suicide bomber kills nine civilians in western Chad

Ndjame - Nine civilians died in western Chad after a female suicide bomber detonated her explosives in an area targeted in the past by jihadist group Boko Haram, the army and officials said on Monday.

EU ministers debate more 'forceful' Libya role

Apo - European foreign ministers discussed Monday how to wield influence "more forcefully" in Libya and restore an arms embargo against the country's warring parties.

Erdogan says hopes for 'important step' in Libya talks

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said he hoped for an "important step" to cement Libya's fragile ceasefire at an international peace conference in Germany.

World powers in Berlin to seek elusive Libya peace

Berlin - World leaders gather in Berlin on Sunday to make a fresh push for peace in Libya, in a desperate bid to stop the conflict-wracked nation from turning into a "second Syria".

Europe will face terror threat if Tripoli govt falls: Erdogan

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday warned Europe it could face new threats from terrorist organisations if Libya's UN-recognised government in Tripoli were to fall.

Libya oil exports blocked, raising stakes for Berlin peace summit

Berlin - Forces loyal to Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar blocked oil exports from the war-ravaged country's main ports Saturday, raising the stakes on the eve of an international summit aimed at bringing peace to the North African nation.

Pro-Haftar forces 'block oil exports' from key Libya ports

Tripoli - Forces loyal to military strongman Khalifa Haftar on Saturday blocked oil exports from Libya's main ports, the National Oil Company said, raising the stakes on the eve of international peace talks.

Libya 'needs foreign interference to stop': UN envoy

Berlin - International players must stop meddling in the Libyan conflict, the UN's special envoy told AFP on Saturday, on the eve of a summit of world powers to try to bring peace to the North African nation.

EU under pressure to prepare for Libya peace force

Apo - If this weekend's Berlin summit on the Libya crisis goes according to plan, nervous European Union member states will come under pressure to provide forces to help monitor any truce.

Libya strongman Haftar in Greece for talks ahead of peace meeting

Athens - Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar will hold talks in Athens on Friday, days ahead of a peace conference in Berlin which he and the head of Tripoli's UN-recognised government Fayez al-Sarraj are expected to attend.

UN flags famine alarm signals in Yemen

New York - A senior UN official warned Thursday that certain key factors that threatened to trigger famine last year in Yemen were once again looming large, including a plunge in the value of the national currency.

Haftar 'agrees to abide by' ceasefire, ready to join Libya talks: Germany

Berlin - Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar has agreed to abide by a ceasefire and said he was ready to participate in an international conference in Berlin on Sunday, Germany's foreign minister said.

Yemen separatist chief warns against collapse of power-sharing deal

Aden - The leader of Yemen's southern separatists has warned against the looming collapse of a power-sharing deal, saying the region is menaced by the twin threats of economic catastrophe and Islamist attacks.

Dozens killed as Damascus presses Idlib offensive

Beirut - Dozens of fighters and civilians were killed in Syria's Idlib province as the government pressed a deadly offensive Thursday towards a key town in the country's last rebel bastion.

More than 500 dead in Syria's Al-Hol in 2019: medics

At least 517 people, mostly children, died in 2019 in an overstretched Syrian camp housing displaced people and relatives of Islamic State group fighters, the Kurdish Red Crescent told AFP Thursday.

Intense fighting in Syria's Idlib kills 39: monitor

Beirut - Intense fighting between pro-government forces and jihadist-led fighters in Syria's Idlib province killed at least 39 fighters overnight, a war monitor said Thursday.
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