Italian foreign minister flies to Libya to meet militia leader Haftar Feb 14, 2020 0 73 12345 Rome: Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio flew on Thursday to Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi to meet military strongman Khalifa Haftar, one of the main players in an ongoing civil war.The talks were taking place a day after Di Maio met in Tripoli with Haftar’s main rival, Fayez al-Serraj, who leads an embattled UN-backed government.Haftar’s forces have been engaged in an offensive since April to capture Tripoli and force the capitulation of Fayez al-Serraj’s administration.“We continue to work for the respect of the arms embargo and to bring the parties to a permanent ceasefire,” Di Maio, whose country is Libya’s former colonial power, said in a Facebook statement. “There is a risk of terrorism that we cannot underestimate, countries which are ignoring peace and continue to supply weapons to the parties on the ground. We cannot accept it,” he added. (DPA) RELATED ARTICLES Turkey threatens force against ‘radicals’ in Syria’s Idlib Feb 14, 2020 0 96 Twenty-three dead after bandit attack on Nigerian village Feb 14, 2020 0 1825 Ethiopia passes contested ‘hate speech’ law Feb 14, 2020 0 396 US military begins adjusting presence in Africa Washington: The US announced on Wednesday an initial plan for adjusting its military presence in Africa amid concerns the country will reduce forces fighting radical jihadists. The first change will see part of one .. New clashes in Libya despite UN ceasefire call AFP Tripoli Rival forces clashed in the Libyan capital on Thursday, causing new civilian casualties in the grinding conflict a day after a UN Security Council resolution called for a “lasting ceasefire”. The resolution .. Syria parliament recognises the killing of 1.5mn Armenians as genocide AFP Damascus Syria’s parliament on Thursday recognised the 1915-1917 killings of up to 1.5 million Armenians as genocide, as tensions run high with Turkey after deadly clashes in northwest Syria. “The parliament... .. Settlement report shows UN bias against Israel, says Pompeo Washington: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday denounced the UN release of a list of companies involved with Israeli settlements, saying it proved the world body was biased against the Jewish state. “Its .. Hundreds of Iraqi women defy cleric to protest AFP Baghdad Hundreds of Iraqi women of all ages flooded central Baghdad on Thursday alongside male anti-government protesters, defying an order by powerful cleric Moqtada Sadr to separate the genders in the rallies. .. Lebanon central bank cuts rates to ease country’s worst financial crisis AFP Beirut Lebanon’s central bank on Thursday told commercial banks to lower interest rates on dollar and Lebanese pound deposits in the latest attempt to ease the country’s worst financial crisis in decades. The .. Algeria media group chief arrested for ‘corruption’ Algiers: The powerful head of Algerian private media group Ennahar, Anis Rahmani, has been arrested on corruption and other charges, a security source said on Thursday. The 49-year-old journalist has been accused of .. Israel planning ‘massive’ drone acquistion to counter Iran threat Jerusalem: Israel is to buy and develop drones on a “massive” scale to increase its military edge over its enemies -- Iran and its allies -- the army said on Thursday. “This plan will improve the lethality of the Israeli .. Turkey slams Syria’s ‘hypocrisy’ over Armenian genocide move Istanbul: Turkey on Thursday slammed the Syrian parliament’s recognition of World War I killings of Armenians as genocide as a “hypocrisy”, as tensions run high amid deadly clashes in northwest Syria. “This is a picture .. Regime offensive in NW Syria displaces more than 800,000: UN Beirut: A Russia-backed Syrian regime offensive on the last major rebel bastion in the country’s northwest has displaced more than 800,000 people since December, the UN said on Thursday. “Of the more than 800,000 people ..