Turkey ready to send troops to back Libya unity govt Dec 11, 2019 0 596 12345 AFPAnkaraTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday he was ready to send troops to Libya if requested by the internationally recognised government in Tripoli. “On the issue of sending soldiers... If Libya makes such a request from us, we can send our personnel there, especially after striking the military security agreement,” he said in a televised appearance. Turkey signed a military agreement last month with Libya’s Government of National Accord, led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj. It came after media reports that Russia had sent 200 mercenaries to support Libya’s military strongman Khalifa Haftar, who is seeking to unseat the Tripoli-based government. Russia has denied the reports, but Erdogan said: “There is a security company from Russia (in Libya) called Wagner. This company sent its security staff there.”The Wagner Group is a shadowy private security firm and thousands of its security contractors are believed to be in foreign conflicts from Syria to Ukraine to the Central African Republic. At the same time as the military deal, Turkey also signed a controversial maritime jurisdiction agreement with Sarraj, giving sweeping rights for Turkey to explore for oil in the Mediterranean. “With the new line drawn (by the maritime agreement), we will take steps to protect the interests of Libya, Turkey and the TRNC (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus). This is in line with international law,” he said. The deal has been staunchly opposed by Greece, Cyprus and their European partners which says it violates the islands’ maritime rights. RELATED ARTICLES President al Assad accuses Europe for Syria’s instability Dec 11, 2019 0 921 HK leader rules out protest concessions ahead of Beijing visit Dec 11, 2019 0 546 ETHIOPIAN PM ABIY RECEIVes NOBEL PEACE PRIZE Dec 11, 2019 0 527 2 soldiers, 1 policeman executed by IS group in northeast Nigeria Kano: Jihadists in northeast Nigeria have released a video showing the execution of two soldiers and a policeman, posted online late on Monday by the Islamic State group (IS) propaganda agency Amaq. The video, dated .. Congo policewoman arrested for allegedly shooting a young protester Goma: A policewoman in the Democratic Republic of Congo was arrested on Tuesday after allegedly shooting a young protester dead at close range in the eastern city of Goma, police said. The teenaged boy was killed as angry .. Nine killed and three missing as Cyclone Belna hits Madagascar Antananarivo: Nine people are dead and three others missing after Cyclone Belna made landfall in north-western Madagascar, an official said on Tuesday. Elack Andriakaja, the head of the island state’s disaster .. Two former Algerian prime ministers convicted in corruption case AlgierS: An Algerian court on Tuesday convicted two former Algerian prime ministers and other senior officials to prison in a corruption case. Ahmed Ouyahia was sentenced to 15 years and Abdelmalek Sellal to 12 years in .. Home-made bombs meant to “kill and maim” defused in Hong Kong Hong KONG: Two highly explosive home-made bombs were found and successfully defused by Hong Kong’s Bomb Disposal Unit on Monday night at Hua Yan College on Hong Kong Island, police said on Tuesday. Police are ..