Multiple foreign armed groups involved in Libya conflict: United Nations Dec 12, 2019 0 753 12345 United NATIONS: Multiple armed groups from Sudan and Chad were involved in the conflict in Libya this year, according to a UN report published on Tuesday, which did not mention the presence of Russian fighters recently noted by the media.Russia has denied reports that several hundred mercenaries are supporting military strongman Khalifa Haftar who launched an April offensive to seize the capital of Tripoli from armed groups backing the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA).The report named five Sudanese and four Chadian armed groups that it said had contributed several thousand combatants to both sides of the conflict. But a diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it is “an open secret that large numbers of Russian mercenaries are fighting in Libya.”The reason they were not mentioned in the document is because their activities have “largely taken place since the cut-off date for compiling the report,” he said. (AFP) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Turkey will retaliate if US imposes sanctions over S-400s, says FM Dec 12, 2019 0 953 US hopeful for Iran prisoner talks but imposes new sanctions Dec 12, 2019 0 150 Israeli parliament moves for third election as talks falter Dec 12, 2019 0 159 MANNEQUINS IN BAGHDAD DURING IRAQ PROTESTS Iraqi national flags are painted on the faces of mannequins in the capital’s Tahrir Square on Wednesday. Since October 1, Iraq’s capital Baghdad and its Shiite-majority south have been gripped by rallies against .. Five people killed in militants attack on Somali hotel Mogadishu: Five people including three civilians were killed when jihadist militants stormed a hotel in Somalia’s capital, police said on Wednesday, adding that all five attackers had also died after an hours-long .. 3 soldiers, 14 attackers dead in western Niger army camp assault Niamey: Three soldiers and 14 attackers died in an assault earlier this week on an army camp in western Niger near the border with Mali, the defence minister said. Heavily armed “terrorists” in a dozen 4x4 vehicles led the .. Turkey court keeps US consulate worker in jail, next hearing in March Istanbul: A Turkish employee of the US consulate must remain in prison, more than two years after he was imprisoned over alleged ties to the failed 2016 coup, an Istanbul court ruled on Wednesday. Metin Topuz has been .. Syrian government forces retake control of key road from Kurds: State Media Beirut: Syrian government forces on Wednesday reopened a major highway in northern Syria once controlled by the country’s minority Kurds, Syrian state media and a monitor reported. In October, the Syrian Kurdish .. France, UN host international meeting on aid for Lebanon AFP Paris The UN-created International Support Group (ISG) for Lebanon meets in Paris on Wednesday, stressing the need for a stable government that listens to public opinion expressed in an ongoing popular uprising, ..