Libya closes Egypt embassy indefinitely citing ‘security’ reasons Dec 16, 2019 0 1327 12345 Cairo: Libya’s embassy in Egypt was closed indefinitely from Sunday, the mission said on its Facebook page citing security concerns. It however flatly denied in a separate statement reports suggesting that some embassy staff had broken ranks with the UN-recognised Government of National Accord based in Tripoli.The GNA’s foreign ministry confirmed that the embassy had been closed indefinitely, in a statement on Facebook. It said the work at the mission was suspended in order to protect staff after a series of recent “violations” targeting the embassy, including attempts by some to “blackmail” employees in order to obtain money.The foreign ministry gave no further details but said “work is underway with the Egyptian authorities to put an end to these violations and secure the embassy as required”. (AFP) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Calm broken as clashes break out in Hong Kong malls Dec 16, 2019 0 665 Lebanon’s interior minister orders probe after protest violence Dec 16, 2019 0 159 Backer of Iraq anti-govt protests killed in Baghdad Dec 16, 2019 0 162 Turkey’s Erdogan meets Libyan leader as regional tensions rise AFP Istanbul Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj in Istanbul on Sunday, just days after the Turkish leader said he was ready to send troops into Libya if requested by Tripoli. The .. Boko Haram fighters gun down 19 herders in northeast Nigeria Kinshasa: At least 30 people have died following a landslide at a gold mine in north-eastern Congo, authorities said on Sunday. Provincial mining minister Dieudonne Apasa told dpa that 30 bodies had been recovered from .. Hong Konger ‘missing’ after crossing China bridge checkpoint AFP Hong Kong Hong Kong’s immigration department said on Sunday they have received reports a man went missing on a cross-border mega bridge to the gambling hub of Macau that currently hosts a Chinese mainland police .. Schools closed in Iran as heavy smog causes pollution spike Tehran: Air pollution forced schools to close on Sunday in parts of Iran including Tehran, as the capital lay under a thick cloud of smog considered hazardous to health. The pollution level in the capital was “unhealthy .. Israeli diplomat rebuffs anti-Semitic claim against German envoy DPA Berlin Jeremy Issacharoff, the Israeli ambassador to Germany, has defended Germany’s UN ambassador against accusations of anti-Semitism. “We can have differences at times on policy issues and that does not mean .. At least 22 people killed by rebels in latest eastern Congo attack Goma: At least 22 people have been killed in the Beni territory of eastern Congo, the latest in a number of fatal attacks in the region this month, authorities confirmed on Sunday. The attack took place in the village of ..