The emergence of new worthy competitive actors has opened space for North African countries to relinquish Paris and leverage new partners.
Libya is hosting an international conference aimed at resolving key issues ahead of the polls, including maintaining a ceasefire, uniting the country’s many armed groups under a single security body, and the withdrawal of foreign fighters.
Presidential elections are around the corner, but efforts at democratic transition are threatened by both internal and external actors - as well as a history of authoritarianism.
The UN mission mediating between the rivals says a 10-member joint military commission, with five representatives from each side, inked a “gradual and balanced” withdrawal deal at the end of three-day, UN-facilitated talks in Geneva.
More than 5,000 migrants and refugees, including hundreds of children and women, were rounded up in weekend raids, while a UN fact-finding mission finds migrants and detainees have been particularly exposed to violations since 2016.
So far this year some 44,000 people have reached European shores by crossing the central Mediterranean from Tunisia and Libya, often at the hands of smugglers who put them on unseaworthy boats.
The current mission was extended until after the country's critical presidential and parliamentary elections to ensure the United Nations can continue supporting Libya’s transitional government.
Washington seems interested in using Russian military bases in Central Asia to oversee terrorist threats, particularly the ones emerging from Afghanistan.
Turkey's president was accompanied by the head of the National Intelligence Organization Hakan Fidan, Communications Director Fahrettin Altun, and presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin as he met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Sochi.
Eighty-nine of 113 lawmakers present in eastern city of Tobruk vote to withdraw confidence from Tripoli-based administration of interim PM Abdul Hamid Dbeibah.
Libya’s warring sides might be moving towards a political settlement through upcoming elections but risks for a military conflict remain.
The International Organization for Migration said Libya intercepted over 24,000 migrants in the Mediterranean this year, "but only 6,000 are in detention centers, the fate of others remains unknown".
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