Libya's unity government was created at UN-backed talks in 2015, but it has struggled to assert control, while a number of international initiatives since have failed to unite the country.
Media watchdog Reportes Without Borders (RSF) warns political leaders' hostility towards the media have "fuelled an unprecedented level of fear and danger for journalists".
Saudi Arabia and the UAE have a long history of counter-revolutions in the Muslim world - are they gearing up for another in Sudan?
Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said the take-it-or-leave-it deadlines coming from the US over Turkey's purchase of Russian air defence missile systems do not help dialogue between Ankara and Washington.
The strongman’s rationale for outrightly attempting a supreme hold on power through the Tripoli offensive is interlaced with narratives he thinks will resonate with his embattled people. He may well be mistaken.
Following mass protests across the country calling for a civilian government, Sudan's military council has given in to public demand and made promises for a civilian transition.
The World Health Organization said on Twitter it was sending medical supplies and more staff to Tripoli.
Libya has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with divisions between foreign states ensuring that the the war does not come to an end.
Fishermen in the Tunisian town of Zarzis have been frontline actors in saving migrant lives at sea even though their humanitarian assistance is increasingly being compromised by hostile European migration policies.
Khalifa Haftar’s offensive towards Tripoli is part and parcel of a larger regional dynamic and conflict
Libya’s General Haftar has become powerful enough to move on Tripoli and he owes that strength to a group of international backers who peddle the narrative that he is fighting terrorism.
Strongman Khalifa Haftar orders his troops to "advance" on Tripoli, seat of the internationally-recognised unity government, despite UN chief warning against a major flare-up.
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