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New top EU diplomat: Josep Borrell pays his first official visit to Berlin

Maas and Borrell discussed what form the next steps towards a political process in Libya could take – and how the EU could continue to be involved

The EU has a new High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy: Josep Borrell. On 1 December he took up his post as Federica Mogherini’s successor. Today, Foreign Minister Maas met him at Villa Borsig on Lake Tegel on his first official visit to Berlin. Topics on the agenda: Libya,…

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United Nations (UN) Report Urges Accountability for Libya Airstrike Deaths

The report concurs with previous UN findings that the airstrikes were likely conducted by aircraft belonging to a foreign state

In a new report on the July 2019 airstrikes in Libya that killed at least 53 migrants and refugees at the Tajoura detention centre – one of the deadliest incidents since a new round of hostilities broke out in April 2019 – the UN has renewed its call on all…

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United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Statement on continued violations of arms embargo in Libya

The 12 January truce agreed by the Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA), which led to remarked reduction of hostilities in Tripoli, has provided a much-needed respite for civilians in the capital

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) deeply regrets the continued blatant violations of the arms embargo in Libya, even after the commitments made in this regard by concerned countries during the International Conference on Libya in Berlin, held on 19 January 2020. The 12 January truce agreed by…

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Transcript: National Basketball Association (NBA) Paris Game 2020 press conference

It’s been enormous accommodations that have been made for the league from the Mayor’s Office to the French Basketball Federation

ADAM SILVER: Let me begin by thanking Marc Lasry and the Milwaukee Bucks and Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Hornets for taking time out in what is a very busy regular season to bring their teams here to Paris. They both have been in the community for several days now…

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Over One Million Ethiopians Received Humanitarian Aid from International Organization for Migration (IOM) in 2019

IOM provided shelter construction and other emergency items to vulnerable populations, primarily in Somali and Oromia Regional States

Shitaye Assefa, a 65-year-old mother in Ethiopia’s Oromia Regional State, knows what it means to live without a reliable supply of water. “Our daughters faced many hardships and attacks on the way to the water pond, which was often dirty and not healthy enough to drink but we had no…

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South Africans to pay more for Schengen Visa

South Africans will also be subjected to several changes in terms of visa application procedures, rules and benefits, starting from February 2020

South Africans will as from next month pay a fee of €80 instead of €60 when applying for a Schengen Visa from South Africa. The increase also affects children, who will now have to pay €40 instead of €35, as it is currently. South Africans will also be subjected to…

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Intensifying cooperation on Libya – Maas visits Algiers and Tunis

What still needs to be done is to involve Libya’s neighbours and regional partners

Following the Berlin Libya Conference, the priority now is to implement the decisions adopted there. To achieve this, it is important to involve Libya’s neighbouring countries and the region. That is why Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is travelling to Algeria and Tunisia. It is less than a week since the Berlin…

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Foreign Minister Maas before his flight to Algiers and Tunis

In Berlin we succeeded in persuading the crucial players to cease their support for the proxy war in Libya

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas issued the following statement today before flying to Algiers and Tunis: "In Berlin we succeeded in persuading the crucial players to cease their support for the proxy war in Libya, thereby removing a significant obstacle on the path towards a political process. Nonetheless, many more obstacles…

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‘This terrible situation cannot be allowed to continue’, UN chief tells world leaders at major Libya summit

Speaking at a major, high-level summit on Libya, held in the German capital Berlin on Sunday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres evoked the disastrous humanitarian situation faced by thousands of civilians, as conflict in the North African country grows deeper and more destructive

As fight continues between forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar, which control large tracts of territory in the country, and the government in Tripoli, world leaders attended the International Conference in the hope of finding a political solution. General Khaftar’s forces have besieged the capital since April, and the fighting has been fuelled…

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Libya: Tens of thousands of children at risk amidst violence and chaos of unrelenting conflict

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore

“Children in Libya, including refugee and migrant children, continue to suffer grievously amidst the violence and chaos unleashed by the country’s longstanding civil war. “Since April last year when hostilities broke out in Tripoli and western Libya, conditions for thousands of children and the civilians have deteriorated further. Indiscriminate attacks…