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German foreign minister Heiko Maas  meets Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar in Benghazi, Libya, on Thursday. Photograph:  German foreign ministry handout via Reuters

A Libyan military commander waging an offensive to capture the capital Tripoli is committed to a ceasefire, Germany said on Thursday, in an apparent (...)

Commander of the self-styled Libyan National Army Khalifa Haftar meeting  Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov during their meeting in Moscow on Monday. Photograph: EPA/Russian ministry of foreign affairs

Almost 1,000 refugees and migrants have been returned to war-torn Libya from the Mediterranean Sea in the first two weeks of 2020, according to the UN(...)

Khalifa Haftar, the military commander who dominates eastern Libya, has turned down a truce put forward by Russia and Turkey. File photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Libyan rebel general Khalifa Haftar has rejected a joint Russian and Turkish appeal for a ceasefire, advanced on the western city of Misrata, and anno(...)

A member of Libya’s central security support force holds a weapon during a security deployment in the Tajura district, east of Tripoli, on Monday. Photograph: Ismail Zitouny/Reuters

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government has formally asked parliament in Ankara for a one-year mandate to send troops to Libya, where the (...)

A boy waits with his mother as they queue with others for humanitarian and medical help after leaving Baghouz, the last stronghold of Isis, in Deir Al Zor, Syria, in March, 2019. File photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

The death in October of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State, in a raid led by United States special forces, made headlines in 2019. On t(...)

General Hussein Yazdanpanah points to the area where he and his troops were ambushed by Islamic State in 2014. Photograph: Lorraine Mallinder

Gen Hussein Yazdanpanah is sipping tea in a leafy shelter atop the arid, pine-dotted hills of Iraqi Kurdistan, gesturing southwards to Kirkuk province(...)

The Bayraktar TB2 drone is pictured on December 16th at Gecitkale Airport in Famagusta in the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Photograph: Birol Bebek/AFP via Getty

A Turkish military drone has begun patrolling off Cyprus in support of Ankara’s natural gas exploration and drilling activities, which are regarded as(...)

Ahmet Turk, a Kurdish opposition politician, was removed from office in Mardin.  Photograph:  Bulent Kilic/AFP via Getty Images

Turkey’s ancient city of Mardin was jubilant this spring when a Kurdish opposition politician once again won the race to become the province’s mayor. (...)

Nato leaders and secretary general Jens Stoltenberg pose for a ‘family photo’ at the Nato  summit in Watford on Wednesday. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Nato leaders gathered at a golf resort near London on Wednesday for a summit acrimonious even by the standards of the Trump era, aiming to tackle disa(...)

US pesident Donald Trump shakes hands with France’s president Emmanuel Macron, ahead of the Nato summit  in London. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/Reuters

Emmanuel Macron has confronted his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with his most direct warning yet that Ankara’s recent behaviour is not c(...)

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