Libya: Countries who supported Haftar 'bet on the losing horse', adviser to GNA says
In an interview with FRANCE 24, Mohammed Ali Abdallah – a senior adviser to Libya's Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez al-Sarraj – ruled out any negotiation with eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar or anyone close to him. He also warned that although the GNA was eager to find a political solution, it would not hesitate to push its military offensive towards the strategic town of Sirte.
Electricity shortages prompt generator use in war-battered Tripoli
Calm might have returned to Tripoli after recent fighting, but electricity shortages still plague the Libyan capital, where generators chug incessantly. It's just one of many problems facing the oil-rich North African nation torn by violence since the 2011 overthrow of former dictator Moamer Kadhafi.
Tripoli residents celebrate retreat of Libya strongman's forces
Residents of the Libyan capital Tripoli hold celebrations after forces loyal to Libya's UN-recognised government overrun rival strongman Khalifa Haftar's last western stronghold, following a 14-month assault on Tripoli. After a series of military victories by forces loyal to Tripoli's UN-recognised government, Strongman Khalifa Haftar has backed a ceasefire in Libya starting Monday, Egypt's president announced after talks in Cairo.
Egypt pushes plan to end war in Libya
The Cairo Declaration calls for a ceasefire starting on Monday and the departure of foreign militias from the war-ravaged country. The plan has the backing of Libyan National Army head Khalifa Haftar.
General Haftar claims he has 'mandate of the people' to govern Libya
Libya's UN-backed government has accused military strongman Khalifa Haftar of trying to stage another coup after his announcement this week that he has a popular mandate to lead the turbulent country. Also, in South Africa, there have been protests against the country's lockdown which started on March 26. Some local businesses have even been hit by looting, as our correspondents report. And we meet street artists in Senegal who are creating spectacular murals to remind people how to protect themselves against the coronavirus.
After the Arab Spring: 'There's a loss of appetite for revolution across the Arab world'
Almost a decade after the Arab Spring began, the wave of protests that toppled authoritarian leaders across the region has led to a more complicated political reality than the first demonstrators could have anticipated, from Libya to a still continuing war in Syria. Hazem Kandil, an author and reader in political sociology at the University of Cambridge, joined us for Perspective to talk about what the Arab Spring achieved, the conflict in Syria and what lies ahead for the region.
Angela Merkel touts renewables in coal-hungry South Africa
Chancellor Merkel met with South Africa's president to discuss how his country can move towards renewable energy to fight climate change. The pair also discusses the war in Libya and business investments in South Africa.
Germany: Silent mediator of peace efforts around the world
Libya's warring parties, and their various international backers, are meeting in Berlin. Such public diplomacy is an unusual step for Germany, as Berlin's peace policy efforts traditionally shun the limelight.