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Fighting flares in battle for Tripoli despite UN appeal for ceasefire in Libya

Fighting flares in battle for Tripoli despite UN appeal for ceasefire in LibyaFighting has flared in southern Tripoli as General Khalifa Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National  Army (LNA) intensified its assault on the capital despite a United Nations appeal for a cease fire.  The United Nations mission to Libya (Unsmil) called for an "urgent" two hour truce to allow the evacuation of civilians and wounded from Tripoli's southern suburbs on Sunday, where troops loyal to the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) were battling to halt the LNA assault on the city.  But the violence saw no sign of abating, with Gen Haftar's forces launching at least one airstrike on a Tripoli suburb, and witnesses reported hearing grad rockets firing to the south of the city.  The airstrike was the LNA's first use of air power in the battle. It came after pro-government forces launched air-raids on Saturday.  Militiamen from the western city of Misrata head into Tripoli to reinforce the UN-backed government  Credit: STRINGER/EPA-EFE/REX Clashes were concentrated on the mainly farmland area of Wadi Raba and the disused international airport, 15 miles south of the capital. Haftar's forces claimed to have seized the airport on Saturday.  Colonel Mohamed Gnounou, a spokesman for pro-government forces, on Sunday said a counter offensive had been launched to push Haftar’s troops back.  He said operation "Volcano of Anger" was aimed at "purging all Libyan cities of aggressor and illegitimate forces", in reference to Haftar fighters. Pro-GNA forces have been reinforced by powerful militia groups from the western city of Misrata, Zintan, and Zawiya. At least one armed group from Misrata known as Brigade 166 arrived Saturday in eastern Tripoli, according to AFP.  The health ministry in Tripoli said at least 21 people were killed and 27 wounded in the fighting. The United States, which maintains a small contingent in the country to protect diplomatic facilities and help local forces fight al-Qaeda, said it was withdrawing some of its troops for security reasons.  A handout photo made available by Libyan Army Media office on 05 April 2019 shows Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres (R) shaking hands with commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar (L) in Benghazi, eastern Libya  Credit: LIBYAN ARMY MEDIA OFFICE HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/REX "The security realities on the ground in Libya are growing increasingly complex and unpredictable," said Marine Corps Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, the head of U.S. Africa Command. "Even with an adjustment of the force, we will continue to remain agile in support of existing U.S. strategy." Libya has been divided between various armed groups since the Nato-backed uprising that overthrew Muammar Gadaffi in 2011.  The main centres of power are the Tripoli-based GNA, and a rival administration allied to Gen Haftar in the east of the country. Gen Haftar has portrayed himself as a bulwark against militant Islamists and has received military backing from Egypt, France, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates. He is also endorsed by a Saudi Arabia-based Salafist cleric and recently met Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman in Riyadh.     Critics say he wants to be a Gaddafi-style dictator, and his assault on Tripoli is widely seen as a bid to change facts on the ground ahead of a UN-sponsored national reconciliation conference later this month.  The move has drawn international condemnation and analysts say it is not yet clear his forces are capable of defeating the alliance of groups defending Tripoli.



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Palestinian journalist wins appeal over Gaza graft report

Palestinian journalist wins appeal over Gaza graft reportA Palestinian journalist was acquitted on appeal over an investigative report about corruption in the Gaza Strip Monday, according to Amnesty International and a campaign group. In a 2016 report for Al-Araby TV, Hajar Harb alleged that doctors were writing false medical reports to let people leave Gaza for treatment, one of the few reasons Israel allows Palestinians out of the blockaded strip run by Hamas. The appeals court in Gaza “acquitted journalist Hajar Harb of all charges and closed her file,” he said.



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Iran rights lawyer won't appeal new jail ruling: husband

Iran rights lawyer won't appeal new jail ruling: husbandIranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh will not appeal a 12-year prison sentence imposed on her last week for “encouraging corruption and debauchery”, her husband said on Sunday. “She said she wouldn’t want to appeal, and the reason is that the judicial process is unfair and such protests will do no good,” Reza Khandan told AFP over telephone. “She does not want to undertake any judicial action since she does not agree with the judicial process.



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The Latest: Ghosn lawyer says court OKs bail, rejects appeal

The Latest: Ghosn lawyer says court OKs bail, rejects appealTOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the decision by the Tokyo District Court to approve the release on 1 billion yen ($ 8.9 million) bail of Nissan's former chairman, Carlos Ghosn (all times local):



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Relatives of US oil industry ‘hostages’ in Venezuela make emotional appeal for their release

Relatives of US oil industry ‘hostages’ in Venezuela make emotional appeal for their releaseThe six men – five US citizens and one permanent resident, and all employees of Citgo, the US subsidiary of Venezuela’s state-run Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) – were detained in November 2017 after being called to Caracas from Houston for a meeting. President Nicolas Maduro went on television to denounce them as “traitors”, saying: “They’re properly behind bars, and they should go to the worst prison in Venezuela.” Asdrubal Chavez, a cousin of the late president, was appointed company’s new president. For 16 months, the relatives of the Venezuelan Americans, who have become known as the Citgo 6, were advised to remain silent.



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U.S. Appeal for NATO Personnel in Syria Brushed Off by Spain

U.S. Appeal for NATO Personnel in Syria Brushed Off by SpainVice President Mike Pence told reporters at the Munich Security Conference that the U.S. is asking NATO members and other partners to provide “the resources and the support and the personnel” required to prevent a resurgence of Islamic State once U.S. operations conclude. “Requests between countries aren’t made in press releases or conference comments,” Spain’s Josep Borrell said at a briefing in Munich on Saturday.



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Trump stresses anti-abortion focus in appeal to evangelicals

Trump stresses anti-abortion focus in appeal to evangelicalsWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump used an appearance at a high-profile religious gathering Thursday to stress anti-abortion policies and appeal to conservative, Christian voters as the 2020 election campaign gets underway.



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Supreme Court lets mystery company file appeal under seal

Supreme Court lets mystery company file appeal under sealThe case has remained a high-profile mystery, with the Supreme Court and lower courts declining to identify the company, the country that owns it or the purpose of the subpoena. More details about the company’s legal arguments were revealed in redacted court papers made public after the nine justices permitted it to move forward with its appeal to the high court under seal, a process that keeps many facts about the matter secret. The company is facing a daily fine of $ 50,000 imposed by a U.S. federal judge in Washington for refusing to comply with a subpoena issued in the unidentified investigation.



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Supreme Court Allows Redacted Appeal in Possible Mueller Case

Supreme Court Allows Redacted Appeal in Possible Mueller CaseMueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible obstruction by President Donald Trump. The dispute apparently marks the first time the Supreme Court has been asked to intervene in the probe. The Supreme Court previously refused to block the daily fines, but the company is still pressing the court to hear an appeal.



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US judge says Obamacare can stand while appeal is heard

US judge says Obamacare can stand while appeal is heardA US judge who ruled earlier this month that Obamacare is unconstitutional has said the health care law can stand while his decision is appealed. Opposition Democrats, who have seen the law survive previous legal and legislative attacks, view it as a signature achievement of former president Barack Obama. Republicans on the other hand dismiss it as governmental overreach and President Donald Trump made repealing the law a key part of his campaign platform.



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