Libya: General Khalifa Haftar returns to Benghazi

haftsar.jpegKhalifa Haftar, a veteran general and the most powerful figure in eastern Libya, has returned to the eastern city of Benghazi following an extended absence, including reported treatment in a hospital in Paris.

In a televised address filmed at the airport soon after his arrival, he said “I want to reassure you that I am in good health”, adding “I should be addressing you standing up but I am obliged to do so sitting down.”

haftar 2.jpgPhotos and video clips posted on social media on Thursday showed Haftar giving a salute as he descended from a private jet, accompanied by uniformed officials of the Libyan National Army (LNA).… Be Informed

EU proposes measures to tackle online disinformation

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The European Commission is proposing measures to tackle disinformation online, including an EU-wide Code of Practice on Disinformation, support for an independent network of fact-checkers, and a series of actions to stimulate quality journalism and promote media literacy.

The recent Facebook/Cambridge Analytica revelations demonstrated exactly how personal data can be exploited in electoral contexts, and are a timely reminder that more is needed to secure resilient democratic processes.

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Reactions after the Korean summit outcome – Updated

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China, considered to be North Korea’s key international ally welcomed the summit and described the outcome as helpful for inter-Korean reconciliation.

China’s foreign ministry spokesman, Lu Kang said that “Today, the leaders of South and North Korea held their summit successfully and announced a joint declaration on their common understanding of inter-Korean relations, easing military tension on the Korean Peninsula, denuclearizing the peninsula and a permanent peace.… Be Informed

Express Trailers launch Road Safety Campaign

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Today, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg launched the Express Road Safety Campaign, which is being led by Express Trailers, aimed at promoting more responsible road sharing.

Minister Borg reiterated his belief in continuous education towards safer roads and described the campaign as a versatile one which reaches different sectors of society.… Be Informed

A step towards peace

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The world gave witness to scenes of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in joking and walking together across one of the most difficult borderlines in the world.

These scenes contrast to last year’s barrage of North Korean missile tests and its largest ever nuclear test that led to sweeping international sanctions and fears of a fresh conflict on the Korean peninsula.… Be Informed