UN envoy to Libya says “unwise to hold elections currently” demands HoR to issue needed legislations

The Libya Observer: The United Nations envoy to Libya briefed the UN Security Council on Monday about the latest developments in the country, urging member states to use pressure on “some parties who are still hindering the efforts to hold elections in the war-torn country.”

Salame, who spoke from Tripoli, told the UN Security Council that a recent agreement to resume oil production in Libya will not hold unless key issues concerning the distribution of wealth and endemic plundering of resources are immediately tackled.… Be Informed

Israel tightens blockade of the Gaza Strip over Palestinians’ kites carrying firebombs to burn Israeli farmland

Israel tightened its blockade of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday partly over kites carrying firebombs to burn Israeli farmland as concerns mounted over whether the rudimentary devices could spark another war.

Days after the heaviest exchange of fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza since a 2014 conflict,  Israel said it was blocking until Sunday fuel and gas deliveries through its only goods crossing with the enclave.

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UK: Vote Leave fined and reported to police for breaking electoral laws

The Guardian: Vote Leave has been fined £61,000 and reported to the police by the Electoral Commission, after the watchdog found “significant evidence” of coordination with another campaign group, BeLeave.

The watchdog said it had imposed punitive fines on Vote Leave because it said the group had refused to co-operate fully with its investigation and declined to be interviewed.… Be Informed

Matteo Salvini wants that EU sanctions against Russia are dropped by end 2018

Politico: The Italian government would “not be afraid” to use its veto powers in the EU as a “last resort” to push the bloc into lifting sanctions against Russia, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Monday.

Speaking at a press conference in Moscow, Salvini said Rome would work to ensure the sanctions — imposed by the EU after Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 — are lifted through “good manners, numbers and the art of democracy,” but added that unlike his predecessors, his government is “not scared” of using vetoes to do so.

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EU and Japan to sign new Trade Deal to eliminate all tariffs

The European Union and Japan are signing a widespread trade deal that will eliminate nearly all tariffs, seemingly defying the worries about trade tensions set off by President Donald Trump’s policies.

The signing, set for Tuesday in Tokyo, is ceremonial, delayed from earlier this month because Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe canceled going to Brussels over a disaster in southwestern Japan, caused by extremely heavy rainfall.

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Post Brexit Custom Bill passes after a number of concessions

Sky News: Theresa May has only just squeezed through a series of tight House of Commons votes on key legislation, after stirring up a Tory Remainer backlash by siding with her party’s Brexiteers.

Although the final majority was fairly comfortable on the third reading of the customs bill, a series of amendments, demanded by Leave-supporting Conservatives on post-Brexit customs arrangements, only just scraped through.… Be Informed