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World leaders issue warning over broken Libya truce

BBC World Service

World powers and regional actors overseeing Libya, meeting at the Munich Security Conference, have warned about the deteriorating situation in the North African country.

The German foreign minister, Heiko Maas, said those who break the UN arms embargo on Libya must be held accountable.

The UN deputy envoy to Libya, Stephanie Williams, said that last month's truce there had been violated more than 150 times already, and that it was - as she put it - hanging by a thread.

Libya has been lawless since 智胜彩票首页Col Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011.

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Sudan allows former foe Israel to fly over its territory

BBC World Service

A plane flies overhead
Nur Photo
The first Israeli plane crossed Sudan on Saturday on its way to South America (file photo)

Israel says it has begun flying commercial aircraft through Sudanese airspace under an agreement with the Khartoum government.

The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, told a group of visiting US Jewish leaders that the first Israeli plane crossed Sudan on Saturday, bound for South America.

He said the new air corridor would cut the flying time on the route by three hours.

Sudan said in early Ferbruary that it had given initial approval for Israeli planes to fly over its territory.

Mr Netanyahu said Israel was discussing rapid normalisation of ties with its former foe.

Sudan, which has close ties with the Palestinians, has stopped short of referring to improving ties with Israel.