Joining the crisis in Tripoli on the side of the UN-backed Presidential Council have been groups such as the Benghazi Defence Brigades, designated by the US and the UK as a terrorist organisation, and the militia run by Misratan radical Salah Badi.
The Grand Imam of Egypt's al-Azhar, Shiekh Ahmed al-Tayeb expressed his sadness over the fire that destroyed part of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France, describing the cathedral as a "historical masterpiece".
The announcement by the President of Algeria, Abdelazizi Bouteflika, to run for a fifth term in the upcoming elections has caused hundreds of demonstrators to take to the streets to protest this decision.
Fayez Serraj, the head of Libya’s Presidency Council called on the International Community from Tunisia to unite their stance towards Libya. Serraj stressed on the need to call early elections in the country which has seen an ongoing conflict.
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) established by the Group of 7 (G7) in Paris in 1989 to monitor money laundering and terrorist financing worldwide, has removed Iraq from its country watchlist. This came after a visit from the FATF team to Iraq, who determined that Iraq is making sufficient progress and effort.
Before the May 6 vote, leaders from across the deeply divided political establishment sounded the alarm about the state’s finances and economy. Lebanon is the world’s third-most indebted nation with a debt-to-GDP ratio of more than 150 percent