The head of Libya’s UN-backed government is to hold talks with top Russian officials in Moscow on Thursday as the Kremlin manoeuvres itself into a pivotal position in the north African state’s conflict. “Russia is interested in ensuring that Libya finally becomes a stable state,” said Dmitry Peskov. Source: FT
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U.K. lender Barclays reported a net loss of £1.21 billion ($1.58 billion) for the first half of 2017, hit by the fall in sterling, a charge from the mis-selling of payment protection insurance and a loss from the sale of its Africa unit. Source: CNBC
Russia ordered the U.S. to slash hundreds of embassy and other personnel in the country in a dramatic and sweeping retaliation to the passage of a new sanctions bill in the U.S. Congress. Source: Bloomberg
Japan will impose additional sanctions on North Korea for its weapons programs, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said on Friday, just hours after the U.S. Senate also voted for new sanctions on the secretive state. Source: Yahoo!News