(ANKARA, Turkey.) JUST IN: Officials have summoned diplomatic envoys from the EU, Germany and Italy in protest over an attempt to search a Turkish cargo ship heading to Libya on the suspicion it was transporting embargoed weapons according to RT News #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.23: A note has been presented to the ambassadors, saying that the search violated international law, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday: German servicemen from the Hamburg frigate, which has been patrolling the Mediterranean as part of EU’s Irini operation to uphold an arms embargo on Libya, boarded a Turkish freighter overnight about 200km (125 miles) north of the Libyan coastal city of Benghazi: However, they couldn’t finish their search of the ship due to vigorous protests from Turkey. The German Defense Ministry acknowledged that by the time the troops left they had not “found anything suspicious,” but insisted that all procedures were followed correctly:

German Navy personnel stand in front of the Frigate Hamburg. © Reuters / Ahmed Jadallah / File Photo

Ankara prevents German forces on Libya arms embargo mission from checking Turkish ship

Earlier, Turkey blasted the inspection as an “unauthorized and forceful act,” saying that the vessel was only carrying paints and humanitarian aid. Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Hami Aksoy, complained that the crew of the ship were “treated like criminals” during the search. Ankara reserved the right for “all kinds of compensation” from the EU, he added: Aksoy also questioned the legitimacy and the purpose of the Irini Operation, suggesting that it was biased and only aimed “to punish” the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya – while allowing the ships carrying cargo for the rivaling forces of Khalifa Haftar to travel unchecked: Turkey’s support for GNA in the Libyan conflict has been one of many grievances between Ankara and Brussels, which include Turkish backing for Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute, and its aggressive rivalry with Greece and Cyprus for maritime jurisdiction and energy exploration rights in the Mediterranean:

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian © Reuters / Mohamed Abd El-Ghany ; Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan © Reuters / Pavel Golovkin

‘Soothing statements’ by Erdogan won’t be enough for Turkey to avoid EU sanctions, French FM warns

The European Commission is scheduled to hold a meeting in December to decide if Ankara deserves to be sanctioned over its “expansionist” policies.

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: Nov.23: 2020:

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‘ NIGERIAN AIR-FORCE HELICOPTER BURSTS INTO FLAMES AND CRASHES ‘

#AceWorldNews – NIGERIA – Nov.14 – A Nigerian Air Force helicopter burst into flames mid-air and crashed near a university in Nigeria’s north-east, witnesses said on Friday.

' NIGERIAN AIR-FORCE HELICOPTER BURSTS INTO FLAMES AND CRASHES '

‘ NIGERIAN AIR-FORCE HELICOPTER BURSTS INTO FLAMES AND CRASHES ‘

The crash, which is the second to down a military chopper in a week, happened late Thursday in the city of Yola, initially sparking fears that Boko Haram insurgency was mounting an attack, AFP said.

The aircraft was thought to be carrying weapons to troops fighting militants.

There was no immediate information on casualties.

The explosions caused panic among students.

#ANS2014 

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` Saudi Arabian Court has Sentenced 13 Men to Jail for Aiding, Abetting and Financing Conflicts Abroad ‘

#AceWorldNews – RIYADH – April 14 – (ALJ) – A Saudi Arabian court has jailed 13 men, handing down sentences from one to 10 years, for aiding and financing conflicts abroad, conspiring inside Saudi Arabia and harbouring wanted suspects, state news agency SPA reports.

Other charges for which the 13 were convicted on Sunday included money laundering, bribery and possession of illegal weapons. They were all given travel bans to come into force after their sentences finished. Another seven men were acquitted, SPA reported.

Saudi courts have sentenced hundreds of convicted fighters to prison terms in recent months as they work to overcome a long backlog of cases related to an anti-government campaign last decade that killed hundreds.

The security forces detained thousands of people after the bombings and shootings started in 2003. They were accused of security offences, including joining extremist groups and fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

#ANS2014

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