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World leaders issue warning over broken Libya truce

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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 Col Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011.

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Sudan allows former foe Israel to fly over its territory

BBC World Service

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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.

Amazon accused of bias in the West Bank

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Amazon has been accused of bias after a Financial Times investigation discovered addresses belonging to Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank were eligible for a free shipping deal, but addresses in the Palestinian Territories were not.

Customers in the territories could get the free shipping if they selected their address as "Israel", but not if they selected "Palestinian Territories."

Amazon told the BBC the promotion forcustomers did not include the PalestinianTerritories, as "we cannot guarantee the high standard of delivery experiencethat Amazon customers expect."

It added that the disrepancy was due to deliveries having to gothrough local customs regulations and additional inspections at the border, and packages having to be handed over toanother local delivery operator.

"This is a logistical issue and not a sign ofany other consideration,” the company said.