Debris and damaged cars in Tripoli after a shell landed on Dec. 24. Photo: Mahmud Tukria/AFP/Getty Images

The speaker of Libya's parliament said Turkey's plan to send troops to Libya is "unacceptable" and will be considered as unwarranted meddling, AP reports.

Why it matters: Aguila Saleh's comment came in a joint statement with Cyprus' parliamentary speaker, Demetris Syllouris, claiming Turkey's actions are destabilizing the region and increasing tensions, per AP.

Context: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced plans to submit a bill to the Turkish Parliament on Jan. 7 to deploy troops to Libya, Al Jazeera reports.

  • Erdoğan told members of his party, "Since there is an invitation [from Libya] right now, we will accept it. We will present the motion to send troops [to Libya] as soon as Parliament resumes."

Yes, but: Saleh said Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj isn't allowed to sign any agreements with other nations without the unanimous approval of a nine-member presidential council and parliament's approval, AP notes.

The state of play: Libya's official government is struggling to maintain control of the country after warlord Khalifa Hifter launched an offensive in eastern Libya in April.

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Deadly Hurricane Zeta pummels Alabama after Louisiana landfall

A satellite image of Hurricane Zeta. Photo: National Hurricane Center/NOAA

Hurricane Zeta has killed at least one person after a downed power line electrocuted a 55-year-old in Louisiana as the storm moved into Alabama overnight.

What's happening: After "battering southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi," it began lashing Alabama late Wednesday, per the National Hurricane Center.

Taiwan reaches a record 200 days with no local coronavirus cases

Catholics go through containment protocols including body-temperature measurement and hands-sanitisation before entering the Saint Christopher Parish Church, Taipei City, Taiwan, in July. Photo: Ceng Shou Yi/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Taiwan on Thursday marked no locally transmitted coronavirus cases for 200 days, as the island of 23 million people's total number of infections reported stands at 550 and the COVID-19 death toll at seven.

Why it matters: Nowhere else in the world has reached such a milestone. While COVID-19 cases surge across the U.S. and Europe, Taiwan's last locally transmitted case was on April 12. Experts credit tightly regulated travel, early border closure, "rigorous contact tracing, technology-enforced quarantine and universal mask wearing," along with the island state's previous experience with the SARS virus, per Bloomberg.

Go deeper: As Taiwan's profile rises, so does risk of conflict with China

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