Trey Gowdy returns as Trump defender: ‘A super smart thing’

Politics 10/10/19, 16:59

Trey Gowdy, the Republican congressman from South Carolina, retired from office last year, declaring his skills are better used "in a courtroom than in Congress." Now he's coming back for impeachment. A former prosecutor who led the House investigation into the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, Gowdy is poised to join President ...

Mark Esper meets Egypt’s defense minister at Pentagon

U.S. 07/30/19, 05:49

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Monday afternoon, July 29, met Egypt's Defense Minister Gen. Mohamed Zaki for discussions at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Esper welcomed Zaki and his delegation in a ceremony with a cannon salute outside on the Pentagon lawn. “It's a pleasure to have you and ...

Airstrike hits migrant detention center in Libya, 44 killed

Europe 07/03/19, 04:45

An airstrike hit a detention center for migrants in the Libyan capital early Wednesday, July 3, killing at least 44 people and wounding more than 130, the U.N. mission to the war-torn country said. The airstrike raises further concerns about the European Union's policy of partnering with Libyan militias to prevent ...

Libyan commander hands over prominent militant to Egypt

Africa 05/29/19, 07:14

A prominent Egyptian militant wanted for scores of terror attacks in his country was handed over by Libyan forces loyal to a commander pushing to take the capital of Tripoli and flown back to Egypt on Wednesday.Egyptian TV networks aired footage of a blindfolded Hisham el-Ashmawi, a former army officer ...

Hifter’s forces push toward Libyan capital city’s center

Africa 05/27/19, 11:47

Heavy clashes have been slowly nearing the center of Libya's capital, Tripoli, as forces loyal to the military commander Khalifa Hifter battle to seize power, an official and residents said Monday.Hifter opened a military offensive on the Libyan capital of Tripoli in early April despite commitments to move toward elections ...

2 Libyan reporters taken by commander Hifter’s forces freed

Africa 05/26/19, 04:51

The U.N. mission in Libya says two local TV reporters detained by forces loyal to a commander who is on the offensive to capture the country's capital, Tripoli, have been released after three weeks in captivity.Libya's Alahrar TV station said commander Khalifa Hifter's self-styled Libyan National Army detained two of ...

Libya’s Hifter meets French leader Macron amid fighting

Europe 05/22/19, 05:30

Libyan commander Khalifa Hifter is in Paris for meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron amid growing international concern about his month-long offensive to take Libya's capital, Tripoli.Wednesday's closed-door meeting comes two weeks after Macron hosted Libya's struggling U.N.-backed prime minister, who denounced Hifter's offensive as an attempted coup.Macron's office has ...

UN envoy warns Libya is on verge of descending to civil war

Africa 05/21/19, 11:28

The U.N. envoy for Libya warned Tuesday that the oil-rich nation "is on the verge of descending into a civil war" that could divide the country and imperil the security of its neighbors and the wider Mediterranean region.Ghassan Salame told the Security Council that extremists from the Islamic State and ...

Libyan capital, under siege, gets water back after 2 days

Africa 05/21/19, 04:53

Authorities say the Libyan capital, which has been under attack by commander Khalifa Hifter's forces since last month, has seen its water supplies resume two days after gunmen shut the pipes down, depriving over 2 million residents of water.The Interior Ministry says the gunmen on Sunday stormed the offices of ...

Hifter’s rule brings security to eastern Libya, at a cost

Africa 05/21/19, 01:05

After years of assassinations, bombings and militia firefights, Libya's eastern city of Benghazi finally feels safe again — but security has come at a heavy cost.Uniformed police are out at major intersections, cafes and restaurants stay open late into the night, and local groups hold art exhibitions and festivals. But ...

South Korean, 3 Filipinos freed after captivity in Libya

Asia & Pacific 05/17/19, 02:22

A South Korean and three Filipinos have been freed following months of captivity in Libya, Seoul and Abu Dhabi said Friday.The release of the hostages was mediated by the United Arab Emirates, which worked with the self-styled Libyan National Army led by commander Khalifa Hifter.Since last month, Hifter's forces have ...

Pope gives joyride to migrant children newly arrived in Italy

Europe 05/15/19, 03:36

Pope Francis has given a joyride in his popemobile to eight migrant children who recently arrived in Italy from Libya. The pope picked up the children, who hail from Syria, Nigeria, and Congo, at the start of his weekly general audience Wednesday, May 15, and zoomed around St. Peter's Square with ...

EU calls for Libya ceasefire, warns of threat to security

Europe 05/13/19, 11:03

The European Union is calling for a ceasefire in Libya, warning that the conflict around the capital Tripoli is a threat to international peace and security.The self-styled Libyan National Army, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, launched an offensive on Tripoli last month. The LNA, based in eastern Libya, is ...

Libya’s eastern government says it won’t rule by force

Africa 05/09/19, 10:44

The government in eastern Libya allied with forces attacking the capital does not want to rule the country by force, its foreign minister said Thursday.The Benghazi-based government is allied with Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter's self-styled Libyan National Army, which controls most of eastern and southern Libya and launched an offensive ...

ICC prosecutor warns Libyan combatants against war crimes

Africa 05/08/19, 18:45

The International Criminal Court's prosecutor warned Libya's warring parties Wednesday that her office is prepared to investigate and prosecute anyone committing war crimes or crimes against humanity.Fatou Bensouda's warning in a briefing to the Security Council followed the U.N. health agency's tweet that 443 people have been killed and 2,110 ...

Head of Libya UN-backed gov’t says rival wants to take power

Europe 05/08/19, 13:54

The head of Libya's U.N.-backed government says he is prepared to return to the peace process "as soon as possible" but that it would be different with the offensive on Tripoli by his rival, which he called an attempted coup. Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj made the remarks in an interview ...

Strife-torn Libya’s UN-backed leader meets Conte in Rome

Europe 05/07/19, 03:27

Strife-torn Libya's UN-backed leader is visiting Rome in a bid to shore up support for his government in Tripoli that is under attack by rival militias.Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj met Tuesday with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. It was his first visit to Italy since the self-styled Libyan National Army, ...

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