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, ...

Libyan commander urges troops to press fight to take Tripoli

World 05/06/19, 16:06

A Libyan army commander whose forces are advancing on Tripoli is rallying his fighters on in defiance of U.N. calls for a weeklong cease-fire to coincide with the start of the fasting month of Ramadan on Monday.The battle for the Libyan capital, which erupted in early April, has threatened to ...

Italy’s top leaders in Tunisia to shore up ties, security

Europe 04/30/19, 06:35

Italy's prime minister and an array of top ministers on Tuesday were visiting Tunisia, a strategic and economic partner whose shared concerns include migration and the North African country's unstable neighbor, Libya.Present for the inter-governmental summit were Premier Giuseppe Conte, Deputy Premier Luigi Di Maio and anti-migrant Interior Minister Matteo ...

146 migrants land in Italy in UN-organized Libya evacuation

Europe 04/29/19, 16:41

A group of 146 asylum-seekers have arrived in Italy as part of a U.N.-backed humanitarian evacuation from Libya.The U.N. refugee agency says it's the fifth such evacuation since 2017, though previous airlifts have taken migrants to Niger and elsewhere.The group arrived Monday at a Rome military base. Dozens of the ...

Airstrikes, roadblocks trap civilians in Libya’s Tripoli

World 04/29/19, 08:08

Libyan forces loyal to a former military commander have intensified their airstrikes on Tripoli, where heavy fighting and blocked roads have left civilians trapped in their homes, officials said Monday.Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter's self-styled Libyan National Army launched an operation to retake the capital on April 4 and has been ...

Pope appeals for evacuation of migrants from Libyan centers

Europe 04/28/19, 07:06

Pope Francis has appealed for the evacuation of women, children and sick migrants trapped in Libyan detention centers as soon as possible, through humanitarian corridors.During his Regina Coeli prayer on Sunday, the pontiff said the refugees' situation, "which is already very serious, has become even more dangerous due to the ...

UN: Rockets hit civilian areas in Libya’s capital Tripoli

World 04/26/19, 12:53

The U.N. says rockets and mortar shells have reportedly been fired on residential neighborhoods of Libya's capital Tripoli, where heavy fighting has led to a deteriorating humanitarian situation.U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Friday that the U.N. is "gravely concerned" at reports of indiscriminate shelling of populated areas, including Thursday night.Forces ...

Libya asks UN to probe violations in Tripoli battle

World 04/25/19, 10:26

Libya's U.N.-supported government is asking the Security Council to appoint a "fact-finding mission" to investigate alleged violations by the forces attacking the capital.Ambassador Elmahdi Elmajerbi said in an April 18 letter to the council president circulated Thursday that the violations include "the killing and displacement of civilian citizens, the destruction ...

Gunmen attack migrant detention center in Libya’s Tripoli

World 04/24/19, 12:33

Gunmen attacked a detention center holding hundreds of migrants in Libya's capital, where fighting has raged between rival militias since a military commander launched an offensive earlier this month, a rights group said Wednesday.Amnesty International said armed men raided the Qasr Ben Ghashir detention facility, some 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) ...

UN says death toll from fighting over Libya’s capital at 254

World 04/22/19, 06:13

The U.N. health agency says at least 34 more people have died in fighting for control of Libya's capital over the past two days, bringing the total to 254 dead so far, including civilians. The World Health Organization also said late Sunday that 1,228 have been wounded since the self-styled Libyan ...

UN says 220 killed in fighting over Libya’s capital

World 04/20/19, 09:53

The U.N. health agency says at least 15 more people died in fighting over control of Libya's capital in the past two days, bringing the total to 220 dead including civilians. The World Health Organization said late Friday that 1,066 others have been wounded since the self-styled Libyan National Army launched ...

Italy, France aim to chart common strategy on violent Libya

Europe 04/19/19, 13:39

The foreign ministers of Italy and France say their countries are trying to forge a common strategy on Libya. Italy's minster, Enzo Moavero Milanesi, told reporters Friday after the two held talks in Rome that lower-ranking ministry officials will meet next week in the Italian capital "to build the path toward ...

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