UN: Fighting for Libya’s capital has displaced 2,800 people

World 04/08/19, 08:49

Fighting between rival forces over Libya's capital that began last week has displaced 2,800 people so far, the U.N. said Monday as the death toll climbed to 49, including civilians.The violence, triggered by a Libyan commander whose forces advanced on Tripoli and clashed with rival militias supporting the U.N.-backed government ...

Q&A: A look at the latest fighting in Libya

World 04/08/19, 05:12

Libya has been plunged into chaos again, with forces loyal to a polarizing military commander marching on the capital and trading fire with militias aligned with a weak U.N.-backed government.The battle for Tripoli could ignite civil war on the scale of the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed longtime dictator ...

US pulls forces from Libya as fighting approaches capital

World 04/07/19, 14:43

The United States has temporarily withdrawn some of its forces from Libya due to "security conditions on the ground," a top military official said Sunday as a Libyan commander's forces advanced toward the capital of Tripoli and clashed with rival militias.A small contingent of American troops has been in Libya ...

Rival Libyan forces say they have captured Tripoli airport

World 04/06/19, 08:58

Forces loyal to rival Libyan army commander Khalifa Hifter say they have seized control of the main airport in Libya's capital Tripoli, two days after Hifter ordered his forces to seize the seat of Libya's U.N.-backed government.Hifter's media office says Saturday that troops also captured the area of Wadi el-Rabeia, ...

Update: EU urges calm amid Libya military build-up

Europe 04/05/19, 07:14

The Latest on developments in Libya (all times local):2:10 p.m.The European Union is calling for calm in Libya and warns the situation could spiral out of control as militia forces are vowing to respond to any attempt by a rival army commander to seize the capital, Tripoli.EU commission spokeswoman Maja ...

Libyan militias vow to stop commander’s move on Tripoli

World 04/05/19, 04:19

Militias in western Libya vowed Friday to confront a rival army commander's attempt to seize the capital, Tripoli, raising fears of renewed civil war in the oil-rich nation as the U.N. chief shuttled between the two sides, seeking to avert a major confrontation.The escalation comes after forces of Khalifa Hifter, ...

Libya’s Hifter orders forces to march on Tripoli

World 04/04/19, 11:12

Libyan army commander Khalifa Hifter on Thursday ordered his forces to march on Tripoli, the capital of the U.N.-backed government, sparking fears of a major showdown with rival militias.The order posted in an audio recording online came as U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited the North African country and expressed fears ...

Italy refusing port to 64 migrants rescued off Libya

Europe 04/03/19, 11:42

Italy's interior minister said Wednesday that he won't offer safe harbor to 64 migrants rescued off Libya by the German humanitarian group Sea-Watch.Sea-Watch tweeted that the people brought to safety from a rubber dinghy included 10 women, five children and a newborn baby.The group said it carried out the rescue ...

Ship takeover by migrants raises concerns for rescues at sea

Europe 03/30/19, 05:04

A rescue in the Mediterranean Sea that took an ominous turn has raised concerns that some merchant ship captains might become reluctant to save migrants in danger of drowning during the perilous crossing from north Africa to Europe, fearing they could lose control of their ship.A cargo ship heading from ...

Tanker hijacked by rescued migrants arrives safely in Malta

Europe 03/28/19, 08:30

A Maltese special operations team boarded a tanker Thursday that had been hijacked by migrants rescued at sea and recaptured control of it before escorting it to a Maltese port. Italy's hard-line interior minister slammed the migrants as pirates but aid groups rejected that label, saying the European Union's policy ...

Update: 4 migrants leave freed ship in handcuffs

Europe 03/28/19, 04:11

The Latest on a ship seized by migrants in the Mediterranean (all times local):10:05 a.m.Four migrants have been handcuffed and escorted off an oil tanker that was hijacked at sea, after Maltese special forces restored control of the captain.This image taken from TVM video on Thursday March 28, 2019 shows ...

Rescued migrants hijack ship, demand it head toward Europe

Europe 03/27/19, 21:54

Migrants hijacked a cargo ship that rescued them in the Mediterranean Sea and forced the crew to put the Libya-bound vessel on a course north toward Europe, authorities in two European countries said. Italy's interior minister, Matteo Salvini, identified the ship as the Turkish oil tanker El Hiblu 1. He said ...

EU nations recall ships from thorny migrant rescue mission

Europe 03/27/19, 17:12

European Union officials lamented Wednesday a move by member countries to recall their ships taking part in an EU naval mission patrolling the Mediterranean Sea for migrants attempting the dangerous water crossing from North Africa.The EU's Operation Sophia works to reduce migrant-smuggling, trains the Libyan coast guard and enforces an ...

Study: Sex torture of migrants _ men and women _ widespread

Europe 03/25/19, 09:07

Migrants trying to reach Europe face routine rape and sexual torture throughout their journey — and especially in Libya — with men facing abuse nearly as routinely as women, according to a study based on dozens of interviews with aid workers and migrants. The graphic study released Monday by the Women's ...

UN probing North Korea sanctions violations in 20 countries

World 03/11/19, 20:15

U.N. experts say they are investigating possible violations of United Nations sanctions on North Korea in about 20 countries, from alleged clandestine nuclear procurement in China to arms brokering in Syria and military cooperation with Iran, Libya and Sudan. The expert panel's 66-page report to the Security Council, obtained Monday by ...

US general: Troops cuts don’t impact Somalia, Libya missions

World 03/07/19, 20:54

Planned troop cuts on the African continent will have no impact on counterterror operations in Libya and Somalia, where American airstrikes target insurgents, the top U.S. commander for Africa told Congress Thursday. General Thomas D. Waldhauser, head of U.S. Africa Command, said about 300 troops will be cut by June 2020, ...

Rubio warns Venezuela regime in jab at critics over tweets

U.S. 02/26/19, 22:14

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a fierce critic of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, warned Tuesday that tyrants often believe they're invulnerable — his first, indirect reference to his own cryptic tweeted images over the weekend showing dictators during their brutal downfalls. Venezuela has strongly condemned the tweets from the Florida senator, and the country's ...

Libyans, to varying degrees, celebrate 2011 uprising

World 02/17/19, 08:53

Libyans are celebrating the eighth anniversary of their 2011 uprising that led to the overthrow and killing of longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi, with the varying intensity of festivities underscoring the split between the country's east and west.Hundreds of people reveled Sunday in the western cities of Tripoli, Misrata and Zawiya, ...

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