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) ...

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 ...

Filipinos start evacuating from Libyan capital; 1 wounded

World 04/18/19, 05:24

Philippine diplomats have started evacuating a small group of Filipinos from the Libyan capital after it was hit by a barrage of rocket fire that wounded one Filipino, officials said Thursday.Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Emmanuel Fernandez said in Manila that three hospital workers and four students were evacuated by ...

WHO: Death toll from fighting over Libyan capital now at 205

World 04/18/19, 04:08

The World Health Organization says the death toll from this month's fighting between rival Libyan factions for control of the country's capital, Tripoli, has risen to 205.The clashes threaten to ignite a civil war on the scale of the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.WHO said ...

Proposed UN resolution demands immediate cease-fire in Libya

World 04/16/19, 15:16

A proposed U.N. resolution demands that all parties in Libya immediately de-escalate the fighting and commit to a cease-fire.The British-drafted resolution, circulated to Security Council members and obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, also calls on all parties to immediately re-commit to attending a U.N.-facilitated political dialogue "and work toward ...

UN says fighting over Libya’s capital has displaced 18,000

World 04/16/19, 04:20

The U.N. migration agency says recent clashes between rival Libyan militias for control of Tripoli have displaced more than 18,000 people.U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Monday in New York that the International Organization for Migration reported that 13 civilians are among the 146 killed so far in clashes since ...

In Libya, a rogues’ gallery of militias prepare for war

World 04/16/19, 01:17

Libya is on the verge of an all-out war involving a rogues' gallery of militias, many of which are little more than criminal gangs armed with heavy weapons.The country slid into chaos after the 2011 uprising, in which rebels overthrew and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi and looted his vast ...

UN says 120 killed since fighting broke out in Libya

World 04/14/19, 07:20

More than 120 people have been killed since a Libyan military commander launched an assault on the capital 10 days ago, igniting clashes with rival militias, the U.N. health agency said Sunday.The self-styled Libyan National Army, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, launched a surprise offensive against Tripoli on April ...

Libya speaker: No deals while armed groups ‘kidnap’ Tripoli

World 04/10/19, 13:21

Libya's Parliament speaker in the east says no peace deal can be reached right now between rival factions in his country because the capital, Tripoli, has been "kidnapped" by armed groups.Aguila Saleh, speaker of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives, tells The Associated Press on Wednesday in Alexandria, Egypt, that the ...

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 ...

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, ...

PHOTOS: Slain journalist Ben Khalifa caught Libya turmoil

World 01/21/19, 15:44

Mohamed Ben Khalifa's work as a photographer and video journalist captured the tragedy of refugee corpses washing ashore on Libya's coastline. In urban centers, he documented ferocious militia warfare.In one photo, a wave rolls gently over the arm of a dead refugee. In another, a love letter written on pink ...

Islamic State claims attack on Libya’s Foreign Ministry

World 12/26/18, 05:54

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at Libya's Foreign Ministry in Tripoli that killed at least three people.In a statement carried by its Aamaq news agency Wednesday, IS says three fighters infiltrated the area and fired on Foreign Ministry workers.Libyan officials say a suicide bomber ...

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