Dozens of migrants missing after boat capsizes off Libya
CAIRO (AP) — Dozens are missing and bodies have washed ashore after a boat carrying 44 migrants seeking a better life in Europe capsized off the coast of Libya, officials said...
UN envoy urges Libya rivals to unite at April conference
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Libya on Wednesday urged rival factions to seize the "crucial opportunity" of a National Conference next month to unite the country and chart a roadmap to...
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — 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...
WASHINGTON (AP) — 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....
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday hosted talks with the foreign ministers of Algeria and Tunisia, Libya's neighbors to the west, days after Libya's rival governments agreed to hold...
CAIRO (AP) — The U.N.'s migration agency is condemning violence against protesting migrants in a detention center in Libya's capital.
Tuesday's statement by the International Organization...
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libya's National Oil Corporation says production is to resume within hours at the southwestern Sharara oil field after control was retaken from an armed group last...
Spokesman: Libyan strongman’s forces control south
CAIRO (AP) — A spokesman for the forces of a Libyan strongman based in the country's east says his self-styled Libyan National Army has seized control of Libya's southern border with...
CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general has welcomed an agreement between rival Libyan leaders to hold elections.
The agreement came in a meeting Wednesday in the United Arab...
Rubio warns Venezuela regime in jab at critics over tweets
MIAMI (AP) — 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...
Rights group urges Libyan forces to lift siege on civilians
CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group has urged Libyan strongman's self-styled army to lift its siege inside an eastern Mediterranean city where civilians have been trapped.
The Latest: Over 100 migrants rescued at sea, sent to Libya
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — The Latest on migrants and asylum-seekers in Europe (all times local):
Doctors Without Borders says 116 migrants have been "forcibly returned" to...
Libyan authorities help free 14 kidnapped Tunisian workers
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Libyan authorities helped free 14 Tunisian workers Sunday who were kidnapped by an armed group near Libya's capital, the Tunisian government said.
The Tunisian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Sunday night that the hostages had been seized Thursday in the town of Zawiva by militants demanding the release of a jailed Libyan. The Tunisians were released and taken to offices of the Zawiva security authorities, the statement said.
Libyans, to varying degrees, celebrate 2011 uprising
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyans on Sunday celebrated the eighth anniversary of their 2011 uprising that led to the overthrow and killing of longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi, with a varying intensity of festivities underscoring the split between the country's east and west.
Spokesman: Joint US-Libya forces bomb al-Qaida militants
CAIRO (AP) — Libya's U.N.-backed government says that joint Libyan and U.S. forces have bombed alleged al-Qaeda militants in a southern desert town.
Tripoli-based government spokesman Mohammed al-Salak said late Wednesday the bombing took place in the town of Ubari, about 950 kilometers, or 590 miles, south of the capital, Tripoli
Aid group: Boat carrying 150 people in distress off Libya
ROME (AP) — An Italian aid group is reporting that a migrant smuggling ship with an estimated 150 people on board is in distress off Libya.
The Mediterranea Saving Humans group, which monitors migrant rescues, said Monday on Twitter that it heard about a distress call from a boat near Al Khoms, Libya. It appealed for Italian or Maltese coast guard ships to go to the area so the migrants aren't returned to Libya.
French army says airstrikes in Chad destroy 20 pickups
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The French army says airstrikes have destroyed some 20 pickup trucks in an armed column that had made its way from Libya deep into neighboring Chad and ignored three days of warning strikes.
A statement says the airstrikes on Tuesday and Wednesday occurred at Chad's request and in coordination with its army, saying the raid appeared to be aimed at "destabilizing the country." It does not say where the airstrikes occurred.
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France launches airstrikes at armed Libyan group in Chad
PARIS (AP) — France's Defense Ministry says French armed forces have intervened in northern Chad and launched airstrikes at an armed group coming in from Libya.
The operation took place Sunday and was organized in cooperation with the Chadian army.
4 killed, 3 wounded in clashes in Libya’s southwest
CAIRO (AP) — Media officials with Libya's paramilitary say four fighters have been killed and at least three wounded in an attack they launched on the desert camp of a rival militia in the country's southwest.
Friday's assault in the town of Ghadduwah was part of the self-styled Libyan National Army's campaign in the country's south, which began on Jan. 15.
The Latest: Czech, Libyan leaders pledge cooperation
ROME (AP) — The Latest on migration in Europe (all times local):
The Czech Republic's prime minister has pledged his country's full support for Fayez Serraj, the prime minister of the U.N.-backed Libyan government in the capital, Tripoli.
Andrej Babis said Wednesday the Czech Republic has paid 8.75 million euros ($10 million), its share of the 35 million euros ($40 million) it pledged together with Hungary, Poland and Slovakia to help stop illegal migration from Libya.
UN, church officials press Italy to let migrants disembark
ROME (AP) — Three United Nations agencies appealed Saturday to Italy to allow 47 migrants off a private rescue ship after a week in cold weather and decried a "'boat-by-boat" approach that keeps vulnerable asylum-seekers at sea while European nations squabble.
Sea-Watch 3, operated by a German aid group, could be seen about a mile offshore from Syracuse, Sicily as fishermen, priests and others turned out for a solidarity rally in support of the stranded passengers.
AP PHOTOS: Slain journalist captured Libya’s turmoil
CAIRO (AP) — 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.
Rights group criticizes Italy, EU’s Libya migrant policy
CAIRO (AP) — Human Rights Watch is urging Italy and the European Union to condition their support to Libya on tangible improvements in detention conditions for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.
The New York-based rights group says in a report Monday that unquestioning foreign support for Libya's coast guard leads to migrants being held in "arbitrary, abusive detention."
Boat with migrants rescued off Libya looks for port to dock
ROME (AP) — A private rescue boat carrying dozens of migrants said Sunday that for a second day several nations had not given permission for it to enter a safe port, while another vessel filled with panicky migrants and described as taking on water in the southern Mediterranean was helped by a cargo ship.
Rival militias negotiate truce in Libya’s Tripoli
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyan security officials say a temporary cease-fire has taken hold in the capital of Tripoli, after deadly fighting between rival militias that dominate the city flared up last week.
They say negotiations overseen by tribal elders from the nearby town of Bani Walid were ongoing Sunday, with hopes the militias from Tripoli, Zintan and Tarhouna? can agree to stop the fighting. They spoke anonymously as they weren't authorized to brief reporters.
Freelance journalist killed amid new round of Libya clashes
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — A freelance journalist who contributed to The Associated Press and other news organizations was killed Saturday in the Libyan capital, a colleague said.
Mohamed Ben Khalifa, who was in his 30s, was hit by shrapnel while accompanying a militia patrolling the Qaser Bin Ghashir area south of Tripoli, said Hamza Turkia, also a freelance journalist.
The militia came under attack by another armed group, said Turkia. He said there was gunfire, and that a missile was also fired.
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Survivors: Up to 117 missing from sunken boat off Libya
ROME (AP) — Three survivors of a rubber dinghy that sank in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya say up to 117 other migrants were aboard at the time, a U.N. migration official said Saturday.
It appeared to be the latest tragedy on the dangerous central Mediterranean route from North Africa to Europe.
German aid group rescues 47 migrants from Mediterranean Sea
BERLIN (AP) — The German aid group Sea-Watch says it has rescued 47 people from a rubber boat off the coast of Libya in the Mediterranean Sea.
The NGO says its Sea-Watch 3 boat had headed to the area Friday after its reconnaissance aircraft overheard communications about a rubber boat foundering but were unable to get there in time to help any survivors. Some 117 people are thought to have died in that sinking.
UN organizing national conference in Libya in coming weeks
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is seeking to hold a conference in l.ibya in the coming weeks to agree on a national agenda to rebuild the fractured north African nation and spell out the path to elections, the U.N. envoy said Friday.
Ghassan Salame said in a video briefing to the Security Council that the U.N. will announce the date and place of the National Conference once Libyan representatives agree on "the essential ingredients for a new consensus on a national agenda."
UN organizing national conference in Libya in coming weeks
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Libya says the United Nations is seeking to bring Libyans together in the coming weeks to agree on a national agenda to rebuild the fractured north African nation and spell out the path to elections.
Ghassan Salame told to the Security Council on Friday that the U.N. will announce the date and place of the National Conference once Libyan representatives agree on "the essential ingredients for a new consensus on a national agenda."
Fighting flares up in Libyan capital, killing 5, wounding 20
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyan authorities say fighting between rival armed groups in the capital of Tripoli has flared up again, four months after a U.N.-brokered cease-fire.
Malek Merset, spokesman for the Tripoli-based Health Ministry, says at least five people were killed and 20 others wounded Wednesday.
Libya’s paramilitary force to ‘cleanse’ country’s south
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — A spokesman for Libya's powerful paramilitary based in the eastern city of Benghazi says its troops are launching an operation "to cleanse" the country's south of Islamic militants and criminals.
Ahmed al-Mesmari of the self-styled Libyan National Army that answers to Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter told reporters on Tuesday that the operations aims to "eliminate gangs, Islamic State terrorists and criminals" in the south.
Beirut summit highlights divisions, turmoil in Lebanon
BEIRUT (AP) — An Arab economic development summit that Lebanon is hosting this weekend has been marred by controversy days before delegates arrive.
Should regional outcast Syria be invited, as demanded by Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah militant group, an ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad? Should Libya get a seat at the table, despite the unresolved mystery surrounding the disappearance of a Lebanese cleric in Libya four decades ago?
UNHCR urges more aid to developing nations hosting refugees
CAIRO (AP) — Wealthy countries should do more to help developing nations fund local refugee management, the head of the U.N. refugee agency urged Monday, saying that he himself would do "anything" to escape if he was stuck in a squalid camp such as those in war-torn Libya.
Hifter forces in Libya say they freed 19 kidnapped by IS
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The self-styled Libyan National Army says its forces have freed nearly 20 people who were kidnapped by Islamic State group militants during attacks in central Libya.
Spokesman Ahmed al-Mesmari said Tuesday that clashes erupted late Monday between LNA forces, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, and IS militants in Ghadwua village, 70 kilometers (43 miles) from the southern city of Sabha.
The Latest: Boat which rescued migrants hopes for safe port
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local):
A private rescue boat with 33 migrants aboard for days in the Mediterranean is appealing for a safe port.
The crew aboard Sea-Watch 3, operated by a German humanitarian group, has tweeted that the migrants were rescued from waters off Libya on Dec. 22.
Islamic State claims attack on Libya’s Foreign Ministry
CAIRO (AP) — 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 targeted the entrance to the ministry and another was shot dead by guards before he could detonate his explosives.
Militants attack Libya’s Foreign Ministry, 3 killed
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — A suicide bomber targeted the entrance of Libya's Foreign Ministry in Tripoli on Tuesday, killing three people, including a prominent militia leader, according to security officials.
The officials said a second attacker was shot dead by guards before he could detonate his explosive vest. An explosion believed to have been caused by a car bomb went off before the two attackers approached the ministry, located at the heart of Tripoli.
France vows support for fighting extremists in Africa
N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — France's president is confirming his support for anti-extremist forces in Africa, amid growing international concern about the chaos in Libya.
Speaking on a visit to Chad, Emmanuel Macron insisted that France will make no cuts to its military despite domestic budget tightening. He said the "threat is constant and changing" and requires robust military spending.
Aid ship with 311 migrants ignored by Italy, heads to Spain
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's Foreign Ministry gave permission Saturday to an aid boat carrying 311 rescued migrants to set course for Spain after Italy and other Mediterranean countries did not answer its request to dock.
The boat belonging to the Spanish aid group Proactiva Open Arms saved 313 migrants Friday in waters near Libya. A baby and its mother were then evacuated from the boat.
300 uncounted dead: 2015 migrant shipwreck yields new clues
ROME (AP) — Before their lives ended in an underwater deathtrap, before they lined up 100 to a row on a Libyan beach to board a boat with no anchor, the young men from the parched villages of the Sahel had names.
UN: Women migrants in Libya often face gang rape, abuse
GENEVA (AP) — The "overwhelming majority" of women and older girls who passed through Libya as migrants reported being gang-raped by traffickers or having witnessed others taken away to be sexually abused, the United Nations said Thursday in a report based on hundreds of interviews.
In 2019, Mideast economic troubles loom as wars wind down
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — As the Middle East ushers in 2019, the decade's ruinous conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Iraq seem to be winding down after exacting a painful price — many thousands killed, millions uprooted from their homes and entire cities reduced to rubble.
Egypt says 27 militants killed in Sinai, border with Libya
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says its security forces have killed at least 27 suspected militants in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula and along its porous border with Libya.
The military said Wednesday that forces destroyed 342 hideouts and weapons depots, dismantled 344 explosive devices and detained more than 400 suspects and around 3,000 illegal migrants, without giving a timeframe.
It says airstrikes destroyed 61 vehicles containing weapons and ammunition in the Western Desert.
Briton arrested in Egypt on spying charges says he is free
CAIRO (AP) — A British-Libyan tourist says Egyptian authorities released him two weeks after he was arrested over a video he filmed on his cellphone that showed a military helicopter in the background.
Muhammed Fathi AbulKasem announced his release in a one-minute audio message posted on YouTube on Dec. 8, thanking his family and supporters.
UN says Islamic State kills 6 captives in Libya
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Islamic State militants have killed six people captured during an attack on a small town in central Libya in October, The U.N. mission to Libya said.
The U.N. statement late Monday condemned the killing as "particularly abhorrent," without providing further details.
The six were captured on Oct. 28 during an attack on the town of al-Fuqaha, located south of the coastal city of Sirte, a former IS-held bastion.
Libya to vote on new constitution before February
BANGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The chairman of Libya's elections commission said Thursday that the beleaguered North African nation will hold a referendum on a new constitution before the end of February.
The announcement by Emad Al-Sayeh signals a small step toward restoring unity and political stability after years of chaos that followed the 2011 uprising. But authorities have yet to agree on a date or mechanism for presidential or parliamentary elections, and the security situation remains volatile.
The Latest: At least 14 migrants die off Libya’s coast
ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migration crisis (all times local):
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A Libyan official says at least 14 migrants have died off the North African nation's coast while attempting to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe.
Col. Hisham Aldwaini, spokesman for Misrata's security forces, says a wooden boat was found off the Libyan port city with two bodies on board. He said that 12 other bodies were thrown into the sea.