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...
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...
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...
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cease-fire holds in Libya after clashes that killed 117
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — A recent bout of heavy fighting in the capital Tripoli has come to a halt after warring militias signed a new cease-fire agreement, Libyan authorities said Wednesday.
The U.N.-backed government said in a statement it welcomed the cease-fire agreement, which was brokered by local representatives and tribal leaders.
Libya’s latest militia-on-militia fighting leaves 10 dead
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyan authorities say the latest bout of fighting between rival militias in the capital Tripoli has left 10 people dead.
In a statement Saturday, the medical authorities said 59 people were also wounded when fighting erupted the previous day, taking the death toll to 106 since armed conflict first began there late last month. Friday's fighting further strained a cease-fire that has been in force since Sept. 4.
Libya says death toll from Tripoli clashes climbs to 96
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The death toll from weeks of fighting between armed groups in Libya's capital, Tripoli, has climbed to at least 96 people, including civilians, authorities said Friday.
The violence has shattered a U.N.-brokered cease-fire reached earlier this month. In addition to the fatalities, the clashes have wounded 444 people. Also, 16 people are missing.
The Health Ministry said the fighting, which first erupted on Aug. 26, has also displaced at least 123 families from their homes.
Fighting resumes in Libyan capital, causes mass power outage
CAIRO (AP) — Libyan authorities say fighting between rival militias in the capital of Tripoli has flared up again, breaking a cease-fire that began earlier this month. Generators that were damaged in the clashes have caused mass power outages across the country.
The electricity authority says power was out on Tuesday from Tripoli to Libya's western border with Tunisia, and down to the country's deep south. Engineers were working to resupply the capital.
Libya authorities close Tripoli’s only airport over safety
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyan authorities have closed the capital Tripoli's only functioning airport, diverting traffic to another one at the nearby militia-controlled city of Misrata.
The Monday move came after the U.N.-backed Tripoli government handed control of the facility from one militia to another, prompting the Transport Ministry to order its closure on security concerns.
UN urges better atmosphere for Libya elections
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council urged all Libyans on Thursday to improve the atmosphere for national elections in a resolution that avoids mentioning the Dec. 10 target date for voting in the restive North African nation.
Libyan officials say missiles hit Tripoli airport
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Missiles were fired at Libya's capital Tripoli, including the city's only functioning airport, forcing authorities to divert flights to another airport to the south, government and airport officials said Wednesday, less than a week after the U.N. brokered a cease-fire between rival armed groups.
Libya oil company offices attacked, causing fire, casualties
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Security forces loyal to Libya's U.N.-backed government on Monday stormed the headquarters of the country's national oil company in the capital Tripoli shortly after gunmen invaded the building, shooting randomly, setting off explosions and taking hostages, officials said.
The Health Ministry said two people were killed and 10 others wounded in the attack. The company confirmed these casualty figures in a separate statement, adding that they were all company employees.
UN envoy: Libya lurching from emergencies as extremists grow
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Libya said the country has lurched from one emergency to another in recent weeks and warned that the Islamic State extremist group is expanding its operations and Libya could become a refuge for terrorist groups of all persuasions.
Ghassan Salame told the Security Council Wednesday that "the status quo in Libya is untenable."
Cease-fire holds in Libya after clashes that killed dozens
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyan authorities say more than a week of heavy fighting in the capital has come to a halt after the U.N. announced a cease-fire between the warring militias.
The fighting between militias allied to the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli and an armed group from a nearby town killed at least 63 people, and underscored the country's lingering lawlessness more than seven years after the uprising that toppled and killed Moammar Gadhafi.
Libya says death toll from Tripoli clashes climbs to 61
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The death toll from more than a week of fighting between armed groups in Tripoli has climbed to at least 61 people, including civilians, Libyan authorities said Tuesday, as the U.N. expressed alarm over the fate of detained migrants and Libyans already displaced by years of unrest.
The U.N. mission in Libya said late Tuesday that the warring militias had agreed to a cease-fire, but it was unclear whether the violence had ended.
Libyan police say 400 prisoners escape amid Tripoli clashes
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Some 400 prisoners escaped from a jail in the Libyan capital, authorities said Sunday, as recent fighting between rival militias that has killed dozens compelled the U.N.-backed government to declare a state of emergency in and around Tripoli.
Libya announces state of emergency in Tripoli
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libya's U.N.-backed government has announced a state of emergency in the capital and its outskirts as ongoing fighting has killed some 39 people including civilians in the past days.
The fighting erupted last week between armed groups from Tripoli against others from a town to the south vying for power in Libya's capital. The Health Ministry said the fighting has also wounded 96 others.
Aid group warns of militia fighting in Libya’s Tripoli
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Fighting in Libya's capital between rival militias has put the lives of people trapped there in danger and exacerbated already alarming levels of humanitarian needs, especially at migrant detention centers there, an international aid group said on Friday.
Clashes escalate in Libya’s capital, killing 26
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — A Libyan official says fighting between rival militias in the capital has killed at least 26 people, including civilians.
Widad Abu Niran, a Health Ministry spokesman, said Thursday that another 75 people have been wounded in the fighting, which began Monday and pits armed groups from Tripoli against other groups from a town to the south.
Libyan coast guard rescues nearly 400 Europe-bound migrants
CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard says it has intercepted about 400 Europe-bound migrants off the Mediterranean coast.
Spokesman Ayoub Gassim said Wednesday that a rubber boat carrying 84 passengers, including six women and five children, was stopped Monday off the town of al-Maya, 27 kilometers (16 miles) west of Tripoli.
He said that another two boats, carrying 146 passengers, including 26 women and four children, were stopped Monday off the coast of the southwestern town of Abu Kammash.
Libya court sentences 45 to death over killings in 2011
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — A Libyan court has sentenced 45 people to death by firing squad over killings during the 2011 uprising that evolved into civil war.
The conflict toppled and later killing the country's longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
Wednesday's statement by the Justice Ministry says another 54 suspects in the case were sentenced to five years in prison while 22 people were acquitted.
UN: Libyan militia forces 1,900 people from camp in Tripoli
CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says it's concerned over a Libyan militia forcing 1,900 displaced people out of their refugee camp in the capital, Tripoli.
UNHCR spokesman William Spindler says the militia ran 370 families, originally from the western city of Tawergha, out of their homes in the Triq al-Matar camp last week.
He says the militia also "arrested" around 100 of the Tawerghas, 12 of whom are being held in dismal conditions.
UN experts: Armed groups threaten Libya political transition
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say "predatory behavior" by armed groups in Libya is posing a direct threat to forming a national government and ending lawlessness that has fueled Islamic militancy, human trafficking and instability in the wider region.
CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard intercepted three groups totaling more than 570 Europe-bound migrants, including at least 66 women and 19 children, in the Mediterranean Sea, a spokesman said Wednesday.
One group of 292 migrants, including 42 women and 10 children, embarked on the perilous trip for Europe on three rubber boats but the coast guard stopped them off the coast of the western town of Zawiya, coast guard spokesman Ayoub Gassim said in a statement.
CAIRO (AP) — France's foreign minister is visiting Libya to encourage holding elections in the north African country as part of a reconciliation agreement reached by the country's main political rivals in Paris in May.
A statement by the U.N.-backed government in the capital, Tripoli, says Jean-Yves Le Drian has met Fayez Serraj, the prime minister-designate of the Tripoli-based government on Monday.
CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard says it has intercepted 40 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, near its shores, bound for Europe.
Coast guard spokesman Ayoub Gassim says a boat carrying 31 men, eight women and a child was stopped on Saturday off the coast of the western city of Zuwara.
He said on Sunday the migrants, who are of Moroccan, Egyptian, Syrian and Nigerian nationalities, were taken to a naval base in Tripoli.
Libya to resume oil exports from eastern terminals
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libya will resume oil exports after the U.N.-backed government reached a deal with a powerful militia that controls key terminals in the east.
The National Oil Corporation, which is controlled by the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli, said Wednesday it has assumed control of the oil ports and will resume exports within hours.
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — A Libyan river authority says an unidentified armed group has kidnapped three Filipino nationals and one South Korean working on a project south of the capital, Tripoli.
The authority managing the Great Man-Made River project said in a statement Friday the four foreigners, who work as engineers and technicians at a water project, were abducted and taken to an unknown destination. It said three Libyan workers were also abducted but were later released.
Italy calls for end to arms embargo on Libya
ROME (AP) — Italy's interior minister on Thursday called for the end of the international arms embargo on Libya, saying weapons and migrant traffickers disregard it anyway.
Matteo Salvini made the appeal at a news conference in Rome with a deputy prime minister of the U.N. -backed Libyan government in Tripoli, Ahmed Maiteeg.
The minister added that he'll lobby fellow EU countries to adopt his position that Libya needs aid when he meets fellow interior ministers next week in Austria.
CAIRO (AP) — The U.S., France, Italy and Britain say they are concerned about the self-styled Libyan National Army's decision to hand over management of vital Libyan oil terminals to a rival firm controlled by an interim government in the east.
CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard says it has intercepted 200 African migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.
Spokesman Ayoub Gassim said late Tuesday a wooden boat was stopped off the eastern coast of the capital, Tripoli.
Libya's coast guard has rescued more than 1,100 migrants this week, including dozens of women and children.
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libya's national oil firm tied to the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli says the self-styled Libyan National Army has "no legal authority" to hand over management of vital oil terminals to a rival firm controlled by an interim government in the east.
ROME (AP) — Italy's populist interior minister returned from a quick trip to Libya on Monday expressing confidence in his decision to close Italian ports to migrants while pressuring the rest of Europe to help the North African country secure its borders.
Libyan forces say they have retaken oil ports
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyan forces say they have regained full control of vital oil terminals in the east after a militia attacked the facilities two weeks ago.
Ahmed al-Mesmari, a spokesman for the self-styled Libyan National Army, told reporters Monday that the LNA returned the oil ports of Ras Lanuf and al-Sidr to Libya's national oil firm, which is controlled by an interim government in the east.
CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard has rescued three groups of more than 520 African migrants, including at least 10 women and 49 children, and recovered four bodies in the Mediterranean Sea east of the capital, Tripoli, over two days, a spokesman said Thursday.
CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard says it has recovered the bodies of five migrants and rescued 186 others, including women and children, in separate operations in the Mediterranean Sea.
Navy spokesman Ayoub Jassem says the migrants, who were found on Sunday and Monday, were taken to a navy base in the capital, Tripoli, and a refugee camp in the town of Tawergha.
CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard has intercepted more than 150 migrants, including women and children, in the Mediterranean Sea.
It says two boats were stopped Saturday off the coast of the western Zuwara district and the capital, Tripoli. It says the boats were carrying 152 migrants, including 19 women and three children.
The migrants, who were from African and Arab countries, were taken a naval base in Tripoli.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Libya warned Monday that the oil-rich country's "perverse economic model" based on corruption and trafficking in people and goods "must be shattered" to end its political crisis and progress toward stability and democratic elections this year.
Friday’s Iowa Track Results
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BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libya's navy says it has rescued 180 African and Arab migrants headed to Europe across the Mediterranean Sea.
Navy spokesman Ayoub Jassem says the migrants were mostly men form Syria, Egypt and the Comoros Islands who were picked up in waters near Qura, a town near the capital Tripoli.
Authorities have transferred the group to Tripoli's naval base where they were given humanitarian and medical assistance before being handed over to Libya's Immigration Control Agency.