Libya


Libyan PM tries to reassert authority

32 minutes ago

Libya's acting prime minister sought to reassert authority over his turbulent country by naming a new cabinet but some lawmakers threatened to veto his choices.

3 killed in shelling outside Tripoli

2014-09-17 14:35

Three people have been killed in shelling outside the Libyan capital after militia fighting in the area announced the death of one of their commanders, a report says.

9 migrants rescued, many feared dead off Malta

2014-09-13 12:31

Maltese and Italian vessels are searching for more than 20 migrants feared dead after a boat carrying them sunk 480km south east of Malta.

Libyan assembly: Charter vote set for March

2014-09-11 12:40

Libya's state-news agency says that a referendum on the draft constitution will be held in March, a possible breakthrough for the country in conflict.

Libya militia attacks amount to war crimes - HRW

2014-09-08 20:31

Libya militia which fought fierce five-week battle for control of Tripoli’s international airport committed "war crimes" against civilians, HRW says.

Quarter million flee militia fighting in Libya

2014-09-04 21:17

The UN is reporting that Libya militia fighting has forced 250 000 to flee their homes.

Fighter jet crash kills 5 in Libya

2014-09-04 08:49

A Libyan security official says a military jet has crashed in the country's eastern city of Tobruk, killing the pilot and four other people.

Libyan PM re-appointed amid chaos

2014-09-01 20:20

Libya's parliament has reappointed Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni as the government has lost control of ministries in the capital.

Libya: We’ve lost control of most Tripoli ministries

2014-09-01 14:36

Libya’s government says it has lost control of most ministries and state institutions located in Tripoli after rival armed groups took over the capital.

Libya finds 15 migrants' bodies near boat

2014-08-31 20:18

Libyan coastguards have found 15 bodies of sub-Saharan African migrants floating in the sea near a ripped inflatable boat, east of the capital.

Libya's interim government resigns

2014-08-29 07:55

Libya's interim government, led by prime minister Abdullah al-Thani, has announced it has tendered its resignation to the elected parliament, days after a rival Islamist administration was created.

Libya ministers resign over militia fighting

2014-08-27 16:02

The official Libyan news agency says six ministers have resigned after accusing the government of taking sides in escalating battles among rival militias.

UN envoy opposes foreign intervention in Libya

2014-08-26 17:47

The newly appointed UN envoy to Libya says he doesn’t believe foreign intervention of any kind can halt the north African country’s turmoil as political divisions and infighting push it deeper into chaos.

Troubled Libya faces duelling governments

2014-08-26 07:58

Libya's past, Islamist-dominated parliament has reconvened and voted to disband the country’s current interim government.

Libya neighbours back Egypt call to disarm militias

2014-08-25 21:15

Libya's neighbours have backed an Egyptian call for rival militias in the tumultuous North African country to be disarmed.

220 migrants die in 3 shipwrecks off Libya, Italy

2014-08-25 14:44

More than 220 migrants have been reported dead following three shipwrecks at the weekend off the coast of Libya and Italy.

Libya's neighbours fear spill over of violence

2014-08-25 13:06

Egypt's foreign minister has called for an international push to disband militias in neighbouring Libya, where weeks of inter-militia fighting have wreaked havoc in the country.

More than 250 migrants may have died in shipwreck off Libya

2014-08-24 17:20

More than 250 migrants may have died when a boat sank a kilometre off the Libyan coast, a coastguard official says.

Boat with 170 on board sinks off Libyan coast

2014-08-23 16:31

A wooden boat with around 170 African migrants on board trying to reach Europe has sunk in rough seas off the Libyan coast, a spokesperson for the Libyan navy says.

Migrants feared lost at sea off Libya

2014-08-22 22:32

A Libyan coastguard official says a boat carrying 170 illegal migrants from sub-Saharan Africa is feared lost at sea.

Tunisia, Cairo airport closes air routes to and from Libya

2014-08-21 20:40

Tunisia and Egypt’s Cairo airport have cancelled all flights to Libya, officials in the three countries have said.

Extremists 'told family Foley would be killed'

2014-08-21 08:01

Jihadists told the family of American journalist James Foley this month that he would be executed, one of the media outlets he worked for says, after he was beheaded.

Libya restarts oil exports from biggest port

2014-08-20 18:38

Libya has restarted oil exports from its biggest port for the first time since the end of a year-long blockade, a boost to the government struggling with clashes.

Confusion after 'mystery jets' attack Tripoli targets

2014-08-19 07:42

Loud explosions were heard as two unidentified aircraft roared over Libya's capital, with the government saying it does not know whose aircraft attacked militia positions.

6 killed as Libyan militia is attacked in Tripoli

2014-08-18 15:50

A Libyan militia spokesperson says rockets targeting positions of an Islamist-led militia in Tripoli have killed six people.

 

Islamists launch new assault on Benghazi airport

2014-09-17 20:58

Islamist fighters have launched another offensive on the airport in Libya's Benghazi, the final redoubt in the eastern city of an ex-general who has been waging war on them.

Dozens of migrants missing in sinking off Libya coast: navy

2014-09-15 10:59

Dozens of migrants are missing and feared dead after their boat sank off the coast of Libya, a Libyan navy spokesperson says.

UN envoy calls for Libya ceasefire

2014-09-11 21:44

The UN envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon, has called for an immediate ceasefire in the chaos-hit country.

Battle for Benghazi could break up Libya

2014-09-10 10:02

Pro-government Libyan forces, already reeling from the fall of the capital, are fighting to prevent Islamist militants from seizing the eastern city of Benghazi and splitting the north African country.

Libya accuses Sudan of arming 'terror' groups

2014-09-08 05:00

Libya has accused Sudan of flying weapons to "terrorist" groups on its territory and declared Khartoum's military attache persona non grata, a government statement says.

Islamists' ammunitions sites get bombed in Libya

2014-09-04 19:31

Government forces and helicopters belonging to a Libyan renegade general have bombed ammunition sites of suspected Islamist militants in the eastern city of Benghazi.

Libyan clashes kill 31

2014-09-02 12:57

Fierce clashes in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi between Islamist militiamen and rival forces loya to a renegade general have killed 31 fighters on both sides, a security official says.

Libya chaos deepens

2014-09-01 15:41

Libya’s toothless outgoing government has admitted from its safe refuge in the east of the country that it has in effect lost control of Tripoli to armed militia.

Islamist militia now guards US Embassy in Libya

2014-09-01 12:40

An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya’s capital now guards the US embassy and its residential compound, a commander says.

Militia says it secured US compound in Libya

2014-08-31 19:31

Islamist militia group says it 'secured' a US Embassy residential compound in Libya's capital

Libya warns UN of possible slide into civil war

2014-08-27 21:58

Libya has warned the UN Security Council that the chaotic North African state could descend into full-scale civil war if heavily armed warring factions are not disarmed.

Libya air strikes show UAE willing to 'go it alone'

2014-08-26 21:03

UAE air strikes on Libya aim to prevent Islamists from controlling the violence-stricken country and sends a message to Washington that it is capable of protecting its own interests, experts say.

Libya Dawn Islamists 'reject Ansar al-Sharia terror'

2014-08-26 16:05

Islamist militia have distanced themselves from jihadists seeking Islamic law in Libya, saying they support a democratic transition, but they are also challenging the legitimacy of the newly elected parliament.

UAE aircraft bombed Islamists in Libya

2014-08-26 06:25

The United Arab Emirates has secretly sent warplanes on bombing raids against Islamist militias in Libya over the past week, using bases in Egypt, two US officials say.

Libya gets new chief of staff to tackle militia threat

2014-08-25 14:01

Parliament in Libya has named a new military chief of staff tasked with tackling armed militia that control vast areas of the violence-plagued North African nation.

Islamists seize airport in Libya

2014-08-24 19:18

Islamist militias have openly challenged the legitimacy of parliament after announcing their seizure of Tripoli airport, plunging Libya's rocky political transition into fresh crisis.

Militia in Libya claims control of Tripoli airport

2014-08-24 14:16

An Islamist Libyan militia says it has captured the main airport in the capital Tripoli from a rival militia.

Airstrikes in Libya's capital kill 15

2014-08-23 12:00

A senior Islamist militia leader says two airstrikes targeting its positions in Libya's capital, Tripoli, have killed 15 fighters and wounded 20.

Libya football stadium hosts videotaped execution

2014-08-22 16:04

An Islamist armed group carried out a videotaped execution of an Egyptian man in a football stadium in Libya, in what Amnesty says highlights the country’s descent into lawlessness.

Heavy fighting erupts in Libya's Benghazi, 5 dead

2014-08-21 08:02

Clashes between irregular forces of a renegade general and Islamists have erupted in Libya’s eastern Benghazi city, killings at least five people, medical and military sources say.

Thuds from Liby set rhythm of Tripoli life

2014-08-20 21:14

Regular thuds from rival militias' battles near Tripoli airport set the rhythm of daily life for the Libyan capital's residents, busy coping with power cuts and petrol shortages.

Rockets fly into affluent Tripoli district

2014-08-19 19:53

Libyan militias have fired rockets into an affluent district of Tripoli, moving a battle with a rival faction closer to the capital after fighters on one side came under air attack.

Libya: Unclear who did Tripoli airstrikes

2014-08-18 21:20

The Libyan government does not yet know which group carried out the aerial bombing of militia positions in Tripoli.

Unidentified war planes, explosions heard in Tripoli

2014-08-18 08:09

Unidentified war planes are flying over the Libyan capital Tripoli and explosions are being heard, residents say, adding the cause is unclear.

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