US envoy in Libya amid political turmoil

2014-04-23 17:18

A top US diplomat was visiting Libya to meet government officials, amid political upheaval in the North African country, the State Department has said.

Libya body charged with drawing up charter starts work

2014-04-21 17:37

Libya's constituent assembly, which has been charged with drawing up a new constitution, has started its work in Al-Baida.

Libya to export first oil since rebel deal

2014-04-15 18:31

The reopened Hariga port is on course for its first export shipment since a deal to end months of closures at its main oil terminals, the National Oil Corp says.

Gunmen abduct Jordan envoy in Libya

2014-04-15 10:10

A Libyan official says several gunmen in civilian clothes and in two cars have abducted Jordan’s ambassador to Tripoli

Wanted jihadist hiding in Libya

2014-04-14 11:35

Fugitive jihadist commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar is hiding in Libya, from where he plans to mastermind terrorist attacks across Africa’s Sahel region, security sources say.

Libya's interim PM quits

2014-04-13 16:34

Libya's interim Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni has handed in his resignation to the parliament, just weeks after he was appointed to the post.

Libya's interim govt demands wider powers

2014-04-08 18:44

Libya's transitional government will resign unless it is granted greater powers by the general national congress, a spokesperson says.

Strike in Libya's Benghazi over insecurity

2014-04-07 20:26

Residents of the restive Libyan city of Benghazi have observed a general strike to protest against militant violence, as youths blocked streets in a show of support.

Libyan militia agrees to give up 4 oil terminals

2014-04-07 11:27

Libya’s main militia in the east has agreed to hand back control of four oil terminals it captured and shut down last summer in its demand for a share in oil revenues.

Libya rebels hail progress in talks

2014-04-04 07:39

Rebels demanding autonomy for eastern Libya say they have made progress in talks with the central government on reopening key oil ports that they closed to exports last July.

Libya frees 3 seized on rogue oil tanker

2014-04-01 15:48

Three Libyans who took control of a tanker illegally loaded with oil have been freed under a deal with rebels blockading terminals, a report says.

Libya burns cash to battle budget crisis

2014-03-31 15:29

Libya is burning through central bank reserves and scrapping infrastructure projects after the seizure of oil installations reduced state income almost to zero.

Gaddafi son asks for forgiveness

2014-03-29 08:12

Slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saadi has asked Libyans for forgiveness in an interview released by prison authorities three weeks after his extradition from neighbouring Niger.

Libya frees crew of tanker at rebel port

2014-03-25 11:02

Libya is set to release the crew of a tanker that loaded oil at a rebel-held port and was stopped by the US navy off Cyprus, its state prosecutor says.

Libya vows to fight 'scourge' of terrorism

2014-03-20 07:52

The Libyan government has vowed to fight terrorism, in its first acknowledgement that “terrorist groups” are behind dozens of attacks against security services and Westerners.

Rogue Libya oil ship returned

2014-03-18 07:38

US Navy Seals have captured an oil tanker that had loaded crude at a rebel-held port in eastern Libya and escaped to sea, the Pentagon says.

Car bomb in Benghazi kills at least 5

2014-03-17 15:09

A car bomb targeting a military barracks in Libya’s restive eastern city of Benghazi has killed at least five soldiers and wounded more than 10, military and hospital sources say.

Experts: Libyan arms are fuelling conflicts

2014-03-13 14:47

The United Nations experts say arms trafficking out of Libya is fuelling conflict, insecurity and terrorism on several continents.

Libyan defence minister is acting PM

2014-03-11 20:46

Libyan defence minister Abdallah al-Thinni has become acting prime minister after deputies voted Ali Zeidan out of office amid worsening disorder.

Libyan militia commander seeks US help

2014-03-11 12:26

A Libyan commander whose militia took over vital oil terminals in the country’s east says he is seeking help from the US in a standoff with the government over the seizure.

Libyan navy surrounds North Korean tanker

2014-03-10 22:27

Libyan navy and pro-government rebel forces have surrounded a North Korea-flagged tanker that was loading crude oil at the rebel-controlled eastern terminal of Sidra, a navy spokesman said Monday. Ayoub Belqassem told al-Tadamon news website that

Libya orders military force to liberate ports

2014-03-10 20:15

Libya's parliament has ordered a special force be sent within one week to "liberate" all rebel-held ports in the volatile east, officials say.

Libya protesters threaten government in oil standoff

2014-03-08 20:31

Armed protesters controlling eastern Libyan ports will respond to any central government attempts to stop them selling oil independently after a North Korean-flagged tanker docked at one of the ports.

World diplomats seek to stabilise Libya

2014-03-06 19:23

Amid growing tensions and unrest, diplomats are to focus on creating a permanent government in Libya.

Libya relocates parliament after attack

2014-03-03 21:16

Libya has moved its parliament to a new location after an attack and vandalism killed 1 and injured 6.


Libya budget cuts to offset oil losses on cards

2014-04-22 11:10

Libya must slash its budget by a third and halt infrastructure funding, says the parliament's budget committee.

Tunisian diplomat kidnapped in Libya

2014-04-17 17:36

A Tunisian diplomat has been kidnapped in Tripoli in still unknown circumstances, a Libyan security source says, just two days after armed men seized Jordan's ambassador.

Libya: Gunmen abduct Jordanian ambassador

2014-04-15 17:35

Masked gunmen have abducted the Jordanian ambassador in the Libyan capital, officials say, the latest in a wave of abductions in Libya.

Judge orders Gaddafi son tried by video link

2014-04-14 21:04

A Libyan judge in the trial of former regime officials has decided that Muammar Gaddafi's son can be tried in the proceedings via a video link.

Gaddafi sons set to appear in Libyan court

2014-04-14 10:43

Two sons of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi – along with more than 30 Gaddafi-era officials – are expected to appear in court.

Libya's Zawiya oil port reopens

2014-04-13 12:30

Libya's western Zawiya oil port has resumed operations after protesters vacated the entrance to the facilities and the adjoining refinery will restart in about 24 hours.

Libyan militant group leader found dead

2014-04-08 11:15

A Libyan security official says the leader of an al-Qaeda-inspired group believed to be behind a recent wave of assassinations of policemen and judges has been killed.

Two airlines halt Libyan flights

2014-04-07 19:29

Lufthansa and Austrian airlines have stopped flights to Libya indefinitely after a security incident at Tripoli airport two weeks ago.

Libyan activists' protest closes airport

2014-04-06 17:05

A security official in Libya says activists have blocked the road to Benghazi's international airport, which was due to dissolve two months ago.

Libyan bank staff start 2-day strike

2014-04-02 17:30

Employees at one of Libya’s biggest banks have begun a two-day strike demanding greater protection after a colleague was shot dead at work, a report says.

Libya burns cash, halts projects

2014-03-31 15:57

Libya is burning through central bank reserves and scrapping infrastructure projects to overcome its worst budget crisis after the seizure of oil installations by armed groups.

Libya passes law to organise new polls

2014-03-31 09:05

Libyan lawmakers have approved a new election law, paving the way to call general elections later this year.

Libya will become terror base, Ex-PM warns

2014-03-26 10:00

Former Libyan PM has warned that Islamist groups are sabotaging attempts to rebuild his country in order that it becomes a haven for extremists.

Seized oil tanker arrives in Tripoli

2014-03-23 11:31

A commercial oil tanker that was seized and returned by US forces after it loaded crude at a Libya port held by anti-government rebels has docked back in the capital Tripoli, says a witness.

Libyan militia commander accuses US of piracy

2014-03-18 17:01

A Libyan militia commander has accused the US of piracy after the capture of an oil tanker and has warned of civil war.

Deadly bomb at Benghazi military academy

2014-03-17 21:14

A car bomb targeting a military academy in Libya's restive eastern city of Benghazi has killed at least seven soldiers and wounded 12.

US Seals take control of rogue Libya oil ship

2014-03-17 12:07

US Navy Seals have bordered and taken control of a North Korea-flagged tanker that had loaded crude oil at a port held by rebels in eastern Libya, Pentagon says.

Libya rebels given 2 weeks to lift oil blockade

2014-03-13 07:41

The president of Libya’s congress, the country’s highest political authority, has given rebels blockading oil terminals in the east two weeks to stand down.

Libyan PM Zeidan loses confidence vote

2014-03-11 18:01

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has lost a confidence vote in parliament and will be replaced temporarily by the defence minister, parliament's spokesman Omar Hmeidan said.

Libya says its forces seize disputed oil tanker

2014-03-11 10:29

Libyan officials say that government forces have taken over a North Korean-flagged oil tanker docked at a terminal held by a regional militia.

Libya halts N Korea flagged tanker

2014-03-10 20:44

Libyan authorities said they had stopped a North Korean-flagged tanker as it tried to leave with an "illegal" shipment of crude oil from a rebel-held port.

Libyan navy deploys to stop rebel oil shipment

2014-03-10 08:14

The Libyan navy has moved to stop a North Korean ship from leaving a rebel-held port loaded with oil, as the US accused the separatists of theft and warned any buyers could face sanctions.

Tension in Libya could slide towards chaos

2014-03-07 10:09

Western countries have voiced concern that tensions in Libya could slip out of control in the absence of a functioning political system.

Niger hands Gaddafi son over to Libya

2014-03-06 10:21

Niger has turned a son of the late dictator Muammar Gaddafi over to Libyan authorities, the Tripoli government says, as a government-allied militia released pictures of him in captivity.

Libya vows to stick to democratic path

2014-03-03 14:32

Libyan authorities have vowed to stick to the “democratic path” in the face of mounting lawlessness in which two MPs were shot when protesters stormed the country’s transitional parliament.

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