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Libyan officials say UN-sanctioned human trafficker freed

Apr. 12, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libyan authorities released one of the country’s most wanted human traffickers less than four months after his arrest in Tripoli, security officials said Monday. Abdel-Rahman Milad, who was sanctioned by the U.N. Security Council, walked free Sunday,...

In his first travel abroad, new Italian PM visits Libya

Apr. 06, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Italy’s prime minister on a visit Tuesday to the Libyan capital of Tripoli — his first trip abroad since taking office — lauded the North African country’s efforts to curb the flow of migrants to Europe. Following in the footsteps of...

European leader urges foreign fighters to leave Libya

Apr. 04, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The European Union on Sunday called for the departure of all foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya, describing it as a “precondition” for a return to stability in the war-torn country. At a news conference in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, EU Council...

Libya officials say over 100 eastern war prisoners released

Mar. 31, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Forces in western Libya on Wednesday released more than 100 prisoners who had been captured while fighting under the banner of the country's eastern-based commander, in a gesture of reconciliation following recent accords, officials said. The fighters,...

EU top diplomats in Libya to support interim authorities

Mar. 25, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The foreign ministers of France, Italy and Germany met with Libyan officials Thursday to show support for the country's newly elected transitional authorities, who are expected to lead the war-stricken country through general elections by the end of 2021. ...

UN envoy demands foreign fighters and mercenaries exit Libya

Mar. 24, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The new U.N. special envoy for Libya urged foreign forces and mercenaries Wednesday to leave the conflict-stricken country as demanded in last year's cease-fire agreement. Jan Kubis, addressing the U.N. Security Council, warned against...

Eastern Libyan forces say senior local IS militant captured

Mar. 18, 2021 10:43 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Forces of Libya's eastern military strongman said they arrested a suspected senior local Islamic State fighter on Sunday in a southwestern town known to be a militant hideout. Mohammed Miloud was once an IS leader in the coastal city of Sirte,...

Libya interim gov't sworn in, replaces rival administrations

Mar. 15, 2021 13:45 PM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libya on Monday swore in a new, interim government to replace the country’s rival administrations and lead the war-torn North African nation through elections later this year. Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah and his Cabinet were sworn in...

Libyan lawmakers confirm interim unity government

Mar. 10, 2021 13:02 PM EST

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyan lawmakers confirmed a newly appointed interim government on Wednesday, in the hopes it will help unify the divided, war-wrecked North African country, and shepherd it through to elections at the end of the year. “This is a historic...

UAE minister: US sanctions on Syria challenge rapprochement

Mar. 09, 2021 06:23 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Sweeping U.S. sanctions against the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad undermine regional rapprochement efforts that could help settle the Syrian conflict, the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates said on Tuesday. In a...