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Turkish parliament backs contentious deal with Libya

Dec. 5, 2019 12:40 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s parliament on Thursday endorsed a controversial deal on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean reached between Turkey and Libya's U.N.-supported government. Legislators approved the agreement which would give Turkey access to an economic zone across the...

Libyan officials collect evidence of Russian fighters in war

Dec. 5, 2019 3:31 AM EST

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Officials in Libya’s U.N.-supported government say they plan to confront Moscow over the alleged deployment of Russian mercenaries fighting alongside their opponents in the country’s civil war. Libyan and U.S. officials accuse Russia of deploying fighters through a...

Libya health ministry: Airstrike in Tripoli kills 4 children

Dec. 2, 2019 11:15 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An airstrike that hit a civilian area in a southern neighborhood of the Libyan capital killed at least four children, the country’s health ministry said Monday. Tripoli has been the scene of fighting since April between the self-styled Libyan National Army, led by Gen. Khalifa Hifter,...

Greece to ask for NATO’s support in dispute with Turkey

Dec. 1, 2019 11:16 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s prime minister said Sunday he will ask other NATO members at the alliance’s London summit to support Greece in the face of fellow member Turkey’s attempts to encroach on Greek sovereignty, notably last week’s agreement with Libya delineating...

UN tries to cut numbers at EU-funded migrant center in Libya

Nov. 30, 2019 11:38 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency plans to cut the number of migrants staying at an overcrowded transit center in Libya’s capital, a spokesman said Saturday. Libya is a major waypoint for migrants fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East to Europe. “The situation is very...

Greek minister heads to Cairo for talks over sea dispute

Nov. 30, 2019 10:26 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s foreign minister will hold talks in Cairo with his Egyptian counterpart on Sunday about agreement between Turkey and Libya’s U.N.-backed government to delineate the maritime boundaries between the two countries. Greece, Egypt and Cyprus have strongly criticized...

Cyprus, Greece decry Turkey-Libya maritime border deal

Nov. 29, 2019 8:50 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus and Greece have strongly criticized an agreement between Turkey and Libya’s U.N.-backed government to delineate the maritime boundaries between the two countries, describing it as a serious breach of international law that disregards the lawful rights of other eastern...

Libya’s eastern parliament condemns deal with Turkey

Nov. 28, 2019 10:28 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s eastern parliament denounced Thursday a maritime and security cooperation deal between the Tripoli-based U.N.-backed government and Turkey as a “flagrant breach” of the country’s security and sovereignty. This parliament is allied with the self-styled Libyan...

Clashes halt production at Libyan oil field

Nov. 27, 2019 1:12 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The Libyan national oil company says it has suspended operations at a key oil field due to fighting between armed factions. In a statement Wednesday, company chairman Mustafa Sanalla declared the El-Fil oil field nonoperational after clashes erupted and militants allied with the U.N.-supported...

Egypt sentences high-profile Islamist militant to death

Nov. 27, 2019 11:41 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court sentenced one of the country’s most high-profile militants to death Wednesday for his participation in scores of attacks on government targets. The military court said in a statement that it convicted Hisham el-Ashmawi, a former special forces officer turned Islamist...