Latest Libya News

Germany hosts conference to push for progress in Libya

Jun. 23, 2021 06:54 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany and the United Nations are bringing together representatives of Libya with powers that have interests in the country at a conference Wednesday which aims for progress toward securing elections in the North African nation and the removal of foreign fighters. ...

Aid group halts work in migrant detention centers in Libya

Jun. 22, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Aid group Doctors Without Borders said Tuesday it is suspending activities in two overcrowded Libyan detention centers in Tripoli due to increased violence, abuse and ill treatment of migrants and refugees held there by Libyan authorities. Beatrice Lau,...

Libya's interim government reopens Mediterranean highway

Jun. 20, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s interim authorities reopened on Sunday the Mediterranean coastal highway linking the country’s long-divided eastern and western cities, in the latest bid to reunite the territories after years of civil war. The announcement comes three days...

Libyan guards accused of sexually assaulting minors

Jun. 20, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — When Libyan security forces rescued her earlier this year, the young Somali woman thought it would be the end of her suffering. For more than two years, she had been imprisoned and sexually abused by human traffickers notorious for extorting, torturing and assaulting migrants...

UN: Over 270 migrants rescued and detained in Libya

Jun. 17, 2021 06:56 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Over 270 Europe-bound migrants were rescued by a commercial ship near Libya's Mediterranean shores and handed over to the Libyan coast guard who sent them to detention centers, the U.N. migration and refugee agencies said. The migrants were rescued in...

UN says over 200 migrants intercepted off Libyan shores

Jun. 11, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — More than 200 migrants bound for Europe were intercepted on Friday by Libya's coast guard just off the shore of the North African country, a U.N. spokeswoman said. Safa Msehli, a spokeswoman for the International Organization for Migration, tweeted that...

Rights group urges abolition of restrictive NGO law in Libya

Jun. 04, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A leading rights group urged Libya's transitional authorities on Friday to revoke or amend legislation that imposes sweeping restrictions on civil society. Human Rights Watch issued a statement condemning a 2019 decree that includes “burdensome...

Spain reopens its embassy in Libya after 7 years of closure

Jun. 03, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Spain’s prime minister was in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Thursday to reopen his country’s embassy and show support for Libya’s new interim authorities entrusted with leading the nation out of years of civil war. Premier Pedro Sánchez held...

Germany, UN to host conference on Libya in Berlin on June 23

Jun. 01, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany and the United Nations plan to host a conference on Libya this month in Berlin, a gathering that aims to bring together powers with interests in the North African country and its transitional government. The agenda for the June 23 conference...

UN says bodies of 3 migrant children wash ashore in Libya

May. 31, 2021 17:38 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The bodies of three children who apparently were among Europe-bound migrants drowned in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya washed ashore in the North African country, the U.N. children agency said Monday. The bodies were found last week near the coastal town...