Latest Tripoli News

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,...

Aid group says detained migrant killed, 2 injured in Libya

Apr. 10, 2021 07:42 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A shooting in a detention center for migrants in Libya's capital left one migrant dead and two others injured, an international charity said Saturday. The violence underscored the peril vulnerable migrants face in the conflict-torn country. The...

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...

France to reopen Libyan embassy, support interim government

Mar. 23, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France will reopen its embassy in Libya's capital Tripoli next week in a gesture of support to the conflict-ravaged country's interim government, President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday. Macron said that France owes “a debt to Libya and the Libyans, which...

Italian minister meets Libya's new Tripoli government

Mar. 21, 2021 20:10 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Italy’s top diplomat on Sunday became the most senior western official to travel to Libya after an interim government took power in the North African County. Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio met with Libya’s Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah in Tripoli...

Interim Libya government assumes power after smooth handover

Mar. 18, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — A transitional government in conflict-stricken Libya took power in the capital Tripoli on Tuesday, officially beginning a tenure designed to end with democratic elections late this year. Fayez Sarraj, head of the outgoing United Nations-supported...