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From left: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian arrive for a meeting about Libya alongside the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Powers renew pledge to uphold Libya arms embargo

Feb. 16, 2020 7:37 AM EST

MUNICH (AP) — Countries with interests in Libya's civil war recommitted themselves Sunday to uphold a barely working arms embargo, four weeks after a peace summit in Berlin was followed by numerous new arms violations, officials from Germany and the U.N. said. Germany and the U.N., which co-hosted the Jan....

Mourners carry coffins during a funeral of military cadets in Tripoli, Libya, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. Health officials said the death toll from the airstrike climbed to at least 30 people, most of them students and over 30 others were wounded. The airstrike took place in the city's south late Saturday, an area which has seen heavy clashes in recent months. Forces based in eastern Libya and led by Gen. Khalifa Hifter have been fighting to seize the capital from the weak but U.N.-supported government. (AP Photo/Hazem Ahmed)

EU officials push for bloc to enforce Libya arms embargo

Feb. 14, 2020 8:15 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — European Union officials are seeking support from member states to have naval ships enforce the U.N. arms embargo against Libya, according to a confidential memo obtained Friday by The Associated Press. The proposal from the EU's diplomatic service, dated Feb. 12, suggests the bloc's largely...

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2020 file photo, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, shakes hands with Fayez Sarraj, the head of Libya's internationally-recognized government, prior to their meeting in Istanbul. Two Libyan militia commanders and a Syrian war monitor group say Turkey is deploying Syrian extremists to fight in Libya's civil war. These extremists are affiliated with groups like al-Qaida and the Islamic State. They're fighting as mercenaries on behalf of the United Nations-supported government in Libya. The Libyan sources told The Associated Press that Turkey has airlifted more than 2,500 foreign fighters into Tripoli, and that “dozens” are extremist-affiliated. (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool, File)

Officials: Eastern forces bomb Tripoli neighborhoods, 1 dead

Feb. 13, 2020 3:14 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s eastern-based forces indiscriminately shelled residential neighborhoods around the capital on Thursday, health authorities reported, killing one woman and wounding at least four civilians. The renewed clashes came just hours after the United Nations Security Council endorsed a...

UN council endorses 55-point road map to end war in Libya

Feb. 12, 2020 9:18 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council endorsed a 55-point road map for ending the war in Libya on Wednesday and condemned the recent increase in violence in the oil-rich North African country. The vote on the British-drafted resolution was 14-0, with Russia abstaining even though Russian...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2011, file, photo taken on a government-organized tour, airplanes are parked in the tarmac of the international airport in Tripoli, Libya. The only functioning airport in Libya's capital suspended its operations after coming under attack Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, airport authorities said, despite a tenuous truce that world powers have pushed warring parties to respect. Authorities at Mitiga airport said six Grad missiles crashed into the tarmac. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)

UN says rival force is blocking OK for UN flights to Libya

Feb. 12, 2020 2:24 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations said Wednesday its regular flights have not been granted permission to land in Libya by the self-styled Libyan Arab Armed Forces led by Gen. Khalifa Hifter. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the U.N. mission in Libya was concerned that its regular flights into...

UN to vote on endorsing road map to end the war in Libya

Feb. 11, 2020 10:39 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is set to vote Wednesday on a resolution that would endorse a 55-point road map for ending the war in Libya and condemn the recent increase in violence. The British-drafted resolution demands the warring parties “commit to a lasting cease-fire”...

Libya's oil corporation: blockade losses exceed $1.3 billion

Feb. 11, 2020 6:04 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Economic fallout continues from the shutdown of Libya’s vital oil fields, with losses surpassing $1.3 billion, the national oil corporation announced Tuesday. The latest contest over oil assets in Libya started last month, when powerful tribes loyal to eastern-based forces laying siege...

In this image provided by the Turkish Military, members of Turkish forces, left, approach migrants aboard a dinghy in the mid Mediterranean Sea, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020.  The military said that a military ship, TCG Gaziantep, assisted the migrants and provided medical aid before handing them over to the Libyan Coast Guard. The frigate is in the region to support NATO's Mediterranean Shield Operation and to assist NATO's Marine Guard Operation. (Turkish Military via AP)

Coast guard catches and returns 81 migrants off Libyan coast

Feb. 11, 2020 5:52 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The Libyan coast guard apprehended 81 migrants off the coast of Libya and returned them to the capital of the war-ravaged country, the U.N. migration agency said Tuesday. The International Organization for Migration said that the coast guard plucked the migrants, among them 18 women and four...

UN refugee agency: Major rise in migrants stopped off Libya

Feb. 9, 2020 2:32 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency reported Friday that the total number of migrants intercepted by the Libyan coast guard in the past month rose 121% from the same period last year. The UNHCR said in January alone, it registered 1,040 refugees and migrants the coast guard stopped and brought back to...

FILE - In this Aug 31, 2019 file photo, fighters of the 'Shelba' unit, a militia allied with the U.N.-supported Libyan government, aim at enemy positions at the Salah-addin neighborhood front line in Tripoli, Libya. Two Libyan militia commanders and a Syrian war monitor group say Turkey is deploying Syrian extremists to fight in Libya's civil war. These extremists are affiliated with groups like al-Qaida and the Islamic State. They're fighting as mercenaries on behalf of the United Nations-supported government in Libya. The Libyan sources told The Associated Press that Turkey has airlifted more than 2,500 foreign fighters into Tripoli, and that “dozens” are extremist-affiliated. (AP Photo/Ricard Garcia Vilanova, File)

UN envoy says push continues toward cease-fire deal in Libya

Feb. 6, 2020 2:23 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N.’s special representative for Libya said Thursday the country’s warring sides are working to turn a provisional cease-fire into a formal agreement as they emerged from four days of talks, a prospect that appears to face steep obstacles. Ghassan Salame, head of the United...