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Dozens of migrants missing after boat capsizes off Libya

Mar. 21, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Dozens are missing and bodies have washed ashore after a boat carrying 44 migrants seeking a better life in Europe capsized off the coast of Libya, officials said Thursday. Jassim Ayoub, a spokesman for the Libyan navy, said the coast guard of the western city of Sabratha has rescued 17...

UN envoy urges Libya rivals to unite at April conference

Mar. 20, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Libya on Wednesday urged rival factions to seize the "crucial opportunity" of a National Conference next month to unite the country and chart a roadmap to peace after years of division and chaos. If the opportunity isn't seized, Ghassan Salame warned, "we will be...

UN probing North Korea sanctions violations in 20 countries

Mar. 11, 2019 9:16 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say they are investigating possible violations of United Nations sanctions on North Korea in about 20 countries, from alleged clandestine nuclear procurement in China to arms brokering in Syria and military cooperation with Iran, Libya and Sudan. The expert panel's...

US general: Troops cuts don't impact Somalia, Libya missions

Mar. 7, 2019 6:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Planned troop cuts on the African continent will have no impact on counterterror operations in Libya and Somalia, where American airstrikes target insurgents, the top U.S. commander for Africa told Congress Thursday. General Thomas D. Waldhauser, head of U.S. Africa Command, said about...

Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria FMs take part in talks on Libya

Mar. 5, 2019 2:25 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday hosted talks with the foreign ministers of Algeria and Tunisia, Libya's neighbors to the west, days after Libya's rival governments agreed to hold elections. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Algeria's Abdelkader Messahel and Tunisia's Khemais...

UN condemns violence against detained migrants in Libya

Mar. 5, 2019 12:23 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N.'s migration agency is condemning violence against protesting migrants in a detention center in Libya's capital. Tuesday's statement by the International Organization for Migration calls for urgent access to individuals who have been removed from the Trig al-Sikka detention center in...

Libya's national oil company to reopen major oil field

Mar. 5, 2019 5:20 AM EST

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libya's National Oil Corporation says production is to resume within hours at the southwestern Sharara oil field after control was retaken from an armed group last month. The militia's blockade had cost the state oil company around $1.8 billion in lost production. NOC chairman...

Spokesman: Libyan strongman's forces control south

Mar. 3, 2019 6:08 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A spokesman for the forces of a Libyan strongman based in the country's east says his self-styled Libyan National Army has seized control of Libya's southern border with Algeria. The spokesman, Ahmed al-Mesmari, says Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter's troops entered several southern towns,...

UN chief welcomes Libya rivals' agreement to hold elections

Mar. 2, 2019 5:13 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general has welcomed an agreement between rival Libyan leaders to hold elections. The agreement came in a meeting Wednesday in the United Arab Emirates' capital between Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, head of Libya's U.N.-recognized government in Tripoli in the...

Rubio warns Venezuela regime in jab at critics over tweets

Feb. 26, 2019 10:15 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a fierce critic of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, warned Tuesday that tyrants often believe they're invulnerable — his first, indirect reference to his own cryptic tweeted images over the weekend showing dictators during their brutal downfalls. Venezuela has...