Latest Libya News

Libya's Hifter tells Macron no cease-fire without negotiator

May. 22, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Libyan commander Khalifa Hifter said in a meeting on Wednesday with French President Emmanuel Macron that he cannot work toward a cease-fire because he has no one with whom to negotiate. Hifter opened a military offensive on the Libyan capital of Tripoli in early April despite commitments to...

Tunisia frees United Nations expert suspected of espionage

May. 22, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A United Nations expert monitoring sanctions against Libya has left neighboring Tunisia after being jailed for nearly two months on suspicion of espionage. The U.N. office in Tunis said Moncef Kartas was released Tuesday on a provisional basis pending further investigation and is...

UN envoy warns Libya is on verge of descending to civil war

May. 21, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Libya warned Tuesday that the oil-rich nation "is on the verge of descending into a civil war" that could divide the country and imperil the security of its neighbors and the wider Mediterranean region. Ghassan Salame told the Security Council that extremists from...

Libyan National Army hires firm to forge closer ties with US

May. 21, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Libyan general who has gained control of the city of Benghazi and is believed to have ties to the CIA has hired a Texas-based lobbying firm to help him forge closer relations with the U.S. as he seeks to defeat rival militias and consolidate his hold on the North African country. Field...

UN says Tunisian court has decided to release UN expert

May. 21, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. said it was informed that a Tunisian appeals court decided Tuesday to release Mocef Kartas, a U.N. expert monitoring sanctions against Libya, who was arrested following his arrival in Tunis on March 26 on suspicion of espionage. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the U.N....

Former Obama official Susan Rice has book out in October

May. 21, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Susan E. Rice, the former national security adviser and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has a book coming out this fall. "Tough Love" will be published Oct. 8, Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday. She will reflect on challenges and controversies that arose during the Obama...

Libyan capital, under siege, gets water back after 2 days

May. 21, 2019 5:53 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Authorities say the Libyan capital, which has been under attack by commander Khalifa Hifter's forces since last month, has seen its water supplies resume two days after gunmen shut the pipes down, depriving over 2 million residents of water. The Interior Ministry says the gunmen on...

Hifter's rule brings security to eastern Libya, at a cost

May. 21, 2019 5:51 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — After years of assassinations, bombings and militia firefights, Libya's eastern city of Benghazi finally feels safe again — but security has come at a heavy cost. Uniformed police are out at major intersections, cafes and restaurants stay open late into the night, and local...

UN: Armed group closed water supply valves in Libya capital

May. 20, 2019 9:01 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An armed group stormed the main water distribution station in Libya's capital and closed valves supplying Tripoli and cities in the northwest, potentially affecting some two million people, the United Nations said Monday. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said U.N. humanitarian...

Libyan fighters in Tripoli get armored vehicles from abroad

May. 19, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Fighters allied with the U.N.-recognized government in Libya's capital said they have received armored vehicles and "quality weapons" despite a U.N. arms embargo on the country. A Facebook page linked to the Tripoli government posted photos on Saturday appearing to show more than a dozen...