Latest Libya News

Libya's largest oil field shut down over pipeline closure

Jul. 21, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's national oil company has suspended operations at the country's largest oil field over the "unlawful" closure of a pipeline valve, in a country torn by war between rival authorities in the east and west, each backed by various militias. The National Oil Corporation announced the move...

Hifter calls on youth to help with battle for Tripoli

Jul. 20, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The commander of the self-styled Libyan National Army has called on young people in Tripoli to join its offensive to capture the capital from the U.N.- backed government based there amid warnings from the international community of military escalation and targeting of civilians. The LNA, led...

Tripoli parliament warns of airstrikes by Hifter's allies

Jul. 19, 2019 9:48 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's parliament based in the west says it has gathered intelligence warning of the use of possible airstrikes on Tripoli by allies of commander Khalifa Hifter, who launched a military offensive in April to capture the capital from the U.N.-backed government. The Tripoli-based High Council...

Migrants in Libya detention center detail dire conditions

Jul. 18, 2019 8:50 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Migrants held at a small, dilapidated detention center in the southern Libyan city of Sabha say they are being neglected by international organizations and often go hungry due to lack of food. One of the detained is Ahmed Saleh Ibrahim, a 19-year-old Sudanese who made his way into...

Libya's UN-backed government says female lawmaker abducted

Jul. 18, 2019 7:03 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's U.N.-backed government has accused forces loyal to a military commander battling to capture Tripoli of abducting a female lawmaker known for her critical views of his military operations. The Tripoli-based government, which is at odds with commander Khalifa Hifter and the rival,...

Manchester Arena bombing suspect denies 22 counts of murder

Jul. 18, 2019 6:37 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The brother of the suicide bomber who killed almost two dozen people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester two years ago appeared in court Thursday to face 22 charges of murder. Hashem Abedi's lawyer, Zafar Ali, said his client denied the charges. The 22-year-old is the younger brother of...

Brother of Manchester Arena suicide bomber arrested in UK

Jul. 17, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A key suspect in the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing that killed 22 people was arrested Wednesday at a London airport after being extradited from Libya, British police said. Greater Manchester Police said Hashem Abedi, the younger brother of suicide bomber Salman Abedi, has been arrested for...

Officials: Migrants return to bombed Libya detention center

Jul. 16, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A Libyan detention center where an airstrike killed more than 50 people two weeks ago is filling with migrants again, and work has resumed at a nearby weapons workshop, despite calls from the United Nations to empty the compound and others like it near the front-lines of the country's civil...

Libya says it intercepts boat with 53 migrants off coast

Jul. 13, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard says it has intercepted a rubber boat carrying 53 African migrants bound for Europe, including 10 women and a child, off its Mediterranean coast. Spokesman Ayoub Gassim says the African migrants were intercepted Saturday near the western Libyan coastal city of Sabratha,...

Libya says 23 Europe-bound migrants intercepted off coast

Jul. 12, 2019 7:29 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard says it intercepted a vessel carrying 23 Europe-bound migrants, including two women, off the country's Mediterranean coast. The Libyan naval media office said Thursday that the migrants were from Egypt, Sudan and Libya, and had been picked up the previous day 18 miles north...