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UN envoy: `Spoilers' are trying to obstruct Libyan elections

Jul. 15, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Libya accused “spoilers” on Thursday of trying to obstruct the holding of crucial elections in December to unify the divided North African nation, and the Security Council warned that any individual or group undermining the electoral...

Delegates fail to agree on legal basis for Libya elections

Jul. 03, 2021 08:29 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libyan delegates failed to agree on a legal framework to hold presidential and parliamentary elections later this year, the U.N. said Saturday, putting an agreed-upon roadmap to end the conflict there in jeopardy. The Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, a...

Judge: Libya's Hifter cannot claim immunity from civil suits

Jul. 01, 2021 13:17 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Libyan military commander who previously lived for decades in Virginia cannot claim head-of-state immunity as a defense in lawsuits accusing him of atrocities in his country's civil war, a judge ruled Thursday. Khalifa Hifter leads the...

Libya conference sees hope on elections, foreign forces

Jun. 23, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Libya's transitional government underlined its commitment to holding elections on Dec. 24 at a conference Wednesday with powers that have interests in the North African country, while the German hosts vowed to keep up pressure until all foreign forces have been withdrawn from...

Libya's interim government reopens Mediterranean highway

Jun. 20, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s interim authorities reopened on Sunday the Mediterranean coastal highway linking the country’s long-divided eastern and western cities, in the latest bid to reunite the territories after years of civil war. The announcement comes three days...

Germany, UN to host conference on Libya in Berlin on June 23

Jun. 01, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany and the United Nations plan to host a conference on Libya this month in Berlin, a gathering that aims to bring together powers with interests in the North African country and its transitional government. The agenda for the June 23 conference...

UN envoy: Failure to get rid of Libya mercenaries a threat

May. 21, 2021 20:16 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Libya warned the Security Council on Friday that progress on the key issue of withdrawing mercenaries and foreign fighters from Libya has stalled and their continued presence is a threat not only to Libya but to the entire African region. ...

Senior US diplomat in Libya to support interim government

May. 18, 2021 10:21 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A top American diplomat arrived Tuesday in Libya's capital, marking the first visit by a senior U.S. official since the U.N.-backed election of an interim government in February. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Joey Hood...

ICC prosecutor urges Libya to hand over Gadhafi's son

May. 17, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court urged Libya’s new interim government Monday to arrest the son of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi and called for mercenaries and foreign fighters to leave the North African nation without delay, warning that...

UN chief: Foreign fighters in Libya are violating cease-fire

May. 15, 2021 00:18 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief said foreign fighters and mercenaries remain in Libya in violation of last October’s cease-fire agreement and called for their withdrawal and an end to violations of the U.N. arms embargo, saying these are “critical elements” for lasting peace in...