Latest Libya News

130 Europe-bound migrants feared dead off Libyan coast

Apr. 23, 2021 04:50 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — More than 100 Europe-bound migrants are feared dead in a shipwreck off the Libyan Mediterranean coast, independent rescue groups said. SOS Mediterranee, which operates the rescue vessel Ocean Viking, said late Thursday that the wreck of a rubber boat,...

UN concerned over halt of oil production in eastern Libya

Apr. 22, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations voiced concern Thursday over the recent halt of oil production at a Libyan eastern terminal and more imminent shutdowns of oil facilities prompted by a budget dispute. On Monday, Libya's National Oil Corporation said it had interrupted...

Chad rebels threaten to depose slain president's son

Apr. 21, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — Rebels in Chad threatened to depose the son of the country's slain president after he was named interim leader of the strategic central African nation, raising the specter Wednesday of a violent power struggle. It was not certain how close the...

Egypt's premier visits Libya to discuss trade, other ties

Apr. 20, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s prime minister visited Libya's capital Tuesday to discuss trade and other ties with the newly appointed government, his office said. Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly is the most senior Egyptian official to visit Libya since the oil-rich country...

Chad army claims it has stopped rebel drive toward capital

Apr. 18, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — The Chadian military said it had halted an advance by rebels coming from neighboring Libya, but the rebel group said Sunday that it was pressing ahead after the American and British embassies warned of a possible assault on the capital in the coming days. ...

Libya welcomes UN decision to deploy cease-fire monitors

Apr. 17, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s transitional government on Saturday welcomed a U.N. Security Council decision to deploy international monitors to watch over a nearly six-month-old cease-fire in the conflict-stricken country. The Government of National Unity also urged the...

UN agrees to deploy cease-fire monitors in Libya

Apr. 16, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has authorized international monitors to watch over a nearly six-month-old cease-fire agreement in Libya as the country heads toward December elections after a decade of fighting and upheaval. In a vote announced Friday,...

UNHCR appeals to Italy not to impede migrants rescue boats

Apr. 16, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The head of the U.N. refugee agency on Friday said he has urged Italy not to unnecessarily impede NGOs that operate migrant rescue ships in the central Mediterranean, as warmer weather is expected to bring the usual seasonal uptick in the departure of smugglers’ boats from...

Libyan leader meets top Russian officials, speaks with Putin

Apr. 15, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The head of Libya’s interim government has met in Moscow with Russia’s prime minister and security council head, and spoke by telephone with President Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin said Putin told Libyan premier Abdul Hamid Dbeibah in Thursday's...

UN Security Council votes on monitors of Libya cease-fire

Apr. 15, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is voting on a draft resolution that urges all foreign forces and mercenaries to leave Libya and authorizes a small U.N. team to monitor last October’s cease-fire agreement that ordered their departure. The...