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Libya’s UN-supported government’s interior minister Fathi Bashagha is interviewed on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 in Tripoli Libya.  Bashagha says he hopes that bringing stability to his war-torn country will become a top priority for the Biden administration. Bashagha also told The Associated Press he would be ready to take on the role of prime minister in a yet-to-be-formed unity government.   (AP Photo/Hazem Turkia)

AP interview: Libyan minister hopes for support from Biden

Jan. 8, 2021 11:56 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The powerful interior minister of Libya’s U.N.-backed government, seen as a contender for the post of prime minister, has expressed hopes that bringing stability to his war-torn country would become a top priority for the incoming Biden administration. He also announced an...

Rights group: Tripoli should probe town's 338 missing people

Jan. 7, 2021 8:36 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A leading rights group on Thursday urged Libya's U.N.-backed government to investigate the fate of hundreds of people missing from a key town near the capital, Tripoli. Dozens of mass graves were found there after the withdrawal of a much-feared militia last summer. In a statement, Human...

UN chief recommends Libya cease-fire monitors based in Sirte

Jan. 4, 2021 11:20 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is recommending that international monitors be deployed to Libya under a U.N. umbrella to observe the October cease-fire agreement from a base in the strategic city of Sirte, the gateway to the country's major oil fields and export terminals. The...

FILE - In this May 9, 2019 file photo, provided by Egypt's presidency media office, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, right, walks with military commander Khalifa Hifter, the head of the self-styled Libyan National Army, in Cairo, Egypt. Diplomats and intelligence officials from Egypt arrived in Libya’s capital, Tripoli on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, the most senior Egyptian delegation to visit the western part of the north African country in years. Egypt views the instability in neighboring Libya as a national security threat and has backed Hifter who controls eastern and southern Libya, and attempted to seize Tripoli in a campaign collapsed earlier this year after Turkey's heavy military support to his rivals in Tripoli. (Egyptian Presidency Media office via AP, File)

Egypt delegation visits Libyan capital, meets Tripoli gov't

Dec. 27, 2020 1:07 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian diplomats and intelligence officials arrived in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Sunday, Libyan officials said, the most senior Egyptian delegation to visit the western part of the conflict-stricken country in years. The Egyptian delegation was headed by Ayman Badea, the deputy chief...

UN: Libya’s rivals swap prisoners, part of cease-fire deal

Dec. 26, 2020 8:29 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s rival leaders kicked off a U.N.-brokered prisoner exchange, United Nations and Libyan officials said Saturday, which was part of a preliminary cease-fire agreement between the warring Libyan groups. The exchange of a first batch of prisoners, supervised by a joint military...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020 file photo, Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter joins a meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens.  The Libyan commander who launched an offensive last year to capture the capital Tripoli from the U.N.-recognized rival government has threatened to use force against Turkish troops if Ankara does not stop interfering in the war-stricken North African country.  Hifter’s comments come in response to the Turkish parliament’s decision to extend for 18 months a law that allows the deployment of Turkish troops to Libya. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

Commander threatens to target Turkish forces in Libya

Dec. 24, 2020 1:55 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A Libyan commander who launched an offensive last year to capture the capital Tripoli from the U.N.-recognized rival government threatened Thursday to use force against Turkish troops if Ankara doesn't stop interfering in the war-stricken North African country. Khalifa Hifter's comments came...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2017 file photo, the U.N. special envoy for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov, attends a press conference at the (UNSCO) offices in Gaza City. Mladenov has turned down an offer to lead the U.N. mission in conflict-stricken Libya, according to a U.N. spokesman. Mladenov told U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, that he would not take up the position of special envoy for the North African country “for personal and family reasons,” said U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Adel Hana, File)

UN: Mladenov turns down offer to lead UN mission in Libya

Dec. 23, 2020 7:22 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Nickolay Mladenov, the U.N. special envoy for the Middle East Peace Process, has turned down an offer to lead the U.N. mission in conflict-stricken Libya, according to a U.N. spokesman. Mladenov told U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday that he would not take up the position of...

Turkish parliament extends law for troop deployment to Libya

Dec. 23, 2020 1:46 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s parliament extended for 18 months a law that allows the deployment of Turkish troops to Libya. The bill renewed a one-year mandate that came into force in January following a security and military agreement with the U.N.-backed administration in Tripoli, in western Libya. ...

Attorney General William Barr speaks during a news conference, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020 at the Justice Department in Washington. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP)

Justice Dept. charges bombmaker in 1988 Pan Am explosion

Dec. 21, 2020 10:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department announced new charges Monday against a Libyan bombmaker in the 1988 explosion of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, an attack that killed 259 people in the air and 11 on the ground. The charges were revealed on the 32nd anniversary of the bombing and in the...

UN: At least 120 migrants intercepted off Libya's coast

Dec. 17, 2020 11:22 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — More than 120 Europe-bound migrants, including eight women and 28 children, were intercepted in the Mediterranean Sea by Libya's coast guard, the U.N. migration agency said on Thursday. The International Organization for Migration tweeted that a vessel carrying the migrants was stopped late...