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FILE - In this June 4, 2020 file photo, Fayez Sarraj, the head of Libya's internationally-recognized government, speaks at a joint news conference with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Ankara, Turkey.   Libya’s U.N.-supported government Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, announced a cease-fire across the oil-rich country and called for demilitarizing the strategic city of Sirte, which is controlled by rival forces.  (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Libyan official: Sarraj opposes oil deal with rival Hifter

Sep. 19, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libyan officials said Saturday that the leader of the U.N.-supported government would not support a deal with his primary rival in the country's civil war to lift a monthslong blockade on its vital oil trade. According to an official at his office, Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj opposed the final...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020, file, photo shows Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter during a meeting in Athens.  Libya’s U.N.-supported government Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, announced a cease-fire across the oil-rich country and called for demilitarizing the strategic city of Sirte, which is controlled by rival forces.  Fayez Sarraj, head of the Government of National Accord in the capital Tripoli, also announced parliamentary and presidential elections would be held in March. Both administrations said they want an end to an oil blockade imposed by the camp of military commander Khalifa Hifter since earlier this year.  (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

Libya's east-based commander promises end of oil blockade

Sep. 18, 2020 11:22 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Libya's commander who rules the eastern half of the country and who was behind a year-long military attempt to capture the capital, Tripoli, said Friday that oil production would restart soon, ending a months-long blockade of the nation's vital oil fields. The...

FILE- A Sept. 8, 2020 file photo released by Sri Lankan Air Force shows ships fighting fire on the MT New Diamond, about 30 nautical miles off the coast of Sri Lanka. A Sri Lankan magistrate on Thursday ordered the captain of an oil tanker that caught fire off the country's coast to appear in court as authorities seek $1.8 million from the ship’s owner for assistance provided in fighting the blazes. (Sri Lankan Air Force via AP, File)

Sri Lanka names captain of oil tanker a suspect in fire

Sep. 17, 2020 11:37 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan magistrate on Thursday ordered the captain of an oil tanker that caught fire off the country's coast to appear in court as authorities seek $1.8 million from the ship’s owner for assistance provided in fighting the blazes. On Wednesday, Attorney General Dappula...

FILE - This Dec. 22, 2018, file photo shows a pump jack over an oil well along Interstate 25 near Dacono, Colo. Federal courts have delivered a string of rebukes to the Trump administration over what they found were failures to protect the environment and address climate change as it promotes fossil fuel interests and the extraction of natural resources from public lands. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Trump's fossil fuel agenda gets pushback from federal judges

Sep. 15, 2020 12:37 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal courts have delivered a string of rebukes to the Trump administration over what they found were failures to protect the environment and address climate change as it promotes fossil fuel interests and the extraction of natural resources from public lands. Judges have ruled...

Protesters angry over the area’s crippling electricity shortages, set fire to tires on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020 in Benghazi, Libya.  Libya’s east-based parliament has convened an emergency meeting to address the eruption of rare protests over dire living conditions across the country’s east. Friday's session of the House of Representatives comes after hundreds of young Libyans flooded the streets of Benghazi and other eastern cities.  (Hakeam el-Yamany via AP)

Officials say east Libya government resigns amid protests

Sep. 13, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An interim government in eastern Libya resigned on Sunday amid street protests that erupted across the divided country over dire living conditions, officials said. Prime Minister Abdallah al-Thani submitted the resignation of his government to Aguila Saleh, speaker of the eastern-based House...

Uganda, Tanzania agree to build long heated oil pipeline

Sep. 13, 2020 12:01 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The leaders of Uganda and Tanzania have signed an agreement for the construction of what they say will be the world's longest heated oil pipeline, linking Uganda's planned oil fields in the country's west to the Indian Ocean port of Tanga. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and...

US says Libyan commander agrees to lift oil blockade

Sep. 12, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Libya said Libyan commander Khalifa Hifter agreed to reopen key oil fields and terminals no later than Saturday, a move that could advance talks between the country's warring sides closer to a political settlement to the yearslong conflict. Powerful tribes in eastern Libya...

This photo released by Sri Lankan Air Force shows ships fighting fire on the MT New Diamond, about 30 nautical miles off the coast of Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Ships and aircraft from Sri Lanka and India intensified efforts to extinguish a new fire on an oil tanker off Sri Lanka's coast on Tuesday, two days after the previous three-day blaze was doused, the navy said. (Sri Lankan Air Force via AP)

Salvagers working to repair leak on oil tanker off Sri Lanka

Sep. 11, 2020 1:58 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Expert salvagers have begun working on a fire-stricken oil tanker off Sri Lanka’s coast after an Indian coast guard aircraft sprayed dispersants to contain an oil slick coming from the vessel, the Sri Lankan navy said Friday. The MT New Diamond, which is carrying nearly 2...

A boarding team board the Merchant Vessel Royal Diamond 7, in international waters, 150 kilometers north of the Libyan city of Derna, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. The European Union maritime force enforcing the U.N. arms embargo on Libya said Thursday it re-directed a tanker headed for Libya after determining it contained jet fuel in possible violation of the embargo. The MV Royal Diamond 7 was en route early Thursday from Sharjah, United Arab Emirates to Benghazi, Libya when members of the EU force Operation Irini boarded the ship. (EUNAVFOR Med Irini/Italian Defense Ministry via AP)

EU force intercepts tanker with jet fuel headed to Libya

Sep. 10, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The European Union maritime force enforcing the U.N. arms embargo on Libya said Thursday it intercepted and redirected a tanker headed for Libya after determining it was carrying jet fuel in possible violation of the ban. The MV Royal Diamond 7 was en route Thursday from Sharjah, United Arab...

This photo released by the semi-official Fars News Agency shows Iranian troops participating in a military drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, Iran, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. Units from the navy, air force and ground forces are participating in a nearly 2 million-square-kilometer (772,200-square-mile) area of the Gulf of Oman. (Mehdi Marizad/Fars News Agency via AP)

Iran begins expansive annual war games amid tensions with US

Sep. 10, 2020 7:26 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s military Thursday began an expansive annual three-day exercise near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, state TV reported, with the maneuvers taking place amid heightened tensions between the Islamic Republic and the U.S. Units from the navy, air force and ground forces are...