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Libyan fighters in Tripoli get armored vehicles from abroad

May. 19, 2019 8:26 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Fighters allied with the U.N.-recognized government in Libya's capital say they have received armored vehicles and "quality weapons" despite a U.N. arms embargo on the country. A Facebook page linked to the Tripoli government posted photos appearing to show more than a dozen armored vehicles...

Libyan officials: Militants kill 3 troops at LNA checkpoint

May. 18, 2019 5:13 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyan officials say Islamic State militants have killed at least three troops in an attack on a checkpoint in a desert town. A statement by the self-styled Libyan National Army said the militants captured four soldiers in the attack at the town of Zallah Saturday, but troops were...

UN urges enforcement of Libyan arms embargo to curb fighting

May. 17, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is strongly urging all countries to implement an arms embargo against Libya, saying preventing the proliferation of weapons is important to de-escalate the current fighting and restore stability in the country. The U.N. chief expressed deep concern...

Egypt deports 33 Sudanese migrants trying to reach Libya

May. 17, 2019 5:07 AM EDT

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — Egypt has deported 33 Sudanese migrants who were trying to reach Libya to head onward to Europe. Cairo airport officials said on Friday the Sudanese were arrested earlier this month in the western coastal city of Marsa Matruh, not far from Libya's border, along with dozens of Egyptians...

South Korean, 3 Filipinos freed after captivity in Libya

May. 17, 2019 3:22 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean and three Filipinos have been freed following months of captivity in Libya, Seoul and Abu Dhabi said Friday. The release of the hostages was mediated by the United Arab Emirates, which worked with the self-styled Libyan National Army led by commander Khalifa Hifter....

Amnesty International says civilians attacked in Libya

May. 16, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Combatants in Libya committed "unlawful" attacks against civilians during fighting in the capital Tripoli, Amnesty International said Thursday, and called on the United Nations to impose an arms embargo on the war-ridden country. The global rights group issued a statement quoting its Deputy...

Italy closes investigation against Spanish rescue crew

May. 15, 2019 9:07 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A judge in Sicily has dropped an investigation into two members of the Spanish aid group Proactiva Open Arms that stemmed from a standoff last year when the crew refused to hand over 218 migrants rescued at sea to the Libyan coast guard. Proactiva welcomed Wednesday's decision to drop the...

Pope gives joyride to migrant kids newly arrived in Italy

May. 15, 2019 5:43 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis gave a joyride in his popemobile Wednesday to eight migrant children who recently arrived in Italy from Libya, in his latest gesture to show solidarity with asylum-seekers and those on society's margins. Francis picked up the kids, who hail from Syria, Nigeria and Congo, at...

Mali calls for more EU help amid attacks in Africa's Sahel

May. 14, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The impoverished West African country of Mali on Tuesday urged the European Union to step up support for the Sahel region amid a spate of extremist attacks, as France buried two officers killed during a hostage rescue mission. "It's a race against time," Foreign Minister Tiebile Drame said,...

EU calls for Libya ceasefire, warns of threat to security

May. 13, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union called on Monday for a cease-fire in Libya, saying the conflict around the capital of Tripoli is a threat to international peace and security. The self-styled Libyan National Army, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, launched an offensive on Tripoli last month. His...