Latest Libya News

Lebanon calls for readmitting Syria to Arab League

Jan. 18, 2019 11:48 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon used an Arab economic meeting Friday to urge the Arab League to restore Syria's membership, calling it a "historic shame" to keep the Arab country out of the forum. The Lebanese Foreign Minister, Gebran Bassil, spoke before Arab ministers meeting in Beirut ahead of a regional summit...

Fighting flares up in Libyan capital, killing 5, wounding 20

Jan. 16, 2019 1:35 PM EST

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyan authorities say fighting between rival armed groups in the capital of Tripoli has flared up again, four months after a U.N.-brokered cease-fire. Malek Merset, spokesman for the Tripoli-based Health Ministry, says at least five people were killed and 20 others wounded...

Libya's paramilitary force to 'cleanse' country's south

Jan. 15, 2019 6:24 AM EST

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — A spokesman for Libya's powerful paramilitary based in the eastern city of Benghazi says its troops are launching an operation "to cleanse" the country's south of Islamic militants and criminals. Ahmed al-Mesmari of the self-styled Libyan National Army that answers to Field Marshal...

Beirut summit highlights divisions, turmoil in Lebanon

Jan. 15, 2019 1:31 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — An Arab economic development summit that Lebanon is hosting this weekend has been marred by controversy days before delegates arrive. Should regional outcast Syria be invited, as demanded by Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah militant group, an ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad? Should Libya...

Hifter forces in Libya say they freed 19 kidnapped by IS

Jan. 1, 2019 10:34 AM EST

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The self-styled Libyan National Army says its forces have freed nearly 20 people who were kidnapped by Islamic State group militants during attacks in central Libya. Spokesman Ahmed al-Mesmari said Tuesday that clashes erupted late Monday between LNA forces, led by Field Marshal...

The Latest: Boat which rescued migrants hopes for safe port

Dec. 26, 2018 10:59 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local): 3:55 p.m. A private rescue boat with 33 migrants aboard for days in the Mediterranean is appealing for a safe port. The crew aboard Sea-Watch 3, operated by a German humanitarian group, has tweeted that the migrants were rescued from...

Islamic State claims attack on Libya's Foreign Ministry

Dec. 26, 2018 5:54 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at Libya's Foreign Ministry in Tripoli that killed at least three people. In a statement carried by its Aamaq news agency Wednesday, IS says three fighters infiltrated the area and fired on Foreign Ministry workers....

Militants attack Libya's Foreign Ministry, 3 killed

Dec. 25, 2018 11:04 AM EST

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — A suicide bomber targeted the entrance of Libya's Foreign Ministry in Tripoli on Tuesday, killing three people, including a prominent militia leader, according to security officials. The officials said a second attacker was shot dead by guards before he could detonate his explosive...

Libyan security officials say suicide bomber targets Foreign Ministry in Tripoli, killing 3

Dec. 25, 2018 4:08 AM EST
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyan security officials say suicide bomber targets Foreign Ministry in Tripoli, killing 3.

France vows support for fighting extremists in Africa

Dec. 23, 2018 11:27 AM EST

N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — France's president is confirming his support for anti-extremist forces in Africa, amid growing international concern about the chaos in Libya. Speaking on a visit to Chad, Emmanuel Macron insisted that France will make no cuts to its military despite domestic budget tightening. He...