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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2011 file photo, a Libyan oil worker, works at a refinery inside the Brega oil complex, in Brega, eastern Libya.  ON Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, the National Oil Corporation in Libya says that a decision by east-based forces to choke off oil exports from its territory has threatened to throttle much of the country’s oil production. Powerful tribal groups loyal to Gen. Khalifa Hifter, whose forces control much of eastern Libya, seized several large export terminals along the eastern coast as well as southern oil fields in a challenge to the rival U.N.-backed government based in Tripoli, which collects revenues from oil production. The move has ratcheted up tensions ahead of an international peace summit to end the civil war. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Libya says oil shutdown caused over $255 million in losses

Jan. 25, 2020 10:34 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The closure of Libya’s major oil fields and production facilities has resulted in losses of more than $255 million in the six-day period ending Jan. 23, the country’s national oil company said Saturday. The closures came when powerful tribal groups loyal to military commander...

FILE - In this June 15, 2019 file photo, Gen. Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, the deputy head of the military council, salutes during a rally, in Galawee, northern Sudan. Sudan’s transitional authorities and a rebel faction reached a peace deal, part of government efforts to end the country’s decadeslong civil wars. The government said it signed the deal Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019, with a faction of the Sudan Revolutionary Front in South Sudan's capital, Juba. The deal could pave the way for other peace agreements with more factions, as well as other rebel groups. (AP Photo, File)

Sudan government signs initial peace deal with rebel group

Jan. 24, 2020 2:31 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's transitional government Friday signed a preliminary peace deal with one of several rebel groups that had fought the government of ousted authoritarian president Omar al-Bashir for years. In a ceremony in Juba, South Sudan's capital, the interim Sudanese government agreed on a framework...

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, shakes hands wit Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, following their joint news conference after their meeting in Istanbul, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Merkel met Erdogan for talks that are expected to focus on the future of a migration deal between Turkey and the EU that helped decrease refugee flows to Europe.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Erdogan urges international pressure on Libya's Hifter

Jan. 24, 2020 1:03 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday urged international pressure to force the head of Libya's eastern-based forces to abide by a tentative truce and said Turkey was determined to continue supporting Libya's U.N.-backed government. Erdogan made the comments following meetings in...

FILE - In this April 25, 2016 file photo, ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak waves to his supporters from his room at the Maadi Military Hospital, where he is hospitalized, in Cairo, Egypt.  Egypt's former autocratic ruler Hosni Mubarak, who was forced to step down following 2011 mass protests, has undergone a surgery, his eldest son tweeted on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Alaa Mubarak tweeted that his 91-year-old father was operated on Thursday and that his condition was “stable”.  He did not provide any further details about the surgery. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Son: Former Egyptian president Mubarak undergoes surgery

Jan. 24, 2020 7:52 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's former autocratic president Hosni Mubarak, who was forced to step down following 2011 mass protests, has undergone surgery, his eldest son tweeted Friday. Alaa Mubarak tweeted that his 91-year-old father was operated on Thursday and that his condition was “stable.” He...

Dutch traveler arrested at Cairo airport over illegal drugs

Jan. 24, 2020 4:38 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Cairo airport authorities arrested a Dutch passenger of Egyptian decent on Friday, saying he was carrying illegal drugs in his luggage. The passenger, who landed from Amsterdam earlier in the morning, was stopped and a search of his baggage uncovered nearly 60 grams (2 ounces) of three...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2019 file photo, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly.  Egypt’s president has called for “decisive” and “collective” action against countries supporting terrorism.

El-Sissi dubs Egypt 'oasis of stability' amid clampdown

Jan. 24, 2020 12:02 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi said Thursday his country has become “an oasis of security and stability” under his rule, amid reports of a new clampdown on dissent in the lead-up to the eighth anniversary of the 2011 pro-democracy uprising. El-Sissi, who became president...

Greek police find 1.25 tons of cannabis hidden in date paste

Jan. 23, 2020 3:01 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say they found more than a ton of processed cannabis camouflaged among a shipment of date paste headed by sea from Lebanon to Libya, police said Thursday. A police statement said the drugs were discovered on Jan. 16 in a ship's container on a freighter that had...

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, second left, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, and Antonio Guterres, second right, Secretary-General of the United Nations, attend a conference on Libya at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (Kay Nietfeld/DPA via AP, Pool)

Libya's neighbors, global envoys seek solutions to conflict

Jan. 23, 2020 2:46 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Top diplomats from Libya's neighboring countries and beyond met in the Algerian capital on Thursday amid intensifying international efforts to end the conflict tearing apart the oil-rich North African country. The meeting brought together foreign ministers from Egypt, Sudan, Chad,...

In this photo taken Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, a Samburu boy uses a wooden stick to try to swat a swarm of desert locusts filling the air, as he herds his camel near the village of Sissia, in Samburu county, Kenya. The most serious outbreak of desert locusts in 25 years is spreading across East Africa and posing an unprecedented threat to food security in some of the world's most vulnerable countries, authorities say, with unusual climate conditions partly to blame. (AP Photo/Patrick Ngugi)

AP Explains: How climate change feeds Africa locust invasion

Jan. 23, 2020 12:12 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Locusts by the millions are nibbling their way across a large part of Africa in the worst outbreak some places have seen in 70 years. Is this another effect of a changing climate? Yes, researchers say. An unprecedented food security crisis may be the result. The locusts "reproduce...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2011, file, photo taken on a government-organized tour, a guard waves to fellow officers in the main lobby of the international airport in Tripoli, Libya. The only functioning airport in Libya's capital suspended its operations after coming under attack Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, airport authorities said, despite a tenuous truce that world powers have pushed warring parties to respect. Authorities at Mitiga airport said six Grad missiles crashed into the tarmac. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)

Tripoli's main airport halts flights after shelling, threats

Jan. 22, 2020 5:42 PM EST

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The only functioning airport in Libya’s capital closed Wednesday after coming under attack, despite a tenuous truce that world powers have pushed warring parties to respect. Authorities at Tripoli’s Mitiga airport said six Grad missiles crashed into the tarmac,...