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FILE -- In this Sept. 22, 2016 file photo, fighters of the Libyan forces affiliated to the Tripoli government rest and reload weapons during an offensive against Islamic State militants, in Sirte, Libya. The United Nations said Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, that the two sides in Libyan military talks had reached a

Libyan factions sign countrywide UN-brokered cease-fire

Oct. 23, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The rival sides in Libya’s conflict signed a permanent cease-fire Friday, a deal the United Nations billed as historic after years of fighting that has split the North African country in two. But skepticism over whether the agreement would hold began emerging almost immediately. The...

Stephanie Williams, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, speaks about the fourth round of the 5+5 Libyan Joint Military Commission, during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Oct. 21, 2020. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

UN envoy hails early agreements in Libya talks

Oct. 21, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Libya said Wednesday the two warring factions have agreed on issues that “directly impact the lives and welfare of the Libyan people,” noting that the thorny work to cement a cease-fire in the restive North African country will continue. Stephanie Turco...

EU targets Putin ally accused of US poll interference

Oct. 15, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday slapped sanctions on a Russian tycoon, who has close ties to President Vladimir Putin and is accused of interfering in a U.S. election, for helping undermine the security of Libya and breaking the U.N. arms embargo on the conflict-torn north African country....

Libya says human trafficker sanctioned by UN arrested

Oct. 15, 2020 10:31 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libyan security forces said they have arrested one of the country’s most wanted human traffickers in the capital, Tripoli, more than two years after the United Nations’ Security Council imposed sanctions against him. The arrest of Abdel-Rahman Milad, who also commanded a Coast...

Aid group says Libyan militia is holding hostage 60 migrants

Oct. 12, 2020 10:59 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A Libyan armed group is holding hostage at least 60 migrants, including two dozen children, in “appalling” conditions after abducting them almost two weeks ago, an aid group said on Saturday. Masked militiamen abducted the migrants on Sept. 28 from the town of al-Ajaylat, around...

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. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Libya to resume oil production at largest field amid talks

Oct. 11, 2020 9:38 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s national oil company announced Sunday it was resuming production at the country’s largest oil field as rival officials from eastern and western Libya began peace talks, part of preliminary negotiations ahead a U.N.-brokered dialogue set to take place next month. The...

FILE -In this Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 file photo the sun pierces the clouds over international waters north of Libya in the Mediterranean Sea.  Over a dozen migrants trying to reach Europe drowned in the Mediterranean Sea when their small dinghy capsized off the coast of Libya, the United Nations reported Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, the latest shipwreck to underscore the deadly risks facing those who flee the war-afflicted North African country. (AP Photo/Renata Brito, File)

Officials: Nigerian migrant burned alive in Libya's Tripoli

Oct. 7, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A migrant worker was burned to death in the Libyan capital, U.N. and government officials said Wednesday, the latest in abuses that migrants and refuges face in the conflict-stricken country. The Interior Ministry of the U.N.-supported government said three Libyans on Tuesday stormed a factory...

In this photo provided by the United Nations, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres briefs reporters during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at U.N. headquarters in New York. (Rick Bajornas/UN Photo via AP)

UN chief urges Libya cease-fire, warns its future at stake

Oct. 5, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday urged world powers and others with interests in Libya’s long-running civil war to stop sending arms to its rival governments and keep working toward a lasting cease-fire, warning that the country’s very future “is at...

Key players to meet virtually to push for Libya cease-fire

Oct. 3, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations and Germany are co-chairing a ministerial meeting on Monday of world powers and other countries with interests in Libya’s long-running civil war in hopes of promoting a cease-fire between its rival governments. Germany’s deputy U.N. ambassador...

FILE - This Jan. 17, 2020 file photo shows Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter during a meeting in Athens. Libyan rivals on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 restarted military and security talks, aiming to reach a settlement that could help end the county’s years-long conflict, the United Nations said. The face-to-face military talks came amid international pressure on both sides of the war and their foreign backers to avert an attack on the strategic city of Sirte, after a year-long assault on the capital, Tripoli, by forces of military commander Khalifa Hifter collapsed this summer. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

UN: Libya rivals reach preliminary pact on prisoner exchange

Sep. 29, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations says talks between Libyan rivals in Egypt have concluded with preliminary agreements to exchange prisoners and open up air and land transit across the country's divided territory. The face-to-face military talks, which started Monday in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada, came...