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Libyan oil company resumes exports after months of blockade

Jul. 10, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s national oil company announced Friday it has resumed crude exports, ending a months-long blockade that eastern tribes had called to protest revenue distribution in the war-torn country. The National Oil Corporation said the resumption of exports from Libya started on a small...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2020, file photo, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Lahore, Pakistan. Guterres expressed hope Tuesday, June 23, 2020 that Israel will hear global calls and will not go ahead with annexation of parts of the West Bank, which would undermine a two-state solution to the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudhry, File)

UN chief warns foreign interference in Libya `unprecedented'

Jul. 9, 2020 1:24 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that foreign interference in Libya’s war has reached “unprecedented levels” and urged key players and their backers to unblock the political stalemate and agree to a cease-fire and peace talks. Calling the current...

Airstrikes hit Libya base held by Turkey-backed forces

Jul. 5, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

Cairo (AP) — Libyan officials in the capital of Tripoli said Sunday that overnight airstrikes hit a key military base on the city’s outskirts that was recently retaken by Turkey-backed forces. A spokesman for the Tripoli-based forces, Col. Mohamed Gnounou, said the strikes were carried out by...

Russian FM hosts speaker of Libya's east-based parliament

Jul. 3, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat met Friday with the speaker of the parliament based in eastern Libya to discuss a political settlement for the conflict-stricken country. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the start of his talks with parliament speaker Aguila Saleh that Moscow supports a cease-fire...

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2019 file photo, then UN special envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame speaks during the Mediterranean Dialogues conference in Rome. Salame, a former U.N. envoy to Libya accused the Security Council of “hypocrisy” and of undermining his efforts to bring peace to the war-torn North African country in a podcast interview aired Tuesday, July 2, 2020. Salame said the majority of the U.N. Security Council supported the military offensive launched last year by Libyan commander Khalifa Hifter to capture the capital, Tripoli, from the internationally recognized government. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)

Former Libya envoy accuses Security Council of 'hypocrisy'

Jul. 2, 2020 8:04 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A former U.N. envoy to Libya has accused the Security Council of “hypocrisy” and of undermining his efforts to bring peace to the war-torn North African country. In a podcast interview aired Tuesday, Ghassan Salame said the majority of the U.N. Security Council supported the...

Libyan Ministry of justice employees dig out at a siyte of a suspected mass grave in the town of Tarhouna, Libya, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. The United Nations said that at least eight mass graves have been discovered, mostly in Tarhuna, a key western town that served as a main stronghold for Khalifa's east-based forces in their 14-month campaign to capture the capital, Tripoli. (AP Photo/Hazem Ahmed)

UN chief tells Libya's Hifter there is no military solution

Jul. 1, 2020 9:59 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the commander of Libya’s eastern-based forces Wednesday that there can be no military solution to the conflict he launched in April 2019 against the U.N.-supported government in the capital, Tripoli. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric...

FILE - In this May 11 2017 file photo, the French stealth frigate Courbet is docked at Naval Base Guam, near Hagatna, Guam. rance is suspending its involvement in a NATO naval operation of Libya's coast after a standoff with a Turkish ship and amid growing tensions within the military alliance over Libya. France is also calling for crisis mechanism to prevent a repeat of an incident earlier this month between Turkish warships and the French naval vessel Courbet in the Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)

France freezes role in NATO naval force amid Turkey tensions

Jul. 1, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France announced Wednesday that it is suspending its involvement in a NATO naval operation in the Mediterranean Sea after a standoff with a Turkish warship, amid growing tensions within the military alliance over the conflict in Libya. France’s Defense Ministry said that the government...

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 oil company: Russian mercenaries enter major oilfield

Jun. 26, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Russian and other foreign mercenaries have entered Libya’s largest oil field, the country's National Oil Corporation said on Friday, describing the development as an attempt to thwart the resumption of halted oil production in the war-torn country. In divided Libya, Russia is a leading...

Eastern Libya urges Egypt to send troops if Sirte attacked

Jun. 24, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The speaker of Libya's east-based parliament urged Egypt on Wednesday to make good on its threat to send troops to fight rival Turkey-backed western Libyan forces should they attack the strategic city of Sirte, Egypt's state news agency reported. Libya has for years been split between rival...

Arab League urges Libya cease-fire amid fears of wider war

Jun. 23, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Arab League on Tuesday pressed Libya’s warring parties and their foreign backers to halt fighting and restart peace talks, as regional tensions threaten a new escalation in the oil-rich country’s years-long conflict. Following an emergency meeting requested by Egypt, Arab...