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Stephanie Williams, the head of the United Nations support mission for Libya and former U.S. State Department official, wearing a protective face mask against the spread of the coronavirus leaves the building after a meeting of the fourth round of the Libyan Joint Military Commission, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. Military leaders from Libya’s warring sides met Monday in Geneva in hopes of a U.N.-brokered breakthrough that could pave the way for a “complete and permanent cease-fire” in the conflict-ridden North African country. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

UN hosts Libyan military leaders in hopes of end to conflict

Oct. 19, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Military leaders from Libya’s warring sides met Monday in Geneva in hopes of a U.N.-brokered breakthrough that could pave the way for a “complete and permanent cease-fire” in the conflict-ridden North African country. The meeting marks the fourth round of talks involving...

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...

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...

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...

Judge allows US suit against Libyan commander to move ahead

Sep. 29, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a request from a Libyan military commander who once lived in Virginia to toss out lawsuits accusing him of war atrocities. At a hearing Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Judge Leonie Brinkema said the accusations against Libyan National Army...

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 says Libyan rivals have restarted military talks in Egypt

Sep. 28, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libyan rivals on Monday 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 U.N. support mission in Libya said in a brief statement that military and police teams from eastern and western...

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 warring parties in Libya and their international backers — the United Arab Emirates, Russia and Jordan vs Turkey and Qatar — violated a U.N. arms embargo on the oil-rich north African country that remains “totally ineffective,” U.N. experts said in a new report. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo, File)

Russia, China block release of UN report criticizing Russia

Sep. 25, 2020 11:50 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia and China blocked the official release of a report by U.N. experts on Libya that accused its warring parties and their international backers -- including Russia -- of violating a U.N. arms embargo on the conflict-wracked country, U.N. diplomats said Friday. Germany’s...