Latest Libya News

Libya's Sarraj calls for elections in 2019 to end war

Jun. 16, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The head of Libya's U.N.-supported government on Sunday proposed holding nationwide elections to end the war in the North African country, as the forces of the rival military commander Khalifa Hifter continue their two-month-long battle to take the capital, Tripoli. Prime Minister Fayez...

Libyan navy says it intercepted 91 Europe-bound migrants

Jun. 16, 2019 8:43 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard says it has intercepted a rubber vessel carrying 91 Europe-bound migrants, including women and children, off the country's Mediterranean coast. Spokesman Ayoub Gassim said Sunday that three women and two children were among the African migrants intercepted a day earlier off...

Jury reaches partial verdict in trial of Benghazi militant

Jun. 13, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal jury has reached a partial verdict in the case against a Libyan militant accused of playing an instrumental role in the 2012 Benghazi attacks. The jury in Washington found Mustafa al-Imam guilty on two counts. It did not reach a verdict on 15 others, and deliberations will...

Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt call for a cease-fire in Libya

Jun. 13, 2019 6:19 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt have expressed their "deep concern" over the chaotic situation in Libya and called for an immediate cease-fire in the country. The foreign affairs ministers of the three countries, all neighboring Libya, held a meeting on Wednesday in Tunisia's capital...

Libyan coast guard intercepts 60 Europe-bound migrants

Jun. 11, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libya's coast guard says it has intercepted at least 60 Europe-bound migrants, including a woman, off the country's Mediterranean coast. Spokesman Ayoub Gassim said Tuesday that a rubber boat carrying the migrants — overwhelmingly identified as African nationals but including...

UN chief urges implementation of arms embargo against Libya

Jun. 10, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is strongly urging all countries to implement a U.N. arms embargo against Libya, saying illegal weapons transfers by land, sea and air are fueling the current fighting in the oil-rich country. Guterres made the appeal in a report circulated Monday...

Libyan coast guard intercepts 22 Europe-bound migrants

Jun. 8, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libya's coast guard says it has intercepted some two dozen Europe-bound migrants off the country's Mediterranean coast. Spokesman Ayoub Gassim said Saturday that a wooden boat carrying at least 22 African migrants, all of them men, was intercepted Friday north of the Bouri offshore...

UN agency says Libya floods kill 4, displace more than 2,500

Jun. 7, 2019 6:10 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says heavy rains have triggered severe flooding in southwestern Libya since late May, killing four people and forcing more than 2,500 to flee their homes. The UNHCR says in a statement released on Friday that the rains began on May 28 in the town of Ghat. The town is...

The Latest: Trump: Ireland shares US concerns about Huawei

Jun. 5, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to Britain (all times local): 6:05 p.m. President Donald Trump says Ireland shares U.S. concerns that allowing China's Huawei Technologies to help build communications networks threatens global security. The U.S. is pressing its longtime allies to...

Libyan coast guard says it rescued 80 Europe-bound migrants

Jun. 5, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libya's coast guard says it has intercepted a boat carrying 80 Europe-bound migrants, including women and children, off the country's Mediterranean coast. Spokesman Ayoub Gassim said Wednesday that the rubber vessel had 80 African migrants, including six women and three children....