Latest Libya News

Libyan authorities help free 14 kidnapped Tunisian workers

Feb. 17, 2019 4:55 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Libyan authorities helped free 14 Tunisian workers Sunday who were kidnapped by an armed group near Libya's capital, the Tunisian government said. The Tunisian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Sunday night that the hostages had been seized Thursday in the town of Zawiva by...

Libyans, to varying degrees, celebrate 2011 uprising

Feb. 17, 2019 12:51 PM EST

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyans on Sunday celebrated the eighth anniversary of their 2011 uprising that led to the overthrow and killing of longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi, with a varying intensity of festivities underscoring the split between the country's east and west. Thousands of people reveled in the...

Spokesman: Joint US-Libya forces bomb al-Qaida militants

Feb. 14, 2019 12:03 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's U.N.-backed government says that joint Libyan and U.S. forces have bombed alleged al-Qaeda militants in a southern desert town. Tripoli-based government spokesman Mohammed al-Salak said late Wednesday the bombing took place in the town of Ubari, about 950 kilometers, or 590 miles,...

Aid group: Boat carrying 150 people in distress off Libya

Feb. 11, 2019 11:27 AM EST

ROME (AP) — An Italian aid group is reporting that a migrant smuggling ship with an estimated 150 people on board is in distress off Libya. The Mediterranea Saving Humans group, which monitors migrant rescues, said Monday on Twitter that it heard about a distress call from a boat near Al Khoms, Libya. It...

US refiner Citgo emerges as key to Venezuela's power battle

Feb. 9, 2019 4:25 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. and dozens of other countries may have declared that Nicolas Maduro is no longer the legitimate president of Venezuela, but that has not loosened his grip on power. Maduro still controls the military, despite scattered defections. He has the loyalty of the Supreme Court. And he has...

France keeps up pressure on Italy in historic EU dispute

Feb. 8, 2019 12:13 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — France's pro-EU government and Italy's populist leaders sparred anew Friday, as business giants from both countries appealed for calm amid the neighbors' biggest diplomatic spat since World War II. France said the stunning recall of its ambassador to Italy was a temporary move — but an...

UN report: IS responsible for most attacks in Iraq and Syria

Feb. 6, 2019 4:18 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — International terrorist groups carried out more attacks in Iraq and Syria in the last six months of 2018 than in any other country, and Islamic State extremists were primarily to blame, according to a new U.N. report circulated Wednesday. U.N. experts said in the report to the...

French army says airstrikes in Chad destroy 20 pickups

Feb. 6, 2019 3:43 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The French army says airstrikes have destroyed some 20 pickup trucks in an armed column that had made its way from Libya deep into neighboring Chad and ignored three days of warning strikes. A statement says the airstrikes on Tuesday and Wednesday occurred at Chad's request and in...

East Libyan forces say they've taken southern oil field

Feb. 6, 2019 1:09 PM EST

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyan forces from the country's east say they have taken control of the southern Sharara oil field, part of an expansion of Gen. Khalifa Hifter's control over Libya's main revenue generator. In a statement late Wednesday, Ahmed Mesmari, spokesman for the self-styled Libyan National...

France launches airstrikes at armed Libyan group in Chad

Feb. 4, 2019 5:30 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — France's Defense Ministry says French armed forces have intervened in northern Chad and launched airstrikes at an armed group coming in from Libya. The operation took place Sunday and was organized in cooperation with the Chadian army. A patrol of Mirage 2000 airplanes hit a column of 40...