Latest Tripoli News

UN: Over 270 migrants rescued and detained in Libya

Jun. 17, 2021 06:56 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Over 270 Europe-bound migrants were rescued by a commercial ship near Libya's Mediterranean shores and handed over to the Libyan coast guard who sent them to detention centers, the U.N. migration and refugee agencies said. The migrants were rescued in...

Spain reopens its embassy in Libya after 7 years of closure

Jun. 03, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Spain’s prime minister was in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Thursday to reopen his country’s embassy and show support for Libya’s new interim authorities entrusted with leading the nation out of years of civil war. Premier Pedro Sánchez held...

Germany, UN to host conference on Libya in Berlin on June 23

Jun. 01, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany and the United Nations plan to host a conference on Libya this month in Berlin, a gathering that aims to bring together powers with interests in the North African country and its transitional government. The agenda for the June 23 conference...

UN envoy: Failure to get rid of Libya mercenaries a threat

May. 21, 2021 20:16 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Libya warned the Security Council on Friday that progress on the key issue of withdrawing mercenaries and foreign fighters from Libya has stalled and their continued presence is a threat not only to Libya but to the entire African region. ...

Senior US diplomat in Libya to support interim government

May. 18, 2021 10:21 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A top American diplomat arrived Tuesday in Libya's capital, marking the first visit by a senior U.S. official since the U.N.-backed election of an interim government in February. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Joey Hood...

ICC prosecutor urges Libya to hand over Gadhafi's son

May. 17, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court urged Libya’s new interim government Monday to arrest the son of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi and called for mercenaries and foreign fighters to leave the North African nation without delay, warning that...

UN chief: Foreign fighters in Libya are violating cease-fire

May. 15, 2021 00:18 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief said foreign fighters and mercenaries remain in Libya in violation of last October’s cease-fire agreement and called for their withdrawal and an end to violations of the U.N. arms embargo, saying these are “critical elements” for lasting peace in...

UN: Migrant boat capsized off Libya; 2 dozen presumed dead

May. 10, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A boat carrying migrants capsized off Libya on Monday, leaving at least two dozen presumed dead, the U.N. refugee agency said. It was the latest disaster in the Mediterranean Sea involving migrants seeking a better life in Europe. Tarik Argaz, a spokesman...

Libyan militias briefly take over Tripoli gov’t headquarters

May. 08, 2021 07:20 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — In a show of force, armed militiamen briefly took over a hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli that serves as headquarters for the interim government, officials said Saturday. Friday's development came after the three-member presidential council earlier...

Libya's top diplomat urges withdrawal of foreign fighters

May. 03, 2021 15:39 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s top diplomat Monday called for the departure of foreign forces and mercenaries from the North African country as it heads toward elections later this year. Najla al-Manqoush, foreign minister of Libya’s interim government, urged Turkey to...