Latest Libya News

Libyan self-styled army says 3 fighters killed near Tripoli

Sep. 14, 2019 7:10 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The self-styled Libyan National Army says three of its forces, including two commanders, were killed in a drone attack by militias loosely allied with the U.N.-supported government. It says the attack took place Friday in the town of Tarhuna, around 88 kilometers (55 miles) southeast...

Migrant escaping Libya torture: We will go to Europe or die

Sep. 13, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

ABOARD THE OCEAN VIKING (AP) — It was Mouctar Diallo's fifth attempt to reach Europe by sea. His previous four tries had been foiled by gangs on speedboats who returned him to Libya where he was detained and beaten. This time, the 28-year-old from Guinea and 49 other sub-Saharan Africans were determined...

Some world hot spots see possible openings in Bolton firing

Sep. 12, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

In the world's hot spots from Iran to North Korea — and even among allies — some see opportunity in President Donald Trump's firing of his national security adviser, John Bolton. The hawkish Bolton repeatedly pushed Trump toward using military force and sanctions to accomplish the administration's...

The Latest: Woman gives birth after airlift from rescue ship

Sep. 12, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — The Latest on migrants in Europe (all times local): 8:40 p.m. The humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders says a 23-year-old woman who was airlifted off a ship carrying migrants rescued off Libya has given birth to a baby boy. The Nigerian woman and her husband were...

Today in History

Sep. 12, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, Sept. 12, the 255th day of 2019. There are 110 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 12, 2001, stunned rescue workers continued to search for bodies in the World Trade Center's smoking rubble a day after a terrorist attack that shut down the financial...

The DIY foreign policy president: Bolton ouster confirms it

Sep. 11, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump has said he doesn't mind if the U.S. is on its own in the world. Now, it seems he doesn't mind running American foreign policy on his own as well. With the ouster of John Bolton as his national security adviser, the president has again pushed away an experienced hand in...

Trump says he's considering 5 candidates to replace Bolton

Sep. 11, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday he's looking at five individuals to become his fourth national security adviser to replace John Bolton, the hawkish diplomat who clashed with the president on global challenges, especially Iran and North Korea. "John wasn't in line with what we were...

Charity ship takes on 34 migrants off Libya, rejects port

Sep. 10, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

ABOARD THE OCEAN VIKING (AP) — A group of 34 migrants that included a pregnant woman and a small child safely moved during a thunderstorm from a charity-operated sailboat responsible for their rescue to a larger humanitarian ship in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya. Wrapped in shiny thermal blankets,...

500 refugees trapped in Libya to be evacuated to Rwanda

Sep. 10, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Rwanda agreed Tuesday to take in 500 refugees and asylum-seekers trapped in Libya under an agreement signed with the United Nations and African Union. The deal comes after repeated allegations of dire conditions for migrants in Libya's detention centers, including beatings and other abuses,...

Hungarian journalist wounded in fighting in Libyan capital

Sep. 10, 2019 6:20 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Hungary's foreign ministry says a Hungarian journalist has been wounded in clashes between rival armed groups in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Tamas Merczel, a ministry spokesman, said on Tuesday that photojournalist Gergely Szabo was hurt in a bombing in Tripoli on Saturday and was taken to a...