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Stephanie Williams, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission speaks during a news conference in Tunis, Tunisia, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. Libya's warring sides have agreed to hold nationwide elections in December next year, the top U.N. official for the North African country said Friday in a sign of progress from the U.N.-brokered peace talks underway in Tunisia. (AP Photo/Walid Haddad)

Libya’s rivals meet to discuss transitional government

Nov. 23, 2020 1:00 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s rivals began a second round of talks Monday on a mechanism to choose a transitional government that would lead the conflict-stricken country to elections in December next year, the United Nations said. U.N. acting envoy for Libya Stephanie Williams headed the online meeting of...

Stephanie Williams, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission speaks during a news conference in Tunis, Tunisia, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. Libya's warring sides have agreed to hold nationwide elections in December next year, the top U.N. official for the North African country said Friday in a sign of progress from the U.N.-brokered peace talks underway in Tunisia.  (AP Photo/Walid Haddad)

UN-led Libya talks end without naming interim government

Nov. 16, 2020 6:14 AM EST

GAMMARTH, Tunisia (AP) — Libya's rival sides wrapped up a week of U.N.-brokered talks without agreeing on a transitional government that would lead the county to an election in December next year, the top U.N. official for Libya said Monday. The political forum, which concluded late Sunday in Tunisia, was...

Stephanie Williams, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission attends the opening ceremony of the Libya's peace talks in Tunis, Tunisia, Monday Nov. 9, 2020. Libya's rival factions began much-awaited political peace talks in Tunisia's capital on Monday brokered by the United Nations, with a goal of drawing a roadmap to presidential and parliamentary elections. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

UN-led Libya talks set December 2021 date for elections

Nov. 13, 2020 4:11 PM EST

GAMMARTH, Tunisia (AP) — Libya's warring sides have agreed to hold nationwide elections in December next year, the top U.N. official for the North African country said Friday in a sign of progress from the U.N.-brokered peace talks underway in Tunisia. The gathering, which started on Monday, was aimed at...

ICC: Forces in Libya's failed offensive booby trapped homes

Nov. 10, 2020 6:13 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court reported Tuesday that the recent failed offensive by Libya’s eastern-based forces involved a pattern of violence and the use of mines by retreating forces that harmed civilians, which is a war crime when used...

Activist lawyer who targeted officials shot dead in Benghazi

Nov. 10, 2020 3:03 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Armed men Tuesday shot dead a lawyer and activist who was a vocal critic of authorities in eastern Libya, security and judicial officials said. The men, who were masked, attempted to kidnap Hanan al-Barassi on a busy street in the eastern city of Benghazi but ended up killing her, according to...

Tunisian President Kais Saied, left, and Stephanie Williams, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission attend the opening ceremony of the Libya's peace talks in Tunis, Tunisia, Monday Nov. 9, 2020. Libya's rival factions began much-awaited political peace talks in Tunisia's capital on Monday brokered by the United Nations, with a goal of drawing a roadmap to presidential and parliamentary elections. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

Libya rivals start UN-led talks in Tunisia on political deal

Nov. 9, 2020 12:14 PM EST

GAMMARTH, Tunisia (AP) — The U.N chief appealed on Libya’s warring sides to work together on a path to peace as the rival factions gathered Monday in Tunisia for the start of much-awaited talks brokered by the United Nations, with a goal of drawing a roadmap to presidential and parliamentary...

Libya’s oil production recovers past 1M barrel a day

Nov. 7, 2020 11:28 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s oil production has surged past 1 million barrels a day, national petroleum officials said on Saturday, marking an important milestone months after its civil war almost choked the country’s energy production. Oil-rich Libya has been pushing to recover production levels in...

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2020 file photo, Stephanie Williams, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, speaks about the fourth round of the 5+5 Libyan Joint Military Commission, during a press conference at the European headquarters of the U.N. in Geneva, Switzerland. The U.N. said Libya’s rivals wrapped up their military talks in the Libyan oasis town of Ghadames, late Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, with a call to the U.N. Security Council to adopt a binding resolution to implement a cease-fire deal inked in Geneva in October. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP, File)

Libya’s rivals urge UN Security Council to back cease-fire

Nov. 4, 2020 1:48 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s rivals wrapped up their military talks with a call to the U.N. Security Council to adopt a binding resolution to implement a cease-fire deal inked last month, the U.N. said. The two-day talks in the oasis town of Ghadames, which concluded late Tuesday, were the first...

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2020 file photo, the head of the Government of National Accords (GNA) military delegation Ahmed Ali Abushahma attends talks between the rival factions in the Libya conflict, in Geneva, Switzerland. The UN says military leaders from Libya’s warring sides began meeting Monday, Nov. 2, 2020 in the Libyan oasis town of Ghadames, less than two weeks after the two sides inked a permanent cease-fire in Geneva. The fifth round of talks are first face-to-face military meetings inside Libya since last year's attack on the capital by the forces of military commander Khalifa Hifter. (Fabrice Coffrini/Pool via AP, File)

Libya's warring sides meet, discuss implementing cease-fire

Nov. 2, 2020 4:33 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Military leaders from Libya’s warring sides met on Monday in the oasis town of Ghadames, the United Nations said, for the first face-to-face talks inside Libya since last year's months-long attack on the capital by forces loyal to the country's east-based military commander. The...

FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 file photo, Libyan soldiers aim their weapons during clashes with militants on the frontline in Al Ajaylat, 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of Tripoli, Libya. The United Nations said Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, that the two sides in Libyan military talks had reached a

UN urges Libyan rivals to implement cease-fire, pursue peace

Oct. 27, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday welcomed the permanent cease-fire agreement signed by the rival sides in Libya and called on the parties to implement it and “show the same determination in reaching a political solution.” The U.N.’s most powerful body also...