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In this photo taken on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, the sun shines over international waters north of Libya in the Mediterranean Sea. At least 11 migrants trying to reach Europe, including a pregnant woman, drowned Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020 when their boat capsized off the coast of Libya, the U.N. migration agency said, making it the third migrant shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea in a week. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)

UN: 11 migrants drown off Libya; third shipwreck in week

Oct. 25, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — At least 11 migrants trying to reach Europe, including a pregnant woman, drowned Sunday when their boat capsized off the coast of Libya, the U.N. migration agency said, making it the third migrant shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea in a week. Safa Msehli, spokeswoman for the International...

FILE -- In this Sept. 22, 2016 file photo, fighters of the Libyan forces affiliated to the Tripoli government rest and reload weapons during an offensive against Islamic State militants, in Sirte, Libya. The United Nations said Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, that the two sides in Libyan military talks had reached a

Libyan factions sign countrywide UN-brokered cease-fire

Oct. 23, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The rival sides in Libya’s conflict signed a permanent cease-fire Friday, a deal the United Nations billed as historic after years of fighting that has split the North African country in two. But skepticism over whether the agreement would hold began emerging almost immediately. The...

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres listens during an interview, Wednesday Oct. 21, 2020, at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

UN chief appeals for cease-fires, warns pandemic wins wars

Oct. 22, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations chief is appealing for cease-fires in the world’s major conflicts, from Yemen and Libya to Afghanistan and Nagorno-Karabakh, warning that if fighting continues “the only winner is the pandemic.” Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in an...

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 United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Oct. 21, 2020. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

UN envoy hails early agreements in Libya talks

Oct. 21, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Libya said Wednesday the two warring factions have agreed on issues that “directly impact the lives and welfare of the Libyan people,” noting that the thorny work to cement a cease-fire in the restive North African country will continue. Stephanie Turco...

UN says shipwreck off Libya left 15 migrants dead

Oct. 21, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — At least 15 migrants trying to reach Europe drowned in the Mediterranean Sea when their boat capsized off the coast of Libya, the U.N. migration agency said Wednesday, the latest shipwreck off the North African country. Safa Msehli, spokeswoman for the International Organization for Migration,...

Greece's Prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis talks during a press conference with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi after their meeting at the presidential palace in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. The leaders of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece meet in the Cypriot capital for talks on forging closer ties and boosting cooperation on issues including energy following the discovery of gas deposits in the east Mediterranean. (Iakovos Hatzistavrou Pool via AP)

Cyprus, Greece, Egypt to Turkey: drop the rancor, join us

Oct. 21, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The leaders of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece on Wednesday renewed an invitation to Turkey to become a partner in reaping the potential benefits of offshore gas deposits, while urging Ankara to end its “aggressive” actions in the eastern Mediterranean. Their one-day regional...

Today in History

Oct. 20, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Oct. 20, the 294th day of 2020. There are 72 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 20, 1973, in the so-called “Saturday Night Massacre,” special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox was dismissed and Attorney General Elliot L....

Stephanie Williams, the head of the United Nations support mission for Libya and former U.S. State Department official, wearing a protective face mask against the spread of the coronavirus leaves the building after a meeting of the fourth round of the Libyan Joint Military Commission, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. Military leaders from Libya’s warring sides met Monday in Geneva in hopes of a U.N.-brokered breakthrough that could pave the way for a “complete and permanent cease-fire” in the conflict-ridden North African country. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

UN hosts Libyan military leaders in hopes of end to conflict

Oct. 19, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Military leaders from Libya’s warring sides met Monday in Geneva in hopes of a U.N.-brokered breakthrough that could pave the way for a “complete and permanent cease-fire” in the conflict-ridden North African country. The meeting marks the fourth round of talks involving...

EU targets Putin ally accused of US poll interference

Oct. 15, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday slapped sanctions on a Russian tycoon, who has close ties to President Vladimir Putin and is accused of interfering in a U.S. election, for helping undermine the security of Libya and breaking the U.N. arms embargo on the conflict-torn north African country....

Libya says human trafficker sanctioned by UN arrested

Oct. 15, 2020 10:31 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libyan security forces said they have arrested one of the country’s most wanted human traffickers in the capital, Tripoli, more than two years after the United Nations’ Security Council imposed sanctions against him. The arrest of Abdel-Rahman Milad, who also commanded a Coast...