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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)

UN: 20,000 foreign fighters in Libya are a 'serious crisis'

Dec. 2, 2020 12:56 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The top U.N. official for Libya said Wednesday there are at least 20,000 foreign fighters and mercenaries in the war-torn nation, and warned of a “serious crisis” as weapons continue pouring into the North African country. “That is a shocking violation of Libyan...

Turkey probes German navy's search of Libya-bound freighter

Nov. 27, 2020 5:44 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish prosecutors launched an investigation Friday into the search of a Turkish commercial freighter by the crew of a German frigate participating in a European Union mission to enforce an arms embargo on Libya. Turkey has protested the incident on the Mediterranean Sea, insisting...

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 file photo German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp Karrenbauer, front right, arrives for a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Germany's defense minister on Tuesday rejected Turkish complaints over the search of a Turkish freighter in the Mediterranean Sea by a German frigate participating in a European mission, insisting that German sailors behaved correctly. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, file)

German defense minister rejects Turkey complaint over search

Nov. 24, 2020 1:32 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister on Tuesday rejected Turkey's complaints over the search of a Turkish freighter in the Mediterranean Sea by a German frigate participating in a European mission, insisting that German sailors acted correctly. Sunday's incident prompted Turkey to summon diplomats...

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...