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Italy, Libya sign $8B gas deal as PM Meloni visits Tripoli

Jan. 28, 2023 13:07 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Italy’s prime minister held talks in Libya on Saturday with officials from the country’s west-based government focusing on energy and migration, top issues for Italy and the European Union. During the visit, the two countries' oil companies signed a gas deal worth $8 billion —...

Red Crescent: 8 dead, 58 missing after shipwreck off Libya

Jan. 25, 2023 12:12 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A boat carrying Europe-bound migrants capsized off Libya, killing at least eight people, while 58 others were still missing, the country's Red Crescent said Wednesday. Tawfik al-Shukri, spokesman for the Libyan Red Crescent, said the shipwreck took place Tuesday off...

Chief diplomats boycott Libya-hosted Arab League meeting

Jan. 22, 2023 10:45 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A handful of top Arab diplomats met Sunday in the Libyan capital in a gathering boycotted by powerful foreign ministers who argued that the mandate of the Tripoli-based government has ended. Five of the 22 member states of the Arab League sent their foreign ministers...

Italy's FM meets with Egyptian officials on migration, Libya

Jan. 22, 2023 11:23 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Italy’s chief diplomat held talks Sunday with Egyptian and Arab League officials in Cairo that focused on regional security and the conflict in neighboring Libya, as well as sensitive bilateral issues. Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani said he raised with Egypt's...

CIA chief in rare visit to Libya, meets Tripoli-based PM

Jan. 12, 2023 15:21 PM EST

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — The CIA chief has met with one of Libya's rival prime ministers, the government in the country's capital of Tripoli said Thursday. It was a rare visit by a senior U.S. official to the war-torn country, currently split between two rival administrations. The...

Bernard Kalb, longtime foreign affairs newsman, dies at 100

Jan. 08, 2023 21:43 PM EST

NORTH BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Bernard Kalb, a former television reporter for CBS and NBC who quit his job as a State Department spokesman to protest a U.S. government disinformation campaign against Libya, died Sunday. He was 100. His younger brother, Marvin Kalb, told The Washington...

Interpol says a top human trafficker arrested in Sudan

Jan. 05, 2023 16:21 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Eritrean national described as one of ‘’the world’s most wanted″ human traffickers has been arrested in Sudan after an international manhunt led by the United Arab Emirates, Interpol announced on Thursday. The suspect — identified as Kidane Zekarias...

Libya: Mass grave with 18 bodies found in ex-IS stronghold

Jan. 01, 2023 10:07 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libyan authorities on Sunday said they have found 18 bodies buried in a mass grave in a former stronghold of the Islamic State group along the conflict-stricken North African nation's coast. The Missing Persons Authority said in a statement the bodies were unearthed in...

Libya says boat with 700 Europe-bound migrants intercepted

Dec. 31, 2022 04:58 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A vessel carrying at least 700 migrants was intercepted off the eastern coast of Libya, the coast guard said. It was one of the largest interceptions in recent months of migrants seeking a better life in Europe through the war-torn North African country. The coast...

Economic pain, Turkish strikes drive Syrian Kurds to Europe

Dec. 21, 2022 14:43 PM EST

QAMISHLI, Syria (AP) — Baran Ramadan Mesko had been hiding with other migrants for weeks in the coastal Algerian city of Oran, awaiting a chance to take a boat across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. Days before the 38-year-old Syrian Kurd was to begin the journey, he received...