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Libya’s UN-supported government’s interior minister Fathi Bashagha is interviewed on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 in Tripoli Libya.  Bashagha says he hopes that bringing stability to his war-torn country will become a top priority for the Biden administration. Bashagha also told The Associated Press he would be ready to take on the role of prime minister in a yet-to-be-formed unity government.   (AP Photo/Hazem Turkia)

AP interview: Libyan minister hopes for support from Biden

Jan. 8, 2021 11:56 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The powerful interior minister of Libya’s U.N.-backed government, seen as a contender for the post of prime minister, has expressed hopes that bringing stability to his war-torn country would become a top priority for the incoming Biden administration. He also announced an...

Rights group: Tripoli should probe town's 338 missing people

Jan. 7, 2021 8:36 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A leading rights group on Thursday urged Libya's U.N.-backed government to investigate the fate of hundreds of people missing from a key town near the capital, Tripoli. Dozens of mass graves were found there after the withdrawal of a much-feared militia last summer. In a statement, Human...

In this photo provided by the Saudi Royal Court, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right, welcomes Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani upon his arrival to attend the Gulf Cooperation Council's 41st Summit in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. (Saudi Royal Court via AP)

Gulf Arab leaders sign declaration to ease rift with Qatar

Jan. 5, 2021 4:21 PM EST

AL-ULA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Gulf Arab leaders signed a declaration Tuesday to ease a rift with Qatar, following Saudi Arabia’s decision to end a 3 1/2-year embargo of the tiny energy-rich country that deeply divided regional U.S. security allies and frayed social ties across the Arabian Peninsula....

UN chief recommends Libya cease-fire monitors based in Sirte

Jan. 4, 2021 11:20 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is recommending that international monitors be deployed to Libya under a U.N. umbrella to observe the October cease-fire agreement from a base in the strategic city of Sirte, the gateway to the country's major oil fields and export terminals. The...

FILE - In this May 9, 2019 file photo, provided by Egypt's presidency media office, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, right, walks with military commander Khalifa Hifter, the head of the self-styled Libyan National Army, in Cairo, Egypt. Diplomats and intelligence officials from Egypt arrived in Libya’s capital, Tripoli on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, the most senior Egyptian delegation to visit the western part of the north African country in years. Egypt views the instability in neighboring Libya as a national security threat and has backed Hifter who controls eastern and southern Libya, and attempted to seize Tripoli in a campaign collapsed earlier this year after Turkey's heavy military support to his rivals in Tripoli. (Egyptian Presidency Media office via AP, File)

Egypt delegation visits Libyan capital, meets Tripoli gov't

Dec. 27, 2020 1:07 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian diplomats and intelligence officials arrived in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Sunday, Libyan officials said, the most senior Egyptian delegation to visit the western part of the conflict-stricken country in years. The Egyptian delegation was headed by Ayman Badea, the deputy chief...

UN: Libya’s rivals swap prisoners, part of cease-fire deal

Dec. 26, 2020 8:29 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s rival leaders kicked off a U.N.-brokered prisoner exchange, United Nations and Libyan officials said Saturday, which was part of a preliminary cease-fire agreement between the warring Libyan groups. The exchange of a first batch of prisoners, supervised by a joint military...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020 file photo, Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter joins a meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens.  The Libyan commander who launched an offensive last year to capture the capital Tripoli from the U.N.-recognized rival government has threatened to use force against Turkish troops if Ankara does not stop interfering in the war-stricken North African country.  Hifter’s comments come in response to the Turkish parliament’s decision to extend for 18 months a law that allows the deployment of Turkish troops to Libya. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

Commander threatens to target Turkish forces in Libya

Dec. 24, 2020 1:55 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A Libyan commander who launched an offensive last year to capture the capital Tripoli from the U.N.-recognized rival government threatened Thursday to use force against Turkish troops if Ankara doesn't stop interfering in the war-stricken North African country. Khalifa Hifter's comments came...

Turkish parliament extends law for troop deployment to Libya

Dec. 23, 2020 1:46 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s parliament extended for 18 months a law that allows the deployment of Turkish troops to Libya. The bill renewed a one-year mandate that came into force in January following a security and military agreement with the U.N.-backed administration in Tripoli, in western Libya. ...

Italy: 18 fishermen seized by Libya in fishing dispute freed

Dec. 17, 2020 7:55 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Eighteen Italian fisherman, who were seized in September by Libyan authorities in a fishing dispute have been freed, the Italian government announced Thursday. Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said he and Premier Giuseppe Conte went to Benghazi to bring the Sicily-based fishermen back. ...

Libya’s Central Bank approves new official exchange rate

Dec. 16, 2020 1:26 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s Central Bank said its board has approved a single official exchange rate for its currency, the dinar, following its long-awaited meeting Wednesday. The United Nations hailed the move as “important and much needed” amid a years-long conflict that crippled the...