Latest Libya News

Venezuela wins seat on UN rights body despite opposition

Oct. 17, 2019 9:27 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Venezuela won a contested election for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday despite a campaign by over 50 organizations and many countries opposed to Nicolas Maduro's government and its rights record. There was scattered applause in the General Assembly chamber when its...

Libya official: Gunmen kill 2 women, 3 kids near capital

Oct. 17, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Gunmen killed two women and three children of the same family while they were driving on a highway near the capital, Tripoli, less than a week after an airstrike slammed into a house killing at least three civilians, a health official said Thursday. The city has been the scene of fighting...

Africans fail to get UN support for AU-UN envoy for Libya

Oct. 16, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — African members of the Security Council tried unsuccessfully Wednesday to appoint a joint African Union-United Nations envoy for conflict-torn Libya, in an apparent attempt to replace current U.N. envoy Ghassan Salame. South Africa, Ivory Coast and Equatorial Guinea were following up...

Libya's coast guard intercepts 90 Europe-bound migrants

Oct. 16, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard says it has intercepted 90 Europe-bound migrants off the country's Mediterranean coast. Spokesman Ayoub Gassim says a rubber boat with 90 African migrants, including seven women, was stopped on Tuesday off Khoms town, around 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of the capital,...

Libyan official: Tripoli is restricting our oil revenues

Oct. 16, 2019 8:04 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The head of Libya's parallel government in the east said rival, U.N.-backed authorities in Tripoli have restricted oil revenues to areas under its control, as eastern-allied militias battle to seize control of the capital. Libya remains split between two governments — one...

Libyan officials: Airstrike kills 3 civilians in Tripoli

Oct. 14, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An airstrike slammed into a house in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Monday, killing at least three civilians and wounding two others including a child, health authorities said. Tripoli has been the scene of fighting between rival militias since April. The U.N.-supported but weak government...

176 migrants rescued off Libya, 110 others turned back

Oct. 13, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Humanitarian groups on Sunday said they rescued 176 migrants on two rubber boats in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya while Tunisian authorities reported blocking a smuggling boat carrying 110 migrants from setting off for Italy. Doctors Without Borders and SOS Mediterranee said...

Can't quit Washington? Gowdy returns as Trump defender

Oct. 10, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trey Gowdy swore he'd had enough of Washington. Disgusted by what he'd seen, the Republican congressman from South Carolina retired from office last year, declaring his skills are better used "in a courtroom than in Congress." Now he's coming back for impeachment. A former prosecutor who...

The Latest: Former Trump Russia adviser to meet with Dems

Oct. 9, 2019 10:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on House Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump (all times local): 10:30 p.m. A former White House adviser who focused on Russia is expected to meet with three House committees behind closed doors Monday as part of Democrats' impeachment inquiry. That's...

New deadly migrant shipwreck hardens calls to revamp rescues

Oct. 7, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The deaths of at least 13 people early Monday on an overloaded migrant boat that capsized near the Italian island of Lampedusa have galvanized calls to shut down smuggler routes and revamp search-and-rescue efforts in the deadly central Mediterranean Sea. The Italian coast guard said one of...