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Migrants, most of them from Eritrea, react as they wait to be assisted by aid workers of the Spanish NGO Open Arms, after fleeing Libya on board a precarious wooden boat in the Mediterranean sea, about 110 miles north of Libya, on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Joan Mateu)

UN agency: Libyan navy intercepts over 80 EU-bound migrants

Jan. 22, 2021 8:12 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s coast guard intercepted on Friday more than 80 Europe-bound migrants in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of the North African country, the U.N. migration agency said. The migrants were returned to Libyan soil, said the International Organization for Migration. They will most...

UN: 43 Europe-bound migrants drown in shipwreck off Libya

Jan. 20, 2021 11:39 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A boat carrying migrants bound for Europe capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, drowning at least 43 people, the U.N. migration agency said Wednesday. The International Organization for Migration said the “tragic” shipwreck that took place a day earlier was...

Fire, blast at ammunition warehouse in western Libya kills 3

Jan. 20, 2021 4:09 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A fire, followed by an explosion at an ammunition warehouse at a naval academy in western Libya killed three people, including two officers, a Libyan spokesman said Wednesday. It was not clear what caused the overnight blaze at the academy in the town of Janzur, about 24 kilometers (14 miles)...

UN chief urges foreign fighters leave Libya by Saturday

Jan. 19, 2021 7:52 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief is urging the departure of all foreign fighters and mercenaries from Libya by Saturday as called for in the Oct. 23 cease-fire agreement signed by the warring sides after years of fighting split the oil-rich North African nation in two. Secretary-General Antonio...

Libya rivals meet in Egyptian resort for talks on elections

Jan. 19, 2021 10:39 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libyan officials from rival administrations began talks Tuesday in an Egyptian Red Sea resort on constitutional arrangements laying the legal groundwork for presidential and parliamentary elections later this year, the United Nations said. U.N. acting envoy for Libya, Stephanie Williams, said...

Arab League head hopes Biden changes Trump Mideast policies

Jan. 18, 2021 7:09 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the Arab League expressed hope Monday that the Biden administration will change President Donald Trump's policies and launch a political process supported by regional and international parties to achieve independence for the Palestinians. Ahmed Aboul Gheit,...

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2020 file photo, 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. Williams said Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021,  an advisory committee of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum agreed on a recommended mechanism for choosing a transitional government that would lead the conflict-stricken country to elections late this year. (AP Photo/Walid Haddad, File)

UN says breakthrough achieved in Libya transition talks

Jan. 17, 2021 1:00 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The top U.N. official for Libya said Saturday an advisory committee for representatives of Libya's different regions has proposed a way forward for choosing a transitional government that would lead the war-torn country to elections late this year. The talks in Geneva, structured around the...

Libya’s rival governments discuss unifying 2021 budget

Jan. 12, 2021 2:33 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Officials from Libya’s rival governments met Tuesday for talks aimed at unifying the national budget, officials said, another step forward in efforts to end the yearslong conflict in the oil-rich country. Finance minister of the U.N.-supported government based in the capital Tripoli,...

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...