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UN experts: Libya's security threatened by foreign fighters

May. 28, 2022 04:52 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Libya faces a serious security threat from foreign fighters and private military companies, especially Russia’s Wagner Group which has violated international law, U.N. experts said in a report obtained by The Associated Press. The experts also accused seven...

Rival Libya leader says he has no plans to rule from Tripoli

May. 26, 2022 12:19 PM EDT

SIRTE, Libya (AP) — One of Libya’s rival prime ministers told The Associated Press that he has no immediate plans to rule from the capital of Tripoli, after his attempted move there last week sparked clashes and fears of a return to widespread civil strife. In an interview late...

Rival Libya PM to set up govt in Sirte after Tripoli clashes

May. 18, 2022 11:52 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — One of Libya’s rival prime ministers said Wednesday he would seat his government in the central city of Sirte, after clashes forced him to abort his attempt the previous day to bring his Cabinet to the Libyan capital of Tripoli. Prime Minister Fathi Bashagha...

Clashes break out in Tripoli, drive rival Libyan PM away

May. 17, 2022 16:51 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An attempt by one of Libya’s rival prime ministers to seat his government in the capital of Tripoli triggered clashes Tuesday between competing militias, forcing the newly appointed premier to leave the city. The development underscored the fragility of the...

Libyan rivals resume U.N.-brokered talks on elections

May. 15, 2022 11:17 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Rival Libyan officials on Sunday resumed talks in the Egyptian capital, the latest U.N.-led efforts to agree on constitutional amendments for elections as the North African nation again finds itself at a political impasse. Twelve lawmakers from Libya’s east-based...

Hifter a no-show for deposition accusing him of war crimes

May. 09, 2022 17:46 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Libyan military commander who lived for decades in northern Virginia failed to show up for a deposition Monday in a federal lawsuit in which he is accused of war crimes. Khalifa Hifter had been scheduled to appear for seven hours in a long-sought video...

UN extends Libya mission after US-Russia clash

Apr. 29, 2022 19:14 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Friday to extend the U.N. political mission in Libya for three months, with the United States and Britain accusing Russia of blocking a longer and more substantive mandate that would include promoting reconciliation of the...

Oil facility damaged during clashes in western Libyan town

Apr. 23, 2022 18:38 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Clashes between government-allied militias in western Libya caused damage to a sprawling oil facility, the state-run oil company said Saturday, the latest blow to the energy sector in the chaos-stricken Mediterranean nation. The fighting erupted Friday in the coastal...

Libya's rival officials conclude election talks without deal

Apr. 19, 2022 11:11 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Rival Libyan officials wrapped up weeklong talks in the Egyptian capital without an agreement on constitutional arrangements for elections, the United Nations said Tuesday. Twelve lawmakers from Libya’s east-based parliament and 12 from the High Council of State, an...

Libya’s largest oil field closed as turmoil intensifies

Apr. 18, 2022 18:14 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Tribal leaders in southern Libya shut down the county’s largest oil field, authorities said Monday, the latest closure of an oil facility amid a bitter standoff between two rival governments. Oil production at the Sharara field has been stopped and the state-run...