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Libya's central bank, torn by civil war, says it will unify

Jan. 20, 2022 19:38 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s central bank said on Thursday that it has started a process to reunify after being split for years during the country’s civil war. In a statement Friday, the bank said that the reunification of the bank’s institutions will be implemented in stages. The...

Libya aims to maintain oil output after elections delay

Jan. 19, 2022 15:48 PM EST

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — The head of Libya’s national oil company said on Wednesday that his country is targeting an output of 1.2 million barrels of oil a day in 2022. Mustafa Sanallah, the head of Libya’s national oil corporation, said in a press conference in Tripoli that the...

UN chief: Over 12,000 detainees held officially in Libya

Jan. 17, 2022 18:12 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Over 12,000 detainees are held officially in 27 prisons and detention facilities across Libya and thousands more are held illegally and often in “inhumane conditions in facilities controlled by armed groups or `secret’ facilities,” the United Nations chief said in a...

UN official: Libya elections could be rescheduled for June

Jan. 17, 2022 16:47 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A senior U.N. official said she is pushing for Libya to hold elections by June, after the county missed a December deadline to elect its first president since the 2011 ouster and killing of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Stephanie Williams, the U.N. special adviser...

Libyan security forces break up protest sit-in by migrants

Jan. 10, 2022 11:16 AM EST

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Libyan security forces raided and violently broke up a protest sit-in by migrants outside a shuttered U.N. community center in the capital of Tripoli, activists and migrants said Monday. The troops came overnight, smashed up the protest site and...

Libya’s chief prosecutor orders culture minister jailed

Dec. 29, 2021 12:01 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s top prosecutor on Wednesday ordered the country's culture minister jailed pending an investigation into allegations of corruption. General Prosecutor Al-Sediq al-Sour said in a statement that Minister Mabrouka Othman would be jailed for four days pending the...

EXPLAINER: Libya future at stake after failing to hold vote

Dec. 29, 2021 10:34 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya failed to hold its first presidential election as planned this month, a major blow to international efforts to end a decade of chaos in the oil-rich Mediterranean country. The postponement of the Dec. 24 vote has opened up uncertainty over what comes next in the...

Analysis: As US focus wanes, Mideast turns inward for talks

Dec. 28, 2021 20:54 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — After years of looking abroad for answers, countries in the Middle East now appear to instead be talking to each other to find solutions following two decades defined by war and political upheaval. The American withdrawals from Afghanistan and...

Libyan lawmakers meet over delayed presidential election

Dec. 27, 2021 15:11 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libyan lawmakers met Monday to discuss the myriad challenges that forced a postponement of the long-awaited presidential election this month. The postponement was a major blow to international efforts to end a decade of chaos in the oil-rich North African country. The...

Iraq receives bodies of 16 drowned Kurdish migrants

Dec. 26, 2021 11:39 AM EST

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The bodies of 16 Iraqi Kurdish migrants who drowned last month as they attempted to cross the English Channel were repatriated to northern Iraq on Sunday. The Nov. 24 disaster, in which 27 migrants died, has been described as the worst on record involving...