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Desert truffles are Libya's 'manna from heaven'

Libya - Braving the cold and hostile Libyan desert, Milad Mohammed scratches the ground to extract what he calls "manna from heaven" -- white truffles coveted as a delicacy at home and abroad.

UN to hold conference on Libya to pave way to elections

Tripoli - The United Nations said Wednesday it will organise an all-party conference next month to draw up a "roadmap" to lead Libya toward elections and out of the chaos in which it has plunged since a 2011 revolution.

Libya rivals agree to hold polls: UN

Tripoli - The head of Libya's internationally recognised government and a rival military strongman have met and agreed to hold elections aimed at ending years of instability, the United Nations said Thursday.

Libya rivals agree to hold polls: UN

Tripoli - The head of Libya's internationally recognised government and a military strongman who backs a rival administration in the country's east have met and agreed to hold elections, the United Nations said Thursday.

5,000 cases of tropical parasite in Libya: ministry

Tripoli - At least 5,000 cases of a potentially deadly tropical disease have been registered in Libya in the past six months, the country's health ministry said Wednesday.

Libyan strongman force takes key oil field in south: spokesman

Tripoli - A force loyal to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar announced Thursday it had taken control of a key oil field in the conflict-wracked country's south.

Libya strongman's force says seizes major southern oilfield

Benghazi - A force led by Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar, engaged in an offensive in southern Libya, said late Wednesday it had seized one of the country's biggest oil fields without a fight.

Fighting near Libyan capital kills photographer

Tripoli - A Libyan photographer who worked for Associated Press news agency was killed Saturday south of Libya's capital Tripoli where he was covering militia clashes, a medical source and family said.

Two days of clashes near Libya capital leave 10 dead

Tripoli - Two days of clashes between rival militias near Libya's capital Tripoli have left 10 people dead and 41 wounded, the health ministry said Thursday.

Libya strongman's forces launch operation to 'purge' south

Benghazi - The forces of Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar on Wednesday announced a military operation to "purge" jihadists and criminal gangs from the south of the conflict-hit nation.

Clashes in Libyan capital leave 5 dead: health ministry

Tripoli - A new round of clashes between rival militias in Libya's capital left at least five people dead Wednesday, the health ministry said, four months after fighting killed over 100.

UN warns against new clashes in Libya capital

Tripoli - The UN's Libya mission warned against clashes in the country's capital on Wednesday as tensions rose between rival militias, four months after clashes that left over 100 people dead.

Turkish minister says probing smuggled arms on Libya visit

Tripoli - Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced during a visit to Libya Saturday an investigation into a shipment of arms smuggled from his country to the conflict-hit North African nation.

Libya could vote on constitution in February: electoral commission

Tripoli - Libya's electoral commission could organise a referendum on a new constitution for the strife-torn country in February if it gets security guarantees and funds, its head said on Thursday."It is possible to organise a referendum on the constitution...

15 migrants dead after boat capsizes off Libya: survivors

Tripoli - Fifteen migrants died and 10 others survived 11 days at sea after their boat capsized off the coast of Libya, the Libyan Red Crescent said on Tuesday, citing the survivors.

Libya PM calls for 'common vision' ahead of crisis talks

Tripoli - The head of Libya's UN-backed government, Fayez al-Sarraj, urged the international community on Thursday to find a "common vision" for the chaos-hit North African nation, ahead of crisis talks in Sicily next week.

Libya's south falls prey to foreign armed groups

Tripoli - Neglected by rival authorities in Tripoli and the country's east, Libya's southern desert has increasingly become a hideout for foreign rebel groups that stand accused of stoking growing insecurity.

Libya replaces interior minister in security reform drive

Tripoli - The head of Libya's UN-backed government on Sunday reshuffled key cabinet posts, replacing the interior minister amid efforts to bolster security in the wake of fighting around Tripoli.

'Jewel of Roman Empire' faces Libya dangers

Sabratha - Perched on the edge of Libya's Mediterranean coast, the ancient city of Sabratha remains an awe-inspiring spectacle, the pink columns of its amphitheatre towering above turquoise waters.

UN envoy says hard to hold Libya elections in December

Tripoli - The UN envoy to Libya told AFP that it will be difficult to hold elections as hoped on December 10, following a new wave of fighting in the North African nation."There is still a lot to do.
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