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Libya's eastern strongman urges troops 'drive out' Turkish forces

Tripoli - Eastern Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar has called on his fighters to "drive out" Turkish forces backing the UN-recognised government, as talks drag on to end long-running war in the oil-rich nation.

Turkey bolsters influence across North Africa's Maghreb

Tripoli - Turkey is boosting its influence across North Africa, analysts say, intervening militarily in war-torn Libya and using "soft power", trade and investment in Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.

Bodies of four children wash up on Libyan coast

Zawiya - The Libyan Red Crescent said the bodies of four children aged between five and 10 had washed ashore west of the capital Tripoli on Wednesday after a migrant boat sank.

Libya 4WD road warriors on bumpy ride to revive tourism

Libya - A road trip through Libya's desert would long have sounded like a holiday in hell but, two months into a ceasefire, adventurous travellers are exploring the Sahara by four-wheel drive.

Libyan father wants closure after son's forced disappearance

Libya - A year ago armed men took Mohamed al-Magri's son for questioning as fighting raged around the Libyan capital, and now he fears Haitham was killed and buried in a mass grave.

Second Libya shipwreck raises toll to around 100 in one day

Tripoli - A shipwreck off the Libyan coast has killed 20 people, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said, just hours after news of a separate incident in which at least 74 migrants died.

Libyans caught between fear of pandemic and scepticism

Tripoli - Haytham, tall and well-built, turns away customers without masks from a shop entrance in Libya's capital, telling them to return with a covering or buy one on the spot.

Libyan unity government chief says ready to step down

Tripoli - The head of Libya's UN-recognised Government of National Accord said Wednesday he planned to step down within six weeks as part of efforts to broker a peace agreement.

Haftar's Libyan National Army rejects Libyan ceasefire

Marshall Khalifa Haftar's self-named Libyan National Army (LNA) has rejected the ceasefire that was announced by the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in a statement last Friday.

Libya's warring rivals announce ceasefire welcomed by UN

Tripoli - Libya's warring rival governments announced in separate statements Friday that they would cease all hostilities and organise nationwide elections soon, an understanding swiftly welcomed by the United Nations.

Libya unity govt signs military accord with Qatar, Turkey

Tripoli - Qatar and Turkey have signed an accord to send military advisers and instructors for the armed forces of Libya's Government of National Accord, the UN-recognised GNA said.

German foreign minister warns of 'deceptive calm' in Libya

Tripoli - Libya faces a "deceptive calm" since fighting stalled around Sirte, the central hometown of fallen dictator Moamer Kadhafi, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned during a surprise visit on Monday.

Gloomy mood in war-torn Libya on eve of Eid al-Adha

Tajurah - Worn down by conflict, poverty and the pandemic, many Libyans are gloomy this year on the eve of the holy Muslim Feast of Sacrifice, or Eid al-Adha.

Libya's pro-Haftar assembly backs Egypt intervention if needed

Benghazi - The Libyan parliament aligned with strongman Khalifa Haftar has passed a motion supporting an Egyptian military intervention if needed against what it termed a Turkish "occupation".

Libya small businesses struggle to rebuild after waves of unrest

Tripoli - Libyan businessman Mahmud al-Sharkassi surveyed the ruins of his factory on the outskirts of war-scarred capital Tripoli, disheartened but determined to get back to work."This used to be the heart of my project.

Top Turkish diplomat makes surprise visit to Libyan capital

Tripoli - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday paid a surprise visit to Tripoli, the seat of Libya's UN-recognised government, backed by Ankara in a conflict between rival Libyan powers.

HRW calls on Libya's Haftar to probe alleged war crimes by his men

Tripoli - Human Rights Watch called on Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar on Tuesday to investigate alleged war crimes by his fighters after the discovery of mass graves in territory formerly under their control.

Landmines spell silent threat in Libyan former war zone

Tripoli - The smell of gunpowder still lingered in the battle-scarred south of Libya's capital when Hicham Suleiman, a teacher in his 50s, cautiously returned to his home.

UN voices 'horror' after reports of 8 Libya mass graves

Tripoli - The United Nations voiced "horror" after reports of the discovery of eight mass graves in an area recently seized by the unity government after forces loyal to eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar withdrew.

US urges Libya ceasefire as landmines kill 7 in capital

Tripoli - Washington called for a ceasefire in Libya and urged warring parties to protect its oil sector Wednesday as the unity government said landmines had killed at least seven people in the capital.
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