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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.

Libya's unity forces in battle to retake strategic Sirte

Tripoli - Fighters loyal to Libya's UN-recognised government Sunday kept up their counter-offensive against forces of strongman Khalifa Haftar, but fighting stalled on the outskirts of the strategic city of Sirte.

Libya govt says Sirte offensive launched as general backs ceasefire

Tripoli - Forces loyal to Libya's UN-recognised government said they launched an offensive Saturday to seize the strategic city of Sirte, as rival strongman Khalifa Haftar backed an Egypt-proposed ceasefire following a string of military setbacks.

Libya government says retakes Haftar's last redoubt in west

Tarhuna - Forces loyal to Libya's UN-recognised government celebrated another victory against rival strongman Khalifa Haftar Friday after overrunning his last western stronghold, launchpad of an abortive 14-month assault on Tripoli.

Libya's UN-recognised govt claims full control of Tripoli, suburbs

Tripoli - Libya's UN-recognised government said Thursday it was back in full control of Tripoli and its suburbs, capping a string of victories against eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar and vowing to take the whole country.

Libya unity govt claims full control of Tripoli, suburbs

Tripoli - Libya's UN-recognised unity government said Thursday that it was back in full control of the capital and its suburbs after more than a year of fighting off an offensive by eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar.

Libya rivals agree return to ceasefire talks: UN

Tripoli - The United Nations' Libya mission said Tuesday the country's warring parties had agreed to restart talks aimed at reaching a lasting ceasefire, after a three-month suspension.
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