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Families rescued off Libya allowed to land in Italy

Rome - Families with children saved in the Mediterranean by the German charity Sea-Watch were given permission to land in Italy Friday, despite the interior minister's "closed ports" policy.

Libyans band together to help Tripoli's displaced

Tripoli - Peering through the gate of a home in the western suburbs of Libya's war-torn capital, seven-year-old Chehab shyly looked on as children streamed down the nearby street."I'll just play by myself," he muttered, holding a ball under one arm.

Sea-Watch saves dozens more migrants off Libya

Rome - German charity Sea-Watch reported rescuing 65 migrants in distress off Libya on Wednesday, sparking an immediate warning from Rome to stay away from Italian waters.

UN demands Tunisia drop charges against arms expert

New York - The United Nations on Wednesday rejected Tunisia's reasons for the arrest in March of a UN expert on suspicion of espionage and demanded that charges against him be dropped.

Haftar's Libya offensive threatens international peace: EU

Apo - Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar's offensive against Tripoli represents a threat to international peace, the EU warned Monday.

Bangladeshi farmer among migrants saved by Tunisian fishermen

Zarzis - A Bangladeshi farmer watched dozens drown beside him in the Mediterranean before "God sent us the fishermen", who saved him from the cold waters and took him to Tunisia.

Battle for Libya's Tripoli gives chance to IS

Tripoli - The battle for Tripoli between rival Libyan forces both championing the fight against "terrorism" has created a security vacuum, allowing the Islamic State group a chance to re-emerge, analysts warn.

Three migrants drown off Tunisian coast, dozens missing

Tunis - A boat carrying around 70 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa has sunk in the Mediterranean, leaving three people dead and dozens missing, Tunisian officials said Friday.

Italian ships rescue 66 migrants off Libya

Rome - Sixty-six migrants were rescued in international waters off Libya on Thursday during two separate operations carried out by the Italian navy and a charity ship, raising the likelihood of a new stand-off over which port will take them in.

Libya's Haftar in second Cairo trip since Tripoli offensive

Apo - Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar was in Cairo on Thursday for the second time since he launched a military offensive on his country's capital, the Egyptian presidency said.

2 civilians dead in Libya attack claimed by IS

Tripoli - Two civilians were killed and four captured Thursday in a southern Libyan town held by strongman Khalifa Haftar, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group, sources said.

Macron reiterates 'support' for Libya's Sarraj, urges cease-fire

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron reiterated France's support for Libya's beleaguered Government of National Accord (GNA), after talks Wednesday with Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, the French presidency said in a statement.

Libya's Haftar forces say warplane downed near Tripoli

Tripoli - Troops loyal to Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar said Tuesday they shot down a warplane and captured its foreign "mercenary" pilot near the capital Tripoli.

Libya air strikes point to possible UAE involvement: UN report

New York - United Nations experts are investigating missile strikes near Libya's capital that were fired likely using Chinese-made drones and point to possible involvement by the United Arab Emirates, a confidential report shows.

Libya's Sarraj seeks Europe's help to stop Haftar assault

Tripoli - Libya's internationally recognised government said Monday its head Fayez al-Sarraj will tour Europe to seek support against an attack on Tripoli by strongman Khalifa Haftar, who urged his troops to "wipe out" government forces.

Libya's Haftar urges troops to 'wipe out' military opposition

Tripoli - Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, who launched an offensive against Tripoli last month, urged his troops to inflict "an even harder" lesson on forces loyal to the country's internationally recognised government.

Military stalemate, foreign players in Libya offensive

Tripoli - The month-old battle for Tripoli has turned into a military stalemate as rival Libyan forces dig in for the long haul and foreign powers vie for influence, experts said.

Cash-strapped and fearing war Tripoli residents grim as Ramadan looms

Tripoli - Shoppers throng Tripoli's Souk al-Hout market but their mood is sombre as Libya's capital is again hit by violence and prices have shot up ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Tunisia arrest of UN expert sparks diplomatic row

Tunis - Tunisia's arrest of an expert investigating possible violations of an arms embargo on war-torn Libya has sparked a diplomatic standoff between the North African country and the United Nations.

Fighting at Libya's main oil field condemned by company

Tripoli - Fighting took place overnight at Libya's main oil field, the National Oil Company said on Monday without identifying the combatants.

UN warns of worsening humanitarian situation in Libya

Tripoli - Fierce fighting for control of Libya's capital that has already displaced tens of thousands of people threatens to bring a further worsening of humanitarian conditions, a senior UN official has warned.

Pope appeals for evacuation of refugees in Libya camps

Vatican City - Pope Francis called Sunday for the evacuation of refugees held in detention camps in Libya, particularly women and children, as fighting there escalates.

Air raids on Libya's capital: AFP, witnesses

Tripoli - Air raids were carried out Saturday night on the Libyan capital Tripoli, according to AFP journalists and residents who heard loud explosions.

Libya asks UN to investigate Tripoli attacks

New York - Libya has asked the UN Security Council to dispatch a fact-finding mission to investigate attacks on civilians in Tripoli, according to a letter released Thursday.

France urged to suspend Libya boat delivery over migrant interception fear

Paris - Eight international NGOs including Amnesty International and Doctors Without Borders demanded Thursday that France suspend the delivery of boats to Libya's coastguard on concerns they would be used to intercept migrants.

France, Macron in spotlight over 'high-stakes' Libya policy

Paris - Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, head of the internationally-recognised government in Tripoli, angrily denounced France on Wednesday for supporting rival Khalifa Haftar, underlining the growing diplomatic tensions over the recent fighting there.

Western Libyans battle against 'new dictator' Haftar

He's only 20, but Mohamad is already fighting in his second Libyan conflict -- after battling the Islamic State group, he is now trying to stop a "new dictator" taking power.

UN says over 260 killed in Libya battle as African leaders meet

Tripoli - At least 264 people have been killed and over 1,200 wounded in weeks of fighting on the outskirts of Libya's capital, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, as African leaders called for an immediate ceasefire.

At least 264 dead in battle for Libya capital: WHO

Tripoli - At least 264 people have been killed and 1,266 wounded, including civilians, in an offensive by military strongman Khalifa Haftar to seize Libya's capital Tripoli, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

Egypt hosts Africa summits on Sudan, Libya crises

Apo - Egypt Tuesday hosted African leaders for summit talks on the upheavals in Sudan and Libya, as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi warned against "a slide into chaos".
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A Tomahawk missile launched. More than 100 missiles were targeted at Libya's air-defense installations.
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Libya forces press assault on IS in Sirte
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The former prime minister of Libya, Mustafa Abushagur, who was dismissed by parliament.
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Tony Blair, former British prime minister is widely criticized for offering Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi "the hand of friendship." Blair first visited Libya in 2004, and was instrumental in transforming a pariah state into an ally and helping BP to seal a big energy deal with Gaddafi's regime.
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LIBYA: Top officials of the U.S. Marines pose with soldiers and sailors assigned to embassy protection duty outside the U.S. embassy in Tripoli in 2013.
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A BBC News screenshot of Gaddafi moments after being shot. It is unclear if this shows him wounded or dead
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Musa Kusa, ex-Libyan foreign minister
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Italiano: Gelato by Aaron Logan
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Protesters outside the White House urge Obama to help Libya - 02/19/2011
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Demonstrations against the Gadaffi regime in Bayda
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