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Libya suicide bombs kill soldiers as UN presses peace

Benghazi - A suicide car bomb killed at least seven soldiers in Libya's second city Benghazi Tuesday, the same day the United Nations unveiled a proposal aimed at ending violence plaguing the oil-rich country.

Libyan pro-government warplanes launch strikes near Tripoli

Tripoli - Libyan pro-government forces have targeted a weapons depot belonging to an Islamist-backed militia, as peace talks continued in Morocco and a UN special envoy met both sides late Monday.

Libya unity govt could get first names this week: UN envoy

Brussels - The first names for a new Libyan unity government could emerge this week after progress in UN-mediated talks between its warring parties, UN special envoy Bernardino Leon said Monday.

World powers hail resumption of Libya political dialogue

Washington - European powers and the United States welcomed renewed dialogue between Libya's rival political factions, amid UN-mediated talks aimed at reaching an agreement to form a unity government in the strife-torn country.

Op-Ed: Newsweek's narrative on Libya spinning the news

Tripoli - To spin a story it is not necessary to lie. Indeed, one can even present facts that count against the spin in order to present what Fox news would no doubt call a fair and balanced account of events.

Ex-Sarkozy aide charged in case linked to Libya funding probe

Paris - A former French interior minister was on Saturday charged with tax evasion and forgery in connection with a probe into allegations that former Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi helped finance Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 presidential election campaign.

Ex-Sarkozy aide arrested in Libya funding probe

Paris - Former French interior minister Claude Gueant was taken into custody on Friday in connection with a probe into the alleged financing by Moamer Kadhafi's Libya of Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 presidential election campaign.

Libya asks UN to approve arms contracts

New York - Libya urged the UN Security Council to approve a request for military purchases as it struggles to combat Islamic State extremists and protect its oil fields.

Huge surge in migrants entered EU in 2014: Frontex

Varsovia - Nearly triple the number of migrants entered the European Union in 2014 compared to the previous year, mainly due to refugees fleeing war in Syria, the bloc's border agency said Wednesday.

Anti-Islamist general named Libya army chief

Benghazi - A once-retired general leading a sweeping offensive against Islamists has been named head of the Libyan army loyal to the country's internationally recognised parliament, an official said, in a move expected to deepen divisions in the conflict-riven na...

Op-Ed: ISIS and Apocalyptic Islam — The threat and how to overcome it

The non-Muslim world, approximately 6 billion of us, is facing a challenge from fatalistic voices and actions born of Apocalyptic Islam — and we need to take action against this challenge.

More than 25,000 Egyptians flee Libya after beheadings

Cairo - More than 25,000 Egyptians have returned from neighbouring Libya since the Islamic State group posted a video earlier this month of the beheadings of Christian compatriots, the foreign ministry said Friday.

Libya could be next Syria, foreign minister warns

Paris - Libya's Foreign Minister Mohamed Dayri has called for Western military support, saying the growing threat from jihadist groups threatened to turn his country into another Syria."Time is running out," Dayri told AFP in an interview on Tuesday.

15,000 Egyptians flee Libya after warning

Cairo - Almost 15,000 Egyptians have flocked home from war-torn Libya via the border crossing at Sallum, state media reported Monday, after Islamic State group jihadists murdered 21 Coptic Christians.

All alone but full of hope: Lampedusa migrant stories

Lampedusa - "No mama, no papa. All alone." Eleven-year-old Tanjin knows just enough English to sum up his situation in heart-wrenching fashion.

IS claims deadly Libya bombings as crisis deepens

Tripoli - The Islamic State group claimed deadly suicide car bombings in Libya Friday as the international community struggles to find ways to end the chaos in the North African nation.

Gulf states back Qatar in row with Egypt over Libya

Riyadh - Gulf Arab states threw their support behind Qatar Thursday in a row with Egypt, which accused Doha of backing "terrorism" during heated discussions about Cairo's air strikes on jihadists in Libya.

Libya urges UN to lift arms embargo

New York - Libya's foreign minister urged the UN Security Council on Wednesday to lift an arms embargo to allow the country's military to fight jihadists, amid growing alarm over the threat from the Islamic State group.

Vatican, Italy on heightened alert over Islamist threat

Rome - Security at the Vatican and across Italy has been stepped up because of a perceived heightened risk of attacks by Islamist militants, officials said Wednesday.

Egypt drops UN bid for Libya military intervention: ministry

Cairo - Egypt said Wednesday a draft UN Security Council resolution on Libya submitted by Arab states makes no mention of the international military intervention against jihadists that Cairo originally proposed.

Arabs to ask UN to ease Libya arms embargo

Cairo - Arab states will ask the UN Security Council Wednesday to lift an arms embargo on weapons sales to Libya's internationally recognised government for its fight against jihadists, Egypt said.

Egypt urges lifting embargo to arm Libya forces

Cairo - Egypt called Wednesday on the United Nations to lift an arms embargo on Libya as Cairo pushes for greater international efforts to combat jihadists in its war-torn neighbour.

Italy warns world Libya a ticking time bomb, pledges peacekeeping

Rome - Italy on Wednesday issued its strongest warning yet about the danger of the Islamic State group establishing a stronghold in Libya from where it could attack Europe and destabilise neighbouring states.

Italy says 'evident risk' of ISIS merging with Libyan militias

Rome - Italy warned Wednesday that there was an 'evident risk' of Islamic State merging with other armed groups in Libya.

Egyptian retaliation for Islamic State beheadings kills civilians

Egyptian airstrikes carried out in retaliation for the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians by Islamic State fighters have killed at least seven Libyan civilians.

Tiny Italian island struggles to cope with tide of migrants

Lampedusa - Authorities on the Italian island of Lampedusa struggled Tuesday to cope with a huge influx of newly-arrived migrants as aid organisations warned the Libya crisis means thousands more could be on their way.

Egypt pushes for UN-backed intervention against Libya jihadists

Cairo - Egypt called Tuesday for UN-backed international intervention in Libya after launching air strikes on Islamic State targets in retaliation for the jihadist group's beheading of Egyptian Christians.

Renzi puts brakes on military action as Italy frets over Libya

Rome - Italy on Monday ruled out military intervention in Libya in the short term, despite mounting concern in Rome over the country's exposure to the fallout from the chaos engulfing its former colony.

Egypt strikes Libya jihadists after beheadings video

Cairo - Egypt carried out air strikes against Islamic State group targets in Libya on Monday after the jihadists posted a video showing the decapitation of 21 Coptic Christians, the military said.

IS in Libya says it has beheaded 21 Egyptian Christians

Cairo - The Islamic State group in Libya released a video on Sunday purportedly showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians, prompting Egypt's president to threaten a "suitable" punishment for the killings.
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The former prime minister of Libya, Mustafa Abushagur, who was dismissed by parliament.
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Members of the Libyan army stand guard along a street following clashes in Benghazi November 26, 2013. Libyan troops struggling to establish control across the country clashed with militants in the eastern city of Benghazi. At least nine people were killed in the fighting, officials said
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An anti-government demonstration in Benghazi, Libya.
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The Rixos Hotel in Tripoli, Libya
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Ancient religious images in Cyrenaica, eastern Libya
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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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Libyans voting last year for GNC members
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Protesters calling for change in Libya
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Protesters in Toronto supporting the Libyan uprising
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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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President Obama speaking about the crisis in Libya
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Muammar al-Gaddafi: The Green Book
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Much of downtown Misrata, though, such as on Tripoli Street pictured here, is beyond repair.
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Seif al-Islam Gadhafi captured in Libya
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Members of the Libyan army stand guard along a street following clashes in Benghazi November 26, 2013. Libyan troops struggling to establish control across the country clashed with militants in the eastern city of Benghazi
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