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Libya seeks extra week to form unity govt under UN deal

Tripoli - Libya's presidential council said Monday it needs one more week to form a national unity government, after the country's internationally recognised parliament rejected an initial line-up.

Deadly air strike hits hospital in east Libya: Medic

Benghazi - An air strike hit a hospital in Derna in eastern Libya on Sunday, killing four people including a woman and her child and two anti-government fighters, a doctor said.

U.S. weighs options as IS presence soars in Libya

Washington - Islamic State fighters have streamed into Libya in recent months, a US official said Thursday, heightening fears the extremists are gaining ground and influence in the north African country.

Anti-IS coalition vows to step up military campaign in Iraq, Syria

Rome - The US-led coalition of countries combatting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria vowed Tuesday to "accelerate and intensify" their fight against the jihadist group, pledging more cash for reconstruction work and broader military action.

EU, Africa urge unity govt in Libya to counter IS

Tripoli - International pressure mounted Sunday on Libya to form a national unity government as the Islamic State jihadist group expands at the doorstep of Europe and the rest of Africa.

Belgium arrests 4 seeking to go to Syria, Libya

Brussels - Belgian police on Saturday arrested four people on suspicion they planned to go to Syria and Libya, the federal prosecutor's office said, as the nation remains on high alert following the Paris attacks.

New Libya unity government to be proposed within 10 days

Tripoli - A revamped Libyan unity government will be proposed within 10 days, an official said Tuesday, after the internationally recognised parliament rejected an initial lineup in a blow to peace efforts.

Libya parliament rejects UN-backed unity government

Benghazi - Libya's internationally recognised parliament voted Monday to reject a UN-backed unity government, in a major blow to international efforts to end the country's unrest.

Libya unity government formed, UN urges support

Tripoli - A Libyan unity government was formed Tuesday under a UN-brokered deal aimed at ending years of bloodshed, but it was unclear whether the leaders have wide support from the warring sides.

Op-Ed: GNC Libyan government threatens to arrest GNA security officials

Tripoli - Prime Minister Khalifa Ghwell of the General National Congress (GNC), based in Tripoli, has ordered that any member of a new Security Team from the Government of National Accord (GNA) who enters territory controlled by Libya Dawn be ordered arrested.

Italy treating Libyan police victims of IS group bomb

Rome - Italy said Tuesday it was treating 15 Libyan police officers injured in a January 7 truck bombing that has been claimed by the Islamic State group.

EU pushes Libya peace as IS claims deadly blasts

Tunis - The EU urged Libyan politicians to back a unity government, as the Islamic State group claimed suicide bombings that killed dozens and sparked fears of a jihadist expansion on Europe's doorstep.

IS claims Libya bombing, EU chief pushes peace plan

Tripoli - The Islamic State group has claimed a deadly suicide bombing at a checkpoint in Libya's oil heartland, as EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini seeks to shore up support for a unity government.

Blair urged Kadhafi to find 'safe place' in 2011: Transcripts

London - Former British prime minister Tony Blair urged Moamer Kadhafi to stand aside and find a bolthole in the early days of the 2011 Libyan uprising, telephone transcripts released Thursday showed.

More than 50 dead in bombing at Libya police school

Zliten - A suicide truck bombing on a police school in the Libyan city of Zliten killed more than 50 people on Thursday, in the deadliest attack to hit the strife-torn country since its 2011 revolution.

Libya oil storage tanks set on fire during IS assault

Benghazi - At least four oil storage tanks have been set ablaze during deadly fighting in Libya as the Islamic State group tries to seize export terminals, the National Oil Company said Wednesday.

IS presses assault on key Libya oil region

Tripoli - Fighting raged between the Islamic State group and Libyan forces Tuesday as the jihadists pushed on the country's crucial coastal oil terminals.

Op-Ed: RT reports 1,000 UK troops deployed to Libya to fight Daesh

Tripoli - Several sources report UK commandos have been deployed to Libya to stop the advance of the Islamic State threatening key oil fields and the Es Sidra oil export terminal.

IS jihadists attack key Libya oil facility

Benghazi - The Islamic State jihadist group launched attacks near key oil facilities in northern Libya on Monday but were pushed back, an army official said.

Waiting to leave Libya's 'cemetery of the unknown'

Tripoli - On the outskirts of Libya's capital, Imad wipes the dirt from the tombstone of his brother, one of hundreds of migrants whose journey ended in the "cemetery of the unknown".

Christmas carols bring solace to Libya's fearful Christians

Tripoli - In the capital of war-torn Libya, a dwindling Christian community of foreign workers leave their fears and anxieties at the church door as they gather for Christmas carols and laughter.

West pushes for Libyan unity as bulwark against IS

Paris - The West has heaped pressure on rival Libyan politicians to form a unity government as the need for a stable ally to take on Islamic State jihadists in the country grows ever more pressing.

Pope welcomes UN-backed roadmap on Syria, efforts in Libya

Vatican City - Pope Francis welcomed a UN-backed roadmap to end the Syrian war on Sunday, and said recent efforts to establish a national unity government in Libya sparked hopes for an end to a political deadlock which has allowed jihadists and people-smugglers to fl...

Lebanon arrests former MP in connection with Kadhafi kidnap case

Birut - Lebanese authorities have arrested a former lawmaker in connection with the mysterious kidnapping of Hannibal Kadhafi, the high-rolling son of the late Libyan dictator, a security source told AFP Friday.

Libyan rivals sign disputed unity government deal

Skhirat - Rival Libyan politicians signed a deal Thursday to form a unity government despite opposition on both sides, in what the United Nations described as a "first step" towards ending the country's crisis.

IS eyes oil as it advances to Libyan interior: French minister

Paris - French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Monday that the Islamic State group was spreading from its stronghold on the Libyan coast to the interior of the country with the aim of getting access to oil wells.

World, Arab powers back Libya unity government as way to fight IS

Rome - A US and Italy-led coalition of world powers and regional players on Sunday urged Libya's warring factions to lay down their weapons and back a new national unity government under a UN peace plan due to be signed on Wednesday.

Son of late Libyan dictator Kadhafi 'freed after kidnapping'

Birut - Hannibal Kadhafi, the high-living businessman son of the late Libyan dictator, was freed on Friday evening several hours after he was kidnapped in Lebanon by an unknown armed group, security sources told AFP.

Libya rivals say they will sign UN-backed peace deal

Tunis - Libya's rival parliaments will next week sign a UN-sponsored agreement on forming a national unity government, they announced Friday, as world leaders press them to end chaos in the country.

Tunisia reopens Libya border

Tunis - Tunisia has reopened its border with Libya, 15 days after it shut the frontier following a suicide bombing in Tunis claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group, the interior ministry said Friday.
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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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Screenshot of video showing desecration of Benghazi War Cemetary by Libyan extremists
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Nader Ben Raween, 24, killed on August 23, 2011 during Libyan rebels' assault on Gadhafi's compound.
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The former prime minister of Libya, Mustafa Abushagur, who was dismissed by parliament.
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Ancient religious images in Cyrenaica, eastern Libya
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Refugees from Libya on the Libyan border
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A Tomahawk missile launched. More than 100 missiles were targeted at Libya's air-defense installations.
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Members of the Libyan army stand guard at a checkpoint.
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Musa Kusa, ex-Libyan foreign minister
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Rebels celebrate inside the 'Bab Al Aziziya' compound in Tripoli, Libya
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