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Italian navy smuggles cigarettes after Libya mission

Rome - An Italian naval vessel was used to smuggle crates of cigarettes while returning from a mission to stop migrants from travelling from Libya to Europe, the navy confirmed on Wednesday after revelations in the press.

UN renews Libya mission but no date for elections

New York - The UN Security Council on Thursday extended its political mission in Libya for a year but did not endorse a December 10 date for elections that was agreed during a Paris meeting four months ago.

US, UN sanctions target Libya militia leader

Washington - The United States and the United Nations imposed sanctions Wednesday against Libyan militia leader Ibrahim Jadhran, whose forces attacked oil terminals in eastern Libya in June.

Rockets target airport despite fragile truce in Libya capital

Tripoli - The Libyan capital's only working airport has come under rocket fire just days after reopening following a UN-backed ceasefire between rival armed groups vying for influence in the oil-rich country.

Two dead in suspected IS suicide bomb attack on Libya oil company

Tripoli - Suicide bombers suspected of being from the Islamic State group stormed the headquarters of Libya's National Oil Company on Monday and killed at least two people, officials said.

Headquarters of Libya national oil firm under attack

Tripoli - Armed men on Monday stormed the headquarters of Libya's National Oil Company in Tripoli where a blast and gunfire were heard, witnesses and a security source said.

UN says 'criminals' impersonating its staff in Libya to target migrants

Geneva - The UN decried Saturday "reliable reports" that smugglers and traffickers were impersonating its staff in Libya to target desperate migrants and refugees, and demanded action to hold them to account.

Rescued migrants must not be sent back to Libya: UN

Paris - Migrants and asylum-seekers rescued while trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe should not be sent back to Libya, where they risk "serious abuses," the UN's human rights agency has warned.

UN brokers ceasefire to end deadly clashes in Libya capital

Tripoli - The UN mission in Libya said it brokered a ceasefire on Tuesday to end a week of clashes in the capital Tripoli that have killed dozens and forced thousands to flee their homes.

Fighting in Tripoli displaces thousands: UN-backed govt

Tripoli - Fighting in and around the Libyan capital has displaced thousands of people, the government said Tuesday as the UN prepared to host talks seeking to halt the violence.

France partly to blame for Libya crisis: Italian minister

Rome - France is partly to blame for the crisis in Libya, Italy's Defence Minister Elisabetta Trenta said Monday, ruling out Italian military intervention there.

Hundreds escape prison near Libya's Tripoli: police

Tripoli - Some 400 detainees escaped after a riot on Sunday at a prison in the southern suburbs of the Libyan capital Tripoli, theatre of a week of deadly battles, the police said.

UN chief condemns escalating violence in Libya

New York - United Nations chief Antonio Guterres on Saturday called for an end to violence in Libya in accordance with a UN-brokered ceasefire agreement.

Chad forces bombard rebel positions on Libyan border

Ndjame - Chad forces bombarded rebel positions around Tibesti, a town in the far north on the Libyan border, security and local sources told AFP Saturday.

Rockets pummel Libya's Tripoli as rival militias clash

Tripoli - Rockets rained on several parts of the Libyan capital Saturday despite a truce to end fighting between rival militias, with one projectile hitting a popular hotel and wounding three people, rescuers and medics said.

Flights suspended from Libyan capital Tripoli's only working airport: source

Tripoli - The only operational airport in the unrest-hit Libyan capital Tripoli suspended all flights Friday, an airport source said, after fierce fighting near the city that has left at least 39 dead this week.

Migrants caught in Libya capital clashes evacuated: UNHCR

Tripoli - Hundreds of migrants held in a detention centre south of the Libyan capital were evacuated this week amid fierce clashes between armed groups, the UN's refugee agency said Thursday.

27 dead after days of clashes near Libya capital: ministry

Tripoli - At least 27 people have been killed and 100 wounded in several days of fighting between rival militias near the Libyan capital, the health ministry said Thursday.

Deadly clashes in Libya show challenges of holding polls

Tripoli - Deadly clashes in Libya's capital this week underscore the huge challenges of holding planned elections later this year in the chaos-hit North African country, analysts say.

IS claims deadly Libya checkpoint attack

Tripoli - The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Saturday for a deadly attack earlier this week on a checkpoint in western Libya, as Libyan authorities announced the arrest of the suspected perpetrators.

Libya refuses to take migrants rejected by Italy

Tripoli - Libya has refused to take in a group of 177 migrants stranded on an Italian coastguard boat off a Sicilian port after Rome insisted they would not be allowed to disembark.

Checkpoint attack kills four Libyan soldiers: mayor

Tripoli - An attack on a checkpoint between the Libyan capital and the town of Zliten killed four soldiers of the UN-backed unity government on Thursday, the town's mayor said."The attack was carried out with grenades and light weapons at 7:45 AM (0545 GMT).

'Blast fishing' thrives in Libya's chaos

Tripoli - Residents of Tripoli's seafront wake up most weekends to loud blasts: fishermen using dynamite to maximise their catch, regardless of the damage they are causing to marine life.

Darfur rebels strengthen foothold in Libya: UN report

New York - Rebel groups from Sudan's Darfur region are strengthening their foothold in Libya, building up their military strength in a bid to return to Sudan and fight on, according to a confidential report seen by AFP on Wednesday.

Libya condemns 45 to death for 2011 demo killings: ministry

Tripoli - A Libyan court on Wednesday sentenced to death by firing squad 45 militiamen for killing demonstrators in Tripoli during the 2011 uprising against dictator Moamer Kadhafi, the justice ministry said.

Italian boat accused of breaking law by taking migrants to Libya

Rome - Migrant rescue charities operating in the Mediterranean said Tuesday that an Italian boat may have violated international law by taking more than 100 migrants it had saved back to Libya.

Manchester bomber evacuated from Libya in 2014: report

London - The suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a pop concert in Manchester was rescued by the British navy from conflict-ridden Libya three years earlier, it was reported on Tuesday.

EU migrant policy suffers blow as Italy, Libya reject proposals

Apo - The European Union's migrant strategy suffered a major new setback Friday with Italy refusing to freely accept people rescued at sea and Libya spurning a proposal for asylum processing centres.

Libya rejects EU plan for asylum processing centres

Berlin - Libya's prime minister said Friday he would not allow the EU to set up asylum processing centres in his country, in a new setback for European leaders seeking to curb new migrant arrivals.

Children among eight migrants who suffocated in Libya truck

Tripoli - Eight migrants, mostly children, suffocated to death trapped in a refrigerator truck carrying around 100 people in western Libya, security forces said on Monday.
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