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Libya factions sign 'permanent' ceasefire

Geneva - Libya's two rival factions signed a "permanent" ceasefire agreement Friday after five days of talks at the United Nations, which hailed the move as a moment that will go down in history.

UN Libya envoy 'optimistic' on ceasefire prospects

Geneva - Libya's rival factions have agreed to maintain a lull in fighting and open internal land and air routes, the UN's envoy to the troubled North African country said Wednesday, expressing optimism about prospects for a ceasefire.

UN Libya envoy 'optimistic' on ceasefire prospects

Geneva - The UN's Libya envoy said Wednesday she was "quite optimistic" about the prospects of a ceasefire emerging from talks under way in Geneva between the two warring factions in the troubled north African country.

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.

French ex-president loses challenge to cash-from-Libya case

Paris - Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy lost his bid Thursday to throw out an inquiry into claims he used Libyan cash for his 2007 presidential campaign, a ruling that could require him and several associates to stand trial.

Ex-president Sarkozy to learn fate in cash-from-Libya case

Paris - A Paris appeals court will rule Thursday on a legal challenge by ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy and former aides against an investigation into claims that Libyan money was used in his 2007 election campaign.

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.

Turkey frees reporters convicted in state secrets trial

Istanbul - An Istanbul court on Wednesday handed multiple prison sentences to five reporters convicted of violating the law on coverage of Turkey's spy agency but ordered their release pending appeals.

Armed men abducted six, wounded others in Libya rally: Amnesty

Tunis - Armed men have abducted at least six peaceful protesters in Libya's capital and used live fire to disperse a demonstration wounding others, Amnesty International said on Wednesday.

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.

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.

Italy defence ministry seeks closer ties with Libya

Rome - Italy's defence ministry said on Wednesday it would strengthen cooperation with Libya, citing a willingness for improved relations with the war-torn country's UN-recognised government.

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.

Italy warns of migrant strain as virus repercussions felt

Lampedusa - Italy's interior ministry on Wednesday said it was finding the migrant situation "much more complex" than in previous years, and was upping returns to Tunisia as it struggled to house new arrivals.

Thousands of migrants dying on trek across Africa: UN

Geneva - Thousands of migrants have died after suffering "extreme" abuse while crossing Africa, according to a UN report on Wednesday that estimated 72 people perish each month on the continent's routes.

Egypt parliament greenlights possible intervention in Libya

Apo - Egypt's parliament on Monday greenlighted a possible deployment of troops outside its borders, after President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi spoke of potential military operations in neighbouring Libya.

US targets Russia group over Libya mines, Sudan suppression

Washington - The United States on Wednesday accused a Russian mercenary group of laying landmines in and around Tripoli and imposed sanctions over its alleged cooperation with Sudan's ousted dictator.

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.

UN chief denounces 'unprecedented' foreign interference in Libya

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday that foreign interference in the Libya conflict has reached "unprecedented levels," with sophisticated equipment and mercenaries involved in the fighting.

Pope condems 'hell' of migrant detention camps in Libya

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned the "hellish" migrant detention camps in Libya on the seventh anniversary of his trip to Lampedusa, where many of those fleeing the country for Europe by sea land.

France pulls out of NATO Med operation over Turkey tensions

Paris - France said Wednesday it was suspending its participation in a NATO Mediterranean maritime security operation owing to the behaviour of Turkey, in a new escalation of a growing dispute between the two alliance allies.

Macron 'confident' of progress in Russia ties after Putin talks

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron is confident of progress in key areas with Russia, including notably the crisis in Libya, his office said on Friday after a video conference summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin.

Virus heats up migrant rescues in Mediterranean

The blazing heat of the sun hitting the Mediterranean Sea makes it an exhausting task to pull stranded migrants on to rescue ships.

France wants discussion 'without taboos' on EU-Turkey ties

Paris - France on Wednesday demanded a discussion "without taboos" within the EU on its relationship with Turkey, which officially remains a candidate to join the bloc despite a stalled membership process.

Arab League urges withdrawal of foreign forces from Libya

Apo - The Arab League on Tuesday called for the withdrawal of foreign forces in Libya and urged for talks on ending the conflict in the north African country.

UN orders probe of abuses in Libya conflict

Geneva - The UN's top rights body on Monday ordered a fact-finding mission to Libya to document violations committed since 2016 as International Criminal Court prosecutors said mass graves discovered there may constitute war crimes.

Egypt's Sisi warns of 'direct intervention' in Libya

Apo - Egypt's president warned Saturday that advances by Turkey-backed Libyan forces on the Libyan city of Sirte could prompt an Egyptian military intervention in the neighbouring country in support of Cairo's ally Khalifa Haftar.

Turkey says Haftar forces need to pull out from key city for Libya ceasefire 

Istanbul - Turkey on Saturday said Khalifa Haftar's forces in Libya need to withdraw from the strategic city of Sirte for a ceasefire agreement to be reached and accused France of "jeopardising" NATO security by backing him.
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An anti-government demonstration in Benghazi, Libya.
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Jamal al-Hajji, writer and political commentator was convicted of defamation on 31 December 2013 and sentenced to eight months in prison and a fine of 400,000 Libyan Dinar
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Much of downtown Misrata, though, such as on Tripoli Street pictured here, is beyond repair.
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Protesters calling for change in Libya
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Screen capture of a Libyan war plane crashing
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Canada has deployed six CF-18 fighter jets to enforce the no-fly zone over Libya.
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The Rixos Hotel in Tripoli, Libya
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The new post-Qaddafi Libyan flag.
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