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Gunmen assault luxury Tripoli hotel, at least nine dead

Tripoli - Gunmen stormed a hotel in Tripoli popular with diplomats and officials Tuesday in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group, killing at least nine people including five foreigners before blowing themselves up.

Libya army declares ceasefire after UN talks

Benghazi - Libya's army announced a ceasefire Sunday, joining an Islamist-backed militia alliance in declaring a truce that the UN hailed as a "significant" step towards ending months of violence.

IS group claims bomb attack on Algerian embassy in Libya

Tripoli - Assailants lobbed explosives at Algeria's embassy in the Libyan capital Saturday, wounding three people, a security official said, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group.

Militias announce Libya truce after Geneva accord

Tripoli - An Islamist-backed militia alliance on Friday announced a ceasefire in conflict-strewn Libya, following an agreement at UN-brokered peace talks between warring factions.

Violence in Libya since Kadhafi overthrow

Tripoli - Key events during the turmoil since Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi was toppled in October 2011.The country is currently run by rival parliaments and governments -- one close to Islamist-led groups and the other backed by the international community.

Libya's warring parties agree on roadmap for unity government

Geneva - Libya's warring factions have agreed on a roadmap to form a unity government after two days of UN-brokered talks in Geneva, touted as the last chance to avert total anarchy in the country.

'Last chance' Libya peace talks start in Geneva

Geneva - Peace talks between Libya's warring factions kicked off in Geneva Wednesday in what their United Nations mediator warned could be a last chance to prevent all-out chaos in the oil-rich country.

UN hosts 'last chance' Libya peace talks

Geneva - The United Nations gathered Libya's rival factions for talks in Geneva Wednesday, amid warnings they could be the last chance to halt intensifying fighting for the country's main cities and oil wealth.

Libya factions agree to UN-sponsored peace talks

Tripoli - The UN envoy to Libya, Bernadino Leon, held talks with both the two rival governments in the country and the two main military groups, Libyan Dawn and General Khalifa Haftar, the latter associated with the Tobruk, internationally recognized government.

IS in Libya claims it executed two Tunisian journalists

Tunis - The Libyan branch of the Islamic State group claimed Thursday to have executed two Tunisian journalists who went missing in September, in an online statement that sparked outrage in Tunis.

Thirteen Coptic Christians kidnapped in Libya

Tripoli - Altogether, at least 20 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya have been kidnapped within the last few days with 13 of the Egyptians working in Libya being taken by masked gunmen on Saturday in the city of Sirte.

UN postpones Libya peace talks again

New York - The United Nations postponed peace talks between Libya's warring factions which had been scheduled for Monday and no new date has been set for the meetings.

Libya appeals for weapons to battle militias

Cairo - Libya's internationally recognised government on Monday appealed for weapons to combat militias which have seized parts of the oil-rich but conflict-wracked nation, at an emergency meeting of the Arab League.

Deadly Libya strike on tanker draws Greek condemnation

Darnah - Libya's internationally recognised government said Monday that its aircraft bombed an oil tanker off the Islamist-held port of Derna, killing two crewmen and drawing condemnation from Greece.

Libya Islamists abduct 20 Egypt Christians: govt source

Benghazi - Islamist militants have abducted 20 Egyptian Christians in Libya in recent days, a source close to the government said.

Al-Qaeda suspect dies days before US trial

New York - A Libyan accused over the 1998 Al-Qaeda bombings of US embassies in Africa died on Friday, days before he was to stand trial in New York.

Al-Qaeda suspect dies days before U.S. trial

New York - A Libyan accused over the 1998 Al-Qaeda bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa died, days before he was to stand trial in New York, his lawyer said.

Op-Ed: Oil fires in Libya's largest oil port being contained

Tripoli - There have been fires at Es Sider the main oil export terminal for a week now. The fires have reportedly destroyed four days of Libya's oil production.

Suicide bomber targets Libyan parliament

Benghazi - A suicide bomber blew up a car outside the headquarters of Libya's internationally recognised parliament Tuesday, wounding three lawmakers, a legislator said.

First air strikes hit Libya's militia-held Misrata

Tripoli - Forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognised government carried out their first air strikes Sunday against militia-held third city Misrata, a spokesman said.

Car bomb hits diplomatic security building in Libyan capital

Tripoli - A car bomb exploded Saturday outside the diplomatic security building in Tripoli but caused no casualties, a Libyan official said, with the Islamic State group claiming responsibility.

Egyptian Coptic teen seized in Libya found dead, says hospital

Benghazi - An Egyptian Coptic Christian teenager abducted in Libya by armed men who killed her parents has been found dead, a hospital source said Friday.

22 Libya soldiers killed in speedboat attack on oil ports

Benghazi - Islamists killed at least 22 soldiers on Thursday after a surprise attack in which they used speedboats in a failed bid to seize some of Libya's main oil terminals, officials said.

Op-Ed: Libyan fighting in several areas with no sign of dialogue

Tripoli - Libyan Dawn border guards at the Ras Jadir crossing into Tunisia are reported to have fled across the border into Tunisia after being attacked by forces of the Libyan National Army. The LNA and General Haftar's militia are now merged.

Libyan forces repel Islamist attack on oil region

Benghazi - Islamist fighters launched a three-pronged attack Saturday on a key oil region in eastern Libya but were pushed back by pro-government forces, military officials said.

Raid targets Libya capital's only working airport

Tripoli - An air raid claimed by a renegade anti-Islamist general's forces targeted the Libyan capital's sole operational airport on Monday, a day after Islamists were driven out of a key western town.

Nearly 800 migrants rescued off Italy, Libya

Rome - A total 796 people were rescued from boats in distress in the Mediterranean in the last 48 hours, Italian and Libyan officials said Saturday, as unprecedented numbers of would-be immigrants head for Italy's shores.

Rival PM says new elections can save Libya

Tripoli - The head of Libya's self-declared government, Omar al-Hassi, has called in an interview with AFP for new elections to pull the violence-wracked nation back from chaos.

Op-Ed: Libya's civil strife and foreign intervention

Tripoli - The intervention in Libya politics traces back to foreign support for the rebellion against Gadaffi. The intervention not only involved western powers led by the US but also Arab countries with the UAE and Qatar supporting different rebel factions.

Libya PM says united forces aim to retake capital

Tripoli - Libya's internationally-recognised prime minister said Saturday that military forces in the strife-torn country had united to try to recapture Tripoli and the second city Benghazi from Islamist militias.
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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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The body of Ronnie Smith is pictured in the morgue at Benghazi Medical Center in Benghazi
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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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Re-arming French Mirage 2000D fighter jet to enforce the UN no-fly zone above Libya.
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People carry a man who was injured when Libyan militiamen opened fire into a crowd of protesters in Tripoli November 15, 2013
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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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Screenshot of video showing desecration of Benghazi War Cemetary by Libyan extremists
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Takeoff of a Mirage 2000-5 fighter jet to enforce the UN no-fly zone above Libya.
Takeoff of a Mirage 2000-5 fighter jet to enforce the UN no-fly zone above Libya.
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A Tomahawk missile launched. More than 100 missiles were targeted at Libya's air-defense installations.
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Libyan rebels in Tripoli's central square.
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An anti-government demonstration in Benghazi, Libya.
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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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A demonstrator at a Libya rally in Boston
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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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