Latest Libya news

  • Tunisia PM: Destroying migrant boats won't stop Europe flow 18 hours ago

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Tunisia's prime minister says a European Union proposal to destroy boats used by smugglers to ferry migrants to Europe from Libya probably won't work and is risky because it is similar to military intervention. More »

  • IS seizes control of airport in Libya's Sirte: Tripoli govt
    IS seizes control of airport in Libya's Sirte: Tripoli govt 19 hours ago

    The Islamic State jihadist group has seized control of the airport in the city of Sirte after forces of a Tripoli-based Libyan government withdrew, a spokesman said Friday. More »

  • Islamic State affiliate in Libya takes civilian airport 21 hours ago

    BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libya's Islamic State affiliate took control of a civilian air base in the central city of Sirte, a militia spokesman and an IS statement said, in the latest gains by the extremist group exploiting Libya's lingering chaos. More »

  • Second migrant call-out for LÉ Eithne: 300 men, women and children rescued from …
    Second migrant call-out for LÉ Eithne: 300 men, women and children rescued from … Fri, May 29, 2015

    The Defence Forces’ flagship rescued the migrants to the north of Libya in the early hours of this morning. More »

  • Navy Saves Young Migrants Crammed Into Boat
    Navy Saves Young Migrants Crammed Into Boat Fri, May 29, 2015

    The Royal Navy's flagship has saved more than 360 migrants - including 50 young children - crammed into a wooden boat trying to cross the Mediterranean. HMS Bulwark intercepted the stricken boat north of Libya and sent five landing craft to rescue the 369 people crowded on board. HMS Bulwark's Commanding Officer Captain Nick Cooke-Priest said he was sure the migrants would have died without help. More »

  • Libya's rival government conducts air strikes on Islamic State in Sirte … Thu, May 28, 2015

    Military aircraft belonging to a rival Libyan government on Thursday attacked Islamic State positions in and around the central city of Sirte, where the radical group claimed to have seized an air base, a government official said. Islamic State has exploited the general turmoil and security vacuum in Libya to build up a presence in several cities, where two governments are vying for power four years after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi. The militants earlier this year seized Gaddafi's home town of Sirte, pushing to its suburbs a force loyal to a rival government in Tripoli which had expelled the official Premier Abdullah al-Thinni to the east in August. More »

  • More than 700 migrants rescued in Mediterranean
    More than 700 migrants rescued in Mediterranean Thu, May 28, 2015

    A total of 741 migrants who set sail from Libya in the hopes of reaching Europe were rescued in the Mediterranean on Thursday, the Italian coastguard said. More »

  • Libya tribal chiefs set up council to aid peace efforts
    Libya tribal chiefs set up council to aid peace efforts Thu, May 28, 2015

    Libyan tribal leaders wrapped up a four-day meeting Thursday in Cairo by announcing the creation of a unified council to help find a solution to their strife-torn country. More »

  • Libya on verge of economic collapse, U.N. envoy warns
    Libya on verge of economic collapse, U.N. envoy warns Thu, May 28, 2015

    By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Libya is on the verge of economic collapse as rival factions haggle over a political settlement, the United Nations special envoy said on Thursday. Bernardino Leon, who has been trying for months to broker an agreement on a national unity government for Libya, said the United Nations was preparing a new draft of a possible political agreement which it hoped to give to the feuding parties in the first week of June. More »

  • African migrants heading for Europe die of hunger and thirst in Sahara desert …
    African migrants heading for Europe die of hunger and thirst in Sahara desert … Thu, May 28, 2015

    The number of people attempting to cross the vast desert to reach Libya and then Europe could more than double this year to 100,000, according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). The town of Agadez in Niger is one of the main transit points in the Sahara for migrants leaving impoverished West African nations in search of a better life. Migrants, some of them just teenagers, scramble onto the back of a truck in Agadez, jostling for a place on the journey north across 1,200km of dunes to Sabha in southern Libya – a route plagued by bandits and scorched by the relentless desert sun. More »

  • African migrants risk all in Sahara to reach Europe
    African migrants risk all in Sahara to reach Europe Thu, May 28, 2015

    By Daniel Flynn AGADEZ, Niger (Reuters) - In a sandy compound in the Niger desert town of Agadez, a white-turbaned imam blesses a circle of African migrants, some of them little more than boys, to protect them on the journey across the Sahara toward Europe. A smuggler then gives a signal and the migrants scramble onto a white Toyota Hilux, jostling for a place on the 1,200-km journey to Sabha in southern Libya – a route plagued by bandits and the pitiless desert sun. Some 2,000 migrant deaths in Mediterranean waters between the Libyan and Italian coasts this year have prompted alarmed European governments to tighten maritime patrols to stem an influx of migrants in boats from Libya, which has been in widespread chaos since rebels toppled Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. More »

  • EU border agency rescue effort moved closer to Libya
    EU border agency rescue effort moved closer to Libya Thu, May 28, 2015

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's border agency said Thursday its ships are working closer to conflict-torn Libya than ever but will enter those potentially dangerous territorial waters only to rescue migrants in trouble. More »

  • For migrants in southern Libya, a whole desert to cross
    For migrants in southern Libya, a whole desert to cross Thu, May 28, 2015

    Thousands seek new routes to cross the treacherous desert to their final destination across the Mediterranean. More »

  • Tunisia arrests second Morocco suspect in Bardo attack
    Tunisia arrests second Morocco suspect in Bardo attack Thu, May 28, 2015

    Tunisia has arrested a second Moroccan suspect over a deadly attack in March on the Bardo museum in Tunis, detaining him at the border with Libya, the interior ministry said Thursday. More »

  • In Misrata, Libya’s Sparta, fighters’ goal is to contain Islamic State Wed, May 27, 2015

    Mahmoud Shawse, a fighter for the Libya Dawn-allied 166 Brigade, had just stepped out to install a new surveillance camera when a car bomb detonated outside his base in Misrata. More »

  • Libya issues warning after PM escapes assassination
    Libya issues warning after PM escapes assassination Wed, May 27, 2015

    The armed forces of Libya's recognised government warned Wednesday they would react to any aggression against the state, a day after the prime minister escaped an assassination attempt. More »

  • North Korean couple taken by Libyan Islamic State stronghold Wed, May 27, 2015

    BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — A spokesman of a local Libyan city council says a North Korean couple has been abducted near the stronghold of the country's Islamic State affiliate. More »

  • Libya's UN-backed PM says escaped assassination attempt
    Libya's UN-backed PM says escaped assassination attempt Wed, May 27, 2015

    Abdullah al-Thinni says he has survived an attack by gunmen who opened fire as he was leaving parliament in Tobruk. More »

  • Gunmen try to kill Libya's recognized prime minister
    Gunmen try to kill Libya's recognized prime minister Wed, May 27, 2015

    BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Gunmen tried to assassinate Libya's internationally recognized prime minister on his way to the airport in the eastern city of Tobruk on Tuesday, a spokesman for his government said. More »

  • Libyan prime minister says survives assassination attempt
    Libyan prime minister says survives assassination attempt Wed, May 27, 2015

    By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Libya's internationally recognised prime minister, Abdullah al-Thinni, said on Tuesday he had survived an assassination attempt by gunmen who opened fire as he was leaving a session of the anarchic country's elected parliament. The incident highlighted the unravelling of state authority in the North African country in which two governments and parliaments allied to armed factions are fighting for control four years after rebels overthrew Muammar Gaddafi. Thinni told pan-Arab news channel al-Arabiya that after he left parliament in the town of Tobruk and drove off, gunmen in several cars followed his entourage and opened fire. More »

  • Libya's internationally recognized government says gunmen tried to assassinate … Tue, May 26, 2015

    Libya's internationally recognized government says gunmen tried to assassinate prime minister. More »

  • Libya's premier Thinni says he survived assassination attempt
    Libya's premier Thinni says he survived assassination attempt Tue, May 26, 2015

    TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's official premier Abdullah al-Thinni said he survived an assassination attempt after leaving a parliamentary session on Tuesday in the eastern city of Tobruk. "Thank God, we managed to escape," he told pan-Arab news channel al-Arabiya. (Reporting by Ahmed Tolba; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Janet Lawrence) More »

  • Libya PM escapes assassination attempt
    Libya PM escapes assassination attempt Tue, May 26, 2015

    Libya's Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani escaped unharmed when would-be assassins opened fire on his car on Tuesday, the spokesman for his internationally recognised government said. More »

  • Failed migrants return home to Senegal after Libya ordeal Tue, May 26, 2015

    By Bate Felix DAKAR (Reuters) - Scores of Senegalese migrants returned home on Tuesday after they were detained by Libyan authorities and imprisoned for months when they tried to reach Europe illegally. Some 145 flew back to the Senegalese capital of Dakar once authorities in Tripoli released them, on a charter organised by the International Organisation for Migration, the migrants said. Senegal is West Africa's oldest multi-party democracy, but many flee its poverty, looking for work in Europe. More »

  • Obama says working with NATO allies on Islamic State, Libya Tue, May 26, 2015

    President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the United States was working closely with its NATO allies to partner with other countries in the fight against Islamic State militants and addressing challenges in Libya. "NATO is necessarily recognising a whole range of global challenges, particularly on what we call the Southern Front... making sure that we continue to coordinate effectively in the fight against ISIL," Obama said, noting that all 28 members of the alliance were part of the coalition to support the Iraqi government against the group, also known as ISIL or ISIS. Obama made the remarks during a meeting at the White House with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. More »

  • Warring parties trap civilians in Libya's Benghazi: HRW
    Warring parties trap civilians in Libya's Benghazi: HRW Tue, May 26, 2015

    Militias in Benghazi are trapping civilians in the strife-torn eastern Libyan city, leaving them in dire conditions without food, medical care and electricity, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. More »

  • Pay strikes halt flights at Libya's main airports Tue, May 26, 2015

    Libya's three main airports cancelled flights on Tuesday morning because of strikes by ground staff complaining they have not been paid for two months, airport officials said. Misrata airport, east of Tripoli, cancelled all flights for the same reason, a spokesman said. The main eastern airport, Labraq, was shut because of staff demands over pay and equipment, its manager Abubaker al-Obaidi said. More »

  • Libya tribal chiefs meet in Cairo peace initiative
    Libya tribal chiefs meet in Cairo peace initiative Mon, May 25, 2015

    A four-day meeting of Libyan tribal leaders opened Monday in Egypt which is exploring ways to unite warring parties and bring peace to its oil-rich neighbour. More »

  • Libyan government warplanes attack oil tanker docked at Sirte
    Libyan government warplanes attack oil tanker docked at Sirte Sun, May 24, 2015

    Warplanes from Libya's official government attacked an oil tanker docked outside the city of Sirte on Sunday, wounding three people and setting the ship on fire, officials said. It was the third confirmed strike by the internationally recognised government on oil tankers, part of a conflict between competing administrations and parliaments allied to armed factions fighting for control of the country four years after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi. "Our jets warned an unflagged ship off Sirte city, but it ignored the warning," the eastern air force commander Saqer al-Joroushi told Reuters. More »

  • Pakistan pip Zimbabwe to clinch T20 series 2-0
    Pakistan pip Zimbabwe to clinch T20 series 2-0 Sun, May 24, 2015

    Pakistan edged Zimbabwe by two wickets in the second and final Twenty20 International on Sunday to clinch the series 2-0 at a boisterous Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Needing 12 runs of the last over, number 10 batsman Bilawal Bhatti clobbered a six, ran for two and hit a four to seal a victory with two balls to spare and clinch the series that marked international cricket's return to the country. Zimbabwe had earlier posted a strong 175-3 after Vusi Sibanda (49) and Hamilton Masakadza (39) gave them a strong start and Sean Williams scored an unbeaten 58 off 32 balls. More »

  • Libya pro-government raid hits oil tanker: report
    Libya pro-government raid hits oil tanker: report Sun, May 24, 2015

    Forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognised government carried out an air strike Sunday on an oil tanker delivering its cargo to a power plant run by the rival administration, a report said. More »

  • Official: Warplanes hit oil tanker off central Libyan coast Sun, May 24, 2015

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A Libyan coast guard official says warplanes from the internationally recognized government bombarded an oil tanker near the central city of Sirte. More »

  • Libya warplanes bomb ship near the city of Sirte
    Libya warplanes bomb ship near the city of Sirte Sun, May 24, 2015

    Military says the ship was unloading fighters and weapons, while oil officials say it was an oil tanker. More »

  • Insight - Unable to halt Europe-bound migrants, Tripoli demands help
    Insight - Unable to halt Europe-bound migrants, Tripoli demands help Sun, May 24, 2015

    By Ulf Laessing TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Europe cannot halt the deadly traffic of African migrants across the Mediterranean unless it ends a boycott of forces that have seized power in the Libyan capital and helps authorities there cope, the de facto government in Tripoli said. Chaos and civil war since NATO warplanes helped topple dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 have turned the North African country into the launching point for human traffickers smuggling tens of thousands of people across the Mediterranean. Libya's rulers have rounded up thousands of Europe-bound African migrants in makeshift detention centres. More »

  • UN envoy: IS poised to become 'serious threat' in Libya Sat, May 23, 2015

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Islamic State extremists can pose "a very serious threat" to divided Libya if rival governments there fail to reach a unity deal quickly, the United Nations envoy to the North African country said Saturday. More »