Latest Libya news

  • Libya starts voter registration for general elections
    Libya starts voter registration for general elections 19 hours ago

    By Ahmed Elumami TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya will start registering voters for general elections, officials said on Tuesday, in the first concrete step indicating a vote will take place later this year. In February, the Libyan parliament, the General National Congress (GNC), agreed to hold early elections, in an apparent effort to assuage Libyans frustrated at political chaos nearly three years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi. Voter registration will start from Wednesday, Emad al-Shadi al-Saih, head of the elections commission, told reporters. The GNC is deadlocked between Islamists and nationalists, compounding a sense of chaos as Libya's fledgling army tries to assert itself against unruly ex-rebels, tribal groups and Islamist militants. More »

  • Photographer Daniel Berehulak Wins 2014 Getty Images and Chris Hondros Fund …
    Photographer Daniel Berehulak Wins 2014 Getty Images and Chris Hondros Fund … 23 hours ago

    Acclaimed Australian photojournalist Daniel Berehulak has won the 2014 Chris Hondros Fund Award. The award was set up by Hondros's fiancée to honour the photojournalist who was killed on April 20, 2011 in a mortar attack in Misrata, Libya. More »

  • Libyan charter panel elects liberal as head
    Libyan charter panel elects liberal as head Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Ali Tarhuni, a liberal politician and former rebel minister, was elected to head Libya's constituent assembly, a spokesman for the body charged with drawing up a new constitution said Tuesday. More »

  • The white 'saviours' of the Arabs
    The white 'saviours' of the Arabs Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Western fighters have streamed into the Middle East to help 'liberate' Arab countries such as Syria and Libya. More »

  • Jihadist group in Libya releases video of sobbing hostage
    Jihadist group in Libya releases video of sobbing hostage Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    A jihadist group in Libya on Monday released a video showing a kidnapped Tunisian embassy staffer pleading with authorities in Tunis to negotiate with his captors. More »

  • Libya body charged with drawing up charter starts work
    Libya body charged with drawing up charter starts work Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Libya's constituent assembly, which has been charged with drawing up a new constitution, launched its work Monday in Al-Baida, in the country's east where violence has been rife since the 2011 revolt. More »

  • Tunisian diplomat, in video message, urges government to negotiate with Libyan … Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    By Feras Bosalum and Tarek Amara TRIPOLI/TUNIS (Reuters) - A Tunisian diplomat kidnapped in Libya pleaded with his government to negotiate with his Islamist captors, according to a video released by an Islamist group on Sunday evening. Libyan Islamists have seized two Tunisian diplomats in the past month to demand the release of fellow militants jailed in Tunisia for attacking security forces there in 2011, according to the Tunisian government. Entitled "message of the kidnapped Tunisian diplomat Mohammed Bel Sheikh to the Tunisian government and his family" the video, published on social media, showed the diplomat crying. More »

  • Is Libya's media fanning violence?
    Is Libya's media fanning violence? Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Libya has seen a blossoming of media outlets, but the media landscape is as polarised as the politics on the streets. More »

  • Technical problems delay reopening of Libya's Zueitina oil port - minis … Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Technical problems have delayed the reopening of Libya's eastern Zueitina oil export terminal after the government reached a deal with rebels to end an eight-month blockade of the port, a minister said on Sunday. Under the plan, the Hariga and Zueitina ports were due to open immediately while the larger Ras Lanuf and Es Sider terminals would resume oil exports within a month. But justice minister Salah al-Merghani said Hariga port located in Tobruk in the far east would be the only one to start operations due to technical problems at Zueitina. He declined to give a date for the resumption of oil exports from the 70,000 barrels-per-day port or for the Ras Lanuf and Es Sider ports. More »

  • Seven candidates stand for post of Libya prime minister
    Seven candidates stand for post of Libya prime minister Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    The Libyan parliament on Sunday began hearing seven candidates who are vying to replace prime minister Abdullah al-Thani who quit last week just days after his appointment. More »

  • High stakes as restive Benghazi votes in Libyan local polls
    High stakes as restive Benghazi votes in Libyan local polls Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Libyan voters went to the polls on Saturday to elect municipal council members in 15 cities, including Benghazi, the country's second city, which is seeking greater autonomy for the eastern seaboard region. Benghazi has until now had only an interim council with piecemeal funding from central government, but the election is meant to pave the way for fuller and more regular allocations, potentially improving the volatile city's relationship with Tripoli. Militias in Libya have become increasingly powerful and violent. In Libya's eastern cities, mainly Benghazi and Derna, around 200 people have been killed since early 2013, according to activists and local army officials. More »

  • Amizagh look to regain language in Libya
    Amizagh look to regain language in Libya Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Minority group, banned from practising its culture under Muammar Gadaffi, aims to relearn mother tongue in new Libya. More »

  • Malta: Libya's springboard to Europe
    Malta: Libya's springboard to Europe Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    As the two countries build economic ties, it has become increasingly easy for Libyans to be granted Schengen visas. More »

  • Kidnappers of 2 Tunisians demand Libyans' release Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's foreign minister says kidnappers who seized two Tunisians including one of its diplomats in Libya have demanded the release of two Libyans jailed in Tunisia. More »

  • Libya media accused of incitement
    Libya media accused of incitement Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Government committee says TV stations are often owned by armed groups and there is no way to prevent incitement. More »

  • Brighton Nephew of Guantanamo Detainee, 'Killed Fighting in Syria'
    Brighton Nephew of Guantanamo Detainee, 'Killed Fighting in Syria' Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The Foreign Office says it is investigating circumstances surrounding the death of Abdullah Deghayes, an 18-year-old from Saltdean, near Brighton, in Syria. Deghayes, the nephew of former Guantanamo detainee Omar Deghayes, had apparently told family he was going to Libya. His father Abubaker Deghayes says he only found out about his death from Facebook: We found out on Facebook.  I hope he died for a noble cause, trying to help Syria, I need to find out. More »

  • Libyan kidnappers of Tunisian diplomat demand Islamists' release
    Libyan kidnappers of Tunisian diplomat demand Islamists' release Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    By Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Libyan militants who kidnapped a Tunisian diplomat in Tripoli on Thursday have demanded the release of Islamist fighters detained in Tunisia, its foreign minister said. Such kidnappings have become commonplace as Libya's political landscape fragments, and Mongi Hamdi also said Tunisia was considering reducing its diplomatic mission in the country. The Tunisian embassy adviser taken on Thursday became the second Tunisian diplomat to be kidnapped in the Libyan capital within a month. On Tuesday gunmen kidnapped Jordan's ambassador to Libya, demanding an Islamist militant be released from a Jordanian jail in exchange for the diplomat's freedom. More »

  • Gunmen kidnap Tunisian diplomat in Libya
    Gunmen kidnap Tunisian diplomat in Libya Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Feras Bosalum and Tarek Amara TRIPOLI/TUNIS (Reuters) - A Tunisian diplomat was kidnapped on Thursday in the Libyan capital Tripoli, Libya's foreign ministry said, two days after gunmen seized Jordan's ambassador. The weak interim government has been unable to disarm former rebels and Islamist militants who fought to depose leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and who have formed increasingly powerful and violent militias. Libyan foreign minister Mohamed Abdelaziz told Reuters by phone unknown people had seized the diplomat and brought him to an unknown location. The Tunisian diplomat called Aroussi Gantassi had not gone to the embassy on Thursday, a foreign ministry spokesman told state news agency LANA. More »

  • Libya plans 'smart cards' to cut fuel subsidies that boost smugglin … Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Julia Payne TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya plans to limit the costly subsidies its citizens enjoy when buying motor fuel - much of which is smuggled into Tunisia for resale at higher prices - by introducing a "smart card" system like one newly implemented in neighbouring Egypt. The weak interim government has been reluctant to cut the subsidies, introduced by former leader Muammar Gaddafi to discourage opposition, as it is still struggling to impose authority in a country awash with arms. "The extra rise is due to an increase of smuggling, mainly to Tunisia...The rise in the number of cars does not justify this 15 percent increase," Lamin said. Egypt and Algeria have also been losing more subsidised fuel to smugglers. More »

  • Tunisian diplomat missing in Libya Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Officials say a Tunisian diplomat has gone missing in the Libyan capital, days after gunmen kidnapped the Jordanian ambassador. More »

  • Tunisian diplomat kidnapped in Libya
    Tunisian diplomat kidnapped in Libya Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A Tunisian diplomat was kidnapped Thursday in Tripoli in unknown circumstances, a Libyan security source told AFP, just two days after armed men seized Jordan's ambassador. More »

  • Putin talks tough on Ukraine but says he hopes for peace Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Alissa de Carbonnel and Alexei Anishchuk MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine's leaders on Thursday of committing a "grave crime" by using the army to try to quell unrest in the east of the country, and did not rule out sending in Russian troops. But, addressing Russians in his annual televised phone-in, Putin said he hoped he would not need to take such a step, and that diplomacy could succeed in resolving the standoff, the worst crisis in East-West relations since the Cold War. The former KGB spy's rhetoric on the United States was, as is customary for him, firm and uncompromising, but he also gave clear signals that he did not want to get into a spiralling war of words with Washington. He said Russia has no interest in reviving Cold War-era divisions, even if it felt threatened by NATO's eastward expansion and was angered by U.S. interventions in Iraq, Libya and Syria that had gone ahead over the Kremlin's objections. More »

  • Tunisian diplomat kidnapped in Libyan capital Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A Tunisian diplomat was kidnapped on Thursday in the Libyan capital Tripoli, Libya's foreign ministry said, days after gunmen seized Jordan's ambassador. A spokesman for the foreign ministry said it was unclear who was behind the kidnapping of the Tunisian diplomat. An official in Tunisia's foreign ministry said: "We can not confirm that he has been kidnapped but we have been unable to contact him." Security has deteriorated in Libya as the government has been unable to control militias who helped topple Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but refuse to disarm. More »

  • Testament: Tribute to Getty Images Photographer Chris Hondros
    Testament: Tribute to Getty Images Photographer Chris Hondros Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    photographer Chris Hondros was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade in Libya on April 20, 2011. Testament, published by Powerhouse Books, is a collection of his powerful photographs and writing, spanning more than a decade of coverage from some of the world's major conflict zones, including Liberia, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti and Libya. On April 20, 2011, Chris Hondros and acclaimed photojournalist Tim Hetherington were both killed while covering a battle on Tripoli Street in Misrata, Libya. More »

  • Putin says trust lost in ties with U.S. before Ukraine crisis Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that trust between Russia and the United States had been damaged before the crisis in Ukraine, but that he wanted to restore their cooperation. "To a certain extent trust has been lost, but we do not think we are to blame," Putin said in a televised phone-in with the nation. He said it was U.S. hypocrisy that had brought relations to their worst level since the Cold War: "The United States can act in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya but Russia is not allowed to defend its interests." The two countries have been at odds over a range of issues, from U.S. missile defence plans to NATO expansion and the civil war in Syria. To improve ties, Putin said, the United States should respect others' interests and international law. More »

  • Algeria's Bouteflika poised to win re-election
    Algeria's Bouteflika poised to win re-election Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Patrick Markey ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerians voted on Thursday in an election President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is expected to win after 15 years in power, despite speaking only rarely in public since suffering a stroke in 2013. With the dominant National Liberation Front (FLN) party, allied movements and unions behind him, many Algerians believe Bouteflika, 77, is almost assured of victory and another five years governing the North African OPEC state. Algeria is seen as a partner in Washington's campaign against Islamist militancy in the Maghreb and a stable supplier of around a fifth of Europe's gas imports. But concerns about Bouteflika's health and how Algeria manages any transition have raised questions about stability in a region where neighbouring Libya, Tunisia and Egypt are still in turmoil after the Arab Spring revolts of 2011. More »

  • Algeria's bloody past, energy wealth keep status quo for now
    Algeria's bloody past, energy wealth keep status quo for now Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    By Patrick Markey and Lamine Chikhi ALGIERS (Reuters) - Cramped with his young wife and three infants in a shack in Algiers' Citi Hofra slum, Amin Kerchach could be forgiven for being angry at missing out on Algeria's gas wealth. But after waiting for years to get a new state-built apartment from President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, his memories of Algeria's bloody past and the promise of state largesse to come are reasons enough to hold out a little longer. Where frustrations in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Syria brought the Arab Spring revolts of 2011, in Algeria, stability wins over anger at unemployment and economic torpor in a system critics say is little changed since independence in 1962. Algerians like Kerchach show why Bouteflika will likely be re-elected on Thursday by those who see him as a symbol of public spending and a guarantee of security in a country where many are still scarred by the Islamist war of the 1990s. More »

  • Gunmen kidnap Jordan's ambassador to Libya
    Gunmen kidnap Jordan's ambassador to Libya Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Masked gunmen kidnapped Jordan's ambassador to Libya as he rode to work in Tripoli on Tuesday, shooting at his car and wounding his driver, officials said. More »

  • Jordanian ambassador seized in Libya, kidnappers demand prisoner release
    Jordanian ambassador seized in Libya, kidnappers demand prisoner release Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    By Feras Bosalum and Suleiman Al-Khalidi TRIPOLI/AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan's ambassador to Libya was kidnapped on Tuesday by gunmen who demanded an Islamist militant be released from a Jordanian jail in exchange for the diplomat's freedom. The masked gunmen shot and wounded the driver of Ambassador Fawaz al-Itan's car as they snatched the diplomat from a street in the capital Tripoli, Libya's Foreign Ministry said. Essam Baitelmel, a member of the Libyan team investigating the abduction, said the kidnappers had demanded the release of Mohamed Dersi, a Libyan Islamist militant jailed for life in 2007 for plotting to blow up the main airport in Jordan. Libya's foreign minister Mohamed Abdelaziz could not officially confirm that the government had received demands from the kidnappers. More »

  • Libyan oil returns to export market
    Libyan oil returns to export market Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Libya prepared to resume oil exports Tuesday following a break of more than eight months, after autonomy-seeking rebels agreed to lift their blockade of ports in the country's east. More »

  • Jordan ambassador to Libya abducted
    Jordan ambassador to Libya abducted Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Identity and motive unclear of men who seized Fawaz al-Aitan after attacking his car in Tripoli and shooting his driver. More »

  • Gunmen abduct Jordanian ambassador in Libya Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Masked gunmen abducted the Jordanian ambassador in the Libyan capital early Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a wave of abductions in the North African nation still plagued by lawlessness more than two years after the ouster of dictator Moammar Gadhafi. More »

  • Libya: Gunmen abduct Jordanian ambassador Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Masked gunmen abducted the Jordanian ambassador in the Libyan capital early Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a wave of abductions in the North African nation still plagued by lawlessness more than two years after the ouster of dictator Moammar Gadhafi. More »

  • Official: Gunmen abduct Jordan ambassador in Libya Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Masked gunmen seized the Jordanian ambassador in the Libyan capital on Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a wave of abductions and kidnappings that have swept Libya underscoring the lawlessness in the North African nation since the 2011 overthrow of late dictator Moammar Gadhafi. More »

  • Libya: Jordanian Ambassador Abducted in Tripoli
    Libya: Jordanian Ambassador Abducted in Tripoli Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The Jordanian ambassador to Libya Fawaz al-Etan has been kidnapped by masked gunmen in Tripoli, according to reports. More »