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  • Kerry says to seek more support for Libya peace plan Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    By David Brunnstrom and Ulf Laessing CAIRO (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday he would seek greater backing for a U.N. peace plan for Libya which has been spurned by some key players in a country where two rival governments are vying for power. "We cannot allow one or two or three different spoiler groups who have not achieved all of their goals they had hoped to achieve though the conflict to destroy the entire process," Kerry told a joint news conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri in Cairo. "We agree that we are going to review a couple of possibilities and options over the course of the next days of how we might get greater support to the U.N. initiative right now," Kerry said. More »

  • Kerry says discussed increased border cooperation on Libya with Egypt Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    CAIRO (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that he had discussed with Egyptian officials "increased border cooperation" with respect to Libya. Egypt and Libya share a long, porous border and Islamic State militants have exploited a security vacuum to gain a foothold in Libya, a North African oil producer. (Reporting by David Brunnstrom; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Ulf Laessing) More »

  • Seven Libyan soldiers killed in clashes with Islamic State Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Seven Libyan soldiers were killed on Friday when Islamic State militants stormed a checkpoint manned by forces loyal to the official government, military officials said. Five soldiers were killed and 15 have been missing since the Islamic State fighters attacked the checkpoint outside the eastern town of Ajdabiya, near the oil port of Brega, one military official said. Two more soldiers were killed when the government sent reinforcements. More »

  • Libya officials say Islamic State fighters kill 5 troops Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyan officials say Islamic State fighters have attacked a checkpoint, killing five security forces in an attempt to clear the road linking the central city of Sirte with Benghazi in the east. More »

  • Four Indians held near Islamic State stronghold in Libya, two freed Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    India said on Friday that four of its nationals had been detained near the Libyan coastal city of Sirte, an area that is under the control of Islamic State militants, but that it had secured the release of two of them. The Indian men, who have been in Libya for more than a year and were working at Sirte University, were detained at a checkpoint about 50 km (30 miles) outside Sirte late on Wednesday while on their way back to India, Foreign Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said in a statement. "I am happy we have been able to secure the release of Lakshmikant and Vijay Kumar," Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted. More »

  • Official: 2 Indians held near Libya's Sirte town, 2 safe Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Four Indian nationals were detained near the Libyan city of Sirte, India's foreign ministry said Friday, but declined to say who had held the men. More »

  • Indian teachers kidnapped in Libya
    Indian teachers kidnapped in Libya Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    India's foreign minister posted on Twitter that two of the four men abducted near Sirte had been released. More »

  • Libya's UN envoy to discuss peace plan with rival lawmakers
    Libya's UN envoy to discuss peace plan with rival lawmakers Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    UN envoy Bernardino Leon was to hold talks with members of the General National Congress parliament which boycotted a UN peace deal for the conflict-hit country, both sides said Thursday. More »

  • Libya officials: Jihadis driving IS from eastern stronghold Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A rival Libyan jihadi group has driven an Islamic State affiliate from most of its eastern stronghold of Darna, in fighting that killed 40 militants on both sides, officials said Thursday. More »

  • Clinton to testify before Benghazi panel on Oct. 22 Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, says Hillary Rodham Clinton has agreed to appear before the panel on Oct. 22. More »

  • Suicide bomber, clashes kill 12 Libyan soldiers in Benghazi Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Nine Libyan soldiers were killed in the eastern city of Benghazi on Tuesday by a suicide bomber and in ensuing clashes between troops and Islamist fighters, medics and military sources said. Forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognised government have been fighting Islamist groups in the country's second-largest city since last year, part of a wider struggle since Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and killed in 2011. A suicide bomber rammed a car laden with explosives into a group of soldiers during a street battle in the city centre near Benghazi's Mediterranean port, killing three soldiers and wounding eleven, medics said. More »

  • GOP: Still no deal on Clinton testimony to Benghazi panel
    GOP: Still no deal on Clinton testimony to Benghazi panel Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans on the House committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, said Tuesday that there is no agreement with Hillary Rodham Clinton over her possible appearance before the panel, despite the State Department's pledge to produce 5,000 new pages of documents. More »

  • Libya court sentences Gadhafi son to death for 2011 killings
    Libya court sentences Gadhafi son to death for 2011 killings Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Moammar Gadhafi's son and onetime heir apparent was convicted and sentenced to death on Tuesday by a court in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on charges of murder and inciting genocide during the country's 2011 uprising. More »

  • Qaddafi’s son sentenced to death in Libya, but court lacks custody Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    A court in Libya passed a death sentence in absentia on Saif al-Islam, son of late dictator Muammar Qaddafi, for war crimes linked to the uprising that deposed his father. The Tripoli-based court convicted Mr. Islam of murder and incitement to violence during the 2011 uprising that ousted his father, who was killed by rebels later that year. The court also condemned eight other Qaddafi associates, including his former intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi and ex-prime minister Mahmoudi al Baghdadi, Reuters reports. More »

  • Libyan court sentences Gaddafi son Saif, eight other ex-officials to death
    Libyan court sentences Gaddafi son Saif, eight other ex-officials to death Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    A Libyan court on Tuesday sentenced Muammar Gaddafi's most prominent son, Saif al-Islam, and eight others to death over war crimes including killings of protesters during the 2011 revolution that ended his father's rule. The former Gaddafi regime officials sentenced to die by firing squad included former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi and ex-prime minister Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, Sadiq al-Sur, chief investigator at the Tripoli state prosecutor's office, told a televised news conference in the capital. The trial process and outcome drew condemnation abroad, with Human Rights Watch and a prominent international lawyer saying it was riddled with legal flaws and carried out amid widespread lawlessness undermining the credibility of the judiciary. More »

  • Libya sentenced Qaddafi's son to death over war crimes Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    A Libyan court sentenced Muammar Qaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam Qaddafi, to death in absentia on Tuesday over war crimes linked to the country’s 2011 revolution. According to the Human Rights Watch, Abuzaid Dorda, another former prime minister, is also among the nine people sentenced to death. More than 30 close associates of the late Col. Qaddafi were on trial for crashing peaceful protests during the uprising that eventually toppled his regime, in 2011. More »

  • Germany suspects Islamist who lived in Germany bombed Mogadishu hotel
    Germany suspects Islamist who lived in Germany bombed Mogadishu hotel Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    German authorities suspect that an Islamist who once lived in Germany carried out a car bombing on a hotel in Mogadishu on Sunday that killed at least 13 people, security sources told Reuters on Tuesday. The sources said the man, Abdirazak Bouh, was born in Libya and had both Somali and Libyan passports. The sources confirmed a report by Die Welt daily that said he had joined the al Shabaab group, which said it was behind the blast on the Jazeera hotel in Mogadishu on Sunday. More »

  • UN 'disturbed' by Libya death sentences for Kadhafi loyalists
    UN 'disturbed' by Libya death sentences for Kadhafi loyalists Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    The United Nations said it was "deeply disturbed" by the death sentences handed down in Libya on Wednesday against a son and eight aides of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi. More »

  • Libya court sentences Kadhafi son Seif al-Islam to death
    Libya court sentences Kadhafi son Seif al-Islam to death Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    A Libyan court Tuesday sentenced a son and eight aides of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi to death for crimes during the 2011 uprising, in a verdict denounced by rights campaigners. More »

  • BP profits slump after huge oil spill charge
    BP profits slump after huge oil spill charge Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    By Ron Bousso and Karolin Schaps LONDON (Reuters) - BP's second-quarter profit slumped by nearly two thirds from last year as it grappled with lower oil prices, a write off in Libya and a $10.8 billion charge for the 2010 crude spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP's Chief Financial Officer Brian Gilvary said he expected oil prices , which fell on Tuesday to their lowest since February below $53 a barrel, to remain soft in the medium term because of a supply glut worldwide. BP reached an $18.7 billion agreement with the U.S. government and five states earlier this month to resolve most claims from the oil spill five years ago, the largest corporate settlement in U.S. history. More »

  • Gaddafi's Son Saif Is Sentenced To Death
    Gaddafi's Son Saif Is Sentenced To Death Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    The son of former dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has been sentenced to death by a court in Libya. Saif al Islam Gaddafi, who was not present at the ruling, was convicted during a mass trial in Tripoli of murder and inciting genocide during the country's 2011 uprising. Eight others - including former Libyan spy chief Abdullah al Senussi - were also sentenced to death by the court. More »

  • EU backs naval mission to end migrant crisis
    EU backs naval mission to end migrant crisis Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    EU nations approved plans on Monday for an unprecedented naval mission starting next month to fight human traffickers responsible for a flood of migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya. More »

  • U.N. human rights office 'deeply disturbed' by Libya death sentence … Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations human rights office is "deeply disturbed" by death sentences handed down in a trial of former officials who served under Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, it said on Tuesday. "We had closely monitored the detention and trial and found that international fair trial standards had failed to be met," it said in a statement, citing a failure to establish individual criminal responsibility, lack of access to lawyers, claims of ill-treatment, and trials conducted in absentia. (Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Hugh Lawson) More »

  • Lawyer labels Gaddafi sentence 'judicially sanctioned execution' Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    The lawyer representing Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the slain Libyan leader, before the International Criminal Court condemned as a "show trial" the proceedings leading up to the death sentence that was passed on him in Tripoli on Tuesday. "The trial has been declared illegal by Libya's own justice minister," said British trial lawyer John Jones, who has led efforts to have Gaddafi brought to the international tribunal in The Hague, where he would not face the death penalty. Gaddafi faces charges at the ICC relating to brutal reprisals meted out to protesters taking part in the 2011 revolution that ended his father's decades-long rule. More »

  • Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam sentenced to death
    Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam sentenced to death Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Son of slain Libyan leader sentenced in absentia to die by firing squad along with other members of former regime. More »

  • Libyan court sentences Gadhafi's son, Seif al-Islam, to death over killings … Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libyan court sentences Gadhafi's son, Seif al-Islam, to death over killings in 2011 uprising. More »

  • Rescuers find 13 dead migrants on packed boat off Libyan coast Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Rescuers found 13 dead migrants on a boat off the coast of Libya with more than 500 others aboard, an Italian coast guard spokesman said on Tuesday, giving no details about how they had died. An Irish naval ship, mobilised as part of the EU's Triton mission, and one operated by the Doctors Without Borders charity went to the rescue of the boat about 50 miles (80 km) off Libya late on Monday. Some 150,000 migrants have reached Europe by sea this year, most landing in Italy and Greece, and more than 1,900 have drowned during the crossing, according to the International Organization for Migration. More »

  • U.S. House Benghazi panel says State Department to hand over documents on T …
    U.S. House Benghazi panel says State Department to hand over documents on T … Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    The U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the 2012 attacks on an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, said the State Department has pledged to hand over 5,000 new pages of documents related to the incident on Tuesday. "The State Department has informed the Committee it will make a production of approximately 5,000 pages tomorrow - the second largest production the Committee has received and the largest since last summer," Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, the committee's chairman, said in a statement on Monday. The documents are not expected to include emails involving former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has been embroiled in a controversy over her use of a private email account while she was America's top diplomat. More »

  • Libyan city Benghazi plunges into darkness as fighting hits power plants Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Libya's eastern city of Benghazi has been plunged into darkness as clashes between pro-government forces and Islamist fighters have knocked out three of five power stations serving the city, the country's second largest, officials said on Monday. Power has been off for 16 hours a day in the port city where forces loyal to the official government based in the east have been fighting Islamist groups for 15 months in a battle that has turned parts of Benghazi into ruins. A spokesman at state power firm GECOL in Benghazi said output at the gas-fired main power plant was still stable at 650 megawatts on average a day, but three sub-stations distributing electricity inside the city had been damaged. More »

  • Isis: David Cameron says UK will bomb Islamic State in Libya and Syria if a …
    Isis: David Cameron says UK will bomb Islamic State in Libya and Syria if a … Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron has said UK forces will carry out bombing raids over Syria and Libya if a direct plot to attack Britain was discovered. Speaking in Jakarta, on the first day of a trade mission to south-east Asia, Cameron said: "If there is a threat to Britain or to our people on our streets... we are able to stop it by taking immediate action against that threat. The prime minister's statements follow revelations that British pilots have already carried out sorties over Syria despite a House of Commons vote against military action in the country in 2013. More »

  • UK Could Strike Against IS In Libya And Syria
    UK Could Strike Against IS In Libya And Syria Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    David Cameron has arrived in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim democracy, with a message that "the pressure is growing on ISIL". And he warned that he would be prepared to take military action against Islamic State - also known as ISIL - in Libya and Syria if there was a threat to people on Britain's streets. More »

  • Cameron says ready to bomb militants in Libya and Syria if  plot threat see …
    Cameron says ready to bomb militants in Libya and Syria if plot threat see … Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    By Gayatri Suroyo and Andrew Osborn JAKARTA/LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday he was ready to order air strikes on Islamist militant targets in Libya and Syria to prevent attacks on the streets of Britain as he stepped up his rhetoric against Islamic State insurgents. "If there is a threat to Britain or to our people on our streets ... we are able to stop it by taking immediate action against that threat," said Cameron. "As prime minister, I would always want to try and take that action, and that’s the case whether that problem is emanating from Libya or Syria or anywhere else.” Britain raised its domestic terrorism alert to the second-highest level in August last year, saying an attack was "highly likely". More »

  • Why is Hillary Clinton testifying about Benghazi again? Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Hillary Clinton will appear before the House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attack in October, her presidential campaign announced. According to Ms. Clinton’s campaign, Rep. Trey Gowdy, who is leading the investigation into the events of Sept. 11, 2012 in Libya, has invited the former secretary of state for a public hearing. The Benghazi terrorist attack left four Americans dead. More »

  • 'No progress' in Libya search for kidnapped Italians
    'No progress' in Libya search for kidnapped Italians Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Libyan security forces searching for four Italians kidnapped west of the capital this week have so far made no progress in finding them, an official said Friday. More »

  • Expulsion from Derna bastion may show limits for Islamic State in Libya
    Expulsion from Derna bastion may show limits for Islamic State in Libya Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    By Ulf Laessing and Ayman al-Warfalli CAIRO/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Islamic State jihadists have exploited widespread chaos to gain a foothold in Libya, but their ejection from an eastern city suggests they may not achieve a Iraq-style takeover due to strong local rivals and the absence of sectarian divisions. Last month, local Islamist fighters reinforced by local civilians ousted Islamic State militants from Derna on Libya's eastern Mediterranean coast, one of two bastions the jihadists had established in the North African oil-producing country. It was the first setback in Libya for the ultra-violent jihadist movement that has sent in combatants and clerics from Tunisia, Yemen and other Arab states to try repeat its success in Iraq and Syria, where it has captured vast territories and proclaimed a "caliphate" based on medieval religious precepts. More »