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Libyan Forces Push into Last Daesh Area in Sirte

By Ahmed Elumami TRIPOLI, Oct 11 – Libyan pro-government forces are advancing into the last area controlled by Daesh in the coastal city of Sirte, surrounding the militants after a five-month campaign backed by U.S. air strikes, military officials say. At least eight pro-government fighters were killed over the weekend as their forces pushed into

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Libya’s Eastern Parliament Votes Against UN-Backed Goverment in Tripoli

BENGHAZI, Libya, Aug 22 – Opponents of Libya’s U.N.-backed government voted on Monday against a motion of confidence in the Tripoli-based administration, in a rare session of the parliament based in the east of the country. The vote is a fresh blow for the Government of National Accord (GNA), which has been seeking the parliament’s

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U.N. Calls for Investigations into Tripoli Prisoner Killings

TRIPOLI, June 13 – The U.N. envoy to Libya called on Monday for investigations inside and outside Libya into the killing of 12 men jailed on suspicion of crimes against protesters during the 2011 revolution and granted conditional release last week. Libya’s judicial police say the men were released from Tripoli’s Al-Baraka prison on Thursday,

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Western Libyan Forces Prepare Attack on Daesh Stronghold

By Ahmed Elumami MISRATA, Libya, May 12 – Forces in western Libya are preparing to advance on the city of Sirte, seized by Daesh last year, their spokesman said, pushing ahead with plans for a counter-attack after the Islamists made territorial gains in the last week. The fighters based in the city of Misrata would like international

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Eastern Libya Ships First Oil Cargo In Defiance of Tripoli

By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya, April 27 – A government based in eastern Libya has shipped its first cargo of crude in defiance of authorities in the capital Tripoli, a bold move that could deepen the divisions that have brought chaos since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi. The Tripoli authorities asked the U.N. Security Council

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Libya’s Presidential Council Calls for Transfer of Power to Unity Government

By Aidan Lewis TUNIS, March 13 – Libya’s U.N.-backed Presidential Council called on Saturday on the country’s institutions to begin a transfer of authority to a unity government, and appealed to the international community to stop dealing with any rival powers. The Presidential Council is tasked with guiding through a transition to end the political

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Libya’s Gen Haftar Urges End to Arms Embargo in U.N. Talks

BENGHAZI, Libya, Dec 17 – Libya’s Gen. Khalifa Haftar, who leads forces allied to the country’s recognized government, called for an end to an arms embargo to help fight Islamist militants after holding talks with the U.N. envoy on a peace agreement. Haftar, a former ally of Muammar Gaddafi before his 2011 ouster, has become

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Global Powers Back Unity Government in Libya

By Lesley Wroughton and Steve Scherer ROME Dec 14 – Global powers on Sunday backed the formation of a national unity government in Libya, pledging economic and security support to help stabilize the chaotic North African country where Daesh militants have a foothold. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni, joined

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Western Powers Coax Libyans to Sign Accord

By Patrick Markey ALGIERS, Dec 13 – After a year of U.N. talks to end Libya’s conflict, Western powers are coaxing the warring factions closer to a deal they hope can help stop the spread of Daesh militancy in the North African country. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will co-chair a meeting of European,

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Suspected Militant Blows Himself Up During Raid in Lebanon

BEIRUT, Dec 5 (Reuters) – A suspected Islamist militant and two members of his family were killed in northern Lebanon on Saturday, after the man blew himself up during an army raid on his home, security and medical sources said. It was the latest in a series of arrest raids across the country since two

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