Libya

Early morning clashes leave one killed in west Libya

  • 17 September 2017 - 12:40
Early morning clashes leave one killed in west Libya

Clashes erupted Sunday dawn in the city of Sabratha in western Libya, sources from the city's security department said. According to the sources, two armed groups clashed in the city center leaving at least one person dead and some others injured. The sources also added that uneasy calm has...

Libya’s coastguards rescue over 1000 illegal migrants off west Tripoli coast

  • 17 September 2017 - 11:43
Libya’s coastguards rescue over 1000 illegal migrants off west Tripoli coast

Libyan coastguard vessels intercepted 1,074 migrants during an intensive day of operations west of the capital Tripoli on Saturday, a spokesman said. There has been a sharp drop in migrant crossings between Libya and Italy since July, largely attributed to armed groups around the smuggling hubs...

Libyan-Italian operations room denies Italy’s intent to build military base in Libya

  • 17 September 2017 - 09:55
Libyan-Italian operations room denies Italy’s intent to build military base in Libya

The joint Libyan-Italian operations room of the Government of National Accord has denied the news circulated by Aki news agency that the GNA and Italy agreed on building Italian military camps in southern Libya. The head of the room, Tarek Shanbour told Alnabaa TV Channel - a local Libyan...

In Russia, Libyan deputy premier says Libya doesn’t need a religious government 

  • 16 September 2017 - 11:08
In Russia, Libyan deputy premier says Libya doesn’t need a religious government 

The Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) considers Russia to be an important player in stabilizing the situation in divided Libya, GNA Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq told Sputnik Friday. Maiteeq said so after discussing the possibility of a Moscow meeting between various Libyan...

UK government rejects compensations for victims of Libya-funded IRA attacks

  • 16 September 2017 - 10:29
UK government rejects compensations for victims of Libya-funded IRA attacks

The government has rejected a call for a UK reparations fund for victims of Libyan-sponsored IRA attacks. The fund was originally suggested by a cross-party group of MPs on the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee. They have described the government's response as unacceptable. Former...

British and US foreign minister support elections in Libya in 2018

  • 14 September 2017 - 21:59
British and US foreign minister support elections in Libya in 2018

British foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday he believed that Libya’s plans to work towards elections in 2018 were probably “the right timescale”. Answering a question: “Would it be premature to hold the elections within a year? Johnson said; "I happen to think that could be...

Illegal immigration is new form of slavery, Mogherini said

  • 14 September 2017 - 16:04
Illegal immigration is new form of slavery, Mogherini said

During a debate at the European Parliament on Tuesday, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said that illegal immigration managed by mafias is “a new form of slavery”. EURACTIV Spain reports. Mogherini called for “clear, safe and legal channels for those in need of...

US Secretary of State arrives in London for meeting on Libya, N.Korea

  • 14 September 2017 - 11:24
US Secretary of State arrives in London for meeting on Libya, N.Korea

Fresh off the latest United Nation sanctions, Tillerson will meet with Johnson and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to talk North Korea. "[Tillerson] never misses an opportunity in bilateral, multilateral settings to raise North Korea and the need to increase pressure," according to...

ICC renews call for Mahmoud Al-Werfalli’s surrender

  • 13 September 2017 - 21:00
ICC renews call for Mahmoud Al-Werfalli’s surrender

On 21 August 2017, the Court formally requested Libya's cooperation in the arrest and surrender of Mr al-Werfalli to the ICC. The Libyan authorities have the primary responsibility to arrest and surrender Mr al-Werfalli to the custody of the Court, and I have called upon them to use all means in...

Will Libya’s Government of National Accord fall?

  • 13 September 2017 - 18:39
Will Libya’s Government of National Accord fall?

With all the current confusion in the Libyan status quo, one thing remains a focus for all: the endeavours to amend the Libyan Political Agreement which led to the formation of the Presidential Council. The Presidential Council has failed in its attempts to gain a vote of confidence by the...