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Where Libya's revolution began, many now yearn for a strong hand

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Sitting in his cafe near the spot where the protests against Muammar Gaddafi touched off the Libyan revolution eight years ago, Miftah Atluba is not sorry the dictator has gone.


Libya: Civilians Caught in Tightening Siege

(Tunis) – Forces allied with one of Libya’s two competing governments who appear to have defeated local fighters in the Old City quarter of Derna, in eastern Libya, should immediately allow aid and medical workers into the area, Human Rights Watch said today. Civilians are credibly reported to have


Libya's ancient ruins blighted by theft, shunned by tourists

CYRENE, Libya (Reuters) - Graffiti covers the walls of a Greek amphitheatre in Cyrene, an ancient ruined city in eastern Libya now struggling with neglect, vandals and illegal confiscation of land by locals.


Sarraj Calls for Avoiding Bloodshed in Southern Libya

Head of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Sarraj stressed that the security and stability of the residents of southern Libya are priorities over any political tensions.


Trump Extends National Emergency with Respect to Libya

US President Donald Trump has extended the national emergency with respect to Libya declared in 2011 till after February 25, 2019, in a letter sent to Congress. The letter, published by the White House website, indicated that the foregoing circumstances, the prolonged attacks against civilians, and


Libya gave French ex-president Sarkozy $8 million, says Gaddafi’s spy chief

A senior intelligence advisor to Libya’s late ruler Muammar al-Gaddafi has reportedly told French investigators that the Libyan government gave $8 million to the election campaign of France’s ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy. Sarkozy’s 30-year political legacy has been marred by a series of financial sc


Airstrikes in Libya: US Africa Command cover-up or another nation’s unclaimed attack?

Last week the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) denied carrying out an airstrike targeting al-Qaeda in southwest Libya despite the internationally recognized regime in Tripoli insisting they had involved their American colleagues in a joint attack.


NATO Pushed the U.S. Into the Libya Fiasco

A key worry among American critics of NATO is that expanding the alliance into Eastern Europe may entangle the United States in conflicts that have little or no relevance to our genuine security needs.


Libya's NOC to assess security at El Sharara before resuming production

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan state oil firm NOC will reopen the El Sharara oilfield, the country’s biggest, only after an inspection to establish security, a spokesman said on Tuesday.


Is Libya's revolution anniversary cause for celebration?

If revolutions are judged by the progress they make and progressive changes they initiate in their societies, then the so-called Libyan revolution, named “February 17 Revolution,” has very little to show.


Libyan National Army accused of war crimes in African city of Derna (warning: graphic content)

The Libyan National Army (LNA) under Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar has set about clearing the city of Derna, a port city in eastern Libya, of Islamist terrorists as part of national campaign to restore peace and order to the country and rid Libya of the terrorist groups hiding within its borders. Alt


Salame Continues Benghazi Visit, Hopes to End Libya’s Political Deadlock

UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame (L) meets with Libyan parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh. (UN Mission in Libya) United Nations envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame underlined on Tuesday the importance of ending the political impasse in the country.


The battle for Libya’s southern frontier

THE INTERNECINE fighting in Libya is often reduced to east versus west: Khalifa Haftar, the warlord who controls the former, against a United Nations-backed government in the latter. But this year’s most important fighting is some 600km south of the capital, Tripoli. Last month General Haftar sent h


Eastern Libyan military forces claim control of El Feel oilfield

BENGHAZI, Libya/TUNIS (Reuters) - Eastern-based Libyan military forces took control on Thursday of the southwestern El Feel oilfield, their spokesman and a field engineer said.


Oil dips from 2019 highs as rising U.S. supply erodes OPEC cuts

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices slipped from 2019 highs on Wednesday as soaring U.S. production and expectations of an economic slowdown undermined efforts led by producer club OPEC to cut supply to tighten global markets.


In Libya, hard economic times force migrant workers to look elsewhere

The well-worn description of migrants in Libya is of desperate people trapped in hellish detention centres trying to get to Europe. But many come for work, and some return multiple times despite the dangers posed by people smugglers, armed gangs, or merciless employers.


Haftar Announces Resumption of Flights from S. Libya

UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame meets LNA commander Khalifa Haftar in Benghazi. (UN mission in Libya) United Nations envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame made a surprise visit to the country on Monday where he held talks with Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Khalifa Haftar in the eastern city of Bengh


Ismael Tajouri-Shradi: Proud Libyan born in Switzerland, raised in Austria

Ismael Tajouri-Shradi may have been born in Switzerland, raised in Austria and play in the USA's Major League Soccer (MLS) but he always planned to represent Libya. That dream came true last September, on a balmy afternoon in Durban, as the New York City FC forward made his international debut and f


Libya marks 8th anniversary of revolution

Libyans have marked the eighth anniversary of a revolution that led to the fall of longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi but ushered in an era of instability in the country. Libyans took to the streets of the country’s capital, Tripoli, and other major cities on Sunday to mark the anniversary of the 201


Oil slips away from 2019 highs as surging US supply undermines OPEC cuts

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices slipped away from 2019 highs on Wednesday, with surging U.S. supply and slowing economic growth tempering upward pressure from supply cuts led by producer club OPEC and from Washington’s sanctions on Iran and Venezuela.