Tunisian diplomat, in video message, urges government to negotiate with Libyan kidnappers

TRIPOLI/TUNIS - 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.

Technical problems delay reopening of Libya's Zueitina oil port - minister 20 Apr 2014

BENGHAZI, Libya - 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.


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

BENGHAZI - 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.


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

TUNIS - 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.


Gunmen kidnap Tunisian diplomat in Libya 17 Apr 2014

TRIPOLI/TUNIS - 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.

Libya plans 'smart cards' to cut fuel subsidies that boost smuggling 17 Apr 2014

TRIPOLI - 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.

Tunisian diplomat kidnapped in Libyan capital 17 Apr 2014

TRIPOLI - A Tunisian diplomat was kidnapped on Thursday in the Libyan capital Tripoli, Libya's foreign ministry said, days after gunmen seized Jordan's ambassador.


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

TRIPOLI/AMMAN - 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.


Libya adjourns trial of ex-Gaddafi officials and sons 14 Apr 2014

TRIPOLI - Libya opened the trial of deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi's sons and dozens of his ex-officials on Monday in a test of its transition to democracy, but it was quickly adjourned as some of the investigations had not been completed.


Warily, Lebanon tackles violent spillover from Syria 14 Apr 2014

TRIPOLI, Lebanon - For two weeks now, the rifles have been silent along Syria Street in Lebanon's Tripoli, an area shot up so often that even memorial posters of men killed just a few months ago are speckled with bullet holes.