Libya

U.N. concerned by spread of arms in Libya, arms embargo unchanged

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations Security Council expressed concern on Friday at the proliferation of arms and ammunition in Libya as it left an arms embargo on the North African state unchanged and urged the recognised government to improve monitoring of its weapons.

Libya forces said to leave bases near oil ports; hopes they may reopen 27 Mar 2015

BENGHAZI, Libya - Forces loyal to a rival Libyan government controlling the capital Tripoli have withdrawn from frontline bases near the country's biggest oil ports, a spokesman said on Friday, raising hopes the ports might soon be reopened.

U.N. says Libyan parties need more time to agree unity government 26 Mar 2015

SKHIRAT, Morocco - Libya's warring factions need more time to agree on a unity government to end growing conflict and chaos in the oil producer, a U.N. envoy said on Thursday.

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Islamic State fighters take on Libya's rival government forces 25 Mar 2015

BENGHAZI - Militants claiming allegiance to Islamic State fought forces loyal to Libya's two rival governments in the central city of Sirte and further east in Benghazi, state media and military officials said on Wednesday.

U.N. tells backers of Libya's rival sides to pressure them for peace 25 Mar 2015

GENEVA - International backers of Libya's rival factions must pressure the warring groups to work out a political deal and help to choke off the supply of guns to the country, a U.N. official said on Wednesday.

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Islamic State militants kill five pro-Tripoli government fighters - Libyan news agency 25 Mar 2015

TRIPOLI - Militants loyal to Islamic State killed five members of a force loyal to the government that controls Tripoli and wounded two others in the coastal city of Sirte, a Tripoli-based news agency said on Wednesday, citing a military spokesman.

Islamic State releases Bangladeshi hostages in Libya oilfield attack 25 Mar 2015

DHAKA - Two Bangladeshi citizens, among a group of foreign workers taken hostage by the Islamic State militant group in an attack on a Libyan oilfield, have been released after more than two weeks, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

Islamic State claims suicide bombing in Libya's Benghazi 25 Mar 2015

BENGHAZI, Libya - Islamic State militants claimed a suicide bombing that killed seven people at an army checkpoint in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday and triggered retaliatory air strikes by army forces.

Suicide bombing kills seven in Libya's Benghazi as army launches revenge strike 24 Mar 2015

BENGHAZI, Libya - Two suicide bombers drove a car packed with explosives into an army checkpoint in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday, killing seven people and triggering revenge air strikes by special forces blaming Islamist militants.

Islamic State militants claim suicide bombing in Libya's Benghazi - statement 24 Mar 2015

TRIPOLI - Militants claiming loyalty to Islamic State said they were responsible for a suicide bombing in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday, a statement said on Twitter.