Libya's Haftar appointed army chief for recognised government


BENGHAZI, Libya - Khalifa Haftar, one of the most divisive figures in post-revolutionary Libya, was appointed army commander for the country's internationally recognised government on Monday in a move that could complicate U.N. talks to end the conflict.

Islamist militants shell two Libyan oilfields, port pipeline damaged 7:52pm GMT

BENGHAZI, Libya - Islamist militants shelled Libya's Bahi and Mabrouk oilfields on Monday, damaging a pipeline to the Es Sidra oil port, a spokesman for forces protecting energy infrastructure said.

Libya's elected parliament agrees to resume U.N. talks - spokesman 7:51pm GMT

BENGHAZI, Libya - Libya's elected House of Representatives (HOR) on Monday agreed to go back to United Nations-brokered peace talks with a rival government, a week after they pulled out over a militant suicide bombing, a parliament spokesman said.

Tunisia tax suspension, teacher strike test reform agenda 11:26am GMT

TUNIS - Tunisia cancelled a new tax on Monday imposed on travellers crossing Libya’s border after the measure triggered rioting, highlighting the problems facing the government as it seeks to bolster shaky state accounts.

Italy to begin naval exercises off Libya 01 Mar 2015

ROME - Italy will begin annual naval exercises this week near the coast of Libya, where a breakdown in order has allowed tens of thousands of migrants to try to reach Europe by boat and increased fears of attacks by Islamist militants.

Libyan aircraft crashes near Tunisian border - state news agency 27 Feb 2015

TUNIS - An aircraft from Libyan forces controlling Tripoli crashed near the Tunisian border and may have been shot down, Tunisia's state news agency TAP reported on Friday.


Libyan PM says Turkey supplying weapons to rival Tripoli group 27 Feb 2015

CAIRO/BENGHAZI - Libya's internationally recognised Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said his government would stop dealing with Turkey because it was sending weapons to a rival group in Tripoli so that "the Libyan people kill each other".

Libya needs international maritime force to help stop illicit oil, weapons - U.N. experts 27 Feb 2015

UNITED NATIONS - Libyan authorities are unable to halt the illicit trade in oil or the flow of weapons in and out of the country, and they need an international maritime force to help, United Nations sanctions monitors said in a new report.


Libyan parliament proposes Haftar, a divisive figure, as head of army 25 Feb 2015

BENGHAZI, Libya - The president of Libya's elected parliament has proposed the appointment of General Khalifa Haftar, who leads his own troops, as commander of the army loyal to the government based in the east of the country, the parliament spokesman said on Wednesday.


Libyan PM criticizes U.S., UK and EU for failing to supply weapons 24 Feb 2015

CAIRO/TRIPOLI - Libya's official Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni on Tuesday criticized the United States, Britain and European Union for failing to supply arms to his forces as they battle those of a rival government.