Libya conflict revives front lines from 2011 civil war


RAS JDIR, Libya - His Kalashnikov across his back, Libyan soldier Adel Howas rushed to the front line when air strikes targeted his comrades at a border crossing with Tunisia.

Threatened African nations urge western action on Libya crisis 16 Dec 2014

DAKAR - African leaders on Tuesday urged western nations to act to resolve the crisis in Libya which has sent shock waves across the vast arid Sahel band and threatened to destabilise fragile regional governments.


Libya's rival parliament says open to U.N.-sponsored peace talks 16 Dec 2014

TRIPOLI - Libya's rival parliament is open to U.N.-sponsored talks to end the country's conflict if the venue of the next round is changed and certain conditions are met, a parliamentary spokesman said on Tuesday.

Libya rivals clash over oil ports as EU considers sanctions 16 Dec 2014

TRIPOLI - Forces allied to Libya's conflict parties clashed with heavy weapons on Tuesday over control of the country's biggest oil ports in the east as the European Union was considering sanctions on people obstructing U.N.-brokered peace talks.

Tripoli-based government releases foreign airmen held in Libya 16 Dec 2014

TRIPOLI - Libya's rival government released four air crew members from Ukraine, Russia and Tajikistan who had flown into the North African country from the United Arab Emirates without permission, officials said on Tuesday.

Libyans obstructing peace may face sanctions, EU says 16 Dec 2014

BRUSSELS - The European Union is ready to consider sanctions, if necessary, on people obstructing a political solution in Libya, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Tuesday.


France urges African nations to take charge of their security 15 Dec 2014

DAKAR - France urged African nations on Monday to step up cross-border cooperation to tackle security challenges from Islamist groups in southern Libya to Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, as it seeks to scale back its military commitments on the continent.

U.N. Sahel envoy says Libya turmoil could destabilise neighbours 15 Dec 2014

DAKAR - The United Nations special envoy to the Sahel region said on Monday talks to resolve a crisis in Libya had stalled and warned several countries in the region risked being destabilised unless it was resolved quickly.

Libyan rivals clash over eastern oil ports and Tunisia crossing 14 Dec 2014

BENGHAZI/TRIPOLI, Libya - Armed factions allied to Libya's two rival governments fought over eastern oil ports and the main border crossing to Tunisia on Sunday, forcing closure of the two biggest oil export terminals, officials said.

Libya's largest oil export port closed due to clashes - oil official 14 Dec 2014

BENGHAZI, Libya - Libya's eastern Es Sider oil export port, the country's biggest, has been shut due to fighting nearby between forces representing the country's competing governments, an oil official said on Sunday.