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A photographer's challenge: Libyan forces battle for Islamic State stronghold


SIRTE, Libya "When everyone shouts 'Allahu Akbar' (God is Great) I know that a tank or a cannon will fire."

Fourteen bodies found after 'execution' in Benghazi, Libya 22 Jul 2016

BENGHAZI, Libya Fourteen unidentified bodies with shot wounds to the head have been found in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, a hospital official said on Friday.

U.N. authorizes states to help Libya dispose of chemicals 22 Jul 2016

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations Security Council on Friday authorized U.N. countries to help eliminate Libya's stockpile of chemicals that could be used to develop toxic weapons amid concern they could fall into the hands of militant groups.


Libyan forces report gains against IS in battle for Sirte 22 Jul 2016

SIRTE, Libya Libyan forces said on Friday they had edged further into the centre of Sirte as they seek to recapture the city from Islamic State, following heavy fighting until late the previous evening that left dozens dead.


Libyan forces launch new assault to oust Islamic State from Sirte 21 Jul 2016

SIRTE, Libya Forces aligned with Libya's U.N.-backed government fought fierce exchanges with Islamic State militants in Sirte on Thursday in which 13 of their fighters were killed and more than 110 wounded, officials said.

Rescuers recover 17 bodies, pick up 1,128 boat migrants 21 Jul 2016

ROME An Irish navy ship recovered 17 dead bodies on Thursday when it went to the aid of migrants packed onto a wooden boat off the coast of Libya, Italy's coastguard said, marking another deadly day of attempted sea crossings.


Libya's U.N.-backed government condemns France for not coordinating military presence 21 Jul 2016

TRIPOLI Libya's U.N.-backed unity government has said that France did not coordinate with it over the presence of French troops in Libya and that it would not compromise on its sovereignty after France announced the deaths of three of its soldiers there.


Bodies of 21 women, one man found on migrant boat in Mediterranean - MSF 21 Jul 2016

ROME The bodies of 21 women and one man were found on a rubber dinghy adrift near the Libyan coast on Wednesday, just hours after they had set sail for Italy, humanitarian group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said.


Italy says 3,200 boat migrants rescued Tuesday, one body recovered 20 Jul 2016

ROME Some 3,200 migrants were plucked from overcrowded boats off the coast of Libya on Tuesday and one dead body was recovered, Italy's coast guard said, as people smugglers operating in Libya took advantage of calm seas and warm weather.


France says three soldiers died in accident on Libya intelligence mission 20 Jul 2016

PARIS/BENGHAZI, Libya Three French soldiers were killed in a helicopter accident during an intelligence-gathering mission in Libya, President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday.