Italian navy says migrant boat flipped, five dead

ROME A large wooden fishing boat overcrowded with migrants capsized off the coast of Libya, the Italian navy said on Wednesday, with some 562 people rescued and five found dead.

Germany, France hold back NATO, EU ambitions in Libya

BRUSSELS Europe's bold intentions to support Libya's new U.N.-backed government are faltering as France and Germany resist a bigger role to rebuild the failed state, scarred by the West's 2011 air campaign to help topple dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

World, 25 May 2016

Thousands of migrants saved in 23 rescue operations off Libya

ROME Some 3,000 migrants were saved off the Libyan coast on Tuesday in 23 separate rescue missions, the Italian coastguard said in a statement.

World, 25 May 2016

Libyan coastguards intercept 550 migrants off western coast

TRIPOLI Libyan coastguards intercepted about 550 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa on Tuesday after they set out to cross the Mediterranean in four rubber boats, Tripoli coastguard spokesman Ayoub Qassem said.

World, 24 May 2016

As fighters return from Libya, Tunisia faces growing challenge

BEN GUERDANE, Tunisia After a U.S. air strike killed a Tunisian jihadist commander in western Libya in late February, dozens of Islamic State fighters sneaked across the border into Tunisia and attacked an army barracks and police bases in the town of Ben Guerdane.

World, 24 May 2016

U.S. State Department sanctions Islamic State branches in Libya, Yemen, Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON The U.S. State Department said on Thursday it had designated Islamic State's branch in Libya as a "foreign terrorist organization."

World, 19 May 2016

Islamic State claims suicide bombings against Libyan brigades

TRIPOLI, Libya Islamic State said it had carried out two suicide bombings against brigades loyal to Libya's U.N.-backed unity government, inflicting heavy casualties during fighting west of the militant group's stronghold of Sirte.

World, 19 May 2016

Libya forces say pushing back Islamic State fighters

MISRATA, Libya Forces loyal to Libya's U.N.-backed unity government pushed Islamic State fighters back towards their stronghold of Sirte on Wednesday but lost more than 30 men, including seven killed in a car bombing, officials said.

World, 19 May 2016

Kerry in Cairo to talk Mideast peace, Libya

CAIRO U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Cairo on Wednesday for talks with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Libya and to explore a proposal by the Egyptian leader to try to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

World, Israel 18 May 2016

Arms embargo exemptions being considered for new Libyan government

VIENNA World powers including the United States are ready to consider demands from Libya's new unity government for exemptions from a U.N. arms embargo to help take control of the lawless country, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday.

World, 17 May 2016