Libya

Libyan government says has lost control of most Tripoli ministries

CAIRO - Libya's government said it has lost control of most ministries and state institutions located in Tripoli after rival armed groups took over the capital.

Libyan armed faction takes over U.S. Embassy annex in Tripoli

WASHINGTON - Members of a Libyan militia have taken over an abandoned annex of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli but have not broken into the main compound where the United States evacuated all of its staff last month, U.S. officials said on Sunday.

Top News, World, 8:53am IST

Libyan armed faction takes over U.S. Embassy annex in Tripoli

WASHINGTON - Members of a Libyan militia have taken over an abandoned annex of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli but have not broken into the main compound where the United States evacuated all of its staff last month, U.S. officials said on Sunday.

World, 1:07am IST

Tunisia says 36 migrants dead in latest Mediterranean shipwreck

TUNIS - The Tunisian coast guard on Saturday recovered the bodies of 21 migrants, most probably Syrians, who drowned when their boat sank in the Mediterranean near the maritime border with Libya, officials said.

World, 31 Aug 2014

Heavy fighting in Libya's Benghazi city; airport hit

BENGHAZI Libya - Heavy clashes broke out between the forces of a renegade general and Islamist fighters in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi on Saturday, killing at least 10 people and showering the airport with rockets, medical and military sources said.

World, 31 Aug 2014

Libya warns United Nations of possible slide into civil war

UNITED NATIONS - Libya warned the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that the chaotic North African state could descend into full-scale civil war if heavily armed warring factions are not disarmed.

World, 27 Aug 2014

Libyan raids could herald bolder Arab action as U.S. wavers

DUBAI - Air strikes against Libyan Islamist militants that U.S. officials had said were staged by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates could mark an escalation of a regional struggle over the future of the Arab world.

World, 27 Aug 2014

U.S. backs off statement that Egypt, UAE were behind Libya air strikes

WASHINGTON - The U.S. State Department on Tuesday backed off an earlier statement that Egypt and the United Arab Emirates were behind air strikes on Islamist militants in Libya.

World, 27 Aug 2014

Libyan raids herald bolder Arab action as U.S. wavers

DUBAI - Air strikes by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates on Libyan Islamists - affirmed by Washington on Tuesday despite denials from Cairo and the Gulf state - would mark an escalation of a regional struggle over the future of the Arab world.

World, 27 Aug 2014

Nearly 2,000 Europe-bound migrants have drowned this year - U.N.

GENEVA - Nearly 2,000 people fleeing Africa and the Middle East have drowned in the Mediterranean this year, most of them in the past three months as they tried to reach Europe from Libya, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday.

World, 26 Aug 2014