Libya

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.

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, 7:52am IST

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, 2:47am IST

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

Rival second Libyan assembly chooses own PM as chaos spreads

BENGHAZI Libya/CAIRO - The Libyan parliament that was replaced in an election in June reconvened on Monday and chose an Islamist-backed deputy as the new prime minister, leaving the chaotic country with two rival leaders and assemblies, each backed by armed factions.

World, 26 Aug 2014

Libya's ex-parliament reconvenes, appoints Omar al-Hasi as PM

TRIPOLI - The former Libyan parliament replaced in national elections in June reconvened on Monday to elect an Islamist-backed deputy as prime minister, challenging the authority of the turbulent country's new legislature.

World, 25 Aug 2014

War planes attack Libyan capital again as airport terminal is destroyed

TRIPOLI - Fire destroyed the terminal at Tripoli's main airport on Sunday, one day after it was seized by militia fighters from the Libyan city of Misrata, witnesses said.

World, 25 Aug 2014

More than 250 migrants may have died in shipwreck off Libya

TRIPOLI - More than 250 migrants may have died when a boat sank a kilometre (half a mile) off the Libyan coast, a coastguard official said on Sunday.

World, 24 Aug 2014

War planes attack Libyan capital again - residents

TRIPOLI - Unidentified war planes attacked targets in Libya's capital Tripoli on Sunday, residents said, hours after forces from the city of Misrata said they had seized the main airport.

World, 24 Aug 2014

Forces from Libyan city of Misrata say they seized Tripoli airport

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI Libya - Forces from the Libyan city of Misrata on Saturday seized Tripoli's main airport after more than a month of fighting with a rival group, a Misrata spokesman said.

World, 24 Aug 2014