Aidan Lewis

Libyan Sufis celebrate Prophet's birthday despite security fears

4:30am IST

TRIPOLI Hundreds of Libyan Sufis packed the narrow streets of Tripoli's walled old city to celebrate the Prophet Mohammad's birthday on Tuesday, chanting hymns to the beat of drums and cymbals.

Exclusive: Libya sees currency stabilising next year, squeezing militia

20 Nov 2018

TRIPOLI Libya expects to end a long-running liquidity crisis by early 2019 as a foreign currency tax helps the official and black market exchange rates converge at less than 3 dinars to the dollar, the Tripoli-based deputy prime minister said.

Shipbound migrants in Libya port say would rather die than disembark

15 Nov 2018

TRIPOLI Migrants refusing to leave a cargo ship docked in Libya said on Wednesday they would rather die than be returned to land, as the coast guard began disembarking some of those on board.

Exclusive: UN, Western powers quietly bury December plan for Libya election

07 Nov 2018

TUNIS/CAIRO The United Nations and Western powers have given up hope that Libya will hold elections in the immediate future, focusing on reconciliation first among rival factions locked in a cycle of conflict, diplomats and other sources said.

Return to Egypt revives memories of desert battle for British veterans

21 Oct 2018

EL ALAMEIN, Egypt For Bill Blackburn, the memories that returned were the flies, the thirst, and the power of the artillery barrage that opened the battle of El Alamein.

Egyptians facing eviction should have right to stay: U.N. rapporteur

03 Oct 2018

CAIRO Egyptians living in areas marked for urban development projects should have a right to remain in their homes if they wish to do so, a U.N. special rapporteur said during a rare visit to Egypt on Wednesday.

UPDATE 2-Egypt "resilient" to emerging market turbulence - minister

19 Sep 2018

CAIRO, Sept 19 Egypt's economy is proving "resilient" in the face of emerging market turbulence and there are additional sources of funding to draw on if needed, the finance minister said on Wednesday.

Explainer: Libya's divisions

14 Sep 2018

CAIRO Libya is set to miss a mid-September deadline to fix a framework for elections in December, part of a U.N.-led effort to reunify and stabilise a country that splintered after the Nato-backed uprising which overthrew Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

UNRWA seeking more funds from Gulf, Europe after U.S. cuts

10 Sep 2018

CAIRO A U.N. agency that supports Palestinian refugees will target additional funding from Gulf states and European partners as it seeks to make up a $200 million shortfall caused by a U.S. aid cutoff, the agency's head said on Monday.

Clashes shatter illusion of security in Libyan capital

29 Aug 2018

CAIRO/TRIPOLI A bout of fighting in Libya's capital has laid bare the fragility of a militia cartel that had brought a veneer of stability to the city and encouraged the gradual return of foreign diplomats and plans for elections in December.

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