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Country in north Africa

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Libya: Country in north Africa
Libya, officially the State of Libya, is a country in the Maghreb region in North Africa, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Egypt to the east, Sudan to the southeast, Chad to the south, Niger to the southwest, Algeria to the west, and Tunisia to the northwest. The sovereign state is made of three historical regions: Tripolitania, Fezzan and Cyrenaica. With an area of almost 1.8 million square kilometres (700,000 sq mi), Libya is the fourth largest country in Africa, and is the 16th largest country in the world. Libya has the 10th-largest proven oil reserves of any country in the world. The largest city and capital, Tripoli, is located in western Libya and contains over one million of Libya's six million people. The second-largest city is Benghazi, which is located in eastern Libya. The Latin name Libya is based on the name the region west of the Nile (Λιβύη) used by the Ancient Greeks and Romans for all of North Africa, and was first adopted during the Italian colonization since 1911.

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East Libyan forces target munitions in Misrata with air strikes

East Libya-based forces said they had carried out air strikes on the port city of Misrata in the early hours of Tuesday, targeting armored vehicles delivered from Turkey and a munitions depot.
Reuters - Published

Air strike hits biscuit factory in Libyan capital, killing seven

At least seven workers were killed and another 35 wounded in an air strike that hit a biscuit factory on Monday in a southern suburb of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, emergency services said.
Reuters - Published

Videos for Libya


Foreigners caught in Libya's Tripoli crossfire [Video]Foreigners caught in Libya's Tripoli crossfire

Foreigners left with a stark choice - they can stay in Tripoli and risk their lives because of conflict, or they can head home to potential poverty.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:28Published

UAE, Sudan, Jordan, 'break arms embargo to back Haftar' [Video]UAE, Sudan, Jordan, 'break arms embargo to back Haftar'

UN draft report obtained by Al Jazeera says member states gave weapons to warring parties in Libya, violating sanctions.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:41Published

Libya battle: Pro-government forces want support to fight Haftar [Video]Libya battle: Pro-government forces want support to fight Haftar

Forces allied to UN-recognised government fighting renegade commander Khalifa Haftar call on UN for no-fly zone.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:50Published

Victims of Libya air raids fear returning home [Video]Victims of Libya air raids fear returning home

Six-month battle for Tripoli has killed or wounded hundreds of civilians.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:36Published

UNHCR in Libya Part 1: From standing #WithRefugees to standing #WithStates? [Video]UNHCR in Libya Part 1: From standing #WithRefugees to standing #WithStates?

Euronews has undertaken an investigation into the UNHCR's operation in Libya, where tens of thousands of migrants live in detainment camps, hoping to make it to Europe.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:47Published

UNHCR in Libya Part 2: Migrants in detention centres: 'Why does UNHCR want to keep us in prison?' [Video]UNHCR in Libya Part 2: Migrants in detention centres: 'Why does UNHCR want to keep us in prison?'

The UN agency has been accused of being a “fig leaf” for the policy of externalisation of EU borders; critics argue that UNHCR action is Libya is uneffective. We asked migrants held in detention..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:09Published

 

U.N.-backed Libyan authorities seize eastern Libyan plane

Authorities at Libya's Misrata airport on Sunday seized a Libyan Airlines aircraft operating from Benghazi in the east of the country, the airline's Benghazi management said.
Reuters - Published

U.S. calls on Libya's Haftar to halt Tripoli war, warns against Russia's role

The United States on Friday called on eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar to stop his offensive on the capital held by the internationally recognized government and warned against Russian..
Reuters - Published

Eastern Libya authorities stop plane from rival territory

Eastern Libyan authorities forced a civilian flight to land for security checks soon after it had taken off from a city controlled by their rivals in the Tripoli government on Thursday, authorities..
Reuters - Published

Libya: Migrant mother's dying wish to get children to Europe

The BBC's Orla Guerin meets a family waiting to cross to Europe from Libya with orphaned children whose mother died on the way.
BBC News - Published

Jordan, UAE, Turkey, Sudan accused of violating sanctions on Libya - U.N. report

Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey have repeatedly violated an arms embargo on Libya and it is "highly probable" that a foreign attack aircraft is responsible for a deadly strike on a migrant..
Reuters - Published

Malta has deal with Libya coastguard over migrant interceptions: report

Malta's armed forces have started cooperating with Libya's coastguard to turn back migrant boats heading into Malta's search and rescue zone, a newspaper reported on Sunday, citing a secret government..
Reuters - Published

Libya migrant attack: UN investigators suspect foreign jet bombed centre

July's strike near Tripoli, which killed 53, was described by the UN as a potential war crime.
BBC News - Published

Frontline clashes ebb and flow as Libya's war hits impasse

On the outskirts of Tripoli, days of silence are broken by bursts of heavy artillery fire. Fighters camped out for weeks in abandoned houses watch for movement on enemy lines. A drone buzzes overhead..
Reuters - Published

Migrants released amid fighting in Libyan capital seek refuge with U.N.

Hundreds of migrants were released on Tuesday from a detention center in the Libyan capital Tripoli as heavy gunfire rang out across the city, witnesses and the United Nations said.
Reuters - Published

Libya reopens Tripoli's Mitiga airport after two months of closure

Libya's U.N.-backed Government of National Accord on Tuesday reopened Mitiga, Tripoli's only functioning airport, after almost two months of closure, the transportation minister said.
Reuters - Published

Libya stops salaries of thousands of teachers without documents

Libya's internationally recognized government has stopped the salaries of over 150,000 teachers and other education ministry staff who do not have proper documents, the ministry said in an..
Reuters - Published

Libya in chaos as endless war rumbles on

For years competing militias, rival governments and foreign players have been battling for control.
BBC News - Published

Libyan schools shut as teachers on swollen payroll demand better wages

Strikes are keeping classrooms shut at the start of the school year in Libya as teachers seek better pay from a budget under strain from a massive public salary bill and renewed conflict.
Reuters - Published

Trapped in Tripoli: The people stuck in Libya’s civil war

Survivors of a deadly air strike on a migrant detention centre in July tell the BBC they feel abandoned by the United Nations, and are desperate to escape Libya.
BBC News - Published

War creates new uncertainty for migrants in Libya

After three days at sea trying to reach Europe, Demba Dembele was intercepted by Libya's EU-backed coastguard and returned to Tripoli – where, like dozens of other migrants, he got in a taxi and..
Reuters - Published

Putin and Merkel discussed Syria, Ukraine and Libya in phone call: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed Ukraine, Syria and Libya during a phone call, the Interfax news agency quoted the Kremlin as saying on Saturday.
Reuters - Published

Desperate African refugees pay to get into Libyan jails: UNHCR

African refugees in Libya are so desperate that some are bribing their way into detention centers in the hope of eventually being resettled out of the war-torn, lawless country, the United Nations said..
Reuters - Published

Gunmen raid cafes in Libya capital to curb social freedoms

Gunmen raided two trendy seafront cafes in the Libyan capital Tripoli this month to banish unmarried couples and impose strict religious codes, witnesses said, in a move that has alarmed civil..
Reuters - Published

Air strike in Libyan capital Tripoli kills three young sisters

Three children, all sisters, were killed, and their mother and a fourth sister wounded in an air strike that hit a house near a military intelligence camp in Libya's capital on Monday, a Reuters..
Reuters - Published

Libyan conflict leaves rubbish mounds smoldering in Tripoli's streets

Mabrouk Ahmed says he has to keep watch into the night to stop people dumping their rubbish on the wide street that runs in front of his home in the south of Libya's capital, Tripoli.
Reuters - Published

U.N. envoy pushes to stop 'blatant' embargo violations in Libya

The U.N. envoy for Libya said he hopes an international conference next month will produce a Security Council resolution committing foreign powers to stopping an escalating proxy war and an accelerated..
Reuters - Published

Scores of migrants flee after being rescued off Libyan coast: officials

At least 71 illegal migrants rescued after four days in distress at sea were brought to shore east of the Libyan capital Tripoli early on Sunday but then fled and no attempt was made to capture them, a..
Reuters - Published

Boat with over 50 passengers capsizes off Libyan coast: U.N.

A boat with more than 50 people on board has capsized off the Libyan coast, the United Nations said on Saturday, the latest accident involving migrants trying to reach Europe.
Reuters - Published

U.S. air strike kills 17 in southern Libya

U.S. forces said on Friday they killed 17 suspected militants in their third air strike in a week on southern Libya.
Reuters - Published

After six months of war, powers push for new Libyan talks at U.N.

Major powers sought to bury their differences over Libya at the United Nations on Thursday after six months of war that has plunged the oil producing nation into crisis with few signs of a peace..
Reuters - Published

Chad gold mine collapse leaves about 30 people dead

More victims may be trapped in the debris at an illegal gold mine near the Libyan border.
BBC News - Published

Sudan closes borders with Libya, Central African Republic

Sudan's transitional government ordered the immediate closure of the nation's borders with Libya and Central African Republic on Thursday, citing unspecified security and economic "dangers".
Reuters - Published

U.S. launches strike in southern Libya as U.N. warns of escalation

U.S. forces said on Wednesday they killed 11 suspected militants in their second air strike in a week near the southern Libyan town of Murzuq, as the U.N. envoy warned of a growing risk of armed..
Reuters - Published

Qatar's emir criticizes those backing Libyan warlords attacking Tripoli

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Tuesday took a swipe at countries backing Libyan warlords and militias fighting the internationally-backed government, which Qatar supports.
Reuters - Published

Egypt's Sisi says time to end Libya's militia 'chaos', external interference

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Tuesday that a concerted effort was needed to stop militias taking control of Libya and to prevent external actors from intervening there.
Reuters - Published

Egypt's Sisi says need to stop external actors interfering in Libya

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Tuesday that a concerted effort was needed to stop militias taking control of Libya and to prevent external actors from intervening there.
Reuters - Published

U.N. runs clubs for Libyan children, after conflict disrupts schools

Libyan mother Halima al-Miladi wants to keep her 7-year-old son distracted from the fighting in and around the capital Tripoli where they live.
Reuters - Published

'I had a hand in most of them': Irish ex-priest admits role in IRA bombings, including Brighton attack on Thatcher

Patrick Ryan, now 90, also admits he bought arms for IRA from Libyan dictator Gaddafi
Independent - Published

Five Western countries, Turkey and UAE back Libyan state oil firm

Five Western countries including the United States, as well as Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, support Libyan state oil firm NOC as the sole legitimate authority for the country's energy sector, a..
Reuters - Published

'I stole a plane to get out of the Navy'

When Theo Van Eijck was kicked out of a Dutch pilot-training programme in 1964, he stole a plane and flew to Libya.
BBC News - Published

Italy arrests three men suspected of torturing migrants in Libya

Italian prosecutors on Monday ordered the arrest of three people suspected of torturing migrants in a detention center in north-west Libya.
Reuters - Published

East Libyan forces carry out air strike on central city, widening front

Eastern Libyan forces on Monday mounted an air strike on the central city of Sirte held by the internationally recognised government, an official and residents said, widening a conflict engulfing the..
Reuters - Published

East Libyan forces attack Sirte from air, official says

Eastern Libyan forces on Monday mounted air strikes on a military position in the city of Sirte held by the internationally recognised government, an official told Reuters.
Reuters - Published

Two commanders allied to Libya's Haftar killed in strike near Tripoli

Two commanders of the eastern Libyan forces trying to take the capital Tripoli from the internationally-recognised government were killed late on Friday in a drone strike, officials said.
Reuters - Published

Three Libya eastern fighters killed in strike near Tripoli

Three members of Libya's eastern force, including two commanders, were killed late on Friday in a drone strike on Tarhuna city by the internationally recognized government of national accord (GNA), a..
Reuters - Published

Germany aims to host Libya conference to stabilize oil producer

Germany aims to host a conference about Libya this year in conjunction with the United Nations to try to stabilize the oil producing country, where rival factions have been fighting over the capital,..
Reuters - Published

Germany will do its part to avoid proxy war in Libya, says Merkel

Germany will do its part to avoid a proxy war in Libya, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday, warning that the situation in the north African country risked destabilizing the whole of Africa.
Reuters - Published

Libya's displaced struggle for shelter as fighting drags on

After fleeing an advance by eastern-based forces on Tripoli, 80-year-old Mabrouka al-Twati and her daughter spent days sleeping rough in the Libyan capital. Now they are in a shelter where sheets cover..
Reuters - Published

African refugees held in Libya to be evacuated to Rwanda: U.N.

African refugees being held in squalid conditions in detention in Libya will be evacuated to Rwanda under an agreement reached with Kigali and the African Union, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on..
Reuters - Published

Armed robbery takes place at office of Libyan state oil firm in Tripoli

Libya's state oil firm (NOC) said armed men had opened fire on Friday at the headquarters of a wells drilling and maintenance unit in the capital.
Reuters - Published

Three killed in renewed fighting in southern Tripoli: witness

At least three fighters aligned with Libya's U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) were killed in an offensive on Saturday aimed at pushing back eastern forces led by commander Khalifa..
Reuters - Published

Exclusive: Libyan state oil firm cuts back fuel supplies to east amid battle over capital

Libya's state oil firm has restricted kerosene supplies to areas controlled by eastern commander Khalifa Haftar in what diplomats and oil officials said was an attempt to prevent his troops using them..
Reuters - Published

Benghazi port bustling again despite Libya's divisions

The commercial port in Libya's second city Benghazi is working round the clock three years after reopening, attempting to raise revenues for its restoration and expansion.
Reuters - Published

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