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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 three million of Libya's seven million people. The second-largest city is Benghazi, which is located in eastern Libya. The Latin name Libya is based on the name of the region west of the Nile (Λιβύη) used by the Ancient Greeks and Romans for all of North Africa, and was again adopted during the period of Italian colonization beginning in 1911.

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Libya conflict: October 15 set as new date for peace talks [Video]

Libya conflict: October 15 set as new date for peace talks

The humanitarian situation in Libya is considered the worst it has been since the conflict erupted.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:54Published
Libyan PM to resign: Rival factions expected to convene soon for peace talks [Video]

Libyan PM to resign: Rival factions expected to convene soon for peace talks

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 05:20Published
Libyan unity government chief says ready to step down [Video]

Libyan unity government chief says ready to step down

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 04:30Published
Turkey blasts 'arrogant' Macron amid Eastern Med crisis talks [Video]

Turkey blasts 'arrogant' Macron amid Eastern Med crisis talks

Turkey responds to French leader, who earlier criticised Erdogan over Ankara's conduct in Mediterranean and Libya.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:37Published
Libya’s GNA: Haftar allies disrupting municipal elections in east [Video]

Libya’s GNA: Haftar allies disrupting municipal elections in east

City elections in Misrata and those planned across western and southern Libya could help pave the way for nationwide elections.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:24Published
Libya's UN-recognised government announces immediate ceasefire [Video]

Libya's UN-recognised government announces immediate ceasefire

Turkey-backed Government of National Accord called for parliamentary and presidential elections to be held in March.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:43Published
Libya prisoner amnesty: 41 teenagers freed on Eid holiday [Video]

Libya prisoner amnesty: 41 teenagers freed on Eid holiday

Government officials say they released the fighters because the young prisoners are victims themselves.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:26Published

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Paris says Turkey targeted a French frigate in the Mediterranean - a claim Ankara strongly denies.
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Reading terror attack: Libyan convict Khairi Saadallah named as suspect for stabbing that killed three

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NATO to investigate Mediterranean incident between French, Turkish warships

NATO will investigate French accusations that Turkey's navy failed to respond to an allied call for inspection this month in the Mediterranean, the alliance chief said on Thursday, an incident Paris..
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Russian aircraft active in Libya, AFRICOM says

Russian jets delivered to Libya in May are being actively used in the North African country, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) said on Thursday.
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Turkey says it discussed lasting ceasefire during Libya trip

Senior Turkish officials discussed a lasting ceasefire and political solution in Libya, as well as energy cooperation, during a visit to Tripoli on Wednesday, Turkey's foreign minister said.
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France accuses Turkey of hostile acts to stop enforcement of Libya arms embargo

France accused Turkey's navy on Wednesday of acting in a "hostile and aggressive" manner towards its NATO allies to prevent them from enforcing a United Nations arms embargo on Libya.
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Turkish ministers visit Libya, Tripoli government says

Turkish government officials including the foreign and finance ministers arrived in Tripoli on Wednesday to meet Libya's internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), the GNA said in..
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Moscow urges U.S. to help reach Libya ceasefire: RIA

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that Moscow would welcome efforts by Washington to use its influence to help reach a ceasefire in Libya, the RIA news agency reported.
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Turkey accuses France of exacerbating Libya crisis

Turkey angrily accused France on Tuesday of exacerbating the crisis in Libya and violating U.N. and NATO decisions by supporting the forces of Khalifa Haftar against the internationally recognised..
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Bodies of children and others found in Libyan town after LNA retreat, Red Crescent says

Bodies of children were among those found in the Libyan town of Tarhouna after eastern-based forces and their local allies withdrew this month, Red Crescent and Tripoli government officials said on..
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Turkey slams French criticism of its actions in Libya

Turkey on Tuesday slammed French criticism of its role in Libya, saying the comments showed the "dark and inexplicable" policy by France towards Libya, and accused its NATO ally of exacerbating the..
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Merkel, Erdogan agree U.N. process for Libya should be bolstered: statement

German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the conflict in Libya and the situation in the eastern Mediterranean in a video call with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, Merkel's spokesman said in a..
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France wants talks about 'aggressive' Turkish role in Libya

France wants talks with NATO allies to discuss Turkey's increasingly "aggressive" role in Libya, a presidential official said on Monday, and the foreign ministry accused Ankara of thwarting truce..
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France slams Turkish interference in Libya

France said on Monday it condemned any ongoing foreign interference in Libya, singling out the intensification of Turkish support.
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Turkey eyes Libya bases for lasting military foothold: source

Turkey and Libya's internationally recognised government are discussing possible Turkish use of two military bases in the North African country, a Turkish source said on Monday, with a view to a..
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Turkey in talks to use two Libya military bases: source

Turkey and Libya's internationally recognised government are discussing possible Turkish use of two military bases in the North African country, a Turkish source said on Monday, teeing up a lasting..
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Turkey says no issues with Russia on Libya after talks delayed

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Siege of Libya's Sirte behind Turkey-Russia talks delay: Turkish official

Russia and Turkey postponed talks on defusing fighting in Libya due to discord over the Ankara-backed Tripoli government's push to retake the key coastal city of Sirte from Russian-backed eastern..
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Pope appeals for end to Libyan civil war

Pope Francis appealed on Sunday for both sides in the Libyan civil war to seek peace, urging the international community to facilitate talks and protect refugees and migrants he said were victims of..
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Turkey and Russia put off talks expected to tackle Libya and Syria

Russia and Turkey have postponed ministerial-level talks which were expected to focus on Libya and Syria, where the two countries support opposing sides in long-standing conflicts.
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Russian ministers to visit Turkey for talks on Sunday

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu will visit Turkey on Sunday for talks, the two countries' foreign ministries said on Saturday, with media reports saying..
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Libya's warring sides have begun to engage in a new round of ceasefire talks, the United Nations said on Wednesday, after rapid gains by the internationally recognised government ended with heavy..
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The United Nations support mission in Libya said in a tweet on Wednesday that both Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA) are engaged in the third round of 5+5..
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Egyptian presidency says Trump welcomed Egypt's proposal for Libya ceasefire in a call with President Sisi: statement

The Egyptian Presidency said in a statement on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed Egypt's proposal for Libya ceasefire in a call with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday welcomed the resumption of talks led by the United Nations between Libya's warring sides and urged speedy negotiations to achieve a ceasefire.
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Turkey on Wednesday dismissed Egypt's proposal for a ceasefire in Libya, saying the plan aimed to save Khalifa Haftar after the collapse of his offensive to control the capital Tripoli, Hurriyet..
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UAE says Egypt initiative for Libya boosts peace track

The United Arab Emirates supports a new Egyptian peace initiative for Libya as a move towards a ceasefire and political solution, a senior official said on Monday.
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The United Nations has received "numerous" reports of looting and destruction in two towns outside Tripoli retaken by the forces of Libya's internationally recognised government, it said on Sunday.
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