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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.

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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.
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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..
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Videos for Libya

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

Trump knocks Bolton on his way out the door [Video]Trump knocks Bolton on his way out the door

President Donald Trump said his former national security advisor John Bolton, who he abruptly fired on Tuesday, had made some mistakes, including offending North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un by demanding..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:32Published

Five "highly qualified people" want Bolton's job: Trump [Video]Five "highly qualified people" want Bolton's job: Trump

President Trump says lots of people want to replace John Bolton as National Security Adviser, also saying that sometimes Bolton just wasn't smart. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:34Published

50 years since Gaddafi came to power [Video]50 years since Gaddafi came to power

Gaddafi had promised Libyans a life of prosperity based on the principles of al-Fateh Revolution, a socialist-based system for the masses.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:48Published

At least 40 people dead after shipwreck off coast of Libya, says UN [Video]At least 40 people dead after shipwreck off coast of Libya, says UN

At least 40 people are feared dead or missing after a shipwreck off the coast of Libya, according to a spokesman for the UN's refugee agency.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:48Published

 

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..
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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..
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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.
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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..
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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..
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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.
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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.
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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..
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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".
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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..
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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..
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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.
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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..
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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.
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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.
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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..
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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,..
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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.
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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..
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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..
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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.
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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..
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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..
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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.
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Artillery fire shuts airport in Libyan capital

The only functioning airport in the Libyan capital was closed on Sunday after being struck by artillery fire overnight.
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Italy's Salvini bans latest migrant ship entering waters

Italy's outgoing Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has signed a decree banning a rescue ship carrying about 100 migrants picked up off the Libyan coast from entering Italian waters.
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UNHCR says at least 40 feared dead or missing in shipwreck off Libya

About 40 people are feared dead or missing after the latest wreck of a boat carrying migrants bound for Europe off the coast of Libya, while about 60 people may have been rescued, U.N. refugee agency..
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Eastern Libyan forces kill eight in advance south of Tripoli

Eight fighters allied to Libya's internationally recognized government were killed in air strikes as rival eastern forces stepped up an offensive to retake a strategic city south of Tripoli, officials..
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G7 summit statement issued on trade, Iran, Libya, Ukraine and Hong Kong

France on Monday issued a short statement at the end of a meeting of G7 leaders on several issues, but it was not a communique along the lines of those usually drawn up at the annual summit, reflecting..
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Why the CIA doesn't spy on the UAE

The United Arab Emirates finances the military leader trying to topple a United Nations-recognized government in Libya. It helps lead a coalition of nations imposing an economic blockade of Qatar,..
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Missile hits Tripoli airport car park, grounding flights for three hours

A missile hit the car park of Libya's only functioning airport in Tripoli on Saturday, forcing flights to be grounded for almost three hours before operations resumed, the airport and a witness said.
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More than a hundred migrants feared dead off Libya coast

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Tuesday it fears that a boat packed with migrants sunk off the Libyan coast with more than a hundred people dead.
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Libya sends mobile petrol stations to conflict-hit west

Libyan state employee Akrm Jlaidi drives for ninety minutes to the suburbs of the capital Tripoli every week to fill his car at a mobile fuel station. Typically he waits for hours. Sometimes he returns..
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Pompeo, in call with Egypt's Shoukry, urges political solution in Libya

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday expressed American concerns over the prolonged conflict in Libya in a phone call with his Egyptian counterpart, and they agreed on the need for a political..
Reuters - Published

Ships passed us by, says sole survivor of migrant tragedy

The only survivor of a disastrous attempt by 15 migrants to reach Europe by sea from Libya said ships passed them by and ignored their pleas to be rescued.
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Eastern Libyan forces damaged civilian airport in western Libya: U.N.

Eastern Libyan forces have seriously damaged with air strikes a civilian airport in western Libya lacking any military use, the United Nations said on Sunday.
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Libya reopens southern airport closed since 2014

Libya reopened on Friday its airport in the main southern city of Sebha which had been closed since January 2014 due to security problems, residents said.
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Missile strike halts traffic at Tripoli airport, kills worker

Missiles hit the only functioning airport in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Thursday, killing one worker, the airport said.
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Car bomb explodes in Libya's Benghazi, killing three U.N. staff

A car bomb explosion in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi killed three U.N. staff members and two other mission members on Saturday, the United Nations said.The attack came as the United Nations was..
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Another U.N. staffer died due to car bomb in Libyan city of Benghazi: medics

A U.N. staff member died on Saturday of wounds suffered in a car bombing in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, medics said, raising the total number of U.N. personnel killed in the attack to three.
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U.N. condemns Libya car bomb that killed two U.N. staff

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday condemned a car bomb attack that killed two U.N. staff members and injured three, a U.N. spokesman said.
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Car bomb in Libyan city of Benghazi kills two U.N. staff: medical source

A car bomb in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Saturday killed two U.N. staff, several medical sources said.
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Libya government accepts U.N. ceasefire proposal, implementation unclear

Libya's internationally recognized government, which is facing a campaign by eastern troops to take the capital, has accepted a United Nations proposal for a ceasefire during the Eid al-Adha religious..
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