Travellers wait as fighting shuts runways in Libya

By Ayman Sahely MISRATA, Libya, Sept 21 : The queue snakes out of the departures hall and deep into the carpark at Libya’s small Misrata airport – the main remaining gateway in and out of the country since fighting shut down the last runways in the capital Tripoli. The people lined up with their luggage […]

Clashes shatter illusion of security in Libyan capital

By Aidan Lewis and Ahmed Elumami CAIRO/TRIPOLI, Aug 29 : 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. Major battles have become rarer […]

Clashes shatter illusion of security in Libyan capital

By Aidan Lewis and Ahmed Elumami CAIRO/TRIPOLI, Aug 29 : 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. Major battles have become rarer […]

Struggle to control Libyan oil ports adds to global supply worries

By Aidan Lewis and Ahmad Ghaddar TUNIS/LONDON, June 29 : Libyan oil production could face protracted disruption as factions in the east have sought to seize control of crude exports, adding pressure to a tight global market. Eastern factions have tried to take over oil exports in the past yet struggled to find buyers as […]

West Libya factions raise doubts on Paris talks

By Aidan Lewis TUNIS, May 28 : Groups in western Libya have cast doubt on talks in Paris on Tuesday that aim to pave the way for elections in the divided country, fearing the meeting could play into the hands of their rival, eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar. Libya splintered following the 2011 NATO-backed revolt that […]

Libyan rivals set for crunch Paris talks to break political deadlock

By John Irish and Marine Pennetier PARIS, May 27 : Libyan rivals will meet on Tuesday in Paris to agree on a political roadmap that aims to resolve disputed issues to pave the way for U.N.-backed elections this year. U.N. Special Representative Ghassan Salame has been leading the latest push to unify and stabilise Libya, […]