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, […]

Russia delays UN sanctions on Libya human-trafficking leaders

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, May 21 : Russia has delayed a western proposal for a U.N. Security Council committee to blacklist six accused leaders of human trafficking and migrant smuggling networks in Libya, asking for more information on the value and efficiency of the move. The Netherlands, backed by France, Germany, Britain and the […]

Migrants trapped in Libyan detention centre in “critical” state – MSF

By Aidan Lewis TUNIS, May 4 : About 800 migrants in a government-run centre in western Libya are being detained in worsening conditions without sufficient food or water, Doctors without Borders (MSF) said. Many of the migrants have been trapped for more than five months in the centre of Zuwara, about 100 km (62 miles) […]

Libyan returnees stuck in desert say no going back

By Aidan Lewis and Ahmed Elumami GARART AL-GATEF, Libya, Apr 1 : The wind whips up sand storms in Garart al-Gatef. Snakes and scorpions lurk amongst the desert scrub. But hundreds of people who were stranded while trying to return to a town emptied in an act of collective punishment during Libya’s 2011 revolution have […]

Libyan reconciliation the only option, says isolated town’s mayor

By Aidan Lewis and Ahmed Elumami ZINTAN, Libya, Mar 27 : Communities drawn into conflict after Libya’s 2011 uprising have no choice but to reconcile if the country is to recover, said the mayor of a town that was left isolated following fighting four years ago. Mustafa al-Baroni, mayor of the western town of Zintan, […]