Famed Libyan ruins rely on locals for support

By Aidan Lewis LEPTIS MAGNA, Libya, Nov 28 : The limestone and marble ruins of Leptis Magna on Libya’s coast could be a hive of activity and a top tourist destination, but conflict has left one of ancient Rome’s great Mediterranean cities almost entirely cut off from the outside world. Guards are unpaid and most […]

Bolstered Libyan coast guard intercepts packed migrant boat

By Aidan Lewis TRIPOLI, Nov 5 : Libya’s European-backed coast guard on Saturday turned back more than 150 migrants trying to reach Italy by boat amid its heightened efforts to block such crossings of the Mediterranean. The migrants, packed into a single rubber boat, were intercepted off the coast between the towns of Al Khoms […]

UN ends month-long Libya talks in Tunisia without proposing new date

By Ulf Laessing TUNIS, Oct 21 : Month-long U.N.-backed talks aimed at bridging differences between rival Libyan factions ended on Saturday with no discernable progress towards stabilising the country and paving the way for elections. A month ago U.N. envoy Ghassan Salame, the latest in a series of Libya envoys since a 2011 NATO-backed uprising […]

Armed faction takes over protection of Libyan oil and gas complex, fresh concern over migrants

By Ahmed Elumami SABRATHA, Libya, Oct 8 : An armed alliance involved in a three-week battle over the Libyan smuggling hub of Sabratha said on Saturday it had taken over protection of the Mellitah oil and gas terminal after expelling a rival group. An organisation called the Operations Room and its allies have been fighting […]

Islamic State set up Libyan desert army after losing Sirte – prosecutor

By Ahmed Elumami TRIPOLI, Sept 28 : Islamic State militants in Libya set up a desert army composed of at least three brigades after the lost their stronghold of Sirte last year, a senior prosecutor said on Thursday. Hundreds of militants are believed to have escaped from Sirte before or during the seven-month campaign to […]