Libya

  • Libya ex-deputy PM kidnapped: Family 11 hours 43 minutes ago

    Triploli: An armed group abducted a former Libyan deputy prime minister and newly-elected MP, Mustapha Abu Shagur, in the capital Tripoli on Tuesday, his nephew said. "Men in three cars kidnapped my uncle from his house and took him away to an unknown destination," Issam al-Naass told AFP. "Twenty minutes before his...
  • Sushma Swaraj directs deployment of more staff for exit of Indians from Libya 18 hours 14 minutes ago

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday directed deployment of additional staff to enable smooth facilitation of return of Indian nationals from strife -torn Libya, a day after the government advised its nationals to leave that country and not to travel there. The minister, who reviewed the security situation...
  • Ensure safe return of Indians from Libya, Jaganmohan Reddy urges Centre 19 hours 3 minutes ago

    Hyderabad: YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy on Tuesday requested the Centre's intervention for ensuring the safe return of Indian nationals stranded in strife-hit Libya. In a letter to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Jagan, the Leader of Opposition in Andhra Pradesh Assembly, quoted media reports that over 1,000...
  • 118 Kerala nurses in Libya want to return 19 hours 29 minutes ago

    Thiruvananthapuram: A total of 118 Kerala nurses working in Libya want to return home in India, said a Kerala government official on Tuesday. Speaking to an agency, P Sudeep, chief executive officer of Norka (the state agency that looks after the welfare of non-resident Keralites), said the agency has opened a...
  • News 360: Pak mob kills 3 over blasphemous Facebook post Yesterday

    A Pakistani mob killed a woman member of a religious sect and two of her grand daughters after a sect member was accused of posting blasphemous material on Facebook, police said on Monday, the latest instance of growing violence against minorities. ...
  • India's mission in Tripoli advises all Indian nationals to leave Libya Yesterday

    New Delhi: The India's mission in Tripoli on Monday advised all its nationals to leave Libya as Civil war has worsens in the country. The development came after the US and UK closed their embassies in the the strife-torn country. There are more than 6000 Indians employed in Libya who asked to...
  • Heavy fighting breaks out near Libya's Tripoli airport, seven dead July 13, 2014

    Tripoli: Heavy fighting broke out between rival militias vying for control of Libya's main airport on Sunday, killing at least seven people and forcing a halt of all flights in the worst fighting in the capital for six months. Explosions and anti-aircraft gunfire were heard from early morning on the airport...
  • As Libya teeters near chaos, United States keeps hands-off policy June 25, 2014

    Washington: Among all countries swept by the Arab Spring uprisings, few today are as dysfunctional as Libya. Heavily armed militias outgun its fledgling army. A renegade former general has launched a purge of radical Islamists. Weapons looted from arsenals of ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi help fuel the bloody conflict in Syria....
  • US seizes Benghazi suspect in deadly Libya attack June 18, 2014

    Washington: U.S. special forces seized a "key leader" of the deadly Benghazi, Libya, attack and he is on his way to face trial in the U.S. for the fiery assault that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, the Obama administration announced on Tuesday. It was the first breakthrough...
  • India evacuates 1,000 nationals from Ukrainian city June 3, 2014

    Moscow: The first batch of 500 Indians, mostly students, are leaving violence-hit Ukrainian city of Lugansk to Kyiv on Tuesday as India made arrangements to evacuate close to 1000 of its nationals from that city, the biggest such exercise after thousands of Indians were evacuated from Libya in 2011. The evacuation...
  • Death toll from Libya fighting rises to 43 May 17, 2014

    Benghazi: The death toll from clashes in Benghazi has risen to 43 with more than 100 people wounded, a Health Ministry official said on Saturday, as a renegade retired general vowed to continue to fight Islamist militants in the eastern Libyan port. Friday's violence prompted Libya's prime minister to order the...
  • Libya security chief killed in clashes with gangs January 20, 2014

    Tripoli: Libyan security sources say an army chief of staff has died in clashes with gangs south of Tripoli, the latest official killed in the country's ongoing unrest. Mohammed Karah died on Sunday of a gunshot wound to the head, after participating in an offensive against gangs who had been stealing...
  • Top intelligence chief abducted as Libya marks strike November 18, 2013

    Tripoli: Libya's deputy intelligence chief was kidnapped outside Tripoli airport on Sunday, two security sources said, days after clashes between rival militias and protesters in the capital killed at least 45 people. Mustafa Noah, the head of agency's espionage unit, was pulled into a vehicle in the car park, and had...
  • Al-Qaeda leader Libi pleads not guilty to terrorism charges October 16, 2013

    An alleged Al-Qaeda member who was snatched off the streets in Libya and interrogated for a week aboard an American warship pleaded not guilty to bombing-related charges on Tuesday in a case that has renewed the debate over how quickly terrorism suspects should be turned over to the US courts. Despite...
  • Libyan PM Ali Zeidan says his kidnapping was a bid to topple the government October 12, 2013

    Libya's Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said on Friday gunmen who abducted him briefly were part of a coup attempt by opponents in the country's legislature. The militia snatched Zeidan from the Tripoli hotel where he lives during a dawn raid on Thursday only to release him hours later in an incident...
  • Libyan PM freed after stunning abduction October 10, 2013

    Tripoli: Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was freed from captivity just hours after gunmen abducted him Thursday at dawn from the hotel where he resides in the capital, Tripoli, according to the state news agency. The brazen abduction - apparently in retaliation for the US special forces' raid over the weekend...
  • Libyan PM kidnapped by armed men from a hotel in Tripoli: Reports October 10, 2013

    Tripoli: Gunmen from a former rebel faction seized Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan from a Tripoli hotel on Thursday, the government said. "The head of the government Ali Zeidan was taken at dawn this morning by gunmen to an unknown place for unknown reasons," the statement said. Guards at the Corinthia Hotel...
  • Libyan terrorist wanted by US nabbed in Tripoli October 6, 2013

    Tripoli: Relatives of a Libyan Al-Qaeda leader, wanted for his role in the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in East Africa, says the 49-year-old has been kidnapped in Tripoli. Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known by his alias Anas al-Libi, is believed to have returned to Libya during the 2011 civil war...
  • Libya warns will destroy tankers illegally exporting oil August 27, 2013

    Tripoli: Libya warned on Monday it will attack and destroy any tanker illegally exporting oil after forces last week fired at a Liberian-flagged tanker close to the country's largest crude oil export terminal. The tanker, which sought to load crude oil that armed protesters blocking the country's main export ports were...
  • FIFA lifts Cameroon suspension from world football July 22, 2013

    Zurich: FIFA has lifted Cameroon's suspension from world football, clearing the African country to play a key World Cup qualifying match against Libya. FIFA imposed the ban July 4, citing government interference at the Cameroon Football Association (Fecafoot) following disputed elections last month. FIFA says it lifted the sanction after an emergency...
  • Libyan protesters call for armed militias to be disbanded July 8, 2013

    Tripoli: Libyan protesters took to the streets on Sunday calling for the disbanding of militias that have plagued Tripoli since the end of the 2011 war. The government said it was working on taking back control of the interior ministry besieged by an armed group that entered the building on...
  • United States considers a no-fly zone in Syria June 15, 2013

    Ankara: The United States is considering a no-fly zone in Syria, potentially its first direct intervention into the two-year-old civil war, Western diplomats said on Friday, after the White House said Syria had crossed a "red line" by using nerve gas. After months of deliberation, President Barack Obama's administration said on...
  • Syria: Libya's army chief resigns after clash in Benghazi June 9, 2013

    Tripoli: Libya's army chief of staff resigned on Sunday as an elite military unit took control of a base of pro-government militias after clashes killed 31 people in the eastern city of Benghazi. The developments underlined the security chaos in Libya more than a year and a half after longtime...
  • Ivory Coast close in on WC; SA, Ghana in danger June 9, 2013

    Ivory Coast beat Gambia 3-0 in World Cup qualifying on Saturday, while Ethiopia and Zambia gained crucial victories that put South Africa and Ghana at risk of missing out on football's top tournament. Lacina Traore, Wilfried Bony and Yaya Toure scored in Gambia for the Ivorians, keeping Africa's top-ranked team in...
  • Obama names outspoken Susan Rice as his security adviser June 6, 2013

    Washington: Defying Republican critics, President Barack Obama named outspoken diplomat Susan Rice as his national security adviser on Wednesday, giving her a larger voice in US foreign policy despite accusations that she misled the nation in the aftermath of the deadly attack on Americans in Benghazi, Libya. The appointment, along with...
  • Libya tense ahead of vote on former Gaddafi officials May 6, 2013

    Tripoli: Libya's legislative assembly gathered on Sunday to vote on a law banning officials who worked for Muammar Gaddafi from the new administration, a step that could potentially force out the prime minister and other senior officials. The wording has been wrangled over for months and Sunday's vote has been prompted...
  • Libya: French embassy hit by car bomb in Tripoli April 24, 2013

    Tripoli: French embassy in Libya was hit by what appeared to be a car bomb on Tuesday, injuring two guards in the first such attack in the capital Tripoli since the end of the 2011 war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi. Residents living near the embassy compound, in the capital's Hay Andalus...
  • FIFA lifts ban on Libya home matches: federation April 18, 2013

    Tripoli: World soccer's governing body FIFA has lifted a ban on Libya hosting soccer matches, the Libyan Football Federation said, despite the North African country still facing precarious security after the 2011 war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi. FIFA did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The move comes after...
  • Head of Libyan Islamic extremist militia shot April 15, 2013

    Tripoli: A security official says the leader of an Islamic extremist militia in Libya suspected of involvement in an attack in Benghazi that killed the US ambassador has been shot. Sufyan bin Qumu, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, was shot on Sunday in the area of al-Thruwn in the eastern...
  • Syrian civil war: Two years on, over 1 million refugees March 7, 2013

    Syria's civil war is pushing more people than ever to flee the country. Over the past few months, the exodus has accelerated and now the UN is reporting a dramatic milestone. The number of refugees from the conflict has passed the one-million mark. ...