LIBYA

  • India evacuating 34 nurses evacuated from Libya, 12 to reach Kochi on Thursday December 17, 2014

    New Delhi: The Indian government is evacuating 34 Indian nurses from strife-torn Libya. The first batch of 12 will arrive on Thursday in Kochi. "A group of 12 Indian nurses are on their way from Tunisia and will arrive in Kochi tomorrow. Another batch of 22 nurses are also on their...
  • Libyan Parliament rejects court ruling on invalidation November 7, 2014

    Tripoli: Libya's internationally recognised parliament has rejected the ruling of a Supreme Court to invalidate it, saying it was elected based on the will of the Libyan people. "The House of representatives rejected the ruling of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court in these circumstances ... and it's still working...
  • Libya getting 'very close' to point of no return, says UN envoy October 28, 2014

    Tripoli: Factional warfare in Libya is pushing the oil producer "very close to the point of no return", the UN special envoy to the country said on Tuesday, commenting on flagging efforts to bring about a ceasefire and political dialogue. The North African country has had two governments and parliaments since...
  • Suicide bombers kill seven at Libyan airport October 2, 2014

    Cairo: Two suicide car bombings near an eastern airport in Libya killed seven troops and wounded 12 people on Thursday, a spokesman for a renegade general said, as fierce clashes erupted nearby between the general's forces and the extremist militias trying to take over the airfield. Col Mohammed Hegazi said that...
  • France wants Libyan jihadists on UN blacklist September 26, 2014

    United Nations: France wants the UN Security Council to add Libyan Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia to its terror list, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said declaring Libya a "terrorist powderkeg." Active in Libya's second city Benghazi, Ansar al-Sharia is already on the US terror list and the Libyan parliament has also labelled...
  • Libyas Islamistbacked government sworn in September 6, 2014

    Tripoli: Libya's Islamistbacked cabinet was sworn in on Saturday. The new cabinet is headed by Omar alHasi. It comprises 19 ministries and three supreme councils, Xinhua reported. According to Libya's transitional plan, the House of Representatives elected in the June polls has already replaced the former interim General National Congress government. The GNC...
  • Islamist militia now guards US Embassy in Libya September 1, 2014

    Tripoli: An Islamistallied militia group in control of Libya's capital now guards the US Embassy and its residential compound, a commander said Sunday, as onlookers toured the abandoned homes of diplomats who fled the country more than a month ago. Witnesses saw holes left by smallarms and rocket fire dotting the...
  • Libya's interim government resigns under pressure August 29, 2014

    Benghazi: Libya's toothless interim government, led by Prime Minister Abdullah alThani, announced it had tendered its resignation to the elected parliament, days after a rival Islamist administration was created. The interim government, operating in the east of the country to avoid the Islamist militias which have a strong presence in...
  • More than 250 migrants may have died in shipwreck off Libya August 24, 2014

    Tripoli: More than 250 migrants may have died when a boat sank a kilometre (half a mile) off the Libyan coast, a coastguard official said on Sunday. "We believe there are still more than 250 bodies trapped underwater," coastguard official Mohammad Abdellatif told Reuters. "When we went underwater we discovered that...
  • Over a hundred migrants missing after boat sinks off Libyan coast August 23, 2014

    Tripoli: A wooden boat carrying up to 200 migrants has sunk just one kilometre (half a mile) off the Libyan coast, the coast guard said on Saturday, and most passengers were feared drowned. The local coast guard said it had no boats of its own and had to commandeer fishing vessels...
  • India helps in evacuation of 126 Nepalese nationals from Libya August 16, 2014

    New Delhi: India has facilitated evacuation of 126 Nepalese nationals from Sirte area of strifetorn Libya. The assistance by India came after the Nepalese embassy in Cairo sent a note verbale to its mission in Tripoli seeking assistance for evacuation of the Nepalese nationals, officials in the Ministry of External Affairs...
  • Libya calls for UNsupervised ceasefire August 7, 2014

    Tobruk: The newly inaugurated Libyan parliament has threatened to act against warring militias who don't abide by its call for an immediate ceasefire, which it says would be supervised by the United Nations. The parliament's call late on Wednesday is among its first since it convened in the eastern city of...
  • 200 more Indians return from warzone Libya, say it's all bombing and shooting there August 7, 2014

    New Delhi: About 200 Indians who were stranded in Libya returned on Thursday morning at the Terminal 3 of Delhi IGI International Airport. Air India had sent a flight to Djerba in Tunisia to evacuate the stranded Indians. The 200 Indian national who reached home on Thursday includes a 18 year...
  • Kochi: Indian nurses return from Libya to an emotional reunion with their families August 6, 2014

    Kochi: It was an emotional reunion at the Cochin International Airport when 44 nurses from waraffected Libya returned to their homeland safe. These are the first batch of nurses that came from Tripoli while many more are waiting for their chances. There was happiness and relief as Indian nurses returned...
  • 44 Keralite nurses arrive in Kochi from Libya August 5, 2014

    Kochi: Relief writ large on their faces, 44 Indian nurses arrived here this morning from strifetorn Libya from Dubai even as four others are bound for different destinations in the country. While 44 reached Kochi by an Emirates flight, another three were bound for Delhi, CEO of NonResident Keralite Affairs Department...
  • 43 Indian nurses return to Kerala from Libya August 5, 2014

    Kochi: In a relief, 43 nurses who were working in the conflict zone of Libya have returned to India. They landed in Kochi in Kerala on Tuesday morning. This is the second group of nurses who crossed over to Tunisia from Tripoli on Monday. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had written...
  • Libya's new parliament calls for unity, militia factions battle on August 4, 2014

    Tripoli: Libya's newly elected parliament called for national unity at its first formal session on Monday, as rival armed factions battled for dominance of a country struggling to hold itself together three years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi. Even as the new House of Representatives met, heavy artillery and rocket...
  • 44 nurses from Libya to reach Kerala on Tuesday August 4, 2014

    Kochi: The first batch of 44 Keralite nurses, stranded in strife torn Libya, would arrive on Tuesday. The nurses, working in various hospitals in Libya, had reached Tunisia, from where they will be reaching Dubai to take the scheduled flight to Kochi and arrive on Tuesday morning, CEO of NonResident...
  • India's Solomon Daniel killed in shelling in Libya August 4, 2014

    Thiruvanathapuram: An Indian national has been killed in Libya falling prey to the intense shelling taking place in the civil wartorn country. Solomon Daniel, a native of Kerala's Alappuzha, was killed on Sunday in Libya. Solomon's family said that he was to return to India on Wednesday but was killed on...
  • Philippines urges workers in Libya to leave while they can August 2, 2014

    Manila: The Philippines urged its thousands of workers in Libya on Saturday to leave the strifetorn nation now while they still can, warning that the remaining exit routes were closing fast. A ship chartered by Manila is set to sail from Malta in the coming days to pick up Filipinos...
  • 58 nurses on way back, Government again asks Indians to leave Libya August 1, 2014

    New Delhi: 58 Indian nurses from Libya are on their way back home, the government said on Friday while making a fresh appeal to all the Indians in the strifetorn nation to leave in view of deterioration in situation with a promise to make all arrangements for evacuation. External Affairs Ministry...
  • Thousands flee to Tunisia to escape Libya fighting July 31, 2014

    Tunis: Up to 6,000 people a day have fled Libya into neighboring Tunisia this week, the Tunisian foreign minister has said, the biggest influx since Libya's 2011 civil war in a sign of the spiraling turmoil as rival militias battle over control of the airport in the capital Tripoli. The...
  • Centre working towards safe evacuation of Indians from Libya, Tunisia July 30, 2014

    In a step to facilitate safe evacuation of Indians from wartorn Libya and neighbouring Tunisia, the External Affairs Ministry has said that 6 officials have been deployed for the same. A high level meeting has been chaired by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and tickets are being arranged for those...
  • Libya exdeputy PM kidnapped: Family July 30, 2014

    Triploli: An armed group abducted a former Libyan deputy prime minister and newlyelected 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 alNaass told AFP. "Twenty minutes before his...
  • Sushma Swaraj directs deployment of more staff for exit of Indians from Libya July 29, 2014

    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 July 29, 2014

    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 strifehit 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 July 29, 2014

    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 nonresident Keralites), said the agency has opened a...
  • News 360: Pak mob kills 3 over blasphemous Facebook post July 28, 2014

    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 July 28, 2014

    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 strifetorn 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 antiaircraft gunfire were heard from early morning on the airport...