Libya

  • Libya security chief killed in clashes with gangs 20-01-2014 08:28 AM

    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...
  • Top intelligence chief abducted as Libya marks strike 18-11-2013 07:57 AM

    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...
  • Al-Qaeda leader Libi pleads not guilty to terrorism charges 16-10-2013 11:53 AM

    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....
  • Libyan PM Ali Zeidan says his kidnapping was a bid to topple the government 12-10-2013 09:42 AM

    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...
  • Libyan PM freed after stunning abduction 10-10-2013 04:47 PM

    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...
  • Libyan PM kidnapped by armed men from a hotel in Tripoli: Reports 10-10-2013 10:06 AM

    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...
  • Libyan terrorist wanted by US nabbed in Tripoli 06-10-2013 08:39 AM

    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...
  • Libya warns will destroy tankers illegally exporting oil 27-08-2013 05:15 AM

    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...
  • FIFA lifts Cameroon suspension from world football 22-07-2013 11:14 PM

    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...
  • Libyan protesters call for armed militias to be disbanded 08-07-2013 01:55 AM

    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 15-06-2013 06:36 AM

    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...
  • Syria: Libya's army chief resigns after clash in Benghazi 09-06-2013 11:20 PM

    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 09-06-2013 09:24 AM

    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...
  • Obama names outspoken Susan Rice as his security adviser 06-06-2013 03:26 AM

    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...
  • Libya tense ahead of vote on former Gaddafi officials 06-05-2013 12:47 AM

    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...
  • Libya: French embassy hit by car bomb in Tripoli 23-04-2013 12:55 PM

    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...
  • FIFA lifts ban on Libya home matches: federation 18-04-2013 06:05 PM

    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 15-04-2013 08:43 AM

    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 07-03-2013 10:05 AM

    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. ...
  • India votes against resolution banning death penalty 20-11-2012 07:14 PM

    United Nations: India was among the 39 countries that voted against a UN General Assembly draft resolution which called for abolishing the death penalty, saying every nation had the "sovereign right" to determine its own legal system. The non-binding resolution called for a moratorium on executions with a view to...
  • Facing an inconvenient truth

    Head to Haid-ar |  Suhasini Haidar
    Sometimes, turning full circle takes no time. Eighteen months after NATO forces bombed Qadhafi's Libya citing their responsibility to protect the citizens of Benghazi, U.S....

  • Cradle of Arab Spring celebrates 1st anniversary 18-12-2011 08:24 AM

    Sidi Bouzid: Tens of thousands of people packed a provincial town square to celebrate the first anniversary on Saturday of Tunisia's democratic revolution in the place where it began, unleashing a tide of popular revolt that has transformed the Arab world. The festive mood in Sidi Bouzid was tempered somewhat,...
  • UNSC unfreezes assets of 2 Libyan banks 17-12-2011 08:49 AM

    United Nations: The UN Security Council on Friday ordered assets of two Libyan banks that had been under the control of Muammar Gaddafi to be unfrozen, clearing the way for the return of more than $ 40 billion to help the new government rebuild the country. The transitional government had...
  • Gaddafi daughter seeks ICC probe into his killing 15-12-2011 01:30 AM

    Algiers: A lawyer for Muammar Gaddafi's daughter said on Wednesday he had written to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to ask if an investigation had been launched into the killing of her father and brother. A copy of the letter, said that Muammar Gaddafi and his son Mo'tassim...
  • Libyan who sparked revolution sworn in as minister 05-12-2011 01:40 AM

    Tripoli: The man whose arrest in February sparked Libya's revolution was sworn in as a minister in the new interim government on Sunday but said he had been hesitant about taking on the new job. Fethi Tarbel, Libya's new sport and youth minister, wiped away tears after he took he...