TRIPOLI

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Libya puts back trial of Kadhafi regime members May 25, 2014

    A Tripoli court ordered a fresh delay on Sunday in the trial of 40 top figures from late dictator Moamer Kadhafi's regime, including his son Seif alIslam, as spiralling lawlessness grips Libya. "The prosecution demanded that the trial be delayed to June 22 to prepare the indictment," defence lawyer Ali Dhabaa...
  • 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...
  • Muammar Gaddafi's Tripoli compound to be turned into park: report October 21, 2013

    London: A fortified Tripoli compound that once belonged to slain Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi is to be turned into a public park, a media report has said. 'Bab alAzizya', or Splendid Gate, the compound belonging to Gaddafi that was stormed in a turning point of the struggle to rid Libya of...
  • 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 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 AlQaeda leader, wanted for his role in the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in East Africa, says the 49yearold has been kidnapped in Tripoli. Nazih AbdulHamed alRuqai, known by his alias Anas alLibi, is believed to have returned to Libya during the 2011 civil war...
  • Lebanon car bombings: Death toll rises to 47 August 24, 2013

    Lebanese officials said on Saturday the death toll from a devastating twin car bombing outside two mosques in the northern city of Tripoli a day earlier has risen to 47. The coordinated explosions in the predominantly Sunni city have raised already simmering sectarian tensions in fragile Lebanon to dangerous levels, heightening...
  • UN chief Ban Ki-moon condemns Lebanon bombings, calls for 'restraint' August 24, 2013

    UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Friday condemned the deadly double car bombing in Lebanon and appealed for restraint in the fractured country split over the war in neighbouring Syria. "The secretary-general strongly condemns the two bomb explosions, shortly after Friday prayers, outside two mosques in the north Lebanese city of...
  • Bombs kill 42 outside mosques in northern Lebanese city of Tripoli August 24, 2013

    Bombs hit two mosques in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Friday, killing at least 42 people and wounding hundreds, intensifying sectarian strife that has spilled over from the civil war in neighbouring Syria. The apparently coordinated blasts - the biggest and deadliest in Tripoli since the end of Lebanon's...
  • US extends closure of 19 diplomatic posts in Middle East August 5, 2013

    Washington: The US has announced to extend closure of its 19 diplomatic posts till August 10, while nine of its embassies and consulates which were closed, will resume normal operations on Monday. "Given that a number of our embassies and consulates were going to be closed in accordance with local custom...
  • Libya: French embassy hit by car bomb in Tripoli April 23, 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...
  • Libyan Islamist militia swept out of Benghazi bases September 22, 2012

    Libya: An Islamist militia was driven out of the city of Benghazi early on Saturday in a surge of protest against the armed groups that control large parts of Libya more than a year after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. A spokesman for Ansar alSharia said the group had evacuated its...
  • Joyful Libyans brave violence to grasp free vote July 8, 2012

    Tripoli/Benghazi: Crowds of joyful Libyans, some with tears in their eyes, parted with the legacy of Muammar Gaddafi's dictatorship on Saturday as they voted in the first free national election in 60 years. But in the eastern city of Benghazi, cradle of last year's uprising but where many now want more...
  • Libyan militia takes control of Tripoli airport June 4, 2012

    Tripoli: A group of disgruntled militiamen took over the country's main airport on Monday, storming it with heavy machine guns and armored vehicles and forcing airport authorities to divert flights, a security official said. Mohammed elGharyani of Tripoli Security Committee said militiamen from the city of Tarhouna occupied the airport runway....
  • Gaddafi son eyes safety, talks to Hague October 29, 2011

    The Hague: From deep in the Sahara, fearing that he will share his father's bloody fate at the hands of vengeful Libyans and calling in old favours bought with oil from desert tribes and African strongmen, Saif alIslam Gaddafi may be bartering a future. The International Criminal Court at The Hague...
  • Gaddafi son wants to surrender to ICC, says NTC October 27, 2011

    Tripoli: Saif alIslam Gaddafi, who once vowed to die fighting on Libyan soil, now wants to face international justice instead and avoid any chance of meeting the same grisly end as his father, Libyan officials said. An official of the ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) said on Wednesday that Saif alIslam,...
  • Gaddafi to be buried in secret desert grave: NTC October 25, 2011

    Misrata: Ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi will be buried on Tuesday in a secret desert grave, a National Transitional Council official said, ending a wrangle over his rotting corpse that led many to fear for Libya's governability. With their Western allies uneasy that Gaddafi was battered and shot after his capture...
  • Gaddafi son preparing to flee Libya: NTC October 25, 2011

    Tripoli: Saif alIslam Gaddafi, a fugitive son of the deposed Libyan leader, is near Libya's borders with Niger and Algeria and planning to flee the country using a forged passport, an official with the National Transitional Council said on Monday. "He's on the triangle of Niger and Algeria. He's south of...
  • PostGaddafi Libya under pressure to restore order October 23, 2011

    Benghazi: Racing to fill a power vacuum and prevent a descent into lawlessness, Libya is to proclaim its war over on Sunday and start building the ballot box democracy Muammar Gaddafi once saw as fit for "donkeys". Tens of thousands who before this year's revolt had known nothing but Gaddafi's allpowerful...
  • Gaddafi died of gunshot wound: Autopsy October 23, 2011

    New Delhi: Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi died of a gunshot wound to the head, confirmed an autopsy report on Sunday. The autopsy was carried out in Misrata and sources are now saying that the body will be returned to the commercial freezer in the city where it was put up...
  • Doc says Gaddafi killed by bullet in stomach October 21, 2011

    Dubai: Muammar Gaddafi was fatally wounded by a bullet in his intestines following his capture, according to a doctor who examined his body, amid conflicting accounts of how the fugitive former Libyan leader met his end. Gaddafi, 69, was killed on Thursday after being captured by the Libyan fighters he once...
  • Gaddafi's death: who pulled the trigger? October 21, 2011

    Sirte: Disturbing images of a bloodstained and shaken Muammar Gaddafi being dragged around by angry fighters quickly circulated around the world after the Libyan dictator's dramatic death near his home town of Sirte. The exact circumstances of his demise are still unclear with conflicting accounts of his death emerging. But the...
  • Gaddafi's death is a welcome news: David Cameron October 21, 2011

    The UK Prime Minister welcomed the news of Muammar Gaddafi's death and said people should remember his victims. ...
  • Gaddafi: The strange dictator who hated democracy October 21, 2011

    CNN's Jonathan Mann interviewed the Libyan leader in 2006 and reflects on Muammar Gaddafi's idiosyncrasies. ...
  • Libya: From dictatorship to democracy October 21, 2011

    After eight months of bloody battle, the Libyan Civil War could soon be over with Muammar Gaddafi's killing. ...
  • Libya in transition: Gaddafi killed, rebels celebrate October 21, 2011

    Africa's longest ruling dictator Muammar Gaddafi was killed by rebel forces in his hometown of Sirte on Thursday. ...
  • 'Gaddafi's death is warning to ironfist rulers' October 21, 2011

    Washington: US President Barack Obama hailed Muammar Gaddafi's death on Thursday as a warning to authoritarian leaders across the Middle East that ironfisted rule "inevitably comes to an end," and as vindication for his cautious strategy toward Libya. Obama joined US politicians and ordinary Americans in welcoming the demise of Gaddafi,...