Libya

  • Libya’s Islamist-backed government sworn in September 6, 2014

    Tripoli: Libya's Islamist-backed cabinet was sworn in on Saturday. The new cabinet is headed by Omar al-Hasi. 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 Islamist-allied 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 small-arms 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 al-Thani, 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 strife-torn 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 UN-supervised 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 cease-fire, 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 war-affected 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...
  • 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 Non-Resident...
  • 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 war-torn 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 strife-torn 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 strife-torn 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...
  • Libya ex-deputy PM kidnapped: Family July 30, 2014

    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 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 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 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 non-resident 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 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...