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South Africa denies shipment weapons/military hardware to Libya

South African government has denied rumours claiming that weapons and military hardware were shipped to Turkey, which could possibly end up in the hands of militia groups fighting in the Libyan civil war.According to News24, this happened after questions...

HRW wants Libya’s Haftar to probe alleged war crimes by his men

Human Rights Watch called on Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar on Tuesday to investigate alleged war crimes by his fighters after the discovery of mass graves in territory formerly under their control.The New York-based watchdog said it had yet...

UN says Libya warring sides agree to peace talks

Libya’s warring parties have agreed to restart ceasefire talks, the United Nations mission to the country said late on Monday after weeks of intense fighting near the capital Tripoli fuelled by foreign arms.In a statement posted online, the United...

Russia deploys fighter jets to Libya – AFRICOM

U.S. Africa Command says Russia recently deployed military fighter aircraft to Libya to support Russian state-sponsored, private military contractors, who are helping forces fighting the U.N.-supported Libyan government.The Russian fighter aircraft arrived at al-Jufra Airfield in Libya from an...

Libya coast guard intercepts 400 migrants off coast

Libya’s coast guard intercepted about 400 Europe-bound migrants off the country’s Mediterranean coast over the past two days, and brought them to the capital of Tripoli from where they were taken to a detention center, the U.N. migration agency...

Libya’s GNA says targeting retreating Haftar forces

Libya's internationally recognised government has launched air strikes against forces loyal to renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar after his forces announced they were pulling back from Tripoli front lines.Air strikes by the Government of National Accord (GNA) targeted several...

Both sides in the Syrian conflict now fight in Libya

While a ceasefire in Syria has reduced combat between rebels and government forces, mercenaries from the two sides are still fighting in Libya on behalf of their Russian and Turkish backers.Turkey supports some Syrian rebels and Libya's UN-recognised Government...

Libyan forces aligned with Tripoli gov’t capture key air base

Forces aligned with Libya’s internationally recognised government took control of an air base south-west of Tripoli on Monday after a sustained assault, in what could be their most significant advance for nearly a year.Watiya air base, 125 km (80...

UN says Russian mercenaries helping Haftar in Libya war

Mercenaries from the Wagner Group, a Russian paramilitary organization seen as being close to Vladimir Putin, are fighting in Libya, UN diplomats said Wednesday, citing an experts' report on the country's arms embargo.It was the first time the UN...

Rescued migrants stranded at sea, not allowed to any EU port

At least 78 migrants fleeing war-torn Libya for Europe remain stuck at sea without a designated port to dock, the U.N. migration agency said Monday.Libya has emerged as a major transit point for African and Arab migrants fleeing conflict...
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Ivory Coast PM and ruling RHDP candidate for presidency in next election dies at 61

Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Ivory Coast’s prime minister and the ruling party’s candidate for an October presidential election, died on Wednesday, President Alassane Ouattara said.The...