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Five killed in attacks in Tripoli despite calls for truce over virus spread

At least five civilians were killed, including two members of the same family, by heavy shelling in Libya’s capital of Tripoli on Monday, officials in the U.N.-backed government said, despite increased international pressure to halt fighting over coronavirus concerns.Mortar...

Libyan official says 5 women killed in shelling near Tripoli

Five women were killed and five others were wounded, including a child, when their houses were shelled near Libya’s capital Tripoli, a health official with the U.N.-recognized government said Thursday.Mortar shells hit civilian houses late Wednesday in the towns...

UN to Libyans; drop your guns and battle coronavirus

The United Nations and nine countries on Tuesday called on Libya's warring parties to cease hostilities to allow health authorities to fight against the new coronavirus.In a joint statement, the ambassadors of Algeria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Britain...

Over 400 migrants intercepted off Libya coast – UN agency

Libya’s coast guard intercepted over 400 Europe-bound migrants off the country’s Mediterranean coast and returned them to the capital of Tripoli over the past 24 hours, the U.N. migration agency said Sunday.The International Organization for Migration tweeted that 301...

Macron says Haftar committed to signing Libya ceasefire

Khalifa Haftar, Libya’s eastern military commander, has told France’s president he will sign a ceasefire and stick to it if militias backed by the internationally recognized government respect it, a French presidency official said on Monday.“Marshal Haftar assured (us)...

Tripoli’s Mitiga airport attacked amid diplomatic impasse

The only functional airport in the Libyan capital of Tripoli came under direct attack by eastern-based opposition forces, authorities in the capital said Thursday, as diplomatic efforts to end the war continued to falter.Four missiles had hit Mitiga International...

Libya’s eastern government opens Damascus embassy, pledges unity against Turkey

Libya’s eastern-based government linked to military commander Khalifa Haftar opened an embassy in Syria on Tuesday and called for the two countries to unite in their common fight against Turkey-backed militant groups.Syria has faced resistance from Turkish forces allied...

UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame resigns

The United Nations special envoy for Libya said on Monday he has resigned for health reasons days after his latest effort at peacemaking failed to achieve a breakthrough in the conflict.Ghassan Salame said on Twitter that he had “sought...

Haftar forces intensifies bombardment of Tripoli, patients evacuated

Bombardment of the Libyan capital Tripoli intensified on Friday, residents said, forcing the evacuation of some patients from a hospital near the capital’s only functioning airport and prompting condemnation by the United Nations.Residents said the shelling was among the...

Losses from Libya’s oil shutdown now over $2B

Financial losses over a protracted blockade of Libya’s vital oil fields and ports have rapidly swelled, surpassing $2 billion on Tuesday, the country’s National Oil Corporation said.Oil supplies have become a major point of conflict between rival governments in...
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An armed group in Burkina Faso attacked a cattle market and a humanitarian convoy, killing at least 35 people, the government said on Sunday.Twenty-five...

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Scientist hunt for Covid-19 hotspots to test vaccine, may head to Africa and South America

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The outgoing Burundi President's wife, Denise Bucumi Nkurunziza, has been airlifted to Kenya, where she is being treated at Aga Khan University Hospital for...