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Stories with place: Libya
  • Italy recovers 7 bodies, saves 500 after migrant ship flips 
    Updated: May-25-16 12:45 pm

    ROME - A large ship overturned Wednesday off Libya's coast with more than 500 migrants aboard, right as the Italian navy was approaching for rescue. Crews recovered seven bodies but saved more than 500 people who were thrown into the sea.

  • EU boosts Med naval mission for Libya coast guard training story has photos
    Updated: May-23-16 12:16 pm

    BRUSSELS - The European Union boosted the role of its naval operation in the Mediterranean on Monday after Libya granted permission for the EU to train its coastguard, as increasing numbers of desperate migrants leave the country in unseaworthy boats bound for Italy.

  • House chairman complains about Pentagon response on Benghazi story has photos
    Updated: May-19-16 2:42 pm

    WASHINGTON - The chairman of the House Benghazi committee on Thursday complained that the Pentagon has failed to provide the names of all the pilots who sent drones over Libya the night of the deadly 2012 attacks, slowing the more than two-year-old investigation.

  • US widens sanctions on Islamic State, al-Qaida branches 
    Updated: May-19-16 1:22 pm

    WASHINGTON - The United States expanded sanctions Thursday against affiliates of al-Qaida and the Islamic State group operating across the Middle East and North Africa, reflecting the spreading threat of extremism far beyond the groups' traditional strongholds in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

  • Islamic State suicide bombings kill 32 Libyan militiamen 
    Updated: May-19-16 11:27 am

    BENGHAZI, Libya - A spokesman of a Libyan militia says two suicide bombings by the Islamic State group have killed 32 of the militia's fighters.

  • Capitol Hill Buzz: Gowdy remarks stir partisan Benghazi feud 
    Updated: May-18-16 2:36 pm

    WASHINGTON - It's a question congressional investigators have long been seeking to answer: Could the military have reached the besieged diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, in time to prevent the killings of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, the night of Sept. 11, 2012?

  • US, other powers want to arm Libyan government story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-16-16 7:19 pm

    VIENNA - In a move fraught with risk, the United States and other world powers said Monday they would supply Libya's internationally recognized government with weapons to counter the Islamic State and other militant groups gaining footholds in the chaos-wracked country's lawless regions.

  • Former GOP lawyer: Military acted properly on Benghazi story has photos
    Updated: May-16-16 4:48 pm

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. military acted properly on the night of the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, according to leaked testimony from a retired, three-star Army general who served as chief lawyer for Republicans on the House committee investigating the attacks.

  • Kerry in Saudi Arabia for talks on Syria, Libya, Yemen story has photos
    Updated: May-15-16 9:20 am

    JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday held talks with Saudi Arabia's King Salman about the conflicts in Syria, Libya and Yemen, ahead of international meetings this coming week in Europe on those crises.

  • US Treasury sanctions Libyan politician 
    Updated: May-13-16 11:21 am

    WASHINGTON - The United States is imposing sanctions on the speaker and president of Libya's House of Representatives for working to obstruct and delay political transition in the country.

  • Kerry heads to Mideast, Europe, Asia with Syria on his mind 
    Updated: May-13-16 11:13 am

    WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry is heading off on another round-the-world diplomatic mission with stops in the Middle East and Europe to focus on crises in Syria, Libya and Yemen. He then heads to Asia where he will briefly join President Barack Obama in Vietnam.

  • US won't seek death penalty against Benghazi suspe story has photos
    Updated: May-10-16 9:31 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department will not seek the death penalty against Ahmed Abu Khattala, the suspected Libyan militant charged in the Benghazi attacks that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, federal officials announced Tuesday.

  • Rival assaults on IS stronghold deepen Libya's chaos 
    Updated: May-06-16 1:46 pm

    CAIRO - From east and west, the forces of Libya's rival powers are each moving on the city of Sirte, vowing to free it from the hold of the Islamic State group. The danger is they could very well fight each other as well.

  • WHO raises concerns after 12 newborns die in southern Libya 
    Updated: May-06-16 11:38 am

    BENGHAZI, Libya - The U.N. health agency has expressed concerns over the death of 12 newborns in a southern impoverished Libyan province, warning of a "major breakdown" of the health system in the war-torn North African country.

  • Morocco arrests suspect linked to Islamic State group 
    Updated: May-04-16 1:41 pm

    RABAT, Morocco - Morocco's Interior Ministry says a person suspected of ties with the Islamic State group in Libya has been arrested.

  • Malta's premier visits Libya to discuss migration, security 
    Updated: May-04-16 9:55 am

    VALLETTA, Malta - Malta's prime minister became the first head of government to visit Libya since the formation of a unity government following a U.N.-brokered agreement, meeting the Libyan prime minister-designate at a naval base near Tripoli's international airport.

  • Kenya: Police disrupt alleged plot by extremist medics 
    Updated: May-03-16 3:03 pm

    NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenyan police have disrupted a cell of extremist medics linked to the Islamic State group suspected of plotting a biological attack on Kenya and recruiting university students to join the group in Libya and Syria, Kenya's police chief said Tuesday

  • Several Egyptians killed in clashes with smugglers in Libya 
    Updated: Apr-27-16 1:57 pm

    CAIRO - Egypt's Foreign Ministry says at least a dozen Egyptians have been killed in clashes with smugglers in central Libya.

  • Italian official: No military intervention planned for Libya 
    Updated: Apr-26-16 1:34 pm

    ROME - An Italian senator says no military intervention is "on the agenda" for Libya.

  • Obama boosts Islamic State fight, asks Europe to do the same story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-25-16 7:06 pm

    HANNOVER, Germany - Evoking history and appealing for solidarity, President Barack Obama on Monday cast his decision to send 250 more troops to Syria as a bid to keep up "momentum" in the campaign to dislodge Islamic State extremists. He pressed European allies to match the U.S. with new contributions of their own.

  • Merkel hints at further military effort in Libya after talks 
    Updated: Apr-25-16 1:47 pm

    HANNOVER, Germany - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that she, U.S. President Barack Obama and the leaders of France, Britain and Italy discussed ways of supporting the fragile unity government in Libya and the possibility of expanding military efforts to stop the smuggling of migrants across the Mediterranean.