Posts tagged as: Libya

Libyan militants claim to have taken Tripoli airport

Libya crisis

Islamist militants of the coalition Libyan Dawn announced on Saturday that have taken control of Tripoli International Airport after days of clashes with nationalist militants. The announcement comes after the setback last night by the same militia in an air strike which killed 13 of its members. If the decision is confirmed the airport would […]

170 migrants missing after boat sank on Libyan coast

immigrants boat sank

At least 170 African migrants have disappeared Friday in the sea off the Libyan coast after sinking the boat they were traveling to Italy, in a new drama of illegal immigration. The Coast Guard located the remains of the wooden boat about 60 miles east of Tripoli. The bodies of 15 people have already been […]

UN appoints Bernardino León as envoy to Libya

Bernardino León

Bernardino León rejects the label of ” failed state ” to Libya and denied that the country is at risk of becoming a Somalia overlooking the Mediterranean. ” The Somaliasation of  Libya is far away,” he says. This Spanish diplomat who was Secretary General of the Prime Minister Zapatero and the EU special envoy to […]

Spain temporarily evacuates embassy staff in Libya

The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to temporarily evacuate Thursday ambassador to Spain, José Antonio Borgallo, and the rest of the staff accredited to Libya, as well as other Spanish citizens and other nationals who have requested it, ” finding the worsening security situation in Tripoli, “according to a ministry statement. Escalating violence […]

Militants in Libya take main military base in Benghazi

Libya crisis

The main military base in Benghazi, in eastern Libya, fell into the hands of militant groups on Tuesday, after several days of fighting, as confirmed by military sources. A group of militants, including Ansar al Sharia, claimed the attack in a statement. ” The main basis of the special forces has fallen on Tuesday,” has […]

Italy sent aircraft to extinguish the fire in the Libyan oil tank

fire in oil tanker in libya

The Italian government sent seven aircraft to Libya to help in extinguishing the fire two days ago in a fuel tank in Tripoli and could cause a “catastrophe” if it were to explode, according to the Libyan Government. The interim government of Abdullah Al Thani said in a statement that the Italian oil company ENI […]

Libya’s neighbors mobilized to spiral of violence and chaos

Libya crisis

The fear of the chaos and inner turmoil in Libya, where in the last week fighting between various Islamist and tribal militias and some of them in combat with the coup General Khalifa Hifter have caused 59 dead and 180 wounded, has put its neighbors on high alert. Tunisia and Algeria contagion fear and fight […]

UN mission in Libya evacuated after increased violence


The UN has evacuated staff from its mission in Libya (UNSMIL) due to the security situation in the country, which has continued to deteriorate in recent days with about a dozen deaths over the weekend. “Following the recent fighting on Sunday and because of the closure of the international airport in Tripoli, the mission concluded […]

Libyan factions are fighting for control of Tripoli airport

libya airport closed after clashes

An alliance of Islamist militias tried Sunday to take Tripoli airport form Zintan militia who control facilities. The attack has left groups of passengers trapped in the terminal of the airport at the Libyan capital early in the morning. After several flights suspended, the International Airport has decided to close the facility over the next […]

US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton hospitalized

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been admitted to a New York hospital with a blood clot caused by a concussion she sustained earlier this month.   State Department spokesman Philippe Reines said in a statement, “In the course of a follow-up exam today, Secretary Clinton’s doctors discovered a blood clot had formed, stemming […]

President Barack Obama nominates Senator John Kerry for Secretary of State

U.S. President Barack Obama has nominated Senator John Kerry to succeed Hillary Clinton as his next secretary of state.   The president said Senator Kerry’s entire life prepared him for the role, and praised him for the “respect and confidence” he has earned from world leaders. Kerry ran as Democratic presidential candidate in 2004 and […]

Egyptian Court announces death penalty over anti-Islam film

An Egyptian court has convicted in absentia seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a US pastor, sentencing them to death on charges linked to an anti-Islam film that had sparked riots in parts of the Muslim world.   The case was seen as largely symbolic because the defendants, most of whom live in the United States, […]


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