U.S. plan for new, Western-trained Libyan force faces obstacles

World Dec 2, 2013

U.S. plan for new, Western-trained Libyan force faces obstacles

Deepening divisions among Libya's myriad armed groups are increasingly stirring conflict in the North African state. Now the United States and its allies are prepared to add a new force to the toxic mix. U.S. officials say the hope is that the General Purpose Force ...

Libyan military sweeps into Tripoli to drive out militiamen

World Nov 19, 2013

Libyan military sweeps into Tripoli to drive out militiamen

Libya's military swept into the capital Monday with dozens of pickup trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns in an operation to drive out militiamen, met by a warm welcome from Libyans seething with anger against the numerous armed groups running rampant in the country. Libya is ...

Libyan official released day after abduction

World Nov 18, 2013

Libyan official released day after abduction

A Libyan security official says the deputy intelligence chief has been released a day after being abducted by gunmen while leaving the airport in the capital, Tripoli. The abduction followed days of deadly clashes in the city. It was unclear who had abducted intelligence deputy Mustafa ...

Libya's capital goes on strike over militia attack

World Nov 17, 2013

Libya's capital goes on strike over militia attack

Residents of the Libyan capital launched a general strike Sunday over militia violence that killed nearly 50 people this weekend. The streets of Tripoli were deserted as the vast majority of the city's businesses and schools were closed. Bakeries, pharmacies, hospitals and gas stations remained ...

Deadly clashes between militias, protesters erupt in Libyan capital

World Nov 16, 2013

Deadly clashes between militias, protesters erupt in Libyan capital

Libyan militiamen opened fire Friday on white-flag-waving protesters demanding their disbandment, killing at least 31 people and wounding more than 200 in a barrage of heavy machine gun and rocket-propelled grenade fire. Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan blamed the protesters and the militia alike for ...

Libyan militias, politics meld two years after Gadhafi's fall

World Oct 23, 2013

Libyan militias, politics meld two years after Gadhafi's fall

Libya on Wednesday marked two years since the fall of Moammar Gadhafi, but instead of the freedom and development Libyans had hoped for, the country has fallen deeper into anarchy. Rival Islamist and Western-backed factions are melding with the country's dizzying array of militias, ...

Iraq, Libya loom over quest to rid nation of chemical arms

World Sep 15, 2013

Iraq, Libya loom over quest to rid nation of chemical arms

by Joby Warrick

When Moammar Gadhafi renounced chemical weapons in 2003, the Libyan dictator surprised skeptics by moving quickly to eliminate his country's toxic arsenal. He signed international treaties, built a disposal facility and allowed inspectors to oversee the destruction of tons of mustard gas. But Gadhafi's public ...

Jets 'held back amid Benghazi attacks'

World May 8, 2013

Jets 'held back amid Benghazi attacks'

by Ernesto Londono

As the weakly protected U.S. diplomatic compound in eastern Libya came under attack the night of Sept. 11, 2012, the deputy head of the embassy in Tripoli sought in vain to get the Pentagon to scramble fighter jets over Benghazi in a show of ...

Business May 10, 2011

Oil price may peak in summer

Oil prices are likely to peak this summer as the loss of Libyan crude production has an increased impact on the market amid rising demand in Europe and Japan, Nomura International PLC said. Oil has "a potential to spike higher" as European refineries resume after ...