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Libya: Country in North Africa
Libya, officially the State of Libya, is a country in the Maghreb region in North Africa, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Egypt to the east, Sudan to the southeast, Chad to the south, Niger to the southwest, Algeria to the west, and Tunisia to the northwest. The sovereign state is made of three historical regions: Tripolitania, Fezzan and Cyrenaica. With an area of almost 1.8 million square kilometres (700,000 sq mi), Libya is the fourth largest country in Africa, and is the 16th largest country in the world. Libya has the 10th-largest proven oil reserves of any country in the world. The largest city and capital, Tripoli, is located in western Libya and contains over one million of Libya's six million people. The second-largest city is Benghazi, which is located in eastern Libya. The Latin name Libya is based on the name the region west of the Nile used by the Ancient Greeks and Romans for all of North Africa, and was first adopted during the Italian colonization since 1911.

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Greece 'registers disagreement' with Libya-Turkey maritime accord

Greece said on Wednesday it opposed an accord reached by Turkey and Libya to define their maritime boundaries, but said it and Ankara - both members of NATO - were committed to talks on..
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Greece hopes talks with Turkey's Erdogan will ease maritime frictions

Greece's prime minister will meet Turkey's president on Wednesday in an attempt to ease frictions over energy exploration and Ankara's deal with Libya on Mediterranean maritime zones, a government..
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Videos for Libya


Mostly children and women among dead in southern Libya air attack [Video]Mostly children and women among dead in southern Libya air attack

UN-recognised government blames renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar's forces for attacking residential areas.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:26Published

Dramatic video shows migrant rescue following boat capsize [Video]Dramatic video shows migrant rescue following boat capsize

The Italian Coast Guard released on Monday dramatic video showing the rescue of a young girl at sea after a boat carrying migrants capsized in bad sea conditions. Mia Womersley reports

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:30Published

Migrant ship seeks port in stormy sea [Video]Migrant ship seeks port in stormy sea

The captain of Open Arms urgently asked Italy permission to land on Sunday as the ship with more than 70 African migrants on board was sailing through increasingly stormy seas in the Mediterranean...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:43Published

Foreigners caught in Libya's Tripoli crossfire [Video]Foreigners caught in Libya's Tripoli crossfire

Foreigners left with a stark choice - they can stay in Tripoli and risk their lives because of conflict, or they can head home to potential poverty.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:28Published

UAE, Sudan, Jordan, 'break arms embargo to back Haftar' [Video]UAE, Sudan, Jordan, 'break arms embargo to back Haftar'

UN draft report obtained by Al Jazeera says member states gave weapons to warring parties in Libya, violating sanctions.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:41Published

Libya battle: Pro-government forces want support to fight Haftar [Video]Libya battle: Pro-government forces want support to fight Haftar

Forces allied to UN-recognised government fighting renegade commander Khalifa Haftar call on UN for no-fly zone.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:50Published

Victims of Libya air raids fear returning home [Video]Victims of Libya air raids fear returning home

Six-month battle for Tripoli has killed or wounded hundreds of civilians.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:36Published

 

Government in Libya's capital condemns deadly air strikes

Libya's internationally recognized government on Monday condemned air strikes in the capital Tripoli and the southern desert which it said had caused civilian casualties, most of them women and..
Reuters - Published

East Libyan forces blamed for deadly air strikes in Tripoli, south

Libya's internationally recognized government on Monday blamed rival, eastern-based forces for air strikes in the capital and the southern desert which it said had caused civilian casualties, most of..
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After Libya arms embargo breaches, U.N. Security Council warns countries to stop

The United Nations Security Council called on all countries on Monday to implement an arms embargo on Libya and to stay out of the conflict after U.N. sanctions monitors accused Jordan, the United Arab..
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East Libyan warplanes attack Chadian forces near southwest oilfields: LNA official

East Libya-based forces said their warplanes had attacked targets near oilfields in the southwest of the country on Thursday after fighting in the area briefly shut one field.
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Turkey signs maritime boundaries deal with Libya amid exploration row

Libya's internationally recognized government and Turkey have signed an agreement on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean Sea that could complicate Ankara's disputes over energy exploration with..
Reuters - Published

Turkey aims to protect its rights with Libya maritime deal: minister

Turkey's maritime boundaries agreement with Libya is aimed at protecting Ankara's rights under international law, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday, a day after the deal was..
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Turkey and Libya sign deal on maritime zones in the Mediterranean

Turkey and Libya's internationally recognized government have signed an agreement on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean Sea as well as a deal on expanded security and military cooperation, the..
Reuters - Published

East Libyan forces launch air strikes near southwest oil fields

East Libya based forces said they had launched air strikes near oilfields in the southwest of the country early on Thursday, after fighting in the area briefly shut down one of two major fields.
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Eastern Libyan forces regain control of El Feel oilfield: LNA

Eastern Libyan forces said on Wednesday they had driven armed groups from Libya's 70,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) El Feel Oil Field, where production was halted after a rival group took control of it.
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Air strikes shut production at Libya's El Feel oilfield: NOC

Air strikes halted production at Libya's 70,000 barrel per day (bpd) El Feel oilfield on Wednesday, the National Oil Corporation said, as eastern-based forces retaliated after a rival group took..
Reuters - Published

U.S. officials meet with Libya's Haftar amid push to end Tripoli offensive

U.S. officials met on Sunday with eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar as Washington presses him to end his offensive on the capital, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.
Reuters - Published

Migrant with gunshot wound evacuated from Open Arms rescue ship

A man from Niger who was shot in the foot while in Libya was among a group of 11 migrants evacuated from the Open Arms rescue vessel by the Italian Coast Guard on Sunday.
Reuters - Published

I'd have rather died at sea than return to Libya, says rescued migrant

An African migrant recently rescued from a crowded dinghy drifting in the Mediterranean said he would have rather died at sea than return to Libya, highlighting the desperation driving the current wave..
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Six migrant bodies washed up on Libyan coast

The bodies of six migrants were washed up on the coast east of Libya's capital Tripoli on Friday, while about 100 survivors were brought back to shore, coastguards and U.N. officials said.
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Two toddlers among 73 migrants plucked from drifting dinghy off Libya

Some 73 migrants, many suffering from hypothermia and burns, were rescued by a Spanish charity ship late on Wednesday from a packed rubber dinghy that had been drifting off the Libyan coast for nearly..
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East Libyan forces target munitions in Misrata with air strikes

East Libya-based forces said they had carried out air strikes on the port city of Misrata in the early hours of Tuesday, targeting armored vehicles delivered from Turkey and a munitions depot.
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Air strike hits biscuit factory in Libyan capital, killing seven

At least seven workers were killed and another 35 wounded in an air strike that hit a biscuit factory on Monday in a southern suburb of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, emergency services said.
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U.N.-backed Libyan authorities seize eastern Libyan plane

Authorities at Libya's Misrata airport on Sunday seized a Libyan Airlines aircraft operating from Benghazi in the east of the country, the airline's Benghazi management said.
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U.S. calls on Libya's Haftar to halt Tripoli war, warns against Russia's role

The United States on Friday called on eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar to stop his offensive on the capital held by the internationally recognized government and warned against Russian..
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Eastern Libya authorities stop plane from rival territory

Eastern Libyan authorities forced a civilian flight to land for security checks soon after it had taken off from a city controlled by their rivals in the Tripoli government on Thursday, authorities..
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Jordan, UAE, Turkey, Sudan accused of violating sanctions on Libya - U.N. report

Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey have repeatedly violated an arms embargo on Libya and it is "highly probable" that a foreign attack aircraft is responsible for a deadly strike on a migrant..
Reuters - Published

Malta has deal with Libya coastguard over migrant interceptions: report

Malta's armed forces have started cooperating with Libya's coastguard to turn back migrant boats heading into Malta's search and rescue zone, a newspaper reported on Sunday, citing a secret government..
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Frontline clashes ebb and flow as Libya's war hits impasse

On the outskirts of Tripoli, days of silence are broken by bursts of heavy artillery fire. Fighters camped out for weeks in abandoned houses watch for movement on enemy lines. A drone buzzes overhead..
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Migrants released amid fighting in Libyan capital seek refuge with U.N.

Hundreds of migrants were released on Tuesday from a detention center in the Libyan capital Tripoli as heavy gunfire rang out across the city, witnesses and the United Nations said.
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Libya reopens Tripoli's Mitiga airport after two months of closure

Libya's U.N.-backed Government of National Accord on Tuesday reopened Mitiga, Tripoli's only functioning airport, after almost two months of closure, the transportation minister said.
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Libya stops salaries of thousands of teachers without documents

Libya's internationally recognized government has stopped the salaries of over 150,000 teachers and other education ministry staff who do not have proper documents, the ministry said in an..
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Libyan schools shut as teachers on swollen payroll demand better wages

Strikes are keeping classrooms shut at the start of the school year in Libya as teachers seek better pay from a budget under strain from a massive public salary bill and renewed conflict.
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War creates new uncertainty for migrants in Libya

After three days at sea trying to reach Europe, Demba Dembele was intercepted by Libya's EU-backed coastguard and returned to Tripoli – where, like dozens of other migrants, he got in a taxi and..
Reuters - Published

Putin and Merkel discussed Syria, Ukraine and Libya in phone call: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed Ukraine, Syria and Libya during a phone call, the Interfax news agency quoted the Kremlin as saying on Saturday.
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Desperate African refugees pay to get into Libyan jails: UNHCR

African refugees in Libya are so desperate that some are bribing their way into detention centers in the hope of eventually being resettled out of the war-torn, lawless country, the United Nations said..
Reuters - Published

Gunmen raid cafes in Libya capital to curb social freedoms

Gunmen raided two trendy seafront cafes in the Libyan capital Tripoli this month to banish unmarried couples and impose strict religious codes, witnesses said, in a move that has alarmed civil..
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Air strike in Libyan capital Tripoli kills three young sisters

Three children, all sisters, were killed, and their mother and a fourth sister wounded in an air strike that hit a house near a military intelligence camp in Libya's capital on Monday, a Reuters..
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Libyan conflict leaves rubbish mounds smoldering in Tripoli's streets

Mabrouk Ahmed says he has to keep watch into the night to stop people dumping their rubbish on the wide street that runs in front of his home in the south of Libya's capital, Tripoli.
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U.N. envoy pushes to stop 'blatant' embargo violations in Libya

The U.N. envoy for Libya said he hopes an international conference next month will produce a Security Council resolution committing foreign powers to stopping an escalating proxy war and an accelerated..
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Scores of migrants flee after being rescued off Libyan coast: officials

At least 71 illegal migrants rescued after four days in distress at sea were brought to shore east of the Libyan capital Tripoli early on Sunday but then fled and no attempt was made to capture them, a..
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Boat with over 50 passengers capsizes off Libyan coast: U.N.

A boat with more than 50 people on board has capsized off the Libyan coast, the United Nations said on Saturday, the latest accident involving migrants trying to reach Europe.
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U.S. air strike kills 17 in southern Libya

U.S. forces said on Friday they killed 17 suspected militants in their third air strike in a week on southern Libya.
Reuters - Published

After six months of war, powers push for new Libyan talks at U.N.

Major powers sought to bury their differences over Libya at the United Nations on Thursday after six months of war that has plunged the oil producing nation into crisis with few signs of a peace..
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Sudan closes borders with Libya, Central African Republic

Sudan's transitional government ordered the immediate closure of the nation's borders with Libya and Central African Republic on Thursday, citing unspecified security and economic "dangers".
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U.S. launches strike in southern Libya as U.N. warns of escalation

U.S. forces said on Wednesday they killed 11 suspected militants in their second air strike in a week near the southern Libyan town of Murzuq, as the U.N. envoy warned of a growing risk of armed..
Reuters - Published

Qatar's emir criticizes those backing Libyan warlords attacking Tripoli

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Tuesday took a swipe at countries backing Libyan warlords and militias fighting the internationally-backed government, which Qatar supports.
Reuters - Published

Egypt's Sisi says time to end Libya's militia 'chaos', external interference

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Tuesday that a concerted effort was needed to stop militias taking control of Libya and to prevent external actors from intervening there.
Reuters - Published

Egypt's Sisi says need to stop external actors interfering in Libya

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Tuesday that a concerted effort was needed to stop militias taking control of Libya and to prevent external actors from intervening there.
Reuters - Published

U.N. runs clubs for Libyan children, after conflict disrupts schools

Libyan mother Halima al-Miladi wants to keep her 7-year-old son distracted from the fighting in and around the capital Tripoli where they live.
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Five Western countries, Turkey and UAE back Libyan state oil firm

Five Western countries including the United States, as well as Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, support Libyan state oil firm NOC as the sole legitimate authority for the country's energy sector, a..
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Italy arrests three men suspected of torturing migrants in Libya

Italian prosecutors on Monday ordered the arrest of three people suspected of torturing migrants in a detention center in north-west Libya.
Reuters - Published

East Libyan forces carry out air strike on central city, widening front

Eastern Libyan forces on Monday mounted an air strike on the central city of Sirte held by the internationally recognised government, an official and residents said, widening a conflict engulfing the..
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East Libyan forces attack Sirte from air, official says

Eastern Libyan forces on Monday mounted air strikes on a military position in the city of Sirte held by the internationally recognised government, an official told Reuters.
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