Libya

November 18, 2014

Abbott versus Putin: who would win in a shirtless face off? Both men boast sizeable pecs and larger than life egos, but would Putin really stand a chance against Abbott’s Iron Man trained bod? And it takes a real man to pull off a hot pink swim cap.
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Putin and Abbott turned the G-20 Summit into a 6-Pack Parade so Albawaba dives into the Middle East to dig out some shirt-less men. Not for the faint-hearted! A parade of 6 packs from Russia to the Arab world.

November 17, 2014

Libya has struggled with intense violence ever since the ouster of former leader Muammar Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
08:02 GMT

Libya's recently-elected parliament based in Tobruk has declared the eastern city of Benghazi a "disaster area," citing a wave of "acts of terror" that had gripped the flashpoint city for months.

November 16, 2014

The North African country has been witnessing numerous clashes between government forces and rival militia groups that refuse to lay down arms. (AFP/File)
06:59 GMT

Medical sources say at least 340 people have been killed in fighting in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi since October 15.

November 14, 2014

The border town of Arsal has been the site of fierce clashes between militants and the Lebanese army in recent months, sparking high tensions between Syrians refugees and Lebanese host communities. (AFP/File)
09:37 GMT

A bomb hit a Lebanese military vehicle Friday in the outskirts of Arsal's northeast region, according to a security source, wounding two soldiers.

November 13, 2014

According to the witnesses, the two blasts, only minutes apart, left only material damage to the buildings of the embassies with no casualties reported. (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Two separate car bombings were reported in the vicinities of the Egyptian and United Arab Emirates (UAE) embassies in the Libyan capital Tripoli, eyewitnesses said.

November 12, 2014

One car bomb went off in a busy street in the eastern city of Tobruk near the Egyptian border, where the elected parliament is based in a hotel. [Mohammed Hashem]
15:24 GMT

Car bombs exploded in eastern Libyan towns under the control of the internationally-recognized government on Wednesday, wounding at least 20 people, officials said.

Libya plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime dictator, Muammar Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
07:18 GMT

The International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor says reports indicate that war crimes are being committed in Libya.

November 8, 2014

Members of pro-government Libyan forces fire at Islamist militiamen on Nov. 3 near Libya's restive city of Benghazi. (AFP/Mohamed El-Sheikhi)
05:00 GMT

Libya's Supreme Court has dissolved the country's parliament, its only internationally recognized government body.

November 7, 2014

Libyans wave the national flag as they celebrate the decision of the supreme court to invalidate the internationally recognized parliament, setting the stage for deepening political chaos. (AFP/Mahmud Turkia)
19:00 GMT

Libya’s parliament moved to Tobruk after an armed group from the town of Misrata seized the capital and most government institutions in August.

November 6, 2014

The UN-backed parliament in Libya was dissolved by the Constitutional Court. (AFP/File)
13:36 GMT

Libya’s Constitutional Court has announced the dissolution of the country’s UN-backed parliament amid the continued operation of another legislature in the capital, Tripoli.

Armed militants seized the oil field, according to Libyan Oil Ministry sources (File/AFP)
09:49 GMT

Libya's major El Sharara oil field, which produces an estimated 200,000 barrels per day, halted production following its seizure by armed militants.

November 3, 2014

Libya’s army, supported by forces loyal to retired General Khalifa Haftar, has launched an operation against militant groups in the coastal city. (AFP/File)
07:10 GMT

The Libyan military has urged residents of a central district of Benghazi to evacuate as it pushes ahead with an offensive against militants in the country's second-largest city.

November 2, 2014

The curving clays and sand soils of Iran’s salt desert,  Dasht-e Kavir, appear like swirls in fine lumber. Satellites can directly identify different minerals and recognize large geological structures and mineral deposits that are undetectable by ground-based surveys. Iran is one of the world’s most important mineral producers.
12:01 GMT

Middle East deserts as you've never seen them before - from orbit

October 30, 2014

The UN has repeatedly expressed concern that Libya will plunge into chaos. (AFP/File)
06:06 GMT

A fresh spate of clashes in the northeastern Libyan city of Benghazi has claimed the lives of at least 10 people.

October 28, 2014

UN chief Ban Ki-moon paid a surprise visit to Libya this month urging an end to perpetual turmoil. “Let me be clear: if violent confrontations do not cease immediately... prosperity and a better life will be a distant dream”, said Ban. However, as head of a "toothless tiger" organization, how much impact can Ban's urging have?
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Is Libya becoming a failed state? With so much focus on the Islamic State, it's easy to forget about Libya within the region. Here are 19 things you need to know about Libya’s forgotten conflict.