Libya

January 29, 2014

Gaddafi reportedly called Sarkozy "mentally deficient" in his 2011 interview. (AFP/File)
13:38 GMT

In a 2011 interview with a French channel, Libya's former leader Muammar Gaddafi reportedly said that he bankrolled Nicolas Sarkozy's presidency.

Libya has been overrun with rebels - who are equipped with Gaddafi's arms - since the revolution in 2011. (AFP/File)
12:52 GMT

Libya's interior minister Seddik Abdelkarim escaped unscathed from an assassination attempt when gunmen shot his car as he was on his way to parliament on Wednesday.

January 27, 2014

The Egyptian embassy in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. [Sabri]
17:21 GMT

Despite the lack of an exchange deal, Abou Abeida, a Libyan militia commander, was released after five kidnapped Egyptian diplomats were surrendered by Libya.

Soldiers from the Libyan army man a checkpoint in the capital Tripoli.  Egypt's ambassador and his staff have left Libya for security reasons after the kidnapping of five of their colleagues. [AFP]
06:27 GMT

After back and forth demands from Libyan militia group, all kidnapped Egyptian diplomats have been freed.

January 26, 2014

Four of the five kidnapped Egyptians work for Cairo's embassy in Tripoli (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
09:38 GMT

Libyan kidnappers who have took six Egyptian hostage this weekend have urged Egyptian authorities to release a Libyan militia commander immediately in exchange for the kidnapped Egyptians.

Libyan Justice Minister Salah al-Mirghani speaks during a press conference following the kidnapping of five Egyptian diplomats on January 25, 2014 in Tripoli Libya. [AFP]
01:12 GMT

Egypt has evacuated its staff from its embassy in the Libyan capital and the consulate in Benghazi city after kidnappers seized Egypt’s cultural attaché and three other embassy diplomats, an official told Al Arabiya News Channel Saturday.

January 25, 2014

Women talk with policemen on January 25, 2014 in front of the Egyptian embassy, where Egypt's cultural attache and three other embassy staff were seized by kidnappers in Tripoli, Libya. [AFP]
13:06 GMT

A day after an Egyptian diplomat was seized at the Egyptian embassy in Libya’s capital Tripoli, four staff were kidnapped, the Libyan government said on Saturday.

January 21, 2014

Libyan militant groups clashed in Tripoli's western suburbs leaving at least five dead and 20 injured (AFP)
19:30 GMT

Clashes in Libya's capital left at least five people dead and 20 wounded Tuesday.

January 19, 2014

Libyan soldiers were deployed to Libya's south to control renewed clashes (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
06:52 GMT

Libya declared a state of emergency this weekend in response to fresh clashes in the country's southern region.

January 15, 2014

The U.S. consulate compound in Benghazi late on September 11, 2012 (AFP/File)
18:13 GMT

The September 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya's Benghazi, in which U.S. Ambassador Chris Stephens died, was preventable, a Senate panel said Wednesday.

Hailing from Tripoli, Libyan political activist Amal al-Taher el-Haj has put her name forward to the General National Congress as a candidate to succeed Prime Minister Ali Zeidan. [libyaherald]
07:51 GMT

In efforts to bring a more feminine touch to the political arena in Libya, Amal al-Taher el-Haj has submitted her name to the General National Congress as a candidate and she believes her chances of being appointed are high.

January 12, 2014

Mr. Droui was a former member of the National Transitional Council that served as the "political arm" that ended Gaddafi's dictatorship in 2011 (Courtesy of Press TV)
06:56 GMT

Libya's deputy industry minister was shot dead in his hometown of Sirte Saturday.

January 10, 2014

Militias throughout Libya have clashed with government forces to control territory in the north African country (File Archive/AFP)
11:22 GMT

The United States' top military commander to Africa told reporters Friday that the Pentagon is planning to commence training for Libyan soldiers by midyear to help "boost the [north African country's] security."

January 8, 2014

Assuming the National Congress immediately appoint a replacement, Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan may resign imminently. (AFP/File)
16:05 GMT

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said Wednesday that he was ready to resign if the National Congress immediately replace him, and that the new cabinet will be appointed shortly.

January 5, 2014

The crisis has seen output plunge to about 250,000 bpd from nearly 1.5 million bpd before.
17:24 GMT

Limited production has resumed in Libya’s Al Sharara oilfield, blockaded since October 28 by residents of the southern region of Ubari, a National Oil Company (NOC) official said on Sunday.