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Libyan security forces surround Tripoli's central Corinthia Hotel (R) on January 27, 2015 in the Libyan capital. (AFP/Mahmud Turkia)
15:40 GMT
The prominent Tripoli hotel that was attacked by Daesh earlier today is now empty after security forces rescued 12 expats from the 26th floor.
A hotel employee told the AP five assailants were still inside the building and engaged with Libyan security forces. (AFP/File)
13:52 GMT
Masked gunmen stormed a popular hotel in Libya's capital Tripoli Tuesday morning following a car bomb explosion in the parking lot. Daesh-linked militants claimed responsibility for the attack as
Fajr Libya, the faction that has controlled the capital since August, is not participating in this round of UN peace talks. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
UN-brokered Libya peace talks resumed on Monday in Geneva in the absence of a major opposition faction which is only willing to participate if the talks take place in Libya.

January 26, 2015

Libya plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising against the dictatorship of Muammar Gaddafi. The ouster of Gaddafi gave rise to a patchwork of heavily-armed militias and deep political divisions. (AFP/File)
12:19 GMT
Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Hassan al-Saghir was released Monday after briefly being kidnapped from his home by unknown assailants.

January 25, 2015

Libya has seen constant clashes between government forces and rival militia groups. (Photo: AFP)
15:43 GMT
The deputy foreign minister of Libya’s internationally-recognized government has been kidnapped in the eastern city of al-Bayda.

January 24, 2015

Mohammad al-Zahawi was a leader of Ansar al-Shariah, the Islamist group blamed for the attack on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi in 2012. (AFP/File)
08:43 GMT
Mohammad al-Zahawi, the leader of Libyan Islamist group Ansar al-Shariah, died of wounds incurred in an ambush in September.

January 22, 2015

The shooting comes just days after rebel groups and government bodies agreed to a ceasefire in war-torn Libya. (AFP/File)
21:00 GMT
Armed men opened fire on the car of Libya's head of security Colonel Senussi Kaiba Thursday, killing him and his driver in the coastal, Islamist city of Sirte.

January 21, 2015

Israeli forensics examine the scene of an attack after Hamza Muhammad Hasan Matro, age 23, stabbed at least five people on a Tel Aviv bus on January 21, 2015. (AFP/Jack Guez)
14:01 GMT
Hamza Muhammad Hassan Matrouk from Tulkarm refugee camp was identified as the assailant behind the Tel Aviv bus stabbing.
Kenji Goto (left) and Haruna Yukawa (right) are Daesh's first Japanese hostages. (AFP/File)
13:14 GMT
Japanese journalist Kenji Goto went to Raqqa to find his friend and fellow hostage Haruna Yukawa when he was abducted by Daesh.

January 19, 2015

The two assemblies support two different governments headquartered in the two respective cities as well as two military entities. While the House has the support of much of the Libyan army and troops loyal to army commander Khalifa Haftar, the Congress is backed by Islamist militias which helped topple Gaddafi in 2011.(AFP/Mahmud Turkia)
05:00 GMT
The General National Congress agreed to attend the UN-sponsored dialogue shortly after the internationally recognized House of Representatives called for a cease fire.

January 18, 2015

A Libyan woman waves a giant national flag during a rally of supporters of "Fajr Libya" (Libya Dawn), a mainly-Islamist alliance, against the dialogue on January 16 ,2015 in Tripoli's central Martyr's Square, as peace talks between the country's warring factions kicked off in Geneva. (AFP/Mahmud Turkia)
14:30 GMT
Libya's government declared a cease fire two days after an Islamist backed militia declared a truce.

January 17, 2015

Daesh has claimed responsibility for the attack on the Algerian embassy. The aftermath of the explosion is pictured above. (AFP/Mahmud Turkia)
19:36 GMT
A bomb injured two security guards in an attack on Algeria's embassy in Libya.
The Kouachi brothers are of Algerian descent. However, according to Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra, the brothers "have never set foot in Algeria." (AFP/File)
16:14 GMT
Algerian authorities rejected a French request to bury the bodies of the Charlie Hebdo attackers Cherif and Said Kouachi in Algeria.
The success of the upcoming UN-backed peace talks hinges on the participation of Libya Dawn, the alliance in control of Tripoli, which opted out of last week's talks. (AFP/File)
07:39 GMT
Warring Libyan factions announced a ceasefire and agreed to continue UN peace talks next week. The talks will focus on forming a national unity government.

January 13, 2015

A similar incident occurred at the same checkpoint in October, but officials say the car did not reach the checkpoint before exploding and caused no casualties aside from its driver. (AFP/File)
15:13 GMT
A explosive-laden car entered a checkpoint east of Benghazi before detonating and killing three Libyan soldiers Tuesday, the AFP reports.