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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 of the region west of the Nile (Λιβύη) used by the Ancient Greeks and Romans for all of North Africa, and was again adopted during the period of Italian colonization beginning in 1911.

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Arab League calls for Libya ceasefire, peace talks [Video]

Arab League calls for Libya ceasefire, peace talks

Emergency meeting of the bloc initiated by Egypt was rejected by Libya's internationally recognised government.

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Battle for Tripoli: Libya's first centre for amputees being built [Video]

Battle for Tripoli: Libya's first centre for amputees being built

Libya's only centre for amputees is still under construction in Misrata.

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Libya human rights abuses: UN considering a draft resolution [Video]

Libya human rights abuses: UN considering a draft resolution

Commanders working for General Haftar are being investigated for possible war crimes by the International Criminal Court.

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United Nations orders probe into human rights abuses in Libya [Video]

United Nations orders probe into human rights abuses in Libya

Announcement comes after mass graves were discovered in the city of Tarhuna following retreat by eastern-based forces.

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Egypt's el-Sisi orders army to be ready for missions abroad [Video]

Egypt's el-Sisi orders army to be ready for missions abroad

President el-Sisi's remarks come as he toured an airbase amid tensions over Turkey's increasing army presence in Libya.

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Emmanuel Macron: 'Turkey is playing a dangerous game in Libya' [Video]

Emmanuel Macron: 'Turkey is playing a dangerous game in Libya'

The French president's remarks on Turkey's military intervention in the Libyan civil war follows an encounter between the two NATO allies' ships in the MediterraneanView on euronews

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Migrant rescue ships return to the Mediterranean after lockdown [Video]

Migrant rescue ships return to the Mediterranean after lockdown

As they return to the seas for the first time since April, rescue ship operators say migrants fleeing Libya's humanitarian crisis are undeterred by Europe's coronavirus outbreakView on euronews

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Who is Reading terror suspect Khairi Saadallah? [Video]

Who is Reading terror suspect Khairi Saadallah?

Reading terror suspect Khairi Saadallah had a history of mental health issues, debt and homelessness, according to court documents. The 25-year-old arrived in the UK as a refugee, having fled the civil..

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Haftar forces accused of planting landmines in residential areas [Video]

Haftar forces accused of planting landmines in residential areas

The UN-recognized government has accused forces loyal to Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar of committing war crimes as 14-month battle for the Libyan capital may finally be over.

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Libya offensive: Government-backed forces push into city of Sirte [Video]

Libya offensive: Government-backed forces push into city of Sirte

The UN support mission in Libya has said the GNA and Haftar's delegations are now fully engaged in the third round of talks.

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UN expresses 'horror' at reported mass graves in Libya [Video]

UN expresses 'horror' at reported mass graves in Libya

GNA says multiple mass graves discovered in Tarhuna and other areas recently retaken from Khalifa Haftar's forces.

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Libya's GNA forces press ahead after failed truce offer by Egypt [Video]

Libya's GNA forces press ahead after failed truce offer by Egypt

Libya's east-based parliament speaker Aguila Saleh arrives in Moscow for talks as government forces push towards Sirte.

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Haftar backs ceasefire as rebels lose ground in Libya [Video]

Haftar backs ceasefire as rebels lose ground in Libya

A new ceasefire proposal reflects a dramatic shift in the balance of power in war-torn Libya. View on euronews

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Russia hiring of Syrians to fight in Libya surges in May: Reuters [Video]

Russia hiring of Syrians to fight in Libya surges in May: Reuters

Private military contractor Wagner Group is conducting the hiring with Russian army supervision, opposition sources say.

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Haftar proposed Libya ceasefire, says Egypt's el-Sisi [Video]

Haftar proposed Libya ceasefire, says Egypt's el-Sisi

Egypt president calls on UN to invite Libya's rival administrations for talks after GNA's military advances.

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Libyans celebrate after gov't retakes key city near Tripoli [Video]

Libyans celebrate after gov't retakes key city near Tripoli

People crowded into the Tripoli's main square to celebrate the fall of the nearby city of Tarhuna, the remaining stronghold of Haftar's forces.

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Libyan government 'retakes' Haftar stronghold Tarhuna [Video]

Libyan government 'retakes' Haftar stronghold Tarhuna

GNA operations room says its forces reached the centre of key city after entering from four sides.

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Libya's GNA says it regained full control of the capital, Tripoli [Video]

Libya's GNA says it regained full control of the capital, Tripoli

The announcement comes after a year-long siege by forces of eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:52Published

NATO to investigate Mediterranean incident between French, Turkish warships

NATO will investigate French accusations that Turkey's navy failed to respond to an allied call for inspection this month in the Mediterranean, the alliance chief said on Thursday, an incident Paris..
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Russian aircraft active in Libya, AFRICOM says

Russian jets delivered to Libya in May are being actively used in the North African country, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) said on Thursday.
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Turkey says it discussed lasting ceasefire during Libya trip

Senior Turkish officials discussed a lasting ceasefire and political solution in Libya, as well as energy cooperation, during a visit to Tripoli on Wednesday, Turkey's foreign minister said.
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France accuses Turkey of hostile acts to stop enforcement of Libya arms embargo

France accused Turkey's navy on Wednesday of acting in a "hostile and aggressive" manner towards its NATO allies to prevent them from enforcing a United Nations arms embargo on Libya.
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Turkish ministers visit Libya, Tripoli government says

Turkish government officials including the foreign and finance ministers arrived in Tripoli on Wednesday to meet Libya's internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), the GNA said in..
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Moscow urges U.S. to help reach Libya ceasefire: RIA

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that Moscow would welcome efforts by Washington to use its influence to help reach a ceasefire in Libya, the RIA news agency reported.
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Turkey accuses France of exacerbating Libya crisis

Turkey angrily accused France on Tuesday of exacerbating the crisis in Libya and violating U.N. and NATO decisions by supporting the forces of Khalifa Haftar against the internationally recognised..
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Bodies of children and others found in Libyan town after LNA retreat, Red Crescent says

Bodies of children were among those found in the Libyan town of Tarhouna after eastern-based forces and their local allies withdrew this month, Red Crescent and Tripoli government officials said on..
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Turkey slams French criticism of its actions in Libya

Turkey on Tuesday slammed French criticism of its role in Libya, saying the comments showed the "dark and inexplicable" policy by France towards Libya, and accused its NATO ally of exacerbating the..
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Merkel, Erdogan agree U.N. process for Libya should be bolstered: statement

German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the conflict in Libya and the situation in the eastern Mediterranean in a video call with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, Merkel's spokesman said in a..
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France wants talks about 'aggressive' Turkish role in Libya

France wants talks with NATO allies to discuss Turkey's increasingly "aggressive" role in Libya, a presidential official said on Monday, and the foreign ministry accused Ankara of thwarting truce..
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France slams Turkish interference in Libya

France said on Monday it condemned any ongoing foreign interference in Libya, singling out the intensification of Turkish support.
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Turkey eyes Libya bases for lasting military foothold: source

Turkey and Libya's internationally recognised government are discussing possible Turkish use of two military bases in the North African country, a Turkish source said on Monday, with a view to a..
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Turkey in talks to use two Libya military bases: source

Turkey and Libya's internationally recognised government are discussing possible Turkish use of two military bases in the North African country, a Turkish source said on Monday, teeing up a lasting..
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Turkey says no issues with Russia on Libya after talks delayed

There are no technical disagreements between Turkey and Russia on issues regarding the conflict in Libya, and the two states will continue jointly pursuing a lasting ceasefire there, Turkish Foreign..
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Siege of Libya's Sirte behind Turkey-Russia talks delay: Turkish official

Russia and Turkey postponed talks on defusing fighting in Libya due to discord over the Ankara-backed Tripoli government's push to retake the key coastal city of Sirte from Russian-backed eastern..
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Pope appeals for end to Libyan civil war

Pope Francis appealed on Sunday for both sides in the Libyan civil war to seek peace, urging the international community to facilitate talks and protect refugees and migrants he said were victims of..
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Turkey and Russia put off talks expected to tackle Libya and Syria

Russia and Turkey have postponed ministerial-level talks which were expected to focus on Libya and Syria, where the two countries support opposing sides in long-standing conflicts.
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Russian ministers to visit Turkey for talks on Sunday

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu will visit Turkey on Sunday for talks, the two countries' foreign ministries said on Saturday, with media reports saying..
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Turkey arrests journalist for revealing state secrets: lawyer

A Turkish court jailed a prominent opposition journalist from an online news outlet pending trial on accusations that she revealed state secrets in two articles about Ankara's military involvement in..
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U.S. wary of Egypt truce effort in Libya, wants former Danish PM to lead U.N. peace bid

Parts of a proposal by Egypt for a truce in Libya are "helpful," but a United Nations-led bid to broker peace in the North African country is the best way forward, the State Department's top Middle..
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U.N. decries reported mass graves found in Libya town after LNA retreat

The United Nations mission in Libya said on Thursday it was horrified by the reported discovery of mass graves in the town of Tarhouna after the internationally recognised government recaptured it from..
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U.S. looking into reports of Haftar's oil dealings with Venezuela

The United States is investigating and trying to get to the bottom of reports that Libya's eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar's plane was in the Venezuelan capital Caracas last week, a senior U.S...
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Turkey says U.S. needs to play more active role in Libya

The United States needs to play a more active role in Libya, both in achieving a ceasefire and in political talks, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview with broadcaster NTV on..
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U.N. Libya mission says warring sides have engaged in truce talks

Libya's warring sides have begun to engage in a new round of ceasefire talks, the United Nations said on Wednesday, after rapid gains by the internationally recognised government ended with heavy..
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Libya's GNA and LNA engage in U.N.-supported 5+5 joint military commission talks: tweet

The United Nations support mission in Libya said in a tweet on Wednesday that both Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA) are engaged in the third round of 5+5..
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Egyptian presidency says Trump welcomed Egypt's proposal for Libya ceasefire in a call with President Sisi: statement

The Egyptian Presidency said in a statement on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed Egypt's proposal for Libya ceasefire in a call with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
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Pompeo welcomes agreement for U.N. Libya talks, urges speedy ceasefire process

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday welcomed the resumption of talks led by the United Nations between Libya's warring sides and urged speedy negotiations to achieve a ceasefire.
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Turkey dismisses Egyptian proposal for Libya ceasefire: Hurriyet

Turkey on Wednesday dismissed Egypt's proposal for a ceasefire in Libya, saying the plan aimed to save Khalifa Haftar after the collapse of his offensive to control the capital Tripoli, Hurriyet..
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EU calls on conflict parties in Libya to withdraw foreign forces

The European Union's top diplomat has urged all conflict parties in Libya to immediately stop all military operations and engage constructively in peace negotiations.
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Libya's Sharara oilfield declares force majeure after brief shutdown

Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) declared force majeure on exports from its Sharara oilfield on Tuesday, as an armed group repeatedly halted production just days after output had resumed..
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Explainer: Untangling the conflict in Libya

Libya's conflict has taken a new twist after an attempt by eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar to seize the capital, Tripoli, crumbled rapidly in recent weeks.
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Putin and Merkel discuss Syria, Libya, Ukraine in phone call: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed Syria's humanitarian aid needs in a telephone call, the Kremlin said in a statement on Tuesday.
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Erdogan says he and Trump agreed 'some issues' on Libya

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he discussed the conflict in Libya with U.S. President Donald Trump in a phone call on Monday and that the two leaders agreed on "some issues" related to..
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Germany's Merkel urges U.N.-backed Libya talks in phone call with Egypt's Sisi

Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the situation in conflict-wracked Libya with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the German governemnt said in a statement on Monday.
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Rivals Russia and Turkey both support a Libya peace process, Moscow says

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday agreed on the need to collaborate to create the conditions for a peace process in Libya, Russia's foreign..
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UAE says Egypt initiative for Libya boosts peace track

The United Arab Emirates supports a new Egyptian peace initiative for Libya as a move towards a ceasefire and political solution, a senior official said on Monday.
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'Numerous' reports of looting in retaken Libyan towns, UN says

The United Nations has received "numerous" reports of looting and destruction in two towns outside Tripoli retaken by the forces of Libya's internationally recognised government, it said on Sunday.
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Exclusive: Russian hiring of Syrians to fight in Libya accelerated in May

A Russian drive to recruit Syrians to fight in Libya for militia leader Khalifa Haftar accelerated in May when hundreds of mercenaries were signed up, five Syrian opposition sources and a regional..
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Egypt offers new Libya plan as Haftar offensive collapses

Libya's internationally recognised government attempted to make new advances on Saturday against the forces of retreating eastern commander Khalifa Haftar, who stood by in Cairo as his ally, Egyptian..
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Egypt announces new Libya initiative with eastern-based leaders

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced a new initiative for Libya on Saturday alongside east Libya-based leaders, which proposes an elected leadership council and a ceasefire starting on June..
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Libya's Haftar pulls back east as Tripoli offensive crumbles

Forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognised government took the last stronghold of eastern commander Khalifa Haftar near Tripoli on Friday and advanced further south, capping the sudden collapse..
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West Libya forces seize last LNA stronghold near capital

Forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognised government captured the last major stronghold of eastern commander Khalifa Haftar near Tripoli on Friday, capping the sudden collapse of his 14-month..
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Libyan government says it has entered Haftar stronghold Tarhouna

Forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognised government said on Friday they had entered Tarhouna, the last major stronghold of eastern commander Khalifa Haftar near Tripoli, capping the sudden..
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Turkey vows more support to secure gains in Libya conflict

President Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Thursday to ramp up Turkey's support for its ally in Libya to lock in recent military gains, and promised joint exploration for oil at sea following talks in Ankara..
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Erdogan says Turkey to increase support for Libya's Serraj

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Turkey will increase its support for Libya's internationally recognised leader Fayez al Serraj and that the conflict there can only be resolved politically..
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Eastern forces quit Libyan capital after year-long assault

Libya's internationally recognised government regained control of Tripoli on Thursday, driving eastern forces out of the capital after a year-long battle in which foreign powers poured in arms and..
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Turkey looks to lock in Libya gains as Erdogan hosts PM

President Tayyip Erdogan will meet Libya's internationally recognised leader in Turkey on Thursday as the allies seek to lock in battlefield gains, including recapturing Tripoli, before potential..
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