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African conflicts under the AU/UN microscope

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Eight countries and two African regions were under scrutiny when the United Nations (UN)/African Union (AU) Joint Task Force (JTF) on peace and security...

The dizzying possibilities of drones in Africa

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Nigeria deploys drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), at border crossings to increase security along its porous frontier and to identify potential threats while...

Wagner mercenaries remain in Libya

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Nearly five years after they first arrived in Libya, Wagner Group mercenaries show no signs that they’re willing to leave the country, despite a...

Operation Irini seizes armoured vehicles bound for Libya

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The European Union Naval Force’s Operation Irini has seized dozens of BATT UMG armoured vehicles destined for Libya in violation of United Nations sanctions. At...

Libyan cease-fire could renew arms trafficking across borders

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A decade after it was declared a supermarket for illegal arms traffickers, Libya once again has become a source of illegal weapons flowing into...

ISS: Arms trafficking from Libya to Niger is back in business

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Arms and ammunition seizures by security forces in Niger’s Agadez and Tahoua regions between January 2021 and February 2022 helped dismantle trafficking networks in...

Libya apparently orders Hurkus aircraft

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Libya has apparently ordered Hurkus turboprops from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), years after first expressing interest in the type. The Libya Observer on 21 May...

Op Irini notches up 22 board and search missions

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The fragile situation in Libya means Operation Irini, the EU (European Union) tasking enforcing a United Nations (UN) arms embargo on the North African...

EMSA to provide maritime awareness for operations in Somalia and Libya

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The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has signed cooperation agreements with EU Naval Missions to provide enhanced maritime awareness for operations in Somalia and...

Coups, COVID-19 and a cease-fire: Africa’s top stories of 2021

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The year 2021 in Africa will be remembered like 2020 was — the year of COVID-19. But there were other big stories in 2021...

UN chief names US diplomat to run Libya mediation

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday appointed US diplomat Stephanie Williams to lead mediation efforts in Libya after his special envoy quit just weeks...

Libya fighters disrupt Gaddafi son’s election appeal

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A lawyer for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of Libya's late dictator, said armed men had prevented him lodging an appeal on Thursday against his...

ISS: Gaddafi’s bid for president questions the ICC’s influence

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Saif al-Islam Gaddafi’s ambitions in Libya may not materialise, but his move shows the international court’s limits. It’s almost ten years to the day since...

UN warns not holding Libya elections could fuel further conflict

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Outgoing United Nations Libya mediator Jan Kubis warned on Wednesday that not holding planned elections in the country could "greatly deteriorate" the situation and...

Libyans to pick from long, divisive list in presidential vote

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Almost 100 Libyans, including a parade of divisive politicians and warlords from the past decade of violence, have registered as presidential candidates for an...

Turkey repatriates seven citizens held in eastern Libya

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Seven Turkish citizens who were being held in eastern Libya have been brought back safely to Turkey, the country's foreign ministry said on Sunday. The...

Libya’s eastern commander Haftar announces election bid

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Khalifa Haftar, a major figure in the Libyan civil war who wields wide sway over the east of the country, announced on Tuesday he...

Gaddafi’s son registers for presidential election

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The son of Libya's late leader Muammar al-Gaddafi registered as a candidate in the country's first direct presidential election next month. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi was...

More than 600 migrants reach Italy by sea from north Africa

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More than 600 migrants, many of them Egyptians, arrived in southern Italy over the past 24 hours, officials said on Sunday, defying stormy winter...

World powers press for Libya elections but disputes remain

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World powers will push for sanctions against anyone who disrupts Libya's electoral process and political transition, they said in Paris on Friday, though big...

World powers to push Libya election in Paris meeting

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World powers will push for sanctions against anyone who disrupts Libya’s electoral process and political transition, according to draft conclusions of a conference they...

Libya’s eastern forces say 300 foreign mercenaries to leave

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Libya's eastern-based forces have agreed to repatriate 300 foreign mercenaries from their area of control after a request from France, a military official said...

Libyan premier to run for president as election turmoil grows

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The head of Libya's national unity government plans to run for president next month, according to a senior official, an apparent breach of a...

Don’t send migrants back to unsafe countries, pope says, citing Libya

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Pope Francis on Sunday urged countries not to send migrants back to insecure countries such as Libya, where he said many suffer violent and...

In Libyan city, mass graves evoke stakes of faltering peace push

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Workers in the Libyan city of Tarhouna have spent more than a year exhuming bodies from mass graves that show the cost of a...

Cyprus says US agents checking aircraft cited in Libya war report

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US federal agents are in Cyprus inspecting a Thrush agricultural aircraft modified to carry weapons, Cypriot police said on Wednesday, suggesting continuing international interest...

UN says 15 dead in attempted migrant voyage from Libya

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The UN refugee agency said it had recovered the bodies of 15 migrants and 177 survivors from two coastguard boats returning to Libya people...

Migrants in Libya fearful and angry after crackdown and killings

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Hundreds of migrants and refugees waited outside a United Nations centre in Tripoli on Sunday to seek help in escaping Libya after what aid...

Shooting in Libya detention centre after migrant raids

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At least six migrants were shot dead at a Tripoli detention centre on Friday, the head of the UN migration agency's Libya mission said,...

Libya’s warring sides, including Russian mercenaries, may be guilty of crimes...

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Russian mercenaries in Libya killed detainees, among the possible war crimes committed by multiple sides in the conflict, UN human rights investigators said on...

Libya’s foreign minister confirms departure of some foreign fighters

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Libya's foreign minister said on Sunday that some foreign fighters have left the country as the unity government seeks to marshal international help to...

Aid agency says Libya arbitrarily detained 500 migrants in raid

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A major aid agency operating in Libya said on Friday it had reports that at least 500 migrants had been arbitrarily detained during a...

Africom Commander concludes visit to Libya, Algeria, Tunisia

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US Army General Stephen Townsend, commander, US Africa Command, haswrapped up a two-day visit to Libya, Algeria, and Tunisia as part of an African...

Libya’s proposed election is a moment of danger in push for...

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Libya's best chance of peace in years is at risk of unravelling as factions tussle over looming national elections that were envisaged as a...

Eastern Libya parliament pulls confidence from unity government

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Libya's eastern-based parliament withdrew its support for the unity government and will continue to operate as a caretaker administration, signalling a threat to a...

East Libyan forces say two helicopters crash in military operation

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East Libyan forces said they lost two helicopters in a crash during a military operation on Sunday, after days of fighting with a formerly...

Egypt, Libya sign co-operation agreements

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Egypt and Libya's unity government signed a series of co-operation agreements and infrastructure contracts as Cairo eyes reconstruction opportunities in its oil-rich neighbour. Though Libya's...

East Libyan forces and Chadian rebels clash in southern Libya

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The Libyan National Army (LNA) of eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar clashed with Chadian rebel forces in the south of Libya on Tuesday and Wednesday,...

Foreign fighters complicate reconciliation plans in Libya

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The cease-fire that ended more than a decade of fighting in Libya included the demand that all foreign fighters leave the country. A series...

Libyan parliament speaker says election plan approved

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Libya's eastern-based parliament speaker on Thursday signed a law allowing a presidential election to take place in December, though another body of state rejected...

Libya frees Saadi Gaddafi, son of former leader

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Libyan authorities have released Saadi Gaddafi, a son of the former leader Muammar Gaddafi who was ousted and killed during a 2011 uprising, a...

Worst Tripoli fighting in a year shows limits of Libya peace...

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Fighting broke out in Tripoli early on Friday between rival armed forces, witnesses said, the heaviest clashes in the Libyan capital since the conflict...

Firefight at Libyan government building shows continued insecurity

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Clashes erupted at a government building in central Tripoli on Tuesday after a dispute over the leadership of a state institution, its head said,...

Suicide attacker kills self but no others in Libyan desert town

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A suicide bomber attacked a checkpoint into the Libyan town of Zella on Sunday, killing himself but causing no other casualties, a spokesman for...

Fear and hope on Libya’s reopened highway

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The green bus rumbling from Benghazi to Tripoli this week was the first to traverse the main highway between Libya's two biggest cities in...

ISS: Libya’s promising transition stalls

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As December election plans falter, the country’s warmaker, General Khalifa Haftar, returns to haunt the peace process. The surge of hope inspired by the remarkable...

At least 57 migrants die in shipwreck off Libyan coast –...

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At least 57 people drowned on Monday after a boat capsized off the Libyan coast near Khums, the latest tragedy in the Mediterranean where...

Libyan banking system nearing collapse

Libya’s banking system “will likely collapse” if the country’s parallel central bank branches do not unify and stalled political talks could unravel a ceasefire,...

Amnesty says migrants in Libyan camps forced to trade sex for...

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Amnesty International said on Thursday that migrants held in Libyan detention camps are subject to horrific sexual violence at the hands of guards, including...

UN-backed Libya talks fail to reach consensus on elections

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UN-sponsored talks aimed at paving the way for elections in Libya in late December failed to find common ground, the deputy of the United...