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UK says Manchester attacker recently returned from Libya


LONDON Britain's interior minister said on Wednesday she believed the suicide bomber, who killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in the English city of Manchester, had recently returned from Libya.

U.S. envoy endorses Libya's U.N.-backed government in whirlwind visit to Tripoli

TRIPOLI The U.S. ambassador to Libya pledged Washington's support for its U.N.-backed government on Tuesday and urged rival factions to avoid civil war, during the first, fleeting visit to the country by a U.S. envoy in nearly three years.

World, United Nations, May 23 2017

East Libyan forces launch strikes after air base attack

BENGHAZI, Libya East Libyan forces have targeted rival brigades with a series of air strikes in the southern region of Jufra, officials and witnesses said on Sunday, three days after dozens of their men were killed in a surprise attack on an air base.

World, May 21 2017

Death toll rises in southern Libya attack, defense minister suspended

BENGHAZI, Libya A spokesman for east Libyan armed forces said on Friday that as many as 141 people had been killed a day earlier in an attack on a southern air base, and the head of Libya's United Nations-backed government suspended his defense minister pending an investigation into the incident.

World, United Nations May 19 2017

Rescued migrants tell of detention, beatings, slavery in Libya

ABOARD RESCUE SHIP AQUARIUS A day after reaching safety aboard a humanitarian ship, migrants on Friday told of arbitrary detention, slavery and beatings in Libya as Europe seeks to build up the Tripoli-based coastguard.

World, United Nations, May 19 2017

Dozens killed in renewed clashes between factions in Libya's south

BENGHAZI, Libya At least 60 people were killed as rival Libyan forces clashed at a southern air base on Thursday, medical and military officials said, dimming hopes that tensions in the area can be calmed.

World, United Nations May 18 2017

France under Macron signals shift in Libya policy, toward Haftar

PARIS France said on Thursday it was reviewing its position on the Libyan conflict and for the first time openly called for a united national army that included eastern militia commander Khalifa Haftar to battle Islamist militants.

World, France, May 18 2017

Libyan commander stages show of force on Benghazi campaign anniversary

BENGHAZI, Libya Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar staged a large military parade on Tuesday for the third anniversary of his campaign to control Benghazi, as his troops fight to secure two last districts in Libya's second city.

World, May 16 2017

Man arrested over 1984 murder outside Libyan embassy in London is released

LONDON A man arrested in 2015 in connection with the 1984 murder of a British policewoman outside the Libyan embassy in London has been released without charge because crucial evidence was not available for national security reasons, police said on Tuesday.

World, May 16 2017

Italy tries to bolster Libyan coast guard, despite humanitarian concern

TRIPOLI/AQUARIUS RESCUE SHIP Italy gave the Libyan coast guard four repaired patrol boats on Monday to beef up Libya's efforts to stop people smuggling, but the support worries humanitarian groups operating rescue ships near the Libyan coast.

World, Italy, May 15 2017

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