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Bunkers and booby-traps as Islamic State makes a stand in Libya


SIRTE, Libya Sheltering in tunnels, improvised bunkers and rooms fortified by sand-filled fridges, Islamic State is holding out in the Libyan city of Sirte, defending itself with snipers, booby-traps and car bombs against pro-government forces.

'Libyan Coast Guard' craft attacks migrant boat, at least four dead: Sea-Watch NGO

ROME The crew of a speedboat labeled "Libyan Coast Guard" attacked a migrant boat packed with some 150 migrants, beating them with sticks and causing many to fall into the water and at least four to drown, a humanitarian group said on Friday.

World, 10:12am EDT

Libya forces free five foreign captives from Islamic State in Sirte

SIRTE, Libya Libyan pro-government forces have freed five foreign nationals held by Islamic State in Sirte after heavy fighting in their battle to capture the final district of the city, a local official said on Thursday.

World, Oct 20 2016

U.S. air strikes pound Libya's Sirte to oust Islamic State militants

SIRTE, Libya U.S. aircraft hit Islamic State targets with more 30 strikes over the last three days on the Libyan city of Sirte as pro-government forces push into its last militant-held districts, the U.S. military said on Monday. | Video

World, Oct 17 2016

Tensions high in Libya's capital as faction challenges U.N.-backed government

TRIPOLI Libyan armed brigades allied with rival political leaders in Tripoli have exchanged sporadic gunfire and set up checkpoints in areas they control, challenging the authority of the United Nations-backed government.

World, United Nations, Oct 17 2016

Goldman Sachs vindicated but bruised in court battle with Libyan fund

LONDON The outcome of a two-and-a-half-year legal battle between Goldman Sachs and Libya's $67 billion sovereign fund is a triumph for the Wall Street giant, which was vindicated despite embarrassing revelations about how some of its bankers conducted business.

Oct 16 2016

Britain sends new military training mission to Tunisia to counter IS

LONDON Britain has sent 40 military personnel to Tunisia to provide training aimed at helping the North African country prevent the spread of Islamic State fighters from neighboring Libya, the British defense minister said on Saturday.

World, Tunisia, Africa Oct 15 2016

Rival faction challenges Libya's U.N.-back government in Tripoli

TRIPOLI A Libyan faction opposed to the U.N.-backed government seized a building used by parliament in Tripoli, proclaiming its own authority and demanding a new government in a challenge to Western plans to end the instability in the country.

World, United Nations Oct 15 2016

Libyan forces advance in Sirte, 14 troops killed, officials say

SIRTE, Libya Libyan pro-government forces have advanced into another area in their battle to liberate Sirte from Islamic State in fighting that killed 14 of their troops, military officials and hospital sources said.

World, Oct 15 2016

Britain pays compensation to victims of sex attacks by Libyan cadets

LONDON Britain's Ministry of Defence has paid compensation to two people who suffered sex attacks in 2014 by Libyan cadets who were being trained at a British army barracks.

World, Oct 15 2016