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UAE helps release 3 Filipinos held captive in Libya

May 17, 2019 - 9:45 PM

'The UAE is working on sending them to their home countries,' the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation says in a statement

RELEASED. The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation says UAE is working on sending the detainees – 3 Filipinos and a South Korean – to their home countries. File photo from the ministry's Facebook page

Libya's Haftar tours Rome and Paris amid military stalemate

May 17, 2019 - 11:56 AM

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says he urged Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar to halt his attack on the government of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj

A handout picture released by the Egyptian Presidency on May 9, 2019 shows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi meeting with Libyan military rebel commander Khalifa Haftar (L) at the Ittihadia presidential Palace in the capital Cairo. - Haftar was in Cairo for the second time since he launched a military offensive on his country's capital, the Egyptian presidency said. Haftar has gained the ardent support of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for his assault on Tripoli, where Libya's UN-recognised government sits. (Photo by HO / EGYPTIAN PRESIDENCY / AFP) / === RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / EGYPTIAN PRESIDENCY' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==

Haftar's Libya offensive threatens international peace – EU

May 14, 2019 - 12:17 AM

The EU calls for all sides in the Libyan conflict to put down their arms and to commit to UN talks, though the month-long assault on the capital shows little sign of ending

LIBYA FIGHTING. A fighter loyal to the internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) stands on a rooftop as smoke rises in the distance during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar, in Espiaa, about 40 kilometers south of the Libyan capital Tripoli on April 29, 2019. Photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

Libya's Haftar forces say warplane downed near Tripoli

May 08, 2019 - 10:31 AM

The Mirage F1 is shot down in the Al-Hira region south of the Tripoli, Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army says on its Facebook page

This picture published on the Facebook page of the War Information Division of military strongman Khalifa Haftar's self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA) on May 7, 2019 shows a man, described as the foreign pilot of a Mirage F1 fighter jet that was allegedly shot down by troops loyal to LNA, in custody after being captured in Libya's al-Hira region, 70 kilometres (50 miles) south of the capital, Tripoli Troops loyal to rebel commander Haftar said today they shot down a warplane of rival forces of Libya's internationally recognised unity government near Tripoli and captured its foreign "mercenary" pilot. AFP / LNA War Information Division

Libya's Haftar urges troops to 'wipe out' military opposition

May 06, 2019 - 9:43 PM

Khalifa Haftar's message also urges his men that 'in the event of retreat by the enemy, troops should pursue it with speed and force, prevent it from fleeing and wipe it out'

CRISIS. Libyans gather during the funeral of fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord in the capital Tripoli, on April 24, 2019. File photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

U.N. calls for week-long Libya Ramadan truce

May 06, 2019 - 7:02 AM

The United Nations mission in Libya proposes the 'extendable one-week' ceasefire 'during which all parties pledge to halt all forms of military operations' in a statement Sunday, May 5.

RALLY FOR PEACE. Libyans call for an end to fighting during a demonstration against strongman Khalifa Haftar in the capital Tripoli's Martyrs Square on May 3, 2019. AFP Photo

DFA orders evacuation of Filipinos in Tripoli

May 01, 2019 - 12:50 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr raises Alert Level 4 in Tripoli and surrounding areas 'due to increased threats' faced by more than 1,000 Filipinos there

LIBYA CONFLICT. Fighters loyal to the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) run for cover during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 25, 2019. Photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

U.N. warns of worsening humanitarian situation in Libya

Apr 29, 2019 - 10:47 PM

The fighting has killed at least 278 people and wounded more than 1,300

LIBYA CONFLICT. Fighters loyal to the internationally recognized Government of National Accord run for cover during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 25, 2019. File photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

Pope Francis appeals for evacuation of refugees in Libya camps

Apr 28, 2019 - 9:39 PM

The refugees' situation 'which is already very serious, has become even more dangerous due to the ongoing conflict,' says the Pope

POPE FRANCIS. In this file photo, Pope Francis attends a Eucharistic celebration at the Regia Hall of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican on February 24, 2019. Photo by Giuseppe Lami/AFP

Egypt hosts Africa summits on Sudan, Libya crises

Apr 23, 2019 - 9:59 AM

(UPDATED) 'The principle of African solutions to African problems is the only way to deal with common challenges facing us,' Egypt's Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says in his opening remarks

ABDEL FATTAH AL-SISI. Egyptian President and African Union Chairman Abdel Fattah al-Sisi give a joint press conference with the Ivorian president at the presidential palace in Abidjan, on April 11. Photo by Issoue Sanogo/AFP

Pope Francis urges Libya peace, return of refugees to Syria

Apr 21, 2019 - 7:41 PM

'I urge the parties involved to choose dialogue over force and to avoid reopening wounds left by a decade of conflicts and political instability,' Pope Francis says during his traditional Easter Sunday address

Anti-Haftar forces near Libya capital launch counter-attack

Apr 20, 2019 - 10:44 PM

(UPDATED) Meanwhile, Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army says its fighters were 'taking control of several new positions on the frontlines in Tripoli'

TAKING CONTROL. Forces loyal to Libya's Government of National Accord gesture on April 18, 2019, after taking control of the area of al-Aziziyah, located some 40 kilometres south of the Libyan capital Tripoli, following fierce clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

PH diplomat asks families to convince OFWs in Libya to come home

Apr 20, 2019 - 9:21 PM

‘We understand they are here to provide for their families back home, but the situation here is becoming increasingly dangerous for those who want to stay,’ says Charge d'Affaires Elmer Cato

EVACUATION. A team from the Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs assist an OFW who has asked to be repatriated to the Philippines from Libya. Photo from the Facebook page of Elmer Cato

Libya unity government issues arrest warrant for Haftar

Apr 19, 2019 - 12:28 AM

Six of Khalifa Haftar's officers were also named in the warrant issued by the Libya military's prosecutor general

ARREST WARRANT OUT. Military strongman Khalifa Haftar is now sought for arrest by the Libyan government. File photo by Abdullah Doma/AFP

At least 200 dead in battle for Libya's Tripoli – WHO

Apr 18, 2019 - 6:39 PM

Some 205 have been killed and 913 have been wounded in the ongoing battle for Libyan capital Tripoli, says the World Health Organization

CONFLICT AT CITY. Libyans check a street in the capital Tripoli on April 17, 2019 in the aftermath of several rocket attacks the previous night. Photo by Mahmud Turkia / AFP

DFA begins evacuating Filipinos from Libya

Apr 18, 2019 - 1:12 PM

Of the over 1,000 Filipinos in the Libyan capital, only 20 have so far requested to be repatriated

Six killed in Libya capital as diplomats debate ceasefire

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:15 PM

(UPDATED) Diplomats have long complained that Libyan peace efforts have been stymied by major power backing for the rival sides, with Haftar ally Russia quibbling over the proposed wording of the ceasefire demand

AFTERMATH. Libyans check a street in the capital Tripoli on April 17, 2019 in the aftermath of several rocket attacks the previous night. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Over 120 killed, nearly 600 wounded in Libya fighting – WHO

Apr 14, 2019 - 7:27 PM

The World Health Organization denounces 'repeated attacks on health care workers, vehicles' during the fighting which erupted on April 4

Rescued migrants allowed to disembark in Malta, go on to Europe – PM

Apr 13, 2019 - 7:52 PM

All 62 migrants on the Alan Kurdi ship will be disembarked and redistributed between Germany, France, Portugal, and Luxembourg

More than 8,000 flee Libya fighting – U.N.

Apr 12, 2019 - 11:23 PM

Aside from those who have fled, UN spokesman Rheal Leblanc says that 'many families remain stranded inside conflict affected areas,' with safety fears rising and supplies running short

LIBYA CONFLICT. Libyan fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) take cover behind a dirt barrier during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Libya fighting kills 56 in a week – United Nations

Apr 11, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Syed Jaffar Hussain, the World Health Organization representative in Libya, warns an extended conflict and continuing casualties will 'drain the area's limited supplies and further damage health infrastructure'

LIBYA FIGHTING. A Libyan fighter loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) mans a turret mounted on the back of a pickup truck during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

U.N. chief urges ceasefire to avert 'bloody battle' for Tripoli

Apr 11, 2019 - 7:14 AM

(UPDATED) 'It's still time to stop,' United Nations chief Antonio Guterres tells reporters after briefing the UN Security Council in a closed session

A Libyan fighter loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) fires a machine gun during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019.   Mahmud TURKIA / AFP

Battle for Tripoli escalates as U.N. prepares to meet

Apr 10, 2019 - 8:52 PM

The violence has already displaced thousands and left several dozen people dead. The UN warns that nearly half a million children in Tripoli are 'at immediate risk.'

BATTLE FOR TRIPOLI. Gun-mounted vehicles belonging to fighters loyal to the internationally recognised Libyan Government of National Accord are pictured near a military compound in a suburb of the capital Tripoli on April 9, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Philippine gov't imposes total deployment ban to Tripoli anew

Apr 10, 2019 - 6:47 PM

The Philippine government imposes a total deployment ban to the Libyan capital, as the crisis alert in the war-riven country reaches Level 3

Libyan strongman under pressure to end Tripoli assault

Apr 09, 2019 - 9:04 PM

Khalifa Haftar's forces claim responsibility for the air raid on Mitiga airport. It caused no casualties, but left a meter-deep crater on a runway.

STRONGMAN. In this file photo taken on November 29, 2016 Libyan Marshal Khalifa Haftar, chief of the so-called Libyan National Army, leaves the main building of Russia's Foreign Ministry after a meeting with Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs in Moscow. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Air strike halts Tripoli flights as thousands flee Libya clashes

Apr 08, 2019 - 11:10 PM

(UPDATED) A security source at Mitiga airport says no side has yet claimed responsibility for the air raid, which hit a runway without causing casualties

CONFLICT. Forces loyal to the internationally-recognized Libyan Government of National Accord are pictured at the entrance gate leading to Tripoli's old airport on April 8, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Clashes rage in Libya despite U.N. truce call

Apr 08, 2019 - 8:05 AM

Oil-rich Libya has been riven by chaos since the NATO-backed uprising in 2011 that killed dictator Moamer Kadhafi, as rival administrations and armed groups battle for power

CLASHES. Forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed unity government arrive in Tajura, a coastal suburb of the Libyan capital Tripoli, on April 6, 2019, from their base in Misrata. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Escalating Libya conflict prompts international alarm

Apr 08, 2019 - 12:15 AM

As fierce clashes erupt in Libya again, the United Nations calls for an urgent two-hour truce to allow evacuations of civilians and the wounded

Forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed unity government arrive in Tajura, a coastal suburb of the Libyan capital Tripoli, on April 6, 2019, from their base in Misrata. - Anti-government forces led by Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar said Saturday they had been targeted by an air strike about 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of Tripoli. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP)

Libyan strongman's forces say targeted by air strike

Apr 06, 2019 - 11:34 PM

Pro-government forces in Tripoli confirm they had targeted Khalifa Haftar's men with 'intensive strikes'

HAFTAR'S FORCES. This grab obtained from a video published on the Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar's self-proclaimed Libyan National Army War Information Division's Facebook page on April 3, 2019, allegedly shows military convoys heading towards western Libya and Tripoli, coming from the LNA controlled territory in the east. Photo by LNA War Information Division/AFP

World powers demand halt to Libya advance

Apr 06, 2019 - 8:55 AM

Libyan National Army commander Khalifa Haftar launches an offensive to take the capital held by a UN-backed unity government and an array of militias

Maltese military seizes tanker hijacked by migrants

Mar 28, 2019 - 8:58 PM

'AFM Patrol Vessel P21 stopped the tanker from entering the Maltese territorial waters,' the Armed Forces of Malta says in a statement

An armed policeman stands guard after migrants disembarked from the Motor Tanker El Hiblu 1 that was hijacked by migrants in Valletta's Grand Harbour on March 28, 2019, after Maltese armed forces took control of the vessel. Photo by Jonathan Borg/AFP

EU suspends naval patrols in Libya migrant operation

Mar 27, 2019 - 8:33 PM

EU's Operation Sophia will rely on air missions and close coordination with Libya despite the political chaos that has scarred the country since 2011

Libya acquits 7 Filipino seafarers in fuel smuggling case

Mar 04, 2019 - 8:45 PM

The Libyan High Court overturns an earlier ruling sentencing the 7 Filipino seafarers to 4 years in prison 'for allegedly attempting to smuggle fuel'

Libya rivals agree to hold polls – U.N.

Feb 28, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Libya has been torn between rival administrations and a myriad of militias since the NATO-backed overthrow and killing of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011

Watchdog deplores Libya's 'almost impossible' media environment

Feb 17, 2019 - 8:40 PM

At least 19 journalists have been killed since 2011 while there have been 'several cases' in which journalists were abducted, tortured or forcibly disappeared, the report says

Canada opens doors to some 750 ex-slaves from Libya

Feb 07, 2019 - 9:58 AM

Canada is 'also taking action to resettle 100 refugees from Niger, rescued from Libyan migrant detention centers, including victims of human smuggling,' Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says

OPENING DOORS. Hon. Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, Canada, speaks at The 2017 Concordia Annual Summit at Grand Hyatt New York on September 18, 2017. File photo by Riccardo Savi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit/AFP

UN chief says Libya's militias should not run prisons

Jan 11, 2019 - 5:07 PM

In his report to the Security Council, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urges the Libyan government to bring all prisons under its control and free from the grip of militias

CONDEMNING THE LAUNCH. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. File photo by Manuel Elias/UN

DFA tells Filipinos in Libya to be vigilant after bombing

Dec 25, 2018 - 8:40 PM

Filipinos are also advised to 'restrict their movement' following an attack on the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs

A picture taken on December 25, 2018 shows ambulances, paramedics, and security officers at the scene of an attack outside the Libyan foreign ministry headquarters in the capital Tripoli. - At least one person was killed on December 25 as attackers stormed Libya's foreign ministry after a car bomb exploded in front of the building and a suicide bomber then struck inside, a security source at the scene told AFP. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP)

ISIS-claimed attack on Libya foreign ministry kills at least 3

Dec 25, 2018 - 7:20 PM

(UPDATED) ISIS claims the attack on social media, saying it was carried out by 3 'soldiers of the caliphate' who were armed with suicide belts and automatic weapons

'TERRORIST' ATTACK. Paramedics and security officers troop to Libyan foreign ministry headquarters in the capital Tripoli after a car bomb exploded in front of the building and a suicide bomber then struck inside. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/ AFP

Libya migrant rescue ship seeks Christmas port

Dec 23, 2018 - 8:09 PM

'There is no country willing so far to offer the people safe port,' Sea Watch says

9 dead in suspected ISIS attack in Libya

Nov 24, 2018 - 12:35 PM

11 other people are 'kidnapped' by the extremist group

Libyan Strongman Khalifa Haftar attends a military parade in the eastern city of Benghazi on May 7, 2018, during which he announced a military offensive to take from "terrorists" the city of Derna, the only part of eastern Libya outside his forces' control. / AFP PHOTO / Abdullah DOMA

Libya seeks UN 'security' support

Sep 29, 2018 - 5:21 PM

Libya Foreign Minister Mohamed Siala wants the United Nations Support Mission for Libya to be a mission of support for the country's 'security and stability'

CHAOS. Libyans gather at the site of where a mortar shell landed in the capital Tripoli on August 30, 2018. File photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Prepare to evacuate, DFA tells 3,500 OFWs in Libya

Sep 05, 2018 - 12:00 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano raises Alert Level 3 in Libya, which entails voluntary repatriation

ALERT LEVEL 3. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano raises Alert Level 3 in Libya. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Hundreds escape prison near Libya's Tripoli

Sep 03, 2018 - 7:52 AM

Libyan police say guards were unable to prevent the prisoners escaping as they feared for their own lives

CHAOS. Libyans gather at the site of where a mortar shell landed in the capital Tripoli on August 30, 2018. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

UN chief condemns escalating violence in Libya

Sep 02, 2018 - 12:46 PM

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres calls on all parties to immediately cease hostilities and abide by the ceasefire agreement brokered by the United Nations and the Reconciliation Committees'

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres wants to put an end to the violence in Libya. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

HOAX: 'Philippine warship' photo in PTV report on kidnapped OFWs in Libya

Aug 07, 2018 - 10:22 PM

(UPDATED) The original photograph is a Chinese frigate ship with the flag of China. PTV's news report changes the flag to that of the Philippines.

Duterte sends secretaries, not frigates, to help OFWs abducted in Libya

Aug 07, 2018 - 12:53 PM

An all-Cabinet member team is tasked to work with the Libyan government to secure the kidnapped Filipinos

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 28th Cabinet Meeting at Malacañan Palace on August 6, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte to send 2 frigates to secure Filipino hostages in Libya

Aug 03, 2018 - 6:51 PM

The Philippine leader's declaration comes after South Korea sends a warship to ensure the release of its national who was abducted along with 3 Filipino engineers

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte bows his head in prayer prior to the start of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on July 4, 2018. Also in the photo are Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Seoul deploys warship to Libya after South Korean, Filipinos kidnapped

Aug 02, 2018 - 4:30 PM

Munmu the Great is now on its way to Libya to secure the release of 3 Filipino engineers and a South Korean who were abducted in an attack on a water project site in western Libya on July 6

Libyan commander wanted by ICC 'escapes prison'

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:39 PM

Khalifa Haftar, head of the self-styled Libyan National Army, 'has ordered the re-arrest of commander Mahmoud al-Werfalli after his escape from the military prison' where he was detained, a statement reads

This undated and unlocated picture released on August 15, 2017 by the International Criminal Court (ICC) shows Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf Al-Werfalli. Photo by ICC-CPI/AFP