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Libya warlord accused of using child soldiers

Libya warlord accused of using child soldiers

World
By Alex Crawford, special correspondent in Tripoli The UN-backed Libyan government is under siege from rebels led by General Khalifa Heftar.As the rebels fight to take Libya's capital, Sky News special correspondent Alex Crawford meets men and others believed to be youths who are being detained. They are accused of fighting against forces that back the internationally-recognised administration.The prisoners came walking out in single file, most with no shoes on their feet, some with their head bowed. These are some of the men, their captors claim, who were preparing to fight to take over the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Image: Some of those detained claimed to be child soldiers "You can talk to whoever you wa...
Libya crisis: Air strike at Tripoli airport as thousands flee clashes

Libya crisis: Air strike at Tripoli airport as thousands flee clashes

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Media playback is unsupported on your device The UN has condemned an air strike that closed the only functioning airport in Libya's capital, Tripoli, on Monday.Flights at Mitiga International Airport were suspended and passengers were evacuated. No casualties were reported.The UN blamed the air strike on forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar, a commander from the east who is trying to seize the capital.A spokesman for Gen Haftar's forces said civilian planes had not been targeted, Reuters news agency reports.Gen Haftar, who leads the Libyan National Army (LNA), declared an offensive to take control of Tripoli from Libya's UN-backed government last week. Why is Libya so lawless? Who is military strongman Khalifa Haftar? Prime Minister Fayez a...
The Latest: UN Security Council urges de-escalation in Libya

The Latest: UN Security Council urges de-escalation in Libya

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The latest on developments in Libya (all times local): 12:05 a.m. Saturday The U.N. Security Council is calling on the forces of Libyan army commander Khalifa Hifter to halt all military movements and urging all forces in Libya "to de-escalate and halt military activity." The U.N.'s most powerful body said after an emergency closed-door briefing by U.N. envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame on Friday that "there can be no military solution to the conflict." The council also expressed its intention "to hold those responsible for further conflict accountable." Council members reiterated full support for U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who left Libya earlier Friday after meeting with Hifter. The council "called on all parties to resume dialogue and deliver on their commitments to engage con...
Italy’s ENI signs accord with BP, Libya to take over EPSA operation

Italy’s ENI signs accord with BP, Libya to take over EPSA operation

Business
Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Italian oil major Eni on Monday signed an accord with BP and Libyan officials under which Eni will get a 42.5% interest in an exploration and operation sharing agreement in the North African country, as well as become operator of an area where exploratory activities were suspended four years ago. The Libyan National Oil Corporation, or NOC, Chairman Mustafa Sanalla, BP chief executive Bob Dudley and Eni chief executive officer Claudio Descalzi on Monday signed a letter of intent to make this possible, according statements by both BP and Eni. BP currently holds an 85 percent working interest in the Exploration and Production (EPSA) sharing agreement in Libya, with the country's Investment Authority holding the remainder. Negotiations related to the accord, which aims at res...
Armed groups in Libya torturing migrants, selling slaves, U.N. says

Armed groups in Libya torturing migrants, selling slaves, U.N. says

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March 21 (UPI) -- Seven years after the U.S. and NATO-led effort to remove Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, armed groups are committing human rights abuses and people are being sold in slave markets, according to United Nations officials.Andrew Gilmour, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, said the situation in Libya has not improved since Gaddafi was toppled and killed in 2011. Armed groups with no connection to the government have proliferated throughout the country and are detaining people arbitrarily and subjecting them to torture and murder."Extrajudicial and unlawful killings are rampant," Gilmour said. "In what has become an increasing pattern in and around Benghazi over the last two years, more bodies with signs of torture and hands bound were found in the str...