Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was detained on Tuesday for questioning in a corruption probe, AFP reports.
Parliamentary elections, that many hope could put an end to the political chaos that gripped the country after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, have wrapped up in Libya. The voting attracted low turnout. According to preliminary data, about 630,000 people took part in the poll, which is fewer than half of those registered. Experts cite violence, which marred the election day, as one of primary reasons for that. Omar Turbi, human rights activist following developments in Libya, Arab countries and the West, said that people had to consider public safety when deciding whether they wanted to vote.
Libyans go to the polls Wednesday to elect a new parliament for the oil-rich North African country, which remains prey to turmoil three years after a revolution drove long-term leader Moammar Gaddafi from power, dpa reports. Citizens will vote for 200 members of a successor assembly to the General National Congress, the interim parliament elected in 2012.
Forces of the rogue ex-Libyan general Khalifa Haftar carried out air strikes on a jihadist camp on the outskirts of Benghazi on Wednesday, while gunmen attacked an interior ministry team in Tripoli tasked with protecting the outgoing government, AFP reports.
At least 79 people were killed and 141 others wounded in fierce clashes in eastern Libya between armed groups loyal to a rogue ex-general and Islamist militias, a health ministry official told AFP Saturday. Giving the latest toll of Friday's unrest in Benghazi, the official, Abdallah al-Fitouri, said those wounded had been taken to five hospitals in the area. An earlier count had 37 dead and 139 wounded.
Fierce clashes erupted in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi Friday between Islamists and forces led by a retired general seeking to purge it of "terrorists", an AFP journalist and witnesses said.
Libya's ex-intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi appeared in a Tripoli court with his lawyers for the first time Sunday, accused of abuses during the 2011 uprising that toppled dictator Muammar Gaddafi, AFP reports. It was the first hearing he has attended with the four lawyers picked by his family, just one of whom is Libyan. The other three are Tunisian.
The son of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and dozens of former government officials appeared in a Tripoli court on Sunday to face charges ranging from war crimes to corruption, in a major test of the state's commitment to the rule of law.
Libya’s interim Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni announced his resignation on Sunday, only a week after he was tasked with forming a new cabinet. Nearly three years after the fall of Moammar Gaddafi, Libya is still grappling with high crime rates, instability and various social issues. Scores of Libyans have recently taken to the streets in protest against lack of security as clashes between government forces and rival militia groups are still frequent. The Voice of Russia spoke about this issue with Dan Glazebrook, an independent political analyst, who has a long record of covering Middle Eastern issues.
Libyan prosecutors opened the trial of deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi's sons and former regime officials on Monday in a major test for the North African state's transition to a democracy. Neither Saadi Gaddafi or Saif al-Islam were in the courtroom at Tripoli's al-Hadba prison, but Gaddafi's ex-spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi was among the former officials sitting behind a fenced-off section, a Reuters reporter said.
The date seems to have gone unnoticed by the western media, yet it was three years ago that the phenomenon that came to be known as the Arab Spring burst into life, first in Tunisia and then in Egypt, with pundits caught unawares by the collapse of some many-year long regimes in that important world region. The bloody death of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, civil unrest in Arab monarchies came in continuation of what politicians and political analysts have referred to as 'colour revolutions' in the past 20 years.
Saadi Gaddafi, a detained son of late Libyan dictator Moamar Gaddafi, has apologized for what he called "my attempts to destabilize the country" and asked for forgiveness.
Libya’s former PM left the country last week after Parliament voted him out of office. A North Korean-flagged oil tanker, the Morning Glory, illegally took a cargo of crude from rebels in the east of the country and safely left the port, ignoring a government minister’s threat that the vessel would be "turned into a pile of metal" if the cargo ship sailed away.
The chief diplomats of the United States and Russia are among the participants expected in Rome later on Thursday for an international conference aimed at mobilizing support for Libya's democratic transition.
Niger has extradited Muammar Gaddafi's son Saadi, who just arrived in Tripoli, the Libyan government said on Thursday. Libya had been seeking the extradition of Saadi, who had fled to the southern neighbour country after the toppling of Gaddafi in a NATO-backed uprising in 2011.
Libya's interim assembly said it was facing an impending "coup" on Tuesday after ex-rebel militias gave it a five-hour deadline to stand down.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has confirmed that the last of Libya's chemical weapons has been completely destroyed, the OPCW said Tuesday.
As the last batch of Libyan chemical weapons left after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi has been successfully destroyed, Paul Walker, Director of Green Cross International’s Environmental Security and Sustainability program, tells the Voice of Russia why there is so much secrecy surrounding the operation and explains why a schedule for the elimination of Syrian weapons is so "tight" as opposed to other countries.
Libya's Foreign Ministry says the country's caches of chemical weapons, including bombs and artillery shells filled with mustard gas, have been completely destroyed.
Two Russians convicted of assisting Muammar Gaddafi regime transferred to Tripoli prison, Libyan authorities to prepare civil case,the Russian embassy senior counselor currently staying in Tripoli after the evacuation of Russian diplomats, said.