Ulf Laessing

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10 Apr 2019 | 3:30 PM

How Libya's Haftar blindsided world powers with advance on Tripoli

TUNIS (Reuters) - Western diplomats sat down for three hours with Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar in his eastern stronghold last month to try to dissuade him from launching an offensive against the internationally recognised government in Tripoli.

31 Mar 2019 | 11:01 PM

Arab leaders to seek U.N. Security Council resolution on Golan

TUNIS (Reuters) - Arab leaders said on Sunday they would seek a U.N. Security Council resolution against the U.S. decision to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights and promised to support Palestinians in their bid for statehood.

9 Mar 2019 | 4:36 PM

Libyans fear showdown as eastern commander eyes capital

TUNIS (Reuters) - Forces from eastern Libya who have swept through the south and taken control of remaining oilfields in recent weeks have now reinforced a base in the centre of the country and signalled to the capital Tripoli that it may be next.

6 Mar 2019 | 11:13 PM

Debts pile up as rival Libyan governments struggle for power

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Libya's parallel government in the east has sold bonds worth more than $23 billion to fund its wage bill, bypassing the central bank in Tripoli and creating a potential financial black hole if the country reunifies, bankers and diplomats said.

5 Mar 2019 | 4:48 AM

Libya's NOC lifts force majeure at El Sharara oilfield

TUNIS (Reuters) - Libyan state oil company NOC said on Monday it had lifted force majeure at the El Sharara oilfield, the country's biggest, which has been closed since December when state guards and tribesmen seized it.

28 Feb 2019 | 6:42 PM

Libyan rivals agree on need for national election - U.N.

TUNIS (Reuters) - Libya's internationally recognised prime minister, Serraj al-Fayez, and the military commander of its eastern half, Khalifa Haftar, have met and agreed that national elections are necessary, the United Nations said on Thursday.

25 Feb 2019 | 8:43 PM

Shopping street rises from the ashes of war in Libya's Benghazi

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - The old centre of Benghazi lies in ruins but one shopping street has sprung up in the war-ravaged Libyan city, with sportswear and fashion stores that would not be out of place in Dubai or Istanbul.

21 Feb 2019 | 7:27 PM

Where Libya's revolution began, many now yearn for a strong hand

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Sitting in his cafe near the spot where the protests against Muammar Gaddafi touched off the Libyan revolution eight years ago, Miftah Atluba is not sorry the dictator has gone.

20 Feb 2019 | 10:21 PM

Libya's ancient ruins blighted by theft, shunned by tourists

CYRENE, Libya (Reuters) - Graffiti covers the walls of a Greek amphitheatre in Cyrene, an ancient ruined city in eastern Libya now struggling with neglect, vandals and illegal confiscation of land by locals.

14 Feb 2019 | 11:58 PM

A jihadist hotbed days ago, Libya's Derna now dreams of a better future

DERNA, Libya (Reuters) - With artillery fire rumbling in the distance, residents of Derna gathered in a streetside cafe on Saturday to discuss the future of their city, long a jihadist hotbed in eastern Libya.