Ulf Laessing

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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.

11 Feb 2019 | 11:33 PM

Exclusive: East Libyan force wants to take El Sharara oilfield by talks

MARJ, Libya (Reuters) - East Libyan military forces are in talks with protesting state guards to take over the nation's largest oilfield El Sharara peacefully and pass it to the state oil firm, a commander said on Monday.

31 Jan 2019 | 11:20 PM

Exclusive: U.N. may push back Libya election conference

TUNIS/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - The United Nations is likely to delay a conference intended to prepare Libya for elections this year until there is more support from rival leaders, sources familiar with the plans said.

13 Dec 2018 | 2:27 PM

Militia leader's bravado shows limits of Libya reforms

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - For the United Nations, it was a chance to clip the wings of powerful armed groups who had held the levers of power in the Libyan capital for years.

10 Dec 2018 | 9:49 PM

U.N. members adopt global migration pact rejected by U.S. and others

MARRAKESH, Morocco (Reuters) - U.N. members on Monday adopted a deal aimed at improving the way world copes with rising migration, but almost 30 countries stayed away from the ceremony in Morocco.

10 Dec 2018 | 6:10 PM

U.N. members adopt global migration pact-Moroccan foreign minister

MARRAKESH, Morocco (Reuters) - A majority of U.N. states adopted on Monday a non-binding global pact to better handle migrant flows, Morocco's foreign minister said, though fewer governments joined than had previously worked on the proposal.

10 Dec 2018 | 7:24 AM

More than 150 governments to adopt U.N. migration pact in Morocco

MARRAKESH, Morocco (Reuters) - More than 150 countries will join a United Nations conference to adopt a global pact to better handle migrant flows, a senior U.N. official said on Sunday, less than the number that initially worked on the plan.

9 Dec 2018 | 8:21 AM

Cities to work together to tackle migration ahead of U.N. pact

MARRAKESH, Morocco (Reuters) - Officials from more than 70 cities from around the world on Saturday pledged to work closer together to tackle migration flows, supporting a United Nations pact which a rising number of countries have pulled out from.

5 Dec 2018 | 1:04 AM

Economic reforms offer scant relief in heart of Libya's capital

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - After a month strolling the gold market in Libya's capital, retired public servant Milud Farhat was unable to find any jewellery he could afford for his daughter's wedding.