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Ulf Laessing

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13 Nov 2018 | 5:58 PM

Rival Libya leaders meet for first time since May

PALERMO, Italy/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Libya's two main rival leaders met on Tuesday for the first time in more than five months, as Italy hosted a conference seeking to reconcile the country's rulers a week after the United Nations shelved plans to hold an election next month.

12 Nov 2018 | 8:22 PM

Exclusive: U.N. envoy wants Libya election by June after Libyans decide format

PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) - The U.N. envoy for Libya hopes another attempt to hold an election will take place by June after he scrapped a December plan, but said Libyans should first use a national conference in early 2019 to decide on the poll's format.

12 Nov 2018 | 6:40 PM

Italy hosts Libya conference to push new U.N. peace plan

PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) - Italy will host a Libya conference that starts on Monday and aims to push forward a new U.N. plan to stabilise the troubled North African country after a initiative to hold elections next month failed.

7 Nov 2018 | 11:32 PM

Exclusive: U.N., Western powers quietly bury December plan for Libya election

TUNIS/CAIRO (Reuters) - The United Nations and Western powers have given up hope that Libya will hold elections in the immediate future, focussing on reconciliation first among rival factions locked in a cycle of conflict, diplomats and other sources said.

29 Oct 2018 | 11:32 PM

Woman blows herself up in Tunis, wounding 15 people including 10 police officers

TUNIS (Reuters) - A woman blew herself up in the centre of the Tunisian capital on Monday, wounding 15 people including 10 police officers in an explosion that breaks a period of calm after dozens died in militant attacks three years ago.

29 Oct 2018 | 2:21 PM

Pasta and petrol: smuggling crackdown stirs dissent in Tunisia's south

REMADA, Tunisia (Reuters) - Tunisian Zubair Abdel-Moula lost his work selling smuggled fuel on the streets of a poor southern town after the government tightened controls with Libya to stop militants crossing the 460km (286 miles) border.

7 Sep 2018 | 7:07 PM

Uneasy truce may not last long in embattled Libyan capital

TRIPOLI/TUNIS (Reuters) - Residents of Tripoli emerging from their homes to take advantage of a ceasefire between armed groups noticed one thing straight away. The militias had not withdrawn their heavy weapons from strategic locations in the Libyan capital.

28 Jun 2018 | 10:54 PM

Baghdad book market turns the page on a new Iraq

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - When Maher Abu Hissam started his Baghdad bookshop two decades ago he was selling up to 40 books a day, such was the hunger for literature in the days of Saddam Hussein, even though the regime banned anything it did not like.

17 Jun 2018 | 6:48 PM

U.N. special envoy Jolie meets Syrian refugees in northern Iraq

DOMIZ CAMP, Iraq (Reuters) - U.N. refugee agency special envoy Angelina Jolie on Sunday visited a camp for Syrian refugees in northern Iraq to drum up support for those displaced by years of civil war.

21 May 2018 | 9:00 PM

On former battlefield, Kuwaiti investor plans date palm groves, ostrich and deer reserve

SOUTHERN BADIA, Iraq (Reuters) - On a former battlefield of the 1991 Gulf War, deep in Iraq's southern desert, a Kuwaiti investor is looking to grow 100,000 date palms and build a nature reserve complete with ostriches and deer.