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Rival factions expected to sign UN agreement on Libyan unity government

Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya, Bernardino Leon holds a press conference on Libya Peace Talks in Skhirat, Morocco on June 29.

Special to WorldTribune.com Libya’s two rival governments are expected to endorse a UN-brokered unity government following a meeting Sunday on neutral territory in Morocco. The North African nation, beset by chaos, instability and violence since Col. Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown […]

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U.S. air strike in Libya said to kill ‘uncatchable’ Islamist militant

Mokhtar Belmokhtar.  /EPA

Special to WorldTribune.com A United States air strike carried out on June 13 inside Libya is said to have killed Islamist militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar, who had been dubbed “uncatchable” by French forces in North Africa. “I can confirm that the […]

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AFRICOM chief: ISIL threat ‘has expanded across all of North Africa’

U.S. Africa Command Gen. David Rodriguez.

Special to WorldTribune.com North Africa militaries are the first line of defense and the United States is working with them to fight the growing threat from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), U.S. Africa Command’s top general said. At […]

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U.S. confirms ISIL captured 88 Eritrean Christians in Libya

Islamic State fighters.

Special to WorldTribune.com A U.S. defense official on June 8 said Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) ambushed a human-smuggling convoy in Libya last week and kidnapped 88 Eritrean Christians. ISIL’s capture of the Christians was confirmed by the […]

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Egypt says its military ready to intervene in Libya as UN sets talks

Libyan soldiers in Tripoli.  /EPA

Special to WorldTribune.com Libya’s two competing governments and a number of militias are set to meet in Morocco this week for UN-sponsored peace talks. The UN-recognized leadership governs from the east of the country, while an armed alliance known as […]

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Pentagon intelligence report warning of Benghazi attack was circulating on day it happened

U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012. / Esam Omran Al-Fetori / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Rowan Scarborough, Washington Times At the very time President Obama, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other top leaders were blaming spontaneous protests for the deadly Benghazi attack, the Defense Department broadly circulated a detailed […]

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Boat with hundreds fleeing Libya sinks in Mediterranean

An Italian coast guard vessel and helicopter search for survivors on April 19. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Italian media reports say as many as 700 people are feared dead after a boat packed with migrants capsized overnight off the Libyan coast. As news of the tragedy spread, French […]

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Ranking U.S. officials missed UN special session on genocide of Mideast Christians

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Throughout the chaos, calamity and conflict which has befallen the Middle East, there are few groups which have come under such intense attack as Christians and minority ethnic communities. As […]

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New Nigerian leader faces Boko Haram threat backed by Sudan, Turkey and Qatar

Nigeria President Elect Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. / Ben Curtis / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com By GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs, Abuja. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (People’s Democratic Party: PDP) on March 31, conceded defeat in the March 28-29, presidential election, paving the way for Maj.-Gen. (Ret.) Muhammadu Buhari, 72, to be sworn-in […]

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What happened? White House stunned as wars rage across the Middle East

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Special to WorldTribune.com When President Barack Obama took office, he offered a familiar foreign policy vision that had been the refrain of the Left’s criticism of his predecessor: The U.S. would withdraw from the region’s conflicts and focus on its […]

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