Paul Hudson of Sarasota, Fla., holds up a photo of his daughter Melina who was killed at 16 years old, along with the photos of almost a hundred other victims of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103

‘Libya’s institutions are becoming weaker,’ analyst says after suspected Lockerbie bomber arrest

Conflict & Justice

A Libyan man suspected of involvement in the making of the bomb that destroyed Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, is now in US custody. To discuss the view from inside Libya, The World’s host Marco Werman spoke with Jalel Harchaoui, an associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies in Paris.

Head of the Presidential Council of Libya Mohamed al-Manfi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah attend a press conference on Libya in Paris

Elections in Libya should be part of a larger process toward peace, analyst says

Migrants wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 sit at a pier as Italian police officers stand by.

Some migrants crossing the Mediterranean say they prefer death to being returned

Tunisian protesters demonstrate beneath a poster of Mohamed Bouazizi near the prime minister's office in Tunis, Tunisia, Jan. 28, 2011.

Fruit seller Mohamed Bouazizi’s protest inspired the Arab uprisings. A decade later, his sister still mourns.

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A crowd of people celebrate with flashes of red, black and green flags waving in the air.

A poem penned during Libya’s 2011 uprising continues to inspire hope

Libyan boys check a damaged car after a shell fell on a residential area at Hadba al-Badri district, in Tripoli, Libya, Jan. 28, 2020.

Libyans are caught between coronavirus and conflict 


The recent escalation in fighting has dashed hopes that the pandemic might succeed where previous attempts at diplomacy and sanctions had failed.

A man holds a poster of eastern Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar

Libyan warlord took a twisted path to Tripoli

Conflict & Justice

Gen. Khalifa Haftar helped put Muammar Gaddafi in power in 1969, spent decades in the US, and then returned for the dictator’s overthrow in 2011. Now, at 75, he’s challenging the internationally recognized Government of National Accord of Libya in a battle for Tripoli.

A Literary Talent Gone Too Soon

Arts, Culture & Media

We were sad to learn that among those killed in last week’s Afriqiyah Airways crash in Libya was the talented Irish-born writer Bree O’Mara, 42. She was en route from her home in South Africa’s North West Province to London to sign a publishing deal for her second novel, Nigel Watson, Superhero. O’Mara had been […]

Man on a boat lifting a young child to hand to rescuers

A year after the Italy-Libya migrant deal: Fewer deaths at sea but persistent abuse on land


In February 2017, Italy and Libya signed an agreement to try to slow the arrival of migrants across the Mediterranean from Africa to Europe, with Italy giving logistical and financial support to Libya’s coast guard. Since then, migrant sea arrivals in Europe have declined, and so have drownings, but many migrants returned to Libya face abusive detention.

Radio flourishing in post-Gadhafi Libya

New radio stations run by young volunteers broadcast everything from music and comedy shows, to how to treat captured Qaddafi soldiers.