Libyan legislative leaders have quit talks in Geneva on a constitution and elections without reaching a deal, pausing diplomacy to resolve a standoff that has imperilled a two-year peace process.
Libya has failed to hold its first-ever presidential elections as scheduled in December, a major blow to international efforts to end decade-long chaos in the oil-rich Mediterranean nation.
Delegates from Libya’s opposing sides are attempting to select an interim prime minister and presidency council in a bid to reunite the troubled oil-rich country before an election in December.
The exchange of a first batch of prisoners, supervised by a joint military committee, took place in the southwestern village of al Shwayrif.
Libyan premier Fayez al Sarraj suspended Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha over his statements and orders amid protests over poor public services and living conditions.
Libya's UN-backed government launched Operation Peace Storm in March to counter attacks on the capital and recently regained strategic locations in a major blow to warlord Haftar's militia.
It was the latest attack on civilians in the fighting over Tripoli between eastern-based forces under military commander Khalifa Haftar and an array of militias loosely allied with the UN-supported government in the capital.
Recent escalation of fighting between the UN-recognised government in Tripoli and warlord Haftar's militia has fueled concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus. Libya has reported at least 26 cases of the virus and one fatality.
UN envoy for Libya Ghassan Salame hails nature of talks in Geneva between UN-backed government and illegal militia warlord Khalifa Haftar, but says violations of arms embargo and truce a concern.
Strongman Khalifa Haftar orders his troops to "advance" on Tripoli, seat of the internationally-recognised unity government, despite UN chief warning against a major flare-up.
Those killed in the suicide attack include a senior civil servant, officials say. Twenty-one other people were wounded in the attack claimed by Daesh.
The Trump administration's decision comes after ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda in November 2017 had sought judicial authorisation to begin an investigation of possible war crimes by US armed forces personnel as well as CIA members in Afghanistan.
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