An undated video grab taken from YouTube of David Bolam, a British teacher who was held hostage by militants in Libya who has now been released. Photograph: YouTube/PA Wire.

A British man who had been held hostage by militants in Libya has been released.The British Foreign Office said it was “glad that David Bolam is safe (...)

A resident of Tabqa city touring the streets on a motorcycle waves an Islamist flag in celebration after Islamic State militants took over Tabqa air base, in nearby Raqqa city August 24, 2014. Islamic State militants stormed the air base in northeast Syria on Sunday, capturing most of it from government forces after days of fighting over the strategic location, a witness and a monitoring group said. Fighting raged inside the walls of the Tabqa air base, the Syrian army's last foothold in an area otherwise controlled by IS, which has seized large areas of Syria and Iraq. REUTERS/Stringer   (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

A few months ago few in the West had heard of Isis, the Sunni militants known at different times as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and as Islamic (...)

Smoke fills the sky over Tripoli after fighting between rival militias on Saturday. Photograph: EPA

Unidentified war planes attacked targets in Libya’s capital Tripoli this morning, residents said, hours after forces from the city of Misrata said the(...)

A file image of migrants sitting on a boat during a rescue operation by the Italian navy some 60km off the coast of Libya earlier this month. Photograph: Marina Militare/Handout via Reuters

More than 250 migrants may have died when a boat sank a kilometre (half a mile) off the Libyan coast, a coastguard official said today.“We believe the(...)

Smoke rises over an oil depot, containing six million litres of petrol, hit by a rocket, in Tripoli. Anarchy has swept theNorth African oil producer during two weeks of fighting by rival factions. Photograph: Hani Amara/Reuters

A rocket hit a fuel storage tank in a chaotic battle for Tripoli airport that has all but closed off international flights to Libya, leaving fire-fig(...)

A Benghazi TV  employee inspects damage in the Libyan television station’s studios after an artillery shell landed on its roof earlier this week. Photograph: Esam Omran Al-Fetori/Reuters

Heavy fighting between militias with anti-aircraft guns and rocket propelled grenades broke out near the airport of the Libyan capital Tripoli today. (...)

A man walks past near remains of burnt vehicles belonging to Iraqi security forces in the northern Iraq city of Mosul. Photograph: Reuters

Violent insurgency in Iraq is the “predictable” result of the West’s failure to intervene in Syria, not of the 2003 invasion to topple Saddam Hussein,(...)

In this image made from video provided by the Libyan national army via AP Television, vehicles with heavy artillery of the Tripoli joint security forces move closer to the parliament building after troops of Gen. Khalifa Hifter targeted Islamist lawmakers. Photograph: AP

Libya’s fragile government faced a spreading armed rebellion yesterday when an air force base in the east joined up with a renegade former general who(...)

A spokesman for retired Libyan general Khalifa Haftar said his irregular forces had carried out the assault on the parliament as part of his campaign against Islamist militants. Photograph: Esam Omran Al-Fetori/Reuters.

Heavily armed gunmen stormed into Libya’s parliament today after attacking the building with anti-aircraft weapons and rocket-propelled grenades.The i(...)

Al Saadi Gadafy, the third son of Libyan leader Muammar Gadafy  in a  2005 file photo. Photograph: Tim Wimborne/Files/Reuters

Niger has extradited Muammar Gadafy’s son Saadi, who just arrived in Tripoli and was brought to a prison, the Libyan government said today. (...)