October 7, 2013 Al-Qaida operative Abu Anas al-Libi reportedly was snatched from a street in Libya, while a U.S. Navy SEAL team in Somalia met stiff resistance; it's not yet clear whether their target — a top al-Shabab leader — was killed.
October 6, 2013 Special forces captured an al-Qaida leader in Libya, and a Navy SEAL team struck at a leader of al-Shabab in Somalia. Libya's government is asking the U.S. for an explanation of what it deems a "kidnapping."
September 12, 2013 Libya's oil sector survived the country's 2011 civil war and was seen as a success story. But production has fallen sharply and exports have all but stopped in a country hugely dependent on oil.
September 11, 2013 A year after the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed, Libya is split along regional and tribal lines. The government has little control over either security or militia groups, and the economy has stalled.
September 11, 2013 Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi renounced his country's chemical weapons program in 2003, but it has yet to be fully dismantled. That episode offers a number of lessons as the fate of the Syrian program is under debate.
September 11, 2013 A year ago four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador, were killed. Now, according to news reports, U.S. investigators still don't know as much as they wish about the attackers and the Libyan government has blocked efforts to arrest some suspects.
May 29, 2013 When a civil war ends, reconciliation is the next big challenge. In Libya, black residents in one town were accused of supporting former dictator Moammar Gadhafi and were chased from their homes. They say they will return next month, but residents of the neighboring city of Misrata say they won't allow that to happen.
May 28, 2013 Also: a new poem by Louise Glück; Alice Munro talks about writing; Imre Kertész speaks to The Paris Review about dying.
January 17, 2013 In many parts of the world, like Europe, the plague is thought to have been eliminated. French scientists find evidence that the stubborn bacteria can trigger new outbreaks even after decades of apparent dormancy.
December 20, 2012 State Department officials, testifying before Congress, acknowledge that security was inadequate in Benghazi before the deadly attacks in Libya. Sen. John Kerry, who was chairman of the Senate hearing, says the diplomatic corps needs more resources.
December 19, 2012 The report on the Sept. 11 attack says that security was inadequate and depended heavily on local Libyan militias. It also criticized the State Department for ignoring requests for security upgrades.
November 21, 2012 The U.S. envoy to the U.N. is seen as a front-runner for the job of secretary of state in President Obama's second term, but her comments in the wake of the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi have made her a focus of criticism. Rice also said she looked forward to discussing Sen. John McCain's concerns over her comments with the Republican.
November 16, 2012 After attending a closed-door hearing, a Republican lawmaker insinuated that the CIA assessment of the Benghazi attacks had been changed. A U.S. official tells NPR the talking points were not changed and included references to "extremists."
November 16, 2012 The doors were closed so the nation wasn't be able to watch. One week after his scandal-tinged resignation, former CIA Director David Petraeus fielded questions from members of both the House and Senate intelligence committees.