Fresh Hope at Long Last for Libyans

The Biden administration is making the right moves in war-ravaged Libya.

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What We Learned From Mubarak

Regimes that muzzle their people’s voices eventually push people into venting their frustrations from muzzles of a different sort.

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A Decade After the Arab Spring, Autocrats Still Rule the Mideast

The popular uprisings of 2011 mostly failed, but they gave the region a taste for democracy that continues to whet an appetite for change.

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Lockerbie Bombing of 1988: US Unseals Charges Against New Suspect

Attorney General William P. Barr said that investigators had obtained a confession in 2012 from a bomb expert admitting his role in the terrorist attack on a jetliner over Scotland.

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U.S. Unseals Charges Against New Suspect in 1988 Lockerbie Bombing

Attorney General William P. Barr said that investigators had obtained a confession in 2012 from a bomb expert admitting his role in the terrorist attack on a jetliner over Scotland.

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U.S. Said to Be Near Charges for Another Suspect in 1988 Lockerbie Bombing

The attack on Pan Am flight 103 killed 270 people, including 189 Americans.

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Authoritarians From Mussolini to Trump

Ruth Ben-Ghiat’s “Strongmen” examines a long list of tyrants in the modern era.

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Trump’s Philanthropy: Big Tax Write-Offs and Claims That Don’t Always Add Up

Hidden financial records cast doubt on a number of his charitable commitments and show that most of his giving came from land deals that offset his income.

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Ex-French President Sarkozy Faces New Charge in Campaign Finance Case

Prosecutors added a charge of criminal conspiracy to a long-running investigation into whether his 2007 campaign received illegal Libyan financing.

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Russian Attack Jets Back Mercenaries Fighting in Libya

An American military official said the warplanes were conducting combat missions in support of Kremlin-backed private security forces, and extending Moscow’s influence in Africa.

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Libyan Rivals Call for Peace Talks. It May Be Wishful Thinking.

The announcement of a cease-fire was a rare positive development in a chaotic conflict plagued by foreign meddling. But skeptics abound.

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‘Strategic Empathy’: How Biden’s Informal Diplomacy Shaped Foreign Relations

President Trump is attacking his record on China. But for Mr. Biden, it’s part of a long history of befriending and sometimes confronting world leaders.

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How Two Russians Got Caught Up in Libya’s War, Now an Action Movie

The Russians, who said they were doing sociology research, were jailed on charges of political meddling. It’s the latest tale of foreign intrigue in Libya.

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Libyan Commander Backed by Russia Says He’s Ready for Talks to End War

Khalifa Hifter saw the collapse this week of his 14-month campaign to capture Tripoli from a government backed by the U.N. and Turkey.

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