Libya conference sees hope on elections, foreign forces

BERLIN (AP) — Libya’s transitional government has underlined its commitment to holding elections on Dec. 24 at a conference with powers that have interests in the North African country. The German hosts vowed Wednesday to keep up pressure until all foreign forces have been withdrawn from Libya. Germany and the United Nations brought together 17 countries at the conference in Berlin. Libya’s transitional leadership was joined by foreign ministers from the U.S., Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia, Algeria, France and Italy, and senior officials from Russia, the United Arab Emirates and others. Germany has tried to act as an intermediary.