A court in France has rejected a request by the former president, Nicolas Sarkozy, to dismiss an investigation of allegations that he received bribes from Libya to finance his election campaign in 2007.
The ruling by the court of appeal in Paris means that Mr Sarkozy and several of his associates are now likely to have to stand trial over the claims that they benefited from millions of dollars from Libya's late leader, Muammar Gaddafi.
However, the accused can still appeal to the highest French criminal court.
EU imposes sanctions over Libya arms embargo
The European Union has imposed sanctions on three companies for violating the UN arms embargo on Libya.
A meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels resolved that the sanctions imposed include an asset freeze for the three companies.
Two individuals were also sanctioned for human rights abuses in Libya.
"These new listings show the EU's strategic use of its sanctions regime and ability to react to developments on the ground in support of the political process and to deter past and present perpetrators from further violations," the EU said in a statement.
The three companies are from Turkey, Kazakhstan and Jordan respectively, the AFP news agency reports.
A United Nations report seen early this month accused Russia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other states of blatantly defying the international arms embargo on Libya.
Libya has been torn by violence since long-time ruler Col Muammar Gaddafi was deposed in 2011 by Nato-backed forces.
The UAE backs renegade Gen Khalifa Haftar, while the Turkish government supports his rivals in the government based in Tripoli.
German and Italian warships have intercepted a tanker that was carrying jet fuel in a suspected breach of the international arms embargo on Libya.
The vessel had come from the United Arab Emirates, and was heading for the eastern Libyan port of Benghazi.
It's a stronghold of the UAE's ally, General Khalifa Haftar - who's fighting the UN-backed government based in the capital, Tripoli.
The Italian and German warships were part of a European Union force that's trying to stop arms reaching both sides in the conflict.
Last month, BBC Africa Eye uncovered evidence of UAE involvement in the Libya conflict:
Call to investigate lethal force used on Libyan protesters
BBC North Africa correspondent, Tunis
The US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) is calling for an
investigation into the lethal force used by armed groups in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, against protesters, and the subsequent apparent disappearance of some of them.
Libyans took to the streets in late August to protest against
corruption, and to demand better public services.
Based on witness testimonies and reviews of photographs and
videos, HRW says at least 24 protesters were
arbitrarily detained and in some cases tortured by armed groups which are linked to the interior ministry.
The rights organisation says the
groups include some of the Libyan capital’s biggest factions – like the Nawasi
brigade, and the Special Deterrence Force.
Some people have since been
released from detention.
The protests were triggered by persistent electricity cuts and the deterioration of
other public services, as well as alleged corruption.
Weapons like machine guns were used to disperse the crowds – one person is
known to have died.
At the time, Minister of Interior Fathi Bashagha
condemned the violent clampdown and was later suspended by the prime minister
pending an investigation.
He resumed his post earlier this month, and it is not
clear what the conclusions of the inquiry were.
calling for an independent investigation into the abuses to be carried out by
Tripoli’s General Prosecutor’s Office.
Libya's rival administrations meet in Morocco for talks
BBC World Service
Delegates of Libya's rival administrations have met for talks in Morocco two weeks after the two sides declared a ceasefire.
Five delegates each met from the UN- recognised government in Tripoli and the rival parliament based in the eastern city of Tobruk.
Moroccan Foreign Minister, Nasser Bourita, while opening the meeting in the town of Bouznika, said that Morocco had no specific agenda but wanted to give Libyans a chance to discuss the issues dividing them.
Morocco hosted talks in 2015 that led to the creation of the UN- recognised government in Tripoli.
A United Nations report has accused Russia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other states of blatantly defying the international arms embargo on Libya.
The unpublished document has been seen by the Reuters news agency. It says that in the first half of the year Russia significantly stepped up its logistical support for Russian mercenaries who fight for the eastern-based commander, Gen Khalifa Haftar.
The report also said Turkey and the UAE had shown complete disregard for the arms sanctions.
The UAE backs Gen Haftar, while the Turkish government supports his rivals in the government based in Tripoli.
The report covers a period of intense fighting, during which Gen Haftar suffered a series of defeats.
Watch a BBC Africa Eye investigation on who was behind a lethal drone strike in Libya in January: