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Ex-East German 'Stasi' agents questioned over Lockerbie links

Berlin - More than 30 years after the Lockerbie bombing, German prosecutors confirmed Thursday they have interviewed ex-East German secret police agents, at the request of Scottish investigators, over the attack.

'Hold the compass or die': jailed migrants recount ordeal

Trapani - Gambian Cherno Jallow, Senegalese Cheikhaya Dieng, and Ivorian Fofana Lamine, are finishing 44-month jail sentences in Italy after people smugglers forced them to navigate boats across the Mediterranean.

In Italy, arrests aplenty but top people smugglers remain elusive

Palermo - Despite hefty anti-mafia powers, international police cooperation and thousands of arrests, Italy has yet to deal a significant blow to the human-trafficking networks responsible for sending countless migrants across the Mediterranean.

Uprisings, protests in the Arab world since 2011

Paris - From Syria's devastating conflict to unprecedented mass protests in Algeria, the Arab world has seen eight years of turmoil. Only Tunisia pursues democratisation, while other countries are marred by war, repression and chaos.

Libya rivals agree to hold polls: UN

Tripoli - The head of Libya's internationally recognised government and a rival military strongman have met and agreed to hold elections aimed at ending years of instability, the United Nations said Thursday.

Libya rivals agree to hold polls: UN

Tripoli - The head of Libya's internationally recognised government and a military strongman who backs a rival administration in the country's east have met and agreed to hold elections, the United Nations said Thursday.

5,000 cases of tropical parasite in Libya: ministry

Tripoli - At least 5,000 cases of a potentially deadly tropical disease have been registered in Libya in the past six months, the country's health ministry said Wednesday.

Libyan strongman force takes key oil field in south: spokesman

Tripoli - A force loyal to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar announced Thursday it had taken control of a key oil field in the conflict-wracked country's south.

Tunisian workers kidnapped in Libya

Tunis - Militiamen have kidnapped a group of Tunisian workers near the Libyan capital Tripoli, demanding Tunis release a comrade, the foreign ministry and a rights activist said."The foreign ministry is following the case of the Tunisian citizens...

Canada opens doors to some 750 ex-slaves from Libya

Ottawa - Canada will welcome some 750 ex-slaves from Libya as refugees, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said Wednesday.

Libya strongman's force says seizes major southern oilfield

Benghazi - A force led by Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar, engaged in an offensive in southern Libya, said late Wednesday it had seized one of the country's biggest oil fields without a fight.

NGOs call on EU to stop sending migrants back to Libya

Paris - Oxfam and 53 other organisations Friday accused EU governments of being complicit in the "tragedy" of migrants crossing from Libya to Italy, saying more than 5,300 people had died in the Mediterranean in the past two years.

Libyan leader defends efforts to improve life in migrant camps

Vienna - The head of Libya's internationally backed government on Monday defended efforts to improve life for some 20,000 people held in its migrant camps, after the Austrian president bluntly criticised conditions there.

Frenchman linked to Sarkozy probe faces UK extradition hearing

London - The Franco-Algerian businessman arrested in Britain as part of a probe into France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy claimed on Monday he was a "victim" of French magistrates at his extradition hearing in London.

Scores of migrants feared missing off Libya: IOM

Rome - Scores of migrants were feared missing off the Libyan coast, the IOM said Saturday after the Italian navy flew three survivors to the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa.

Fighting near Libyan capital kills photographer

Tripoli - A Libyan photographer who worked for Associated Press news agency was killed Saturday south of Libya's capital Tripoli where he was covering militia clashes, a medical source and family said.

Two days of clashes near Libya capital leave 10 dead

Tripoli - Two days of clashes between rival militias near Libya's capital Tripoli have left 10 people dead and 41 wounded, the health ministry said Thursday.

Libya strongman's forces launch operation to 'purge' south

Benghazi - The forces of Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar on Wednesday announced a military operation to "purge" jihadists and criminal gangs from the south of the conflict-hit nation.

Clashes in Libyan capital leave 5 dead: health ministry

Tripoli - A new round of clashes between rival militias in Libya's capital left at least five people dead Wednesday, the health ministry said, four months after fighting killed over 100.

UN warns against new clashes in Libya capital

Tripoli - The UN's Libya mission warned against clashes in the country's capital on Wednesday as tensions rose between rival militias, four months after clashes that left over 100 people dead.

Libya's militias should not run prisons: UN chief

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging the Libyan government to bring all prisons under its control and free from the grip of militias, some of whom run migrant-smuggling networks.

Libya migrant rescue ship seeks Christmas port

Rome - A civilian ship with 33 migrants aboard rescued off the Libyan coast appealed Sunday for a European port to take them to before the weather turns at Christmas.

Rescued migrants head for Spain after Italy closes ports

Rome - Spain on Saturday authorised a ship carrying hundreds of migrants rescued off Libya to sail to its waters after Italy and Malta refused to receive them.

Turkish minister says probing smuggled arms on Libya visit

Tripoli - Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced during a visit to Libya Saturday an investigation into a shipment of arms smuggled from his country to the conflict-hit North African nation.

Rescued migrants face Christmas at sea after Italy closes ports

Rome - Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said on Saturday Italian ports were closed to hundreds of migrants rescued off Libya after a mother and newborn baby were evacuated to Malta.

Nearly 300 migrants rescued off Libya: aid group

Madrid - A migrant group said Friday it had rescued nearly 300 migrants off the coast of Libya over the previous 24 hours."More than 300 people safe on board the #OpenArms," the Proactiva Open Arms organisation tweeted.

Libya could vote on constitution in February: electoral commission

Tripoli - Libya's electoral commission could organise a referendum on a new constitution for the strife-torn country in February if it gets security guarantees and funds, its head said on Thursday."It is possible to organise a referendum on the constitution...

Activists call for criminal probe into migrant deaths off Libya

Rome - A rights group called Wednesday for an international criminal investigation after 15 migrants died following 11 days drifting off the coast of Libya without help.

15 migrants dead after boat capsizes off Libya: survivors

Tripoli - Fifteen migrants died and 10 others survived 11 days at sea after their boat capsized off the coast of Libya, the Libyan Red Crescent said on Tuesday, citing the survivors.

Returnees count cost of destruction in Libya's Tawergha

Returning home after seven years in a camp for displaced people, Mahmoud Abou al-Habel's joy was eclipsed by pain when he surveyed his vandalised property in the Libyan town of Tawergha.
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A Bangladeshi man waits at the immigration centre in Sallum  Egypt  near the border with Libya  as h...
A Bangladeshi man waits at the immigration centre in Sallum, Egypt, near the border with Libya, as his passport is checked by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Bangladeshi embassy officials. He is among the thousands stranded in this border town after fleeing the ongoing crisis in Libya.
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Takeoff of a Mirage 2000-5 fighter jet to enforce the UN no-fly zone above Libya.
Takeoff of a Mirage 2000-5 fighter jet to enforce the UN no-fly zone above Libya.
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A photo op with a dictator at G8 Summit in L Aquila in July  2009. From left to right is Silvio Berl...
A photo op with a dictator at G8 Summit in L'Aquila in July, 2009. From left to right is Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of Italy, Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic, Dmitry Medvedev, President of the Russian Federation, Barack Obama, President of the United States, Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations and Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi.
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Screenshot of video showing desecration of Benghazi War Cemetary by Libyan extremists
Screenshot of video showing desecration of Benghazi War Cemetary by Libyan extremists
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The unity government  headed by businessman Fayez al-Sarraj  who was named prime minister-designate ...
The unity government, headed by businessman Fayez al-Sarraj, who was named prime minister-designate under the UN-sponsored accord, comprises 32 ministers, the administration announced on its Facebook page
Fethi Belaid, AFP/File
Libya forces press assault on IS in Sirte
Libya forces press assault on IS in Sirte
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Libyans celebrate their new colors  nearly 3 weeks after the fall of their capital city to anti-Gadd...
Libyans celebrate their new colors, nearly 3 weeks after the fall of their capital city to anti-Gaddafi rebels, on the former 'Green Square' in Tripoli, Libya
Ammar Abd Rabo
A BBC News screenshot of Gaddafi moments after being shot. It is unclear if this shows him wounded o...
A BBC News screenshot of Gaddafi moments after being shot. It is unclear if this shows him wounded or dead
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Members of the Libyan army stand guard along a street following clashes in Benghazi November 26  201...
Members of the Libyan army stand guard along a street following clashes in Benghazi November 26, 2013. Libyan troops struggling to establish control across the country clashed with militants in the eastern city of Benghazi. At least nine people were killed in the fighting, officials said
With permission by Reuters / Esam Omran Al-Fetori
Re-arming French Mirage 2000D fighter jet to enforce the UN no-fly zone above Libya.
Re-arming French Mirage 2000D fighter jet to enforce the UN no-fly zone above Libya.
EMA / Armée de l'Air
Libyans voting last year for GNC members
Libyans voting last year for GNC members
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A protester raising Libya s Independence flag above the  Libyan Embassy in Zamalek Cairo
A protester raising Libya's Independence flag above the Libyan Embassy in Zamalek,Cairo
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People carry a man who was injured when Libyan militiamen opened fire into a crowd of protesters in ...
People carry a man who was injured when Libyan militiamen opened fire into a crowd of protesters in Tripoli November 15, 2013
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Medina in Tripoli, Libya
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A massive oil fire is burning in Libya near the country s main airport. Officials say the fire was s...
A massive oil fire is burning in Libya near the country's main airport. Officials say the fire was started by fighting militia groups. Charlie Rose reports.
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The former prime minister of Libya  Mustafa Abushagur  who was dismissed by parliament.
The former prime minister of Libya, Mustafa Abushagur, who was dismissed by parliament.
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Members of the Libyan army stand guard along a street following clashes in Benghazi. Libyan troops s...
Members of the Libyan army stand guard along a street following clashes in Benghazi. Libyan troops struggling to establish control across the country clashed with militants in the eastern city of Benghazi. At least nine people were killed in the fighting, officials said
With permission by Reuters / Esam Omran Al-Fetori
Members of the Libyan army stand guard along a street following clashes in Benghazi November 26  201...
Members of the Libyan army stand guard along a street following clashes in Benghazi November 26, 2013. Libyan troops struggling to establish control across the country clashed with militants in the eastern city of Benghazi
With permission by Reuters / Esam Omran Al-Fetori
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UN: The Security Council Chamber
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