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Up to 30 dead in shipwreck off Libya: EU naval force

Rome - Up to 30 people are feared dead after a shipwreck off Libya, while about 50 migrants have been rescued from the waves, the EU's naval force said Thursday.

Striking pictures capture moment of migrant shipwreck off Libya

Rome - Dramatic images released by the Italian navy Wednesday captured the moment a heavily overcrowded boat overturned in a shipwreck off Libya which left at least five people dead.

Libya unity government pleads for arms to fight IS

Tripoli - Libya's unity government urged the international community Thursday to accelerate the arming of its forces after 32 of its fighters were killed in clashes with jihadists and a car bombing.

Car bomb, clashes with IS kill 32 Libya unity govt forces: Military

Tripoli - Thirty-two fighters loyal to Libya's unity government were killed in clashes with Islamic State group jihadists and a car bombing Wednesday near the IS stronghold of Sirte, the military said.

Italy says Africa nations back plan to close Libya migrant route

Rome - Italy says it is making headway in its bid to persuade African countries to help close migrant routes to Europe and take back some of those arriving via Libya in exchange for increased aid and investment.

IS accused of executing dozens in Libya bastion

Tripoli - Human Rights Watch on Wednesday accused the Islamic State group of executing dozens of people in its Libyan stronghold of Sirte, saying the killings amounted to war crimes.

Libya unity govt retakes crossroads from IS, seeks planes

Tripoli - Libya's unity government recaptured a strategic crossroads from the Islamic State group Tuesday and called for warplanes to bomb the jihadists after world powers showed readiness to arm it.

World powers ready to arm Libya in fight against IS

Vienna - The United States, Italy and Libya's friends and neighbours agreed Monday to arm the war-torn country's fledgling unity government to fight the Islamic State threat.

Kerry holds Saudi talks ahead of Syria, Libya meetings

Jeddah - US Secretary of State John Kerry met Saudi King Salman on Sunday ahead of a week of crunch talks on the conflicts in Syria and Libya.Riyadh has been a key supporter of rebels fighting to overthrow the Damascus regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

U.S. puts Libyan speaker on sanctions blacklist

Washington - The United States placed the speaker of Libya's internationally-recognized parliament Aguila Saleh on its sanctions blacklist Friday, saying he has blocked attempts to strengthen the new UN-backed unity government.

EU naval mission 'failing' on Libyan people smuggling: UK

London - The European Union's maritime mission to combat people trafficking off the Libyan coast is "failing" and has only succeeded in forcing smugglers to change their tactics, a British parliamentary report said Friday.

U.S. ready to loosen Libya arms embargo: U.S. official

Washington - The US government is ready to loosen a ban on arms exports to Libya, in a bid to help the country's fledgling unity government fight the Islamic State group, officials and diplomats told AFP.

U.S. won't seek death penalty against Benghazi suspect

Washington - US prosecutors said Tuesday they will not seek the death penalty against a Libyan charged over the Benghazi attacks that killed Washington's ambassador and three other Americans in 2012.

Migrant arrivals in Italy top 30,000 for 2016: Navy

Rome - Italy's coastguard has coordinated the rescue of another 1,800 migrants, lifting the total plucked from stricken boats since the start of 2016 to more than 30,000, the navy announced Friday.

Tunisia-Libya border trade will resume 'very soon': Tunisia

Jarjis - Tunisia is confident that trade at the main border crossing with Libya will resume "very soon", local authorities said, nearly a week after the Libyan side imposed a blockade.

Malta likely to be first in EU to open Libya mission: PM

Tripoli - Malta will likely become the first EU member to open an embassy in Libya, its premier said Wednesday as he visited Tripoli in a show of support for the UN-backed unity government.

Tripoli cafes offer Libyans taste of normality

Tripoli - Weaving between tables at a seaside restaurant in Libya's capital bearing freshly baked rosemary bread, Abdelmuttaleb Twigiri shuttles between the wood-fired oven and his customers in a blur of hospitality.

Italy ready to raise shipwreck, recover hundreds of victims

Rome - The Italian navy said Tuesday it is ready to raise a boat which sank off Libya last year and recover the bodies of hundreds of victims believed to have been trapped inside.

Up to 100 missing in two Mediterranean shipwrecks: UN

Rome - Fifteen migrants are missing after their boat sank on Friday, the second shipwreck that day in the Mediterranean, bringing the number of lives lost to almost 100, the UN said Sunday.

84 migrants still missing after boat sinks off Libya: IOM

Rome - Eighty-four migrants are still missing after an inflatable craft sank off the coast of Libya, according to survivors cited by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Saturday.

US backs NATO blockade of Libya to close migrant route

Rome - The United States on Monday offered its backing for a NATO naval operation off Libya in support of a controversial Italian plan to close the Western Mediterranean migrant route to Europe.

Italy says NATO three months from Libya coast mission

Rome - NATO is three months away from launching patrols off Libya as part of a plan to stop migrants arriving in Italy, Italian Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti said in an interview published Monday.

Libya unity government seeks EU accord on migrants

Rome - Libya's Vice President Ahmed Maetig has expressed hope that the European Union will enter into an agreement with his country similar to that between the EU and Turkey restricting the flow of migrants to Europe.

Confidence vote on hold as Libya unity govt asserts authority

Tripoli - Libya's parliament postponed a vote of confidence expected to be held on a new UN-backed unity government even as it asserted its authority by assuming control of two ministries.

Libya unity govt asserts authority ahead of key vote

Tripoli - Libya's parliament was set Monday to hold a crucial confidence vote on a new UN-backed unity government which asserted its authority by assuming control of two ministries in the capital.

UN back in Libya as unity govt asserts itself ahead of vote

Tripoli - The United Nations said its staff had returned to Tripoli and Libya's unity government vowed further steps to assert its authority Sunday, on the eve of a crucial confidence vote.

First clashes in Tripoli since UN-backed government's arrival

Tripoli - Clashes broke out in Tripoli on Saturday night just hours after a visit by the French and German foreign ministers in the first outbreak of violence since the arrival of the UN-backed government two weeks ago.

French, German FMs in Libya to back unity government

Tripoli - The foreign ministers of France and Germany made an unannounced visit Saturday to Tripoli in a show of support for the new unity government striving to bridge Libya's deep political divisions.

European envoys visit Libya for first time since 2014

Tripoli - A group of European ambassadors flew into Libya's capital Thursday for the first time since 2014 to support the unity government's struggle to end years of chaos exploited by jihadists.

Italy FM in Libya to boost 'game changer' unity government

Tripoli - Italy's foreign minister hailed Libya's new unity government Tuesday as a "game changer" as he held talks in Tripoli during the first visit by a top Western official since 2014.
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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
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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
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