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8,000 migrants rescued in Med in 48 hours

Rome - More than 8,000 migrants have been rescued in waters off Libya during the past 48 hours in difficult weather conditions, Italy's coastguard said Tuesday.

Fresh Med shipwreck horror on World Refugee Day

Rome - Nearly 2,000 people are believed to have drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean this year, the UN's refugee agency said Tuesday on World Refugee Day, as it reported fresh deaths.

Nearly 130 migrants feared dead in Mediterranean after shipwreck: IOM agency

Rome - At least 126 migrants were feared dead after their boat sank off the coast of Libya while trying to make the perilous crossing to Europe, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Monday.

More than 900 migrants rescued off Libya

Tripoli - The Libyan coastguard has rescued more than 900 African and Asian migrants attempting to reach Europe, a navy spokesman said on Saturday.

ICC calls for 'immediate arrest' of Kadhafi son

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court chief's prosecutor on Wednesday called for the "immediate arrest and surrender" of Moamer Kadhafi's son Seif al-Islam, who was reportedly set free by a militia in Libya.

ICC calls for 'immediate arrest' of Kadhafi son

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court chief's prosecutor Wednesday called for the "immediate arrest and surrender" of Moamer Kadhafi's son Seif al-Islam, who was reportedly set free by a militia in Libya.

Kadhafi's son Seif 'set free' in Libya

Tripoli - Seif al-Islam, the second son and heir apparent of the late deposed Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi, is said to have been freed in Libya after more than five years in captivity.

Kadhafi's son Seif 'set free' in Libya

Tripoli - Seif al-Islam, the second son and heir apparent of the late deposed Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi, is said to have been freed in Libya after more than five years in captivity.

Kadhafi's son Seif 'set free' in Libya

Tripoli - Seif al-Islam, the second son and heir apparent of the late deposed Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi, is said to have been freed in Libya after more than five years in captivity.

Libya unity forces take control of Tripoli airport

Tripoli - Forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed unity government on Thursday took control of Tripoli International Airport, which was largely destroyed in 2014, after the withdrawal of rival militias from the site.

44 migrants, including babies, die of 'thirst' in Niger desert

Niamey - At least 44 Libya-bound migrants, including women and babies, died of thirst after their vehicle broke down in the scorching Sahara desert of northern Niger, local officials said Thursday.

UN launches $75 million appeal for Libya

Geneva - The United Nations on Tuesday launched a $75.5-million (67.5-million-euro) appeal to tackle a swelling humanitarian and migration crisis in Libya.

58 migrants perish in Med in a week, 100 missing

Rome - At least 58 migrants, including many children, perished in the Mediterranean last week trying to reach Italy, while 100 more are still missing, according to new figures published on Tuesday.

Libya jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia announces dissolution

Tripoli - The Libyan jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia, which is linked to Al-Qaeda and deemed a terrorist organisation by the UN and United States, announced its "dissolution" in a communique published online on Saturday.

Pro-Haftar air force says took part in Egyptian raids

Benghazi - The air force loyal to Libya's strongman Khalifa Haftar said Saturday it took part in Egyptian air strikes on jihadist positions in the country after a deadly attack on Egypt's Copts.

Some 10,000 migrants rescued off Libya coast in 4 days

Rome - More than 3,400 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya on Friday, bringing to about 10,000 the total number rescued over four days, according to Libyan and Italian officials.

At least 28 dead as militias clash in Libya capital

Tripoli - At least 28 people were killed and nearly 130 wounded in fierce clashes in the Libyan capital Friday between forces loyal to the UN-backed unity government and rival militiamen, the health ministry said.

Hundreds of migrants rescued in major operation off Libya

Tripoli - More than 1,400 migrants seeking to get to Italy were rescued off the coast of Libya on Friday, but other vessels were in distress, according to accounts by Libyan and Italian officials.

Rescuers pull 2,300 migrants, two dead from Mediterranean

Rome - Around 2,300 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya on Thursday and two others were found dead in operations carried out by NGO vessels, the Italian coastguard and commercial ships in the area.

Suspected Manchester bomber had 'desire for revenge'

Tripoli - Suspected Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi had expressed a desire to avenge the killing of a friend in the British city last year, a source close to his family said Thursday.

Father of Manchester bomb suspect 'was in militant group'

Tripoli - The father of suspected Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi was once part of a Libyan militant group with alleged ties to Al-Qaeda, a Libyan security source said Thursday.

Toddlers among dozens dead in new Med disaster

Rome - At least 34 people including young children drowned Wednesday when they fell off an overloaded migrant vessel in the Mediterranean, where tensions are rising between aid ships and the Libyan coastguard."There's a critical situation today.

Italy inks deal with Libya neighbours to block migrants

Rome - Italy has signed a deal with Libya, Chad and Niger to try to stem the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean by beefing up border controls and creating new reception centres in the African nations.

5,000 migrants rescued in 48 hours off Libya

Rome - Some 5,000 migrants bound for Italy were rescued in waters off the coast of Libya between Thursday and Saturday morning by Italian and Libyan coastguards, statements from both countries said.

Libyan released over WPC Yvonne Fletcher's killing

London - A Libyan man suspected of killing a British police officer during a 1984 London protest against Moamer Kadhafi was released Tuesday because evidence against him could have breached national security.

Libya minister says rival general must accept civil rule

Tripoli - Libya's foreign minister said Tuesday a rival general must accept civilian rule in order to play a role in the country's future.

ICC wants to investigate human trafficking in Libya

New York - The International Criminal Court is considering whether to investigate migrant-related crimes in Libya, which has become a "marketplace" for human trafficking, the chief prosecutor said Monday.

Libya rescues 129 migrants stranded at sea

Tripoli - Gunmen mugged 129 migrants on a rubber dinghy headed for Europe and also stole the craft's engine, abandoning them off the Libyan coast, Libya's navy said on Saturday.

German FM says Libya camps no solution to migrant woes

Addis Ababa - Germany will not back a proposal establishing camps in Libya to corral migrants heading for Europe, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Tuesday at the African Union's headquarters.

Libya seizes oil tankers and crew after shootout at sea

Tripoli - Libya has seized two foreign-flagged oil tankers and detained their crews for allegedly smuggling fuel after an hours-long gunbattle off the west coast, authorities said.
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Members of the Libyan army stand guard at a checkpoint.
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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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LIBYA: Top officials of the U.S. Marines pose with soldiers and sailors assigned to embassy protection duty outside the U.S. embassy in Tripoli in 2013.
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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
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A demonstrator at a Libya rally in Boston
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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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Benghazi, Libya
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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
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Musa Kusa, ex-Libyan foreign minister
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A BBC News screenshot of Gaddafi moments after being shot. It is unclear if this shows him wounded or dead
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The Rixos Hotel in Tripoli, Libya
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Nader Ben Raween, 24, killed on August 23, 2011 during Libyan rebels' assault on Gadhafi's compound.
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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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Two French Mirage 2000-5 fighter jets ready for takeoff
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