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Migrants, refugees in Libyan centres must be freed: UN

Geneva - The heads of two refugee agencies called Thursday for refugees and migrants held in Libyan centres to be freed and for countries to take them in.

Alan Kurdi rescue ship picks up another 44 migrants

Valletta - The migrant rescue boat Alan Kurdi has saved another 44 people, including women and infants from their stricken vessel in the Mediterranean, its operator German charity Sea-Eye said on Tuesday.

Malta to relocate 65 migrants after rescue ships defy Italy ban

Rome - Malta's prime minister said Sunday his country would relocate to other EU nations 65 migrants from the Alan Kurdi rescue ship, after two other boats defied efforts to stop them landing in neighbouring Italy.

Migrant rescue sailboat defies Salvini, docks in Italy

Rome - A charity rescue vessel on Saturday brought 41 shipwrecked migrants into port in Lampedusa, the second boat to defy far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's bid to close Italian ports to them.

Malta heads off crisis with Italy migrant swap

Rome - Malta on Friday appeared to have headed off a brewing standoff between a charity rescue ship and Italy's far-right interior minister by offering to take in migrants saved in the Mediterranean.

UN calls for Libya ceasefire as death toll climbs to 1,000

Tripoli - The UN Security Council called Friday for a ceasefire in Libya as the death toll from a three-month offensive on Tripoli reached 1,000, including scores killed in an air strike that hit a detention centre for migrants.

US banks on Libya strongman Haftar, experts say

Dubai - Washington's refusal to condemn an airstrike on a detention centre that killed dozens of migrants blamed on Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar by his rivals shows tacit US support, experts say.

Migrants still detained at site of deadly Libyan air strike

Tripoli - Hundreds of migrants were still held Thursday in a centre days after it was hit by an air strike that killed 44 people, amid outrage over the plight of those still trapped in Libya.

UN Security Council to hold urgent Libya talks

New York - The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss an air strike on a detention center in Libya that killed scores of migrants, diplomats said.

Deadly air strike on Libya migrant centre sparks outrage

Tripoli - Outrage and calls for an independent probe mounted Wednesday as 44 migrants were killed in an air strike on a detention centre in Libya that the UN said could constitute a war crime.

Six Turks held in Libya as Haftar claims Turkish drone destroyed

Tripoli - Turkey said Sunday six of its nationals were being held by forces led by Khalifa Haftar, as the Libyan strongman's troops said they had destroyed a Turkish drone in Tripoli.

US says investigating missile find at Libya rebel base

Washington - The United States said Saturday it was looking into reports that American anti-tank missiles were found by forces loyal to Libya's unity government at a captured rebel base.

Haftar vows attacks on Turkish assets in Libya

Benghazi - Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar has threatened to attack Turkish interests and accused Ankara of backing his rivals after he suffered a major setback in his push to take the capital Tripoli.

Tripoli airport suspends flights after rocket fire

Tripoli - Flights were suspended Friday at Tripoli's only working airport after rocket fire hit its perimeter, Libyan Airlines told AFP."Mitiga international airport was targeted," said Libyan Airlines spokesman Mohamad Ghnewa.

UN hears calls to enforce Libya arms embargo

New York - The UN Security Council on Monday renewed a green light to a European Union mission to combat migrant trafficking and arms smuggling off Libya's coast amid calls for action to cut the flow of weapons.

Libya's UN-backed government sees US support

Washington - A senior official from Libya's UN-recognized government voiced confidence Friday over US support and called for greater diplomatic efforts by Washington as strongman Khalifa Haftar's forces try to seize Tripoli.

'Calm before the storm' on Tripoli's front lines

As meat sizzled on a barbeque in a Tripoli suburb, Libyan fighters defending the capital from a military offensive rested during "the calm before the storm" on the front lines.

Prosecute top EU officials for migrant deaths, lawyers say

Den Haag - Top European Union and member states' officials should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity over the drownings of thousands of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, international lawyers said Monday.

Italy, Malta rescue stricken migrants in Mediterranean

Valletta - The Italian navy rescued 100 migrants stranded in the Mediterranean on Thursday, as 178 others were taken to the Italian island of Lampedusa, and Malta, officials said.

Two journalists released in Libya: TV channel

Tripoli - Two Libyan journalists held by an armed group for more than three weeks have been released, the television channel they work for said Saturday.

Rocket hits Libya HQ of anti-Haftar lawmakers: witnesses

Tripoli - A hotel complex in the Libyan capital serving as a base for lawmakers opposed to strongman Khalifa Haftar was hit by rocket fire Friday, witnesses said.

Almost 300 migrants rescued off Libyan coast

Tripoli - The Libyan navy has rescued some 290 migrants from sinking boats off the coast of Tripoli in two separate operations, officials said Friday.

Turkey, Qatar risk losing regional influence: analysts

Dubai - Turkey and Qatar risk losing geopolitical influence due to turmoil in Libya and Sudan, as regional rivals Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates extend their own reach, analysts say.

Libya committing suicide, squandering oil riches: UN envoy

New York - UN envoy Ghassan Salame has bitterly denounced the conflict in Libya saying it is "committing suicide" and plundering its oil wealth to pay for the war.

Libyan strongman Haftar tells Macron no ceasefire for now

Paris - Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, who is leading a military offensive against the UN-recognised government in Tripoli, rejected a ceasefire requested by French President Emmanuel Macron during talks in Paris, an Elysee official said Wednesday.

UN expert back in Germany after release from Tunisia

New York - A United Nations arms experts who was arrested in Tunisia in late March on espionage charges has been released and is recovering at home in Berlin, the UN spokesman said Wednesday.

Libyan strongman Haftar tells Macron no ceasefire for now

Paris - Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, who is leading a military offensive against the UN-recognised government in Tripoli, rejected a ceasefire requested by French President Emmanuel Macron during talks in Paris, an Elysee official said Wednesday.

Violent clashes rage south of Libya's Tripoli

Tripoli - Violent clashes raged Tuesday south of Tripoli, marking an uptick in fighting as the UN envoy for Libya warned of a "long and bloody war".

UN envoy warns of 'long and bloody war' in Libya

New York - The UN envoy for Libya warned Tuesday the battle for Tripoli was "just the start of a long and bloody war" and called for immediate steps to cut off arms flows fueling the fighting.

Flow of arms into Libya risks proxy war

Tripoli - Despite a UN embargo, weapons are still flowing into Libya where an assault on the capital by strongman Khalifa Haftar threatens to escalate into a proxy war between regional powers.
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