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Asylum seeker boat sinks off Libya, 84 missing, the International Organisation for Migration says

ABC Online - ‎18 hours ago‎
Earlier on Saturday, Italy's coastguard said an Italian cargo ship had rescued 26 migrants from a flimsy boat sinking off the coast of Libya but voiced fears that tens more could be missing. The coastguard received a call from a satellite phone late ...
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Scores of Migrants Feared Dead in Shipwreck off Libya

Wall Street Journal - ‎1 hour ago‎
MILAN—More than 80 migrants are feared to have drowned in a shipwreck late last week close to the Libyan coast, an aid agency said, less than two weeks after hundreds of migrants are believed to have died on the perilous Libya-to-Italy route ...
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Blacklisted oil tanker returns to Libya's Zawiya port

Reuters - ‎18 hours ago‎
TRIPOLI A tanker that Libya's rival eastern government had been using to try to export oil in defiance of the Western-backed administration in Tripoli returned to the country on Saturday, after it was blacklisted by the United Nations, the state oil ...
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Prosecutor general orders investigation over killing of Egyptian citizens in Libya

Daily News Egypt - ‎2 hours ago‎
Egypt's Prosecutor General Ahmed Sadek demanded an investigation into the killing of Egyptian citizens in the Libyan city of Beni Walid, according to an official statement released Saturday.

Australian girls recruited as ISIS brides in Libya

Daily Mail - ‎10 hours ago‎
Young girls are being recruited to become 'ISIS brides' in northern Africa to help 'build the society' for the terrorist group.

Libya's Unity Problem

Foreign Affairs (subscription) - ‎Apr 29, 2016‎
After almost two years of civil war among the various armed forces that have backed either the internationally recognized House of Representatives based in the eastern Libyan city of Tobruk or the rival General National Congress (GNC) in Tripoli, Libya ...
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After clash with ISIS, British FM says troop deployment to Libya not needed

DEBKA file - ‎7 hours ago‎
British Foreign Minister Phillip Hammond had said since the beginning of April that he did not rule out the possibility that Britain could send troops to Libya due to the deterioration of the security situation in that country, but he suddenly changed ...
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Britain: No immediate threat from ISIS in Libya

Al-Arabiya - ‎Apr 29, 2016‎
Western states are hoping a new Libyan unity government, which arrived in Tripoli last month, will be able to make Libya's armed factions work together against the militant group, and have said they are ready to provide training for Libyan forces if ...

Is It Back to Square One for the US in Libya?

U.S. News & World Report - ‎Apr 29, 2016‎
President Barack Obama recently admitted that his biggest mistake in office was "probably failing to plan for the day after what I think was the right thing to do in intervening in Libya." Tell us something we don't know. At least he moved ...
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German minister concerned migrant numbers via Libya, Italy will rise

Reuters - ‎Apr 29, 2016‎
"Now the issue is alternative routes ... we are of course concerned that we'll get rising refugee numbers again as they come via Libya and Italy," he added. De Maiziere said he agreed with Austria that the situation at Italy's northern border should ...
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Libya: UN envoy 'deeply concerned' by terrorist attacks on oil fields

UN News Centre - ‎Apr 27, 2016‎
“The attacks of the so called Islamic State and its intention to control vital strategic areas are a serious threat to Libya's oil installations,” warned Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Support ...
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Italian-British force ambushed by IS in Libya

DEBKA file - ‎Apr 29, 2016‎
ISIS fighters smashed a force of Italian and British Special Ops troops on Wednesday, April 27 in the first battle of its kind in Libya, debkafile's military and intelligence sources report. This battle will result in the delay of the planned Western ...
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Before We Head to Libya Again: Learning the Wrong Lessons From a Failed Intervention

War on the Rocks - ‎Apr 29, 2016‎
In an interview on Fox News Sunday, President Obama said that the 2011 Libya intervention was the greatest disaster and worst mistake of his presidency.
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After bombing Libya into chaos, NATO plans blockade to bar refugees from Europe, with US help

Salon - ‎Apr 28, 2016‎
An estimated 350,000 people have set sail from Libya to Italy since the beginning of 2014. Many are fleeing the violence that has roiled the oil-rich North African country since the 2011 NATO war that killed former dictator Muammar Qadhafi and plunged ...

UAE Donates Armored Personnel Carriers, Trucks to Libya

DefenseNews.com - ‎Apr 28, 2016‎
GABORONE, Botswana - The Libyan National Army (LNA) has taken delivery of several Armored Personnel Carriers (APC) and military pick-up trucks that were donated to the Tobruk-based government by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Pentagon shifts to Libya for airstrikes on Daesh

Press TV - ‎Apr 28, 2016‎
The United States military has deployed spy drones to Libya where the Pentagon's latest shift over Daesh (ISIL) will reportedly see added air fire against militants in the North African state.

Blacklisted oil tanker returns to Libya

Citizen TV (press release) - ‎18 hours ago‎
A tanker that Libya's eastern government had been using to try to export oil in defiance of the rival administration in Tripoli returned to the country on Saturday, after it was blacklisted by the United Nations, a source said on Saturday.

Migrant backlash as refugees turn on smugglers in spate of murders on Europe's doorstep

Express.co.uk - ‎Apr 29, 2016‎
In the latest unrest, at least 13 Egyptian male migrants were murdered by gun-toting smugglers in lawless Libya following the earlier killing of three traffickers in a dispute with migrants in their custody.
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US warships may join EU in patrolling waters off Libya

The Guardian - ‎Apr 25, 2016‎
Officials at the G5 meeting said it was now being proposed that the EU and Nato work together off Libya sharing intelligence and assets to close down the smugglers' networks.
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