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The United Nations center in Libya was opened as an “alternative to detention,” a last, safe stop for migrants before they were resettled in other countries. Now, just a year later, it looks increasingly like the notorious Libyan lockups it was supposed to replace.
A boat from Libya carrying 86 migrants sank in the Mediterranean and left only three survivors, authorities said Thursday, after an airstrike on a detention center near the Libyan capital killed dozens of others.
An airstrike hit a detention center for migrants near the Libyan capital of Tripoli early Wednesday, killing at least 44 people and wounding dozens of others in an attack that the U.N. human rights chief said could amount to a war crime.
A Libyan health official says an airstrike hit a detention center for migrants, killing at least 40 people and wounding 80 more.
Libya’s U.N.-backed government reclaimed a strategic town near Tripoli from opposition forces that have been fighting for the past three months to capture the country’s capital, with a government spokesman saying Thursday its fighters were in full control of the town.
At least 146 people have been killed since a Libyan military commander launched an offensive on the capital earlier this month, the U.N. said Monday, as Italy called for an immediate cease-fire and the withdrawal of his forces.
Forces loyal to rival Libyan army commander Khalifa Hifter said Saturday they seized control of the main airport in Libya’s capital Tripoli, two days after Hifter ordered his forces to seize the seat of Libya’s U.N.-backed government.
Militias in western Libya fought forces under rival army commander Khalifa Hifter on Friday, a day after he declared an offensive to seize the capital, Tripoli, raising fears of renewed civil war in the oil-rich nation.
Libyan army commander Khalifa Hifter on Thursday ordered his forces to march on Tripoli, the capital of the U.N.-backed government, sparking fears of a major showdown with rival militias.
Jim Wasem, former Eastern Washington baseball coach, is one of seven who will be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame at the organization’s national convention Jan. 2-5 in Dallas, Texas. Wasem, a three-sport standout at Illinois Wesleyan University, signed a professional baseball contract out of college with the Chicago White Sox in 1957 and set a minor-league record, collecting hits in his first 12 at-bats as a professional for Holdrege, Neb. He started coaching at the high school level in 1957 and got his first college job in 1972 at Illinois State.
Smarting after three straight losses, the Whitworth Pirates boarded a bus after practice Thursday, headed to Salem to take on league foe Willamette Bearcats in a rare Friday night football game that will present a tough task to end a losing streak. The Bearcats are 3-0 and emerged this week as 25th in the Division III poll. They join Northwest Conference compatriots No. 2 Linfield (4-0, 1-0) and No. 15 Pacific Lutheran (3-1, 0-1) as three ranked teams Whitworth has yet to face.
BENGHAZI, Libya – The long, brutal reign of Col. Moammar Gadhafi appeared to collapse Sunday as rebels swept into Tripoli, captured two of his sons and set off wild street celebrations in a capital that he’d ruled by fear for more than four decades, Libyan and NATO officials said. With NATO bombings paving the way, rebel forces entered Tripoli with surprising ease and by early today controlled large swaths of the city. Gadhafi’s personal guard surrendered to rebel forces, and live television footage showed crowds of opposition supporters in Tripoli’s Green Square – the regime’s symbolic heart – unfurling the tricolor flag of pre-Gadhafi Libya and smashing the ruler’s portraits in scenes that were unthinkable just days ago.