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UN Libya migrant center plagued with crowding, TB, food cuts

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.

Airstrike kills 44 migrants in Libyan detention center

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.

Libya’s UN-backed government reclaims key town near Tripoli

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.

UN says 146 killed in Libya as Italy calls for cease-fire

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.

Rival Libyan forces say they have captured Tripoli airport

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.

Rival Libyan militias fight for control of Tripoli

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.

Sunday locals: Former EWU coach honored

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.

Rugged road for Whitworth football

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.

Rebels control Tripoli

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.