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UN says 40 migrants feared drowned in capsizing off Libya

A boat carrying dozens of migrants bound for Europe capsized Tuesday in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya, with at least 40 people missing and presumed drowned, U.N. officials said, as …


UPDATED: Fri., July 26, 2019, 1:26 p.m.

Libya’s coast guard recovers dozens of bodies of migrants

Libya’s coast guard recovered dozens of bodies of Europe-bound migrants who perished at sea as search operations continued Friday, a day after up to 150 people, including women and children, …


UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019, 8:54 p.m.

150 migrants feared dead after boats capsize off Libya coast

Up to 150 Europe-bound migrants were missing and feared drowned on Thursday after the boats they were traveling in capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya, the coast guard and …


UPDATED: Sat., July 6, 2019, 9:47 p.m.

From Libya to Texas, tragedies illustrate plight of migrants

Recent tragedies have focused attention on the risks faced by migrants, who are often seen as a political headache in the countries they hope to reach and ignored in the …


Russians with links to infamous troll farm arrested in Libya

A Russian think-tank with links to an infamous troll farm says that two of its employees have been detained in Libya


UPDATED: Thu., July 4, 2019, 7:42 p.m.

Deadly land, deadly sea: Libya migrants face brutal choice

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 …


UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019, 5:09 p.m.

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 …


Libyan official says airstrike kills 40 migrants in Tripoli

A Libyan health official says an airstrike hit a detention center for migrants, killing at least 40 people and wounding 80 more.


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 …


UN envoy warns Libya is on verge of descending to civil war

The U.N. envoy for Libya warned Tuesday that the oil-rich nation “is on the verge of descending into a civil war” that could divide the country and imperil the security …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Libyan army commander orders forces to march on Tripoli

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.


Ship reported hijacked near Libya by migrants rescued at sea

Migrants hijacked a cargo ship in Libyan waters Wednesday and forced the crew to redirect the vessel north to Europe, according to Italian and Maltese authorities.


Survivors: Up to 117 migrants missing in capsizing off Libya

Three survivors of a rubber dinghy that sank in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya say up to 117 other migrants were aboard at the time of the …


Aid ship with 311 migrants ignored by Italy, heads to Spain

Spain’s Foreign Ministry says it has given permission to an aid boat carrying 311 rescued migrants to set course for Spain after Italy and other Mediterranean countries did not answer …


UPDATED: Sat., July 14, 2018, 4:13 p.m.

Italy: France, Malta offer to take quarter of 450 migrants

Italy said Saturday that Malta and France had agreed to take 100 of the 450 migrants who were rescued from a fishing boat in the Mediterranean, claiming victory in the …


UPDATED: Sat., June 30, 2018, 3:06 p.m.

Spanish boat saves 60 migrants but Italy locks its ports

A Spanish rescue boat plucked 60 migrants Saturday from a patched-up rubber dinghy in the Mediterranean Sea near Libya, igniting another political row between Italy and Malta over who should …


Libyan rivals agree to Dec. 10 elections despite unrest

Rival Libyan leaders meeting in Paris on Tuesday tentatively agreed on a roadmap leading to parliamentary and presidential elections on Dec. 10, but the plan faces major obstacles in the …


EU border chief warns migrant pressures will stay high

The number of migrants trying to reach Europe through the Mediterranean will remain high this year, with more expected to arrive through Spain, the head of European Union border agency …


Libyan official says truck overturns, kills 19 migrants

A Libyan official says at least 19 illegal migrants have been killed in a truck crash near the town of Bani Walid, about 112 miles southeast of Tripoli.


U.N.: 90 migrants feared drowned after boat capsizes off Libya

About 90 people are feared drowned after a smuggler’s boat carrying mostly Pakistani migrants capsized off Libya’s coast early Friday, the U.N.’s migration agency said.


Spain: Dozens of children among 329 migrants rescued at sea

Spanish officials say more than 300 people including newborns have been rescued from a wooden fishing boat off Libya’s coast and taken to an Italian port.


Death toll in car bombings in Libya’s Benghazi rises to 33

The death toll from a nighttime twin car bombing near a mosque in a residential area of Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi rose to 33 on Wednesday, authorities said.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 6, 2018, 12:31 p.m.

8 migrants dead, 86 rescued from sinking boat off Libya

At least eight migrants died and 84 were rescued Saturday from a smugglers’ foundering rubber dinghy in the waters off Libya, the Italian coast guard said. An aid group said …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 4, 2017, 6:27 p.m.

Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban

The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries.


Syrian who set out solo from Libya in tiny boat is rescued

A Syrian refugee has been saved at sea after setting out solo in a tiny boat from Libya, where he told rescuers he was practically a slave.


Squalid Libya migrant camps in spotlight at EU-Africa summit

European Union and African leaders pledged Wednesday to do more to help thousands of migrants stranded in squalid detention centers in Libya, the main jumping-off point for desperate people setting …


Rwanda offers to shelter African migrants abused in Libya

Rwanda is offering to host some, perhaps thousands, of the African migrants whose reported abuse in Libya has led to international expressions of revulsion.