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UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 4, 2020

UN chief warns ‘a wind of madness is sweeping the globe’

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Tuesday that “a wind of madness is sweeping the globe,” pointing to escalating conflicts from Libya and Yemen to Syria and beyond.


Macron: Turkey breaching agreement, sending warships, mercenaries to Libya

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday accused Turkey of breaching an agreement to halt foreign interference in Libya by sending warships and mercenaries to the North African country.


Russia hosts Libya’s rival leaders amid peace summit plans

Libya’s rival leaders were in Moscow Monday for talks as part of a joint Russian and Turkish mediation to bring an end to the country’s long-running civil war.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

EU seeks Libya ceasefire, end to Turkish ‘interference’

The European Union called Tuesday on Turkey to stop its “interference” in conflict-ravaged Libya and appealed to forces fighting in the northern African country to call a ceasefire around the …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 31, 2019

Making misery pay: Libya militias take EU funds for migrants

Money sent from the European Union into Libya to slow the tide of migrants crossing the Mediterranean has instead spawned a thriving web of businesses feeding off their misery.


Turkey seeks parliament approval to dispatch troops to Libya

Turkey’s government on Monday submitted a motion to parliament seeking approval to deploy troops to Libya, arguing that the conflict in the North African country could escalate into a civil …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 14, 2019

Fighting rages near Libya’s capital amid push by rebel army

Libyan officials say heavy fighting has raged around the capital Tripoli over the past 24 hours


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

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 …


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.