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  • War stops 13 million going to school in Middle East, North Africa - U.N. 15 hours ago

    By Sylvia Westall BEIRUT (Reuters) - Conflicts across the Middle East and North Africa are preventing more than 13 million children from attending school, leaving their hopes and futures shattered, the United Nations Children's Fund said in a report issued on Thursday. The UNICEF report "Education Under Fire" looked at the impact of violence on schoolchildren in nine territories, including Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya where a generation is growing up outside of the education system. "It's no coincidence in that what we see in terms of our TV pictures, the tragic pictures of people crossing on boats to Greece and Italy, very much comes back to the Syrian conflict and (to) the Iraqi conflict to a lesser extent," UNICEF regional director Peter Salama said. More »

  • Libya's Tripoli authorities to join Geneva peace talks
    Libya's Tripoli authorities to join Geneva peace talks 20 hours ago

    Libya's Tripoli-based authorities said Wednesday they will take part in crucial peace talks, a day before their expected start in Geneva. More »

  • Greek authorities find shotguns, ammunition on freighter 21 hours ago

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say a partial inventory of unregistered weapons found on a Libya-bound freighter includes nearly 500,000 rounds of ammunition and 5,000 "police-style" shotguns. More »

  • Greek coast guard seizes Libya-bound ship carrying weapons
    Greek coast guard seizes Libya-bound ship carrying weapons 23 hours ago

    Greek authorities have seized a freighter carrying an undeclared shipment of weapons en route from Turkey to Libya, coast guard officials said on Wednesday. A coast guard patrol boat raided the vessel on Tuesday, 20 nautical miles northeast of Crete. The freighter, with a crew of seven and which had sailed from the Turkish port of Iskenderun, was escorted to Heraklion port on the island. More »

  • Libya's official government bans Yemenis, Iranians, Pakistanis from ent … Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Libya's internationally recognised administration based in the east has banned Yemenis, Iranians and Pakistanis from entering the divided country, a military statement said on Tuesday. Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni runs only a rump state in eastern Libya after a rival group seized Tripoli a year ago, setting ups its own parliament and a government not recognized by world powers. Thinni's government and allied security forces would therefore only be able to enforce the ban at the eastern airports of Tobruk and Labraq and the land crossing with Egypt. More »

  • Benghazi bomb kills Libya special forces: report
    Benghazi bomb kills Libya special forces: report Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    A homemade bomb killed five members of Libya's special forces Tuesday in the eastern city of Benghazi, according to Lana, the news agency linked to the internationally recognised government. More »

  • Greek coast guard finds weapons shipment on cargo ship Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek coast guard special unit raided a Bolivian-flagged freighter early Tuesday off the southern island of Crete and found a shipment of undeclared weapons apparently headed for Libya. More »

  • 'Isis' weapon shipment intercepted by Greek coastguard off Crete
    'Isis' weapon shipment intercepted by Greek coastguard off Crete Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    A weapons cargo possibly headed to Islamic State (Isis) militants in Libya has been seized by the Greek coastguard off Crete. Greek authorities said the shipment was intercepted in a coastguard special unit raid south-east of the Mediterranean island. The coastguard said the crew was arrested and the vessel was being taken to the port of Iraklion, Crete's largest city for a further search and investigation. More »

  • Car bomb damages Italy's ENI joint venture office in Libyan capital Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    By Ahmed Elumami TRIPOLI (Reuters) - A car bomb went off in Libya's capital Tripoli on Monday in front of the headquarters of Mellitah, an oil and gas joint venture between Italy's ENI and Libyan state oil firm NOC, witnesses said. "The explosion damaged the buildings around the ENI complex and burned three cars," said Omar Khadrwai, a senior security official. ENI's joint venture partner NOC said in a statement the blast had caused only minor damage and would not impact Mellitah's operations. More »

  • UN envoy to meet with Libya's Tripoli parliament ahead of talks
    UN envoy to meet with Libya's Tripoli parliament ahead of talks Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    The UN's special envoy for Libya will on Tuesday meet with representatives of the country's rival parliament based in Tripoli, which is not recognised by the international community, the UN said. More »

  • Libya car bomb wounds one, damages office of Eni firm
    Libya car bomb wounds one, damages office of Eni firm Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    A car bomb exploded Monday in the Libyan capital, wounding one person and causing damage to the offices of an oil company co-owned by Italy's Eni, a security official said. More »

  • Libya: UK's Tony Blair secretly tried to save tyrant Muammar Gaddafi in …
    Libya: UK's Tony Blair secretly tried to save tyrant Muammar Gaddafi in … Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Tony Blair allegedly tried to save former Libya dictator Muammar Gaddafi before the 2011 allied bombing of the country, it has been claimed. A new biography of David Cameron said the former Prime Minister had called Downing Street saying that he had been contacted by "a key individual close to Gaddafi" who wanted to "cut a deal". The book – Cameron at 10 by Sir Anthony Seldon – claims that Mr Cameron decided not to pursue the approach because he did not want to do "anything which might be seen to give the Libyan leader succour". More »

  • Tony Blair may face grilling from MPs over Gaddafi claims
    Tony Blair may face grilling from MPs over Gaddafi claims Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Tony Blair could be summoned before MPs over allegations he was part of an effort to save Muammar Gaddafi during the 2011 military intervention. More »

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East
    AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    In the Middle East this past week, workers in Libya collected the bodies of migrants who drowned while trying to make their way across the Mediterranean to Europe. The death toll continued to rise after two boats capsized off the western coastal city of Zuwara with an estimated 500 migrants onboard. More »

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  • Four Libyan soldiers killed in new battle with Islamist fighters in Benghazi … Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Four Libyan soldiers were killed and six wounded in fresh fighting with Islamist groups in the eastern city of Benghazi on Sunday, medics and military officials said. Forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognised government have been fighting Islamist groups in the country's second-largest city Benghazi since last year, part of a wider struggle since Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011. A tank battalion fought with Islamist brigades which had been trying to advance in the west of Benghazi, military officials said. More »

  • Migrant boat sinks off Libyan coast, kills at least 37 - official Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    By Ahmed Elumami TRIPOLI (Reuters) - A boat carrying migrants sank off Libya's Mediterranean coast, killing at least 37 people, a local official said on Sunday, the second such fatal accident within days. "We had reports this morning that there are seven bodies of illegal migrants that sank off Khoms (east of Tripoli)...but we don't have any details how many migrants were on board," said Mohamad al-Misrati, a spokesman for the Red Crescent in Tripoli. Volunteers of the Red Crescent were trying to recover the dead but were lacking boats. More »

  • 7 bodies wash up on Libya beach: Red Crescent
    7 bodies wash up on Libya beach: Red Crescent Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Another boat carrying migrants has sunk off Libya and the bodies of at least seven people have been washed up, Libya's Red Crescent said on Sunday. More »

  • Libya's NOC, Central Bank woo oil majors in London in struggle for cont …
    Libya's NOC, Central Bank woo oil majors in London in struggle for cont … Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    By Libby George LONDON (Reuters) - Libya's National Oil Company and Central Bank chairmen engaged in another round of blitz meetings with oil majors in London in a renewed effort to stop its rival wooing its clients. The head of the Tripoli-based NOC, Mustafa Sanallah, said he and Tripoli-based Central Bank Chairman Saddek El-Kaber held meetings with 26 oil firms over the course of three days in London, including Britain's BP and U.S. major ExxonMobil, as well as OMV, Motor Oil Hellas, Hellenic Petroleum and Vitol. "We got the response from the oil sector that they are committed to all contractual terms" with us, Sanallah said. More »

  • Libyan militia arrests smugglers accused of sending hundreds to death off Z …
    Libyan militia arrests smugglers accused of sending hundreds to death off Z … Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Twelve more bodies were recovered by rescue teams searching for survivors of a double shipwreck that feared to have killed up to 300 people off Libya. A local militia group said it held three human traffickers responsible for the tragedy. The death toll of the incident, in which two migrant boats heading towards Europe capsized just miles after setting off from the northern African country, consequently rose to 117. More »

  • Libya arrests three suspected smugglers over migrant boat disaster
    Libya arrests three suspected smugglers over migrant boat disaster Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    By Ahmed Elumami TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libyan authorities have arrested three people on suspicion of involvement in launching a boat packed with migrants that sank off the country's Mediterranean coast, killing up to 200 people, a security official said on Saturday. Libya has turned into a main transit route for migrants fleeing conflict and poverty to make it to Europe. Three Libyan smugglers involved in launching the ill-fated boat and other vessels to take migrants to Italy have been arrested, said a security official, asking not to be named. More »

  • Libya migrant disaster death toll rises to 117 Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Rescue workers have recovered 12 more bodies off the Libyan coast, raising the death toll from the latest disaster for migrants trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean to 117, Libyan authorities said on Saturday. More »

  • Libya shipwreck toll rises to 111, dozens missing
    Libya shipwreck toll rises to 111, dozens missing Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Rescuers have retrieved from the sea the bodies of 111 migrants whose boat sank off the coast of Libya, the Red Crescent said on Saturday in a new toll. More »

  • 'Horrified' UN Chief Calls For Refugee Action
    'Horrified' UN Chief Calls For Refugee Action Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has said he is "horrified and heartbroken" by the latest migrant deaths at sea and on land. His response comes after it emerged 71 people, including children, appeared to have suffocated in an abandoned lorry in Austria, while around 200 people were feared drowned when two boats capsized off Libya. The deaths highlight the dangers faced by migrants trying to get to Europe, even if they survive perilous voyages at the hands of traffickers. More »

  • About 200 feared dead in Libya refugee boat disaster
    About 200 feared dead in Libya refugee boat disaster Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Officials say 105 dead and at least 100 missing after boat sinks off Libyan coast in latest Mediterranean disaster. More »

  • Libyan drownings, lorry of corpses drive up migrant toll
    Libyan drownings, lorry of corpses drive up migrant toll Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    By Karin Strohecker and Ahmed Elumami EISENSTADT, Austria/TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Austria said on Friday 71 refugees, including a baby girl, were found dead in an abandoned freezer truck, while Libya recovered the bodies of 105 migrants washed ashore after their overcrowded boat sank on its way to Europe. Both tragedies were a result of a renewed surge in migrants fleeing war and poverty that has confronted Europe with its worst refugee crisis since World War Two. The International Organization for Migration said it estimated a third of a million people had crossed the Mediterranean so far this year to wash up in southern Europe. More »

  • Europe's migrant crisis brings new death by land and sea
    Europe's migrant crisis brings new death by land and sea Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    VIENNA (AP) — Death and desperation mounted in Europe's migrant crisis Friday as Austrian police said 71 people appeared to have suffocated in the back of an abandoned truck, while an estimated 200 people were feared drowned off Libya when two overloaded boats capsized. More »

  • UN to host new Libya peace talks next week
    UN to host new Libya peace talks next week Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The United Nations said Friday it will host another round of Libyan peace talks in Geneva next week, stressing that completing an agreement was a matter of "extreme urgency". More »

  • Nine hours battling death at sea off the Libyan coast
    Nine hours battling death at sea off the Libyan coast Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Pakistani teenager Shefaz Hamza spent nine hours at sea clinging to the wreckage of a migrant boat that sank off Libya. By the time the coast guard arrived his mother and young sister were dead. More »

  • Libya recovers 105 bodies after migrant boat sinks, more feared dead Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    By Hani Amara ZUWARA, Libya (Reuters) - Libya recovered 105 bodies after a boat packed with migrants sank in the Mediterranean Sea and said almost 100 more people were missing and feared dead. The vessel sank on Thursday after leaving Zuwara, a major launchpad for smugglers shipping migrants to Italy by exploiting a security vacuum in Libya where rival governments are fighting for control four years after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi. It's now called the grave of the Mediterranean Sea." Local officials and residents were putting bodies into red bags on a beach littered with shoes, trousers and other personal items from drowned migrants. More »

  • UN envoy says Libya talks must end in 2 weeks
    UN envoy says Libya talks must end in 2 weeks Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    SKHIRAT, Morocco (AP) — Talks to form a national unity government in Libya moved forward Friday without one of the main negotiating partners as the U.N. envoy said an agreement must be reached in the next two weeks. More »

  • 200 feared dead in latest migrant disaster off Libya's coast
    200 feared dead in latest migrant disaster off Libya's coast Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    ZUWARA, Libya (AP) — Libyan authorities were collecting the bodies of migrants who drowned off the western coastal city of Zuwara, with some 200 feared dead on Friday in the latest disaster involving desperate people trying to reach Europe across the Mediterranean. More »

  • U.N. plans new Libya talks next week in Geneva Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The United Nations plans a new round of talks between Libya's warring factions next week in Geneva in an effort to form a unity government and end the country's crisis, a UN spokesman said on Friday. Western governments see a U.N.-backed peace deal as the only solution to chaos in Libya where two rival governments battle for control, leaving a security vacuum which has been exploited by migrant smugglers and Islamic militants. Months of negotiations have been stalled by hardliners on both sides and fighting among armed groups siding with the two loose factions that emerged four years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi. More »

  • Boat Packed with Migrants Sinks Off Libya, Up To 200 Feared Dead
    Boat Packed with Migrants Sinks Off Libya, Up To 200 Feared Dead Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    A boat packed with mainly African migrants bound for Italy sank off the Libyan coast on Thursday and officials said up to 200 might have died. A security official in the western town of Zuwara, from where the overcrowded boat had set off, said there had been around 400 people on board. By late in the evening, the Libyan coast guard rescued around 201, of which 147 were brought to a detention facility for illegal migrants in Sabratha, west of Tripoli, the official said, asking not to be named. More »

  • Libya shipwreck toll hits 76, UN fears 200 dead
    Libya shipwreck toll hits 76, UN fears 200 dead Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    At least 76 people have died after a ship carrying hundreds of migrants and refugees sank off the coast of Libya, the Libyan Red Crescent said Friday. More »