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  • 7 bodies wash up on Libya beach: Red Crescent
    7 bodies wash up on Libya beach: Red Crescent 11 hours ago

    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 … 14 hours ago

    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 »

  • Dying to get to Europe: Migrants and refugees risk lives to escape war and poverty …
    Dying to get to Europe: Migrants and refugees risk lives to escape war and poverty … Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Meanwhile, 82 bodies washed ashore after a boat packed with migrants sank off the coast of Libya, with about 100 people thought to be missing. Libya is a major transit route for migrants fleeing conflict and poverty en route to Europe. Cross-border smuggling networks exploit the country's lawlessness and chaos to traffic Syrians into Libya via Egypt or nationals of sub-Saharan countries via Niger, Sudan and Chad. More »

  • Mediterranean refugee and migrant numbers pass 300,000 in 2015 Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe has passed 300,000 this year, up from 219,000 in the whole of 2014, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday. More than 2,500 people have died making the crossing this year, not including about 200 who are feared to have drowned off Libya on Thursday. "The way people are being packed onto boats is causing their deaths," UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming told a regular U.N. briefing. More »

  • Hundreds Feared Dead As Migrant Boats Sink
    Hundreds Feared Dead As Migrant Boats Sink Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Hundreds of people are feared to have died after two boats carrying migrants capsized off the Libyan coast, officials have said. The Libyan coast guard rescued around 200 people, many of whom were later taken to a detention facility in Sabratha, west of Tripoli, the official said. Earlier, the Swedish navy ship Poseidon found the bodies of 51 migrants found suffocated below deck of a boat off Libya's coast. More »

  • EU pushes for fresh look at human trafficking as migrant death toll rises
    EU pushes for fresh look at human trafficking as migrant death toll rises Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    European Union leaders, are set to push ahead with talks on tackling the increasing number of migrants desperately attempting to enter member states as more refugee deaths are reported. Member states are expected to come under pressure to take their "fair share" of refugees. In less than 24 hours, dozens of decomposing bodies, believed to be refugees, were found in a parked lorry in Austria on Thursday and another migrant boat with several hundred people onboard, is reported to have sunk off Libya. More »

  • Hundreds feared dead as migrant boats capsize off Libyan coast
    Hundreds feared dead as migrant boats capsize off Libyan coast Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Hundreds of people are feared to have died after two boats carrying up to 500 migrants to Europe capsized off the shores of Libya on Thursday 27 August. The same day, dozens of dead refugees were found in the back of a lorry in Austria - the latest in a spate of tragedies involving desperate migrants embarking on the dangerous journey to Europe. The tragedy comes a day after the bodies of 50 people were found on a boat off the coast of Libya. More »

  • 'I stopped counting': Doctor on discovering migrant boat dead
    'I stopped counting': Doctor on discovering migrant boat dead Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Stiff lifeless bodies submerged in water -- it's a sight Canadian doctor Simon Bryant won't soon forget after he found dozens of dead migrants in the hold of a boat off Libya. More »

  • Lorry of corpses, new shipwreck intensify Europe's migrant crisis
    Lorry of corpses, new shipwreck intensify Europe's migrant crisis Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    By Karin Strohecker PARNDORF, Austria (Reuters) - As many as 50 corpses were found in a parked lorry in Austria on Thursday, and another migrant boat sank off Libya, deepening a crisis that is overwhelming Europe and throwing up new tragedies by the day. The abandoned refrigerated lorry was found by an Austrian motorway patrol near the Hungarian border, with fluids from the decomposing bodies seeping from its back door. "One can maybe assume that the deaths occurred one-and-a-half to two days ago," Hans Peter Doskozil, police chief in the province of Burgenland, told a news conference, adding that "many things" indicated the migrants were already dead when the truck crossed the border. More »

  • Another 1,400 migrants rescued off Libya, 52 found dead
    Another 1,400 migrants rescued off Libya, 52 found dead Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    A Swedish coastguard ship docked at the Sicilian port of Palermo on Thursday carrying more than 570 migrants and the bodies of 52 people, officials said. More »

  • At least 30 die as boat with 200 migrants sinks off Libya: coast guard
    At least 30 die as boat with 200 migrants sinks off Libya: coast guard Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    At least 30 people died Thursday when a boat carrying around 200 migrants bound for Europe sank in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya, the country's coast guard said. More »

  • Quake In Med Would Cause Devastating Tsunami
    Quake In Med Would Cause Devastating Tsunami Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Around 130 million people in Mediterranean coastal areas are at risk of a devastating tsunami, which could be triggered by even a moderate earthquake. Scientists have found that a tsunami resulting from a magnitude 7 earthquake beneath Sicily or Crete would see Italy, Greece and Libya all hit by the waves. Their computer simulation found that low-lying areas - up to five metres above sea level - would be swamped by the waves and up to 1.35 sq miles of Crete would be left completely underwater. More »

  • Libyan peace talks disrupted again after faction negotiator quits
    Libyan peace talks disrupted again after faction negotiator quits Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    By Aziz El Yaakoubi SKHIRAT, Morocco (Reuters) - Libya's unofficial government dropped out of the latest round of U.N.-backed peace talks on Thursday, soon before they were due to start, in another disruption to efforts to end months of conflict. The United Nations formally opened the session with other groups in the Moroccan city of Skhirat, but there was little prospect of any progress without one of the main sides in a conflict that has brought Libya to its knees in the four years since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. The faction took over Libya's capital Tripoli last year, forcing the internationally-recognised government and its elected parliament to move east. More »

  • Hundreds Feared Dead After Boat Packed with Migrants Sinks Near Libya
    Hundreds Feared Dead After Boat Packed with Migrants Sinks Near Libya Thu, Aug 27, 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 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 »

  • EU urged to step up action against Mediterranean migrant smugglers Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    The European Union should increase the number of warships patrolling the Mediterranean Sea and start searching and diverting vessels suspected of smuggling migrants, an Italian admiral told EU ambassadors on Thursday. Many tens of thousands of people have put to sea this year, mainly setting out from Libya and Turkey, in the hope of reaching Europe. An EU military operation, launched in June, has so far focussed on gathering intelligence on the smugglers' activities. More »

  • Libya dialogue restarts without Tripoli representatives Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    SKHIRAT, Morocco (AP) — The United Nations announced Thursday the restarting of talks to form a unity government in Libya, even while admitting that the key Tripoli faction had not shown up. More »

  • U.N. envoy confident Libya factions can seal deal around September 10
    U.N. envoy confident Libya factions can seal deal around September 10 Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    The United Nations special envoy to Libya said he was optimistic that the country's two parliaments will be ready to agree on forming a unity government by mid-September, a vital step towards ending the political crisis and military conflict. The United Nations has been trying to persuade the country's warring factions for months to form a unity cabinet and end fighting across the country four years after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi. Militant groups allied to each of the two administrations have brought the country's oil-dependent economy to its knees, and most of Libya is lawless and run by armed groups attached to neither government. More »

  • Could Greece become the Libya of Europe?
    Could Greece become the Libya of Europe? Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Recognising its similarities with Libya should be Greece's first step towards avoiding a similar fate. More »

  • Secrets have long slipped into State Department email
    Secrets have long slipped into State Department email Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — During the 2012 attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, State Department officials in Washington were emailing one another with updates in real time. Embedded in those messages were nuggets of classified information, including an apparent reference to a CIA facility that was a closely guarded secret. More »