Tag: Libya

A general view shows four Libyan Coast Guard ships docked in the harbour of the capital Tripoli, following their return after undergoing maintenance in Italy on May 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD TURKIA (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Libya Intercepts Almost 600 Europe-Bound Illegal Migrants

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s coast guard intercepted three groups totaling more than 570 Europe-bound migrants, including at least 66 women and 19 children, in the Mediterranean Sea, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Illegal migrants sit in a port in Tagiura, east of the Libyan capital Tripoli, after 137 migrants of African origins were rescued by coast guard boats off the coast of Libya on July 21, 2016. / AFP / STRINGER (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

Italy and Libya Reject EU’s Latest Migrant Crisis Plan

Italy’s populist government has rejected the European Union’s (EU) latest migration plan, refusing to take in illegal migrants travelling by sea, as Libya rejects processing centres inside its borders.

Members of the security forces observe operations at a site where workers gather materials for the construction of the M8 motorway on the outskirts of Gwadar, Balochistan, Pakistan, on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. Gwadar is the cornerstone of Chinese President Xi Jinping's so-called One Belt, One Road project to rebuild …

China Extends One Belt, One Road to Libya, Vowing to Offer Security

China’s state-owned Global Times praised Beijing this week for convincing the United Nations-backed government of Libya to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to join the Asian giant’s massive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), claiming the project will fill the security vacuum left behind by the West.

More refugees have landed in Spain than in Italy so far this year after making the dangerous crossing from Libya

Spain Tops Italy for 2018 Migrant Arrivals

Spain leads European nations for new migrant arrivals in 2018 according to a new report from the International Organization for Migrants (IOM).

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NCA: 700,000 Migrants in Libya Waiting to Board Boats to Europe

Europe’s problems with criminal trafficking gangs and illegal immigration are getting worse, the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has warned, just days after the United Nations (UN) claimed that boat arrivals were “necessary” for the continent.

Before the conference started, French President Emmanuel Macron met Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj at the Elysee Palace in Paris

Libyan Factions Tentatively Agree to Hold National Elections in December

Representatives of the warring factions that control portions of chaotic Libya tentatively agreed to hold national elections on December 10 during a conference in Paris on Tuesday. They also resolved to make progress toward drafting a constitution by September.

A Libyan coast guardsman watches over during an operation to rescue illegal immigrants who attempted to reach Europe off the coastal town of Zawiyah, 45 kilometres west of the capital Tripoli, on June 27, 2017. More than 8,000 migrants have been rescued in waters off Libya during the past 48 …

Migrants Accuse Italy of Responsibility for Libyan Abuses

ROME (AP) — Seventeen Nigerian survivors of a 2017 migrant boat sinking have filed a case with the European Court of Human Rights accusing Italy of violating their human rights by “subcontracting” their rescue to Libya.

A member of the Iraqi forces holds the Islamic State group flag upside down in Mosul on July 1, 2017

Former ISIS Fighter Warns Islamic State Ideology Will Make a Comeback

In an interview with Fox News conducted from a prison run by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces coalition, former ISIS fighter Hamza Nmeie warned that the Islamic State’s ideology will survive the collapse of the “caliphate” and inspire new groups obsessed with defeating the United States.

General Khalifa Haftar, commander in the Libyan National Army (LNA), arrives to attend a meeting for talks over a political deal to help end Libyas crisis in La Celle-Saint-Cloud near Paris, France, July 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / PHILIPPE WOJAZER (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE WOJAZER/AFP/Getty Images)

Anti-Jihadist Libyan General Haftar Returns Following Rumors of His Death

Gen. Khalifa Haftar, a military strongman who leads an army that controls most of eastern Libya, returned to his seat of power in the war-ravaged African country following rumors that he was dead this week as he received medical treatment in Paris for about 20 days.

General Khalifa Haftar, commander in the Libyan National Army (LNA), arrives to attend a meeting for talks over a political deal to help end Libyas crisis in La Celle-Saint-Cloud near Paris, France, July 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / PHILIPPE WOJAZER (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE WOJAZER/AFP/Getty Images)

Confusion in Libya as Anti-Jihadist Strongman’s Health a Mystery

The potential absence of former Gen. Khalifa Haftar, a military strongman who leads the prominent Libyan National Army (LNA), could create a power vacuum and fuel the chaotic conditions that have allowed jihadist groups to remain active in the North African country, according to several experts.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, shown here on October 24, 2017, has denounced Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as the "new Hitler of the Middle East"

Saudi Crown Prince Urges U.S. to Withdraw from Iran Nuclear Deal During Visit

During his U.S. visit, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman renewed his calls for the U.S. to fully withdraw from the nuclear Iran deal, saying the accord would not prevent Iran’s regime from acquiring nuclear weapons and likened it to “waiting for the bullet to reach your head.”