At least 28 migrants dead off Libya
Oct05

At least 28 migrants dead off Libya

Twenty-eight Europe-bound migrants were found dead on a day of frantic rescues off Libya on Tuesday, including at least 22 in an overloaded wooden boat, an AFP photographer and the Italian coastguard said. The photographer, who was able to go aboard the vessel, said it appeared that many of the dead had suffocated. He said there were about 1,000 people on three levels. He counted 22 bodies and said there were more dead in the hold....

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MPs attack Cameron over Libya ‘collapse’
Sep14

MPs attack Cameron over Libya ‘collapse’

A UK parliamentary report has severely criticised the intervention by Britain and France that led to the overthrow of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The foreign affairs committee accused the then PM David Cameron of lacking a coherent strategy for the air campaign. It said the intervention had not been “informed by accurate intelligence”, and that it led to the rise of so-called Islamic State in North Africa. The...

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France warns IS fighters could flee Libya to Tunisia, Egypt
Sep06

France warns IS fighters could flee Libya to Tunisia, Egypt

Islamic State group fighters could flee to Egypt or Tunisia after being flushed from their former Libyan stronghold of Sirte, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned Monday. “We should begin to look seriously at the question of the spread of the terrorists once Sirte … (is) emptied of the terrorists,” Le Drian told a defense conference in Paris. “They don’t disappear. There’s a new risk that appears,” he said, adding:...

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Libya hands over last stockpile of chemical weapon ingredients
Sep01

Libya hands over last stockpile of chemical weapon ingredients

Libya’s remaining stockpile of potential chemical weapons has been successfully transported abroad in an operation aimed at keeping them safe from militants, according to a watchdog. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said the stockpile – hundreds of tonnes of industrial chemicals – had been removed for destruction abroad with the help of several countries. Libya’s UN-brokered national unity government in...

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Italian coastguard: Some 6,500 migrants rescued off Libya
Aug30

Italian coastguard: Some 6,500 migrants rescued off Libya

Around 6,500 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya, the Italian coastguard said, in one of its busiest days of life-saving in recent years. Dramatic images of one operation showed about 700 migrants crammed onto a fishing boat, with some of them jumping off the vessel in life jackets and swimming towards rescuers. A five-day-old baby was among those rescued along with other infants and was airlifted to an Italian hospital,...

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