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In his first travel abroad, new Italian PM visits Libya

Apr. 06, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Italy’s prime minister on a visit Tuesday to the Libyan capital of Tripoli — his first trip abroad since taking office — lauded the North African country’s efforts to curb the flow of migrants to Europe. Following in the footsteps of...

Today in History

Apr. 06, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, April 6, the 96th day of 2021. There are 269 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 6, 1909, American explorers Robert E. Peary and Matthew A. Henson and four Inuits...

The Latest: Lockdown extended for metro Manila, surroundings

Apr. 04, 2021 23:11 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government extended a lockdown by another week Monday after an alarming spike in coronavirus infections continued to surge and started to overwhelm many hospitals in the capital and outlying regions. President Rodrigo Duterte placed...

European leader urges foreign fighters to leave Libya

Apr. 04, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The European Union on Sunday called for the departure of all foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya, describing it as a “precondition” for a return to stability in the war-torn country. At a news conference in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, EU Council...

Libya officials say over 100 eastern war prisoners released

Mar. 31, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Forces in western Libya on Wednesday released more than 100 prisoners who had been captured while fighting under the banner of the country's eastern-based commander, in a gesture of reconciliation following recent accords, officials said. The fighters,...

UN: 2 women, 3 children drown in shipwreck off Libya's coast

Mar. 31, 2021 10:38 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Two women and three children drowned when a boat carrying dozens of Europe-bound migrants capsized off Libya, a U.N. official said Wednesday. It was the latest shipwreck involving migrants seeking a better life in Europe. Safa Msehli, spokesman for the...

Hundreds of migrants intercepted off the coast of Libya

Mar. 29, 2021 00:13 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — At least 480 migrants were intercepted off Libya by local coast guard forces over the weekend, according to the United Nations' migration agency. They are among the 4,500 people who have been brought back to Libya this year after attempting the dangerous...

Today in History

Mar. 27, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, March 27, the 86th day of 2021. There are 279 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 27, 1964, Alaska was hit by a magnitude 9.2 earthquake (the strongest on record...

EU top diplomats in Libya to support interim authorities

Mar. 25, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The foreign ministers of France, Italy and Germany met with Libyan officials Thursday to show support for the country's newly elected transitional authorities, who are expected to lead the war-stricken country through general elections by the end of 2021. ...

UN envoy demands foreign fighters and mercenaries exit Libya

Mar. 24, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The new U.N. special envoy for Libya urged foreign forces and mercenaries Wednesday to leave the conflict-stricken country as demanded in last year's cease-fire agreement. Jan Kubis, addressing the U.N. Security Council, warned against...