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UN dismayed by reports of 220 migrants drowning off Libya

Jun. 22, 2018 4:56 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says survivors have reported that some 220 migrants drowned off the coast of Libya in recent days and is expressing shock at the mass drownings. A statement by UNHCR released on Thursday said the migrants drowned in separate incidents earlier this week. The agency has...

Libyan coast guard rescues over 520 Europe-bound migrants

Jun. 21, 2018 12:34 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard has rescued three groups of more than 520 African migrants, including at least 10 women and 49 children, and recovered four bodies in the Mediterranean Sea east of the capital, Tripoli, over two days, a spokesman said Thursday. One group of some 300 people embarked on the...

EU seeks to screen migrants in Africa, stop boat crossings

Jun. 21, 2018 9:48 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Unwilling to share responsibility for tens of thousands of people arriving each year in search of better or safer lives, European Union leaders are preparing in coming days to take more steps to keep migrants out. In talks over the next week, EU leaders will affirm their intention to stop...

East Libya forces say regain control over oil ports

Jun. 21, 2018 6:13 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's self-styled national army in the east says it has regained control over two key oil port terminals after militias attacked them a week ago. Spokesman Ahmed al-Mesmari said on Thursday that the LNA, under the command of Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, currently controls the Ras Lanuf and...

Study: 242 Libyan civilians killed by airstrikes since 2012

Jun. 20, 2018 12:13 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Airstrikes have killed at least 242 civilians in Libya since the end of the NATO air campaign that helped topple Moammar Gadhafi, as the U.S. and other nations have targeted Islamic extremists and Libyan factions have battled one another, a study said Wednesday. Airwars, a London-based...

Libyan coast guard rescues 186 migrants, recovers 5 bodies

Jun. 19, 2018 3:33 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard says it has recovered the bodies of five migrants and rescued 186 others, including women and children, in separate operations in the Mediterranean Sea. Navy spokesman Ayoub Jassem says the migrants, who were found on Sunday and Monday, were taken to a navy base in the...

Libyan airstrikes target group attacking oil ports

Jun. 18, 2018 11:42 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libyan forces carried out airstrikes against a militia attacking key oil ports in the east, a spokesman said as Libya's national oil firm warned on Monday of further damage to oil infrastructure as well as environmental contamination in the north African country. The militia, led by Ibrahim...

Libya's NOC says oil storage damaged in attack on key ports

Jun. 17, 2018 1:16 PM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libya's National Oil Corporation says an armed group opposed to Libya's self-styled national army has attacked key oil port terminals "significantly" damaging at least one storage tank. Saturday's statement by the company called on the group commanded by Ibrahim Jadhran to withdraw...

The Latest: Head of Germany's migration office fired

Jun. 15, 2018 3:59 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants to Europe (all times local): 9:10 p.m. Germany's interior minister has fired the head of the country's migration authority amid a scandal over the allegedly improper approval of over a thousand asylum requests. News agency dpa reported the German Interior...

The Latest: US Navy ship seeks to disembark rescued migrants

Jun. 14, 2018 2:57 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local): 8:50 p.m. A U.S. Navy vessel is waiting to learn where it can disembark 40 migrants who survived a capsizing off Libya. Lt. Cmdr. Zachary Harrell, a U.S. 6th Fleet spokesman, said discussions were ongoing Thursday evening, two...