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Libya court sentences 45 to death over killings in 2011

Aug. 16, 2018 6:36 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — A Libyan court has sentenced 45 people to death by firing squad over killings during the 2011 uprising that evolved into civil war. The conflict toppled and later killing the country's longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Wednesday's statement by the Justice Ministry says another 54...

The Latest: Malta says Italy taking some Aquarius migrants

Aug. 15, 2018 3:08 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on a ship carrying rescued migrants in the Mediterranean (all times local): 9:00 p.m. Malta says that Italy will take in some of the 141 migrants rescued by the aid ship Aquarius last Friday, in what amounts to a reversal for the hard-line anti-migrant government in Rome that had...

Malta to let rescue boat dock with 141 migrants aboard

Aug. 14, 2018 1:06 PM EDT

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta on Tuesday agreed to let a private rescue ship dock on the island, with the 141 migrants it is carrying to be distributed among five fellow European Union nations in what was described as a "responsibility-sharing exercise." The migrants were plucked to safety by the aid boat...

UN: Libyan militia forces 1,900 people from camp in Tripoli

Aug. 14, 2018 6:40 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says it's concerned over a Libyan militia forcing 1,900 displaced people out of their refugee camp in the capital, Tripoli. UNHCR spokesman William Spindler says the militia ran 370 families, originally from the western city of Tawergha, out of their homes in the Triq...

UN report: Up to 30,000 Islamic State members in Iraq, Syria

Aug. 13, 2018 6:49 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Islamic State extremist group has up to 30,000 members roughly equally distributed between Syria and Iraq and its global network poses a rising threat — as does al-Qaida, which is much stronger in places, a United Nations report says. The report by U.N. experts circulated...

Aid group: Ships not willing to save Mediterranean migrants

Aug. 12, 2018 11:43 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Migrants in distress at sea have told their rescuers that several ships passed them by without offering assistance, a European aid group said Sunday while seeking safe harbor for a rescue vessel with 141 migrants aboard. SOS Mediterranee in a statement said that due to the recent refusal of...

Libyan coast guard rescues 60 Europe-bound migrants

Aug. 12, 2018 9:03 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard says it has rescued 60 Europe-bound migrants, including women and children, off the Mediterranean coast. Spokesman Ayoub Gassim says the migrants, including 19 women and four children, were rescued after their rubber boat ran into trouble Sunday off the coast of the western...

UN experts: Armed groups threaten Libya political transition

Aug. 10, 2018 8:27 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say "predatory behavior" by armed groups in Libya is posing a direct threat to forming a national government and ending lawlessness that has fueled Islamic militancy, human trafficking and instability in the wider region. The experts also warned in the summary of a report...

UN says Libya recovered some 100 bodies of migrants in 2018

Aug. 6, 2018 7:14 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says Libya's coast guard has recovered some 100 bodies of Europe-bound migrants off its coast in 2018. A statement from UNHCR late on Sunday also said that as of July 31, the Libyan coast guard had also intercepted or rescued 12,633 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea,...

Spanish rescue boat saves 87 migrants in sea off Libya

Aug. 2, 2018 12:39 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A Spanish rescue boat has saved 87 migrants in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea, and says it's in touch with several countries about where to bring them. Laura Lanuza, a spokeswoman for the aid group Proactiva Open Arms, says the boat rescued the migrants early Thursday about 54...