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UN experts say Libya airstrike likely tied to Hifter allies

Nov. 8, 2019 9:15 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say it is "highly probable" that a deadly airstrike on a migrant detention center in Libya was carried out by a fighter jet operated by a government supporting Khalifa Hifter, who launched an offensive in April seeking to capture the capital, Tripoli. The panel of experts...

ICC knows where 3 Libyan fugitives are and urges arrests

Nov. 6, 2019 5:21 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The International Criminal Court's prosecutor called Wednesday for the immediate arrest of longtime Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi's son and two others accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity, saying their whereabouts are known. Fatou Bensouda told the Security Council the...

Italian ship with 151 rescued migrants docks in Sicily

Nov. 3, 2019 3:29 PM EST

ROME (AP) — An Italian offshore supply vessel has brought 151 migrants to Sicily after rescuing them in waters off Libya a day earlier. The Asso Trenta docked Sunday at Pozzallo with the migrants. It wasn't immediately known if they would stay in Italy or be distributed among other European Union...

Libyan coast guard intercepts 200 Europe-bound migrants

Oct. 31, 2019 5:42 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard says it intercepted 200 Europe-bound migrants, including seven women and three children, off the country's Mediterranean coast. The Libyan navy has issued a statement on Thursday saying that it rescued two wooden boats carrying mainly African and Arab migrants the previous...

Hundreds of migrants in Libya flee detention, cite hunger

Oct. 30, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of migrants have fled a detention center in coastal Libya and crowded overnight around a U.N. facility, saying they were denied food for weeks. Around 450 people left Abu Salim detention center late Tuesday. Two of the migrants, as well as activists, said they were forced to beg for...

The Latest: 12 migrants found alive in Belgian truck

Oct. 30, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local): 7:00 p.m. Belgian police say they have discovered 12 migrants — 11 Syrians and one Sudanese — hiding among fruit and vegetables in a refrigerated truck. Police spokeswoman Sarah Frederickx said Wednesday the 12 men were...

Migrant rescue ship arrives in Sicily after 12 days at sea

Oct. 30, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A humanitarian rescue ship operated by two French charities has arrived at a port in Sicily after nearly two weeks stuck at sea. Ocean Viking arrived in Pozzallo on Wednesday morning, 12 days after it rescued 104 migrants from a rubber dinghy in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya. Ocean Viking...

Libya coast guard intercepts dozens of Europe-bound migrants

Oct. 28, 2019 7:05 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard said Monday it intercepted dozens of Europe-bound migrants off the country's Mediterranean coast the previous day. A rubber boat with 53 African migrants, including 14 women and two children, was stopped off Libya's western town of Abu-Kemmash, about 25 kilometers (15.5...

Germany's FM seeks end of 'foreign interference' in Libya

Oct. 28, 2019 5:28 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Germany's foreign minister says he's seeking an end to all "foreign interference" in war-torn Libya. Heiko Maas says this issue is a "fundamental problem" in Libya that will be discussed at a conference on the North African country, which will take place in Berlin later this year. Maas spoke...

Aid group: Libyan gunmen threaten migrants, rescuers at sea

Oct. 26, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A humanitarian aid group said gunmen on Libya-flagged speedboats threatened the crew of its rescue ship Alan Kurdi and the migrants it was rescuing Saturday, firing shots into the air and water. Sea-Eye's spokesman Gorden Isler told The Associated Press that the unprecedented incident on the...