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UN says over 200 migrants intercepted off Libyan shores

Jun. 11, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — More than 200 migrants bound for Europe were intercepted on Friday by Libya's coast guard just off the shore of the North African country, a U.N. spokeswoman said. Safa Msehli, a spokeswoman for the International Organization for Migration, tweeted that...

Rights group urges abolition of restrictive NGO law in Libya

Jun. 04, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A leading rights group urged Libya's transitional authorities on Friday to revoke or amend legislation that imposes sweeping restrictions on civil society. Human Rights Watch issued a statement condemning a 2019 decree that includes “burdensome...

Spain reopens its embassy in Libya after 7 years of closure

Jun. 03, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Spain’s prime minister was in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Thursday to reopen his country’s embassy and show support for Libya’s new interim authorities entrusted with leading the nation out of years of civil war. Premier Pedro Sánchez held...

Germany, UN to host conference on Libya in Berlin on June 23

Jun. 01, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany and the United Nations plan to host a conference on Libya this month in Berlin, a gathering that aims to bring together powers with interests in the North African country and its transitional government. The agenda for the June 23 conference...

UN says bodies of 3 migrant children wash ashore in Libya

May. 31, 2021 17:38 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The bodies of three children who apparently were among Europe-bound migrants drowned in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya washed ashore in the North African country, the U.N. children agency said Monday. The bodies were found last week near the coastal town...

Libyan official says EU help needed to tackle migrant route

May. 28, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Securing Libya's southern borders is a priority for the country's transitional government as it aims to stem the flow of illegal migrants setting off from its shores, Libya’s interim foreign minister said Friday. Najla al-Manqoush made the statements in...

UN agency says over 180 migrants intercepted off Libya coast

May. 27, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — More than 180 Europe-bound migrants were intercepted by Libya's coast guard and returned to the North African country's Mediterranean shores, the U.N.'s migration agency said on Thursday. A total of 187 migrants were provided emergency assistance before...

Qatar's top diplomat visits Egypt amid improving ties

May. 25, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s president met Tuesday with Qatar’s chief diplomat amid improved relations since Egypt and three Gulf nations ended their dispute with the energy-rich country in January. President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi and Qatar’s Foreign Minister Mohammad bin...

Tunisian ship rescues 100 Europe-bound migrants from dinghy

May. 25, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A Tunisian navy frigate rescued 100 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa early Tuesday as their inflatable dinghy foundered in the Mediterranean Sea. The 82 men, 10 women and eight infants had pushed off from Libya and were rescued some 40 kilometers...

UN envoy: Failure to get rid of Libya mercenaries a threat

May. 21, 2021 20:16 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Libya warned the Security Council on Friday that progress on the key issue of withdrawing mercenaries and foreign fighters from Libya has stalled and their continued presence is a threat not only to Libya but to the entire African region. ...