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UN chief: Foreign fighters in Libya are violating cease-fire

May. 15, 2021 00:18 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief said foreign fighters and mercenaries remain in Libya in violation of last October’s cease-fire agreement and called for their withdrawal and an end to violations of the U.N. arms embargo, saying these are “critical elements” for lasting peace in...

17 migrants drown, 2 rescued in boat sinking off Tunisia

May. 13, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Authorities say 17 migrants drowned and two were rescued Thursday after a boat trying to carry them to Europe sank off the Tunisian coast. A naval mission saved two women from Nigeria off the coastal town of Zarzis who said their inflatable boat...

UN: Bodies of 10 Europe-bound migrants wash up in Libya

May. 11, 2021 08:46 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — At least 10 bodies of Europe-bound migrants washed up ashore in western Libya on Tuesday, a U.N. migration official said, after two shipwrecks this week left some 30 people presumed drowned. The bodies were found near the western Libyan towns of Zuwara and...

Migrant arrivals by sea on Italian island swell past 2,100

May. 10, 2021 15:21 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Several hundred more migrants reached a tiny Italian island before dawn on Monday, swelling to past 2,100 the number of arrivals in around 24 hours and fueling calls from across the political spectrum for the Italian government to strengthen its migration policies. ...

UN: Migrant boat capsized off Libya; 2 dozen presumed dead

May. 10, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A boat carrying migrants capsized off Libya on Monday, leaving at least two dozen presumed dead, the U.N. refugee agency said. It was the latest disaster in the Mediterranean Sea involving migrants seeking a better life in Europe. Tarik Argaz, a spokesman...

More than 1,200 migrants reach Italian island on boats

May. 09, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — More than 1,200 migrants in several decrepit, overcrowded fishing boats on Sunday reached a tiny Italian island in a span of 12 hours, as human traffickers exploited calm seas and warm weather to launch multiple vessels, the mayor said. The first of the...

Libyan militias briefly take over Tripoli gov’t headquarters

May. 08, 2021 07:20 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — In a show of force, armed militiamen briefly took over a hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli that serves as headquarters for the interim government, officials said Saturday. Friday's development came after the three-member presidential council earlier...

Morocco recalls its ambassador to Germany as tensions rise

May. 06, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco’s ambassador to Germany has been recalled to Rabat for “consultations," the Moroccan Foreign Ministry said Thursday. The North African kingdom’s move comes amid rising tensions with Germany, notably related to the disputed Western...

Egyptian, Turkish officials end talks with no clear progress

May. 06, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — With no clear progress, Egyptian and Turkish officials concluded Thursday two days of talks in Cairo aimed at resetting ties between the two regional powers. In a joint statement, both sides vowed to evaluate the outcome of their first round of consultations before agreeing on...

Italian Navy rescues fisherman reportedly shot off Libya

May. 06, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — An Italian Navy ship has rescued a crew member of an Italian fishing boat reportedly injured by warning shots fired by the Libyan Coast Guard, Italian media said Thursday. The Libyans opened fire near two fishing boats, the Aliseo and the Artemide, in the...