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US judge tosses out lawsuits against Libyan commander accused of war crimes

Apr. 14, 2024 17:07 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A U.S. judge has tossed out a series of civil lawsuits against a Libyan military commander who used to live in Virginia and was accused of killing innocent civilians in that country's civil war. At a court hearing Friday, U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema...

Mass grave with bodies of at least 65 migrants found in the deserts of western Libya

Mar. 22, 2024 12:49 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N.’s migration agency expressed alarm Friday over the discovery of a mass grave containing the bodies of at least 65 migrants in the deserts of western Libya. Earlier this week, Libya’s criminal investigations authority reported the grave had been found in...

The European Union announces an $8 billion aid package for Egypt as concerns mount over migration

Mar. 17, 2024 20:26 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The European Union on Sunday announced a 7.4 billion-euro ($8 billion) aid package for cash-strapped Egypt as concerns mount that economic pressure and conflicts in neighboring countries could drive more migrants to European shores. The deal, which drew criticism from...

Survivors of Mediterranean rescue say about 60 people died on the trip from Libya, aid group reports

Mar. 14, 2024 14:32 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Survivors rescued from a deflating rubber dinghy in the central Mediterranean Sea have reported that some 60 people who departed Libya with them more than a week ago perished during the journey, the humanitarian rescue group SOS Mediterranee said Thursday. The European...

Survivors of Mediterranean Sea rescue say 50 people died in crossing from Libya, rescue group SOS Mediterranee reports

Mar. 14, 2024 09:16 AM EDT
MILAN (AP) — Survivors of Mediterranean Sea rescue say 50 people died in crossing from Libya, rescue group SOS Mediterranee reports.

A German charity protests after Italy seizes a migrant rescue ship involved in a weekend clash

Mar. 06, 2024 08:29 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — The humanitarian rescue group SOS Humanity on Wednesday protested Italy’s seizure of its migrant rescue ship Humanity 1, fresh from a weekend rescue during which the charity said Libyan Coast Guard fired live bullets and used violence. The German charity said The...

Libya’s coast guard tried to prevent rescue of migrants in the Mediterranean, a German charity says

Mar. 03, 2024 05:06 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A German charity has accused the Libyan coast guard of threatening its crew members who were rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, causing at least one migrant to drown. The German charity SOS Humanity, which operates the rescue ship Humanity 1, said the Libyan...

UN envoy says Libya will slide into `disintegration' if politicians don't move toward elections

Feb. 15, 2024 17:47 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Libya warned the country’s feuding political actors Thursday that if they don’t urgently form a unified government and move toward elections the oil-rich North African nation will slide into “disintegration.” Abdoulaye...

After record year, Tunisia reports migrant deaths from shipwreck near Libyan waters

Feb. 15, 2024 13:31 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's coast guard retrieved the bodies of nine people who died after their boat sank on Thursday, marking the latest disaster for migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. The coast guard also retrieved 45 people from the boat after it...

A Libyan delegation reopens talks in Lebanon on a missing cleric and on Gadhafi's detained son

Jan. 24, 2024 08:27 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A Libyan delegation visited Beirut this week to reopen talks with Lebanese officials on the fate of a prominent Lebanese cleric who has been missing in Libya for decades, and on the release of late dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s son who has been held in Lebanon for years, officials...