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May 28, 2017

Over 1400 migrants rescued off Libyan Coast on Friday

More than 1,400 migrants seeking to get to Italy were rescued off the coast of Libya on Friday, but other vessels were in distress, according to accounts by Libyan and Italian officials.

“Large rescue and"...

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May 28, 2017

Egyptian warplanes conduct airstrikes on Libya’s Derna

The Egyptian warplanes carried out airstrikes late on Friday on the headquarters of Derna Shura Council in Libya’s eastern city of Derna.

Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, Egypt’s President, said in an address"...

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May 28, 2017

G7 nations urged to help resolve Libya conflict

G7 nations including France and Britain came under pressure on Saturday from Libya’s neighbours to help put out the fires of a conflict that is already causing trouble further afield.

The world’s most powerful democracies were joined at annual summit talks by African"...

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May 28, 2017

Egypt cites ‘self-defense’ for Libya strikes to UN Security Council

Egypt officially notified the UN Security Council of its air strikes on extremist strongholds in Libya on Saturday, citing Article 51 of the UN charter – the right to self-defense after armed attacks occur. The official spokesman of the Egyptian foreign ministry, Ahmed Abu Zeid, told the Security Council that the permanent mission of Egypt to the United Nations delivered a letter to the president of the Security Council on Saturday informing the Council of the air strikes targeting the sites of the terrorist organizations in the......

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May 28, 2017

Ramadan in Libya: little cash and too much violence

The holy Muslim month of Ramadan began Saturday, May 27, with a bitter taste for residents of Libya's capital, as a cash shortage bites, prices rise and deadly clashes returned to Tripoli.

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May 27, 2017

20 refugees drown off Libya’s coast

At least 20 people, including young chil­dren, have died after their vessel cap­sized off Libya’s coast, the Italian coast­guard says.

About 200 people fell off the overloaded ves­sel that"...

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May 27, 2017

Meeting of the Libya Quartet: Joint Communiqué

The European Union (EU), the African Union (AU), the League of Arab States (LAS), and the United Nations (UN) met in Brussels on 23rd May 2017 to assess developments in Libya since their last meeting in Cairo on 18th March 2017 and further coordinate their efforts to advance the political"...

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May 27, 2017

Libya Provides ‘Fertile Ground’ for Jihadist Groups

Libya descended into chaos following the U.S.-backed overthrow and execution of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, creating a vacuum for the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and other jihadist groups to fill.

Salman Abedi,"...

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May 27, 2017

Haftar forces seize rival airbase in south Libya

Forces led by Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar on Thursday seized control of the Tamenhant airbase in the south of the country from rival forces, a spokesman said.

“Our forces... took full control of Tamenhant airbase in the south of Libya,” said Khalifa"...

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May 27, 2017

How Libyan crises could fuel Islamic extremism

The visit of Peter Millett, the British ambassador to Tripoli, was eventful. From early Friday morning, parts of the capital had echoed to exchanges of gunfire between two of the armed factions fighting for control of the city. At around 10am, Millett took to Twitter to report hearing “explosions"...

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