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Dozens drown off Libya as aid groups denounce Tripoli's coastguard

ROME More than 30 migrants, mostly toddlers, drowned on Wednesday when about 200 people without life jackets fell from a boat into the sea off the Libyan coast before they could be hauled into waiting rescue boats.


U.S. envoy endorses Libya's U.N.-backed government in whirlwind visit to Tripoli 23 May 2017

TRIPOLI The U.S. ambassador to Libya pledged Washington's support for its U.N.-backed government on Tuesday and urged rival factions to avoid civil war, during the first, fleeting visit to the country by a U.S. envoy in nearly three years.

East Libyan forces launch strikes after air base attack 21 May 2017

BENGHAZI, Libya East Libyan forces have targeted rival brigades with a series of air strikes in the southern region of Jufra, officials and witnesses said on Sunday, three days after dozens of their men were killed in a surprise attack on an air base.

Death toll rises in southern Libya attack, defence minister suspended 20 May 2017

BENGHAZI, Libya A spokesman for east Libyan armed forces said on Friday that as many as 141 people had been killed a day earlier in an attack on a southern air base, and the head of Libya's United Nations-backed government suspended his defence minister pending an investigation into the incident.

Rescued migrants tell of detention, beatings, slavery in Libya 19 May 2017

ABOARD RESCUE SHIP AQUARIUS A day after reaching safety aboard a humanitarian ship, migrants on Friday told of arbitrary detention, slavery and beatings in Libya as Europe seeks to build up the Tripoli-based coastguard.

Dozens killed in renewed clashes between factions in Libya's south 19 May 2017

BENGHAZI, Libya At least 60 people were killed as rival Libyan forces clashed at a southern air base on Thursday, medical and military officials said, dimming hopes that tensions in the area can be calmed.


France under Macron signals shift in Libya policy, towards Haftar 18 May 2017

PARIS France said on Thursday it was reviewing its position on the Libyan conflict and for the first time openly called for a united national army that included eastern militia commander Khalifa Haftar to battle Islamist militants.


Libyan commander stages show of force on Benghazi campaign anniversary 16 May 2017

BENGHAZI, Libya Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar staged a large military parade on Tuesday for the third anniversary of his campaign to control Benghazi, as his troops fight to secure two last districts in Libya's second city.


Italy tries to bolster Libyan coast guard, despite humanitarian concern 15 May 2017

TRIPOLI/AQUARIUS RESCUE SHIP Italy gave the Libyan coast guard four repaired patrol boats on Monday to beef up Libya's efforts to stop people smuggling, but the support worries humanitarian groups operating rescue ships near the Libyan coast.


Way forward for Libya uncertain despite 'breakthrough' meeting 12 May 2017

TUNIS Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar, a figurehead in the east of the country, and Fayez Seraj, the head of a U.N.-backed government in Tripoli, appeared at ease as they broke more than a year of deadlock between them at talks in Abu Dhabi last week.

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