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Italian navy says migrant boat flipped, five dead


ROME A large wooden fishing boat overcrowded with migrants capsized off the coast of Libya, the Italian navy said on Wednesday, with some 562 people rescued and five found dead. | Video


Germany, France hold back NATO, EU ambitions in Libya 25 May 2016

BRUSSELS Europe's bold intentions to support Libya's new U.N.-backed government are faltering as France and Germany resist a bigger role to rebuild the failed state, scarred by the West's 2011 air campaign to help topple dictator Muammar Gaddafi.


Thousands of migrants saved in 23 rescue operations off Libya 25 May 2016

ROME Some 3,000 migrants were saved off the Libyan coast on Tuesday in 23 separate rescue missions, the Italian coastguard said in a statement.

EU naval force can train Libyan coastguard in 14 weeks - admiral 25 May 2016

ROME The European Union's Mediterranean naval force is offering to train Libyans to run a small coastguard fleet to be able to fight people smuggling in under three months, the admiral in charge of the mission said on Wednesday.


Insight - As fighters return from Libya, Tunisia faces growing challenge 24 May 2016

BEN GUERDANE, Tunisia After a U.S. air strike killed a Tunisian jihadist commander in western Libya in late February, dozens of Islamic State fighters sneaked across the border into Tunisia and attacked an army barracks and police bases in the town of Ben Guerdane.


European Union agrees to aid Libyan navy to stop traffickers 23 May 2016

BRUSSELS The European Union will help rebuild Libya's shattered navy and coastguard to tackle migrant smugglers after a plea for aid from the new U.N.-backed unity government in Tripoli, EU foreign ministers agreed on Monday.

Libyan coastguard intercepts 850 migrants at sea 22 May 2016

TRIPOLI Libyan coastguards intercepted about 850 migrants on Sunday off the coast near the western city of Sabratha, a spokesman said.


U.S. panel probing Benghazi attack to report within month - chair 20 May 2016

WASHINGTON The U.S. House panel investigating the 2012 Benghazi attack that killed Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans will release its report on the incident in the next month, the congressman leading the inquiry told MSNBC on Friday.


Libya's Haftar says won't work with unity government until militias disbanded 20 May 2016

PARIS It would be "unthinkable" for eastern Libyan forces to join a U.N.-backed unity government until militias aligned to it have been disbanded, General Khalifa Haftar, who heads up troops in the east, said in an interview broadcast on Friday.

U.S. State Department sanctions Islamic State branches in Libya, Yemen, Saudi Arabia 19 May 2016

WASHINGTON The U.S. State Department said on Thursday it had designated Islamic State's branch in Libya as a "foreign terrorist organization."