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Calm seas, Libya's lawless state open door for migrant flows


ROME/TRIPOLI Calmer seas and Libya's lawlessness have opened the way for smugglers to ship thousands of migrants across the Mediterranean this week, in a striking reminder of how far Europe is from ending the migrant crisis.


Libyan forces prepare for last push against Islamic State in Sirte 31 Aug 2016

SIRTE, Libya Behind the front lines in the Libyan city of Sirte, ageing tanks crunch through the debris of battle to new positions and resting fighters drink sweetened coffee waiting for orders to advance.

Libya's stockpile of toxic chemicals removed 31 Aug 2016

AMSTERDAM Libya's remaining stockpile of toxic chemicals has been successfully transported abroad in an operation aimed at keeping them safe from militants, the world's chemical weapons watchdog said on Wednesday.

Libya navy thought migrant rescuers were smugglers, fired warning shots - spokesman 31 Aug 2016

TRIPOLI A Libyan navy boat fired warning shots at a search and rescue vessel operated by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) earlier this month because it thought it was involved in smuggling, a spokesman said on Tuesday.


Libyan forces say Islamic State beaten back in Sirte 30 Aug 2016

SIRTE, Libya Libyan forces said they captured a residential neighbourhood in central Sirte from Islamic State on Monday, leaving just one district of the city still occupied by the militants. | Video


Italy rescues 6,500 migrants from Mediterranean 30 Aug 2016

ROME Some 6,500 migrants were saved off the Libyan coast in 40 separate rescue missions on Monday, the Italian coast guard said on Twitter, in one of the largest influxes of refugees in a single day so far this year. | Video


High toll for Libyan troops battling Islamic State in Sirte 29 Aug 2016

SIRTE, Libya At least 34 Libyan fighters were killed and more than 180 wounded on Sunday as they closed in on the last Islamic State militant holdouts in the coastal city of Sirte, according to field hospitals. | Video

Second boycotter says will rejoin Libya's U.N.-backed government 28 Aug 2016

TRIPOLI A member of the leadership of Libya's U.N.-backed government who is close to powerful rival factions in the east of the country has said he will end his boycott of the Tripoli-based body.


Judge orders search of new Clinton emails for release by Sept. 13 26 Aug 2016

A U.S. judge ordered the State Department on Thursday to release by Sept. 13 any emails it finds between Hillary Clinton and the White House from the week of the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, among the thousands of additional emails uncovered by federal investigators.


Abused and exploited, child migrants in Italy dream of better life 25 Aug 2016

SYRACUSE, Italy (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Isaac, a 17 year-old from Ghana, holds back tears and looks down as he tries to describe the six months he spent in a Libyan jail where he says not a night would pass without someone dying.