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Sunni hawk wins Lebanon vote, risking new tensions


BEIRUT A hawkish Lebanese Sunni politician has won local elections in the second largest city of Tripoli in a result that marks a blow to long-established Sunni leaders and risks reviving tensions among rival sectarian groups there.

Libyan oil guard says captures coastal town from Islamic State after clashes 30 May 2016

BENGHAZI, Libya A force that controls key oil terminals in eastern Libya said it had captured the town of Ben Jawad from Islamic State, pushing the militant group back along a coastal strip they control east of their stronghold of Sirte.


Turkey hopes to reopen Tripoli embassy, build economic ties - foreign minister 30 May 2016

TRIPOLI Turkey's foreign minister said during a visit to Tripoli on Monday that his country hoped to be the first to reopen its embassy in the Libyan capital, following the arrival of a U.N.-backed unity government at the end of March.


Between 700-900 migrants may have died at sea this week - NGOs 30 May 2016

ROME At least 700 migrants may have died at sea this past week in the busiest week of migrant crossings from Libya towards Italy this year, Medecins San Frontieres and the UN Refugee agency said on Sunday. | Video

Forces backed by Libya's unity govt seek to encircle Islamic State-held Sirte 29 May 2016

MISRATA, Libya Forces loyal to Libya's U.N.-backed unity government say they aim to encircle Sirte, Islamic State's stronghold in Libya, having moved to within 15 km (10 miles) of the city centre. | Video

U.S. 'concerned' about Libyan-Americans on trial in UAE - official 27 May 2016

WASHINGTON The U.S. State Department said on Friday it was "concerned" about the case of two Libyan-American businessmen charged by the United Arab Emirates with supporting Libyan militants amid allegations they were tortured into signing a confession.


Britain plans to send warship to fight smuggling of people, arms off Libya - Cameron 26 May 2016

ISE-SHIMA, Japan Reuters) - Britain plans to send a navy warship to help battle the smuggling of both people and arms off the coast of Libya, Prime Minister David Cameron will tell G7 leaders on Thursday.


Italian navy says migrant boat flipped, five dead 26 May 2016

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.