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Armed group seeks legitimacy with Tripoli migrant deal, source says


ROME/TUNIS A powerful armed group, known for smuggling people from Libya, is seeking legitimacy and state security jobs from the Tripoli government in exchange for stopping migrant boats from leaving the coast of Sabratha for Italy, a senior group member said.


Unveiling new Libya plan, U.N. sees opportunity for peace 21 Sep 2017

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations launched a roadmap on Wednesday for a renewed international effort to break a political stalemate in Libya and end the turmoil that followed the country's 2011 uprising.

Austria checking indications nine foreigners abducted in Libya in 2015 are dead 20 Sep 2017

VIENNA Austria said on Wednesday it had some evidence that nine foreign oilfield workers abducted by Islamist militants in Libya in 2015 were killed the same year, though it was still trying to verify the information.

U.N. seeks to rally foreign backing for new Libyan peace plan 19 Sep 2017

TUNIS The United Nations is seeking to marshal international support this week for a new push to break a political stalemate in Libya and end the turmoil that followed the country's 2011 uprising.


Rescued migrants say lucky to dodge Libyan coastal clampdown 19 Sep 2017

ABOARD AQUARIUS RESCUE SHIP Migrants rescued in the Mediterranean last week said they had been lucky to dodge increased sea and police patrols along the Western coast of Libya that have dramatically reduced arrivals in Italy since July. | Video

Libyan coastguards turn back more than 1,000 migrants - spokesman 16 Sep 2017

TUNIS Libyan coastguard vessels intercepted 1,074 migrants during an intensive day of operations west of the capital Tripoli on Saturday, a spokesman said.


EU sticks to Libya strategy on migrants, despite human rights concerns 14 Sep 2017

BRUSSELS The European Union is determined to go on preventing migrants setting off from the coast of Libya, interior ministers said on Thursday, despite criticism from rights advocates who say the strategy is aggravating human suffering.


Britain backs Libyan plans to work towards elections next year 14 Sep 2017

LONDON British foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday he believed that Libya's plans to work towards elections in 2018 were probably "the right timescale".


U.N. beefs up guards as it scales up presence in Libya 08 Sep 2017

ROME The United Nations is preparing to deploy 150-250 mostly Nepalese guards to Libya to protect its base in the capital as part of a plan to return its operations to the country, U.N. officials said on Friday.

U.N. rights chief says EU deal on Libya migrants falls short 08 Sep 2017

GENEVA A European and African deal to stem the flow of migrants coming through Libya to Europe fails to tackle the abuses they face, the top U.N. human rights official wrote on Friday.