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Italy prosecutor says rescue boats in contact with people smugglers


ROME An Italian prosecutor has evidence of phone calls between Libyan people smugglers and aid groups operating rescue boats, he told newspaper La Stampa, amid growing criticism of non-governmental groups saving refugees off the Libyan coast.

Fewer migrants are crossing Niger for Libya - IOM 21 Apr 2017

ROME The number of migrants crossing Niger to reach Libya has declined, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Friday, after Europe pledged Niger money to help it fight people-smuggling.

Libya fishermen find 28 dead migrants in boat offshore - official 18 Apr 2017

TRIPOLI Libyan fishermen found the bodies of 28 migrants who appeared to have died of thirst and hunger after their boat broke down off the coast of Sabratha city, a ministry of interior official said on Tuesday.


EU urged to save more migrants at sea, not patrol 'make-believe border' 18 Apr 2017

ROME EU patrol vessels in the Mediterranean are putting lives at risk by operating too far from the Libyan coast where migrants are embarking on the perilous voyage to Europe, the head of a rescue charity said on Tuesday.


Nearly 9,000 migrants rescued in Mediterranean over weekend - IOM 18 Apr 2017

GENEVA Nearly 9,000 mainly African migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean this past long weekend after being put by smugglers in Libya onto unseaworthy boats heading towards Italy, U.N. aid agencies said on Tuesday.


Seven migrants confirmed dead in Mediterranean rescue - official 16 Apr 2017

ROME Seven migrants died in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya while trying to reach Europe on Sunday, an official of a rescue ship said.


Nearly 100 migrants feared missing after boat sinks off Libya - coastguard 13 Apr 2017

TRIPOLI Close to 100 migrants were feared missing after their boat sank off the Libyan coast near Tripoli on Thursday, a coastguard official said.


Libya's Haftar says Russian base not being discussed - RIA 13 Apr 2017

MOSCOW The question of a Russian military base being set up on Libyan territory is not being discussed, Russia's RIA news agency quoted Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar as saying on Thursday.

Migrants traded in 'slave markets' in Libya, U.N. agency says 11 Apr 2017

GENEVA Growing numbers of African migrants passing through Libya are traded in what they call slave markets before being held for ransom, forced labour or sexual exploitation, the U.N. migration agency said on Tuesday.

Deadly air strike on Libyan desert base as rival factions clash 11 Apr 2017

TRIPOLI Forces aligned with a U.N.-backed government in Tripoli said on Monday that three of their men had been killed in air raids against a desert air base by rivals allied with eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar.

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