Libya News News on Libya continually updated from thousands of sources around the net. en-us 240 Copyright 2017, Topix Topix // Operation Libya: Britain could send troops to train anti-terror forces Britain could send troops to Libya to train anti-terror forces to fight Islamic State after a request from the country's military. The commander of the UN-backed government's counter-terrorism force said he had asked for help to teach a specialist unit new skills to combat jihadists amid fears the militants are trying to regroup.

Mail on Sunday Sun, 22 Jul 2018 23:37:26 GMT 180722KS3IKL 0
Families overjoyed as naval heroes from LE Samuel Beckett return from Mediterranean LA< Samuel Beckett's crew saved 106 migrants from drowning, revived an unresponsive baby, searched ships for suspected gun-running and, at night, watched gun battles rage on the shore between rival militias fighting for control of Libya. Stories of their three-month deployment with the EU taskforce operating in the Mediterranean Sea emerged yesterday as the 54-strong crew returned home to joyful scenes and a reunion with their families.

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.com | Libya rejects EU plan for asylum processing centres Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, head of the UN-backed unity government in Tripoli, leaves the Elysee Palace following the International conference on Libya held in Paris. Libya's prime minister said on Friday he would not allow the EU to set up asylum processing centres in his country, in a new setback for European leaders seeking to curb new migrant arrivals.

News24 Fri, 20 Jul 2018 23:58:23 GMT 180720SINGSS 0
Italian coastguards express unease as government closes ports to migrants The month of June was the deadliest in the Mediterranean in recent years with the International Organisation for Migration reporting some 564 deaths or disappearances, despite the fact that overall departures have dropped sharply since the summer of 2017. After two bodies were discovered in a deflated dinghy off Libya, along with one survivor suffering from shock and hypothermia on Tuesday, the Episcopal Conference of Italy released a statement denouncing a "tragedy which we cannot manage to get used to".

Daily Monitor Fri, 20 Jul 2018 05:08:52 GMT 180719I57KU4 0
Libyan coastguards DENY rescue group's claim they left migrant woman and toddler to drown 'We NEVER leave anybody out there': Libyan coastguards DENY migrant rescue group's claim they left a woman and toddler to drown, and insist: 'Every soul we save is a celebration' Libya's coastguard has denied claims by a migrant aid group that they had left two women and a toddler to die in the Mediterranean Sea. Commander Boujaila Abdel Barri, the head of coastguard operations trained by Britain's Royal Marines, said they had in fact resuscitated a child and his mother.

Daily Mail Thu, 19 Jul 2018 15:26:34 GMT 180719VSDD1H 0
Libya's deputy head of presidential council resigns Fathi al-Majbari, deputy head of the Libyan presidential council of the UN-backed government, resigned on Wednesday evening, local TV reported, according to Xinhua . "I announce my resignation from my position and from the Government of National Accord .

Trend Thu, 19 Jul 2018 01:15:54 GMT 180718T5DAFA 0
.com | Libya state oil company shuts terminal after attack Libya's state oil company said on Tuesday that it has halted crude exports at its Zawiya terminal due to falling production after an attack in which four workers were kidnapped. "National Oil Corporation has declared force majeure on crude oil loadings at Zawiya port," the NOC it said in a statement.

News24 Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:52:26 GMT 180718721AJE 0
Lack of Political Will in Lebanon Means Govt Losing Millions Over Online Gambling While politicians spar over who should have jurisdiction over online gambling, illegal gambling operations remain rampant across the country and the state is believed to be losing millions of dollars as a direct result. A draft decree has been on lawmakers' shelves since 2012 that would give the Lebanese government control over online gambling, but it has not been considered due to a lack of political will and bickering among politicians.

Al Bawaba Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:24:34 GMT 180718S8AR5H 0
.com | Woman, small child found dead in deflated dinghy off Libya Rescuers operating off the coast of Libya discovered the bodies of a small child and woman in a deflated dinghy Tuesday, while a second woman was found alive but suffering from hypothermia and shock, an AFP photographer reported. The fate of other migrants likely to have been aboard the dinghy - which was found around 80 nautical miles north east of Tripoli - was not immediately clear.

News24 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:46:36 GMT 1807177KB3EK 0
Romania's Foreign Ministry takes steps with Libyan central,... The Embassy of Romania in Libya, relocated to Tunis, has undertaken steps, as a matter of urgency, with Libyan central and local authorities to find a Romanian national reported abducted in Libya, and also requested support from Romania's international partners. "Part of the efforts made at the level of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in support of the Romanian citizen reportedly kidnapped on Libya's soil, we want to mention that an inter-institutional task force convened by the minister of foreign affairs continued its activity.

Nine O'Clock Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:46:35 GMT 180717DT6OKC 0
Judge issues travel ban on Gadhafi's son File - In this undated file photo made available Sept. 25, 2011, Hannibal Gadhafi, son of the recently ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, watches an elite military unit exercise in Zlitan, Libya.

The Daily Star Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:51:01 GMT 180717MI709O 0
Franklin Lamb, Requiescat in Pace I have some distressing news to share this. We learned from his daughter Louisa that longtime CounterPunch correspondent Franklin Lamb died this weekend of congestive heart failure.

Counterpunch Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:11:59 GMT 180716L1J12T 0
UN envoy says reforms needed to resume Libya oil production The U.N. envoy for Libya said Monday he fears the recent agreement to resume oil production in the conflict-torn country will not hold unless two issues are speedily tackled - distribution of wealth and "endemic plundering of resources." Ghassan Salame told the Security Council in a video briefing that unless the issues are addressed it will also "be difficult to advance the political process."

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Eight migrants found dead in shipping container in Libya Eight migrants including six children were found dead after suffocating from petrol fumes while packed into a lorry container on Libya's western coast. were in critical condition and taken to a local hospital for treatment, the security directorate in the town of Zuwarah said in a statement.

Al Jazeera Mon, 16 Jul 2018 17:12:09 GMT 18071640NSQG 0
Children among eight migrants who suffocated in Libya truck Libya has become a key transit country for illegal migration across the Mediterranean Sea with mostly sub-Saharan Africans seeking a better life in Europe AFP/STRINGER TRIPOLI: Eight migrants, mostly children, suffocated to death trapped in a refrigerator truck carrying around 100 people in western Libya, security forces said on Monday . Some of the 90 who survived had to be admitted to hospital for respiratory problems, according to the regional security forces in the western city of Zuwara.

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MAE activates crisis cell in the case of the Romanian citizen abducted in Libya Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday announced that it has activated the cell crisis in the case of the Romanian citizen who was abducted in Libya. MAE told AGERPRES that the crisis cell "has immediately started, under an emergency procedure, to make some verification, in order to determine the situation."

Nine O'Clock Sun, 15 Jul 2018 20:28:20 GMT 18071599RUG3 0
Illegal Gambling Results in Loss of Millions in Lebanon The casino has been in a fight with the state over closing down these centers, and the source said the two sides agreed in 2008 to shut down any gambling center other than the casino. While politicians spar over who should have jurisdiction over online gambling, illegal gambling operations remain rampant across the country and the state is believed to be losing millions of dollars as a direct result.

Al Bawaba Sun, 15 Jul 2018 18:08:36 GMT 180715IOQB1F 0