Migrant boat capsizes off Libya, 90 feared dead, mostly Pakistanis

By Stephanie Nebehay and Ahmed Elumami GENEVA/TRIPOLI, Feb 2 : An estimated 90 migrants are feared to have drowned off the coast of Libya after a smuggler’s boat capsized early on Friday, leaving three known survivors and 10 bodies washed up on shore, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said. Survivors told aid workers that […]

Libya needs a week to repair blown-up oil pipeline – NOC

By Ahmed Elumami and Ayman al-Warfalli TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya, Dec 28 : A Libyan crude oil pipeline blown up on Tuesday will take about a week to repair, the head of state oil firm NOC told Reuters on Wednesday. A “terrorist group” was probably responsible for the explosion as such groups were roaming around in the […]

Contrasting realities in Libya for French minister’s visit

By John Irish TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya, Dec 22 : A hundred metres from the office of Libyan Prime Minister Fayaz al-Seraj in Tripoli, guards at a detention centre for migrants had a message for a visiting French delegation: no minister, no journalists, nobody is allowed in. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian went to Libya on […]

Amnesty accuses EU of abetting migrant rights violations in Libya

By Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS, Dec 12 : European governments are “complicit” in grave human rights violations in Libya through their support for authorities there that often work with people smugglers and torture refugees and migrants, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. Determined to cut African immigration across the Mediterranean, the governments, via the European Union, have […]

Famed Libyan ruins rely on locals for support

By Aidan Lewis LEPTIS MAGNA, Libya, Nov 28 : The limestone and marble ruins of Leptis Magna on Libya’s coast could be a hive of activity and a top tourist destination, but conflict has left one of ancient Rome’s great Mediterranean cities almost entirely cut off from the outside world. Guards are unpaid and most […]