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August 21, 2018 2:43 PM Salvini refuses to let migrants disembark as boat docks in Italy

ROME: Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini remained defiant Tuesday in refusing to allow about 170 migrants to disembark from an Italian coastguard boat after it docked in Sicily for technical reasons. The Diciotti vessel, which rescued the migrants five days ago, arrived at the port of Catania overnight "for a technical stopover". Salvini was forced 13

July 25, 2018 6:28 AM Spain rescues nearly 500 migrants at sea in a single day

MADRID: Spanish rescue services said Tuesday they had plucked nearly 500 migrants from the Mediterranean in a single day who were trying to reach the country's coast. The Spanish Maritime Safety Agency said on Twitter that it had picked up a total of 484 people in 30 makeshift vessels in the Strait of Gibraltar and Alboran Sea, which separate Spain from Morocco 15

July 12, 2018 2:21 PM Libyan commander wanted by ICC 'escapes prison'

BENGHAZI, Libya: A Libyan commander wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes has "escaped" from prison, the forces of military strongman Khalifa Haftar said. Haftar, head of the self-styled Libyan National Army, "has ordered the re-arrest of commander Mahmoud al-Werfalli after his escape from the military prison" where he was detained 14

July 8, 2018 12:59 AM Niger will continue to welcome African migrants

NIAMEY: Niger will continue to be a transit country for migrants, including those entering from neighbouring Libya, President Mahamadou Issoufou said Saturday. "We are a people open to hospitality, we are a generous people. We will welcome people who are in difficulty, who are in disarray. It is the tradition of our country," President Issoufou said after 9

June 29, 2018 1:47 AM Libyan strongman Haftar announces 'liberation' of Derna

BENGHAZI, Libya: Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar announced Thursday the "liberation" of Derna, the only city in the eastern region beyond his control, from radical Islamist militias. "We proudly announce the liberation of Derna, a city dear to all Libyans," the breakaway military leader said in a televised speech. A spokesman for Haftar's self-styled 15

June 25, 2018 8:09 AM Nearly 1,000 migrants rescued off Libya coast

TRIPOLI: Libya's coastguard has rescued nearly 1,000 migrants who were on boats in distress in the Mediterranean on their way to Europe, the navy said on Monday. Three separate operations took place on Sunday with the coastguard bringing ashore in Libya a total of 948 migrants, navy spokesman Ayoub Kacem said. The migrants were on inflatable dinghies 12

June 23, 2018 10:20 AM Five migrants die, nearly 200 rescued off Libya

TRIPOLI: Five migrants died and nearly 200 were rescued off the coast of Libya while trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe in two boats, the Libyan navy said Saturday. Three children and nine women were among 94 migrants rescued on Friday when their inflatable dinghy sank 12 nautical miles from Garabulli, east of the capital Tripoli. Five migrants 24

June 21, 2018 2:40 PM Opec confident of deal ahead of crucial talks with partners

VIENNA: Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) energy ministers expressed optimism today they were nearing a compromise on oil output policy, with Saudi Arabia acknowledging that a big production increase would be "politically unacceptable" to arch foe Iran. Opec and non-Opec partner countries are due to hold crunch talks here today 22

June 21, 2018 10:51 AM Libya strongman's forces say key oil ports recaptured

BENGHAZI, Libya: A force led by Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar said Thursday it had recaptured two key oil export terminals, a week after they were attacked by a rival militia. "Our armed forces have full control of the Ras Lanuf region," the force's spokesman Ahmed al-Mesmari said, later adding that it had also seized the Al-Sidra terminal 8

June 14, 2018 11:58 PM US air strike in Libya kills Qaeda operative: Military

WASHINGTON: The US military has conducted an airstrike in Libya targeting an Al-Qaeda affiliate, killing one "terrorist," the US military said Thursday. The Wednesday strike took place approximately 80km southeast of the town of Bani Walid, US Africa Command (AFRICOM) said in a statement. "In coordination with the Libyan Government of National Accord 19