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United States lifts travel ban on Chad

US President Donald Trump has lifted the controversial travel ban imposed on Chad about six months ago. According to the White House, Chad is “an important and valuable counterterrorism partner of the United States,” and has “shown willingness” to make improvements in immigration and border management. Chadian foreign minister, Cherif Mahamat Zene, welcomed the lifting […]

Gaddafi’s son Saadi found not guilty in murder of ex-soccer star Al-Rayani

A Libyan appeals court on Tuesday cleared Saadi Gaddafi — the football-mad son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi — of charges related to the murder of a former Libyan star football player and Coach Bashir Rayani. The former leader’s son, who is also under investigation for distributing land mines and weapons, and bringing foreign […]

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Libya: US air force kills a ‘high-ranking’ Al Qaeda militant – Pentagon

A ‘high-ranking’ militant of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has been killed in a US air strike in Libya over the weekend, the Pentagon said in a statement. The strike, the first against Al Qaeda militants in Libya, killed “two terrorists” in the country’s vast desert, the Pentagon said. The US military said […]

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Libya issues arrest warrants for over 200 alleged human traffickers

Libya has issued 205 arrest warrants for Libyans and foreigners suspected of involvement in a smuggling network for Europe-bound migrants, the attorney general’s office said. The warrants include accusations of human trafficking, torture, murder and rape. According to Seddik al-Sour, the director of the attorney general’s investigations office, the network included members of the security […]

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EU to allocate 50 mln euros to Libya to curb illegal immigration

The delegation of the European Union (EU) to Libya on Tuesday, announced a new program worth €50 million to support the North African nation’s cities most affected by illegal immigration flows. According to Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, this funding is part of a program to […]

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Libya: Border crossing with Tunisia reopened after deadly clash

Forces loyal to the UN-backed government of National Accord (GNA) have taken control of Ras Jedir border crossing to Tunisia and re-opened traffic. GNA forces, head by Usama Juwaili, raided the crossing point controlled by local militia, Amazigh, in the town of Zuwara. Juwaili claimed that the operation was aimed at fighting “smuggling and conflict” […]

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Libyan oil revenues up sharply in 2017 – Central Bank

Libyan oil revenues have sharply increased in 2017, the central Bank said last weekend. According to a statement released by the central Bank, the North African nation earned $14 billion in oil revenues in 2017, nearly three times more than the previous year. The war-torn nation’s budget deficit for 2017 stood at 10.6 billion Libyan […]

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Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam to enter Presidential race

Saif al-Islam, the son of the former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, will contest in the upcoming presidential elections in the war-torn nation, a spokesperson for the family told Egyptian news agency, Egypt Today. According to Basem al-Hashimi al-Soul, Saif al-Islam has the support and credentials required to end the chaos that has gripped the North […]

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Slave trade in Libya may be crime against humanity, UN warns

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday voiced “grave concern” about modern slavery in Libya, warning that the sale of migrants into slavery in the North African nation may amount to crimes against humanity. The 15-member council unanimously adopted a formal statement calling on Libyan authorities to investigate the reports of migrants being sold at […]

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AU-EU summit calls for “investment” in youth

The 5th European Union-African Union (EU-AU) Summit held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire this week has fulfilled its promises. Attended by 83 Heads of State representing all African countries and 28 European countries, the high-level meeting on Wednesday has focus on economic opportunity for young people, as well as climate change issues, followed by sessions on […]

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