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Libyan Coast Guard rescues 900 migrants

The Libyan Coast Guard intercepted boats with more than 900 migrants from Asia and Africa on board boats en route to Europe. “A coastguard patrol from Zawiya (west of Tripoli) intercepted five inflatable boats and a wooden vessel carrying 906 migrants at dawn on Friday,” Libyan navy spokesperson told Al Monitor. Among the rescued African […]

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Chad, other African countries cut ties with Doha

Chad’s president Idriss Deby has recalled its ambassador from Qatar for consultations, the foreign ministry said on Thursday. “The Chadian government calls on all concerned states to privilege dialogue to solve this crisis and asks Qatar to respect its commitments by ceasing any attitude likely to harm cohesion of states in the region and peace […]

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Algeria: four security forces injured in IS-linked attack

The Islamic State group (IS) has claimed responsibility of the Wednesday attack in Blida on a patrol of the Algerian gendarmerie in which four security forces were “slightly” injured, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) reports. SITE jihadist monitoring service announced the information carried on by MEMO. IS through its media outlet, Amaq indicated that its fighters […]

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Libya: UNHCR expresses dismay over refugees’ detention conditions

UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has stated that he was “shocked at the harsh conditions in which refugees and migrants are held, generally due to lack of resources” while stressing that “the time has come for us, as the UN refugee agency, to step up our presence and activities in the country.” Grandi […]

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Long-serving Equatorial Guinea’s Nguema hails late Gaddafi

President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea on Thursday hailed late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The world’s longest-serving president, who was on a two-day state visit to Uganda, said while dealing with pan Africanism that Africa’s problem is due to lack of unity to counter its challenges. “I remember our hero Gaddafi who used […]

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Libya: HoR and boycotting PC member slams Serraj for calling foreign intervention

Libya’s internationally recognised Parliament; House of Representatives has charged nominal Prime Minister Faiez Serraj for calling for foreign intervention in the south of the country as fighting rage between HoR-backed Libyan National Army (LNA) and Misrata forces backed by the Serraj-led Presidential Council. Voices have risen in Libya noting the involvement of Chadian mercenaries fighting […]

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Libya: UN embargo making Russian arm supplies difficult, Haftar

Renegade Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar stated that the signed arms deal with the “Russian friends” are being hampered by the 2011 UN arms embargo on Libya considering that it “makes it difficult” to implement these contracts because Moscow would only resume supply when it is lifted. Haftar stressed that the Libyan National Army (LNA) will […]

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Some 170 Illegal Gambian migrants return home from Libya

Hundred and sixty nine Gambian migrants have been sent back home from Libya after their unsuccessful attempt to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. According to Reuters, the migrants who stepped off a jet at the airport in Banjul were mostly young men in their 20s –most of them were in jail in the North […]

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Angola Becomes Africa’s Top Oil Producer – OPEC

Nigeria has again lost its Africa’s top oil producer status to Angola, as the country’s crude oil production fell by 67,000 barrels per day last month, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) said on Wednesday. OPEC, in its Monthly Oil Market Report for February 2017 put crude oil production from Nigeria at 1.604 million […]

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Italian Embassy in Tripoli Reopens

Rome announced Monday it would reopen it embassy in Tripoli two years after closure following the deterioration of security in the Libyan capital. The announcement came from both the Interior and Foreign Ministries of the EU member state. Interior Minister Marco Minniti present in the Libyan capital Monday indicated that the new ambassador would take […]

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