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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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Libya Slave Auction Draws Light to Continuing Dilemma of Black Population in Tindouf Camps, Mauritania

The abhorrent slave auction aired by CNN continues to ignite condemnation worldwide while drawing attention to the plight of thousands of black slaves who are being sold in markets in the Tindouf-run Polisario camps and in Mauritania. If slavery in Libya is a fallout of the state-collapse and the erosion of the rule of law, […]

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Rwanda agrees to resettle 30,000 African migrants trapped in Libya

The Rwandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday announced the government’s plan to resettle 30,000 African migrants trapped in Libya. The migrants – mostly from Nigeria, Senegal and Gambia – had fled conflict and economic instability, hoping to join Europe through the Mediterranean sea. According to Rwanda’s Foreign Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, the government was ready […]

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Libya: Côte d’Ivoire repatriates 155 migrants after CNN footage sparks outrage

Some 155 Ivorian migrants in Libya have been flown back home on Monday night, visibly tired but relieved to be in their homeland, local media reported. The migrants will benefit from reintegration programs sponsored by the European economic aid, AFP reported. These 155 migrants are part of a group of 595 in total that the […]

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