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Libya issues arrest warrants for over 200 alleged traffickers

Tripoli, Libya | AFP | Libya has issued arrest warrants for more than 200 Libyans and foreigners suspected of involvement in a smuggling network for Europe-bound migrants, the attorney general’s office said on Thursday. “We have 205 arrest warrants for people (involved in) organising immigration operations, human trafficking, (cases) of torture, …

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Libya: US imposes sanctions on oil smugglers

Washington, United States | AFP | The United States took action Monday against several Maltese, Libyan and Egyptian firms, traders and ships allegedly involved in smuggling oil out of Libya in violation of UN sanctions. Libya has been gripped by chaos since a NATO-backed uprising toppled and killed longtime dictator …

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Libyans mark seven years since protests that ousted Kadhafi

Tripoli, Libya | AFP | Thousands of Libyans on Saturday marked the seventh anniversary of the start of protests that ousted dictator Moamer Kadhafi, with rallies and concerts despite the country’s political and economic morass. In the capital Tripoli, and across many cities in the North African country, thousands packed …

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At least 19 migrants killed in Libya truck crash: hospital

Tripoli, Libya | AFP | At least 19 migrants were killed on Wednesday and more than 100 injured when the truck transporting them crashed in Libya, a hospital said. Over 300 migrants, mostly Eritrean and Somali nationals, were on board the vehicle which overturned near the town of Bani Walid. …

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UN hopes for Libya elections ‘by end of 2018’

Tripoli, Libya | AFP | UN envoy Ghassan Salame said Wednesday he hoped for elections in Libya by the end of 2018 but that conditions in the strife-torn country were not yet ready for polling. “There are several conditions. For the time being, we have only achieved one: the start of …

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Libya PM slams armed groups blocking return of displaced

Tripoli, Libya | AFP | Libya’s UN-backed government on Monday accused gunmen of “terrorising” thousands of displaced after armed groups opened fire at them to prevent them from returning to their town. The displaced people are from Tawergha, a town that backed veteran dictator Moamer Kadhafi during the 2011 uprising …

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UN deplores ban on Libya displaced from pro-Kadhafi town

Tripoli, Libya | AFP | The United Nations expressed “grave concern” Friday over the breakdown in a deal to allow thousands of displaced to return to a town that backed Libya’s leader Moamer Kadhafi in its 2011 revolution. “For too many people displacement becomes more protracted every day, as insecurity …

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13,000 migrants repatriated from Libya: AU chief

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | More than 13,000 migrants have been repatriated from Libya since the beginning of December, the African Union’s chief said Monday, nearly two months after reports emerged showing refugees being sold as slaves. That number is short of the AU’s goal to fly 20,000 out of …

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