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Tall order to repatriate distressed migrants from Libya

Tall order to repatriate distressed migrants from LibyaGrand-Bassam (Ivory Coast) (AFP) – European and African leaders have set themselves a tall order to stamp out horrific abuse of African migrants in Libya, where thousands are suffering in a vast, lawless territory. Hundreds of thousands more — “400,000 to 700,000,” according to AU Commission head Moussa Faki Mahamat — remain stranded. “It is a step in the right direction,” International Organization for Migration (IOM) Europe Director Eugenio Ambrosi told AFP by phone from Brussels.



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Libya allows emergency migrant 'evacuations' after slavery uproar

Libya allows emergency migrant 'evacuations' after slavery uproarLibya agreed Wednesday with key EU and African leaders to allow migrants facing abuse in detention camps to be evacuated within days or weeks, mostly to their home countries, French President Emmanuel Macron said. The decision was taken after Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara called for “all urgent measures” to end slave trading and other migrant abuses in Libya at an EU-Africa summit in Abidjan. The leaders of Libya, France, Germany, Chad, Niger and four other countries “decided on an extreme emergency operation to evacuate from Libya those who want to be,” Macron told reporters after their emergency talks on the summit sidelines.



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Nigeria flies migrants home from Libya after slavery scare

Nigeria flies migrants home from Libya after slavery scareNigeria’s president said on Wednesday the government had started bringing stranded citizens home from Libya after a global outcry over reports that migrants there were being sold into slavery. Muhammadu Buhari’s comments came days after CNN aired footage that appeared to show men being auctioned as farm hands in Libya after being smuggled across the Sahara. Libya’s U.N.-backed government has said it is investigating.



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Libya says migrant repatriation flights to be stepped up

Libya says migrant repatriation flights to be stepped upLibya’s UN-backed authorities said Tuesday that flights repatriating stranded migrants will be stepped up, as the International Organization for Migration called on Tripoli to empty its detention centres. The plight of migrants in Libya has garnered fresh attention after an outcry over reports of slave auctions in the country, an enormous transit hub for sub-Saharan Africans seeking to reach Europe. Human-trafficking networks have flourished in the chaos that followed a NATO-backed uprising which toppled long-time Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011.



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US strikes IS camp in Libya, killing 17: official

US strikes IS camp in Libya, killing 17: officialUS forces carried out six “precision air strikes” against an Islamic State camp in Libya, killing 17 people, the US Africa Command said Sunday. The command said the air strikes were conducted on Friday, in coordination with Libya’s Government of National Accord, hitting a desert camp 150 miles (240 kilometers) southeast of the city of Sirte. The air strikes were believed to be the first in Libya by US forces since US President Donald Trump took office in January.



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IS claims beheading of 11 at Libya checkpoint

IS claims beheading of 11 at Libya checkpointAt least 11 people were beheaded Wednesday in an attack claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group on a checkpoint manned by forces of Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar. Haftar’s spokesman Colonel Ahmad al-Mesmari said “at least nine soldiers were beheaded… in addition to two civilians” when the jihadists attacked at dawn in the Al-Jufra region about 500 kilometres (300 miles) south of Tripoli. IS claimed responsibility for the attack via its Amaq propaganda channel on the Telegram messaging app, saying its fighters had killed or wounded “21 members of Haftar’s militia”.



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Hundreds of Islamic State corpses await repatriation from Libya

Hundreds of Islamic State corpses await repatriation from LibyaSeven months after Libyan forces defeated Islamic State in the coastal city of Sirte, hundreds of bodies of foreign militants still lie stored in freezers as authorities negotiate with other governments to decide what to do with them, local officials say. The corpses have been shipped to Misrata, a city further to the west whose forces led the fight to defeat Islamic State in Sirte in December. Allowing the bodies to be shipped home to countries such as Tunisia, Sudan and Egypt would be sensitive for the governments involved, wary of acknowledging how many of their citizens left to fight as jihadists in Iraq, Syria and Libya.



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35 migrants feared drowned off Libya: coastguard

35 migrants feared drowned off Libya: coastguardThirty-five migrants, including seven children, were feared drowned after their inflatable boat sank on Saturday off the Libyan coast, the coastguard said. Eighty-five migrants, including 18 women, were rescued with the help of fishermen who alerted the coastguard, said Issa al-Zarrouk, a coastguard official in Garabulli, 60 kilometres (40 miles) east of Tripoli. Navy spokesman Ayoub Kacem said the boat sank six nautical miles northwest of Garabulli, and 10 fishing boats took part in the rescue.



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Libya forces corner jihadists in Benghazi district

Libya forces corner jihadists in Benghazi districtForces loyal to east Libya strongman Khalifa Haftar said Wednesday they have cornered the last jihadists in a neighbourhood of second city Benghazi and vowed that victory is “imminent”. The self-styled Libyan National Army said fighting in Soug al-Hout neighbourhood was over and its soldiers had advanced into the central district of Al-Sabri where they were surrounding the last jihadists.



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Qatar Crisis Enters Libya

Qatar Crisis Enters LibyaThis move puts Libya at risk of an increase in instability, as it has been struggling to restore oil output and exports after the country's collapse following a 2011 uprising.



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