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117 migrants unaccounted for after dinghy sinks off Libyan coast

117 migrants unaccounted for after dinghy sinks off Libyan coast

Some 117 migrants who left Libya in a rubber dinghy two days ago are unaccounted for, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Saturday, after three people were rescued from the vessel after it sank in the Mediterranean.

Boat with 311 migrants docks in Spain after spending Christmas at sea

Boat with 311 migrants docks in Spain after spending Christmas at sea

A charity rescue vessel carrying 311 mainly African migrants plucked off Libya docked in Spain on Friday, ending a traumatic journey which saw them spend Christmas at sea and several European nations denying the ship entry.

Attackers hit Libya foreign ministry in Tripoli, one dead

Attackers hit Libya foreign ministry in Tripoli, one dead

Gunfire and explosions rocked Libya's foreign ministry on Tuesday as attackers stormed the building in the capital Tripoli, killing at least one person, witnesses and a security source said.

Libya migrant rescue ship seeks Christmas port

Libya migrant rescue ship seeks Christmas port

A civilian ship with 33 migrants aboard rescued off the Libyan coast appealed Sunday for a European port to take them to before the weather turns at Christmas.

Greece seizes big drugs haul from Syrian freighter sailing for Libya

Greece seizes big drugs haul from Syrian freighter sailing for Libya

Greece has seized drugs worth more than 100 million euros ($113 million) after intercepting a Syrian ship sailing for Libya, the coast guard said on Friday.

Production at Libya's El Sharara oilfield continuing despite tribal protest

Production at Libya's El Sharara oilfield continuing despite tribal protest

Production at Libya’s El Sharara oilfield is continuing despite a protest by tribesmen, a field engineer said on Saturday.

Spanish fishing boat carrying rescued migrants heads to Malta

Spanish fishing boat carrying rescued migrants heads to Malta

A Spanish fishing boat carrying 11 migrants rescued off the coast of Libya is heading to Malta, the Spanish government said on Sunday, bringing an end to a protracted standoff to find a safe port for the boat amid increasing European resistance to accepting migrants.

Libya warns of consequences as migrants refuse to leave ship

Libya warns of consequences as migrants refuse to leave ship

The refusal by dozens of migrants to leave a cargo ship off Libya is a ‘dangerous mutiny’ that can encourage more of such behaviour in the future, an official in the strife-torn country's navy warned on Saturday.

Migrants refuse to disembark in Libya, fearing torture: Amnesty

Migrants refuse to disembark in Libya, fearing torture: Amnesty

Dozens of migrants and refugees aboard a merchant vessel at a Libyan port are refusing to disembark for fear of "detention and torture", rights watchdog Amnesty International said on Friday.

Migrants rescued by cargo ship refuse to disembark at Libyan port

Migrants rescued by cargo ship refuse to disembark at Libyan port

Some 95 migrants picked up by a cargo ship off the Libyan coast have refused to disembark in the western city of Misrata, officials from the United Nations and Libyan coast guard said on Monday.

Libyan coastguard intercepts 315 migrants at sea

Libyan coastguard intercepts 315 migrants at sea

The Libyan navy says its coastguard stopped a total of 315 migrants in three separate incidents as they tried to reach Europe by sea on Wednesday.

Five dead in suspected IS attack in central Libya

Five dead in suspected IS attack in central Libya

At least five people were killed Monday and 10 others kidnapped in an attack by suspected Islamic State group jihadists on a town in central Libya, local and military sources said.