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UN refugee agency ramps up response as Libya’s humanitarian crisis deepens

UN refugee agency ramps up response as Libya’s humanitarian crisis deepens

Conflict, insecurity, political instability and a collapsing economy have contributed to the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Libya, prompting the United Nations refugee agency to announce plans to step-up its presence and programmes there. Amid the increasing complexity of refugee and migrant movements through and from Libya, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi visited Tripoli […]

UN chief urges all sides to restore calm in aftermath of deadly attack on southern airbase

UN chief urges all sides to restore calm in aftermath of deadly attack on southern airbase

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is deeply concerned about the military escalation at the Brak al-Shati air base in southern Libya and calls on all parties to exercise restraint and restore calm, the UN chief’s spokesman said today. “[The Secretary-General] is particularly disturbed by the high number of fatalities as well as reports of summary […]

Thousands of migrants rescued on Mediterranean in a single day

Thousands of migrants rescued on Mediterranean in a single day

Nearly 3,000 migrants were rescued trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, according to the United Nations migration agency, which also reported that more than a dozen rescue operations were under way in the area yesterday. Citing the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Rome, IOM spokesperson Joel Millman told reporters today at the regular […]

141 people killed in Libya’s Brak al-Shat airbase attack

141 people killed in Libya’s Brak al-Shat airbase attack

An attack on an airbase in southern Libya has killed at least 141 people, mostly soldiers loyal to renegade General’s Khalifa Haftar’s self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA), a spokesman for his forces said. LNA’s Ahmad al-Mismari told the AFP news agency on Friday that members of a militia loyal to the UN-backed Government of National […]

Muammar Gaddafi’s son hiding in Zimbabwe?

Muammar Gaddafi’s son hiding in Zimbabwe?

One of the late Muammar Gaddafi’s sons is reportedly in Zimbabwe under the care of prison officials. Today ZimEye begins investigations on the late Libyan dictator’s adopted son, Abdullah Moussa Yusuf who Kariba Pastor Patrick Mugadza says has been incarcerated at the Harare Remand Prison after he claimed asylum in 2014. He came to Zimbabwe because the […]

Sub-Saharan African men migrants sold in Libya ‘slave markets’, IOM says

Sub-Saharan African men migrants sold in Libya ‘slave markets’, IOM says

Africans trying to reach Europe are being sold by their captors in “slave markets” in Libya, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says. Victims told IOM that after being detained by people smugglers or militia groups, they were taken to town squares or car parks to be sold. Migrants with skills like painting or tiling […]

Kenyan Doctors Killed in Raid On Libya Isis Base

Kenyan Doctors Killed in Raid On Libya Isis Base

Two Kenyan trainee doctors on the police list of wanted terrorists have been killed in a sting operation in Libya. Farah Dagane Hassan, 26 and Hiish Ahmed Ali, 25, who were interns at Kitale hospital before they fled Kenya, died in the Libyan city of Sirte after a raid against Islamic State remnants there. Before […]

Women and Tribal Leaders Call for ‘Balanced’ Libyan Peace Process

Women and Tribal Leaders Call for ‘Balanced’ Libyan Peace Process

A delegation of Libyan tribal leaders and women leaders has called on the UN to take a balanced approach to the Libyan peace process. The delegation from the National Movement for Libya (NML) met with UN officials and U.S. government representatives while visiting New York and Washington D.C. to discuss the UN-led peace process in […]

Putting the U.S. First, At Africa’s Expense

Putting the U.S. First, At Africa’s Expense

In November 2016, the United States (US) concluded one of the most divisive presidential elections in its history. It is also hard to identify any public policy issues around which there have been strong and stable bipartisan cooperation in recent years. However, US relations with Africa have, in large part, enjoyed just such cooperation. Since […]

New Research Suggests Ancient Humans Helped Make the World’s Largest Desert

New Research Suggests Ancient Humans Helped Make the World’s Largest Desert

It seems impossible to imagine, but where the Sahara is dominated today by a landscape of sand dunes, just a few thousand years ago, it was a vast grassland dotted with lakes. An archaeologist has now suggested that we humans played a pivotal role in bringing on the rapid changes in ecology that caused a […]

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