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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 […]

Libyan Authorities in Tobruk Knock Radio Station Off the Air

Libyan Authorities in Tobruk Knock Radio Station Off the Air

Libyan authorities in Tobruk should immediately allow privately-owned Al-Wasat radio to resume broadcasting and should allow all news media to operate freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security forces on February 27 seized the radio station’s transmitter and sealed its office, Mahmud Shammam, chairman of Al-Wasat’s board, wrote in a statement published to […]

Benghazi Defence Brigades says in control of five cities and two major oil producing areas

Benghazi Defence Brigades says in control of five cities and two major oil producing areas

The Benghazi Defence Brigades says it has captured five cities and two major oil-producing areas in the east of Libya after opposing forces carried out air raids around major oil ports overnight, seeking to regain control of the area. At least nine men were killed in the fighting on Friday as the eastern-based Libyan National […]

Militias collude with corrupt officials to extort and abuse migrants seeking to reach Europe

Militias collude with corrupt officials to extort and abuse migrants seeking to reach Europe

On February 21, the bodies of 74 migrants were found by the Libyan Red Crescent on the shore of Zawiya, a Libyan town known for being a capital of fuel smuggling and human trafficking. A Zawiya resident said he was on the beach as Red Crescent volunteers filled dozens of body bags. “The first thing […]

Bodies of 74 migrants heading to Europe wash up in Libya

Bodies of 74 migrants heading to Europe wash up in Libya

At least 74 bodies of African migrants have washed ashore in western Libya, the Libyan Red Crescent said Tuesday, the latest tragedy at sea along a perilous but increasingly popular trafficking route to Europe. The bodies were found near the western Libyan city of Zawiya on Monday, Red Crescent spokesman Mohammed al-Misrati told The Associated […]

161 Nigerian Citizens Deported From Libya

161 Nigerian Citizens Deported From Libya

One hundred and sixty-one Nigerians, who have been stranded in Libya voluntarily returned to the country yesterday on board an Airbus 329 with registration number Nouvelair TS-INB. The returnees journey back to Nigeria was facilitated by International Oganisation for Migration, IOM, after the Federal Government asked for its assistance after confirming that some Nigerians were […]

US President Donald Trump Says Christians in Middle East Have Been ‘Executed in Large Numbers’

US President Donald Trump Says Christians in Middle East Have Been ‘Executed in Large Numbers’

US President Donald Trump has declared his support for Christians ‘executed in large numbers’ in the Middle East, two days after he issued an immigration order that barred citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S. Trump faced nationwide protests and scathing criticism after signing an executive order on Friday that put a four-month […]

The Continuing Threat of Terrorism in Africa

The Continuing Threat of Terrorism in Africa

The fluctuations in successfully addressing this issue were particularly apparent in Libya. The Islamic State (ISIS) seized control of Sirte in May 2015, incorporating the coastal city as a key area of its global caliphate. Nonetheless, a campaign initiated by militias from the nearby city of Misrata in May 2016 – supported by United States […]

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