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Hundreds feared dead in migrant shipwreck off Libya

(Republished from the Guardian) Hundreds of people are feared to have drowned in the southern Mediterranean last week, in what would be the deadliest migrant shipwreck in months. A repurposed fishing boat overloaded by smugglers with up to 500 Africans hoping to reach Italy from eastern Libya sunk as passengers …

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EU offers support to Libyan unity government

‘But the process in Libya is fragile can easily be sabotaged. We must therefore continue to support UN efforts in Libya. One way the Netherlands does this is by helping facilitate dialogue with the militias. This is essential if we are to boost support for the government and the process …

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Foreign ambassadors return to Libya under new government

Diplomats from France, Spain and UK return to Tripoli after two-year absence as UN-backed administration takes charge (The Guardian) France, Britain and Spain have sent ambassadors to Tripoli as the international community tries to show solidarity with the UN-brokered unity government forLibya. It is the diplomats’ first return since all …

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Libya’s U.N.-Backed Government Ventures Farther Into Tripoli

(New York Times) CAIRO — The leaders of Libya’s fragile new unity government cautiously expanded their authority in Tripoli on Friday, venturing from their fortified base in the city port to make public appearances in a downtown mosque and square, while political factions from nearby towns pledged their allegiance. The …

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Libyan politicians hit by EU sanctions over new government

(Left: Agilah Saleh, Right: Khalifa Ghweil) (BBC World) The European Union has imposed sanctions on three prominent Libyan politicians opposed to the installation of a UN-backed government. The sanctions target the leaders of two rival administrations that have been vying for power amid the chaos after the 2011 overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. …

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Libya’s Unity Government Defies Air Blockade to Reach Tripoli

Fayez Serraj, the Libyan prime minister-designate, said Wednesday at a news conference in Tripoli that he would broker a cease-fire among Libya’s myriad factions and confront the Islamic state. (Credit Ismail Zitouny/Reuters) (New York Times) CAIRO — The Libyans who lead a United Nations-backed unity government traveled by sea early Wednesday to …

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