Scores of migrants feared dead in Mediterranean

Four people have been rescued but the survivors reported that more than 100 were on board when the boat capsized around 50km off Libya, a coastguard spokesman said. French and Italian naval and merchant vessels, as well as a plane and a helicopter, were involved in rescue operations, the spokesman said. In the previous 24 hours, coastguard and naval ships as well as privately owned fishing and merchant vessels had saved around 750 migrants from rubber and wooden boats in the central Mediterranean, but also recovered five dead bodies, the coastguard said. Last year, a record 181,000 boat migrants, mostly from Africa, reached Italy, according to government figures. Last year was also the deadliest on record for migrants in the Mediterranean, with almost 5,000 deaths, according to the International Organisation for Migration.

January 14, 2017 22:51 UTC

IOM: Only 4 Survivors From Migrant Shipwreck off Libya

A migrant ship carrying around 100 people capsized in the frigid waters off Libya on Saturday and only four survivors had been rescued after hours of searching, aid groups said. Eight bodies were recovered but poor conditions were hampering the search taking place 30 miles (50 kilometers) off Libya's coast, Italy's ANSA news agency reported. Flavio di Giacomo, Rome spokesman for the International Organization of Migration, said four people had been rescued out of an estimated 110 aboard.

January 14, 2017 22:48 UTC

IOM: Only 4 survivors from migrant shipwreck off Libya

ROME — A migrant ship carrying around 100 people capsized in the frigid waters off Libya on Saturday and only four survivors had been rescued after hours of searching, aid groups said. Eight bodies were recovered but poor conditions were hampering the search taking place 30 miles (50 kilometres ) off Libya's coast, Italy's ANSA news agency reported. Flavio di Giacomo, Rome spokesman for the International Organization of Migration, said four people had been rescued out of an estimated 110 aboard. The vast majority of migrant ships set off from Libya's lawless coasts, where smugglers operate with impunity charging desperate migrants hundreds of dollars apiece to make the dangerous Mediterranean crossing. Last year saw a record high number — 181,000 people — heading to Italy by sea, the EU rescue operation Frontex reported.

January 14, 2017 22:20 UTC

Nearly 100 missing in migrant crossing in Mediterranean

ROME —The Italian coast guard said on Saturday nearly a hundred people were missing after a boat with migrants sank off the Libyan coast. Four people have been saved, and they say 107 migrants were onboard the boat in all,” the agency’s press office said. A Frontex plane and an Italian naval helicopter also joined the operation. According to the Italian interior ministry, over 180,000 migrants landed in Italy last year, an annual record. The U.N. has said more than 5,000 people died in 2016 trying to cross the Mediterranean, most of them on the Libya-Italy route.

January 14, 2017 22:00 UTC

Dozens of Christians Trapped in Libya Surrounded By Islamist Militants Out to Kill Them

Dozens of Christian workers are trapped in Libya with all roads leading to the safety of their Egyptian homeland blocked by vicious militants from the Islamic State (ISIS), which has vowed to kill them all, The Christian Post reported. An Egyptian Christian resident told ICC that the workers are trapped in the Libyan town of Misrata, Libya. The ICC managed to get in touch by phone to one of the trapped Egyptian Christian workers. He said he is with a group of Christians living in a housing building in Misrata, Libya. Less than two years ago, ISIS militants beheaded 21 Coptic Christians kidnapped in Libya.

January 14, 2017 19:59 UTC

Libya, Tunisia temporarily agree to resume trade via Ras Ajdair border

Libyan and Tunisian officials at the Ras Ajdair border agreed – temporarily – on Friday to resume the trading of commodities via the border crossing in the four coming days on a gradual basis before a Libyan-Libyan meeting takes place Saturday to finalize the agreement. The Governor of Madnin in Tunisia, Taher Al-Matmati, said that the agreement looked going in the right direction as the resumption of trading goods via Ras Ajdair took a smooth start, adding that this step will pave a solid way for continuing talks by both sides over the obstacles they face and the measures, which should to be taken to end the issue, according to the Tunisian News Agency.

January 14, 2017 17:27 UTC

Maltese FM warns of uncontrollable migrants influx to EU after Russian-Haftar deal

The Foreign Minister of Malta, George Vella, has warned that the newly surfaced relationship between whom he described as the Libyan warlord, Khalifa Haftar, and the Russians will be very dangerous to the EU as it would cause massive migrants influx into European countries. "I'm not comfortable. We all know the Russians' dreams have always been to have military bases in the Mediterranean.” The Maltese FM was cited as saying. Khalifa Haftar visited Wednesday the Russian aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov , which was positioned off the Libyan coast, according to the Information and Communication Administration of the Russian Defense Ministry. It added that Haftar had engaged in a closed video conference with the Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, on Wednesday, when they discussed fighting international terrorist groups in the Middle East.

January 14, 2017 16:12 UTC

News Roundup - Sat, Jan 14, 2017

___________________The Western region of Libya, including Tripoli, plunged into darkness on Saturday. __________________The spokesman of the Man-Made River system, Tawfiq Al-Shwihdi, said the repair teams had finished fixing Al-Khums water station that was attacked by unidentified persons days ago. On Thursday, Libya was placed 89 internationally, and 22 in Africa, retreating 2 positions, while it was ranked 8 on the Arab teams' list. ___________________Libyan oil vessel, Anwar Libya, arrived in Tripoli port on Friday with 33.000.000 liters of fuel onboard in a bid to distribute the fuel to the gas stations. ____________________The draw of Africa Cup of Nations 2019 (Cameroon) qualifiers has placed Libya’s soccer national team in Group 5 along with Nigeria, South Africa and Seychelles.

January 14, 2017 15:00 UTC

EU working on migration deal with Libya

BRUSSELS, Jan 13 (KUNA) — The European Union (EU) said Friday that it is working on a comprehensive approach to the management of migration to Europe from Libya which are focused on fighting irregular and smuggling and trafficking of migrants and also working to assist migrants in Libya. Natasha BERTAUD, a spokesperson for the European Commission, told a news conference today that the EU engagement in the field of migration in Libya promotes the political dialogue by providing support to EU funded programme. “We have ongoing programme (with Libya) worth 20 million euro and upcoming programme worth over 25 million euro,” she added. Muscat whose country took over the rotating EU Presidency on 1 January, said that the EU should make a deal with Libya, from where most migrants leave Africa for Europe. (end)nk.mtSource : Latest News | KunaEU working on migration deal with LibyaEU working on migration deal with Libya

January 13, 2017 16:45 UTC

AFCON 2019 Qualifiers: Super Eagles Draw South Africa, Libya, Seychelles

AFCON 2019 Qualifiers: Super Eagles Draw South Africa, Libya, SeychellesBy James Agberebi:The Super Eagles have been drawn in Group E alongside South Africa, Libya and Seychelles in the qualfiers for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, reports Completesportsportsnigeria. In the race for the 2015 edition in Equatorial Guinea, South Africa finished group winners while Nigeria were third and failed to qualify. For Libya and Seychelles, it is the first time they will be in the same group with Nigeria in an AFCON qualifier. The qualifiers will kick off with the preliminary round which will be on 20-28 March 2017. AFCON 2019 Group Stage Qualifiers(Group A)SenegalEquatorial GuineaSudanSao Tome and Principe/Madagascar(Group B)CameroonMoroccoMalawiComoros/Mauritius(Group C)MaliGabonBurundiDjibouti/South Sudan(Group D)AlgeriaTogoBenin RepublicGambia(Group E)NigeriaSouth AfricaLibyaSeychelles(Group F)GhanaEthiopiaSierra-LeoneKenya(Group G)DR CongoCongoZimbabweLiberia(Group H)Cote d'IvoireGuineaCentral AfricaRwanda(Group I)Burkina FasoAngolaBotswanaMauritania(Group J)TunisiaEgyptNiger RepublicSwaziland(Group K)ZambiaMozambiqueGuinea-BissauNamibia(Group L)Cape-VerdeUgandaTanzaniaLesothoThe post AFCON 2019 Qualifiers: Super Eagles Draw South Africa, Libya, Seychelles appeared first on Complete Sports Nigeria.

January 12, 2017 21:11 UTC

East government: Reopening of Italian embassy in Tripoli is new occupation

Foreign ministry of the interim government in east Libya has regarded the reopening of the Italian embassy and return of Italian ambassador Giuseppe Perrone to Tripoli as a military offensive. The government, headed by Abdullah Al-Thanni, sent a “very urgent” diplomatic note on Wednesday to all Libyan embassies and consulates abroad to inform them about what it called “the military return of the Italian embassy to the capital.”“An Italian military vessel loaded with soldiers and ammunition has entered the Libyan territorial waters. It is a clear violation of UN charter and a form of repeated aggression.” The note read. Ambassador Perrone submitted his credentials in Tripoli on Tuesday to mark the reopening of his country’s embassy in the Libyan capital. A number of political commentators have deplored the hostile language in the diplomatic note of Al-Thanni government, saying its denouncement of the entry of the Italian military vessel is double standards.

January 12, 2017 17:25 UTC

Libya's Misrata offers hope to migrants

I'm already 35, you know," he told DW. Abdula said he chose Misrata "for its peaceful environment, and also for the big chances to make ends meet." "Both Tripoli and Benghazi, Libya's biggest cities, host people from all over the country and from almost every tribe, but here we are all from Misrata; we all know each other," he told DW. Amita, 20, told DW they had all been arrested when they were driven by smugglers toward a nearby beach where they were supposed to jump on a boat. "We never bring foreign workers here, only those dealing with traffickers," Mohamed Kahul, the director of the center told DW.

January 12, 2017 15:52 UTC

EU Presidency Calls for Urgent Migrant Deal With Libya

The leader of the European Union's presidency says that record numbers of migrants will try to cross the Mediterranean this spring and he wants the EU to work with Libya now to stem the flow. Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said Thursday that "we will have a crisis." Muscat said Europe can choose between "trying to do something now, or meeting urgently in April, May ... and try to do a deal then." He says that the EU should draw up an arrangement with Libya, from where most migrants l...

January 12, 2017 11:42 UTC

House of Representatives to usurp Tourism Authority HQ in Tripoli

Members of Tobruk-based House of Representatives, who are backing the Libyan political agreement, are planning to seize the HQ of the General Authority for Tourism in Tripoli, sparking anger among the staff of the authority. The staff came to their HQ in central Tripoli Thursday morning to find a signboard reading "The HQ of House of Representatives - Tripoli" on top of the building. They said the signboard was placed at night and that those who have placed it are still unknown. The staff have decided to go on strike in protest against the seizure of their HQ without any prior notice.

January 12, 2017 08:34 UTC

Oil Markets Daily - Libya Geopolitical Risk Increases With Russia's Involvement

However, oil (NYSEARCA:USO) markets rely just as much on understanding fundamentals as understanding geopolitics. It's not rocket science to figure out that with Russia's backing, General Haftar will now have the largest army in Libya along with air support from Russia. The issue has always been that the West controlled the money, while the East controlled the oil ports. Ras Lanuf and Es Sider are two of the largest oil ports in Libya and both are under control by General Haftar's forces. Nigeria, the other exempt OPEC member, continues to face production issues, and Libya's recent increase in oil production has been offset by Nigeria's decline.

January 11, 2017 21:15 UTC

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