At least 2,600 migrants and refugees have been transferred to Libyan detention centres in the past two months alone, Amnesty International revealed today. Amnesty has accused European governments of complicity in the abuse taking place in the detention centres through their active supporting of the Libyan authorities in stopping sea crossings and sending people back to detention centres in Libya. The detention centres were described as “an outrage to humanity” by United Nations human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, after UN monitors visited Libya in November 2017. Italy has come under particularly heavy criticism after it signed a deal with Libya in February 2017 to prevent migrants from reaching Europe. Libya has been the main departure point for migrants and refugees trying to cross to Europe by sea for several years.
May 16, 2018 13:41 UTC
At least 7,000 migrants and refugees are now languishing in Libyan detention centres where abuse is rife and food and water in short supply. This is a sharp increase from March when there were 4,400 detained migrants and refugees, according to Libyan officials. Once intercepted, migrants and refugees are transferred to detention centres run by Libya’s Department for Combatting Illegal Migration. These centres have become infamous for holding migrants and refugees in indefinite detention and subjecting them to serious human rights violations. Humanitarian evacuationThe new data on the number of migrants and refugees in detention in Libya indicates a worrying change in a trend that had previously revealed a sharp drop in the number of people in detention in Libya, following IOM-led humanitarian evacuations and returns since October.
May 16, 2018 13:07 UTC
The spy thriller was shot between January and July 2017, around the time when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered a series of missile and nuclear tests, rattling neighbouring nations and the new U.S. administration. Since then, relations have thawed and the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival days before the North and South were due to hold high-level talks to discuss the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. The script is based on the personal notes of a South Korean spy, Park Suk-young, known as "Black Venus", who posed as a businessman to infiltrate the North and get information on its nuclear programme. For the South Korean cast and crew of "The Spy Gone North", current events were never far from their minds. The Cannes Film Festival runs to May 19.
May 16, 2018 13:07 UTC
CLOSE President Trump shocked the world, accepting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's invitation to discuss a nuclear-free Korean peninsula. Earlier, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said of the North Koreans: "If they want to meet we’ll be ready and if they don’t, that’s OK too." Trump and Sanders both said the administration has not received formal notification from the North Koreans about potential problems with the summit. Trump announced last week he would meet with Kim June 12 in Singapore to discuss an agreement on nuclear weapons. In an earlier statement, North Korea criticized ongoing joint military exercises by the United States and South Korea, and said that was a reason to rethink the Trump-Kim summit.
May 16, 2018 12:33 UTC
The Libyan ambassador to the Kingdom of Jordan, Mohammed Barghathi, said in a meeting with the Jordanian House of Representatives Speaker, Atef Tarawneh, that Libya is taking steps to pay its debts to Jordanian hospitals. According to Jordanian press sources, the meeting dealt with the debt issue on the Libyan side. Tarawneh said that Jordan is still looking forward to resolving this outstanding issue and that the delay in paying the debts has affected several sectors including hospitals and closure of some medical facilities. For his part, Barghathi said that the debt file is in the process of being solved, pointing out that he had contacted several officials in Libya to start payment as soon as possible.
May 16, 2018 12:11 UTC
Minister of Local Government of the Presidential Council, Badad Qansu, confirmed that then ministry is preparing for the re-election of the municipalities whose terms are over. In a press statement, Qansu said that approximately 12 municipalities are seeking their re-elections as well as offering their services to their respective councils to accommodate the election process. Qansu added that 200 million dinar budget is due to be allocated to the municipalities across the country in the coming weeks to provide services to their citizens. Last Saturday, the city of Zawiya held its first ever municipal election after years of being represented by a local council.
May 16, 2018 12:00 UTC
Buraq Air has announced that all flights to Tobruk airport will be transferred to Benghazi Airport until further notice. The management of airlines company said its eastern flights will be diverted to Benghazi Airport due to cracks and holes in the runway of Tobruk Airport, which could endanger the lives of the passengers. The management Tobruk Airport had called on local authorities to carry out urgent maintenance to the runways and lighting of the airport and the completion of the passenger lounge, which was only 24% completed by a Turkish company.
May 16, 2018 10:52 UTC
As they were killed, the men were praying to Jesus. Their bodies were recovered in October 2017 after one of the perpetrators was caught by the Libyan authorities and revealed their location. The remains of the Egyptian Coptic Christians were repatriated to Egypt on May 14, and their plane was met by Pope Tawadros II, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church. The Coptic Church declared the murdered men to be martyrs, and their feast day is observed on February 15. “Their only words were: ‘Jesus, help me!’ They were killed simply for the fact that they were Christians,” the pope said on Feb. 16, 2015.
May 16, 2018 10:41 UTC
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)By ERIC TALMADGENorth Korea has a message for President Donald Trump ahead of next month's summit: Don't listen to your new hard-line national security adviser, John Bolton. North Korea conducted its first nuclear test four years later. The North's statement Wednesday did not directly criticize Trump, or Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has made two trips to North Korea to lay the groundwork for the summit. It warned, however, of a "ridiculous comedy" if Trump listens to Bolton and "quasi-patriots" who insist on "abandoning nuclear weapons first, compensating afterward." And by playing the doves against the hawks in Seoul and Washington, it, too, might have been made with Bolton in mind.
May 16, 2018 09:22 UTC
The lead coptic bishop in the UK has hailed the 'bittersweet' return of the bodies of 20 Egyptian Christians beheaded in Libya by ISIS in 2015. Bible Society Bishop Angaelos praised the courage of the martyrs and the forgiveness shown by their families. 'Their witness has shown that darkness can always be broken by the light of Christ that can indeed shine through each and every one of us.' The head of the Coptic Church in Egypt, Pope Tawadros II, was at the airport to receive the remains, which were brought in coffins from Misrata, Libya. Coptic Christians represent about 10 per cent of Egypt's majority Muslim population.
May 16, 2018 08:03 UTC
Europe should help get fuel off Libya’s fire2018-05-16Speaking in Geneva recently, Libya’s National Oil Corporation head Mustafa Sanalla launched an impassioned plea to European partners to help his country combat fuel smuggling. Cheap fuel has seeped across Libya’s borders with Tunisia, Niger, Chad, Sudan and Egypt for decadesThe most significant development in this respect has been the emergence of large-scale sea-bound fuel smuggling to Europe and Turkey on board fuel tankers, particularly off Libya’s west coast. Warlords and criminals have industrialised and vastly expanded Libya’s fuel smuggling businessThis momentum is not to be taken for granted. Rome agreed to add fuel smuggling to the memorandum of understanding it signed with the UN-sanctioned Government of National Accord in February 2017. Sanalla’s point about fuel smuggling can be made about most other smuggling markets.
May 16, 2018 07:46 UTC
CLOSE The U.S. and South Korea’s joint military exercises are reportedly not sitting well with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Kim Kye Gwan accused the White House and State Department of attempting to turn North Korea into another Libya with its insistence on "abandoning nuclear weapons first, compensating afterwards." Kim was referring to comments by Trump's national security adviser John Bolton in March that the administration is "looking at the Libya model" for it North Korea negotiations. The U.S. and South Korea are currently undertaking their annual Max Thunder drills, which this year involve around 100 aircraft, including eight F-22 stealth fighter jets. Contributing: Oren Dorell in Washington, D.C.More: Dismantling North Korea nukes could be costly and take years to completeNorth Korean summit: Mike Pompeo says U.S. aware of risks, but hopes for successPreviously: North Korea threatens to cancel Trump-Kim Jong Un meetingRead or Share this story: https://usat.ly/2Ip2maY
May 16, 2018 05:03 UTC
We shed light on the quality of Bolton already in the past, and we do not hide our feelings of repugnance towards him. The U.S. is trumpeting as if it would offer economic compensation and benefit in case we abandon nuke. If President Trump follows in the footsteps of his predecessors, he will be recorded as more tragic and unsuccessful president than his predecessors, far from his initial ambition to make unprecedented success. If the Trump administration takes an approach to the DPRK-U.S. summit with sincerity for improved DPRK-U.S. relations, it will receive a deserved response from us. However, if the U.S. is trying to drive us into a corner to force our unilateral nuclear abandonment, we will no longer be interested in such dialogue and cannot but reconsider our proceeding to the DPRK-U.S. summit.
May 16, 2018 03:50 UTC
Pyongyang’s state news agency, KCNA, quoted from Pyongyang’s first vice minister of foreign affairs Kim Kye Gwan who insisted bilateral relations between the US and North Korea “would be clear” if Donald Trump speaks of a Libya-style denuclearisation. KCNA’s statement added the Republican firebrand would be a “failed President” if he acted in the same way as those that came before him. Kim Jong-un has put peace between Pyongyang and the rest of the world in doubt after he blasted upcoming military drills between the US and South Korea. Despite the protest from the despot leader, both nations have committed to going through with the planned exercises.
May 16, 2018 02:41 UTC
No one should be sending anyone back to Libya.”At least 7,000 migrants and refugees are languishing in Libyan detention centres where abuse is rife and food and water in short supply. “The EU must stop using the Libyan Coast Guard to contain people in Libya, and instead work to close detention centres, resettle refugees in Europe, and enable UNHCR to assist all refugees across Libya,” Heba Morayef said. Italy and other European countries have provided the Libyan Coast Guard with equipment, including at least four speedboats, as well as with training and other forms of support. Once intercepted, refugees and migrants are transferred to detention centres run by Libya’s Department for Combatting Illegal Migration (DCIM). This must start with the release of those currently held in detention centres and the end to the automatic detention of refugees and migrants,” Heba Morayef said.
May 15, 2018 23:15 UTC