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61 Migrants Are Killed When Waves Swamp Boat

Scores have died in this part of the Mediterranean while trying to reach Europe

(Newser) - A boat carrying dozens of migrants trying to reach Europe capsized off the coast of Libya, leaving more than 60 men, women, and children dead, the UN migration agency said. The shipwreck, which took place overnight between Thursday and Friday, was the latest tragedy in this part of the Mediterranean...

Divided Libyans Seek Unity in Flood's Wake

Disaster's pain has been felt around the country, one man says

(Newser) - Zahra el-Gerbi wasn't expecting much of a response to her online fundraiser, but she felt she had to do something after four of her relatives died in the flooding that decimated the eastern Libyan city of Derna. She put out a call for donations for those displaced by the...

In Libya, a 'Graphic and Harrowing Situation'

Mayor of city devastated by flooding says there is an urgent need for body bags

(Newser) - Officials and rescue workers in Derna, the Libyan city devastated by flooding, say body bags and recovery teams are urgently needed to avoid an epidemic. Mayor Abdulmenam al-Ghaithi said Wednesday that the death toll could reach 20,000, Al Jazeera reports. Some bodies have been buried in mass graves but...

In Derna, Bodies in the Sea, Others in Mass Graves

Death toll in wake of storm Daniel stands at 5.3K

(Newser) - The "sea is constantly dumping dozens of bodies," said a government official of the scene in Derna, Libya, where one estimate now puts the number of potential dead at up to 20,000, reports the Guardian . The Wall Street Journal gives a lower estimate of 6,000, though...

As Many as 2K Dead in Devastating Libya Floods
More Than 5K
Feared Dead
in Libya Floods

More Than 5K Feared Dead in Libya Floods

Entire neighborhoods were washed away in Derna

(Newser) - Emergency workers uncovered more than 1,500 bodies in the wreckage of Libya's eastern city of Derna on Tuesday, and it was feared the toll could surpass 5,000 after floodwaters smashed through dams and washed away entire neighborhoods of the city, the AP reports. Outside help was only...

Tons of Uranium Have Vanished in Libya: Report

Missing Uranium Reported Found

Libyan National Army says it located the 2½ tons of ore near Chad border

(Newser) - A stash of missing uranium ore reportedly has been found in eastern Libya. Ten drums were located near the border with Chad, the media unit for the armed forces said, per the BBC . The International Atomic Energy Agency said it was trying to corroborate the Libyan National Army report, which...

Family: Lockerbie Suspect's Extradition Was Illegal

Libya is opening a probe

(Newser) - Libya's chief prosecutor on Wednesday said that he had opened an investigation into the extradition of a Libyan national accused of making the bomb that downed Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, to the United States, the AP reports. US authorities announced they had arrested former...

Man Who Allegedly Made Lockerbie Bomb Won't Face Death Penalty

Abu Agela Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi is in US custody

(Newser) - The suspect in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing who is now in US custody will not face the death penalty. Abu Agela Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi appeared in court Monday, but proceedings were delayed until he gets legal representation, so he did not enter any plea, the BBC reports. He rejected...

Libyan Presidential Candidate Has a Familiar Name

Son of Gadhafi announces his candidacy for president

(Newser) - The son and one-time heir apparent of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi has announced his candidacy for the country's presidential election next month, per the AP . Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, who's wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity, submitted his candidacy papers in the southern...

World May Not Have Seen the Last of the Gadhafis

New York Times reporter tracks down son Seif, who is plotting a return to power in Libya

(Newser) - A decade ago, the world appeared to be rid of the Gadhafi clan of Libya. Longtime leader Moammar had been ousted and killed during the Arab Spring uprising, and three of his sons were dead as well. Another son, Seif al-Islam Gadhafi—his father's presumed successor—was captured by...

Libyan Official Survives 'Attempted Assassination'

Gunmen ambushed Fathi Bashagha’s motorcade

(Newser) - The interior minister of Libya’s UN-backed government survived an ambush by gunmen on his motorcade on Sunday, the AP reports, a brazen attack highlighting the towering challenges that remain for the newly appointed government that is trying to unite the country before elections late this year. Armed men opened...

Erik Prince Violated Arms Embargo: UN Report

The former Blackwater head may face sanctions

(Newser) - United Nations investigators say that the former head of private security contractor Blackwater Worldwide violated a UN arms embargo by sending mercenaries to Libya to fight on behalf of a militia leader there, the Hill reports. The New York Times obtained a confidential report that details how Erik Prince sent...

32 Years Later, New Charges to Come in Lockerbie Attack

Abu Agila Mohammad Masud is the suspected bombmaker

(Newser) - New charges are expected to be unsealed in coming days in connection to the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, the New York Times reports. US prosecutors are expected to seek the extradition of Abu Agila Mohammad Masud, a Libyan suspected of making the explosive that...

Airstrike Kills Dozens at Migrant Detention Center in Libya

Tripoli government blames rebel forces

(Newser) - An airstrike hit a detention center for migrants early Wednesday in the Libyan capital, killing at least 40 people, a health official in the country's UN-supported government said. The airstrike targeting the detention center in Tripoli's Tajoura neighborhood also wounded 80 migrants, said Malek Merset, a spokesman for...

'Unpredictable' Situation Spurs US to Make Move in Libya

US temporarily withdraws troops as fighting gets closer to capital

(Newser) - The United States has temporarily withdrawn some of its forces from Libya due to "security conditions on the ground," a top military official said Sunday as a Libyan commander's forces advanced toward the capital of Tripoli and clashed with rival militias. A small contingent of American troops...

Trump: Kim Jong Un Could Suffer Same Fate as Gadhafi

But that's only if there's no deal, he says

(Newser) - President Trump and national security adviser John Bolton are apparently not on the same page when it comes to the "Libya model"—and the confusion led to what was seen as a stern threat to North Korea Thursday. When asked about Bolton's suggestion that the 2003 Libya...

Benghazi 'Mastermind' Cleared of Murder Charge

But Khattala could get life for other convictions

(Newser) - A Libyan militant was convicted Tuesday of terrorism charges stemming from the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed the US ambassador and three other Americans. But a federal jury found him not guilty of murder, the most serious charge associated with the rampage he was accused of orchestrating. The attack became...

26 Bodies Found Floating in Sea. All Were Teen Girls

Their remains were brought ashore in Salerno, Italy

(Newser) - They were mostly between the ages of 14 and 18, and 26 of them are now dead. CNN reports on the latest tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea and describes an appalling scene: teenage girls' bodies floating lifelessly beside a nearly submerged rubber dinghy that survivors tried to cling to. The...

5 Years After Attack, SEALs Bust Benghazi Suspect

Libyan national is headed to federal court in DC

(Newser) - US special operations forces captured a militant in Libya accused of playing an instrumental role in the Benghazi attacks in a high-stakes operation designed to bring the perpetrators to justice five years later, reports the AP . President Trump on Monday identified the militant as Mustafa al-Imam and said his capture...

GOP Lawmaker Deletes Instagram Pic After Outcry

Sign in photo read: 'Hillary for US Ambassador to Libya'

(Newser) - A Republican congressman from Virginia has deleted an Instagram photo that many felt wished harm on Hillary Clinton, CNN reports. The photo showed Rep. Dave Brat with a constituent who was holding a sign reading "Hillary for US Ambassador to Libya." The photo was captioned: "Sign says...

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