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UN calls for Libya ceasefire as death toll climbs to 1,000

UN stressed the need for all parties to urgently de-escalate the situation

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July 6, 2019


Nearly 1,000 migrants rescued off Libyan coast: navy

Libya’s coastguard has rescued nearly 1,000 migrants who were on boats in distress in the Mediterranean Sea on their way to Europe, the navy said on Monday. Three separate operations took place on Sunday with the coastguard bringing ashore in Libya a total of 948 migrants, navy spokesperson Ayoub Kacem said. The migrants were on…

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June 25, 2018


Suicide attack targets Libyan electoral commission in Tripoli: spokesman

A group of militants including at least two suicide bombers stormed the head offices of Libya’s electoral commission in Tripoli on Wednesday, killing at least seven people and setting fire to the building, a spokesman said. Security forces engaged in a gun battle with the assailants for control of the building, said spokesman Khaled Omar….

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May 2, 2018


Migrant boat capsizing: 8 Pakistanis among 90 feared dead

At least 90 people were feared dead on Friday in the latest migrant tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, the UN migration agency said.  “At least 90 migrants are reported to have drowned, when a boat capsized off the coast of Libya this morning”, the International Organization for Migration said in a statement. It added…

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February 2, 2018


Trump’s travel ban partially allowed to go into effect

WASHINGTON: A U.S. appeals court in California on Monday let President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban go partially into effect, ruling the government can bar entry of people from six Muslim-majority countries with no connections to the United States, reported Reuters. A three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals partially…

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November 14, 2017


North Korea, Venezuela, Chad among 8 countries on new US travel ban

NEWS DESK: President Donald Trump issued a new open-ended travel ban on Sunday that saw North Korea, Venezuela and Chad among a list of eight countries cited for poor security and lack of cooperation with US authorities, reported AFP. The new restrictions replace an expiring 90-day measure that had locked Trump in political and legal…

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September 26, 2017


More countries could be listed for harsh US travel restrictions

WASHINGTON: More countries could be hit with tough travel restrictions to the United States after the ban on people from six mainly Muslim countries expires from Sunday, Trump administration officials hinted Friday. White House and Homeland Security officials said that after a 50-day review, they had identified a number of countries that could not or…

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September 23, 2017


Trump’s travel ban to expire on Sunday

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s contentious travel ban expires Sunday with little clarity over whether America’s door will reopen for travelers from six majority-Muslim countries. Based on the policy, US embassies or representatives in Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen should resume granting visas to their nationals planning to visit the United States for work,…

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September 22, 2017


Grandparents from travel ban states now welcome: US cable

WASHINGTON: Grandparents of US citizens from six Muslim-majority countries are now eligible to receive US visas, according to a State Department memo seen by Reuters that reflects the latest court ruling on US President Donald Trump’s travel ban. The memo, or cable, from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was sent to all US diplomatic…

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July 18, 2017


US travel ban goes into effect

WASHINGTON: The US State Department has ordered all ports of entry to start implementing a ban on visitors from six Muslim countries after the US Supreme Court unanimously endorsed Trump administration’s controversial decision. The implementation began on Wednesday evening, 72 hours after the verdict. The ban applies to Muslim citizens from Iran, Sudan, Syria, Libya,…

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June 29, 2017


Over 8,000 migrants rescued in Med in 48 hours

More than 8,000 migrants have been rescued in waters off Libya during the past 48 hours in difficult weather conditions, Italy’s coastguard said Tuesday. “On Monday, we rescued about 5,000 people from four large boats, one smaller one and 18 rubber dinghies,” a spokesman told AFP. People were pulled to safety by coastguard vessels, military…

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June 27, 2017


Libyan group says it has freed Kadhafi son Seif al-Islam

Tripoli: An armed group in Libya said on Facebook Saturday it has freed Seif al-Islam, the son of dead dictator Moamer Kadhafi who has been in custody since November 2011. The Abu Bakr al-Sadiq Brigade, a militia of former rebels that controls the town of Zintan in western Libya, said Seif al-Islam was freed Friday…

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June 11, 2017


At least 28 dead as militias clash in Libya capital

Tripoli: At least 28 people were killed and nearly 130 wounded in fierce clashes in the Libyan capital Friday between forces loyal to the UN-backed unity government and rival militiamen, the health ministry said. Tripoli has been gripped by a power struggle between dozens of militias since a NATO-backed uprising toppled longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi…

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May 27, 2017


At least 97 migrants missing as boat sinks off Libya

At least 97 migrants went missing after their boat sank Thursday off the Libyan coast, a navy spokesman said. Survivors said those missing include 15 women and five children, General Ayoub Kacem told AFP. He said the Libyan coast guard had rescued a further 23 migrants of various African nationalities just under 10 kilometres (6…

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April 13, 2017


African migrants seeking Europe sold as ‘slaves’ for $200

African migrants trying to reach Europe are being sold into slavery in Libya, including for sex, for as little as $200, international monitors said Tuesday, citing testimony from victims. Having paid human traffickers in the hope of finding a better life many instead were held hostage and their families extorted for ransom. The International Organization…

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April 11, 2017


Trump appeals decision that lifted the travel ban

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Saturday denounced a judge who lifted the travel ban he had imposed on citizens of seven mainly Muslim countries, taking an unusual jab at an independent branch of the U.S. government as he vowed to bring back the restrictions.

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February 5, 2017


Judge orders White House to list people excluded by Trump ban

BOSTON/SEATTLE: A federal judge in Virginia ordered the White House to provide a list of all people stopped from entering the United States by a travel ban imposed last week on citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries by President Donald Trump.

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February 4, 2017


Asia targets tourism, education boost from Trump travel ban

KUALA LUMPUR/NEW DELHI: Seeking to capitalise on U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversial new travel restrictions, companies and officials in Asia said they would target greater tourism and education ties with Muslims worried about the curbs. Trump’s Friday directive put a 120-day hold on allowing refugees into the country, an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria…

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January 31, 2017


Trump visa ban causes outrage – #MuslimBan trends worldwide

By: Syeda Sarah Hasan Trump has issued a provocative order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Somalia. Trump barred citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for at least the next 90 days by executive order. A senior White House official later admitted that this…

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January 30, 2017


Trump signs controversial executive order

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump signed a sweeping new executive order Friday to suspend refugee arrivals and impose tough new controls on travellers from seven Muslim countries. Making good on one of his most controversial campaign promises, and to the horror of human rights groups, Trump said he was making America safe from “radical Islamic…

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January 28, 2017

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