Egyptian migrants killed in Libya by human traffickers

Special to Human traffickers killed 13 Egyptian migrants in Libya in a dispute over money, the United Nations said. The UN has called for an investigation into the incident in Bani Walid. A local official said on April 27 that a group of Egyptians had killed three Libyan human traffickers in the dispute and […]

500 on overcrowded boat from Libya said lost at sea

Special to Two men who survived when an overcrowded boat sank in the Mediterranean between Libya and Italy described the tragic events that led to the deaths of as many as 500 people. Muaz Mahmud Aymo, a 25-year-old Ethiopian, and Mowlid Isman, a 28-year-old Somali, said they had been on a boat of about […]

Modern slavery: Silent scourge that reduces humans to commodities is a $150 billion business

Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Calling for an end to “human trafficking and other forms of human slavery,” British Cardinal Vincent Nichols presented a stunning testimony against the “resurgence of slavery” where up to 21 million people are affected by the scourge. As Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Nichols has led […]

Obama credits British PM — not Hillary — for Libya disaster, the worst mistake of his presidency

Special to President Barack Obama said not having a “day after plan” in Libya was the worst mistake of his presidency. But Obama, still very much the team player, saddled much of the blame on UK Prime Minister David Cameron rather than former secretary of state and current Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton. In […]

Libya’s Gen. Haftar offers qualified support for new, unlikely unity government

Special to Libya’s UN-backed unity government may get the blessing of one of the country’s most powerful military leaders. Gen. Khalifa Haftar, leader of the Tobruk-based Libyan National Army, has pledged to support any unity government that receives the parliament’s confidence. Meanwhile, Haftar was to meet with Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi in Cairo […]

Libya’s rival government in Tripoli steps down

Special to In a boost to Libya’s unity government, the rival government in Tripoli has resigned. The National Salvation government on April 5 said it would “cease duties” as an executive authority. “We put the interests of the nation above anything else, and stress that the bloodshed stop and the nation be saved from […]

U.S. weighs intervention in Libya to back new unity government

Special to As Libya’s unity government shows signs of taking hold, the United States and European allies are developing a plan to strike Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) targets in the north African country. The establishment of a unity government is a key precondition for launching an international stabilization effort and to […]

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