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Midday open thread: Nearly 900 immigrants drowned last week; Hawking's climate remarks ignored

Today’s comic by Jen Sorensen is Intelligence tests of our times: • 880 immigrants traveling from Libya to Italy drowned last week: It was the worst known tally for a single week in a year. A spokesman for the United Nation Human Commission...Show More Summary

Political Instability in Libya Triggers People-Smuggling to EU – Frontex

The internal Libyan conflict and political instability makes it easy for people-smugglers to run their business without any barriers, Frontex spokeswoman Ewa Moncure told Sputnik.

Russian, German Diplomats Discuss Situation in Syria, Libya - Moscow

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov held a meeting with German Ambassador to Russia Ruediger von Fritsch on Tuesday and discussed the situation in Syria, Libya and in the Middle East in general, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Oil Spikes Near $50 On Libya Turmoil Despite Highest OPEC Production Since 2008

In its ubiquitous manner, crude futures decided to try and run the stops at the US equity open but were unable to get to $50 (49.984 in July WTI) before fading back a little. Ths driver - according to the narrative-du-jour - is turmoil...Show More Summary

Libya Oil Force Captures Key Coastal Town From ISIS

A Libyan force tasked with protecting the country’s oil ports captured a coastal town from the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), a spokesperson said on Monday. The Petroleum Facilities Guard, which is allied to Libya’s U.N.-backed government, captured the town of Ben Jawad as it advanced west, clashing with ISIS near the country’s oil terminals. Show More Summary

Lavrov: Gadaffi's Murder in Libya Was a 'War Crime'

The murder of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 was a war crime, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

Over One Million 'Trapped in Slavery' in Europe

More than a million people are locked into modern slavery in Europe, according to a report that finds that the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan Syria, Yemen and Libya exacerbate the problem. The Global Slavery Index 2016, prepared by the...Show More Summary

Heartbreaking Photo of Drowned Baby Again Shows True Horror of Migrant Crisis 

A rescuer from the German humanitarian organization Sea-Watch that was patrolling the waters between Libya and Italy spotted a baby in the water on Friday after a wooden boat capsized. The baby was in the water "like a doll, arms outstretched,” the rescuer who was only identified as Martin said. Show More Summary

Libyan oil guard says captures coastal town from Islamic State after clashes

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - A force that controls oil terminals in eastern Libya said it had captured the town of Ben Jawad from Islamic State, pushing the militant group back along a coastal strip they control east of their stronghold of Sirte.

Scenes of Horror: More Than 700 Migrants Feared Dead in Three Mediterranean Sinkings

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    People try to swim moments after their boat overturned off the Libyan coast. (Italian Navy / AP) More than 700 people fleeing violence and poverty in Libya are believed to have drowned in the Mediterranean last week in what experts...Show More Summary

Turkey to Start Process of Reopening Embassy in Libya - Foreign Ministry

Turkey's Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu is planning to initiate the process of reopening the Turkish Embassy on Monday.

When Life Is Truly Terrible, Writing Dystopias Might Not Feel So Fictional

“Five years after the popular uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and elsewhere, a bleak, apocalyptic strain of post-revolutionary literature has taken root in the region.”

Washington's coup-making strategy: from Brazil to Venezuela, by Manlio Dinucci

What is the connection between the following pairs of societies that are geographically, historically and culturally quite distinct: • Kosovo and Libya/Syria, • Iraq and Afghanistan, • Ukraine and Brazil/Venezuela? [The answer]: Being caught up in the US global strategy, illustrated by the Pentagon's map. Show More Summary

As Many as 900 Migrants Heading Toward Italy Died This Week at Sea

The UN Refugee Agency announced on Sunday that more than 700 migrants crossing from Libya toward Italy may have died in the Mediterranean this past week. The death toll could be as high as 900. Read more...

Hundreds dead as migrant crisis escalates in the Mediterranean Sea

At least 700 migrants attempting to cross from Libya to Europe may have drowned last week after three boats capsized in the Mediterranean Sea. Continue reading ? The post Hundreds dead as migrant crisis escalates in the Mediterranean Sea appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

Over 700 Migrants Died Trying to Reach Italy in Past Week, U.N. Says

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The deaths came as the smuggling route from Libya across the Mediterranean Sea has risen with the arrival of spring, and officials feared the numbers could grow.

At Least 700 Migrants Died This Week Fleeing Libya

2 days agoNews : Newsweek: US

At least 700 migrants may have died at sea this past week in the busiest week of migrant crossings from Libya toward Italy this year, Medecins San Frontieres and the UN Refugee agency said on Sunday. About 14,000 have been rescued since Monday amid calm seas, and there have been at least three confirmed instances of boats sinking. Show More Summary

Between 700-900 migrants may have died at sea this week: NGOs

ROME (Reuters) - At least 700 migrants may have died at sea this past week in the busiest week of migrant crossings from Libya towards Italy this year, Medecins San Frontieres and the UN Refugee agency said on Sunday.

Surge of migrant sailings has Italy scrambling to house thousands of new arrivals

A surge of migrant sailings from Libya and Egypt has sent government and aid officials in Italy scrambling to find beds for thousands of new arrivals. More than 13,000 people have made the perilous crossing since Monday -- and hundreds have drowned in the attempt, the officials said.  Reception...

Forces backed by Libya's unity government seek to encircle Islamic State-held Sirte

MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) - Forces loyal to Libya's U.N.-backed unity government say they aim to encircle Sirte, Islamic State's stronghold in Libya, having moved to within 15 km (10 miles) of the city center.

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