Source: Reuters - Sat, 29 Aug 2015 11:40 GMT
TRIPOLI, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Three people have been arrested in Libya on suspicion of involvement in launching a boat packed with migrants that sank off the country's Mediterranean coast, killing up to 200 people, a security official said on Saturday.
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Kecskemét, Hungary | AFP | Friday 8/30/2015 - 17:37 GMT
by Csaba Segesvari and Serene Assir in Presevo reception camp, Serbia
Calls multiplied Sunday for Europe to finally get to grips with its ever-deadlier migrant crisis after Austria's horrific truck tragedy, as people continued to pour into Hungary from Serbia despite a newly completed razor-wire barrier.
Skhirat, Morocco, Friday 28 August 2015 - We have finished the morning session. We will continue to work in the afternoon. We are working in good spirits. This is a transition meeting, as you know we are planning to have more meetings in the following days.
PALERMO, Italy, Aug 28 (UNHCR) – Abdel pushed his face up to the cracks between the wooden floorboards, gasping for air.
Next to him between 200 and 300 migrants and refugees – who departed Zuwarah, Libya in the early hours of Tuesday morning on a rickety wooden boat – were suffocating in the pitch-black hold.
De 2011 à 2015, un total de 1,7 milliard de dollars a été requis pour l‘action humanitaire au Niger à travers le Plan de Réponse Stratégique (CAP/SRP). Un total de 1,4 milliard de dollars a été mobilisé, soit un taux de financement de 82 pour cent.
Italy - IOM’s Chief of Mission for Libya, Othman Belbeisi, reported today on the latest deaths from that country’s coastal waters. “We are still waiting for more details, but we have learned there were 400 migrants on one of two boats; 100 have already been rescued - nine of them women, and two girls,” Belbeisi explained.
GENEVA, Aug 28 (UNHCR) – More than 300,000 refugees and migrants have used the dangerous sea route across the Mediterranean so far this year with almost 200,000 of them landing in Greece and a further 110,000 in Italy.
The UN refugee agency, revealing the latest statistics in Geneva on Friday, said this represents a large increase from last year, when around 219,000 people crossed the Mediterranean during the whole of 2014.
Zuwara, Libya | 13:02 GMT
At least 76 people have died after a ship carrying hundreds of migrants and refugees sank off the coast of Libya, the Libyan Red Crescent said Friday.
The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, said as many as 200 people on two boats were feared dead near the western port of Zuwara.
"Until now 76 bodies have been retrieved from the sea and 198 people have been rescued," Libyan Red Crescent spokesman Mohammad al-Misrati told AFP.
Skhirat, Morocco, 27 August 2015 - A round of Libyan political dialogue facilitated by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) commenced Thursday 27 August 2015 in Skhirat, Morocco. Discussions are focusing on expediting the dialogue process with a view to finalising the Libyan Political Agreement, including reaching agreement on a Government of National Accord.
The following Security Council press statement was issued on 19 August by Council President U. Joy Ogwu (Nigeria):
Vienna, Austria | AFP | Wednesday 8/26/2015 - 10:28 GMT
by Simon Sturdee with Mohamad Ali Harissi in Zuwara, Libya
Hungary said Friday it had arrested four people over the discovery of the decomposing bodies of 71 migrants, believed to be Syrian, in an abandoned truck in Austria.
Hungarian police said three of the suspects held over the latest grim tragedy involving migrants seeking refuge in Europe were Bulgarians and one was Afghan.
By SOMINI SENGUPTA and RICK GLADSTONEAUG. 26, 2015
UNITED NATIONS — The new top emergency relief official here urged the world’s rich countries on Wednesday to step up aid to war zones in the Middle East and Africa so that refugees are not forced to seek safety in Europe.
By Tom Westcott
UBARI, 27 August 2015 (IRIN) - Civilians in the oasis town of Ubari in southern Libya are trapped in a conflict that has cut them off from the outside world. Supplies and aid are almost non-existent, the hospital barely functions and the wounded often die of their injuries before they can get the assistance they need.
Snapshot 11 August – 25 August 2015
Haiti: Insecurity has increased since legislative elections. Violence and intimidation were reported at many polling stations and a second round of voting is planned, following low voter turnout. Food security has deteriorated as a result of prolonged drought conditions since the beginning of 2015: poor households in Sud, Sud-Est, Nord-Est and Artibonite will remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food security outcomes through December. Recent cholera rates are triple those of the comparable time period in 2014.
By Ahmed Elumami
TRIPOLI, Aug 26 (Reuters) - A senior negotiator from one of Libya's two parliaments on Wednesday quit United Nations-sponsored talks on forming a unity government, a day before a new round of negotiations.
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Tunis, 25 August 2015 - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) convened a meeting with Member States, regional organizations, non-governmental organizations and UN Agencies, Funds and Programs working on Libya on the support to a future Libyan Government of National Accord. It was intended to serve as a forum in which the international community discusses and agrees on principles for international assistance to Libya, a way forward and a coordination mechanism, should international assistance be requested by the GNA.
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With the political dialogue process in Libya nearing its last stages, “time is running out” for leaders on all sides and at all levels to make the “final push”, the head of the United Nations Mission in that country told the Security Council today.
Paris, France | AFP | Wednesday 8/26/2015 - 11:00 GMT
Europe is struggling with its biggest migration crisis since World War II, and the situation has got much worse since January.
Around 340,000 migrants have reached the borders of the European Union in the seven months to July, three times more than in the same period a year earlier, according to Frontex, the EU border management agency.
In 2014, a total of 283,000 people sought to emigrate to Europe, three times the figure in 2013.
The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 535th meeting held on 18 August 2015, was briefed by the Commission on the situation in Libya. Council also listened to the statement made by the representative of Libya.
Heidenau, Germany | AFP | Thursday 8/26/2015 - 10:28 GM
by Coralie FEBVRE with Csaba RANKS in Roeszke, Hungary
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and western Balkan leaders will gather in Vienna Thursday in a bid to find a coherent approach to tackling the biggest migration crisis to hit Europe since World War II.
The meeting comes a day after Merkel vowed zero tolerance for "vile" anti-migrant violence and as criticism grows against the European Union for failing to coordinate a solution.