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The African Union makes a pressing appeal for an immediate end to violence and dialogue in Libya

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African Union

The AU urges the international community to lend its full support to the efforts of the region through the High-Level Ministerial Group on Libya

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La Tunisie ne pourra pas accueillir de réfugiés libyens en masse (ministre)

07/30/2014 13:55 GMT

TUNIS, 30 juillet 2014 (AFP) - La Tunisie ne pourra pas accueillir en masse des Libyens fuyant les combats dans leur pays et est prête à fermer la frontière si le flux des réfugiés devait s'accentuer, a annoncé mercredi le chef de la diplomatie tunisienne.

"La situation économique dans notre pays est précaire et on ne peut pas supporter (l'arrivée) de centaines de milliers de réfugiés" comme cela avait été le cas en 2011, lors du conflit qui a abouti à la chute du régime de Kadhafi, a souligné le ministre, Mongi Hamdi.

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Tunisia can't cope with massive Libya refugee influx: minister

07/30/2014 14:05 GMT

TUNIS, July 30, 2014 (AFP) - Tunisia cannot cope with any massive influx of refugees who might seek to enter the country from strife-torn neighbouring Libya and will close its border if necessary, the foreign minister said Wednesday.

"Our country's economic situation is precarious, and we cannot cope with hundreds of thousands of refugees," as was the case during the 2011 revolution that ousted Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi, Mongi Hamdi told a press conference.

"We will close the border if the national interest requires it," he added.

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Libya Islamists seize key Benghazi army base

07/31/2014 02:06 GMT

by Imed LAMLOUM

TRIPOLI, July 31, 2014 (AFP) - Islamist groups have seized the army special forces headquarters in Libya's Benghazi after days of fighting left at least 35 soldiers dead and plunged the country deeper into lawlessness.

An Islamist and jihadist alliance announced the capture of the main military base in the eastern city in a statement Wednesday, which was confirmed by an army official.

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At least 20 dead, dozens missing in shipwreck off Libya

07/29/2014 23:29 GMT

TRIPOLI, July 29, 2014 (AFP) - More than 20 migrants have died and dozens are missing after their makeshift boat sank off the Libyan coast, the navy said late Tuesday.

"A navy patrol on Monday rescued 22 clandestine migrants who were clinging to debris from their boat," spokesman Colonel Ayoub Kassem told AFP, adding that more than 20 bodies were plucked from the water.

Survivors said some 150 people had been aboard the vessel, which sank some 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of the Libyan capital Tripoli.

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Libya: Civil Unrest Information Bulletin n° 3

This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Libyan Red crescent, with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and other partners, has determined that external assistance is not required, at this time and is therefore not seeking funding or other assistance from donors.

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Libya airport battle 'has killed at least 97'

07/27/2014 15:41 GMT

By Imed LAMLOUM

TRIPOLI, July 27, 2014 (AFP) - Two weeks of fighting between militias in Libya's capital Tripoli have left 97 people dead, as Egypt and western foreign ministries Sunday urged their citizens to leave amid spiralling violence.

Washington evacuated its embassy staff on Saturday, with Secretary of State John Kerry warning the mission had faced a "real risk" from fierce fighting between armed groups for control of Tripoli's airport.

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Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, in relation to the escalating violence in the Situation in Libya

As Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC or the Court), I am deeply troubled by the escalating violence in the Situation in Libya. Recent reports of alleged attacks carried out against the civilian population and civilian objects in Tripoli and Benghazi are a cause for great concern. Such deplorable acts of violence must immediately cease.

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DCA Removes surface-to-air missiles in Libya

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by Nikolaj Søndergaard

DanChurchAids explosive ordnance disposal experts has removed several large Russian made surface-to-air missiles placed by the former ruler Gadhafi on a farmers land.

Explosive ordnance removal technicians from DanChurchAid (DCA) went to Libya in 2011 while the war that toppled the dictator Muammar Gaddafi was still raging. Since then DCA has been clearing explosive remnants of war and rebuilding the war torn country. In the spring this year the explosive ordnance disposal technicians was asked to do an unusual task.

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Italy + 1 other
Migrants Tell of Mass Murder on Vessel Smuggling Migrants from Libya

Italy - Migrants' at a school serving as a reception centre in Sicily yesterday told IOM of a nightmare voyage from Libya that ended with 29 of their number suffocating to death from choking fumes in the hold of an over-crowded vessel, where they had been driven at knife-point.

Some 569 survivors rescued by the Italian navy on Saturday reported that as many as 750 people had been crammed into ship when it sailed from Libya, raising the spectre that as many as 180 may have perished. Many had been thrown overboard.

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UNMAS Annual Report 2013

In 2013 UNMAS made the world safer. Whether it was through spearheading humanitarian mine action in Afghanistan and Mali, assisting United Nations deployment in the Central African Republic, completing the landmine survey of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, attaining agreements to demine in the West Bank or building secure weapons storage facilities in Libya, the lead United Nations entity on explosives hazards saved lives.

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Al-Senussi case: Appeals Chamber confirms case is inadmissible before ICC

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Situ​ation: Libya
Cas​​e: The Prosecutor v. Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and Abdullah Al-Senussi

​Today, 24 July 2014, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) unanimously confirmed Pre-Trial Chamber I's decision which declare​​d the case against Abdullah Al-Senussi inadmissible before the ICC.

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Security Council Committee Concerning Libya Issues Update to Its Implementation Assistance Notice #2 on Arms Embargo

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On 23 July 2014, the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1970 (2011) concerning Libya issued the following update to its Implementation Assistance Notice no. 2. The Notice is accessible on the Committee’s website at the following URL: www.un.org/sc/committees/1970/notices.shtml.

Implementation Assistance Notice #2

(as updated on 23 July 2014)

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Security Council Press Statement on Libya's Elections

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The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Eugène-Richard Gasana (Rwanda):

The members of the Security Council welcomed the announcement of the final results of Libya’s parliamentary elections held on 25 June. They commended the Libyan people and the efforts of the High National Electoral Commission in ensuring their success, despite ongoing security challenges.

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Libya power handover agreed as airport battle rages on

07/23/2014 18:14 GMT

TRIPOLI, July 23, 2014 (AFP) - The General National Congress, which has governed violence-wracked Libya since dictator Moamer Kadhafi's overthrow, said Wednesday it will hand over legislative power to a newly elected parliament on August 4.

But hopes that the announcement would signal an end to fighting among rival factions were dashed as a more than week-long battle intensified for control of Tripoli airport.

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Global terrorism fatalities up 30%, risk of attacks increase most in China, Egypt, Kenya, and Libya

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Maplecroft

Over the last 12 months, global fatalities from acts of terrorism have risen 30% compared to the previous five year average, according to a new security monitoring service from global risk analytics company Maplecroft, which also identifies China, Egypt, Kenya and Libya as seeing the most significant increases in the risk of terrorist attacks.

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Five migrants accused of 'massacre' on refugee boat: reports

07/22/2014 21:35 GMT

ROME, July 22, 2014 (AFP) - Five migrants were arrested on Tuesday by Italian police accused of killing fellow passengers aboard a boat in which 30 bodies were found by rescuers earlier this month, Italian media reported.

Italian and Maltese naval crews who rescued more than 560 refugees -- most of them Syrian -- from the ship on July 19 made the grim discovery. The dead, who included a baby, had apparently been overcome by heat and engine fumes having been locked in the hold by the crew.

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Clashes between Libya army, Islamists kill 16: sources

07/22/2014 00:44 GMT

BENGHAZI, July 22, 2014 (AFP) - Sixteen people, most of them soldiers, were killed and 81 injured in clashes between the Libyan army and Islamist fighters in the eastern city of Benghazi, medical and military sources told AFP Tuesday.

"Most of the dead and injured are soldiers. Three civilians, including an Egyptian, were killed when a rocket hit their house," a hospital source said on condition of anonymity.

A military official said fighting broke out after an alliance of Islamist militia attacked an army barrack, killing five soldiers.

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Five bodies found as Italian navy rescues hundreds of migrants

07/21/2014 11:07 GMT

ROME, July 21, 2014 (AFP) - More than 800 migrants were rescued overnight while attempting to cross the Mediterranean, the Italian navy said on Monday, while five bodies were recovered in the operation.

The latest rescue comes amid a surge in the number of migrants attempting to reach Europe from Africa, as traffickers take advantage of calm summer seas to make the dangerous crossing.

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Battle for Libya airport leaves at least 47 dead

07/21/2014 00:03 GMT

by Imed LAMLOUM

TRIPOLI, July 21, 2014 (AFP) - Islamist-led militiamen have stepped up their assault on Libya's main airport, controlled by rival fighters, which the health ministry said Monday had left at least 47 dead in a week.

The fighting, which erupted on July 13 and shut Tripoli international airport, also injured 120 people, according to figures for the week until Saturday.

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