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01 Feb 2018 description

By Steve Scherer

ROME, Feb 1 (Reuters) - The European Union's border agency Frontex launched a new Mediterranean operation called Themis on Thursday, removing the obligation of the previous mission to bring rescued migrants only to Italy.

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29 Jan 2018 description

MILAN, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Around 800 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean on Saturday as they tried to reach Europe and two bodies were recovered, Italy's coast guard, which coordinated the rescues, said in a statement.

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07 Jun 2017 description

Twelve suspects detained so far and one speedboat impounded, along with two fishing boats and seven cars, police said

By Wladimir Pantaleone

PALERMO, Italy, June 6 (Reuters) - Italy broke up a criminal ring smuggling migrants safely to Sicily for about 3,000 euros ($3,379) on a speedboat capable of making the crossing from Tunisia in less than four hours, magistrates said on Tuesday.

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22 Mar 2015 description

By Francesco Guarascio

BRUSSELS, March 20 (Reuters) - Italy wants Egypt and Tunisia to play a role in rescuing stricken migrant vessels in the Mediterranean, a government planning paper showed, so that survivors could be taken back to African instead of European ports.

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07 Mar 2014 description

Source: Reuters - Thu, 6 Mar 2014 12:45 PM

TUNIS, March 6 (Reuters) - Tunisia has lifted a state of emergency three years after it was imposed, in a largely symbolic move to show security is improving in the North African state.

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10 Apr 2013 description

Tue, 9 Apr 2013 21:10 GMT

  • UN says weapons from Libya flow to more than 12 countries

  • Arms embargo imposed on Libya at start of 2011 uprising

By Michelle Nichols

UNITED NATIONS, April 9 (Reuters) - Weapons are spreading from Libya at an "alarming rate," fueling conflicts in Mali, Syria and elsewhere and boosting the arsenals of extremists and criminals in the region, according to a U.N. report published on Tuesday.

22 Dec 2011 description

By Taha Zargoun

RAS JDIR, Libya, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Libya's new government on Thursday reopened its main border crossing with Tunisia after a three-week closure, after taking over control of the post from militias that had clashed with Tunisian security forces.

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20 Dec 2011 description

Jan 25 (Reuters) - Here are the latest details of the revolts in the Middle East and North Africa and their aftermath:

EGYPT: Thousands gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Wednesday to mark the first anniversary of the revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak. Some were seeking a new revolt against army rule and others celebrated the changes already achieved.

  • Military leader Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, accused of hanging on to power, defended the military on Tuesday and announced a partial lifting of a state of emergency.

15 Dec 2011 description

TUNIS Dec 15 (Reuters) - Tunisia re-opened its two border crossings with Libya on Thursday after a two-week closure caused by clashes between rogue Libyan militias and Tunisian security forces, security sources and witnesses said.

The failure by Libya's government to keep order at the border crossings, vital supply routes for the Libyan capital, underlined the challenges facing the new leadership which took over from ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi.

28 Oct 2011 description

27 Oct 2011 23:21

  • Ennahda party wins 90 seats in 217-seat assembly

  • Nearest rival has 30 seats, election commission chief says

  • Violent protest in provincial town over result

  • Election is first after Arab Spring uprisings (Updates with quotes, violent protest)

By Tarek Amara and Andrew Hammond

21 Sep 2011 description

PALERMO, Sicily, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Migrants clashed with residents on Wednesday on an Italian island off the coast of Sicily where tens of thousands of North Africans have landed since the start of the year.

Lampedusa, roughly midway between Sicily and the African mainland, has been the point of arrival in Europe for hundreds of small, often overcrowded boats carrying would-be immigrants from Tunisia and Libya.

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20 Sep 2011 description

20 Sep 2011 15:18 Source: Reuters // Reuters

  • Aim to set out framework for political, economic help

  • Deauville partnership has pledged about $80 billion

  • Help to focus on Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan

By John Irish

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Group of Eight foreign ministers meet on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday to cement a framework for economic and political aid to Arab governments making a transition to democracy.

13 Jul 2011 description

13 Jul 2011 21:55

Source: Reuters // Reuters

(Adds curfew imposed, para 2)

  • Soldiers fire in the air to stop fighting

  • Gafsa resident says five people wounded

  • Prime minister says confident Arab uprisings will succeed

By Tarek Amara

TUNIS, July 13 (Reuters) - Tunisian soldiers fired in the air to break up clashes between hundreds of young people in the southern town of Gafsa on Wednesday, residents and local media said.

27 May 2011 description
  • IMF ready to give $35 bln to oil-importing ME states

  • Rest of $160 bln aid needs to come from other sources

  • IMF to strike deal on Egypt aid "within weeks"-Ahmed

By Lesley Wroughton and Nick Vinocur (Adds quotes)

WASHINGTON/DEAUVILLE, May 26 (Reuters) - The external financing needs of oil-importing countries in the Middle East and North Africa will exceed $160 billion over the next three years and donor countries must step in to help, the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday.

22 May 2011 description

TUNIS, May 22 (Reuters) - A fire killed four Eritreans at a refugee camp in Tunisia near the Libyan border on Sunday, provoking a protest against poor conditions there, security sources said.

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18 May 2011 description
  • Tunisia orders Libya to stop shelling border area

  • Libyan rebels cling on to border post despite attacks

  • NATO denies warship hit by Libyan fire

By Tarek Amara and Joseph Logan

TUNIS/TRIPOLI, May 18 (Reuters) - Tunisia threatened to report Libya to the U.N. Security Council if it fired into Tunisian border areas again, and a hospital doctor in rebel-held Misrata said seven people died in fighting there on Tuesday.

11 May 2011 description

TUNIS, May 10 (Reuters) - Tunisian authorities have arrested nearly 200 people after a series of anti-government protests that culminated in a street battle at the weekend in the capital, the state TAP new agency reported on Tuesday.

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09 May 2011 description
  • Fight intensifies for Libya's Western Mountains

  • Rebels hold key border point, loyalists in desert plains

  • Indiscriminate shelling by forces loyal to Gaddafi

By Matt Robinson

DEHIBA, Tunisia, May 9 (Reuters) - The flow of rebels to the small clinic in this Tunisian frontier town speaks of an escalating war for Libya's Western Mountains.

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09 May 2011 description
  • NATO planes target weapons dump near Zintan

  • Libyan government hiding tanks from NATO strikes-rebels

  • Rebels deny state TV report that some have surrendered

  • Flashpoint crossing on border with Tunisia quiet

(Adds rebel spokesman on Zareek capture, paragraphs 21-22)

By Guy Desmond

07 May 2011 description

TUNIS, May 7 (Reuters) - Tunisia warned Libya that it considered the shelling of a border town on Saturday "extremely dangerous" and said it would take all necessary measures to protect its sovereignty.

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