Fifty Mali migrants among hundreds drowned in Mediterranean

At least 50 Malians from the impoverished region of Kayes were among up to 900 migrants who drowned trying to cross from Libya to Europe this weekend, the government said on Friday.

Libya militia `launches air raids` against Islamic State

A militia alliance that controls Libya`s capital has carried out air strikes against positions of the Islamic State jihadist group in the coastal city of Sirte, an official said.

Libya conflict displaces half a million people: Red Crescent

 The fighting that is ravaging Libya has displaced more than a half a million people since last May, the Red Crescent said on Thursday.

Mediterranean shipwreck survivors describe terror on dry land

People smugglers responsible for the Mediterranean`s worst disaster in decades beat several migrants to death and executed at least one minor before the boat left Libya with more than 750 people aboard, survivors have told investigators.

`Never again`, says Mediterranean boat survivor recalling horror journey

 Gode Mosle, a photo technician from Damascus, shudders when he looks back on his terrifying journey on board a smuggler`s trawler from a Libyan port across the Mediterranean into Europe.

Libyan journalist shot dead in Benghazi

 A Libyan television journalist involved in coverage of fighting between Islamist militias and pro-government forces in the second city of Benghazi has been assassinated, officials and witnesses said Thursday.

Under-fire EU to consider military action at migrant summit

EU leaders gathering in Brussels on Thursday will consider launching a military operation against human traffickers in Libya, in a bold effort to halt the deadly flow of refugees trying to reach Europe by sea.

EU migration summit to consider military operation in Mediterranean: Draft
EU migration summit to consider military operation in Mediterranean: Draft

 EU leaders gathering in Brussels on Thursday will consider launching a military operation against human traffickers in Libya, held responsible for the deaths of thousands of migrants this year in the Mediterranean, a draft statement showed.

Arab Army chiefs meet to plan regional force

 Army chiefs from Arab League nations met in Cairo on Wednesday to start work on the establishment of a region-wide military force aimed at combatting jihadists including the Islamic State group.

Italy PM Renzi urges collective EU action to tackle migrant trafficking

The European Union must take a collective stand to tackle migrant trafficking at its source in African countries, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Wednesday.

Libya boat captain facing mass murder charge over migrant disaster

Italian police have arrested two suspected people traffickers among the survivors of the migrant boat that capsized off Libya on Sunday, as the UN said 800 people were killed in the Mediterranean`s worst migrant disaster.

EU should follow Australian example on boat people: PM

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, whose government introduced tough measures to stop asylum-seeker boats, said Tuesday the European Union should follow suit, describing it as the only way to end deaths at sea.

Pope condemns killings of Ethiopian Christians in Libya

 Pope Francis condemned the "continuing martyrdom" of Christians on Monday after 30 Ethiopians were shown being shot and beheaded in Libya on a video purportedly made by Islamic State militants.

Bomb explodes outside Spanish embassy in Libya: Security source

 A bomb exploded outside Spain`s embassy in the Libyan capital on Monday night without causing injuries, a security source told a news agency, an attack later claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group.

Nearly 3,000 Tunisians join IS

Nearly 3,000 Tunisians have joined the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, Tunisia's Deputy Minister of National Security, Rafik Chelli, said here on Monday.

Ethiopia to hold national mourning after IS kills Christians

 Ethiopia will hold three days of national mourning for Ethiopian Christians killed by Islamic State militants in Libya, the government said Monday.

Migrants' bodies brought ashore as EU proposes doubling rescue effort
Migrants' bodies brought ashore as EU proposes doubling rescue effort

The European Union proposed doubling the size of its Mediterranean search and rescue operations on Monday, as the first bodies were brought ashore of as many as 900 people feared killed in the deadliest known shipwreck of migrants trying to reach Europe.

Italy studying `targeted interventions` against Libya people smugglers

Italy is studying the possibility of mounting "targeted interventions" against Libya-based people smugglers behind a huge surge in the numbers of migrants crossing the Mediterranean, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Monday.

EU promises to act over migrant crisis after Mediterranean disaster

EU foreign ministers promised on Monday to do more to stop migrant deaths in the Mediterranean by increasing rescues and catching traffickers, stung by a weekend tragedy that killed up to 700 people off the Libyan coast.

Mogherini tells EU `no more excuses` on migrants

EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini said Monday the bloc had "no more excuses" not to act to halt the flood of migrants as Italy and Malta continued to look for survivors from the latest shipwreck.