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Italy brokers deal with Libyan tribes to help curb migrant influx

The Italian government said on Sunday that dozens of rival tribes in southern Libya had agreed to cooperate on securing the country’s borders in an effort to curb the influx of migrants trying to reach Europe.

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Sayala accuses EU Operation Sophia of encouraging illegal immigration

The UN-proposed government’s Foreign Minister, Mohammed Sayala, has pointed fingers at the EU’s Operation Sophia, which is tasked with assisting and rescuing immigrants off the Mediterranean, saying it is encouraging illegal immigration.

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EU extends sanctions on Agilah Saleh, Nuri Abu Sahmain and Khalifa Al-Ghweil

European lawmakers on Friday extended sanctions against three Libyan politicians, citing concerns they are thwarting efforts to form a democratic government and violating a 2015 peace deal that was signed in Skhirat, Morocco under the UN auspices.

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Arab Summit gives complete backing to PC and Government of National Accord ; governments agree to drop contact with Beida administration

Arab leaders meeting at the Arab Summit in Jordan have given their “absolute” support for the Presidency Council (PC) and indicate that they will drop any links with the Beida-based interim government headed by Abdullah Al-Thinni.

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Presidential Council and IOM agree on more support in immigration issues

The Head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Serraj, met Wednesday in Tripoli with the Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) William Lacy Swing, to discuss the ever-developing issue of illegal immigration and human trafficking in Libya.

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Court ruling blocks Libya-Italy MoU on stemming illegal immigration

Tripoli Appeals Court’s administrative division ruled Wednesday to block the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Libya and Italy to fight the growing influx of illegal immigrants and the issue of human trafficking as well as to help Libya secure its southern borders.

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European and African militaries to target Libya’s Mediterranean people-smugglers

European and North African nations will step up military operations to target human traffickers in a bid to stymie migration flows, according to a deal reached on Monday.

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