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Hifter set to cast wide influence in potential Libyan elections

In a surprising move, Gen. Khalifa Hifter, Libya’s eastern military strongman, announced his acceptance of elections in Libya as a way out of the political deadlock in the war-ravaged country. Spokesman Brig. Gen. Ahmed al-Mesmari announced the decision in a news conference Dec. 27.

Making money from EU’s migration policies in Libya

In recent weeks, the unfolding tragedy of refugees stuck in the Libyan migration system has caught the eye of the European public. The conditions they face are terrible: beatings, torture, systematic rape, slave trade and killings.

Neighbouring countries call for holding elections

The meeting of the neighbouring countries of Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, and Algeria, started in Tunis, on Sunday. The meeting was attended by the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukri and his Tunisian and Algerian counterparts, Khamis Al-Jhenawi and Abdul-Qader Messahel.

Italy plans big handover of sea rescues to Libya coastguard

Italy wants Libya’s coastguard to take responsibility within three years for intercepting migrants across about a tenth of the Mediterranean even as Libyan crews struggle to patrol their own coast and are accused of making deadly mistakes at sea.

Libyan outrage: slavery or borders?

Since the 1990s, the European Union (EU) has pursued a policy of ‘externalising’ its border controls. In exchange for aid and financial support, it requires North African states to implement measures to suppress irregular migration. Two facts about this policy are widely known, and have been for many years now. …