Apr 30, 2015

Five detainees admit killing seven journalists, Libya government says

Libya’s internationally recognized government on Wednesday said five detainees had admitted to killing five reporters from a local television station as well as two Tunisian journalists, in murders previously claimed by the Islamic State group. Those in custody — two Libyans and three Egyptians ...

Mediterranean migrant trafficking a study in cash handoffs, extortion

Apr 28, 2015

Mediterranean migrant trafficking a study in cash handoffs, extortion

Fleeing war, persecution and poverty, migrants desperate to reach Europe are paying thousands of dollars apiece to become pawns in a multimillion-dollar trafficking network that stretches from the Sahara to Sweden. By the thousands, they’re handing themselves over to abusive smugglers who hold them ...

Murder and abuse before deadly migrant crossing

Apr 24, 2015

Murder and abuse before deadly migrant crossing

Italian investigators are piecing together a picture of beatings and abuse that hundreds of Africans and Bangladeshis suffered before setting sail from Libya to Italy, only to drown late on Saturday in one of the worst migrant shipwrecks ever in the Mediterranean. Among the ...

For migrants, Islamic State poses new threat

Apr 22, 2015

For migrants, Islamic State poses new threat

Tesfay Kidane’s troubles began with a simple request: He wanted to go to his brother’s wedding. Doing mandatory national service in the east African country of Eritrea, Kidane asked his commander for permission for a leave to attend the wedding. The request was denied, ...

Libya people smugglers may face targeted intervention: Italy

Apr 21, 2015

Libya people smugglers may face targeted intervention: Italy

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. “The hypothesis of military intervention (to stabilize Libya) is not on the table ...