Jun 12, 2016

Libyan forces brace for sniper fire from Islamic State fighters in Sirte

A spokesman for militias loyal to Libya’s U.N.-brokered government say Islamic State militants have barricaded themselves in the center of their stronghold in the coastal city of Sirte, hoping to draw their attackers into a protracted street battle. Brig. Gen. Mohammed al-Ghasri said Sunday ...

20 Somalis found guilty of migrant trafficking by Italian court

Apr 28, 2015

20 Somalis found guilty of migrant trafficking by Italian court

A court in Sicily on Monday convicted 20 Somalis who had received political asylum in Italy of a role in a vast criminal organization focused on migrant-smuggling. Prosecutors in Catania said that the defendants were part of an international migrant-smuggling ring that demanded “large ...

1,500 migrants adrift in Mediterranean rescued by Italy in one day

Apr 6, 2015

1,500 migrants adrift in Mediterranean rescued by Italy in one day

Some 1,500 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Italy in five different boats were rescued in one day, Italian coast guard officials said Sunday. Four coast guard vessels and an Italian navy ship intervened Saturday to save three large boats carrying migrants off ...