07 Feb 2019

Freedom House World Report: Where did Freedom Decline and Advance in 2018?

In total, 68 countries lost points in their democracy score in 2018, according to the annual Freedom House report. These outnumbered the 50 countries that achieved net gains. In total, 86 (44%) out of a total 195 countries received a “Free” rating, while 59 (30%) were rated “Partly Free,” and

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30 Jan 2019

Migrant crisis continues: UN says six die every day in Mediterranean crossings

A new UN report estimates that an average of six migrants per day die attempting the Mediterranean crossing to Europe. While the overall number of deaths has declined along with the number of people making crossing attempts, the death rate has spiked dramatically from 1 death out of every 38

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13 Nov 2018

Competing Libyan governments arrive for Italy summit after December election shelved

Nearly 8 eights since NATO-supported rebels overthrew Gadaffi, Libya is roughly split into two political entities. The western portion of the country holds the seat of a government with international recognition but little control over territory, while the east is largely controlled by various armed groups, a rival government, and

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10 Sep 2018

Libya violence: Gunmen storm oil corporation building

“An armed group has stormed the Tripoli headquarters of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) in Libya. Security forces clashed with the armed men at the landmark building in the centre of the city, and blasts and gunfire could be heard, witnesses say. Last week, the UN announced that a truce

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03 Aug 2018

South Korea deploys forces after hostage taken in Libya

South Korea is moving a destroyer towards Libya while a special forces team is on standby in Greece after a South Korean national was taken hostage along with three Filipinos were kidnapped my insurgents a number of weeks ago. South Korea has maintained a significant presence in Libya, mostly in

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21 Jun 2018

East Libyan forces retake key oil ports, prepare to resume production

The forces of East Libya announced the recapture of oil points Es Sider and Ras Lanuf after their occupation and closure by opposing rebel groups last Thursday. The closure reduced production by 450,000 barrels per day in a conflict that has continued to impact the global cost of oil as

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11 Feb 2013

West Africa: Terrorism’s New Front Yard

Introduction There is a new front in the global fight against terrorism and terrorists. Ethnic, religious, and political tensions in West Africa, simmering for the past few years, have boiled over into widespread violence and coordinated military efforts throughout the region. A recent attack at an oil facility in Algeria

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16 Feb 2012

Libyan militias ‘out of control,’ Amnesty International says

“rmed militias in Libya are committing human rights abuses with impunity, threatening to destabilize the country and hindering its efforts to rebuild, Amnesty International said Thursday.” (Source: Libyan militias ‘out of control,’ Amnesty International says – CNN.com.)

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