The Libyan coastguard at a heavy machine gun position off the coast of the eastern port city of Misrata on May 9th. Turkey accused government forces of an unprovoked attack on its ship. Photograph: Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images

Forces loyal to Libya’s internationally recognised government said on Monday that they shelled a Turkish ship off the Libyan coast after it was warned(...)

Migrants at the Abu Salim detention centre in Tripoli, where men sleep on pads completely covering the floors of two rooms, bedbugs swarming around them. Arab and African migrants are churning through Libya – where border security is nearly nonexistent, corruption is rampant and human smuggling operations are growing ever more callous and brazen – and boarding boats to cross the Mediterranean. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/New York Times

The two eight-year-old Eritrean boys had ridden for days across the deserts of Ethiopia, Sudan and Libya, packed in the back of a truck with two ot(...)

A rally in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this month after more than 20 Ethiopian Christians were killed by Islamic State. Photograph: AFP Photo /Zacharias Abubeker

Islamic State militants have slit the throats of five journalists working for a Libyan TV station in the eastern part of the country, an army commande(...)

EU leaders at an emergency summit on the migration crisis on the Mediterranean.   Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images 1:00

European Union leaders have committed extra ships, planes and helicopters to save lives in the Mediterranean at an emergency summit convened after hun(...)

African and Asian migrants play soccer at a migrant detention center in Mineo. This former residential base for American naval personnel in Sicily now mainly houses migrants from sub-Saharan Africa. Lynsey Addario/The New York Times

It is a bit like when you are driving through the Irish countryside on a quiet Sunday. You are in the thick of rural life when you come around a bend (...)

The scene outside the Spanish embassy in Tripoli early on Tuesday morning. Photograph: @alwasatengnews

A bomb exploded in front of the Spanish embassy in the Libyan capital late on Monday, residents said, the latest in a string of attacks on foreign mi(...)

Migrants on board an Italian navy vessel as it cruises towards the Italian port of Messina on  Saturday. Photograph: AP

Smugglers responsible for putting migrants to sea in inadequate vessels say the growing death toll is not their fault and that they do not force refug(...)

A damaged cabin is seen outside the South Korean embassy in Tripoli after it was attacked by gunmen. To local security guards were killed in the attack, South Korean and Libyan officials said. Photograph: Ismail Zitouny/Reuters

A bomb exploded at the gate of the Moroccan embassy in the Libyan capital early on Monday, causing some damage but hurting nobody, a security official(...)

Libyan prime minister Abdullah al-Thinni. At least four people were killed and more than 20 wounded by a suicide bomb attack on a security checkpoint east of the Libyan city of Misrata.   Photograph: Mohamed Messara/EPA

At least four people were killed and more than 20 wounded by a suicide bomb attack on a security checkpoint east of the Libyan city of Misrata, a loca(...)

The Solar Impulse 2 prepares to take off at Al Bateen airport in Abu Dhabi. Two Swiss pilots, Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, on Monday embarked on an attempt to fly around the world on the solar-powered airplane that is expected to last for five months and is aimed at promoting clean technology in the aviation sector. Photograph: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters 1:30

Two Swiss pilots have on Monday embarked on the first attempt to fly around the world in a plane propelled only by energy from the sun.Bertrand Picca(...)