Saif Al-Islam, son of Muammar Gaddafi, greets supporters in Tripoli in this August 23rd, 2011 file photo. Photograph: Paul Hackett/Files/Reuters.

A Libyan court passed a death sentence in absentia on Muammar Gadafy’s most prominent son, Saif al-Islam, on Tuesday for suppressing peaceful protests(...)

Migrants protect themselves with emergency blankets against  a sudden rainstorm  on the sea wall at the Saint Ludovic border crossing between  Italy and France on Sunday,  June 14th. Photograph:  Jean-Pierre Amet/Reuters 0:44

With 100 Africans sleeping on rocks overlooking the Italian coast after being turned back at the French border, Rome and Paris argued yesterday over (...)

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(...)

Dr Fatima Hamroush spoke at the IIEA on Libya’s decent into civil war. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Four years on, and Libya is a basket case. Four years ago this week a rising in second city Bengahazi set in train the overthrow of the brutal dictato(...)

A girl holds up a poster with pictures of the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians beheaded by Islamic State in Libya. A series of fatal bombings in Libya on Friday have been linked to the decision to launch airstrikes in response to the beheadings. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters.

Three car bombs ripped through the eastern Libyan city of Qubbah on Friday, killing 40 people and wounding 70.There was no immediate claim of respons(...)

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi meets with French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Egyptian Defence Minister Colonel General Sidqi Sobqi during a signing ceremony at the presidential palace in Cairo. Photograph: Egyptian president’s office/Reuters

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi called for a United Nations resolution mandating an international coalition to intervene in Libya after Egypt’(...)

A power struggle between two rival governments that threatens to tear Libya apart has started to take its toll on Misrata, an important shipping and industrial hub that had shrugged off the turmoil until now. Photograph: Hani Amara/Reuters

A power struggle between two rival governments that threatens to tear Libya apart has started to take its toll on Misrata, an important shipping an(...)

 The Corinthia Hotel  in Tripoli, Libya. Photograph: EPA

Heavily armed gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Tripoli favoured by Libyan officials and visiting delegations on Tuesday, killing at least nine people(...)

People pose around a poster of journalists Nadhir Ktari (left) and Sofiane Chourabi, who went missing in Libya in September, during a demonstration over their disappearance, in Tunis on January 9th. Photograph: Anis Mili/Reuters

Libyan militants calling themselves part of the Islamic State have saidthat they were holding captive 21 Egyptian Christians, raising new fears about (...)