Western leaders now say  Syrian president Bashar al-Assad must be involved in peace talks. Photograph: Vahid Salemi/AP Photo

German chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad must be involved in peace talks – the latest evidence that key we(...)

 Acting Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster holds a press conference at Stormont on September 21st, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The British government must be “pushed” into making compensation available for the victims of Libyan-sponsored IRA terrorism, MLAs have been told. Act(...)

Libyan supporters and troops loyal to Khalifa Haftar, a retired general and former chief of staff under Muammar Gadafy, on an armoured personnel carrier during a demonstration calling on the international community to arm the Libyan army on August 14th, 2015 in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. Photograph: Abdullah Doma/AFP/Getty Images

At least 42 people have been killed in clashes between the local incarnation of Islamic State, a rival Islamist group and forces loyal to the official(...)

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’(...)