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A billboard depicting General Khalifa Haftar, the commander of the Libyan National Army, in Benghazi. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/The New York Times

A string of victories by Turkish-backed forces in western Libya this week dealt a heavy blow to the ambitions of aspiring strongman Khalifa Hafter and(...)

Gen Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army has stopped military operations for the month of Ramadan. Photograph: LNA War Information Division/AFP via Getty

Eastern forces waging war on Libyan capital Tripoli have said they will suspend military operations for the month of Ramadan. Ahmed Mismari, a spoke(...)

One week after trying to cross the Mediterranean, there has been no sign of 16-year-old Yahya, a football fan with a strong work ethic.

Last week, Fuad – an Eritrean refugee in Sweden – got a message from his 20-year-old brother saying he was going to try to cross the Mediterranean Sea(...)

A girl wears a protective face mask at a makeshift camp for refugees and migrants next to the Moria camp, during a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus, on the island of Lesbos, Greece. Photograph: Elias Marcou/Reuters

Although to date there been few reports of significant coronavirus clusters in overcrowded refugee camps, whether in huge camps like Cox’s Bazar in Ba(...)

An Eritrean teenager in a dormitory for unaccompanied minors in Shagarab refugee camp, eastern Sudan, in 2017. Many Eritreans stop here before travelling on towards Libya. Photograph: Sally Hayden

In Libya, migrants pay smugglers to get them to Europe. Instead, they are tortured, raped, killed First came the smell, then the sight of hundreds(...)

A crew member of the German NGO Sea-Eye migrant rescue ship Alan Kurdi taking part in a training exercise. Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

Italian ports cannot be considered safe because of the coronavirus epidemic and will not let charity migrant boats dock, the government has ruled. Th(...)

Supporters of Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar demonstrate in Benghazi. On April 4th, 2019 Haftar ordered his self-styled Libyan National Army to advance on Tripoli in a bid to take the capital. Photograph: Abdullah Doma/AFP/Getty Images

Each night, at home in western Tripoli, Asma makes a calculation. Is an explosion likely to rip through her wall, coming from the direction of the fig(...)

Abdel Basset al-Megrahi in a Tripoli hospital in 2009. Photograph: Ismail Zetouny/Reuters

There may have been a miscarriage of justice in the trial of Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, the Libyan convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing in which 270 (...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan. Photograph: Pavel Golovkin/Pool via Reuters

The ceasefire proclaimed by Russia and Turkey in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province is a fix that satisfies none of the combatant parties. The halt t(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin and  Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan will meet in Moscow to discuss the ongoing conflict in Syria’s north-western war-torn Idlib province.  Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes to agree a ceasefire in Syria’s north-western Idlib province on Thursday when he meets his Russian counte(...)

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