Migrants

Irish naval ship 'rescues 712 people' off Libyan coast

Hundreds, including 14 pregnant women and four infants, rescued off of Libya in 'wretched state', says Irish navy.

Irish naval ship 'rescues 712 people' off Libyan coast

Refugees

NGOs reject claims of collusion with people smugglers

Aid workers say accusation intended to deflect public attention from "failure" of EU's counter-smuggling efforts.

Africa

Babies among 44 dead migrants found in Niger desert

Dozens attempting to reach Libya to get to Europe die of thirst as vehicle breaks down in northern Niger, officials say.

More than 40 migrants 'die of thirst' in Niger

Khalifa Haftar

Libya Today: From Arab Spring to failed state

Briefly after the revolution, Libya experienced a period of calm before it was plunged yet again into another conflict.

Italy

Libyan coastguard opened fire at refugee boats: NGOs

Aid groups say 70 refugees jumped into Mediterranean waters to avoid being shot as speedboat interrupted rescue.

Libyan coastguard opened fire at refugee boats: NGOs

Middle East

UN urges Libya to release all refugees, asylum seekers

UN refugee chief 'shocked at the harsh conditions' in which Libya keeps refugees and migrants in detention centres.

UN urges Libya to release all refugees, asylum seekers

Middle East

5,000 refugees rescued on route to Italy from Libya

Libyan and Italian coastguards pick thousands of people from dozens of boats in the Mediterranean in 48 hours.

5,000 refugees rescued on route to Italy from Libya

Humanitarian crises

Italy rescues 484 people from the Mediterranean

Seven bodies also recovered on Saturday as refugees and migrants were trying to cross into Europe on four rubber boats.

Italy rescues 484 people from the Mediterranean

Refugees

Nearly 200 asylum seekers feared dead off Libya coast

Eleven have died and 200 are missing after two boats heading for Europe sink off the Libyan coast.

Nearly 200 asylum seekers feared dead off Libya coast

Refugees

Italy says 3,000 rescued in Mediterranean Sea

Italian coastguard says about 3,000 refugees were saved from boats in the Mediterranean Sea in a single day.

Italian coastguard: 3,000 rescued in Mediterranean Sea

Human Rights

African migrants 'sold at open slave markets' in Libya

People are held for ransom, forced labour or sexual exploitation after being sold for up to $500, UN agency says.

IOM: African migrants traded in Libya's 'slave markets'

Migrants

Nearly 150 migrants feared dead after boat sinks

16-year-old Gambian says he's the only survivor after boat packed with 147 Africans goes down in the Mediterranean.

Nearly 150 migrants feared dead after boat sinks

Humanitarian crises

6,000 people rescued from the Mediterranean

The refugees and migrants were rescued on the Mediterranean route from Libya to Italy in the last few days, IOM says.

6,000 people rescued from the Mediterranean

Refugees

At least 525 refugees drowned in early 2017

Number of drowned in Mediterranean from January to early March higher than last year, raising alarm among rights groups.

IOM: 525 refugees die at sea in first few weeks of 2017

Libya

Amid Libya's chaos, human traffickers have free rein

Militias collude with corrupt officials to extort and abuse migrants seeking to reach Europe.

Amid Libya's chaos, human traffickers have free rein