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More than 100 migrants missing after shipwreck off Libya – navy

Sep 21, 2017 - 6:58 PM

The shipwreck occurs off the town of Sabratha, a hub for illegal migration to Europe that has seen violent clashes between rival armed groups since Sunday

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, August 30, 2017

Aug 30, 2017 - 11:51 AM

Hello Here s a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday

PH to help 20 Filipino seafarers detained in Libya

Aug 30, 2017 - 10:35 AM

This comes after the 20 Filipinos vessel the Liberian flagged tanker Levant was apprehended on suspicion that it was smuggling oil

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano speaks at the closing ceremony of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. File photo from ASEAN media pool

Italy applauds Libya's decision on migrant 'search and rescue' zone

Aug 13, 2017 - 11:30 PM

The measure is aimed at non governmental organizations which Libya accuses of facilitating illegal migration

NEW ARRIVALS. In this file photo, migrants and refugees arrive at the Trapani port, with the Aquarius vessel on July 22, 2016 after being rescued at sea. Stringer/AFP

Libyan coastguard intercepts 137 migrants

Aug 06, 2017 - 11:45 PM

The migrants are the latest to risk their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe

Migrants wait to be rescued by Italian coast guard in the Mediterranean Sea, 30 nautic miles from the Libyan coast, on August 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELOS TZORTZINIS

Italy moves to end migrant crisis with naval mission, NGO crackdown

Aug 03, 2017 - 9:03 AM

The twin moves come as new figures revealed a surprise drop in July in the number of mainly African asylum seekers and economic migrants arriving at the country s southern ports

RESCUED. Members of the Aquarius rescue ship run by NGO SOS Mediterranee and Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) help a migrant from Libya to board the ship after his rescue, in the Mediterranean Sea, 20 nautic miles from the Libyan coast, on August 2, 2017. Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

Libyan rivals voice joint support for ceasefire, elections

Jul 26, 2017 - 8:17 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron says Libya s UN backed Prime Minister Fayez al Sarraj and Khalifa Haftar the military commander based in the remote east of the vast country have shown historic courage in talks outside Paris

TALKS IN FRANCE. French President Emmanuel Macron (C) walks with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj (R) and General Khalifa Haftar (L), commander in the Libyan National Army (LNA), before talks aimed at easing tensions in Libya, in La Celle-Saint-Cloud, near Paris, on July 25, 2017. Philippe Wojazer/Pool/AFP

UN-backed Libya PM to meet eastern strongman in France

Jul 24, 2017 - 3:39 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron will host the meeting

MEETING SOON. Self-styled Libyan National Army's chief Khalifa Haftar (L) and Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj. Khalil Mazraawi and Fethi Belaid/Files/AFP

Federal judge weakens Trump travel ban

Jul 14, 2017 - 3:29 PM

UPDATED The decision by Judge Derrick Watson is a victory for opponents of the ban which the Trump administration says is necessary to keep out terrorists

Donald Trump file photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images/AFP; Airport file photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. 6-country travel ban takes effect with few exceptions for relatives

Jun 30, 2017 - 8:21 AM

UPDATED Hawaii has asked federal district Judge Derrick Watson to clarify the scope of the travel and refugee bans in the Pacific island state

TRAVEL BAN. Tareq Aquel Mohammed Aziz holds travel documents after arriving from Yemen at Dulles International airport on February 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. appeals court upholds block on Trump travel ban

Jun 13, 2017 - 7:48 AM

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit keeps in place a lower court injunction on the ban arguing the president has overstepped his authority and his executive order discriminated against travelers based on their nationality

WELCOME TO THE USA. This file photo taken on February 8, 2017 shows Yemenis who were among those stranded in Djibouti when US President Donald Trump ordered his travel ban, arrive to Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. David McNew/File/AFP

Ramadan begins for world's Muslims, violently for some

May 27, 2017 - 11:26 PM

Although for many Ramadan is a time for families to gather and break the fast with an iftar meal at sunset and socialize this year it has been marked by violence

HOLY MONTH. Filipino muslims prepare for the holy month of Ramadan at the Quiapo Islamic Center on May 26, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

ISIS claims deadly attack on Egypt Christians

May 27, 2017 - 8:44 PM

The jihadist group claims in a statement that its fighters set up a checkpoint for the Christians as they headed to the monastery then killing them and setting one of their vehicles on fire

ISIS CLAIMS ATTACK. An image grab taken from Egypt's state-run Nile News TV channel on May 26, 2017 shows the remains of a bus that was attacked while carrying Egyptian Christians in Minya province, some 260 kms south of the capital Cairo, killing dozens people according to state media and the health ministry. TV Grab from Nile News/AFP

Ramadan in Libya: little cash and too much violence

May 27, 2017 - 5:16 PM

There s no point in praying and fasting when a neighbor goes hungry says a fast food restaurant owner in Tripoli

RAMADAN STARTS. A butcher cuts meat for clients at a market in the center of the capital Tripoli, as the faithful prepare for the start of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, on May 25, 2017. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

10 held in Manchester attack probe

May 25, 2017 - 8:05 PM

Here are the details of the arrests so far

REMEMBRANCE. People stop to observe a minute's silence in St Ann's Square gathered around the tributes, in central Manchester, northwest England, on May 25, 2017, as a mark of respect to the victims of the May 22 terror attack at the Manchester Arena. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Trump's travel ban faces new test

May 08, 2017 - 2:01 PM

A US appeals court is set to take on a case that has stymied the administration s controversial efforts to bar travelers from 6 Muslim majority countries

WELCOME? Travelers arrive at the international terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport, March 6, 2017 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Italian FM in Libya for talks on peace and migrants

May 07, 2017 - 12:45 AM

Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano meets with Government of National Accord head Fayez al Sarraj and Vice President Ahmad Meitig

PEACE TALKS. Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano arrives in Libya on May 6. Photo from Wikipedia

At least 97 migrants missing as boat sinks off Libya

Apr 13, 2017 - 10:55 PM

General Ayoub Kacem says the boat s hull was completely destroyed and the survivors all men were found clinging to a floating device

3,000 migrants rescued off Libya – Italy coastguard

Mar 20, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The rescue was undertaken in 22 separate operations coordinated by the Italian coastguard

NEW ARRIVALS. In this file photo, migrants and refugees arrive at the Trapani port, with the Aquarius vessel on July 22, 2016 after being rescued at sea. Stringer/AFP

International quartet backs Libya's unity government

Mar 19, 2017 - 1:02 AM

The Cairo meeting by representatives of the United Nations European Union Arab League and African Union comes a day after gunmen opened fire at demonstrators protesting against militias in Libya s capital

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Hawaii judge freezes Trump's revamped travel ban

Mar 16, 2017 - 7:22 AM

4th UPDATE The court in Honolulu is the first to rule in a trio of legal challenges against the ban which was set to go into effect March 16

LEGAL ENTRY. In this file photo, traveler Tareq Aquel Mohammed Aziz holds travel documents after arriving from Yemen at Dulles International airport on February 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Decried as Muslim ban, will Trump decree pass legal muster?

Mar 08, 2017 - 3:56 PM

Can challengers succeed in overturning a measure that was deliberately crafted to remove the red flags raised by US courts over the first attempt? That may be more difficult

Yemenis who were among those stranded in Djibouti when President Trump ordered his travel ban, arrive to Los Angeles International Airport on February 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. David McNew/AFP

Trump signs revised travel ban, exempts Iraqis

Mar 06, 2017 - 10:31 PM

UPDATED Legal permanent residents and current visa holders would be explicitly exempt from the order Iraq would also no longer be on the list of countries affected

REVISING AN ORDER. This file photo taken on February 14, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump during a meeting with teachers, school administrators and parents in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Saul Loeb/ AFP

East Libya issues women travel ban over alleged spying

Feb 21, 2017 - 12:03 AM

The decision to forbid travel for Libyan women under the age of 60 without a mahram is not motivated by religion or politics It s about Libya s national security General Abdelrazek al Nadhouri says on Sunday February 19

U.S. judge deals severe legal blow to Trump travel ban

Feb 04, 2017 - 10:07 AM

3rd UPDATE The restraining order issued by Seattle US District Judge James Robart is valid nationwide pending a full review of a complaint filed by Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson

LEGAL BATTLE. Patrick Wicklund, from Seattle, stands outside the U.S. District Court, Western Washington, on February 3, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a state lawsuit challenging key sections of President Trump's immigration Executive Order as illegal and unconstitutional. Wicklund says he wanted to show support for refugees and immigrants who are his neighbors and to Bob Ferguson for standing up for an executive order he thinks is unconstitutional. Karen Ducey/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. revokes 60,000 visas after Trump order

Feb 04, 2017 - 8:07 AM

To put that number in context we issued over 11 million immigrant and non immigrant visas in fiscal year 2015 says Will Cocks spokesman for the US State Department s bureau of consular affairs

PROTESTS. Demonstrators chant slogans during an interfaith solidarity protest against President Donald Trump's executive immigration ban outside the Downtown Islamic Center on February 3, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Joshua LOTT / AFP

Trump downplays travel ban impact as fallout deepens

Jan 31, 2017 - 8:14 AM

UPDATED After a weekend of chaos at airports mass protests and diplomatic outcries criticism of Trump s proposal even came from his predecessor Barack Obama

Protesters gather at the Los Angeles International airport's Tom Bradley terminal, to demonstrate against President Trump's executive order effectively banning citizens from 7 Muslim majority countries, January 30, 2017. Konrad Fiedler/AFP

Trump's first major test is U.S. travel ban uproar

Jan 30, 2017 - 8:48 AM

UPDATED The ban is criticized by allies sparks confusion over its implementation and galvanizes Democrats looking for a lightning rod to beat Trump

Demonstrators at Philadelphia International Airport protest against President Donald Trump's executive order banning Muslim immigration on January 29, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images/AFP

Malacañang: We respect U.S. immigration ban

Jan 29, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Palace spokesperson: We respect the policy of the United States of America if they have prohibitions or they would be banning people from entering their country because that is their right

Protestors rally at a demonstration against the new ban on immigration issued by President Donald Trump at Logan International Airport on January 28, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. Scott Eisen/Getty Images/AFP

Muslim world shocked, outraged at U.S. visa ban

Jan 29, 2017 - 7:16 PM

Families split a father unable to reach his son s wedding and officials warning of a gift to extremists – the visa ban triggers shock and confusion among those affected

'NO MUSLIM BAN' Protesters gather to denounce President Donald Trump's executive order that bans certain immigration, at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on January 28, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. G. Morty Ortega/Getty Images/AFP

Trump originally asked for 'Muslim ban' says Giuliani

Jan 29, 2017 - 5:32 PM

Show me the right way to do it legally ex New York mayor Rudy Giuliani says Trump told him

Demonstrators protest against President Trump's executive immigration ban at Chicago O'Hare International Airport on January 28, 2017. Joshua Lott/AFP

Trump immigration ban loses first legal battle

Jan 29, 2017 - 11:05 AM

UPDATED A federal judge blocks part of President Donald Trump s temporary immigration ban ordering authorities to stop deporting refugees and other travelers stuck at US airports

Demonstrators block traffic at the international arrival terminal as they protest against muslim immigration ban at San Francisco International Airport on January 28, 2017 in San Francisco, California. Stephen Lam/Getty Images/AFP

Trump vows better Russia ties, reassures NATO allies

Jan 29, 2017 - 7:33 AM

The conversations gives the US president an early opportunity to explain new policies that have baffled and unnerved much of the rest of the world – particularly his order to temporarily halt all refugee arrivals and those of travelers from 7 Muslim majority nations

US President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin from the Oval Office of the White House on January 28, 2017, in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Muslims barred from flights to U.S., as others detained

Jan 28, 2017 - 10:38 PM

UPDATED US President Donald Trump s order to ban entry into the US travelers from Iran Iraq Libya Somalia Sudan Syria and Yemen sparks widespread international criticism and personal heartache

'LET THEM IN' Protestors rally during a demonstration against the Muslim immigration ban at John F. Kennedy International Airport on January 28, 2017 in New York City. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

Pivots: The world in 2016

Dec 28, 2016 - 10:18 AM

Here is a look at some of the biggest stories from the past year

Alleged hijackers of Libyan plane appear in Malta court

Dec 26, 2016 - 12:08 AM

Moussa Saha and Ali Ahmed Saleh plead not guilty in Valletta s law courts to a string of offenses including hijacking a plane and threatening passengers

NOT GUILTY? A picture taken on December 23, 2016 shows a group of hostages being released in Valletta, Malta, from the Afriqiyah Airways A320 after it was hijacked from Libya. File photo by Matthew Mirabelli/AFP

Hijackers of Libyan plane surrender in Malta

Dec 23, 2016 - 6:59 PM

5th UPDATE Libyan Foreign Minister Taher Siala says the two hijackers are supporters of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi and are requesting political asylum in Malta

A picture taken on December 23, 2016 shows a hijacked Airbus A320 operated by Afriqiyah Airways after it landed at Luqa Airport, in Malta. A hijacked plane from Libya landed on the Mediterranean island of Malta on December 23 with 118 people including seven crew members on board, Malta's prime minister and government sources said. The Airbus A320 had been on a domestic Libyan route operated by Afriqiyah Airways from Sabha in the south to the capital Tripoli but was re-routed.  / AFP PHOTO / Matthew Mirabelli / Malta OUT

No end in sight to migrant carnage in Mediterranean

Nov 17, 2016 - 8:13 AM

Departures from Libya are continuing unabated despite worsening weather in the Mediterranean with over 3 200 people rescued from crowded and unseaworthy dinghies since November 12

Migrants and refugees wrapped in survival foil blankets rest aboard the Topaz Responder ship run by Maltese NGO Moas and the Italian Red Cross after a rescue operation of migrants and refugees on November 3, 2016, off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean Sea. Andreas Solaro/AFP

100 feared dead in Mediterranean after migrant boat capsize

Nov 16, 2016 - 8:50 AM

The latest tragedy in the Mediterranean came the day after another incident in which it is feared dozens may have drowned after the sinking of another dinghy

A doctor from the Red Cross takes care of a migrant rescued at sea during the arrival of the Topaz Responder, a rescue ship run by Maltese NGO MOAS, in Vibo Valentia, Italy, November 7, 2016 following a rescue operation off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean sea. Andreas Solaro/AFP

Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2016 hit record 3,800 – UN

Oct 27, 2016 - 12:00 AM

The most dangerous route is between Libya and Italy where the UN has recorded one death for every 47 arrivals this year

Migrants hang from a boat as they wait to be rescued as they drift in the Mediterranean Sea, some 12 nautical miles north of Libya, on October 4, 2016. At least 1,800 migrants were rescued off the Libyan coast, the Italian coastguard announced, adding that similar operations were underway around 15 other overloaded vessels. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS

25 people found dead in Mediterranean migrant boat horror

Oct 26, 2016 - 9:31 PM

UPDATED The find adds to the grim evidence of the hazards of crossing the Mediterranean – a journey that the UN said Wednesday has claimed more than 3 800 lives so far this year a record

New deaths put Italy on track for somber migrant records

Oct 25, 2016 - 9:03 AM

The interior ministry which only counts those who have been registered said the latest arrivals lifted to more than 153 000 the total number of asylum seekers and economic migrants who have arrived in Italy since the start of this year

This handout picture taken and released by the Italian Red Cross on October 22, 2016 shows migrants landing in Vibo Marina, after a rescue operation in the Mediterranean Sea. Yara Nardi/Italian Red Cross/AFP

Chaos-ridden Libya's economy on the brink, say experts

Oct 19, 2016 - 10:22 AM

Political stalemate and the conflict rocking Libya are preventing the North African country from taking advantage of its vast oil resources and pushing the economy towards collapse

STREET SCENE. Libyans shop at a market on Martyrs' square in the Libyan capital Tripoli on October 18, 2016. Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Blow to Libya unity government as rival seizes offices

Oct 15, 2016 - 3:45 PM

The head of the former Government of National Salvation proclaims its reinstatement from the offices of a key consultative body of the Government of National Accord

At least 32 migrants dead off Libya – Italy coast guard

Oct 05, 2016 - 7:44 PM

The latest people to be rescued adds to a total of some 132 000 migrants who have landed at Italy s southern ports so far this year

Refugees and migrants wait to be rescued by members of Proactiva Open Arms NGO in the Mediterranean Sea, some 12 nautical miles north of Libya, on October 4, 2016. Aris Messinis/AFP

First oil export in two years leaves key Libyan port

Sep 22, 2016 - 11:13 AM

Oil is war ravaged Libya s key asset and rival administrations have been vying for control of territory and oil resources since the 2011 uprising that overthrew dictator Moammar Gaddafi

A general view shows the Malta-flagged Seadelta oil tanker off the coast of Libya's eastern Ras Lanuf port on September 19, 2016. Stringer/AFP

Libya forces seize oil terminals in blow to unity gov't

Sep 12, 2016 - 12:55 AM

Unless there is a very quick mediation this could lead to conflict and a final blow to Libya s oil industry says expert Mattia Toaldo

(FILES) This file photo taken on January 8, 2016 shows smoke billowing from a petroleum storage tank after a fire was extinguished following fighting at Al-Sidra oil terminal, near Ras Lanuf in the so-called "oil crescent" along Libya's northern coast.  Forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar on September 11, 2016 said they had seized the Al-Sidra and Ras Lanuf oil export terminals as the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) struggles to assert its authority over the oil-rich country. Haftar's forces took the two terminals -- together capable of handling 700,000 barrels of oil per day -- from installation guards loyal to the GNA. The terminals had been closed for months following attacks in January by the jihadist Islamic State group, who took advantage of turmoil after the 2011 uprising to gain a foothold in the country.   / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

3 dead, Italy migrant rescues hit 12,500 in 4 days

Sep 01, 2016 - 8:26 AM

Despite the surge in numbers this week migrant arrivals in Italy are running slightly below last year s levels

This image grab taken from a handout video and released by the Italian coastguard (Guardia Costiera) on August 30, 2016, shows Italian coast guard personnel taking part in a rescue operation of a boat with migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. Guardia Costiera/Handout/AFP

3,000 migrants saved off Libya a day after record rescue

Aug 31, 2016 - 6:08 AM

The total number of arrivals in Italy this year now stands at 112 500 according to the UN s refugee agency and the coastguard

A handout picture taken and released on August 20, 2016 by the Italian Red Cross shows a migrant aboard a rescue boat run by the Malta-based NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) and the Italian Red Cross (CRI), on the way to the port of Trapani. Yara Nardi /Italian Red Cross / AFP