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Drowned Baby a Crushing Symbol of Migrant Crisis

Was one of 3 infants pulled from Mediterranean on Friday

(Newser) - The figure bobbing in the water looked "like a doll, arms outstretched." But what German humanitarian organization Sea-Watch pulled from the Mediterranean Sea on Friday was not a doll. "I took hold of the forearm of the baby and pulled the light body protectively into my arms... More »

US Won't Seek Death Penalty Against Benghazi Suspect

He's been described as the ringleader of the attack that killed 4 Americans

(Newser) - The Justice Department will not seek the death penalty against Ahmed Abu Khattala, the suspected Libyan militant charged in the Benghazi attacks that killed a US ambassador and three other Americans, the AP reports. The department revealed its decision in a court filing that provided no explanation. His attorneys had... More »

Up to 500 Feared Dead in Mediterranean Shipwreck

Smugglers were transferring the migrants to a larger boat in choppy waters

(Newser) - Up to 500 people are feared dead after a shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea last week, UN refugee agency UNHCR said Wednesday. The AP reports the disaster happened in waters between Italy and Libya, based on accounts from 41 survivors who were rescued on April 16 by a merchant ship.... More »

Obama Says His Biggest Mistake Happened in 2011

He wishes there had been a better plan for Libya

(Newser) - President Obama is now about 90% of the way through his presidency and apparently feels he has little to lose by talking to Fox News about his mistakes. In a Fox News Sunday interview, the president said that a failure to plan for the aftermath of intervention in Libya was... More »

How Hillary Helped Create a Terrorist Haven

Clinton spearheaded intervention into Libya

(Newser) - As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton played a key role in persuading President Obama to intervene in Libya—a move that helped turn the country into a war-torn, terrorist haven, the New York Times reports in two long articles based on interviews with more than 50 domestic and foreign officials.... More »

ISIS Raids Libyan City, Beheads 12

Militants continue push to control key city

(Newser) - Islamic State affiliates in Libya briefly took over the security headquarters in the western city of Sabratha, killing and beheading 12 security officers before being driven out early Wednesday, two city security officials said. The incident highlighted the enduring presence and unpredictable striking power of the ISIS militants in the... More »

Serbia: US Strike in Libya Killed 2 Embassy Hostages

They were snatched from convoy in November

(Newser) - Two Serbian embassy staffers who had been held hostage in Libya since November are believed to have been killed in Friday's US airstrikes on an ISIS camp in western Libya, Serbia's foreign minister said Saturday. The minister identified the two as Sladjana Stankovic, a communications officer, and Jovica... More »

US Strike in Libya Kills ISIS Recruits

Leader behind 2 major attacks was the target

(Newser) - American warplanes struck multiple targets in Libya overnight, hitting what was apparently an Islamic State training camp, the AP reports. The big strike took place on a camp near the city of Sabratha, where the mayor says about 40 were killed, reports Reuters . One US official tells the New York ... More »

27 Years After Lockerbie Bombing, 2 New Suspects IDed

Scotland, US want to interview Libyans they say worked with al-Megrahi

(Newser) - Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, the sole suspect convicted for the 1988 bombing that brought down Pan Am Flight 103, killing 270 people, died in 2012 —but now Scotland and the US say they've set their sights on two other Libyans they want to question in the attack, the BBC... More »

Gadhafi Son's Sentence: Death

But it's unclear whether the militia holding Saif al-Islam will give him up

(Newser) - Moammar Gadhafi's son has been sentenced to death in absentia today by a Tripoli court that found him guilty of war crimes during Libya's 2011 uprising. Saif al-Islam is being held by a militia, from the town of Zintan, that has refused to turn him over to the... More »

State Dept. Says Hillary Didn't Turn Over 15 Emails

Department cross-referenced her files to those of longtime adviser

(Newser) - The State Department is still poring over 55,000 pages of Hillary Clinton emails, but officials made an important announcement yesterday: She didn't turn over at least 15 work-related emails as requested, the New York Times reports. How the discovery was made: The House committee looking into the Benghazi... More »

Libya: US Strike Killed 'Uncatchable' Militant Leader

Mokhtar Belmokhtar masterminded gas plant attack

(Newser) - The militant leader nicknamed "Uncatchable" by the French military wasn't unkillable when US jets carried out an airstrike in eastern Libya early Sunday, according to Libya's official government. Libyan authorities say Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the alleged mastermind of a 2013 attack on an Algerian gas plant that killed... More »

4K Migrants Rescued at Sea in 24 Hours

Smugglers sent them adrift once the weather cleared

(Newser) - More than 4,000 migrants have been rescued off Libya's coast in 22 separate operations in one day, with rescuers finding 17 people dead aboard a rubber dinghy, the Italian Coast Guard said today. The rescues, from 13 wooden fishing boats and nine motorized rubber dinghies, took place yesterday.... More »

As Refugee Crisis Expands, Europe Plans National Quotas

Some 1.8K migrants have died this year in journey across Mediterranean

(Newser) - The Mediterranean region has been grappling with a huge influx of migrants traveling from the Libyan coast to Europe, and the effects have been devastating : So far, some 60,000 people have attempted the crossing this year, per the UN, and more than 1,800 have died, the BBC reports.... More »

Hillary Agrees to Testify on Benghazi, Emails

But not for two days, thank you very much

(Newser) - Hillary Rodham Clinton is willing to testify once on Capitol Hill later this month about the attacks in Benghazi, Libya , and her email practices during her tenure as secretary of state, her attorney told lawmakers in a letter today. Lawyer David Kendall says the Democratic presidential candidate will appear for... More »

Egypt: UN Force Needed for 'Abandoned' Libya

Militia-backed PM calls strikes 'treacherous aggression'

(Newser) - Egypt's president says creating a UN-backed coalition is the best course of action to rid Libya of Islamic extremists. Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, speaking to France's Europe 1 Radio yesterday, said Egyptian airstrikes against ISIS positions in Libya on Monday were in self-defense. The airstrikes were in retaliation for the... More »

Egypt Hits ISIS Targets After Mass Beheadings

Airstrikes were to 'avenge the bloodshed,' Cairo says

(Newser) - Egypt says it has launched airstrikes against ISIS targets in Libya after the extremist group released a grisly video showing the beheadings of several Coptic Christians it had held hostage for weeks. A spokesman for the Armed Forces General Command announced the strikes on state radio today, marking the first... More »

Video Shows ISIS Beheading Christians

Victims are made to lie face-down before militants

(Newser) - A video purporting to show the mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages has been released by militants in Libya claiming loyalty to the Islamic State group. The video, released tonight, depicted several men in orange jumpsuits being led along a beach, each accompanied by a masked militant. The men are... More »

ISIS Affiliate's Tripoli Attack Killed Ex-Marine

Group says hotel hit was retaliation for al-Qaeda leader's death

(Newser) - More details are emerging in yesterday's deadly attack on a luxury hotel in Tripoli. Four or five gunmen are believed to have entered the Corinthia in the early morning, shouting "God is great" as they fired at guards and civilians. Ten people were killed, including American David Berry,... More »

Gunmen Hit Luxury Libya Hotel, Kill 8

ISIS claims credit; 5 foreigners, 3 guards reported dead

(Newser) - At least eight people are dead after gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Libya popular with foreigners, reports the AP . ISIS (or at least a Twitter account linked to the group) has claimed credit for the attack on the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli, reports the BBC . Details are still unfolding,... More »

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