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IS Seizes Control of Airport in Libya's Sirte

The Islamic State jihadist group has seized control of the airport in the city of Sirte after forces of a Tripoli-based Libyan government withdrew, a spokesman said Friday.

Mohamed al-Shami, whose government is not recognized by the international community, said its forces pulled out late Thursday from the airport which had "fallen into the hands of the IS organization."

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More than 700 Migrants Rescued in Mediterranean

A total of 741 migrants who set sail from Libya in the hopes of reaching Europe were rescued in the Mediterranean on Thursday, the Italian coastguard said.

The rescue operation was coordinated by the coastguard, a spokesman told Agence France Presse, and carried out with the help of German, Irish and British naval vessels under the auspices of the EU's Frontex border control agency. 

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Tunisia Arrests 2nd Morocco Suspect in Bardo Attack

Tunisia has arrested a second Moroccan suspect over a deadly attack in March on the Bardo museum in Tunis, detaining him at the border with Libya, the interior ministry said Thursday.

Noureddine al-Naibi was arrested on Sunday at the Ras Jedir border post on suspicion of indirect involvement in the attack, ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui told AFP.

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Rand Paul Blames Republican Hawks for Rise of ISIS

Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul is blaming his own party for the rise of the Islamic State group.

The senator from Kentucky said Wednesday that the Republicans' foreign policy hawks "created these people." That assertion led potential 2016 rival Bobby Jindal, Louisiana's governor, to say Paul was unqualified to be president.

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Libya Tribal Chiefs Meet in Cairo Peace Initiative

A four-day meeting of Libyan tribal leaders opened Monday in Egypt which is exploring ways to unite warring parties and bring peace to its oil-rich neighbor.

Those attending the conference at a Cairo hotel were members of tribes that back the internationally recognized government based in the eastern Libyan city of Tobruk.

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Report: Libya Pro-Government Air Raid Hits Oil Tanker

Forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognized government carried out an air strike Sunday on an oil tanker delivering its cargo to a power plant run by the rival administration, a report said.

The General Electricity Company denounced as "sabotage" the attack at the plant near Sirte, in central Libya, saying it was likely to cause disruptions to power supplies across the country due to a lack of fuel.

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5 Italy-Bound Tunisian Migrants Drown, 49 Rescued in Med

The bodies of five Tunisian migrants trying to reach the Italian island of Lampedusa were recovered from the sea Saturday while 49 others were rescued, Tunisia's coast guard said.

The coast guard station in Teboulba said the five migrants who had drowned were recovered and the others rescued in the night off the town's coast.

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Activists Denounce Africa's Silence over Migrant Drownings

Despite cries of alarm from European politicians over the deaths of migrants in the Mediterranean, African leaders have been silent over an issue they fear underlines their weak governance, say campaigners.

For years Libya has been a stepping stone for Africans seeking to get to Europe, fleeing conflict, economic hardship and instability often in rickety, unseaworthy vessels.

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Dozens of Tunisians Held by Libya Militia Freed

Dozens of Tunisians who had been detained in Libya by a militia were set free in the capital Tripoli on Thursday, officials said.

Mohamed Abdelsalam al-Kuwiri, who heads a unit in the Tripoli-based government that combats illegal migration, said his officers helped secure the release of 42 Tunisians.

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Report: Clinton Emails Reveal Benghazi Militant Fears

One day after a deadly 2012 attack on a U.S. mission in Libya, then secretary of state Hillary Clinton was told confidentially al-Qaida-linked militants were likely behind the assault, a U.S. daily said Thursday, publishing some of her emails.

Yet it took several days for the White House to admit it was probing whether al-Qaida had any links to the storming of the mission in Benghazi in which U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed.

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