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Drowned Toddler Sparks Fresh Horror over Europe Nigrant Crisis

Heart-rending pictures of a toddler's lifeless body washed ashore on a Turkish beach sparked horror on Wednesday as the cost of Europe's growing refugee crisis hit home.

The images of a tiny child lying face down in the surf at one of Turkey's main tourist resorts has once more put a human face on the dangers faced by tens of thousands of desperate people who risk life and limb to seek a new life in Europe.

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U.N.: 13 Million Children Denied Education by Mideast Wars

More than 13 million children are being denied an education by Middle East conflicts, the U.N. said Thursday, warning "the hopes of a generation" would be dashed if they cannot return to classrooms.

In a report on the impact of conflict on education in six countries and territories across the region, the United Nation's children fund UNICEF said more than 8,850 schools were no longer usable due to violence.

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On Eve of Talks, Libya's Tripoli Authorities Undecided on Joining

Libya's Tripoli-based authorities said Wednesday they had not yet decided whether to take part in crucial peace talks, a day before their expected start in Geneva.

The talks, aimed at ending more than a year of violence and political chaos in the North African country, are due to take place in the Swiss city on Thursday and Friday.

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Greek Police Find Large Weapons Stash on Libya-Bound Ship

A large weapons stash was discovered Tuesday on a cargo ship off the Greek island of Crete, a police source said, with initial information suggesting it sailed from Turkey and was headed for Libya.

Greek port police boarded the Haddad 1 and found shotguns in a shipping container, although no details were given on the other weapons found.

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IS Claims Tripoli Car Bomb near Oil Firm

The Islamic State jihadist group on Tuesday claimed a car bomb attack against an oil company co-owned by Italy's Eni in the Libyan capital that wounded one person.

IS said in a statement on Twitter that one of its "security detachments targeted the headquarters of Mellitah Oil and Gas with a car bomb in the Dhahra district in downtown Tripoli".

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Libya Car Bomb Wounds One, Damages Office of Eni Firm

A car bomb exploded Monday in the Libyan capital, wounding one person and causing damage to the offices of an oil company co-owned by Italy's Eni, a security official said.

The target of the blast was not clear, and there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

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Libya Loyalist Forces Battle IS in Benghazi

Libyan pro-government forces on Monday battled jihadists from the Islamic State group in second city Benghazi, where five pro-government fighters have been killed in two days of violence, media said.

Four loyalist soldiers died and 22 were wounded on Sunday in clashes with IS in the southern district of Hawari, the pro-government LANA news agency reported.

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Seven Bodies Wash Up on Libya Beach

Another boat carrying migrants has sunk off Libya and the bodies of at least seven people have been washed up, Libya's Red Crescent said on Sunday.

"We were alerted that a boat had sunk and that there are bodies on the beach in Khoms," 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Tripoli, Red Crescent spokesman Mohammad al-Misrati told AFP.

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Libya Shipwreck Toll Rises to 111, Dozens Missing

Rescuers have retrieved from the sea the bodies of 111 migrants whose boat sank off the coat of Libya, the Red Crescent said on Saturday in a new toll.

A spokesman for the Libyan relief organisation said dozens are still missing after Thursday's tragedy.

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U.N. Envoy Urges Speedy Libya Talks to Curb Migrant Crisis

A U.N. envoy urged Libya's warring factions Friday to speed up peace talks to help curb accidents in which hundreds of migrants have drowned off its shore as well as persistent bloodshed at home.

Bernardino Leon told a news conference in Skhirat near the Moroccan capital that the target was to sign an agreement on the formation of a unity government by September 20.

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