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EU Leaders Discuss how to Handle Libya Migrants

Leaders from six EU nations led by Britain were holding talks Friday on how to tackle migration from Libya at a Brussels summit focused on dealing with an unprecedented influx of people fleeing war in Syria.

British Prime Minister David Cameron was hosting a meeting with leaders from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Malta and Federica Mogherini, the European Union's foreign policy chief, his spokeswoman said.

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187 Migrants Rescued, 4 Dead Off Libya after Boat Fire

Libyan coastguards and navy special forces on Thursday rescued 187 African migrants and found four bodies after a fire on a boat headed for Europe, a navy spokesman said.

Colonel Ayoub Qassem, quoted by a news agency operated by Libya's unrecognized authorities in Tripoli, said the rescue took place six nautical miles off Sabratha, 70 kilometers (45 miles) west of the capital.

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Tripoli Authorities Warn Libya Unity Govt. to Keep out

Libya's unrecognized authorities in control of Tripoli warned a new U.N.-backed unity government on Wednesday that it would not be welcome in the capital.

"A government that has been imposed from abroad without the consensus of Libyans... has no place amongst us," the so-called Tripoli government said in a statement.

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Two Migrants Dead as 2,000 Rescued Off Libya

Nearly 2,000 migrants and two corpses have been recovered from people smugglers' boats off Libya since Tuesday, Italy's coastguard said Wednesday.

Further rescue operations were ongoing, a spokesman told AFP.

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Freed Hostages Return to Italy from Libya

Two Italians kidnapped last July in Libya returned to Italy on Sunday to a mute homecoming, amid questions over why two others snatched with them were killed.

Gino Pollicardo, 55, and Filippo Calcagno, 65, were met by relieved relatives at Rome's Ciampino airport in the early hours and were whisked away to be debriefed by Italy's foreign ministry and intelligence services.

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Italy Confirms Two Hostages Freed in Libya

Two Italians kidnapped last July in Libya were freed Friday in a raid on Islamic State group hideouts in a city near the capital, officials in Libya and Rome said.

"Two Italian hostages were released... in Sabratha after an operation targeting several houses after information reached security forces that Daesh elements were there," the city's mayor Hussein al-Dawadi said, using an Arabic acronym for IS.

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Tunisia Raid on Militants Foiled Attack Plot from Libya, Says PM

Five militants killed by Tunisian forces near the Libyan border had slipped across with the aim of carrying out "terrorist attacks", Prime Minister Habib Essid said Thursday.

Essid, in a statement on his official Facebook page, praised the army and national guard units who had eliminated the "terrorist cell sent in from Libya".

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At least 28 Civilians Killed in Libya this Year, Says U.N.

At least 28 civilians including five children have been killed in fighting across Libya so far this year, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), which has been pushing the north African state's rival parliaments and governments to sign up to a national unity deal, said 38 civilians had also been wounded since January 1.

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Possible 'Measures' on Libya Deal Blockers, Say Med Ministers

Mediterranean foreign ministers said Friday that European countries could take unspecified "measures" against parties in Libya who block a U.N.-backed unity government initiative for the war-torn North African nation.

Libya has had rival parliaments and governments since 2014, after an Islamist-led militia alliance overran Tripoli and forced the internationally recognized administration to flee to the remote east of the oil-rich nation.

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Tree Trunks, Concrete Block IS Return to Libya's Derna

Seven months after driving the Islamic State group out of Libya's Derna, militia fighters have blocked roads into the coastal city with tree trunks and concrete blocks to prevent their return.

IS took advantage of the chaos in Libya after the 2011 revolution to spread its influence in the oil-rich country, which has had two rival administrations since mid-2014.

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