Italian prosecutors blame captain for collision in migrant shipwreck


CATANIA, Italy - Italian prosecutors blamed the captain of a grossly overloaded fishing boat for a collision which capsized and sank his vessel off Libya, drowning hundreds of migrants including many women and children locked below deck. | Video

Old loyalties, religious cohesion may frustrate Islamic State in Libya

CAIRO - Islamic State's executions of Christians show the group is exploiting Libya's lawlessness but tribal and political loyalties and the absence of a sectarian divide mean it is unlikely to grow as rapidly there as in Iraq or Syria.

Libya, World 1:35pm EDT

Obama, Tunisia's Essebsi to meet in wake of attack, elections

WASHINGTON - U.S President Barack Obama and Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi will meet in Washington next month to discuss security and economic issues, including the situation in neighboring Libya, the White House said in a statement on Monday.

World, Libya 20 Apr 2015

Draft security law raises concerns about rights in new Tunisia

TUNIS - Tunisian political parties and unions have criticized a draft security law draft, saying it could harm freedom of expression and other rights in Tunisia four years after an uprising that ushered in democracy.

World, 20 Apr 2015

Italian navy takes back fishing boat seized near Libya

PALERMO, Italy - Italian navy personnel on Friday boarded a Sicilian fishing boat and took custody of a Libyan soldier on board after the vessel was seized overnight off the coast of the North African state, the defense ministry said.

World, Libya, Italy, Africa 17 Apr 2015

Tunisia finds weapons, arrests jihadist with explosive belt

TUNIS - Tunisian troops have captured a large arms cache including Kalashnikov rifles, grenades and explosives, a security source said on Thursday, as the government struggles to keep track of jihadists after a bloody attack last month.

World, 16 Apr 2015

South Korea moves Libya embassy staff to Tunisia after attack

SEOUL - South Korea has temporarily relocated its Tripoli embassy staff to Tunisia, following an attack by gunmen this week that killed two local security guards, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

World, Libya 14 Apr 2015

U.S. to triple military aid to Tunisia

TUNIS - The United States will increase military aid to Tunisia threefold this year and help train its troops, a senior U.S official said on Friday, weeks after the country suffered its deadliest militant attack in more than a decade.

World, 10 Apr 2015

After Bardo attack, Tunisia treads line between security and freedoms

TUNIS - Soon after Islamist militants gunned down 21 foreign tourists in Tunisia's Bardo museum last month, newspaper columnists, radio hosts and politicians swiftly called for a merciless crackdown to save their young democracy.

World, 08 Apr 2015

Four Tunisian soldiers killed in militant attack on checkpoint

TUNIS - Islamist militants attacked a Tunisian military checkpoint on Tuesday, killing four soldiers and wounding three others in a raid in a central region bordering Algeria.

World, 07 Apr 2015