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    Europe Forges Ahead to ‘Disrupt’ Human Smuggling at Sea From Libya

    by  • June 22, 2015 • Africa, Libya, Migration, Refugees • 
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    Migrants at the port of Augusta in Sicily rescued and briefed by the International Organization for Migration. FRANCESCO MALAVOLTA/IOM

    After a month of near silence in Europe on a proposal to stop human smuggling across the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to European shores, European foreign ministers are moving ahead this week on a plan to “disrupt” smugglers’ vessels in international or European waters. The plan, introduced on June 22, was noted in the...

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    The UN’s Mission in Mali: A Deadly Fight Against Terrorists

    by  • January 18, 2015 • Africa, Libya, Peace and Security, Security Council, UN Peacekeeping, US Foreign Relations • 
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    A memorial head for two Minusma peacekeepers, from Burkina Faso, was held at the UN headquarters in Bamako, the capital, in August 2014. MARCO DORMINO/UN PHOTO

    The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali, the most demanding and bloodiest operation in the organization’s global portfolio, is moving its major functions from its base in Bamako, the capital, to Gao, a remote city also on the Niger River, and other camps in the north. The goal is to keep a vigilant eye...

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    Will All of Syria’s Arsenal of Chemical Weapons Be Destroyed?

    by  • October 24, 2014 • Disarmament, Libya, Middle East, Security Council • 
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    Sigrid Kaag

    After an extraordinary effort from the United Nations, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and about a half dozen countries, including the United States and Russia, 96 percent of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal has been destroyed, acting on a UN Security Council mandate. The remaining 4 percent of the arsenal consists of...

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    ICC Staff Members Released in Libya

    by  • July 2, 2012 • ICC, Libya • 3 Comments
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    Melinda Taylor, ICC lawyer

    Libyan authorities have released the four International Criminal Court staff members who have been held in Zintan after their visit on June 7, 2012, to Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, the son of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, to notify him of his legal rights. Qaddafi, in custody by Zintan militias, has been charged with crimes against humanity...

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    Top US Official at the UN to Leave Post

    by  • December 4, 2011 • GOINGS-ON, Libya, Secretary-General, US-UN Relations • 4 Comments
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    B. Lynn Pascoe, an American and the under secretary-general for political affairs, is leaving at the end of the year.

    B. Lynn Pascoe, an American diplomat who has served as under secretary-general for political affairs during Ban Ki-moon’s first term, is leaving that key position early in the new year, as the secretary-general reshapes his senior team for his second five-year term beginning on Jan.1. The first announcement of pending changes at the top...

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    Libya’s Leaders, the UN Says, Value Democracy

    by  • October 24, 2011 • Africa, Libya, Peace and Security • 3 Comments
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    Ian Martin, who heads the UN's political mission in Libya, assured reporters recently that the country's interim leaders were intent on democracy.

    Very soon after the reported death of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi in Surt on Oct. 20, the United Nations responded with a statement by the secretary-general calling for reconciliation and national unity and with a press conference live from Tripoli featuring Ian Martin, the head of the UN’s new political mission in Libya, which was...

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