Sea Watch rescue ship approaches Sicilian coast

Migrants aboard Sea Watch are hopeful as the rescue ship approaches the Sicilian coast, despite Italy’s far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini insisting that the country’s ports are closed to migrants. The Dutch-flagged vessel, which is operated by the German charity Sea Watch, picked up 47 migrants and asylum-seekers — including eight minors — six days ago off the coast of Libya as they made the treacherous Mediterranean crossing.

Boat carrying over 300 migrants rescued off Libya reaches Spain

Humanitarian aid ship Open Arms arrives in Spain with more than 300 migrants rescued off Libya. Madrid authorised the vessel to sail to its waters after Italy and Malta refused to take in the migrants.

Boat carrying over 300 migrants rescued off Libya reaches Spain

Humanitarian aid ship Open Arms arrives in Spain with more than 300 migrants rescued off Libya. Madrid authorised it to sail to its waters after Italy and Malta refused to receive them. IMAGES

Libya’s ‘green gold’ olive industry hit by export ban

Stretching as far as the eye can see, groves of gnarled olive trees in northwest Libya have proudly withstood the country’s devastating conflicts. But the industry of extracting olive oil, often dubbed “green gold”, is now under threat after Libyan authorities halted exports in a bid to “protect” local produce.

Returnees count cost of destruction in Libya’s Tawergha

Returning home after seven years in a camp for displaced people, Libyans from the town of Tawergha struggle to eke out a living in their vandalized land and properties. After being chased away by militia from the nearby city of Misrata, the displaced townsfolk were forbidden from returning home, until a reconciliation deal brokered in June by the internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA).

Roundtable with heads of delegations at Libya conference

Libya’s key political players meet with global leaders in Italy in the latest bid by major powers to kickstart a long-stalled political process and trigger elections. IMAGES

Family photo ahead of talks on Libya in Palermo

Global leaders who are meeting in Italy in a bid to kick-start Libya’s long stalled political process pose for a family photo. Absent from the photo is eastern Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, who is in Palermo but has said he will not join the talks and instead will meet with leaders in the margins of the main conference. IMAGES of the family photo