UN Libya envoy ‘quite optimistic’ on ceasefire prospects | AFP

The UN’s Libya envoy says she is “quite optimistic” about the prospects of talks in Geneva between the two warring factions producing a ceasefire. “I’m qute optimistic… there is an air of seriousness and commitment,” Stephanie Williams, the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), tells a press conference, after the sides agree to open internal land and air routes. SOUNDBITE

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Libyan factions agree to open land, air routes between regions: UN | AFP

The UN’s Libya envoy says that Libya’s two sides have agreed to open internal land and air routes. Libya has been wracked by conflict since the overthrow and killing of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011. Rival power centres as well as a myriad of militias are vying for control, while human rights violations are often overlooked. SOUNDBITE

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Over a hundred migrants arrive on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa | AFP

More than a hundred migrants from sub-Saharan Africa who left from Libya arrive in Lampedusa after being rescued by two Italian coast guard vessels. Another group of Tunisias was also rescued at sea and brought onto one of the boats on the Island.

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UN chief denounces ‘unprecedented’ foreign interference in Libya | AFP

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres denounces “unprecedented” foreign interference in Libya, saying the conflict has “entered a new phase.” SOUNDBITE

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On board the Ocean Viking, tension mounts among rescued migrants | AFP

On board the Ocean Viking, off the shores of southern Europe, tension is mounting among migrants rescued at sea. Some 118 of them fled Libya and were rescued five days ago by the SOS Méditerranée aid ship, which is circling waiting to be assigned a port of disembarkation. IMAGES

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France’s Macron holds videoconference with Russian president Putin | AFP

At the Elysée Palace, French President Emmanuel Macron talks to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin by videoconference. They discuss the military parade celebrating the 1945 victory which has just taken place in Moscow, the “strategic dialogue” engaged between their two countries, as well as current crises, such as Libya or Syria. IMAGES

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Emmanuel Macron denounces Turkey’s “dangerous game” in Libya | AFP

“Turkey is playing a dangerous game in Libya,” French President Emmanuel Macron says at a press conference with his Tunisian counterpart Kais Saied at the Elysée Palace. SOUNDBITE

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Sea Watch rescues 100 migrants off Libya | AFP

The German NGO Sea Watch rescued around 100 migrants off of Libya on Wednesday, saying the Libyan coastguard would have turned them back to shore if the humanitarian group had not intervened. IMAGES

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Landmines spell silent threat in Libyan former war zone | AFP

Deminers take part in the clearance of unexploded ordnance remaining in the Libyan capital Tripoli. Oil-rich Libya has been torn by years of violence, drawing in tribal militias, jihadists and mercenaries, since the 2011 toppling and killing of longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi in a Western-backed uprising.

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Tripoli residents celebrate retreat of Libya strongman’s forces | AFP

Residents of the Libyan capital Tripoli hold celebrations after forces loyal to Libya’s UN-recognised government overrun rival strongman Khalifa Haftar’s last western stronghold, following a 14-month assault on Tripoli. After a series of military victories by forces loyal to Tripoli’s UN-recognised government, Strongman Khalifa Haftar has backed a ceasefire in Libya starting Monday, Egypt’s president announced after talks in Cairo.

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Highlights of this day in history: The Titanic sinks off the coast of Newfoundland; President Abraham Lincoln dies; Jackie Robinson becomes first African American player in Major League Baseball; US launches air raid against Libya; Cambodian Communist revolutionary Pol Pot dies; Punk rocker Joey Ramone dies at age 49. (April 15)

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Libya unity govt retakes strategic city of Sabratha | AFP

Fighters supporting Libya’s unity government celebrate at a roundabout in Sabratha after seizing the coastal city between Tripoli and the Tunisian border from troops backing military commander Khalifa Haftar, according to officials. IMAGES

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Africa Weekly: new coronavirus cases reach Eastern Africa | AFP

This week in Africa Kenya and Ethiopia record their first coronavirus cases, the Democratic Republic of Congo records first COVID-19 positive diagnosis as Ebola outbreak nears end and South Africa repatriates over 120 nationals from virus-hit China.
And in other news: African leaders agree to Libya peace talks in July, Ethiopian Airlines marks one year since Flight 302 crash, Malawi security forces fire teargas at protesters as activist detained, Hunger, economic slump as Zambia battles drought, Business booms for Seychelles’ suggestive love coconuts and French-Rwandan artist Gaël Faye debuts film based on bestseller.

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African leaders meet in Congo to lay groundwork for Libya peace talks | AFP

Three African presidents, the chairman of the African Union Commission and representatives of the United Nations and the Algerian and Egyptian governments meet in Oyo, north of the Rpublic of Congo, to pave the way for future dialogue between warring factions in Libya. IMAGES

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US heart surgeon treats children in Libya’s war

US heart surgeon treats children in Libya’s war

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AU to play more prominent role in resolving Libya conflict | AFP

Smail Chergui, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, says during a two-day African Union summit in Addis Ababa that the AU seeks to play a more prominent role in the resolution of the ongoing conflict in Libya. SOUNDBITE

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Libya: Guterres calls on leaders to respect their commitment | AFP

Antonio Guterres calls on the leaders of the main countries involved in the conflict in Libya to respect their commitment and implement the arms embargo decided by the United Nations in 2011. SOUNDBITE of UN chief Antonio Guterres

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International conference on Libya: Angela Merkel welcomes Macron | AFP

Angela Merkel welcomes the President of France Emmanuel Macron in Berlin for the International conference on Libya. World leaders gather to make a fresh push for peace in Libya, in a desperate bid to stop the conflict-wracked nation from turning into a “second Syria”. Libya has been torn by fighting between rival armed factions since a 2011 NATO-backed uprising killed dictator Moamer Kadhafi. IMAGES

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