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31 Illegal Immigrants Rescued Off Libyan Coast

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31 Illegal Immigrants Rescued Off Libyan Coast

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has on Monday said that 31 illegal immigrants have been rescued off the Libyan coast.

IOM tweeted “IOM staff are at the disembarkation point in Tripoli, to provide emergency assistance to 31 migrants returned to shore by the coast guard.”

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The United Nations Migration organization added that “over 7,000 migrants have so far been intercepted and returned to Libya this year. Most end up in arbitrary detention.”

Libya has been dealing with conflict since the 2011 uprising that ousted long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi.

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Rights groups have criticized the efforts been made by the European Union to partner with the coastguard and other Libyan forces to stop the flow of migrants which have left many at the mercy of brutal armed groups or confined in squalid and overcrowded detention centres that lack adequate food and water.

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The northern African country bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, has long been a destination for migrants, some who are attempting to reach Europe through the Sea.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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