For more than three months, brigades aligned with Libya's UN-backed government have been battling to oust Islamic State from Sirte.
Tens of thousands take the dangerous Mediterranean Sea route as a gateway to a better life in Europe, alongside those fleeing wars from Syria to Afghanistan.

Egypt getting tougher on FGM

The drive for tougher sentences by Egypt follows the recent death of a 17-year-old girl of complications during an FGM operation in a private hospital.
A suicide bomber has killed at least 15 people at a wedding party near the southern Iraqi city of Kerbala, police say.
An Islamic State group militant rammed his explosives-laden car into an army recruiting centre in Aden Monday, killing 71 people in the deadliest jihadist attack...
At least 15 bodies have been transferred to a hospital run by MSF in the southern Yemen city of Aden after a suicide bombing.
Some 34 Libyan fighters are dead, after a renewed push against the last Islamic State militant holdouts in the coastal city of Sirte.

Houthis ready for Yemen talks

Yemen's governing council says it's ready to restart peace talks with the country's exiled government, but wants attacks to stop.
Turkey has sent tanks across the border to help Syrian rebels drive the Islamic State group out of the frontier town of Jarablus.
Dozens of people were killed in Turkish bombardments in Syria on Sunday as Ankara ramped up its unprecedented offensive against the Islamic State group and...
At least 16 people are dead and several others wounded after Syrian government helicopters dropped two barrel bombs over a funeral in a neighbourhood in the...
Four rockets have reportedly been fired at an airport in Turkey's south-east.
Taliban insurgents have overrun a district in eastern Afghanistan, threatening strategically important road routes to Pakistan.
A Turkish court on Saturday placed under arrest three former top diplomats, including a former advisor to ex-president Abdullah Gul, over links to the failed July...
The Islamic State has released a video featuring a child, purportedly British, appearing to execute a prisoner.
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