Around 4,700 migrants died attempting to reach Europe: International organisation for Migration

According to latest IOM figures, 348,664 migrants and refugees have arrived in Europe by sea this year compared to 883,393 arrivals recorded at this point in 2015.

Nearly 4,700 migrants and refugees have drowned crossing the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe in 2016, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said. “This death toll is significantly higher than the number of fatalities documented over the same period last year, when 3,565 men, women and children were reported dead through November 30,” the IOM said on Tuesday.

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Libyan general Khalifa Haftar meets Russian minister to seek help

Haftar, who previously requested military support from the Kremlin to help fight Islamic militants in Libya, met foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.

Khalifa Haftar, the military commander of Libya’s eastern government, has met Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and said he was seeking Moscow’s help in his fight against Islamic militants at home.

Haftar, on his second visit to Moscow since the summer, requested military support from the Kremlin in September, according to Russian media. It was unclear on Tuesday if such help would be forthcoming.

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1400 illegal immigrants rescued off Libya’s coast

AFP – Rescuers saved some 1,400 migrants off the coast of Libya on Monday as Italy announced a record number of people arriving this year after crossing the Mediterranean, authorities said.

“It was a very difficult day but thanks to the work of the units that helped out, all of the migrants were rescued,” a spokesman for the Italian coast guard, which coordinates the operations, told AFP.

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Navy destroys boats, illegal refineries in Niger Delta

Posted By: Precious Igbonwelundu

The Navy yesterday destroyed suspected illegal refineries and stolen crude oil products in Niger Delta.

Its operatives attached to the Forward Operation Base (FOB) at Bonny were said to have raided Bolo and adjoining creeks, where they destroyed 12 illegal refinery sites and six Cotonou boats conveying suspected stolen crude oil.

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Somalia: Bomb kills four soldiers as forces mull attack on Islamic State

Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack in the Galgala hills, an insurgent stronghold about 30 km (20 miles) to the southwest of Bosasso, the largest city in the region.

Islamist insurgents killed four pro-government Somali soldiers and injured 11 others when a roadside bomb destroyed a military pickup in the north of the country on Tuesday, the military said. Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack in the Galgala hills, an insurgent stronghold about 30 km (20 miles) to the southwest of Bosasso, the largest city in the region. “A roadside bomb destroyed our pickup as we drove from Galgala hills today. We lost four soldiers, including a female soldier, and 11 men from our forces were injured,” Major Mohamed Ibrahim, a military officer in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, told Reuters.

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Niger Delta: Pipelines Attackers Are Experts – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the destruction of oil pipelines in the Niger Delta, saying the sophistication involved indicated that professionals were behind the vandalism.

Buhari made the observation yesterday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja after his investiture as the Grand Patron of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering (NAE) led by its President, Mrs. Joana Maduka. According to the president, going into the deep sea several kilometres to blow up pipelines with ease suggests that some professionals with high expertise were involved.

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Report – Arabian Sea raids on arms smugglers show Iran-Yemen link

By Katharine Houreld

NAIROBI (Reuters) – When Western navies raided three dhows in the Arabian Sea this year, some of the weapons they found matched arms taken from Houthi rebels in Yemen, a report said, suggesting links between Iranian suppliers and the Yemeni war.

Two of the dhows, all of which were unregistered and therefore stateless, were manufactured by Al Mansoor, an Iranian shipbuilder whose yard is next to an Iranian Revolutionary Guards base, the report said, citing Iranian state records.

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Somalia’s Presidential Election Postponed for Third Time

Somalia’s presidential elections, scheduled to begin this week, have been postponed for a third time, the electoral body said Monday.

Omar Mohamed Abdulle, head of Somalia’s electoral body, said elections slated for Wednesday will not happen as planned. Abdulle did not offer a new date, but said the next president will be elected before the end of this year.

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Libya won’t take part in any OPEC cuts for ‘foreseeable future’

Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Sunday it would not take part in any OPEC production cuts for the “foreseeable future” as the North African country tries to bring crude output back towards pre-conflict levels.

“Libya is in such a dangerous economic situation, there is no way it can participate in OPEC production cuts for the foreseeable future,” NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla told delegates at the Arab-Austrian Economic Forum in Vienna on Friday, according to an NOC statement.

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