The number of migrant arrivals in August was down more than 80 percent from last year, thanks to Rome's partnership with Libyan authorities. But those sent back to Libya face torture and rape in the detention centers where they are held.
A UN-brokered deal to create a national unity government in Libya is to be signed Thursday in Morocco. But who signs and who doesn't is just one of the challenges.
Egypt said the group was traveling without formal authorization in the western desert near Libya, where security forces are battling Islamic militant groups.
Hundreds of thousands of immigrants, fleeing violence and poverty in Africa and the Middle East, are trying to find a better life in Europe – putting major strains on the EU and its member states.
A Libyan court sentenced Saif al-Islam, son of deposed leader Muammar Qaddafi, to death alongside eight former officials of the ousted regime. A militia group has imprisoned the son and refused to hand him over.
Mokhtar Belmokhtar, an Algerian militant known as 'The Uncatchable,' had been supposedly killed several times before. Libyan officials said the US airstrike over this weekend had killed him.
The past weekend on the Mediterranean was one of the busiest so far as British, Swedish, Spanish, and Italian ships worked to save people trying to reach Europe from Libya.
The European Union is seeking UN approval for using military force against human traffickers in Libya. Critics say targeting vessels isn't a comprehensive response to the tide of asylum seekers.
Under Qaddafi, Libya worked closely with Europe to harshly stem the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean. But the country's chaos has upended that.
Western powers are concerned that the fractured nation in North Africa is fertile ground for Islamic State militants.