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Mikhail Bogdanov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and Special Envoy of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Middle East and Africa, received Ibrahim Bushnaf, Libyan National Security Adviser, who is on a visit to Russia at the invitation of his Russian counterpart.

For the third time in one month, the members of the Libyan 5+5 Joint Military Committee (JMC) held a meeting that led to a number of positive indicators about the continuation of the remarkable state of peace and stability that Libya has been experiencing in the past two years, especially with regard to not returning to resorting to arms to resolve the authoritarian conflict between East and West.

In its obsession to keep migrants and asylum seekers away from its shores, Italy is paying for tens of thousands of people to be intercepted and returned to Libya, where they face abuses that the UN describes as possible crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on Wednesday.

Five suspected migrant smugglers, including three Bangladeshi and two Sudanese nationals who reached Lampedusa, Italy on December 26, were arrested by police on aggravated charges of favoring illegal migration, criminal association, torture and kidnapping for extortion, judicial sources said Monday.