Libya lies in the Maghreb region of northern Africa and borders the Mediterranean Sea. Since 2011 the Country has experienced political instability.
Muammar Gaddafi was one of the conspirators who overthrew the country's king in a military coup in 1969. He in turn was overthrown during the Libyan Civil War of 2011, in which the rebels were supported by NATO. Libya has a population of six million; it's largest city and capital is Tripoli. This is a compilation of DW content on Libya.
Charity rescue ships working to save migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean are facing increasing hostility from Libyan authorities - and from a group of anti-migrant activists who have chartered their own boat in the area. Samantha Early spoke with a young woman working on board one of the NGO boats.
Italian authorities say they've seized a migrant rescue boat used by German NGO "Jugend Rettet" in the Mediterranean. It happened the same day Italy's parliament approved a naval mission to deter migrant arrivals.
The Italian government has issued a cry for help saying it's overwhelmed by the number of migrants arriving on its shores - around 100,000 this year. Now the Italian government, backed by the European Commission, is busy preparing measures aimed at stopping private rescue ships from bringing more people to Italian ports. The topic is being hotly debated at the EU as Teri Schultz reports.