Libya

117 African migrants die in wreck off coast of Libya

Migrants off the coast of Libya in December. Photo: Olmo Calvo/AFP via Getty Images

More than 100 African migrants, including two toddlers and a pregnant woman, were killed this week after setting off from the coast of Libya "in a rickety, inflatable dinghy" that sank, the New York Times reports.

Details: The migrants are believed to have been from Sudan and countries in West Africa, and departed from Garabulli, Libya, on Thursday, according to the Times. Within 10 hours, the dinghy "started deflating and taking on water." Humanitarian workers said it was the deadliest incident for migrants traveling to Europe in the last several months.

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China wins, Libya loses in new energy geopolitics

China is poised to gain global leverage with its dominance in clean-energy technologies, while poorer, fossil-fuel dependent nations like Libya are likely to be on the losing end in the world’s shift to cleaner sources of energy, according to a new report out today.

Adapted from "A New World" report by Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Why it matters: Fossil fuels, particularly oil, have been shaping history for the better part of the last century. Less well-known are the anticipated geopolitical impacts of the world’s slow, but clear shift to renewable energy sources, a transition set to play out unevenly around the world for decades to come.

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