It is a dangerous and illegal move to make.
The news of Saif al-Islam's release should be taken with a pinch of salt. During the past six years of warfare in Libya the fabrication of news has become common practice.
As far as Moscow's concerned, the stakes in Libya are low and the potential returns very high.
After abstaining on a key Security Council vote in 2011, Moscow lost billions of dollars in Libyan contracts as well as its say in international security governance. It wants both back.
Everyone has forgotten there were almost as many asylum seekers in Europe in the early 1990s as today.
Protests in Tunisia and Morocco show underlying causes of the Arab uprisings remain intact.
Migrants crossing Libya to reach Europe increasingly face violence and human traffickers.
Of all the places for a jihadist militant group to operate, it would be hard to find a more conducive country than Libya.
A deal to secure the southern Libyan border aims to stop migrants from attempting to cross the Mediterranean.
The Conversation asked two experts to look at the data.
History suggests it would be a big mistake.
While US officials have consistently maintained that American military domination is essential, a resurgent Russia poses challenges.
The revised ban allows entry to citizens of Iraq, but continues to block citizens of six other Muslim majority nations.
The adoption of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance five years ago raised hopes for a new democratic Africa. But its ideals remain elusive for many parts of the continent.
Barack Obama's high standing in sub-Sahara Africa persisted despite grumbling that he never delivered American largess to the degree many initially expected.
There are fundamental differences between Libya and Turkey, when it comes to returning migrants.
Unfortunately potential solutions to Trump's ban are few. Refugee agencies cannot force the US to take refugees and so they will need to find sanctuary elsewhere.
Europe is also building walls.
A constitutional scholar considers the legal arguments that could undo Trump's executive order barring travel by residents of seven Muslim majority countries.
It is not just Trump and the US throwing up barriers to Africans. The European Union is moving fast to halt the arrival of refugees and migrants on its southern shores