The ban has major implications for thousands of would-be immigrants from all of the affected countries, except perhaps Venezuela.
The EU has agreed to explore proposals for centres to process people before they can cross the Mediterranean.
Libya’s proposed elections and any subsequent interim government will fail if the country’s challenges aren’t addressed.
Displacing the EU’s border as far as possible from Europe: is this really a solution to mitigate the flow of migrants?
Letters of apology are welcome but where is the official inquiry into claims of ill-treatment and rendition by Britain’s spies?
After decades of deadly enmity, Libya and the West made a major breakthrough on weapons of mass destruction. How?
Italy's first black senator, and the party he represents, won't be advancing the fight against xenophobia.
Public disaffection in Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries betrays deep-seated tensions beneath the surface.
The decision to repatriate migrants is a welcome intervention. But, it fails to consider the fundamental causes.
Africa needs strong institutions. But they can only be built if there's a change in leadership.
Insincerity and short-termism rule global responses to Libyan migration.
The Libyan warlord and presidential hopeful looks likely to avoid a summons to The Hague.
The problem with Africa's model of industrial growth is that it privileges the formal at the expense of the informal and big corporations at the expense of small businesses.
The transnational project conceived 30 years ago to replenish the drying waters of Lake Chad finally seems poised to take off. But first, internal politics within member states must be overcome.
The UK foreign secretary has been talking up the merits of clearing away bodies to build a new Dubai on the Libyan Med.
The UN's latest plan for Libya needs to provide a peace dividend that is felt by the people, not just pay lip service to liberal democracy
Kim Jong Un's regime has already earned millions from the export of arms, missiles, drugs and endangered wildlife products.
Like Australia and the US before it, Europe is now flirting with the idea of processing centres for refugees in transit countries.
At present, the Middle East and North African region contains 7% of the world's population but only has access to 1.5% of its renewable freshwater supply through rainfall.
The West needs to push for local action against Islamic State's reign of terror in the Middle East. States in the region must find solutions to the conflicts to bring peace and stability.