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Foreign Office glad Briton 'safe and well' after release

The Foreign Office said it was glad British hostage David Bolam is "safe and well" after he was freed in Libya.

Undated video grab taken from YouTube of David Bolam, the British teacher who was held hostage in Libya. Credit: YouTube/PA Wire

"We have been supporting his family since he was taken," a spokeswoman said.

"We do not comment on the detail of hostage cases. The family have asked for privacy," she added.

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David Bolam 'grabbed by militia as he was shopping'

British teacher David Bolam was snatched by a militia group as he was shopping in the Libyan city of Benghazi, a former colleague has said.

Ged O'Connor Challis, who worked with Mr Bolam at the International School Benghazi, told the BBC that according to school staff "one of the local militias had grabbed David as he went out shopping".

Mr Bolam has since been released and returned to the UK earlier this week.

Mr O'Connor Challis said he was "very bright" and "one of the best" teachers he had come across.

Nations call for immediate ceasefire in Libya

Demonstrators in Tripoli call for the removal of the new Libyan parliament based in the eastern city of Tobruk. Credit: Ismail Zitouny/Reuters

A call for an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire in Libya has been made for the country that has been torn apart by rival factions jockeying for power.

A group of 13 countries, the European Union and the United Nations issued the communique on the sidelines of this week's annual gathering of world leaders at the UN General Assembly in New York.

The signatories included Algeria, Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

"We call on all parties to accept an immediate, comprehensive ceasefire and engage constructively in a peaceful political dialogue to resolve the ongoing crisis, abstaining from confrontational acts that risk undermining it," the communique stated, adding: "we reject any outside interference in Libya".

Boat carrying 250 migrants sinks off Libyan coast

A boat packed with up to 250 African migrants trying to reach European shores sank off the Libyan coast and many passengers died, a spokesman for the Libyan navy said.

Only 26 people have been rescued, navy spokesman Ayub Qassem told Reuters, adding that the boat had sunk near Tajoura, east of the capital Tripoli.

"There are so many dead bodies floating in the sea," he said.

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