Sunday 18 February 2018
(Voice of America 08/13/13)
NAIROBI — The United States is keeping a close watch on potential European trade deals with African nations as Washington reviews its own preferential trade initiative with the continent. African ministers and U.S. officials discussed trade relations at a forum Monday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. The U.S. is considering an extension to the popular African Growth and Opportunity Act, known as AGOA, an American law that allows sub-Saharan African countries to export certain products to the United States duty free. First signed into law in 2000, the act has already been renewed once, and is set to expire in 2015. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman has been meeting with African ministers at an AGOA forum in Addis Ababa...
(Libya Herald 08/13/13)
More than a thousand vehicles belonging to the Libya Shield forces for Central and Western Regions are reported to have arrived in Tripoli over the past four days. The troops have been deployed to various military locations in and around the capital. The move is to defend it from forces causing instability or planning a move to impose their will on Congress and the government by force. It is the largest mobilisation since the liberation and follows the decision by president of General National Congress (GNC) Nuri Abu Sahmain to order the Libya Shield to secure strategic locations in the capital and provide overall security there. The decision was authorised by the President of Congress as well as the newly-appointed...
(Libya Herald 08/13/13)
Benghazi journalist Khadija Al-Amami was shot at today by unknown gunmen. They missed but then sent her an SMS message saying they would kill her next time if she did not stop reporting. Al Amani, who is director of Benghazi office of Libya Al-Ahrar TV as well as working for Libya Mostakbal, told the Libya Herald that she was driving in Sidi Khrebish today to work when a car pulled up beside her and started shooting. However, the bullets hit a wall next to the road and the attackers drove off. “I couldn’t concentrate to see the car,” she said. “After they shot at me, I stopped. People in the street came to check that I was all right.” She...
(Reuters 08/12/13)
NEW YORK, Aug 12 (Reuters) - U.S. crude oil reversed early losses to rise back above $106 a barrel on Monday as traders focused on renewed supply disruptions in Libya and as markets awaited clues on when the U.S. Federal Reserve will cut back its stimulus program. On Friday both crude oil benchmarks had logged their biggest daily percentage gains in a week following unexpected strength in trade data from China. Prices slipped in early trade on Monday as traders booked profits but support came from ongoing instability in Libya that has led to the worst supply disruptions in the country since the 2011 civil war. Striking security guards reimposed a two-week-old shutdown at Libya's two biggest crude export terminals,...
(Reuters 08/12/13)
Impregilo and Salini are completing a tie-up to create a global construction player focused on large civil engineering projects from roads to hydroelectric dams in over 60 countries, including the Middle East, the Americas and Australia. While shareholders are expected to clear the merger only in September, the companies have already set up joint structures to bid for tenders under the name Salini Impregilo. The stock rose more than 3 percent on the Libya announcement to reach an 11-week high and was up 3.42 percent at 3.5 euros by 1323 GMT, outperforming a 0.16 percent fall in the Dow Jones global industrials index. Salini Impregilo has a 58 percent stake in the contract. "We believe this new intake in Libya...
(The Associated Press 08/12/13)
A presenter with a leading television station in Libya has been killed in the restive eastern city of Benghazi. Ezzedine Qusad, who worked for Al-Hurra TV, was shot dead in his car shortly after leaving prayers at a mosque on Friday afternoon. The private channel said Mr Qusad was "assassinated by a traitor". Benghazi is one of the most unstable parts of post-revolutionary Libya. Last month, some 1,200 prisoners escaped from a jail in the city. Mr Qusad's programme had no political connotations, AFP news agency said. Libyan journalists have been the target of attacks and kidnappings by militia in recent months, according to campaign group Reporters Without Borders. The country's government is struggling to control armed groups nearly two...
(Libya Herald 08/12/13)
Three Libyan towns and cities have been made safer for residents after 100,000 items of unexploded ordnance (UXO) dating from the revolution were cleared by an international NGO. War debris has been removed from some 29,500,000 square metres of land in neighbourhoods in Tripoli, Misrata and Sirte. The areas, described as “highly contaminated,” and which include parks, schools, hospitals and beaches, have been cleared by Handicap International (HI), on the request of the Libyan authorities. The cleared UXO included 5,000 rockets, 9,000 mortars and more than 70,000 projectiles, as well as cluster munitions, land-mines and tons of propellant. Some volatile items had to be detonated on site, even if found in a school playground. Most, however, were taken to secure...
(CNN 08/12/13)
UN chief Ban Ki-moon says the Central African Republic (CAR) has suffered a "total breakdown of law and order" since rebels seized power in March. He urged the UN Security Council to consider sanctions or to set up a panel of experts to monitor the situation. Seleka rebel group leader Michel Djotodia ousted President Francois Bozize in March. Last month Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said the country's health care system had collapsed. In a report that the Security Council is due to discuss on Wednesday, Mr Ban said infighting among rebel groups had led to widespread abuses. "They included arbitrary arrests and detention, sexual violence against women and children, torture, rape, targeted killings, recruitment of child soldiers and attacks, committed...
(Libya Herald 08/12/13)
The future of the country’s nature and wildlife is looking brighter after two Libyan environmentalists, full of ideas on how to change current attitudes, have been trained on effective leadership in the environment sector. Two Libyan candidates, Khaled Ben Halim and Rida Sharif, beat international competition when they were chosen for the the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Programme (ELP). This year was the first when any Libyan had applied, and there were six candidates from the country. The programme, run by the University of California in Berkeley, is designed to boost the effectiveness of professionals who work with the environment and who are in the middle of their careers. “Sustaining natural resources in post-conflict nations is a major priority for the...
(Ahram Online 08/12/13)
Libyan authorities reject thousands of Egyptian migrants trying to return to work after Eid vacation at home. Libyan authorities barred thousands of Egyptian workers, returning from a vacation home, to re-enter the country on Monday. Two thousand Egyptian expatriates – mostly from Upper Egypt – working in the north African state were not permitted to re-enter Libya at the border crossing with Egypt at Sallum citing "lack of official residency permits," Al-Ahram Arabic news website reports. Egyptian authorities, meanwhile, pledged to take necessary measures to "legalise their status." Officials estimate that 1.6 million Egyptians work in the unrest-stricken country, which has a population of 6.5 million people. The number of Egyptian expats in the country, however, fell sharply following the...
(AFP 08/11/13)
JOHANNESBURG, August 11, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela is making "slow but steady" progress back to health, although he remains critically ill, the office of the South African president said Sunday. The 95-year-old former president and anti-apartheid icon has been in hospital for more than two months with a recurring lung infection. "Former President Nelson Mandela continues to receive treatment in hospital in Pretoria and doctors have indicated to President Jacob Zuma that the former president is making a slow but steady improvement," a statement from the presidency said. "The medical team also reiterated that although his health was improving steadily, Madiba still remained in a critical condition," it added, referring to Mandela by his clan name. Zuma asked South...
(Reuters 08/11/13)
(Reuters) - Six migrants drowned off the Italian island of Sicily on Saturday after attempting a dangerous passage from Africa in a fishing boat, according to the Italian coastguard. The 18-metre-long boat carrying some 120 migrants ran aground at dawn some 40 meters (132 feet) from a beach near the city of Catania, its coastguard captain Roberto D'Arrigo said. While most of the passengers reached the shore, the six who drowned were apparently unable to swim. The 120 migrants were mainly from Syria and Egypt, D'Arrigo told Sky Italia television, with an adolescent boy among the victims, who were all under age 30. Egypt has suffered prolonged political and economic turmoil. Syria is shattered by civil war. D'Arrigo said he...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/13)
Libya's army said on Friday it had deployed reinforcements in the capital Tripoli and its suburbs to bolster security after weeks of deadly violence. An AFP correspondent said he saw more than 100 armoured troop carriers and military vehicles mounted with machineguns and anti-aircraft guns rumble into Tripoli late Thursday. "Army units have been deployed in the capital and its suburbs to secure them during the Eid al-Fitr holiday (marking the end of Ramadan) and thereafter," the military said in a statement on its Facebook page. The official Libyan news agency LANA said troops were deployed in several parts of the capital and its suburbs in a bid to "reassure people during Eid al-Fitr." The army said the deployment was...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/13)
Nelson Mandela, who has been lying critically ill in hospital for just over two months, is becoming more alert and more responsive by the day, his youngest daughter said Friday, adding that the anti-apartheid hero is "not going anywhere anytime soon". "Tata (father) now manages to sit up, like now he is able to sit up in a chair for a few minutes in a day. Everyday you know, he becomes more alert, more responsive, and so on," Zindzi Mandela told South Africa public television SABC. "Tata is determined not to go anywhere anytime soon, I cannot stress this enough. "People must stop saying to the family let go, let go, we are just looking at this man who is...
(The Daily Star 08/09/13)
BENGHAZI, Libya: A Libyan doctor who hosted a television programme on human development was shot dead by unknown gunmen in the restive eastern city of Benghazi on Friday, a security official said. Azzedine Koussos, a presenter for Libya Al-Hurra television, was hit by several rounds as he sat in his parked car near a blood bank in Benghazi's Sidi Hussein district after weekly Muslim prayers, the source said. Koussos had worked for Radio al-Manara FM before joining Al-Hurra, the country's leading private TV channel, created after the 2011 revolution that overthrew long-time dictator Moamer Kadhafi. His programme had no political connotations, journalists in Benghazi said. Libyan media and journalists have been the targets in recent months of attacks and kidnappings...
(Daily Observer 08/09/13)
Basse, Urr — At least 200 Gambians currently under detention in Libya are awaiting deportation, the assistant superintendent in charge of Irregular Migration at The Gambia Immigration Department, has disclosed. Malafi Jammeh made the disclosure recently during a sensitisation training jointly organised at the Basse Area Council by The Gambia Immigration Department, the Ministry of Trade, Integration and Employment and the National Training Authority (NTA). Jammeh said that the "back-way" syndrome has been existing in the country for many years now, adding that the menace seems to be on the increase. He informed that the government of The Gambia has been doing everything within her power to ensuring that irregular migration becomes a thing of the past. Jammeh said their...
(Voice of America 08/09/13)
Human Rights Watch [HRW] says more than 50 people have died in a broadening wave of apparent political assassinations in the cities of Benghazi and Derna in volatile eastern Libya. Analysts say the state has been unable to reign in the violence that has taken place during the two years since Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was ousted in 2011. The rights group said two of those killed were judges and 44 were serving members of the security forces. Most held positions in the Gadhafi government and at least six were high-ranking officers during his leadership. Hanan Salah, a Libya researcher at Human Rights Watch, said, “In none of these cases have the law enforcement agents, the criminal investigations department or...
(CNN 08/09/13)
Washington (CNN) -- Federal authorities have filed the first criminal charges in the investigation of the deadly terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, people briefed on the matter said. Several suspects charged in the armed assault last September 11 include prominent Libyan militia figure Ahmed Abu Khattala, the sources said. Other identities were not disclosed. The counts initially sought months ago in New York are still under seal, according to the sources. The investigation of the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans continues, these people said, as investigators try to build their case against Khattala and others who authorities believe were involved. Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon declined to comment as did...
(Reuters 08/09/13)
LONDON | Fri Aug 9, 2013 (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs (GS.N) has appointed Alasdair Warren as head of its financial sponsors group for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), according to a memo seen by Reuters. Financial sponsors, the term investment banks use to describe private equity firms, are regular users of equity capital markets for selling shares in their portfolio companies. London-based Warren, who joined Goldman in 2005 and was named a partner in 2008, was previously head of equity capital markets (ECM), convertibles and equity derivatives for EMEA. Richard Cormack and Christoph Stanger will jointly take on that role, becoming co-heads of ECM and convertibles in EMEA, the memo said. A spokeswoman for Goldman Sachs confirmed the contents...
(AFP 08/08/13)
CAPE TOWN, August 8, 2013 (AFP) - Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu had his Twitter account briefly suspended Thursday for "aggressively following" other users, just hours after it was launched. The ex-archbishop's @TutuLegacy account racked up hundreds of followers in its first hours of use, before being black listed. "Twitter says it's 'sorry for the inconvenience' over our suspension. We got caught up in a spam clean up. Glad it wasn't something we said," Tutu tweeted soon after he was unblocked. His foundation had earlier expressed dismay at the decision. "Twitter has not explained how following 30 people could be construed as 'aggressive following'," his foundation said in a statement. The foundation suggested "the number of people who followed...

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