Friday 22 September 2017
(Fox News 05/15/13)
Terror groups ousted from Mali appear to be trying to set up a new haven in Libya, France's defense minister said Monday, vowing to discuss ways of helping Tripoli improve its shaky security with U.S. officials later this week. Jean-Yves Le Drian noted that there is common ground: both French and U.S. diplomatic outposts in Libya were hit by terror attacks. French forces took a leading role in driving al-Qaida-linked rebels from their bases in northern Mali this year, and officials have expressed concern that Libya may be al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb's next choice of sanctuary. "Apparently in Libya there are attempts to constitute a new terrorist hotbed — 'apparently,' I weigh my words well — and there's a...
(The Associated Press 05/15/13)
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday approved President Barack Obama's nominee for U.S. ambassador to Libya, a post that has been vacant since insurgents attacked the diplomatic mission in Benghazi last September, killing Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. With little discussion, the panel on a voice vote approved Deborah Kay Jones, a career diplomat who has served in Kuwait, Argentina, Syria, Iraq and Turkey. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., chairman of the committee, praised Jones and spoke of the imperative of filling the job amid increasing lawlessness in Libya. On Monday, a deadly car bomb exploded near a hospital in Benghazi and officials gave conflicting numbers on the death toll. "There is simply no substitute for having a...
(The Tripoli Post 05/15/13)
Leading Internet Service Provider in Libya, Rawafed Libya for Telecommunications & Technology has sealed a multi-year agreement with Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) for capacity on the KA-SAT satellite to support IP trunking services to its new wireless broadband network in Libya. Rawafed Libya has concluded a wholesale agreement with Eutelsat enabling it to use up to 1.6Gbit/s of capacity on two KA-SAT spotbeams that provide premium reach of Tripoli, Benghazi and surrounding regions. The Internet provider says that Rawafed Libya’s use of KA-SAT will accelerate access to wireless broadband for public agencies, enterprises and consumers in the more densely populated areas of Libya. The company is deploying local Wifi hot spots that will be fed by KA-SAT in areas...
(Voice of America 05/14/13)
UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Security Council pointed Monday to the connection between terrorism in Africa and organized crime, and called for a strengthened global response. The 15-member Security Council unanimously adopted a statement declaring its deep concern for what it calls the increasing violence perpetrated by armed groups, the number of which, it said, are growing in several regions and sub-regions of Africa. The council approved the statement during a discussion of the fight against terrorism in Africa. In expressing its concern about the connection between terrorism and transnational organized crime, and with illicit activities such as drugs, arms and human trafficking, the Security Council urged enhanced coordination to strengthen a global response. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told...
(Xinhuanet 05/14/13)
At least three people were killed and six others wounded after an explosion hit on Monday a hospital car park in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, a medical source told Xinhua, while official death toll is still unavailable. "The hospital received three corpses and six injured," director of Al-Galaa hospital told Xinhua. The final death toll could rise notably as the director said " We received also body parts of unknown number of casualties." Earlier, the pan-Arab Al-Jazeera news channel said the explosion close to Al-Galaa hospital left 12 people dead and scores others injured. Local reports meanwhile said there was a big crowd near the parking lot at the time of the blast.
(The New York Times 05/13/13)
WASHINGTON — An exasperated President Obama on Monday called Republican criticism of his handling of the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, “a sideshow” and said that any accusation of a cover-up by his administration “defies logic.” Speaking to reporters for the first time since his Republican adversaries used Congressional hearings to renew their political assault, Mr. Obama was dismissive of the continuing controversy, saying that those in Washington who are playing politics with the issue “dishonor” the four people who died in Benghazi last fall. Read the story at: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/us/politics/obama-addresses-benghazi-a...
(The Associated Press 05/13/13)
ARIS — Terror groups ousted from Mali appear to be trying to set up a new haven in Libya, France’s defense minister said Monday, vowing to discuss ways of helping Tripoli improve its shaky security with U.S. officials later this week. Jean-Yves Le Drian noted that there is common ground: both French and U.S. diplomatic outposts in Libya were hit by terror attacks. French forces took a leading role in driving al-Qaida-linked rebels from their bases in northern Mali this year, and officials have expressed concern that Libya may be al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb’s next choice of sanctuary. “Apparently in Libya there are attempts to constitute a new terrorist hotbed — ‘apparently,’ I weigh my words well — and...
(BBC News Africa 05/13/13)
A car bomb explosion near a hospital in the Libyan city of Benghazi has killed several people, officials say. The death toll is unclear. Local officials initially said nine people had been killed. A hospital spokesman later said three bodies had been found. The blast follows a string of bombings in the eastern city in recent days. Security remains precarious in Libya since the uprising against long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi, with protests by militias and attacks by Islamists. The head of Jalaa hospital told AFP news agency that his facilities had received three bodies, with another nine people wounded, three of them critically. The blast reportedly happened in the hospital car park. The explosives had been placed in a grey...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/10/13)
Africa's economic development is being held back by a "hemorrhage" of illicit financial flows, which may be getting worse, the African Development Bank said on Friday, calling for reforms to stem the losses. A draft report to be presented at the AfDB's annual meeting in Morocco later this month shows net resource outflows from Africa totaling up to $1.4 trillion over the 30-year period to 2009, far exceeding inflows to the continent. Illicit financial flows were "the main driving force" behind $1.2-1.3 trillion of the three-decade net drain, it said. This is about four times Africa's current external debt and almost equivalent to its current GDP. "The trend is continuing, it could even be increasing," AfDB Chief Economist Mthuli Ncube...
(AL Jazeera 05/07/13)
Baragthi persuaded by prime minister to change decision to quit in protest over militia siege of defence ministry. Libya's prime minister has convinced the defence minister not to resign, just hours after Mohammed al-Baragthi said he was quitting in protest against the siege of two government ministries by armed groups, the premier's spokeswoman said. "The prime minister asked the defence minister to change his mind and to consider the situation the country is in, and so he decided to change his mind," the spokeswoman told Reuters news agency on Tuesday. Baragthi resigned earlier in the day, calling a siege of government ministries by armed groups an "assault" on democracy. His came as armed men in Libya's capital, Tripoli, kept up...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/07/13)
Libya's defense minister resigned on Tuesday in protest at a siege by gunmen of two government ministries that he denounced as an assault on democracy almost two years after the fall of dictator Muammar Gaddafi. He was the first cabinet minister to quit in a crisis over the siege, which armed groups refused to lift even after parliament bowed on Sunday to their main demand by banning from government posts any senior official who served under Gaddafi. "I will never be able to accept that politics (can) be practiced by the power of weapons ... This is an assault against the democracy I have sworn to protect," Defense Minister Mohammed al-Bargathi said. Members of parliament in Libya, plagued by armed...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/02/13)
ZINTAN, LIBYA — Saif al-Islam, son of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi, will appear in court on Thursday in the town of Zintan, where a militia has held him since his capture in November 2011, a local council official said. Saif is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on war crimes charges, but his court appearance relates to charges that he gave information to an ICC lawyer last year that could endanger national security. The ICC lawyer, Australian Melinda Taylor, was herself arrested and held for three weeks after the meeting. She has since said her detention proved that Saif al-Islam could not receive a fair trial in Libya and should be tried in The Hague. Libya, which wants...
(CNN 04/30/13)
Tripoli, Libya (CNN) -- Armed men in trucks with anti-aircraft guns mounted on them occupied the Libyan Justice Ministry in Tripoli on Tuesday, forcing ministry staff to leave, Justice Minister Salah al-Marghani said. The militants consisted of 20 to 30 armed men in military fatigues, according to al-Marghani, who said he tried to talk to the men before fleeing. This comes as the nation's Foreign Ministry remains under siege for a third straight day. The armed protesters have said their main goal was to push the General National Congress to pass a proposed law that would ban Gadhafi-era officials from holding government posts. The political isolation law proposal has been a matter of contention among lawmakers for several months because...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/30/13)
Economic development researchers on Monday unveiled a database of China's aid to Africa in an effort to work around Beijing's secrecy about the numbers, as a debate rages over the intentions and impact of Chinese assistance. The study and database by the Washington-based Center for Global Development and AidData, a research project, includes 1,673 Chinese development finance projects worth $75 billion in 50 African countries from the years 2000-2011. The Chinese figures, using standard measures of Official Development Assistance (ODA) and Other Official Finance (OOF), are roughly on par with U.S. aid to Africa during the same period, the Center for Global Development said. While official ODA from Western countries and some major developing countries is openly reported and easily...
(Financial Times 04/29/13)
Huge placards proclaim “Yes to disarming”, “No to a state of militias” on the building housing the Tripoli offices of Mellitah, a joint venture between Libya and Eni, the Italian oil and gas group. They are a reminder of two days of deadly clashes between rival armed groups from the towns of Zintan and Zuara over who should guard Mellitah’s oil and gas complex in western Libya. The firefight last month left at least one dead and several injured. It also disrupted production and caused a temporary halt in natural gas exports to Italy before the army finally came in to restore order. Violent incidents such as those at Mellitah have become a recurrent feature for the hydrocarbons industry in...
(The Guardian 04/29/13)
Diplomats are warning of growing Islamist violence against western targets in Libya as blowback from the war in Mali, following last week's attack on the French embassy in Tripoli. The bomb blast that wrecked much of the embassy is seen as a reprisal by Libyan militants for the decision by Paris the day before to extend its military mission against fellow jihadists in Mali. The Guardian has learned that jihadist groups ejected from their Timbuktu stronghold have moved north, crossing the Sahara through Algeria and Niger to Libya, fuelling a growing Islamist insurgency. "There are established links between groups in both Mali and Libya – we know there are established routes," said a western diplomat in Tripoli. "There is an...
(Financial Times 04/24/13)
Libya is drawing up an oil law, which should be ready within months, that will allow the country to launch a licensing round before the end of the year, Abdelbari al-Arusi, oil minister, told the Financial Times. A committee has been formed to draft the law. However, experts and industry insiders say they are sceptical that Libya’s political circumstances will permit a consensus on the legislation which will organise exploitation of the country’s hydrocarbons wealth, the mainstay of its economy. Mr al-Arusi said that “if all went well,” the law should be ready within four months. “All arrangements with foreign companies will be driven by Libya’s interests, not by those of individuals as was the case with some contracts in...
(BBC News Africa 04/23/13)
A car bomb has exploded outside the French embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli, wounding two French guards and several residents. The blast in Tripoli destroyed the embassy's ground-floor reception area and perimeter wall, as well as damaging neighbouring homes and shops. French President Francois Hollande called on Libya to act swiftly over this "unacceptable" attack. It is the first major attack on a foreign embassy in the Libyan capital. Tuesday's explosion happened shortly after 07:00 (05:00 GMT) in a smart residential area of Tripoli. One of the embassy's guards was severely injured while the other suffered lighter injuries. Several residents were also slightly hurt. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote One young girl suffered a spinal cord injury...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/22/13)
Perched on a low wall in the center of the Libyan desert oasis town of Ghadames, 80-year old tourist guide Mohammed Ibrahim says he is waiting for the foreign visitors he used to show around to come back. For more than 30 years, Ibrahim used to work as a guide for the thousands of tourists who came to Ghadames, walking them around its enclosed old town that is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site and known locally as the "pearl of the desert". But since the 2011 war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi, the flow of foreign holiday makers has ground to halt, as precarious security still taints Libya's image abroad. "I used to take the tourists to all the beautiful...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/22/13)
African finance ministers told their rich nation counterparts at weekend meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank to work harder and faster to kick-start their economies to avoid a prolonged slump that could undermine strong growth in the developing world. "We are concerned," Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said at the meetings of global finance leaders. "If we continue to see slow growth in the euro zone, which provides a large market for many African countries, and is coupled with a slowdown in emerging economies, then we will become more vulnerable," Okonjo-Iweala told a news conference of African finance ministers. "We need to insist that our partners in other parts of the world work harder and faster." Despite...

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