Wednesday 22 November 2017
(Libya Herald 06/11/13)
A bomb attatched to an Italian embassy car blew up near the embassy in the city’s Zawiat Al-Dahmani district this afternoon, destroying the vehicle. No one was hurt thanks to the vigilance of the embassy driver. “The diver noticed that there was a pipe sticking out of the back of the vehicle”, an embassy official told the Libya Herald. He and a diplomat who was travelling in the vehicle got out, leaving the car in 17 February Street and headed to the embassy. The embassy alerted the police who had secured the area, when twenty minutes later, at around 4.30pm there was an explosion. “It was not a great explosion, said the official, “probably a gelatina bomb, but it destroyed...
(Libya Herald 06/11/13)
Tourism could be Libya’s second biggest earner after oil, a conference in Tripoli has been told. However, plans to develop it are being hindered by a lack of skills and resources, according to the Minister of Tourism, Ikram Abdulsalam Imam. “The ministry does not have enough terms of reference in order to work on the implementation of programmes freely,” she told a press conference today at the end the two-day workshop. Organised in conjunction with the UN’s World Tourism Organization (WTO) whose Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, attended the event, the aim was to focus on the requirements for developing tourism in Libya, both for the income it could produce and the jobs it could create. It is estimated that there could...
(AFP (eng) 06/11/13)
Protests at Libyan oilfields have cost 250,000 barrels per day (bpd) in lost production, Oil Minister Abdelbari al-Arussi said on Monday. "Libya's production has been affected recently by sit-ins which have stopped production and caused a deficit of 250,000 bpd," Arussi said in comments carried by the official LANA news agency. Demonstrations have been held at the terminals at Al-Harriga in Tobruk and Zueitina in the east, and at the Al-Fil oilfield in Ubari in the south, Arussi said. The minister gave no details of the reasons for the protests, but said that "these protests are affecting Libya's economy, which depends on oil and gas resources". He warned against "any disruption of this sector that could lead to a delay...
(Ips News 06/11/13)
Tripoli — All eyes have turned to Libya since Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou's statement claiming that recent attacks in north Niger were perpetrated by Malian terrorists based in south Libya. While some security analysts have claimed that Islamist groups from Mali have set up camp in southern Libya, other experts told IPS that this was impossible. The director of the Centre for African Studies in Tripoli, Faraj Najem, refuted the presence of Malian terrorists in Libya. He said that Mali did not share a border with Libya, which prevented the movement of fighters into south Libya. "Tripoli could throw the accusation back on its Algerian and Nigerien neighbours' doorsteps: if Malian terrorists are in Libya, they would have had to...
(AFP (eng) 06/11/13)
he African Zone 2014 World Cup qualifier between Libya and Togo set to take place on Friday was switched on Monday from Benina to the capital Tripoli, football's world governing body FIFA announced. The decision was taken after 31 people were killed and 100 wounded in clashes involving former rebels, who helped to topple former dictator Moamer Kadhafi, and demonstrators in the nearby city of Benghazi on Saturday. Togolese captain Alaixys Romao had expressed his surprise in L'Equipe newspaper on Monday that the match was still planned for Benina which is around 10 kilometres from Benghazi. "There were more than 30 deaths and they want to send us there? We are under the impression we are being thrown into the...
(Libya Herald 06/11/13)
Libya is looking to the US to provide training for the Libyan army and the police. It also would like the Americans to ease procedures so that more young Libyans can go and study in the US. The Prime Minister, Ali Zeidan, made the request at a meeting today with the US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Wendy Sherman. She arrived in Tripoli today on the first leg of a six-day North Africa tour that will take her to Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria. According to the Prime Minister’s Office, the two also discussed how to further develop relations “to serve the common interests of the two brotherly countries” – a turn of phrase to describe Libya and...
(Libya Herald 06/11/13)
Insecurity, the Isolation Law, Islamists, anti-Westerner attacks. In all these matters, the Tripoli Supreme Security Committee (SSC) is more or less involved. But Hashim Bishr, the head of the organisation, rejects being portrayed as the villain of the story. As far as he is concerned, he is doing his duty keeping Tripoli secure. Clothes don’t make the man. Dressed in a short-sleeved shirt and old blue jeans,and barefoot, Hashim Bishr, the head of Supreme Security Committee (SSC) in Tripoli, welcomes his guests at SSC headquarters at Mitiga Airbase in a very relaxed manner. Despites appearances, he is a busy man. Just before the interview, Bishr was in discussions with a delegation from Zintan. It is no surprise that what was...
(Libya Herald 06/11/13)
Libya is pressing the South African authorities, as a matter of urgency, to help stop Qaddafi-era assets from being spirited out of their country. At the start of May, Tripoli urged Pretoria to give “urgent” assistance in blocking more than $1 billion of former regime assets identified by investigators hired by the Libyan government. The hunt for stolen funds has been ramped up this year, which may have prompted attempts to move them elsewhere. The assets, according to South Africa’s Sunday Times , include money, gold and diamonds, which are being held in four separate banks, as well as by two local security companies. South Africa froze Qaddafi and regime-era associates’ assets on 11 March 2011 in response to UN...
(AFP (eng) 06/10/13)
Libya's army chief resigned Sunday, a day after clashes killed 31 people in Benghazi, the country's highest political authority said, announcing plans to integrate ex-rebels into the security forces by end of 2013. To calm the situation after Saturday's clashes involving former rebels, the General National Congress announced the resignation of General Yusef al-Mangoush, who has been criticised for delays in forming a national army. GNC vice president Jomaa Atiga also said the government was being given two weeks to submit a plan to dissolve armed groups linked to the defence and interior ministries and to integrate their members individually into the regular security forces. Atiga told a press conference in Tripoli that authorities would have until the end of...
(The Tripoli Post 06/10/13)
“While we respect the ICC and its judges we will appeal to the International Criminal Court to reverse its decision regarding the prosecution of Seif Gaddafi within five days," Libya's Minister of Justice Salah Al-Marghani told reporters at a joint press conference with the Prime Minister last Sunday. Al-Marghani was commenting on the rejection by the ICC's pre-trial chamber Libya's request to try Seif inside the country. Libya has argued that since it is already investigating the accused for crimes against humanity with a view to prosecuting him, the ICC had no jurisdiction act otherwise because ICC only intervenes where local legal systems are not up to the job. "The chamber concluded that it has not been sufficiently demonstrated that...
(Libya Herald 06/10/13)
The acting head of the General National Congress, Juma Ateega, has announced three days of national mourning as of today, in memory of those who were killed in yesterday’s protests in Benghazi. Congress meanwhile held a special session today to review and discuss reports from the Ministry of Defence, the General Intelligence and the military about the tragedy and other recent security incidents in Benghazi. In his statement, Ateega said that the Attorney General had been instructed by Congress to appoint a judge to investigate yesterday’s incident. He also urged the Ministry of Defence and the General Staff to take legal action against anyone who violated military rules and regulations, especially officers who made statements to the media without the...
(Libya Herald 06/10/13)
Libya is pressing the South African authorities, as a matter of urgency, to help stop Qaddafi-era assets from being spirited out of their country. At the start of May, Tripoli urged Pretoria to give “urgent” assistance in blocking more than $1 billion of former regime assets identified by investigators hired by the Libyan government. The hunt for stolen funds has been ramped up this year, which may have prompted attempts to move them elsewhere. The assets, according to South Africa’s Sunday Times , include money, gold and diamonds, which are being held in four separate banks, as well as by two local security companies. South Africa froze Qaddafi and regime-era associates’ assets on 11 March 2011 in response to UN...
(BBC News Africa 06/10/13)
Libyan army chief of staff Youssef al-Mangoush has reportedly resigned after 30 people died in clashes between protesters and a militia in Benghazi. The General National Congress accepted his resignation in a session on Sunday, sources at the assembly say. The clashes erupted when protesters gathered outside the Libya Shield Brigade premises demanding it disband. The government has struggled to tackle the presence of armed militias since Col Gaddafi's death in 2011. The BBC's Rana Jawad says Mr Mangoush, who was due to be replaced soon anyway, was seen as ineffective and to blame for much of the country's problems with the militias. Cannot play media. You do not have the correct version of the flash player.The army chief submitted...
(Global post 06/10/13)
After 31 deaths this weekend further proved Libya isn’t moving fast enough to establish a national security force, General Yusef al-Mangoush announced he was quitting as chief of the military. The General National Congress accepted his resignation on Sunday, BBC reported. The violence happened Saturday in Benghazi outside a “Shield of Libya” compound. Demonstrators surrounded the militia base and said they wanted militias disbanded and government forces to take control. A similar demonstration elsewhere in Libya on Saturday ended without violence. The gunmen opened fire and threw explosives at the buildings, and Shield of Libya returned fire. It’s unclear what or who initiated the battle. To gain order, the GNC established a strict timeline for creating a national security force,...
(Bloomberg 06/10/13)
The United Nations mission to Libya called for “maximum restraint” from all parties following the death of 31 people in clashes with a militia in the eastern city of Benghazi over the weekend. In a statement yesterday, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya reiterated “the necessity of resolving disagreements peacefully through dialogue.” Clashes between the Libya Shield brigade and protesters in Benghazi on June 8 left 31 dead and at least 120 wounded, the state-run LANA news agency reported, more than doubling an earlier fatality count. The violence erupted after demonstrators demanding that the power of militias be curbed reached the gates of the brigade, LANA said. The news agency had earlier reported that 11 people had been killed...
(BBC News Africa 06/10/13)
At least 25 people have died in Benghazi in eastern Libya, in clashes that erupted during protests outside a militia headquarters. Dozens more were wounded in the violence, medical officials say. Demonstrators had gathered outside the headquarters of the Libya Shield Brigade demanding the disbanding of militias, residents say. Since Col Gaddafi's death in 2011, the government has been trying to tackle the presence of armed militias. The Libya Shield Brigade, which played a role in the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi, has so far refused to lay down its weapons. The militia say they are operating with defence ministry approval. 'Reserve force'. One witness said he had seen around 200 protesters from an area to the east of Benghazi. While...
(Voice of America 06/10/13)
Decades of drought in central Africa may have had a surprising cause, according to new research that challenges the notion that the severe dry weather was triggered mainly by bad agricultural practices and overgrazing. The research, done at the University of Washington, shows that the drought was at least partially caused by pollution in the Northern Hemisphere. The researchers said that sulfate-laden aerosols coming from coal-burning factories from the 1960s through the 1980s actually slowed warming in the Northern Hemisphere compared to the Southern Hemisphere. This shifted tropical rain bands south, away from the Sahel region, and led ultimately to the near drying up of Lake Chad, which is used to water crops in surrounding areas. Africa's Sahel regionAfrica's Sahel...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/09/13)
(Reuters) - South Africans prayed for Nelson Mandela's recovery on Sunday as the 94-year-old former president spent a second day in hospital with a recurring lung infection. Mandela, who became a global symbol of triumph over adversity and South Africa's first black leader in 1994 after the defeat of apartheid, was hospitalized early on Saturday after his already frail health worsened. It is his fourth hospital stay since December and the government said on Saturday his condition was "serious". During previous hospital visits it had highlighted his "good spirits". His health is a cause for concern to the millions of South Africans who revere Mandela for his decades of struggle against white-minority rule and steering the continent's biggest economy to...
(BBC News Africa 06/08/13)
Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital with a lung infection. The former South African president is in a "serious but stable condition", a spokesman for the current President, Jacob Zuma, says. Mr Mandela, 94, has been ill for some days but deteriorated overnight and was transferred to a hospital in Pretoria. Mr Mandela led the fight against apartheid, became South Africa's first black president, and is widely regarded as father of the nation. He has recently suffered a series of health problems and this is his fifth visit to hospital in two years. In April he was released from hospital after a 10-day stay caused by pneumonia. His illness was described on Saturday as a recurrence of a lung...
(Voice of America 06/08/13)
BEIRUT — Growing lawlessness in southern Libya and an influx of Islamist militants from Mali are stoking worries that Libya’s security weaknesses are fast becoming a destabilizing factor in the region. A former Libyan intelligence source has told VOA that al-Qaida-linked jihadists driven out of Mali by a French-led offensive earlier this year have set up at least three jihadist camps in southern Libya in recent months. As a consequence, the source said, Libya has now become the headquarters for al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb. The situation has triggered criticism from neighboring sub-Saharan nations and has caused Libya to appeal for technical assistance from Europe to help police the nation’s long borders. Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan reacted angrily to...

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