Tuesday 16 January 2018
(BBC News Africa 03/20/13)
Egyptian police have arrested a close aide and cousin of the late Libyan leader, Col Muammar Gaddafi. Ahmed Gaddaf al-Dam was Tripoli's special envoy to Cairo for many years and left Libya for Egypt shortly after the 2011 uprising against Col Gaddafi. Egypt's prosecutor general has ordered Mr Gaddaf al-Dam's detention for 30 days while charges against him are investigated. He gave himself up to Egyptian police after his home in Cairo was surrounded. Mr Gaddaf al-Dam is one of several high-profile Libyan figures residing in Egypt who have been pursued by Libyan authorities and the international police body Interpol since the end of the war.'Documents forged' Libya's deputy attorney general Taha Baara confirmed the arrest, saying Libya had presented...
(Libya Herald 03/20/13)
Interior Minister Ashour Shuwail and Chief of the Armed Forces Yousef Mangoush, meet in Tripoli on Sunday, 17 March, to visit the premises of the newly formed joint security force, between the Ministry of Interior and Defense. Speaking to the infantry of the joint force, Shuwail said Libya was entering the most difficult period of its development, that of building a new state based on the rule of law, freedom, human rights and democracy. The state’s authority and legitimacy had to be recognised. He added that Libya was a prosperous and strategically located nation and, to move forward, order and stability had to be restored. The joint security force represented a commitment to achieve the goals of the revolution, and...
(Libya Herald 03/20/13)
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has called on Libyans to work on reconciliation with those who supported or worked for the Qaddafi regime. He made the call at a meeting with members of Tripoli Local Council during his visit to the council’s offices in Algeria Square today, Tuesday. He had been invited by head of the council, Sadat Elbadri, to celebrate the second anniversary of the France’s decisive entry into the war against Qaddafi’s regime. “I will tell you, as a friend – I would say as a brother – and from the bottom of my heart, you have to achieve the reconciliation. Libya needs all its children,” he said. “Everything cannot be forgiven, monstrosities cannot be forgotten,” he added...
(The Tripoli Post 03/20/13)
The National Congress approved the budget for the year 2013 of 66.8 billion Libyan dinars. The budget has been approved at the 73rd meeting of the NG after intensive discussions and participation of the elected members of the NG. The National Congress also made it imperative on the government of Ali Zidan to finalize state budgets over the past years before 31 December 2013.
(ABC News 03/18/13)
Libya's health minister says the death toll from drinking homemade alcohol that contained poisonous methanol has risen to 87. Minister Nouri Doghman says 1,044 people have been harmed. He said Sunday that 15 people were blinded, and others went into comas or suffered kidney failure. He said some people admitted themselves to the hospital too late, contributing to the increasing toll. The deaths were first reported a week ago. The dead range in age from 19 to 50 years old. The sale and consumption of alcohol is banned in the conservative North African country. Like illegal drugs elsewhere, some Libyans turn to black market dealers to buy alcohol, which is often cooked in homes or deserted farms.
(Reuters (Eng) 03/18/13)
Libya’s Economic and Social Development Fund is showing a deficit of $4.7 billion as its revenue from investments declined following the 2011 revolution that toppled Muammar Qaddafi, Chairman Mahmoud Badi said. The fund, tasked with providing support to needy families, has yet to receive dividends from most of the companies and projects in which it has investments in Libya, Badi said in an interview yesterday in Tripoli. “Current average income received from the fund is at $390 million per year while payments amount to $936 million per year,” he said. “We are facing a difficult period.” The fund is part of the Libyan Investment Authority, the North African nation’s sovereign wealth fund. Badi said the ESDF liquidated most investments abroad...
(ABC News 03/18/13)
Waha Oil Co.’s pipeline in Libya was shut because of a strike at its Gialo field resulting in a cut in the country’s crude output by 120,000 barrels a day, Oil Minister Abdulbari al-Arusi said. The protest is continuing today at the Gialo field, which feeds crude into a pipeline that runs to the Es Sider export terminal, Abduljalil Mayuf, spokesman of Arabian Gulf Oil Co., a unit of National Oil Corp., said by phone from the eastern city of Benghazi. Nuri Berruien, chairman of state-run NOC, which owns Waha Oil in partnership with ConocoPhillips, Hess Corp. and Marathon Oil Corp., couldn’t be reached on his mobile phone for comment. Libya, holder of Africa’s largest crude reserves, is struggling to...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/14/13)
Catholics in Africa and Asia on Thursday greeted the election of Pope Francis from Argentina as a historic breakthrough that would pump the developing world's vital energy into a struggling Church and amplify the voice of the planet's poor. While there was disappointment that Pope Benedict's successor did not come from the African or Asian continents, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio's Third World origins spurred hopes of a kindred spirit among Catholics from Manila to Maputo. Argentina, in Latin America's southern cone, is as far from Africa and Asia as Europe, the prime source of previous pontiffs. But these rapidly developing southern continents of the globe, where poverty still looms large, are now home to the world's fastest growing Catholic communities. African...

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