Saturday 21 October 2017
(Xinhuanet 09/13/17)
A man and his 10-year-old son were wounded on Tuesday by a landmine in Sabri area in central Libya's Benghazi, local media reported. The 45-year-old man and his little son, who were injured by fragments of a landmine that exploded, are currently "in a stable condition," said the city's hospital. Local media quoted the hospital as saying that the toll of landmine victims "is rising." Benghazi, Libya's second largest city and the birthplace of the 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime, has been witnessing a violent war between the armed forces led by Khalifa Haftar and extremist armed groups for more than three years. Haftar's forces are controlling most of Benghazi. However, the remaining militants, who depend...
(Xinhuanet 09/13/17)
A Libyan charity ophthalmologist was kidnapped by an unknown group on Tuesday in Tripoli, local media reported. Miloud Araoud was taken from his house by unidentified gunmen to an unknown location. No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping. Many similar kidnappings take place in Libya where gangs abduct victims and demand their families to pay ransom for their release. Araoud is a charity ophthalmologist who travels around the country to treat patients free of charge.
(Xinhuanet 09/13/17)
In an effort to promote economic development and solve complex conservation challenges facing world heritage sites, the African World Heritage Fund Patron and former President of Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba will host a business leader's breakfast event in Namibian Capital, Windhoek on Thursday. The African World Heritage Fund is an initiative of the African Member States of the African Union and UNESCO, launched in 2006. Webber Ndoro, executive director of the African World Heritage Fund, at a media briefing on Tuesday in Windhoek said that the aim of the event is to promote a holistic private sector engagement, raise a sense of ownership and accountability for heritage protection as well as transmission of World Heritage sites in Namibia and Africa. "To...
(The Guardian 09/12/17)
Ghassan Salamé is due to tell conference convened by Boris Johnson that efforts to unite country are being hampered. Fears that overlapping European and Middle Eastern peace initiatives for Libya are hampering the new UN special envoy are to be aired this week at a special conference convened by the UK foreign secretary, Boris Johnson. The conference on Thursday, due to be attended by the US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, is likely to swing behind a plan to restart political talks, including making changes to a December 2015 peace deal that has so far failed to unite warring factions in the east and west of the country.
(Bloomberg 09/12/17)
Less than a year after being driven out of its Libyan stronghold, Islamic State is re-emerging in the North African oil producer. The group is “dangerously active” on the western fringes of the main oil producing region, in an area of about 40,000 square kilometers, according to Ibrahim Mlitan, who’s in charge of security in nearby Sirte. Militants have been seen roaming the coastal highway in armored vehicles, setting up checkpoints and searching for opponents. Their vows to reestablish Islamic State rule have caused panic among locals, he said. Backed by U.S. airstrikes, forces loyal to the United Nations-backed
(Liberian Observer 09/12/17)
30 hours of closure of the Mellita complex pipeline in western Tripoli lost Libya about 2 million dollars, the National Oil Corporation (NOC) said Monday. The NOC added in its statement that the technical team at the complex reopened the pipeline on Saturday and they did not know who shut it down and what for. "It is a sign by the spoilers of security saying they are still here." The statement reads, describing the unknown gunmen who shut the pipeline. It added that the closure led also to more power outage hours, let alone a loss of 360 m2 of gas and other substances of about 11 thousand barrels. The NOC indicated that Al-Wafaa oilfield is obliged to have fuel...
(Liberian Observer 09/12/17)
House of Representatives members have been subjected to maltreatment during their visits to rogue General Khalifa Haftar’s den in the eastern town of Rajma, MP Ali Al-Tikbali reveals. Once Haftar’s mouthpiece, Al-Tikbali appeared in an anti-Khalifa Haftar TV channel to lambaste the brutal and rude treatment they had received in the Dignity Operation Command. “Khalifa Haftar deliberately humiliated members of the parliament before meeting them in his office,” Al-Tikbali told Tunis-based Libya Alwatan TV Saturday, adding that he (Haftar) kept them waiting in the reception room for up to 5 hours and then took their mobile phones before allowing them to enter the office. “We are the heads of the army, we are the heads of Haftar, why is this...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/12/17)
Olympic boxing’s governing body, AIBA, has banned African confederation head Kelani Bayor for three years for allegedly provoking the crowd at the continental championships in Brazzaville last June. Bayor is an AIBA vice-president and executive committee member as well as chairman of Togo’s national Olympic committee. “The Disciplinary Commission found that a hostile and threatening reaction to AIBA officials by spectators after the result of a bout on the last day of the competition was exacerbated by comments from Mr Bayor,” AIBA said in a statement on Monday. It found Bayor had “committed serious and unacceptable violations of the AIBA Disciplinary Code” at the tournament in Congo Republic. AIBA said the ban was from all boxing activities and responsibilities and...
(AfricaNews 09/11/17)
President Jacob Zuma on Sunday welcomed progress made in discussions in the Republic of Congo towards the resolution of the conflict in Libya. Zuma was in Brazzaville to attend the 4th meeting of the African Union (AU) high level panel on Libya chaired by President Denis Sassou-N'Guesso of the Republic of Congo, the presidency said in a statement. The meeting had considered reports by the United Nations special representative, the League of the Arab States (LAS), the European Union (EU), and AU representative, former Tanzanian president Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.
(Bloomberg 09/11/17)
The South African companies that dominate the U.K.’s growing private hospital industry are counting on more people like Katie Corrie. A children’s party entertainer, Corrie opted to use 13,000 pounds ($17,000) of her savings and inheritance to get a hip replacement rather than spend months on a National Health Service waiting list. Britons like her are forking out almost 1 billion pounds a year to cover their own medical expenses, a trend that’s giving at least one industry the scope to look past Brexit turmoil. “Even if I hadn’t had the money put aside, I would have found a way to pay for it,” said Corrie, 50, who estimates the business she runs with her husband would have lost 10,000...
(AFP (eng) 09/09/17)
The United Nations on Friday accused the European Union of "turning a blind eye" to the brutality faced by migrants held in Libya, and urged "serious action" to protect them. "Some migrants die of thirst, hunger or easily-cured illnesses, some are tortured or beaten to death while working as slave labour, others are just casually murdered," UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said. Zeid detailed these and other abuses -- including the rape of women "in some cases, every night" -- that hundreds of thousands of migrants are suffering at the hands of authorities in Libyan detention centres in the country. He said their situation had been "appalling" during dictator Moamer Kadhafi's rule but had turned "diabolical" since...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/09/17)
A European and African deal to stem the flow of migrants coming through Libya to Europe fails to tackle the abuses they face, the top U.N. human rights official wrote on Friday. The 28-nation European Union has long struggled to reach a coherent answer to the influx of migrants fleeing war, poverty and political upheaval in the Middle East and Africa, and the crisis is testing cooperation between member states. On Aug. 28, the leaders of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Chad, Niger and Libya agreed a plan to tackle illegal human trafficking and support nations struggling to contain the flow of people across the desert and Mediterranean sea. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein said it was...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/09/17)
The United Nations is preparing to deploy 150-250 mostly Nepalese guards to Libya to protect its base in the capital as part of a plan to return its operations to the country, U.N. officials said on Friday. Backed by Western governments, the U.N. is trying to heal a rift between Libya’s rival factions in order to stabilize the country and to tackle militant violence and people-smuggling from Libya’s northern coast. The mission has been based in Tunis since 2014, when fighting among rival Libyan brigades forced out most foreign embassy staff, but it has gradually increased its presence in Libya and has been planning for months for a fuller return. The military unit would probably consist of around 150 guards,...
(APA 09/08/17)
A summit on the Libyan crisis opens Saturday in Brazzaville under the aegis of Congolese President Denis Sassou N’Guesso, in his capacity as chairman of the African Union High-Level Committee on Libya, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday. The Head of the national unity government, Fayez al-Sarraj; Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who controls much of Libya, and Anguila Sala Issa, president of the Libyan parliament, will take part in the meeting which aim is to restore peace in this country plunged into violence since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011. The Brazzaville reunion will also include the participation of delegates from other countries members of the High Level Committee of the African Union on this Libyan crisis, namely Niger,...
(Libya Herald 09/08/17)
There was confusion this evening after Sudan’s foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour denied the country’s borders with Libya and Chad were to be sealed. This contradicted reports that Sudan’s second vice-president Hassabu Mohamed Abdalrahman said yesterday that the borders would be closed to stop the smuggling of weapons and vehicles. Abdalrahman was quoted as saying the move was to counter murderous criminal networks that were bringing drugs, arms, money and stolen cars, particularly sports utility vehicles (SUV) into his country. Sudan’s frontier with Libya is a relatively short 383 kilometres while with Chad it is 1,360 km.
(Middle East Monitor 09/08/17)
The former political adviser to the prime minister of Libya’s National Salvation Government, Mohamed Hussein Omar, has played down the efforts led by the UN’s new envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salameh, to support political consensus in Libya. “These are all efforts to cover up the regional and international trend to break the will of the Libyan people, and impose a military option on it,” Omar said in an interview with Quds Press. “The international community, especially the United Nations, is not serious about looking for a political solution in Libya,” Omar said, adding that the international community is focused on supporting the military operation led by Libya’s retired Major General, Khalifa Haftar, and does not to want political consensus among...
(APA 09/08/17)
Deprivation and marginalization, underpinned by weak governance, are primary forces driving young Africans into violent extremism, according to a comprehensive new study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the first study of its kind. Based on interviews with 495 voluntary recruits to extremist organizations such as Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram, the new study also found that it is often perceived state violence or abuse of power that provides the final tipping point for the decision to join an extremist group. “Journey to Extremism in Africa: Drivers, Incentives and the Tipping Point for Recruitment” presents the results of a two-year UNDP Africa study on recruitment in the most prominent extremist groups in Africa. The study reveals a picture of a...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/07/17)
France's foreign minister said on Wednesday he had seen "positive elements" that may help end the Libyan crisis, after meeting warring parties in the country earlier this week. Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Seraj and the divided nation's eastern commander Khalifa Haftar agreed in principle in Paris in July to committing to a conditional ceasefire and to working towards elections in 2018. The deal did not include other key factions and Jean-Yves Le Drian travelled to Libya on Monday to try to convince the two main players, but also others across the country, to back the tentative agreement, which France hopes the United Nations will use as a basis to push forward its own mediation efforts. "I think we're on the...
(The Guardian 09/07/17)
Interior minister Marco Minniti went to Libya in an attempt to reduce migrant flows, earning praise and condemnation in equal measure for his approach. In his eight months in office, Marco Minniti, the austere Italian interior minister, has overseen a huge reduction in the number of African migrants and refugees reaching Italian shores from Libya. At the last count in August, the figure was 87% down on the previous year. A former communist with deep connections with Italian intelligence and the levers of the Italian state, Minniti is one of the most controversial politicians in Europe. His success in reducing migrant flows has won him praise and popularity on the right and notoriety on parts of the left. There have...
(Middle East Monitor 09/07/17)
Sudan today announced that it closed its land borders with Libya, Chad and South Sudan to prevent arms smuggling. Vice President Hassabu Mohamed Abdalrahman said: “We have closed our land borders with Libya, Chad and South Sudan to prevent smuggling arms and four-wheel drive vehicles.” He gave no further details of the mechanism of implementation and duration of the closure. Sudan also has land borders with Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Central Africa. Hassabu revealed that “60,000 four-wheel drive vehicles were smuggled in to Sudan from Libya, Chad and South Sudan.” “The smuggled car owners committed crimes in other countries, such as murder, smuggling, money laundering and drug dealings. In addition, Interpol has recently sent requests to Sudan to register the...

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