Posts Tagged ‘ Libya ’

Libya: Jordanian ambassador kidnapped

April 16, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"Jordan's ambassador to Libya was abducted by armed assailants Tuesday while heading to his Tripoli office, the latest official taken hostage in the unstable North African country. Masked kidnappers opened fire on the vehicle in which Ambassador Fawaz Itan was a passenger, wounding the driver, said Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Nsour in a briefing to members of the lower house of parliament." (04/15/14)

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Libya: Interim PM declines to form government, plans to step down

April 14, 2014
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CTV [Canada]    

"Libya's government says the interim prime minister has declined a parliamentary mandate to form a new government and will instead step down. Interim Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani announced Sunday on the interim government website that he was leaving his post, but would stay on as head of the Cabinet until a replacement could be found." (04/13/14)

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Libya: Parliament sacks PM after tanker escapes from rebel-held port

March 12, 2014
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Times of India [India]    

"Libya's parliament voted Prime Minister Ali Zeidan out of office on Tuesday after rebels humiliated the government by loading crude oil on a tanker that fled from naval forces, officials said, in a sign of the worsening chaos in the OPEC member state. ... Zeidan, a liberal weakened for months by infighting with Islamists, will be temporarily replaced by defence minister Abdallah al-Thinni, who was sworn in by parliament on Tuesday evening." (03/12/14)

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Gadhafi’s son al-Saadi extradited to Libya

March 7, 2014
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USA Today    

"One of Moammar Gadhafi's sons, al-Saadi, was extradited on Thursday to Libya from Niger, where he had taken refuge as his father's regime crumbled in 2011, bringing cheers from Libyans as the government prepares to prosecute him for his alleged role in trying to suppress the uprising against Gadhafi's rule. Al-Saadi becomes the second son of the ousted and slain leader to be held in custody in Libya. His brother Seif al-Islam was captured in 2011 and has been held in a western mountain prison by a militia that is putting him on trial, refusing to hand him over to the central government for trial." (03/06/14)

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Libya: Militias keep up pressure on parliament

February 19, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle    

"Powerful militias that have demanded Libya's interim parliament resign or face detention said Wednesday it now has 72 hours to resolve its deadlock, while the United Nations said legislators should call for new elections as soon as possible. The demands issued Tuesday by the Al-Qaaqaa and al-Sawaaq militias, which the country's top leaders described as an attempted coup, have brought the restive North African country's long-running political showdown to a head. Parliament is split between Islamist and non-Islamist blocs. Its mandate was to have expired this month, but the Islamists led a motion to extend it by another year." (02/19/14)

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Libya “destroys all chemical weapons”

February 4, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Libya has destroyed all its chemical arsenal, the country's foreign minister has announced. Mohamed Abdelaziz said that this included bombs and artillery shells filled with mustard gas. In 2004, Libya said it had 25 tonnes of sulphur mustard and several thousand unfilled aerial bombs for use with chemical warfare facilities. Tripoli has committed itself to getting rid of all its chemical arms by signing the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)." (02/04/14)

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Libya: Zeidan vows to stay on as Islamists quit cabinet

January 21, 2014
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Agence France-Presse    

"Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan vowed Tuesday to stay at his post, as Islamist ministers quit in protest at persistent lawlessness that saw him briefly abducted last year. Zeidan accused the Justice and Construction Party -- the political arm of the Libyan branch of the Muslim Brotherhood that has been bloodily repressed in neighbouring Egypt since the ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi -- of seeking to destabilise his government. The resignation of the five ministers came after three weeks of wrangling over an Islamist-inspired censure motion against the premier." (01/21/14)

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Libya: At least 13 dead in suicide attack on military post near Benghazi

December 22, 2013
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CNN    

"The Libyan government on Sunday declared a three-day national mourning period after the country's first suicide bombing since the fall of the Gadhafi regime more than two years ago. At least 13 people were killed in the attack on a checkpoint leading to the eastern gates of Libya's second city, Benghazi, early Sunday, the government said. Most of those killed were soldiers and members of the security forces, the government said. At least two others were still missing in the aftermath of what has been described as a powerful blast." (12/22/13)

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Libya: Clashes in Benghazi kill nine

November 25, 2013
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ABC News    

"Clashes pitting soldiers and armed civilians against members of a militant Islamic group in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi left nine dead early on Monday, officials said. It was the latest confrontation between residents of Libya's larger cities and the militias based in their midst. The country's interim prime minister rushed to the city in an apparent effort to defuse the crisis." (11/25/13)

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Libya: Militias pull out of Tripoli

November 22, 2013
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Washington Post    

"Militias from a string of Libyan cities have left the capital, Tripoli, nearly a week after more than 40 people protesting their presence in the city were killed by militiamen. Thursday’s withdrawal is a triumph for the residents of Tripoli, who on Nov. 15 held a mass protest against the militias, which have fueled lawlessness nationwide since the 2011 fall of longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi." (11/21/13)

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Libya: Car bomb explodes at Swedish embassy

October 11, 2013
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Reuters    

"A car bomb exploded outside the Swedish consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday, damaging the building's front and nearby houses, but no casualties were immediately reported, a Reuters witness said. The bomb exploded a day after Libya's Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was briefly abducted by a group of former rebels." (10/11/13)

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Libya: Top pol “arrested,” freed by rebels

October 10, 2013
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USA Today    

"Libya's Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has been freed after being kidnapped by armed gunmen early Thursday morning in what opposition rebels say was an arrest over 'corruption and security issues' following a U.S. raid Saturday that captured a suspected al-Qaeda terrorist. Government spokesman Mohammed Kaabar told local news agency, LANA, that Zeidan was on his way back to the office after being 'set free.' The Associated Press reported there were indications that Libyan forces intervened and that the prime minister was not freed voluntarily." (10/10/13)

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Libya: Army chief resigns after clash in Benghazi

June 10, 2013
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Seattle Times    

"One of Libya's highest military officers resigned Sunday after clashes between protesters and a government-aligned militia he was in charge of left 31 people dead in the eastern city of Benghazi, the deadliest such violence in a country where armed factions hold sway. The bloodshed underscored the growing public anger over the government's failure to build an army capable of reining in the militias that dominate parts of the country nearly two years after the fall of Moammar Gadhafi." (06/09/13)

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Libya: Anti-Gaddafi gunmen surround second ministry

May 1, 2013
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Times of India [India]    

"Gunmen demanding the sacking of former officials of the ousted Gaddafi regime surrounded the justice ministry on Tuesday, widening a campaign that began with a siege on the foreign ministry, an official said. ... The government is struggling to assert its influence across the country, where former rebels who fought to unseat Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 still control large amounts of territory. The latest events illustrate a rise in violence in Tripoli, where a car bomb struck the French embassy last week, wounding two French guards and a girl living nearby." (05/01/13)

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Libya: Shagur to stand down

October 7, 2012
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Libya's Prime Minister-elect is to stand down after failing for a second time to win parliamentary approval for a new cabinet. Mustafa Abu Shagur had called for the formation of an 'emergency government,' consisting of just 10 ministries. The General National Congress (GNC) voted 125 to 44 against the proposal. Seventeen members abstained, according to a Libyan national television report. The GNC now has three to four weeks to elect a new premier." (10/07/12)

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Libya: Regime orders disbanding of “illegitimate” militias

September 23, 2012
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Fox News    

"Libya President Mohammed el-Megaref has ordered rogue militias to disband by Tuesday, an effort to regain control of the country amid violence and armed attacks, including one that killed four Americans, according to news reports. The president reportedly made the announcement late Saturday and said the effort to disband the illegitimate groups would be a joint-operation between the official army and authorized militia brigades." (09/23/12)

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Libya’s transitional council hands over power

August 8, 2012
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CNN    

"Libya's National Transitional Council handed over power Wednesday to the General National Congress, the national assembly formed by last month's elections. The ceremony in a conference center in Tripoli marked the country's first peaceful government transition since before Moammar Gadhafi seized power in 1969." (08/08/12)

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Libya: “Moderate” party beats Islamists in first post-Gaddafi election

July 19, 2012
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Vancouver Sun [Canada]    

"A moderate coalition has beaten the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya's first post-Gaddafi election, reversing the trend of success for Islamist parties in Arab Spring countries. The National Forces Alliance, led by the wartime prime minister Mahmud Jibril, gained 39 of 80 seats available to parties in the general national congress." (07/19/12)

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Libya: Militiamen attack election commission

July 1, 2012
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Palm Beach Post    

"Libyan protesters and militiamen stormed the headquarters of the election commission in the eastern city of Benghazi on Sunday, setting voting slips on fire, a militia commander said, a week before the country holds its first general election in nearly five decades. In southern Libya, a leader of Libya's Tabu tribe threatened to boycott the election if the government does not withdraw its forces and tanks from a southern desert city where clashes have killed dozens." (07/01/12)

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Libya: Militia takes control of Tripoli airport

June 4, 2012
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Chicago Sun-Times    

"A group of disgruntled militiamen took over the country’s main airport on Monday, storming it with heavy machine guns and armored vehicles and forcing airport authorities to divert flights, a security official said. Mohammed el-Gharyani of Tripoli Security Committee said militiamen from the city of Tarhouna occupied the airport runway. Flights were diverted to Metiga air base in the city’s center." (06/04/12)

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Libya: Lockerbie bomber dies more than two years after release

May 20, 2012
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CNN    

"Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, the only person convicted in connection with the Lockerbie bombing that killed 270 people, died Sunday, the Libyan government and a family member said. He was 60. The former intelligence officer, who had suffered from prostate cancer, will be buried Monday, a foreign ministry spokesman said. ... His death came more than two years after he was freed from a life sentence in Scotland on the grounds that he was dying." (05/20/12)

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NATO: Just because we bombed the place doesn’t mean deaths are our fault

May 14, 2012
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Nato has hit back at a report urging the alliance to investigate fully the deaths of civilians in air strikes in Libya last year. Human Rights Watch (HRW) said at least 72 civilians had been killed in the strikes and the bloc needed to bear responsibility where appropriate. But Nato's spokeswoman said the campaign was conducted 'with unprecedented care and precision.' She said Nato 'did everything possible to minimise risks to civilians.'" (05/14/12)

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Libya: Clashes in rival towns kill 22

April 3, 2012
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Greensboro News & Record    

"Militias from rival towns in western Libya battled each other with tanks and artillery on Tuesday in fierce fighting that killed at least 22 people, local officials said. The clashes erupted over the weekend between the Arab-majority town of Ragdalein and the Berber-dominated town of Zwara, some 110 kilometers (70 miles) west of the capital Tripoli." (04/03/12)

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Libya: Dozens killed in tribal clashes

March 28, 2012
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USA Today    

"A Libyan health official said Tuesday that at least 50 people have been killed in two days of tribal clashes in southern Libya -- on the same day that another official was reported kidnapped in the north. The tribal violence prompted the resignation of the deputy chairman of the Libyan governing council in protest over his body's inability to impose its rule on the country." (03/27/12)

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Mauritania to hand over Gadddafi’s ex-spy chief to Libya

March 21, 2012
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution    

"A Libya government spokesman says Mauritania will hand over Libya's ex-spy chief to his government for trial. Nasser al-Manei said Wednesday that the government of the West African nation will return Abdullah al-Senoussi for 'a fair process' in a Libyan court." (03/21/12)

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