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  • Libya media accused of incitement
    Libya media accused of incitement Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Government committee says TV stations are often owned by armed groups and there is no way to prevent incitement. More »

  • Brighton Nephew of Guantanamo Detainee, 'Killed Fighting in Syria'
    Brighton Nephew of Guantanamo Detainee, 'Killed Fighting in Syria' Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The Foreign Office says it is investigating circumstances surrounding the death of Abdullah Deghayes, an 18-year-old from Saltdean, near Brighton, in Syria. Deghayes, the nephew of former Guantanamo detainee Omar Deghayes, had apparently told family he was going to Libya. His father Abubaker Deghayes says he only found out about his death from Facebook: We found out on Facebook.  I hope he died for a noble cause, trying to help Syria, I need to find out. More »

  • Libyan kidnappers of Tunisian diplomat demand Islamists' release
    Libyan kidnappers of Tunisian diplomat demand Islamists' release Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    By Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Libyan militants who kidnapped a Tunisian diplomat in Tripoli on Thursday have demanded the release of Islamist fighters detained in Tunisia, its foreign minister said. Such kidnappings have become commonplace as Libya's political landscape fragments, and Mongi Hamdi also said Tunisia was considering reducing its diplomatic mission in the country. The Tunisian embassy adviser taken on Thursday became the second Tunisian diplomat to be kidnapped in the Libyan capital within a month. On Tuesday gunmen kidnapped Jordan's ambassador to Libya, demanding an Islamist militant be released from a Jordanian jail in exchange for the diplomat's freedom. More »

  • Gunmen kidnap Tunisian diplomat in Libya
    Gunmen kidnap Tunisian diplomat in Libya Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Feras Bosalum and Tarek Amara TRIPOLI/TUNIS (Reuters) - A Tunisian diplomat was kidnapped on Thursday in the Libyan capital Tripoli, Libya's foreign ministry said, two days after gunmen seized Jordan's ambassador. The weak interim government has been unable to disarm former rebels and Islamist militants who fought to depose leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and who have formed increasingly powerful and violent militias. Libyan foreign minister Mohamed Abdelaziz told Reuters by phone unknown people had seized the diplomat and brought him to an unknown location. The Tunisian diplomat called Aroussi Gantassi had not gone to the embassy on Thursday, a foreign ministry spokesman told state news agency LANA. More »

  • Libya plans 'smart cards' to cut fuel subsidies that boost smugglin … Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Julia Payne TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya plans to limit the costly subsidies its citizens enjoy when buying motor fuel - much of which is smuggled into Tunisia for resale at higher prices - by introducing a "smart card" system like one newly implemented in neighbouring Egypt. The weak interim government has been reluctant to cut the subsidies, introduced by former leader Muammar Gaddafi to discourage opposition, as it is still struggling to impose authority in a country awash with arms. "The extra rise is due to an increase of smuggling, mainly to Tunisia...The rise in the number of cars does not justify this 15 percent increase," Lamin said. Egypt and Algeria have also been losing more subsidised fuel to smugglers. More »

  • Tunisian diplomat missing in Libya Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Officials say a Tunisian diplomat has gone missing in the Libyan capital, days after gunmen kidnapped the Jordanian ambassador. More »

  • Tunisian diplomat kidnapped in Libya
    Tunisian diplomat kidnapped in Libya Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A Tunisian diplomat was kidnapped Thursday in Tripoli in unknown circumstances, a Libyan security source told AFP, just two days after armed men seized Jordan's ambassador. More »

  • Putin talks tough on Ukraine but says he hopes for peace Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Alissa de Carbonnel and Alexei Anishchuk MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine's leaders on Thursday of committing a "grave crime" by using the army to try to quell unrest in the east of the country, and did not rule out sending in Russian troops. But, addressing Russians in his annual televised phone-in, Putin said he hoped he would not need to take such a step, and that diplomacy could succeed in resolving the standoff, the worst crisis in East-West relations since the Cold War. The former KGB spy's rhetoric on the United States was, as is customary for him, firm and uncompromising, but he also gave clear signals that he did not want to get into a spiralling war of words with Washington. He said Russia has no interest in reviving Cold War-era divisions, even if it felt threatened by NATO's eastward expansion and was angered by U.S. interventions in Iraq, Libya and Syria that had gone ahead over the Kremlin's objections. More »

  • Tunisian diplomat kidnapped in Libyan capital Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A Tunisian diplomat was kidnapped on Thursday in the Libyan capital Tripoli, Libya's foreign ministry said, days after gunmen seized Jordan's ambassador. A spokesman for the foreign ministry said it was unclear who was behind the kidnapping of the Tunisian diplomat. An official in Tunisia's foreign ministry said: "We can not confirm that he has been kidnapped but we have been unable to contact him." Security has deteriorated in Libya as the government has been unable to control militias who helped topple Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but refuse to disarm. More »

  • Testament: Tribute to Getty Images Photographer Chris Hondros
    Testament: Tribute to Getty Images Photographer Chris Hondros Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    photographer Chris Hondros was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade in Libya on April 20, 2011. Testament, published by Powerhouse Books, is a collection of his powerful photographs and writing, spanning more than a decade of coverage from some of the world's major conflict zones, including Liberia, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti and Libya. On April 20, 2011, Chris Hondros and acclaimed photojournalist Tim Hetherington were both killed while covering a battle on Tripoli Street in Misrata, Libya. More »

  • Putin says trust lost in ties with U.S. before Ukraine crisis Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that trust between Russia and the United States had been damaged before the crisis in Ukraine, but that he wanted to restore their cooperation. "To a certain extent trust has been lost, but we do not think we are to blame," Putin said in a televised phone-in with the nation. He said it was U.S. hypocrisy that had brought relations to their worst level since the Cold War: "The United States can act in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya but Russia is not allowed to defend its interests." The two countries have been at odds over a range of issues, from U.S. missile defence plans to NATO expansion and the civil war in Syria. To improve ties, Putin said, the United States should respect others' interests and international law. More »

  • Algeria's Bouteflika poised to win re-election
    Algeria's Bouteflika poised to win re-election Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Patrick Markey ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerians voted on Thursday in an election President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is expected to win after 15 years in power, despite speaking only rarely in public since suffering a stroke in 2013. With the dominant National Liberation Front (FLN) party, allied movements and unions behind him, many Algerians believe Bouteflika, 77, is almost assured of victory and another five years governing the North African OPEC state. Algeria is seen as a partner in Washington's campaign against Islamist militancy in the Maghreb and a stable supplier of around a fifth of Europe's gas imports. But concerns about Bouteflika's health and how Algeria manages any transition have raised questions about stability in a region where neighbouring Libya, Tunisia and Egypt are still in turmoil after the Arab Spring revolts of 2011. More »

  • Algeria's bloody past, energy wealth keep status quo for now
    Algeria's bloody past, energy wealth keep status quo for now Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    By Patrick Markey and Lamine Chikhi ALGIERS (Reuters) - Cramped with his young wife and three infants in a shack in Algiers' Citi Hofra slum, Amin Kerchach could be forgiven for being angry at missing out on Algeria's gas wealth. But after waiting for years to get a new state-built apartment from President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, his memories of Algeria's bloody past and the promise of state largesse to come are reasons enough to hold out a little longer. Where frustrations in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Syria brought the Arab Spring revolts of 2011, in Algeria, stability wins over anger at unemployment and economic torpor in a system critics say is little changed since independence in 1962. Algerians like Kerchach show why Bouteflika will likely be re-elected on Thursday by those who see him as a symbol of public spending and a guarantee of security in a country where many are still scarred by the Islamist war of the 1990s. More »

  • Gunmen kidnap Jordan's ambassador to Libya
    Gunmen kidnap Jordan's ambassador to Libya Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Masked gunmen kidnapped Jordan's ambassador to Libya as he rode to work in Tripoli on Tuesday, shooting at his car and wounding his driver, officials said. More »

  • Jordanian ambassador seized in Libya, kidnappers demand prisoner release
    Jordanian ambassador seized in Libya, kidnappers demand prisoner release Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    By Feras Bosalum and Suleiman Al-Khalidi TRIPOLI/AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan's ambassador to Libya was kidnapped on Tuesday by gunmen who demanded an Islamist militant be released from a Jordanian jail in exchange for the diplomat's freedom. The masked gunmen shot and wounded the driver of Ambassador Fawaz al-Itan's car as they snatched the diplomat from a street in the capital Tripoli, Libya's Foreign Ministry said. Essam Baitelmel, a member of the Libyan team investigating the abduction, said the kidnappers had demanded the release of Mohamed Dersi, a Libyan Islamist militant jailed for life in 2007 for plotting to blow up the main airport in Jordan. Libya's foreign minister Mohamed Abdelaziz could not officially confirm that the government had received demands from the kidnappers. More »

  • Libyan oil returns to export market
    Libyan oil returns to export market Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Libya prepared to resume oil exports Tuesday following a break of more than eight months, after autonomy-seeking rebels agreed to lift their blockade of ports in the country's east. More »

  • Jordan ambassador to Libya abducted
    Jordan ambassador to Libya abducted Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Identity and motive unclear of men who seized Fawaz al-Aitan after attacking his car in Tripoli and shooting his driver. More »

  • Gunmen abduct Jordanian ambassador in Libya Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Masked gunmen abducted the Jordanian ambassador in the Libyan capital early Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a wave of abductions in the North African nation still plagued by lawlessness more than two years after the ouster of dictator Moammar Gadhafi. More »

  • Libya: Gunmen abduct Jordanian ambassador Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Masked gunmen abducted the Jordanian ambassador in the Libyan capital early Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a wave of abductions in the North African nation still plagued by lawlessness more than two years after the ouster of dictator Moammar Gadhafi. More »

  • Official: Gunmen abduct Jordan ambassador in Libya Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Masked gunmen seized the Jordanian ambassador in the Libyan capital on Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a wave of abductions and kidnappings that have swept Libya underscoring the lawlessness in the North African nation since the 2011 overthrow of late dictator Moammar Gadhafi. More »

  • Libya: Jordanian Ambassador Abducted in Tripoli
    Libya: Jordanian Ambassador Abducted in Tripoli Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The Jordanian ambassador to Libya Fawaz al-Etan has been kidnapped by masked gunmen in Tripoli, according to reports. More »

  • Jordan ambassador to Libya kidnapped
    Jordan ambassador to Libya kidnapped Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Masked men in civilian clothes surround envoy's car, and fire at his driver and guards before abducting him. More »

  • Libya adjourns trial of ex-Gaddafi officials and sons
    Libya adjourns trial of ex-Gaddafi officials and sons Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    By Julia Payne TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya opened the trial of deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi's sons and dozens of his ex-officials on Monday in a test of its transition to democracy, but it was quickly adjourned as some of the investigations had not been completed. Neither son, Saadi Gaddafi and Saif al-Islam, was in court at Tripoli's Al-Hadba prison, but the late ruler's spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi was among the former senior aides sitting in blue jumpsuits behind a fenced-off section. The defendants face charges ranging from corruption to war crimes related to deaths during the 2011 uprising against Gaddafi, who went on the run for months before being captured and quickly killed by rebels. The International Criminal Court and other human rights organisations worry about the fairness of Libya's justice system although the government won the right last year to try Gaddafi's former spy chief at home instead of at the ICC in The Hague. More »

  • Libya: How to end the political crisis?
    Libya: How to end the political crisis? Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Political woes deepen in oil-rich country after interim prime minister resigns over security reasons. More »

  • Libya's Thinni refuses to form government
    Libya's Thinni refuses to form government Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Interim prime minister says he will not form a new cabinet, citing security threats against him and his family. More »

  • Libya judge orders Gadhafi son tried by video link
    Libya judge orders Gadhafi son tried by video link Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A Libyan judge in the trial of former regime officials decided Monday that Moammar Gadhafi's son, held by a militia in the country's west, can be tried in the proceedings via a video link. More »

  • Libya trial of Kadhafi son, aides adjourned
    Libya trial of Kadhafi son, aides adjourned Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    The Libyan trial of more than 30 top figures from Moamer Kadhafi's deposed regime opened briefly Monday but the court adjourned proceedings as key defendants, including onetime heir apparent Seif al-Islam, were absent. More »

  • Libyan judge orders video link to try Gadhafi son
    Libyan judge orders video link to try Gadhafi son Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A Libyan judge in the trial of former regime officials has decided that Moammar Gadhafi's son, held by a militia in the country's west, can attend the proceedings through a video link. More »

  • Trial begins for Gaddafi sons and officials
    Trial begins for Gaddafi sons and officials Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Saif al-Islam and Saadi Gaddafi among 38 former Libya regime figures accused of war crimes during 2011 uprising. More »

  • Libya starts trial of ex-Gaddafi officials, but sons absent Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libyan prosecutors on Monday began the trial of deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi's sons and former regime officials in a major test for the North African state's transition to a democracy. Neither Saadi Gaddafi or Saif al-Islam were in the courtroom at Tripoli's Al-Hadba prison, but Gaddafi's ex-spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi was among the former officials sitting behind a fenced-off section before the judge, a Reuters reporter said. (Reporting by Julia Payne in Tripoli; writing by Patrick Markey; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall) More »

  • Crude oil rises above $104 amid Ukraine tensions Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    The price of crude oil rose Monday as escalating Russia-Ukraine tensions and the resignation of Libya's interim prime minister added to uncertainties about oil supplies. More »

  • Gaddafi's sons stand trial in Libya
    Gaddafi's sons stand trial in Libya Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Two of the late leader's sons are expected in court on Monday on charges that include war crimes. More »

  • Trial of Gaddafi's two sons, former officials gets underway
    Trial of Gaddafi's two sons, former officials gets underway Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    By Julia Payne and Feras Bosalum TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Saadi Gaddafi and Saif al-Islam, two of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's sons, are expected to appear in court on Monday, facing charges of corruption and war crimes alongside more than 30 other Gaddafi-era officials. The mass trial will be seen by the international community as a barometer for Libya's progress in establishing a democratic state after the chaotic 2011 revolution that ended four decades of Gaddafi's one-man rule. Post-Gaddafi Libya has so far been defined by a weak interim government and growing unrest as former revolutionary fighters refuse to give up their weapons, and armed protesters blockade the country's crucial oil exports. "If they don't get fair trials then it casts doubt over whether the new Libya is not about selective justice," Hanan Salah, Libya researcher in the Middle East and North Africa division at Human Rights Watch said. More »

  • Kadhafi sons due to stand trial in Libya
    Kadhafi sons due to stand trial in Libya Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Top figures from ousted dictator Moamer Kadhafi's regime, including two of his sons, are due to stand trial Monday over abuses committed during Libya's uprising which toppled him. More »

  • Wanted jihadist hiding in Libya: Malian security sources
    Wanted jihadist hiding in Libya: Malian security sources Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Fugitive jihadist commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar is hiding in Libya, from where he plans to mastermind terrorist attacks across Africa's Sahel region, security sources told AFP on Sunday. More »