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  • Qaddafi’s son sentenced to death in Libya, but court lacks custody 7 hours ago

    A court in Libya passed a death sentence in absentia on Saif al-Islam, son of late dictator Muammar Qaddafi, for war crimes linked to the uprising that deposed his father. The Tripoli-based court convicted Mr. Islam of murder and incitement to violence during the 2011 uprising that ousted his father, who was killed by rebels later that year. The court also condemned eight other Qaddafi associates, including his former intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi and ex-prime minister Mahmoudi al Baghdadi, Reuters reports. More »

  • Libyan court sentences Gaddafi son Saif, eight other ex-officials to death
    Libyan court sentences Gaddafi son Saif, eight other ex-officials to death 8 hours ago

    A Libyan court on Tuesday sentenced Muammar Gaddafi's most prominent son, Saif al-Islam, and eight others to death over war crimes including killings of protesters during the 2011 revolution that ended his father's rule. The former Gaddafi regime officials sentenced to die by firing squad included former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi and ex-prime minister Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, Sadiq al-Sur, chief investigator at the Tripoli state prosecutor's office, told a televised news conference in the capital. The trial process and outcome drew condemnation abroad, with Human Rights Watch and a prominent international lawyer saying it was riddled with legal flaws and carried out amid widespread lawlessness undermining the credibility of the judiciary. More »

  • Libya sentenced Qaddafi's son to death over war crimes 8 hours ago

    A Libyan court sentenced Muammar Qaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam Qaddafi, to death in absentia on Tuesday over war crimes linked to the country’s 2011 revolution. According to the Human Rights Watch, Abuzaid Dorda, another former prime minister, is also among the nine people sentenced to death. More than 30 close associates of the late Col. Qaddafi were on trial for crashing peaceful protests during the uprising that eventually toppled his regime, in 2011. More »

  • Germany suspects Islamist who lived in Germany bombed Mogadishu hotel
    Germany suspects Islamist who lived in Germany bombed Mogadishu hotel 9 hours ago

    German authorities suspect that an Islamist who once lived in Germany carried out a car bombing on a hotel in Mogadishu on Sunday that killed at least 13 people, security sources told Reuters on Tuesday. The sources said the man, Abdirazak Bouh, was born in Libya and had both Somali and Libyan passports. The sources confirmed a report by Die Welt daily that said he had joined the al Shabaab group, which said it was behind the blast on the Jazeera hotel in Mogadishu on Sunday. More »

  • UN 'disturbed' by Libya death sentences for Kadhafi loyalists
    UN 'disturbed' by Libya death sentences for Kadhafi loyalists 10 hours ago

    The United Nations said it was "deeply disturbed" by the death sentences handed down in Libya on Wednesday against a son and eight aides of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi. More »

  • Libya court sentences Kadhafi son Seif al-Islam to death
    Libya court sentences Kadhafi son Seif al-Islam to death 10 hours ago

    A Libyan court Tuesday sentenced a son and eight aides of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi to death for crimes during the 2011 uprising, in a verdict denounced by rights campaigners. More »

  • BP profits slump after huge oil spill charge
    BP profits slump after huge oil spill charge 11 hours ago

    By Ron Bousso and Karolin Schaps LONDON (Reuters) - BP's second-quarter profit slumped by nearly two thirds from last year as it grappled with lower oil prices, a write off in Libya and a $10.8 billion charge for the 2010 crude spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP's Chief Financial Officer Brian Gilvary said he expected oil prices , which fell on Tuesday to their lowest since February below $53 a barrel, to remain soft in the medium term because of a supply glut worldwide. BP reached an $18.7 billion agreement with the U.S. government and five states earlier this month to resolve most claims from the oil spill five years ago, the largest corporate settlement in U.S. history. More »

  • Gaddafi's Son Saif Is Sentenced To Death
    Gaddafi's Son Saif Is Sentenced To Death 12 hours ago

    The son of former dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has been sentenced to death by a court in Libya. Saif al Islam Gaddafi, who was not present at the ruling, was convicted during a mass trial in Tripoli of murder and inciting genocide during the country's 2011 uprising. Eight others - including former Libyan spy chief Abdullah al Senussi - were also sentenced to death by the court. More »

  • EU backs naval mission to end migrant crisis
    EU backs naval mission to end migrant crisis 12 hours ago

    EU nations approved plans on Monday for an unprecedented naval mission starting next month to fight human traffickers responsible for a flood of migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya. More »

  • U.N. human rights office 'deeply disturbed' by Libya death sentence … 13 hours ago

    GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations human rights office is "deeply disturbed" by death sentences handed down in a trial of former officials who served under Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, it said on Tuesday. "We had closely monitored the detention and trial and found that international fair trial standards had failed to be met," it said in a statement, citing a failure to establish individual criminal responsibility, lack of access to lawyers, claims of ill-treatment, and trials conducted in absentia. (Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Hugh Lawson) More »

  • Lawyer labels Gaddafi sentence 'judicially sanctioned execution' 14 hours ago

    The lawyer representing Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the slain Libyan leader, before the International Criminal Court condemned as a "show trial" the proceedings leading up to the death sentence that was passed on him in Tripoli on Tuesday. "The trial has been declared illegal by Libya's own justice minister," said British trial lawyer John Jones, who has led efforts to have Gaddafi brought to the international tribunal in The Hague, where he would not face the death penalty. Gaddafi faces charges at the ICC relating to brutal reprisals meted out to protesters taking part in the 2011 revolution that ended his father's decades-long rule. More »

  • Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam sentenced to death
    Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam sentenced to death 14 hours ago

    Son of slain Libyan leader sentenced in absentia to die by firing squad along with other members of former regime. More »

  • Libyan court sentences Gadhafi's son, Seif al-Islam, to death over killings … 15 hours ago

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libyan court sentences Gadhafi's son, Seif al-Islam, to death over killings in 2011 uprising. More »

  • Rescuers find 13 dead migrants on packed boat off Libyan coast 16 hours ago

    Rescuers found 13 dead migrants on a boat off the coast of Libya with more than 500 others aboard, an Italian coast guard spokesman said on Tuesday, giving no details about how they had died. An Irish naval ship, mobilised as part of the EU's Triton mission, and one operated by the Doctors Without Borders charity went to the rescue of the boat about 50 miles (80 km) off Libya late on Monday. Some 150,000 migrants have reached Europe by sea this year, most landing in Italy and Greece, and more than 1,900 have drowned during the crossing, according to the International Organization for Migration. More »

  • U.S. House Benghazi panel says State Department to hand over documents on T …
    U.S. House Benghazi panel says State Department to hand over documents on T … 22 hours ago

    The U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the 2012 attacks on an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, said the State Department has pledged to hand over 5,000 new pages of documents related to the incident on Tuesday. "The State Department has informed the Committee it will make a production of approximately 5,000 pages tomorrow - the second largest production the Committee has received and the largest since last summer," Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, the committee's chairman, said in a statement on Monday. The documents are not expected to include emails involving former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has been embroiled in a controversy over her use of a private email account while she was America's top diplomat. More »

  • Libyan city Benghazi plunges into darkness as fighting hits power plants Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Libya's eastern city of Benghazi has been plunged into darkness as clashes between pro-government forces and Islamist fighters have knocked out three of five power stations serving the city, the country's second largest, officials said on Monday. Power has been off for 16 hours a day in the port city where forces loyal to the official government based in the east have been fighting Islamist groups for 15 months in a battle that has turned parts of Benghazi into ruins. A spokesman at state power firm GECOL in Benghazi said output at the gas-fired main power plant was still stable at 650 megawatts on average a day, but three sub-stations distributing electricity inside the city had been damaged. More »

  • Isis: David Cameron says UK will bomb Islamic State in Libya and Syria if a …
    Isis: David Cameron says UK will bomb Islamic State in Libya and Syria if a … Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron has said UK forces will carry out bombing raids over Syria and Libya if a direct plot to attack Britain was discovered. Speaking in Jakarta, on the first day of a trade mission to south-east Asia, Cameron said: "If there is a threat to Britain or to our people on our streets... we are able to stop it by taking immediate action against that threat. The prime minister's statements follow revelations that British pilots have already carried out sorties over Syria despite a House of Commons vote against military action in the country in 2013. More »

  • UK Could Strike Against IS In Libya And Syria
    UK Could Strike Against IS In Libya And Syria Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    David Cameron has arrived in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim democracy, with a message that "the pressure is growing on ISIL". And he warned that he would be prepared to take military action against Islamic State - also known as ISIL - in Libya and Syria if there was a threat to people on Britain's streets. More »

  • Cameron says ready to bomb militants in Libya and Syria if  plot threat see …
    Cameron says ready to bomb militants in Libya and Syria if plot threat see … Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    By Gayatri Suroyo and Andrew Osborn JAKARTA/LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday he was ready to order air strikes on Islamist militant targets in Libya and Syria to prevent attacks on the streets of Britain as he stepped up his rhetoric against Islamic State insurgents. "If there is a threat to Britain or to our people on our streets ... we are able to stop it by taking immediate action against that threat," said Cameron. "As prime minister, I would always want to try and take that action, and that’s the case whether that problem is emanating from Libya or Syria or anywhere else.” Britain raised its domestic terrorism alert to the second-highest level in August last year, saying an attack was "highly likely". More »

  • Why is Hillary Clinton testifying about Benghazi again? Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Hillary Clinton will appear before the House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attack in October, her presidential campaign announced. According to Ms. Clinton’s campaign, Rep. Trey Gowdy, who is leading the investigation into the events of Sept. 11, 2012 in Libya, has invited the former secretary of state for a public hearing. The Benghazi terrorist attack left four Americans dead. More »

  • 'No progress' in Libya search for kidnapped Italians
    'No progress' in Libya search for kidnapped Italians Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Libyan security forces searching for four Italians kidnapped west of the capital this week have so far made no progress in finding them, an official said Friday. More »

  • Expulsion from Derna bastion may show limits for Islamic State in Libya
    Expulsion from Derna bastion may show limits for Islamic State in Libya Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    By Ulf Laessing and Ayman al-Warfalli CAIRO/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Islamic State jihadists have exploited widespread chaos to gain a foothold in Libya, but their ejection from an eastern city suggests they may not achieve a Iraq-style takeover due to strong local rivals and the absence of sectarian divisions. Last month, local Islamist fighters reinforced by local civilians ousted Islamic State militants from Derna on Libya's eastern Mediterranean coast, one of two bastions the jihadists had established in the North African oil-producing country. It was the first setback in Libya for the ultra-violent jihadist movement that has sent in combatants and clerics from Tunisia, Yemen and other Arab states to try repeat its success in Iraq and Syria, where it has captured vast territories and proclaimed a "caliphate" based on medieval religious precepts. More »

  • Dozens of migrants feared dead as boat sinks off Libya
    Dozens of migrants feared dead as boat sinks off Libya Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    UN says up to 40 migrants believed to have died after attempting to make it to Europe from Senegal, Mali and Benin. More »

  • Two killed in new push by Libya's eastern government forces in Benghazi Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Two Libyan soldiers were killed and 10 wounded on Thursday when eastern government forces made a new push against Islamist fighters in the embattled centre of Benghazi, medics said. Forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognised government have been fighting Islamist groups in the country's second-largest city for over a year, part of a wider struggle since Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and killed in 2011. Army forces backed by armed residents have regained some of the territory in the eastern city lost last year, but critics say their use of war planes has heavily damaged Benghazi without gaining much on the ground. More »

  • 35-40 migrants drown off Libya, Save the Children reports
    35-40 migrants drown off Libya, Save the Children reports Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    ROME (AP) — As many as 40 would-be refugees, including at least seven children, have died while trying to reach Italy from Libya in the latest Mediterranean migrant tragedy, Save the Children reported Thursday. More »

  • At least 10 feared dead after migrant boat sinks off Libyan coast
    At least 10 feared dead after migrant boat sinks off Libyan coast Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    At least 10 migrants who were seeking to reach Europe are feared dead after their inflatable dinghy capsized off the coast of Libya, a local prosecutor on the Italian island of Sicily said Thursday. More »

  • Hunting The World's Most Wanted People Smuggler
    Hunting The World's Most Wanted People Smuggler Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Ermias Ghermay is a wanted man. Last year alone his gang is said to have made $10 million trafficking people to Europe. Alex Crawford reports from Libya. More »

  • Smuggled Migrants 'Subjected To Sexual Violence'
    Smuggled Migrants 'Subjected To Sexual Violence' Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Ermias Ghermay and his gangs are responsible for smuggling thousands of people across the Sahara to the Libyan coast. There they dispatch them to Europe on rickety boats, having extorted thousands of dollars from them along the way. "Last July together with my 130 companions (of which 20 were women), whilst we were walking in the desert between Sudan and Libya we were stopped and forced at gunpoint to get into some vans and in small groups were forcibly taken into a house by approximately 50 Somali and Sudanese men. More »

  • Two car bombs explode in eastern Libyan city of Derna Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Two car bombs exploded on Wednesday in Libya's eastern city of Derna, an Islamist hotspot, residents and a military source said. There was no immediate word on casualties. The area around Derna, located east of Benghazi, has seen heavy fighting in recent weeks between Islamic State militants and a rival Islamist group. Islamic State fighters left the city last month but had taken up new positions outside Derna, residents said. ... More »

  • Dozens killed in tribal clashes in biggest city in southern Libya Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    By Ahmed Elumami and Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Dozens have been killed in clashes between two tribes in the biggest city in southern Libya, officials said on Tuesday, as a security vacuum grew in a remote corner of the oil producer. Clashes broke out four days ago in a suburb of Sabha, said the city's mayor, Hamed Rafa al-Khayali. A Tebu official said the clashes had started after a Tebu was killed at a checkpoint. More »

  • Italian coast guard rescues 414 boat migrants including four newborns Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Three Italian ships rescued 414 migrants from four boats in the Mediterranean sea on Tuesday, Italy's coast guard said, with four newborns and one young child among those saved. About 150,000 migrants, many fleeing poverty and war in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, came to Europe by sea between January and July, according to the International Organisation for Migration. Most of them cross the narrow stretch of sea from lawless Libya to Italy and Greece. More »

  • UN Libya envoy says team working for 4 hostages' freedom Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    ROME (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Libya says his team is trying to gather intelligence as part of efforts to free four Italian construction workers kidnapped there this week. More »

  • Victims hail 'end of nightmare' as Chad's Habre stands trial
    Victims hail 'end of nightmare' as Chad's Habre stands trial Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    By Diadie Ba DAKAR (Reuters) - The trial of Chad's former president Hissene Habre for crimes against humanity broke down on its first day on Monday as he was dragged from the courtroom after calling its members "traitors". Habre's trial caps a 15-year battle by victims and rights campaigners to bring the former strongman to justice in Senegal, where he fled after being toppled in a coup. Armed by Washington as its proxy in a war against Libya's Muammar Gaddafi, Habre is blamed by rights groups for widespread torture and the killing of up to 40,000 political opponents and ethnic rivals. More »

  • EU countries fail to meet targets to take in migrants
    EU countries fail to meet targets to take in migrants Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    By Francesco Guarascio and Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union failed on Monday to agree on how to spread 40,000 asylum seekers in Greece and Italy among its members over the next two years, postponing the decision until the end of the year. Following the deaths of 700 people on a fishing boat heading for Italy from Libya in April, EU leaders called at a summit in June for agreement on the relocation by the end of July - a potentially divisive move in some countries where far-right parties and populist anti EU movements are gaining ground. EU home affairs ministers agreed in Brussels on Monday to respect the summit's indications by committing to the relocation of 40,000 migrants forecast to arrive in Greece and Italy over the next two years, but the actual numbers for each member state will be defined in another meeting by December. More »

  • Exclusive - Europe to hit Libyans with sanctions over peace impasse Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is preparing sanctions against five Libyans accused of blocking a U.N.-backed peace deal, Western diplomats told Reuters on Monday, after EU foreign ministers agreed to pressure all sides to negotiate. Three senior militants who have threatened violence against any future unity government, as well as two military leaders who say their faction cannot abide by any accord, will be hit with EU travel bans and asset freezes unless they change their position, diplomats said. The European Union says a U.N.-backed deal is the only way to end the war between rival governments vying for power in the oil producer four years after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi, and will use sanctions to try to force all parties to negotiate. More »