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  • Clinton Email On Benghazi Marked 'Secret'
    Clinton Email On Benghazi Marked 'Secret' 1 hour 22 minutes ago

    Hillary Clinton received information - that has now been marked classified - on her private email server about the deadly attack on the US compound in Benghazi. An email relating to reports of arrests in Libya following the raid was forwarded to the former Secretary of State by her deputy chief of staff. The information was upgraded to "secret" on Friday as it was released in redacted form along with hundreds of Mrs Clinton's other emails while she was America's top diplomat. More »

  • Clinton: all information in emails 'handled appropriately' 5 hours ago

    HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton says all of the information contained in her emails from her time as secretary of state related to Benghazi, Libya, was handled appropriately. More »

  • Pakistan beat Zimbabwe for emotional victory on home soil
    Pakistan beat Zimbabwe for emotional victory on home soil 5 hours ago

    Pakistan marked international cricket's return to the trouble-torn country with a five-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the first Twenty20 International at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium on Friday. Openers Mukhtar Ahmed (83) and Ahmed Shehzad (55) added 142 runs before captain Shahid Afridi hit a boundary off the first ball he faced to seal an emotional victory with three balls to spare. Earlier, Hamilton Masakadza (43) shone upfront and captain Elton Chigumbura (54) provided the late assault to help Zimbabwe post a strong 172-6 having opting to bat first. More »

  • Pakistan ends six-year wait, hosts Zimbabwe in international
    Pakistan ends six-year wait, hosts Zimbabwe in international 5 hours ago

    By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan hosted its first top-flight international cricket match in six years on Friday, and sought to allay security fears by sending thousands of police to patrol a packed Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore for a three-hour game against Zimbabwe. The last time a test-playing nation toured cricket-loving Pakistan was in 2009, when militants attacked Sri Lanka's team bus in the same city, killing eight people and wounding several players. Zimbabwe ranks 10th in international test cricket rankings, below Bangladesh, but the team's decision to travel to Pakistan despite reservations among some of the team has been greeted with huge excitement in the host country. More »

  • Accused arms smuggler left Tunisia for Italy before museum attack - officia … 6 hours ago

    By Tarek Amara and Emilio Parodi TUNIS/MILAN (Reuters) - A Moroccan man supplied arms for a March attack on Tunisia's Bardo Museum and then boarded a migrant boat for Italy, where he is now held, a Tunisian government official said on Friday. Tunisian authorities have not yet formally notified Italian prosecutors, who arrested 22-year-old Abdelmajid Touil on an international warrant earlier this week, what he was suspected of doing or when. "Touil entered Tunisia by plane from Morocco on Feb. 2 before escaping stealthily to Libya" where he boarded a migrant boat to Italy, a senior official in the Interior Ministry told Reuters. More »

  • Insight - Islamic State expands its 'state'
    Insight - Islamic State expands its 'state' 7 hours ago

    By Samia Nakhoul BEIRUT (Reuters) - Almost a year after Islamic State's shock capture of Mosul, Iraq's second city, the black flags of the jihadis have been raised over Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province to the west of Baghdad, seat of Iraq’s increasingly theoretical central government. Nobody talks of Mosul or recapturing it from Islamic State. Now it is all about the fall of Ramadi, the neighbouring ancient Syrian city of Palmyra in central Syria and beyond - the Libyan city of Sirte, hometown of former leader Muammar Gaddafi. More »

  • Pakistan fans buzzing in Lahore as Zimbabwe bats
    Pakistan fans buzzing in Lahore as Zimbabwe bats 9 hours ago

    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Guarded by hundreds of police, Gaddafi Stadium was filled to capacity and buzzing as the first major cricket match in Pakistan started in six years on Friday. More »

  • Deputy Russia FM: Western Mideast policies 'short-sighted' 14 hours ago

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — A deputy Russian foreign minister says external players cannot solve the Syria crisis and that "short-sighted'" Western policies in the Middle East have helped destabilize countries such as Syria, Iraq and Libya. More »

  • Clinton's Benghazi emails show correspondence with adviser
    Clinton's Benghazi emails show correspondence with adviser 23 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received monthly missives about the growing unrest in Libya from a longtime friend who was previously barred by the White House from working for her as a government employee, according to emails received on her personal account. More »

  • Clinton emails reveal Benghazi militant fears: report
    Clinton emails reveal Benghazi militant fears: report Thu, May 21, 2015

    Emails from Hillary Clinton obtained Thursday by a US daily revealed her own sources provided intelligence on a deadly 2012 attack in Libya that conflicted with White House statements. More »

  • First batch of Hillary Clinton's Benghazi e-mails released Thu, May 21, 2015

    On Tuesday, a federal judge rejected the State Department’s proposal to wait until January 2016 to release the more than 55,000 e-mails Mrs. Clinton wrote during her stint as secretary of State, and instead ordered that a “rolling” release of the documents be made every two months. Now, the State Department is expected to release the first batch of emails over the next few days, The New York Times reported. Around 850 pages of e-mails that relate to Libya and the 2012 attacks on the United States outposts in Benghazi have been given to a special House committee appointed to investigate the attacks. More »

  • Tunisia says Moroccan held in Italy supplied weapons for museum attackers
    Tunisia says Moroccan held in Italy supplied weapons for museum attackers Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Tarek Amara and Emilio Parodi TUNIS/MILAN (Reuters) - The Moroccan arrested in Italy on suspicion of involvement in the Islamist militant attack on Tunisia's Bardo Museum provided the weapons, a Tunisian official told Reuters on Thursday. Italian police said on Wednesday they had arrested Abdelmajid Touil, aged 22, in connection with the March 18 attack in Tunis in which 21 tourists were shot dead. "(He) is a weapons smuggler ... he brought weapons for the Bardo Museum attackers from Libya to Tunisia before the date of the attack," said the official, who asked not to be named. More »

  • 19 pro-government forces killed in eastern Libya fighting Thu, May 21, 2015

    BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — A total of 19 Libyan soldiers were killed over the past 24 hours in the eastern city of Benghazi, during a new Libyan army push to retake the city from Islamic militants, officials said on Thursday. Elsewhere in Libya, a local Islamic State affiliate claimed responsibility for a pair of suicide bombings. More »

  • Suicide car bomber kills two near Libya's Misrata - state agency
    Suicide car bomber kills two near Libya's Misrata - state agency Thu, May 21, 2015

    A suicide car bomber blew himself up at a checkpoint near Libya's western Misrata city on Thursday, killing two guards, state news agency LANA quoted a military source as saying. The attack, claimed by Islamic State, targeted forces from the port city whose troops are allied with a self-declared government controlling the capital Tripoli and western Libya. Islamic State forces have profited from Libya's turmoil, four years after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, to gain a foothold in the north African country while two rival governments battle for power and Libya's oil wealth. More »

  • Isis: Mokhtar Belmokhtar defection shows the deadly threat of Libya
    Isis: Mokhtar Belmokhtar defection shows the deadly threat of Libya Thu, May 21, 2015

    The notorious Mokhtar Belmokhtar (aka Mr. Marlboro) hit the headlines yet again this week, after his group the Mourabitounes released an audio message pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (Isis). Clearly the Mourabitounes are falling along the same Islamic State fault lines that many other traditionally Al-Qaeda-aligned groups are experiencing - whether to abandon AQC's weakened leadership or to team up with the more successful Islamic State. More »

  • Libya says 11 killed in fresh Benghazi clashes
    Libya says 11 killed in fresh Benghazi clashes Thu, May 21, 2015

    Ten soldiers and a militiaman were killed in fresh violence in conflict-strewn Libya, security and medical sources said Thursday. More »

  • Egypt's Copts praise Sisi but await more tangible support
    Egypt's Copts praise Sisi but await more tangible support Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Stephen Kalin AL-OUR, Egypt (Reuters) - When Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi dispatched fighter jets this year against Islamic State targets in Libya in retaliation for the beheading of 21 Copts, he sent a powerful message to his country's Christian minority. Copts have long complained of discrimination under successive Egyptian leaders and Sisi's actions suggested he would deliver on promises of being an inclusive president who could unite the country after years of political turmoil. Orthodox Copts, the Middle East's biggest Christian community, are a test of Sisi's commitment to tolerance, a theme he often stresses in calling for an ideological assault on Islamist militants threatening Egypt's security. More »

  • Italy says over 900 migrants rescued at sea, one dead
    Italy says over 900 migrants rescued at sea, one dead Thu, May 21, 2015

    More than 900 migrants were rescued in one day from three overcrowded boats en route to Europe from North Africa, an Italian coast guard official said on Thursday. With Libya engulfed in strife, people smugglers are increasingly free to pack migrants onto unsafe boats, and they are expected to push total arrivals in Italy for 2015 to 200,000, an increase of 30,000 on last year, according to an Interior Ministry projection. Italy is bearing the brunt of the Mediterranean rescue operation while European Union authorities press other member states to share the burden more fairly via a resettlement quota system for refugees. More »

  • EU says still seeking U.N. resolution on attacking smugglers
    EU says still seeking U.N. resolution on attacking smugglers Thu, May 21, 2015

    WARSAW (Reuters) - The European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is still seeking a United Nations Security Council resolution on potential attacks on smugglers, EU Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos said on Thursday. "Ms Mogherini is working on that, she visited New York recently and we are waiting," Avramopoulos said at a media conference in Warsaw. The EU agreed a naval mission this week to target gangs smuggling migrants from Libya, but parts of a broader plan to deal with the influx began to unravel in a row over national quotas for housing asylum seekers. ... More »

  • Insight - Gaddafi's home town falls to Islamic State in anarchic Libya
    Insight - Gaddafi's home town falls to Islamic State in anarchic Libya Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Ulf Laessing SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) - Standing guard at his frontline post, Libyan soldier Mohammed Abu Shager can see where Islamic State militants are holed up with their heavy weaponry less than a kilometre away. The militants have effectively taken over former dictator Muammar Gaddafi's home city of Sirte as they exploit a civil war between two rival governments to expand in North Africa. "Every night they open fire on us," said Abu Shebar, who with comrades on Sirte's western outskirts holds the last position of troops belonging to one of the two warring Libyan governments, the General National Congress, which controls the capital Tripoli and most of the west of the country. More »

  • Ten killed as Libya's rival governments take on Islamist fighters Wed, May 20, 2015

    By Ahmed Elumami and Ayman al-Warfalli TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Ten people were killed and almost 40 wounded when Libya's two rival governments clashed with Islamist fighters in two large cities on Wednesday, officials said. Supporters of Islamic State and other Islamist militant groups have exploited the turmoil in Libya, where two governments and parliaments are fighting for control four years after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi. In the eastern city of Benghazi, nine soldiers were killed when fighting the Majlis al-Shura, an umbrella of mostly Islamist groups including Ansar al-Sharia blamed by Washington for the storming of a U.S. diplomatic compound in 2012 which killed the U.S. ambassador. More »

  • NATO could help EU migrant mission given political will - commander
    NATO could help EU migrant mission given political will - commander Wed, May 20, 2015

    NATO could help the European Union's efforts to counter migrant-smuggling across the Mediterranean if national leaders took a political decision to have it do so, its deputy military commander said on Wednesday. The European Union agreed on a naval mission on Monday to target gangs smuggling migrants from Libya. Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni had suggested on Monday that NATO could contribute to the EU operation by modifying its existing counter-terrorism naval mission in the Mediterranean, called Operation Active Endeavour. More »

  • Militias, Islamic State extremists clash in central Libya Wed, May 20, 2015

    BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Fierce clashes broke out on Wednesday in the central Libyan city of Sirte between militia fighters loyal to authorities in the capital, Tripoli, and extremists from the country's Islamic State affiliate, with at least 23 extremists dead, a militia spokesman said. More »

  • Libya Islamists battle IS jihadists near Sirte
    Libya Islamists battle IS jihadists near Sirte Wed, May 20, 2015

    Islamic State group jihadists and members of the Fajr Libya Islamist coalition engaged in fierce clashes on Wednesday in Sirte east of the capital Tripoli, an official said. More »

  • Libyan Islamist leader proposes elections to end conflict Wed, May 20, 2015

    By Ulf Laessing TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Fresh elections are the only way to end conflict in Libya where two governments and parliaments are competing for power and the country's oil wealth, an influential Islamist supporter of a self-declared government in Tripoli said. Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni's internationally recognised government and elected parliament have operated out of eastern Libya since a rival armed faction called Libya Dawn took over Tripoli in August and set up its own government. The United Nations has been hosting talks to persuade the rival factions to form a national government, four years after the civil war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi. More »

  • AP Source: House panel subpoenas Hillary Clinton confidant
    AP Source: House panel subpoenas Hillary Clinton confidant Wed, May 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A longtime confidant of Hillary Rodham Clinton has been subpoenaed to testify before a special House panel investigating the deaths of four Americans at the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, according to an official familiar with the probe. More »

  • Exclusive - U.S. House Benghazi panel subpoenas former Clinton White House  …
    Exclusive - U.S. House Benghazi panel subpoenas former Clinton White House  … Wed, May 20, 2015

    By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional investigators have issued a subpoena demanding that former Clinton White House adviser Sidney Blumenthal testify next month before the U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya. The subpoena, a copy of which was made available to Reuters, demands that Blumenthal appear before the House committee on June 3 to give a deposition. The subpoena is dated Monday but carries a notation indicating an unnamed deputy U.S. marshal served it on Blumenthal's wife on Tuesday.  The copy of the subpoena contains no further details about the subject matter of the deposition. "I can confirm Mr. Blumenthal has been called for a deposition by the committee," Jamal Ware, a spokesman for Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, the Benghazi committee chairman, said in response to a Reuters query. More »

  • Libya sends special envoy to talk with EU about migrant plan Wed, May 20, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Libya said Tuesday it has sent a special envoy to speak with the European Union about the EU's proposed military operation to destroy the boats of migrant smugglers who increasingly set off for Europe from the chaotic north African country. More »

  • One killed in Libya suicide bombing claimed by Islamic State - official Tue, May 19, 2015

    By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - One person was killed and seven were wounded on Tuesday in a suicide bombing claimed by Islamic State militants in the eastern Libyan town of Qubbah, a security official said. In response, war planes loyal to Libya's official government bombed positions west of the city of Derna near Qubbah, where Islamic State has a large presence, a military source said. Islamic State has exploited a security vacuum in Libya, four years after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, as rival governments compete for power. More »

  • Mediterranean shipwreck crew won't face kidnapping charge
    Mediterranean shipwreck crew won't face kidnapping charge Tue, May 19, 2015

    Two smugglers arrested over the deaths of hundreds drowned in the Mediterranean's most deadly shipwreck in decades will not be charged with kidnapping because assertions that migrants had been locked below deck had proved wrong, an Italian prosecutor said on Tuesday. The two face homicide charges over the sinking of a 20-metre fishing boat last month that killed some 800 migrants. The incident also raised international alarm about attempts by thousands to flee across the Mediterranean from Libya in often ramshackle boats. More »

  • Italy's Renzi pushes EU partners to accept quotas of refugees Tue, May 19, 2015

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi accused European Union countries on Tuesday of backtracking on commitments to accept asylum seekers and said they must show they were serious about wanting to solve the Mediterranean migrant crisis. The EU agreed a naval mission on Monday to target gangs smuggling migrants from Libya, but parts of a broader plan to deal with the influx began to unravel in a row over national quotas over refugee applicants. Italy, which has borne the brunt of trying to save migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to flee war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East, pushed its partners to hold an EU summit last month to seek common solutions to the problem. More »

  • Tunisia: Can't confirm killing of journalists in Libya Tue, May 19, 2015

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Two Tunisian journalists who disappeared in Libya could still be alive, Tunisia's foreign minister said Tuesday, calling into question reports that they were killed by the Islamic State. More »

  • The Problem With Hillary's 'Old Friends'
    The Problem With Hillary's 'Old Friends' Tue, May 19, 2015

    On Monday, The New York Times reported on Libya-themed memos from longtime Clinton friend Sidney Blumenthal, which were sent to Hillary Clinton during her time at the State Department. The substance of Blumenthal’s memos, though, isn’t as noteworthy as the fact that Blumenthal was working with people trying to do business within Libya when he sent them, and not laboring as a bona fide public official at Foggy Bottom. More »

  • A year of clashes devastates Libya's Benghazi
    A year of clashes devastates Libya's Benghazi Tue, May 19, 2015

    One year after Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive against Islamist militias in Libya's second city Benghazi, the capital of the 2011 revolution is reeling from near daily fighting and shortages. More »

  • Tunisian president's US trip to boost security ties, aid
    Tunisian president's US trip to boost security ties, aid Tue, May 19, 2015

    Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi begins a two-day official visit to the United States Wednesday, seeking more military aid to counter the jihadist threat and the chaos in neighbouring Libya. More »