White tigers, such as these pictured in Mexico, owe their appearance to a recessive gene (AFP Photo/Julio Cesar AGUILAR)Tunis (AFP) - Tunisian officials uncovered four white tiger cubs being smuggled across the border to Libya, the customs department said Saturday. The cubs were found hidden in the car of a Libyan driver at the southern Ras Jedir border post, a statement by Tunisian customs said. According to Tunisian authorities, the Libyan said he "bought the tigers in a private zoo" in the eastern Enfidha region. The zoo where the Libyan claimed to have bought the cubs announced the birth of tigers around two months ago. White tigers and lions are extremely rare, with only a few hundred worldwide, and owe their appearance to a recessive gene.
June 15, 2019 19:52 UTC
Interior Minister Matteo Salvini Italy on Saturday cleared 10 migrants to leave the rescue boat Sea-Watch 3, Italian media reported, while pressing on with plans to ban the vessel from Italian waters. The vessel rescued 53 migrants drifting in an inflatable raft off the coast of Libya on Wednesday. On Thursday, Salvini, leader of the far-right League party, ordered Italian law enforcement to prevent the boat from entering Italian waters. On Tuesday, Salvini said the 18-article decree would bring fines of up to 50,000 euros ($57,000) for the captain, owner and operator of a vessel "entering Italian territorial waters without authorisation". Salvini has seen his popularity soar in the last year after taking a hard line against migrants, which has included closing ports to rescue vessels.
June 15, 2019 19:07 UTC
Logo of the Muslim BrotherhoodCAIRO - 15 June 2019: Former leader at the Muslim Brotherhood Tarek al-Beshbishy said that more Arab countries may designate the group a terrorist organization such as Tunisia and Alegria.Beshbishy’s statement came after the Cassation Court at Jordan had ruled on May 29 that the Muslim Brothehood that was licensed in 1946 as a charity and a branch of the mother group in Egypt has been dissolved since June 16, 1953.That date marks the publication of a law on charity organisations in the Official Gazette, as reported by The Jordan Times. Since then, the brotherhood has failed to comply with the law as a charity. However, it has maintained its legal political arm the Islamic Action Front Party (IAFP), which was founded in 1992.In 2015, the Muslim Brotherhood Group Society was licensed to become a purely Jordanian entity that was founded by Abdul Majeed Thneibat and other defects of the old group. The newly established group wanted to take control over the movable assets of the dissolved entity triggering a lawsuit by Hammam Saeed who used to lead the original group in Jordan.The Cassation Court’s ruling stipulated that the Muslim Brotherhood Group Society cannot be a legal successor to a dissolved group.Beshbishy, who is a Muslim Brotherhood defect, explained that the group worldwide circumvents dimantling decrees by establishing political parties adopting the same ideology but bearing different names.The brotherhood is outlawed in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Libya, Bahrain, and Mauritania.
June 15, 2019 13:41 UTC
The town has always enjoyed independence and was hostile to the Misrata Brigades, the main military force of the Government of National Accord. The respect that al-Juwaili commands likely played a large role in the refusal of most of the elders to support K. Haftar. By mid-April, the Libyan Army/Government of National Accord had a firm grip on the city, turning it into an operational base. A week earlier, the same issue was discussed at a meeting between K. Haftar and the Prime Minister of Italy. One was expressed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who condemned the actions of K. Haftar and called for an end to the offensive.
June 15, 2019 09:56 UTC
Oil prices would have spiked by double digits, sending prices at the gas pump soaring. Politicians would be railing about energy independence and the United States being captive to Saudi sheikhs. Gas prices at the pump have dropped three cents since Monday, continuing a downward trend over the last several weeks, according to AAA. The latest reports show 12.4 million barrels per day, about twice the 6 million barrels the country was producing a decade ago. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries has tried to reduce supply to keep oil prices high enough to support their economies, but it has largely been unsuccessful.
June 15, 2019 02:26 UTC
People lied, millions diedWashington’s ‘liberating’ wars have wrought peace of the grave and security of the slave on its hapless victims. His claim to fame was leaking to the press a 7000 page classified report on the Vietnam War – the Pentagon Papers. The report found that successive American presidents and administrations had lied about the Vietnam War. The Vietnam lie cost the lives of 3.35 million Vietnamese civilians and soldiers; 58,220 US servicemen died, 153,303 were wounded, and Vietnam vets still bear the psychological scars. Presidents lied; millions died.
June 15, 2019 00:11 UTC
Southern European leaders called Friday for a fair distribution of migrants arriving from across the Mediterranean as the latest NGO boat carrying rescued families was denied a safe port by Italy. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at the summit voiced "frustration" that the EU "talks about solidarity without applying it". Salvini says that the rescue boats prevent the Libyan coastguard from picking up the migrants and returning them to Libya. "All vessels operating in the Mediterranean must respect the applicable international laws and not obstruct operations of the Libyan Coastguard," the summit statement said. More than 12,000 people have died since 2014 trying to flee Libya to Europe by what the UN refugee agency calls the "world's deadliest sea crossing".
June 14, 2019 20:37 UTC
The leaders of the seven Mediterranean countries which met in Malta in the Southern EU Summit on Friday have agreed to focus on climate change and migration in the next European Council meeting. When it came to the EU's African policies, these should always take into account migration, Muscat said. EarlierThe leaders of six Mediterranean countries are in Malta to join Prime Minister Joseph Muscat for the sixth Southern EU Countries Summit. Known as the EUMed7, the seven EU countries formed the alliance in Brussels on 17 December 2013. Discussions in the last summit focused on major EU challenges, from climate change to migration and the Multi-annual Financial Framework.
June 14, 2019 15:03 UTC
Bangladesh Ambassador to Libya, Sheikh Sekander Ali, and a junior officer have already flown to Tunisia to hold meeting with Tunisian authorities. The ambassador was scheduled to hold a meeting with Tunisian authorities today. Of them, there are also some Bangladeshis, according to a statement of Bangladesh embassy in Libya today. On behalf of the embassy, we are requesting the Bangladeshis in Libya and their relatives and friends to be careful about such journeys,” Ashraful said. There are an estimated of 20,000 Bangladeshis living in Libya, which has plunged into a civil war after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
June 14, 2019 14:48 UTC
The applications of specialty oilfield chemicals in oilfield include drilling fluids, cementing, completion, stimulation, production and EOR (Enhanced Oil Recovery Chemicals), delivery, etc. Scope of the Report:Currently, specialty oilfield chemicals market has a certain potential in Europe, Middle East. Chapter 2, to profile the top manufacturers of Specialty Oilfield Chemicals, with price, sales, revenue and global market share of Specialty Oilfield Chemicals in 2017 and 2018. Chapter 12, Specialty Oilfield Chemicals market forecast, by regions, type and application, with sales and revenue, from 2019 to 2024. Chapter 13, 14 and 15, to describe Specialty Oilfield Chemicals sales channel, distributors, customers, research findings and conclusion, appendix and data source.
June 14, 2019 12:56 UTC
The security situation in Libya has materially worsened after eastern strongman General Khalifa Haftar ordered in early April his Libyan National Army (LNA) to march on the capital Tripoli. The self-styled army has been clashing with troops of the UN-backed government in a renewed confrontation that could escalate and threaten to disrupt, once again, Libya’s oil production and exports. “The presence of forces inside the terminal represents an unacceptable risk to employees. A spokesman for the LNA, however, denied that LNA forces are in the oil terminal’s facilities. “We expect every day a lie about the army (LNA),” the spokesman told Reuters.
June 14, 2019 07:52 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 14th June, 2019) UN Special Representative Ghassan Salame led a multiagency delegation to the city of Ghat in southwest Libya to assess the humanitarian situation in the wake of extreme flooding, the UN stabilization mission said in a press release. "The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya Ghassan Salame, leading a delegation of various UN agencies, visited today the city of Ghat - which was hit by devastating floods, leaving thousands of people homeless - to assess the humanitarian needs," the release said on Thursday. According to the release, the UN delegation included members of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), World Food Organization, the UN Development Program, and the World Food Organization among others. According to the OCHA, major floods in southwestern Libya has affected over 20,000 people and caused the death of four individuals. The rainfall intensified on June 2, causing severe damage to infrastructure and farmland in the municipality of Ghat.
June 13, 2019 22:18 UTC
Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini on Thursday launched a crackdown on the German charity Sea Watch whose ship on Wednesday rescued 52 migrants off the coast of Libya. Salvini, who is also interior minister and leads the powerful right-wing League party in the coalition, issued a decree ordering law enforcement authorities to take all necessary measures to prevent the entry into or transit through Italian waters of the Sea Watch 3 ship. Reacting on Twitter, Sea Watch said: "Sea Watch won't disembark survivors in Libya -- Tripoli is not a port of safety. Salvini has seen his popularity soar in the last year with a hard line against migrants which has included closing ports to rescue vessels. The decree still has to go before Italy's parliament where the coalition government holds a comfortable majority.
June 13, 2019 21:22 UTC
A source from the Misrata Airbase denied that Khalifa Haftar's forces had downed Air Force aircraft at Al-Dafiniya in west of the city, saying the aircraft had experienced a mechanical failure after taking off. The source added that the pilot was killed in the incident as he tried to land some 20 km away from Misrata. Volcano of Rage Operation of the Libyan Army of the Presidential Council's government denied the news saying the warplane was shot down by Haftar's forces, saying it fell so far away from Tripoli frontlines. In the meantime, Libyan Army forces had been on the offensive on different frontlines in southern Tripoli since the early hours of Thursday targeting Haftar's forces in Yarmouk camp, Khalit Al-Furjan, Airport Raod and others. Thursday's dawn saw some attacks on Haftar's forces by artillery shelling coupled with airstrips to pave the way for the round advance, the source indicated.
June 13, 2019 20:37 UTC
The High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini had a phone conversation today with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Mustafa Al-Serraj to discuss the political situation in Libya. High Representative Mogherini stressed the importance of the political track under UN auspices reiterating that there can be no military solution to the crisis. The High Representative and the Prime Minister agreed to keep in close contact in the coming days and continue the dialogue.
June 13, 2019 19:52 UTC