Libya’s former prime minister Ali Zeidan has been kidnapped by an armed group in war-torn Tripoli and not been heard from in nine days, family members and friends said today. Zeidan, who became premier in November 2012, was dismissed by Libya’s parliament in March 2014 amid accusations that public funds had been embezzled. He said an armed group’s first attempt to seize Zeidan on August 12 was foiled by hotel guards. “Gunmen from the same group returned the next day and we were obliged to hand them Zeidan,” Khaled said. The ex-prime minister’s son Zeidan Zeidan said the family had no news of his father’s whereabouts.
August 22, 2017 13:41 UTC
Yet, Russia did not veto this resolution that allowed military intervention, nor has it vetoed any resolutions on Libya since. So what exactly is Russia's strategy in Libya today, given the apparent warmer relations? This in effect, would mean a new pro-Russia military dictator taking charge of Libya, where he can serve Russia's geopolitical, economic and energy interests in Libya and the wider region. Such a strategy is not guaranteed success, as there are still powerful forces at work within Libya who remain staunchly opposed to Haftar taking control. Guma El-Gamaty is a Libyan academic and politician who heads the Taghyeer Party in Libya and a member of the UN-backed Libyan political dialogue process.
August 22, 2017 13:30 UTC
The agreement also fails to ensure access to justice and reparations for the horrendous abuses Tawarghas have endured in recent years. Previously, military and political leaders of Misratah have repeatedly stated that they would not allow the Tawarghas to return to their hometown. Many in the Tawargha community welcomed it because it appeared to at least guarantee the conditions for a safe return. Return home blockedThe first Tawargha families attempted to return three days after the agreement was signed in June. For more information about the atrocities carried out against the Tawarghas see:Libya:‘We are not safe anywhere’: Tawarghas in LibyaBarred from their homes: Continued displacement and persecution of Tawarghas and other communities in Libya
August 22, 2017 12:33 UTC
Hun Sen directed much of his anger at the English-language Cambodia Daily newspaper, saying it had to pay taxes accrued over the past 10 years by Sept. 4 or face closure. Hun Sen has ruled Cambodia for more than three decades and has shown no signs of any willingness to relinquish power. Hun Sen directed much of his anger at the English-language Cambodia Daily newspaper, saying it had to pay taxes accrued over the past 10 years by Sept. 4 or face closure. “Pay taxes to the state if you want to exist. If you don’t pay taxes, pack your bag and leave,” Hun Sen said in a speech at a ceremony in Phnom Penh.
August 22, 2017 11:48 UTC
The PPBM president points out that 1MDB is a current issue talked about around the world while the Memali tragedy happened more than 30 years ago. PETALING JAYA: Malaysians are looking forward to a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on the 1Malaysian Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal rather than one on the Memali tragedy, says Muhyiddin Yassin. The PPBM president said 1MDB was a current issue that people talked about all over the world while the Memali tragedy happened more than 30 years ago in November 1985. What Malaysians want is a RCI on 1MDB. “I am not trying to distract attention (from the RCI proposal on Memali), but 1MDB is extremely serious.
August 22, 2017 08:26 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Lim Kit Siang says it will be good to get PAS president Hadi Awang to testify at any royal commission of inquiry (RCI) into the Memali incident of 1985. The Memali incident has come up again following a question directed at Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who was then the prime minister, at the Nothing to Hide forum held recently. Rahim said if a RCI were to be held into the Memali tragedy, “we won’t be able to avoid the fact that the ‘Amanat Hadi’ had played a role in causing the Memali incident”. “Amanat Hadi” refers to Hadi’s speech on April 7, 1981. Rahim said Ibrahim Libya was a strident PAS follower and was very loyal to Hadi’s message.
August 22, 2017 06:00 UTC
Soleha Husin and her 5 children want 'truth' of incident on Nov 19, 1985 to be revealed through Royal Commission of Inquiry. Soleha is the widow of Ibrahim Mahmud, better known as Ibrahim Libya, who was a Muslim scholar wanted by the authorities and one of those killed in the raid. Following this, the Memali question was asked of Mahathir during the Nothing to Hide 2.0 forum held in Shah Alam on Aug 13. According to the daily, Soleha is hopeful that the RCI would be set up so that the public would learn the “truth” about the incident. She also hoped that the RCI would give justice to her husband and others killed on that day.
August 22, 2017 05:48 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Former Inspector-General of Police Hanif Omar has questioned the objective of a proposed Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into the 1985 Memali tragedy. Hanif said a RCI on the Memali incident will be short of the direct input of Amin and Yahaya, though the two did have their support staff, some of whom were still alive. Recently, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the government was willing to consider a RCI into the Memali incident. However, in his autobiography released in 2014, Musa had written that Mahathir was in the country at the time. Recently, Haniff Khatri, a lawyer for Mahathir said the people knew a RCI into the Memali incident had political motives.
August 22, 2017 03:13 UTC
Sources speaking to Reuters claim the new force is preventing migrants from leaving and is often locking them up. The group is reportedly running a detention centre for migrants while seeking legitimacy and financial support from Tripoli. Some 600,000 migrants have reached Italy by sea from North Africa since 2014 with more than 12,000 having died attempting the trip. Flavio Di Giacomo, an International Organisation for Migration spokesman in Rome claimed some migrants were also turned back before reaching Sabratha. GETTY Some 600,000 migrants have reached Italy by sea from North Africa since 2014
August 22, 2017 02:13 UTC
The Libyan Red Crescent in Misrata handed over Monday four children of Sudanese nationality aged between 5 months and 7 years to the Sudanese Consul. The children were rescued from Sirte during the war on IS terrorists. The handing over of the children was supervised by a representative from the Libyan Foreign Ministry, the Chief of Sudanese-Libyan Brotherhood Committee, and the administration of the Libyan Red Crescent in Misrata. The children had been given shelter for 8 months before they were handed over to the Sudanese Consul, who will take the needed measures to return them to their relatives in Sudan.
August 21, 2017 21:00 UTC
Al-Sirraj statement came in a meeting in his Tripoli office with a number of military leaders. "We hail the efforts of our government in trying to unite the sovereign institutions, especially the military one. We should not forget that the Libyan army is united since the date of its formation in 1952 and it will remain united under the loyalty to Libya only. He also said that the lifting of the ban on Libya regarding the purchase of arms has always been a priority on his list of discussion topics with the friend countries. The meeting was attended by the UN-proposed government's Deputy Defense Minister, Chief of Staff, the Chief of Security Preparations, the Commander of the Presidential Guard and other military leaders.
August 21, 2017 20:03 UTC
The trial of ISIS militants accused of involvement in Tripoli bombings started on Monday, the Special Deterrence Force (SDF) has announced. The SDF said the trial was held at the HQ of the Supreme Judicial Council under tight security measures. The militants were arrested after Corinthia Hotel attack. They are also charged with the murder of a number of police and army officers and masterminding attacks on security buildings in the capital. In January 2015, ISIS gunmen assaulted Tripoli's luxury Corinthia Hotel, detonating a car bomb in the car park.
August 21, 2017 19:30 UTC
The world remains awash with oil despite a deal struck by some of the world's biggest producers to rein in output. NEW YORK: Oil prices fell nearly 2 percent ahead of monthly contract expiration on Monday, pulling back from last week’s rally built on signs the global market is starting to rebalance from chronic oversupply. “Oil prices are experiencing some late summer chop with low trading volume and not much news. U.S. oil prices have been on the upswing since bottoming out near $43 a barrel in mid-June, though the market has not been able to sustain a rally above $50. Libya’s National Oil Corp declared force majeure on loadings of Sharara crude from the Zawiya oil terminal on Sunday.
August 21, 2017 19:30 UTC
The Sharara oil field, run by a JV of Libya’s NOC and international oil companies Repsol, Total, OMV and Statoil, is crucial to the revival of Libyan oil production, as it is currently producing around 280,000 bpd. Analysts are still optimistic about the future of Libya’s oil sector, but given the ongoing battle for power within the country, this could be wishful thinking. Libya’s oil production is now officially above 1 million bpd, which is almost 4 times more than the year prior. Back in 2011, Libya produced around 1.6 million bpd, but the civil war following the removal of Libya’s dictator Muammar Khaddaffi saw oil production plunge. The group also holds the control of most of Libya’s oil and gas fields.
August 21, 2017 18:56 UTC
Sources from the Libyan Football Federation (LFF) said officials had agreed with Algerian counterparts to hold a friendly match between Libya and Algeria in Tripoli before the start of the CHAN 2018 in Kenya. Libya drew with Algeria last Thursday in Sfax Tunisia as part of the CHAN 2018 qualifiers. Libya made it through to the competition as it had already won 2-1 in the first leg match in Algeria. The member of the executive bureau of the LFF, Yunis Al-Kezza, was cited by Algerian Al-Shurooq newspaper as saying that he met with Algerian officials and agreed to have a friendly match in Tripoli, adding that the Chairman of the Algerian Football Federation had welcomed the idea. Meanwhile, the LFF promised to hold a friendly match in Tripoli with spectators in the stadium to show the Confederation of African Football and the FIFA that Libya is ready to host its teams' games at Libyan stadiums.
August 21, 2017 17:37 UTC