OTTAWA — The Liberal government has unveiled Canada's 12-month UN peacekeeping commitment to the west African country of Mali. Here are five things to know about Mali and the mission. A UN peacekeeping force was established that year, and it has become its most dangerous mission with more than 160 fatalities. In addition to the UN mission, Germany has contributed 350 troops to a training mission for Mali's military. France has 4,000 troops deployed to a counter-terrorism mission in northern Mali separate from the UN's peacekeeping efforts.
March 19, 2018 21:45 UTC
PixabayToday there are many disagreements about the gift of speaking in tongues. Some Christians do not believe in speaking in tongues because for them it's merely "babbling." To some who believe in speaking in tongues, even their understanding of it is limited. What does the Bible say about speaking in tongues? (Romans 8:26-27)It must never be forbidden:"Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues."
March 19, 2018 21:00 UTC
Sports News of Monday, 19 March 2018Source: ghanacrusader.comToday in history: Ghana won its fourth AFCON titleThe 82 squad won Ghana its fourth AFCON titleOn March 19th, 1982, Ghana won its fourth AFCON title after beating hosts, Libya. Few months to this tournament, the then Hillah Liman government had said that Ghana would not take part in the AFCON because it was being hosted in Libya. That was two months to the AFCON and the Black Stars players were at home without any training. After a meeting with Rawlings and his key men, JJ was convinced and made a pronouncement that Ghana would not miss the 1982 AFCON tournament. Then Owusu Mensah saved seventh kick from the Libyans, helping Ghana win AFCON for the forth time.
March 19, 2018 19:41 UTC
Eni will reduce its oil production in Libya to 200,000 bpd in 2021 from the current 320,000 bpd, Claudio Descalzi, chief executive of the Italian oil major, said at the presentation of the group’s 2018-2021 business plan. Eni has maintained production in Libya over the past eight years, but during that time it was not possible to launch new projects, Descalzi said, noting that despite the cutback, Eni will remain in Libya. Eni has been operating in Libya since 1959, and its exploration and production activities in the country are regulated by six Exploration and Production Sharing contracts (EPSA). Libya has managed to sustain its oil production at around 1 million bpd over the past couple of months and has started to raise its oil exports to Europe and the United States. Related: Russia Will Stick To The OPEC DealLibya was initially exempt from the OPEC production cuts together with Nigeria because of the violence in the two countries that had substantially reduced their oil production.
March 19, 2018 16:52 UTC
The President of the High Council of State, Abdulrahman Al-Suwaheli, received on Sunday British Ambassador to Libya Frank Baker at the Council's headquarters in Tripoli. According to the Information Office of Al-Suwaheli, Baker expressed on behalf of UK Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, his pleasure for his safety after escaping an attack during his visit to the mountain region, stressing the United Kingdom's condemnation of all acts of violence that fuels the conflict and undermines dialogue and peace efforts. The meeting discussed the political process in Libya and reviewed the developments of the UN action plan. The British ambassador confirmed his country's support to bring Libyan parties together at the negotiating table and dialogue to find common grounds for amending the political agreement and to go forward with the rest of the democratic entitlements.
March 19, 2018 16:30 UTC
The officer in charge of the Office of Education in Sabha, Mohammed Ismail, confirmed Sunday the resumption of school classes in the city, after being postponed last week due to the security situation in Sabha. Ismail clarified that there was a low turnout of students, contributing the weak response to the security situation in the city and the lack of fuel, in addition to a number of schools are being used as shelters for displaced families. He explained that the Office addressed the Municipal Council to evacuate the schools and provide other places for the families in order to able students to continue their studies in the current academic year.
March 19, 2018 15:56 UTC
Proactiva Open Arms picked up the migrants and refused to release them to the Libyan coastguard, which would have returned them to Africa. A public prosecutor in Sicily ordered the boat's seizure after it docked in the port town of Pozzallo on Sunday. On Thursday, the rescue ship went to help two boats 73 miles off the Libyan coast, after a notification by the Italian coastguard. However the Italians then told the Spanish group's ship that the Libyan coastguard was in charge of the operation, according to the AFP news agency. On Saturday, the ship and its remaining 216 migrants were allowed by the Italian coastguard to dock in Sicily.
March 19, 2018 14:56 UTC
Activists from Kufra city, southeast Libya, have warned travelers to take care of sand drift on Kufra-Jalu road. The road is being covered with sand due to the vagaries of weather these days, which included stirring winds carrying sand and dust. Several bloggers posted pictures of roads blanketed in sand, warning that it could cause fatal motor traffic accidents. A large number of travelers are exposed to traffic accidents in desert roads due to creeping sand and the deteriorating situation of some major roads.
March 19, 2018 14:48 UTC
What’s more, the Libyan invasion did more to undermine human rights than it did to protect them. Read moreAnd this is the aftermath of an intervention which, we were told, was supposed to improve human rights in Libya. Thus, as one commentator explains, before the intervention, “Libya had the highest GDP per capita and life expectancy on the continent. In addition, the refugee crisis created by the chaos unleashed by the NATO intervention in Libya is undermining the stability of all of Europe. Daniel Kovalik for RTDaniel Kovalik teaches International Human Rights at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
March 19, 2018 14:37 UTC
The directors of health centres and hospitals of the parallel interim government in Al-Bayda, east Libya, organized a protest Sunday to demand the prevention of the suspended Health Minister, Rida Al-Awakli, from returning to his post. The protesters directed a statement to the speaker of House of Representatives and the head of the interim government, demanding them not to yield to any pressure and to spare the health sector from political and regional conflicts. The statement stressed that “Minister Awkali is not the right person for this critical stage”, calling on the government to “pass the job to the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, Saad Aqoub, who showed capacities to address the needs of the sector.”
March 19, 2018 14:26 UTC
Italian authorities impounded a migrant rescue boat operated by a Spanish non-governmental organisation on suspicion it was aiding illegal immigration, the NGO said Monday. On Thursday, the rescue ship went to the aid of two boats that were in difficulty 73 miles off the Libyan coast, after being alerted by the Italian coastguard. But Italian authorities then informed the Spanish group’s ship that the Libyan coastguard was in charge and a Libyan coastguard speedboat soon arrived at the scene. In such cases, the Libyan coastguard frequently intervenes before a rescue ship sent by the Italian authorities arrives. A 22-year-old Eritrean, rescued at sea by the Open Arms ship last week after spending 18 months in detention in Libya, died from severe malnutrition just hours after landing in Sicily.
March 19, 2018 14:03 UTC
Benghazi Commission -a working group set up to deal with the affairs of the displaced people of Benghazi- denounced the arrival of a number of unelected mayors of the eastern region in Tripoli to participate in the second meeting of Libyan municipalities. It called Benghazi activists in the western region for an emergency meeting to discuss the matter. It also called for a protest in Tripoli on Monday to show rejection to their participation in the meeting. A group of around 30 unelected mayors took part in the second meeting of Libyan municipalities at Radisson Blu Hotel on Sunday. The first meeting was held in Shahhat town in east Libya earlier this year.
March 19, 2018 14:03 UTC
Al-Ahly Tripoli qualified for the round of 16 of the Libyan Cup after beating Al-Tahadi of Benghazi 1-0 on Sunday at the stadium of Misrata. The goal came just after eighteen minutes of the kick-off through a penalty, shot by defender Sanad Al-Warfali, giving his team a place in the qualifying teams. The draw for the round of 16 is to be held next Tuesday.
March 19, 2018 13:30 UTC
Edo State government Monday appealed to Libya returnees in the state to shun temptation or pressure to embark on illegal migration abroad in search of greener pastures saying traveling must not be ‘do or die’ thing. The Chief of Staff to Edo State government, Mr Taiwo Akerele, spoke at the closing ceremony of the Entrepreneurship Training for a cross section of Libya Returnees in Benin City. “I beg you never to see your journey abroad as ‘do or die’ venture in the interest of your future, your families and this nation,” Akerele stated. He lamented that lives that have been lost in the past few years on their way to Europe of whom a staggering number of them are from Edo State. He however challenged the returnees to join in the campaign against Human Trafficking and illegal migration which he said the state government is doing everything possible through the task force in place to address the menace.
March 19, 2018 13:18 UTC
A team of divers at the Marine Research Center have completed the first phase of the cleanup operation of the basin of Sirte Port on Sunday. The spokesperson for the Municipal Council Sirte, Mohammed Al-Amil, clarified in a press statement that the divers have cleaned up the port from impurities and the remnants of war. He added that the cleaning process comes in preparation for the resumption of work at the port during the next period. The Chairman of the Ports Authority and the Mayor of Sirte paid a visit to the port last week, confirming that it would be resumed very soon.
March 19, 2018 12:56 UTC