Analysts said it's unlikely that North Korea intends to scuttle all diplomacy. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the Trump administration is "still hopeful" that a planned summit with North Korea will take place. "The United States must carefully contemplate the fate of the planned North Korea-U.S. summit amid the provocative military ruckus that it's causing with South Korean authorities," the North said. Kim Dong-yub, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Institute for Far Eastern Studies, said the North isn't trying to undermine the Trump-Kim talks. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the U.S. had not heard anything directly from North or South Korea that would change that.
May 15, 2018 19:33 UTC
(Photo: KCNA, EPA)WASHINGTON — North Korea broadened its threat to cancel President Trump's upcoming nuclear summit with Kim Jong Un Wednesday, though the United States downplayed the sudden uncertainty. North Korea's Central News Agency also announced it had already canceled high-level talks with South Korean counterparts because of the drills it considers rehearsals for an invasion of the North. "We will continue to go ahead and plan the meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un," said State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert. That planning includes a visit to the White House next week by South Korea President Moon Jae-in for a meeting with Trump. Commuters watch a TV screen showing file footage of Donald Trump, right, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea.
May 15, 2018 19:05 UTC
The remains of 20 Coptic Christians beheaded by the Islamic State in Libya three years ago were reportedly transferred back to Egypt earlier this week. The bodies reportedly arrived at the Cairo International Airport on Monday via a private plane from Libya. As many as 22 ambulances waited at the airport to transport the remains to the Zeinhom Morgue, according to Ahram Online. Pope Tawadros II, the head of the Coptic Church, was reportedly at the airport to receive the remains of the beheaded Christians. A victim from Ghana was reportedly not among the bodies that were flown back from Libya to Cairo.
May 15, 2018 15:33 UTC
Ramadan 2018 Date, Moon Sighting Updates: Crescent Not Sighted in Algeria, Libya, Nigeria & Other Parts of West AfricaThe Ramadan moon has not been sighted in the Middle East, West Asia, along with the West Africa, which comprises of Algeria, Libya, Nigeria, Niger, Chad and other nations. Muslims around the globe remain engrossed whether the West African countries – Nigeria, Algeria, Libya, Chad and other parts of West Africa will begin the observance of Ramadan ul-Kareem (Ramzan) from today, post the sunset. Stay tuned above for live updates related to the moon sighting in Algeria, Nigeria, Libya, Chad and Other West African countries. A senior Saudi official said, the moon is likely to be sighted today before the Maghrib namaz. The Ramadan moon is usually sighted in the West African countries a day before it is spotted in the Indian Sub-continent.
May 15, 2018 14:53 UTC
The bodies of 20 Egyptian Christians beheaded in Libya by Islamic State in 2015 were flown back to Cairo on Monday, Egyptian state television reported. Reuters Coffins containing the remains of the bodies of Egyptian Copts killed by Islamic State militants in Sirte are carried by the plane to be transferred to Egypt, in Misrata, Libya May 14, 2018. The Coptic Christians were beheaded on a beach in Islamic State's former Libyan stronghold of Sirte, wearing orange jumpsuits, according to a video posted by Islamic State. Islamic State took control of Sirte in 2015 and lost the city late last year to local forces backed by US air strikes. The body of a Ghanaian killed was not on board the plane that brought the Egyptian bodies from Misrata in western Libya to Cairo.
May 15, 2018 14:33 UTC
International Finance Corporation (IFC) logo - Official websiteCAIRO – 15 May 2018: The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, announced providing the Egyptian Fertilizers Company (EFC) a debt financing up to $100 million, as a part of efforts to support Egypt’s crucial manufacturing sector, according to an IFC statement.The statement clarified that the financing is a part of a $445 million debt package backed by commercial banks and other international institutions to support the company’s continued development.This comes as a part of IFC’s efforts to create jobs and drive economic growth in Egypt. It has invested around $1 billion and implemented a wide-ranging advisory program to support small business owners, clean power projects and local manufacturers in the country.It also added that this financing debt is expected to help create skilled jobs, stimulate foreign investment in the Egyptian manufacturing sector and support smallholder farmers who buy EFC’s fertilizers. "Egypt's manufacturing sector is a vital source of high-skilled jobs,” said Walid Labadi, IFC country manager in Egypt, Libya and Yemen. "This investment will support one of Egypt's biggest employers and create the type of secure, well-paying jobs the country needs to further its development and spur growth,” he added.The statement said that the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is participating in the financing package for EFC with a $60 million loan.The rest of the financing will be provided by local and international commercial lenders, according to IFC’s statement.Earlier this month, IFC provided a $15 million loan, mainly in Egyptian pounds, to Vinavil Egypt for Chemicals Company.Meanwhile, IFC announced in April that its investments to support Egypt’s private sector recorded around $1 billion during the current fiscal year, in order to boost the Egyptian economy.
May 15, 2018 14:03 UTC
Seven years after the Libyan revolution of February 2011, the political landscape in the country has changed dramatically. This was coordinated with the security and military commanders loyal to Haftar. Thus, this is the first coalition — or shall we call it the first electoral bloc? The Gaddafi regime loyalists called their meeting “The Preparatory Forum for National Forces” and said that they wanted to save Libya from what they called “terrorism, chaos, and foreign intervention.” These are very loose terms that do not have any actual substance. Following the fall of the regime they went to Egypt and have now returned to the eastern part of Libya in the areas controlled by Haftar.
May 15, 2018 13:52 UTC
Vice Chairman of the Presidential Council Ahmed Maiteq met Monday, with the South Korean Ambassador to Libya, in the presence of representatives of the Korean construction company "Daewoo", according to the Media Office of the Presidential Council. The Korean delegation stressed their keenness to return to Libya in order to resume the suspended projects managed by the Korean enterprises, stressing that a team of experts and technicians had already begun preparations for the full return of their companies, as well as their aspiration to create a partnership in development projects in all sectors. The Korean ambassador also confirmed that the South Korean Embassy will resume work from the capital Tripoli in the near future.
May 15, 2018 12:00 UTC
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called for lifting the siege imposed on Derna and to spare the civilians from the hostilities, urging all parties to comply with the rules of war and to avoid targeting civilians and the infrastructure of the city. "The fighting zone has expanded to the eastern part of the city and included ground attacks and air raids, in which most of them were carried out at night," the HRW explained in a report issued on its website Monday. The human rights group noted that the commander of Dignity Operation Khalifa Haftar has said on May 3 that he had issued strict instructions not to target civilians; however, his orders did not prevent his forces from inflicting significant casualties on civilians and mistreating them. The report pointed out that Dignity Operation forces have set up checkpoints, which severely limited the ability of civilians to leave and enter the city, not to mention the thousands of families who were denied to have access to their homes since 2014 on allegations of supporting terrorism. “The laws of war require all parties to allow and facilitate the rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian aid and humanitarian workers to affected civilians, including areas under siege such as Derna.” The HRW stated.
May 15, 2018 11:48 UTC
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) hosted a meeting to coordinate assistance to the electoral process in Libya. The meeting was headed by Deputy Head of UNSMIL Maria Ribeiro and Head of the Electoral Commission Emad Sayeh. The meeting reviewed several topics including the attack on the HNEC and its impact on the electoral process, in addition to the next steps needed for conducting the elections and the international community assistance required. The UNSMIL praised the efforts and work of the HNEC's staff and offered condolences to Sayeh and the families of the victims who died in the attack, wishing a complete recovery to all those who were injured.
May 15, 2018 11:48 UTC
US National Security Advisor John Bolton recently suggested that the ‘Libyan model’ of nuclear disarmament—from 2003–2004—might offer a framework that could be applied to North Korea in 2018. Further, there are some aspects of the Libyan model that the current US administration might want to replicate in any deal with North Korea. US and British experts were given extraordinary access to the Libyan weapons of mass destruction (WMD) program. William Tobey, for example, argues that Libyan commitment and transparency varied on a day-to-day basis, at least in the early months. The Libyan model, after all, had one driver that might not be equally compelling in the North Korean case: the strategic commitment by the leadership to put aside WMD.
May 15, 2018 04:30 UTC
Here is a recap of Monday’s news headlines from The Libya ObserverExchange Rates http://lyo.ly/5acBelgian Amrouche to coach Libya national soccer team http://lyo.ly/79hPresidential Council, HoR members go over reshuffling plan http://lyo.ly/79aLibya’s electoral commission to be protected by Presidential Guard http://lyo.ly/793HCS expresses concern over south incidents http://lyo.ly/791Dates exhibition started in Awjila http://lyo.ly/790South tribal leader criticizes head of Presidential Council for failure to solve problems http://lyo.ly/78zItaly provides marine equipment to Libya Coast Guard http://lyo.ly/78yThousands will take secondary school certificate exams at Tripoli University halls http://lyo.ly/78wCoast Guard patrol rescues migrants east of Tripoli http://lyo.ly/78vAl-Zawiya municipal elections end without violations, results to be announced days later http://lyo.ly/79lVideo: Nalut Ancient Castle http://lyo.ly/79g
May 14, 2018 20:48 UTC
The electoral commission at Al-Zawiya municipality said Monday that the voters’ ballots were sent to the central commission of municipal elections in Libya for sorting out then the results will be sent back to Al-Zawiya electoral commission. The commission added Monday that challenges committee will be formed after the preliminary results come out and then the results of those challenges will be announced in three days afterward. Meanwhile, the Head of the media committee of Al-Zawiya municipality Osama Al-Cabbo said elections went smoothly and no violations were recorded, pointing out that 50 polling centers and 83 polling points received 19203 voters. Seven municipal members to be elected in Al-Zawiya including the mayor - including one representing injured revolutionary fighters and one representing women. In 2014, Al-Zawiya failed to hold municipal elections for security and technical reasons.
May 14, 2018 20:37 UTC
Adel Amrouche, a Belgian-Algerian 50-year-old coach, has been contracted by the Libyan Football Federation (LFF) as a manager of Libyan national soccer team, the LFF said on Facebook. Amrouche to coach Libya at the qualifications for 2019 CAF Cup of Nations, which will be held in Cameroon, which will be a tough challenge as Libya is in a group that includes South Africa and Nigeria. Amrouche arrived in Tripoli Saturday for contract negotiations. The LFF did not speak about the contract details, yet some sources say it is a one-year-renewable contract. Meanwhile, the LFF ended the contract of the Libyan coach Omar Al-Maryami after finishing CHAN last January, when Libya reached the semifinals.
May 14, 2018 18:33 UTC