SEOUL (Reuters) – Oil prices fell on Friday, dragged lower by persistent worries about oversupply despite a bigger-than-expected drawdown in US crude inventories. Oil prices touched 2-1/2 month highs on Thursday, but retreated to close down around 1.5%, with US prices slipping back below US$50 per barrel amid ongoing oversupply concerns. “Crude oil prices failed to hold recent gains, with a nervous market starting to doubt recent falls in inventories,” ANZ bank said in a note. OPEC said its oil output rose by 173,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) in July to 32.87 million bpd. Rising output from Nigeria and Libya is further undermining the oil producers’ attempt to limit oil production.
August 11, 2017 03:33 UTC
The hard working crew onboard the LÉ William Butler Yeats have once again been praised for their efforts after they rescued 149 migrants from a rubber vessel off the coast of Libya earlier today. It is understood the crew made the rescue at 8:45am this morning after they were alerted by authorities that the makeshift vessel carrying the migrants got into difficulty approximately 47 miles off the coast of the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Reports say all migrants were successfully rescued without difficulty and they were given food, water and medical treatment onboard. Share this storyJOIN OUR COMMUNITY, LIKE US ON FACEBOOKJust click LikeGet the latest news from TheLiberal.ie via Facebook.Just click Like
August 10, 2017 20:26 UTC
Sources from the UN-proposed government’s Presidential Council (PC) said there are efforts from the inside that are aiming at probing the PC member Fathi Al-Mijibri and referring him to the Attorney General over his statement to a pro-Khalifa Haftar local TV channel. Al-Mijibri threatened in his statements to escalate the tension regarding the presence of the Italian vessels in the Libyan waters, accusing the Head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sirraj, of treason. Al-Mijibri - a staunch loyalist to Haftar - implied in his statement that Qatar had funded the sending process of Italian vessels to Libyan waters, adding that the agreement made by Al-Sirraj holds Libya responsible for the costs of the mission. According to the sources, Italian stakeholders are dismayed by Al-Mijibri's statements although no Italian official stance has been made yet. Meanwhile, the member of the Presidential Council, Mohammed Al-Emmari, denounced the "misleading media campaign" that is presenting the Libyan-Italian deal as a violation of the Libyan sovereignty.
August 10, 2017 19:52 UTC
128 Nigerian deportees arrive from LibyaA batch of 128 Nigerians deported from Libya arrived in Lagos on Thursday aboard a chartered Airbus A320 Afriqiyah aircraft with registration number 5A-ONAThE aircraft landed at 5.35p.m at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos. Also on ground were officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). She had said that the deportees would be brought back to Nigeria in three batches. Thousands of Nigerians have been flown back from Libya, with some voluntarily returning with the help of the International Organisation for Migration. The post 128 Nigerian deportees arrive from Libya appeared first on Vanguard News.
August 10, 2017 19:07 UTC
Skip in Skip x Embed x Share CLOSE Secretary of State Rex Tillerson downplayed President Trump’s warning to North Korea over its nuclear intentions. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (Photo: Pool photo by Mohd Rasfan)The Trump administration’s foreign policy often resembles a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party or a loose cannon on a ship deck. But every now and then, a good idea emerges from the fracas. Since 1946, the U.S. has intervened — usually covertly — in more than 80 foreign elections to assist its preferred candidate or party. President Barack Obama was supposed to redeem the honor of U.S. foreign policy.
August 10, 2017 18:22 UTC
The Libyan navy today ordered foreign vessels to stay out of a coastal "search and rescue zone" for migrants headed for Europe, a measure it said targeted NGOs. "We want to send out a clear message to all those who infringe Libyan sovereignty and lack respect for the coastguard and navy," Libyan navy spokesman General Ayoub Qassem told a news conference in Tripoli. Libya has "officially declared a search and rescue zone", said Bouhaliya, without specifying the scope of the exclusion zone. Qassem said the measure was aimed against "NGOs which pretend to want to rescue illegal migrants and carry out humanitarian actions". He urged humanitarian organisations to "respect our will... and obtain authorisation from the Libyan state even for rescue operations".
August 10, 2017 16:52 UTC
Thousands of migrants and refugees trapped in Libya, especially women, are being raped, tortured, robbed and enslaved, Oxfam warned today. The report said that European countries were using incorrect policies and therefore forcing migrants and refugees to live in hell in Libya. The organisation called on EU countries to provide safe passages for migrants and refugees by putting in place fair and transparent systems for immigration and asylum applications. The report stressed that migrants and refugees who cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe do so out of necessity for their survival. Read: 85 migrants rescued but dozens believed missing off Libya
August 10, 2017 15:45 UTC
Gen. Mahmud Higazy، Chief-in- Staff، met with Gen. Thomas Wildahuaaer، head of the US African Command and Peter Puddy، US Ambassador to Libya along with the accompanying delegation today، Thursday. Hijazy exchanged points of views with the visiting delegation of the situation in Libya and the regional and world efforts to reconcile the warring parties in Libya. He stressed that Egypt is keen on coordinating efforts to complete the political process to achieve aspirations of the Libyan people. The US senior officer praised Egypt’s efforts to come over the current obstacles in Libya to attain peaceful solution.
August 10, 2017 14:37 UTC
The crew of the LÉ William Butler Yeats have rescued 149 people from a rubber vessel off the coast of Libya. The boat carrying the migrants was discovered 47 miles northeast of the Libyan capital, Tripoli. The rescue operation began at 8.45am and all migrants were on board the Irish naval vessel by 11.15am, where they are receiving food, water and medical treatment. Commissioned in October 2016, the LÉ William Butler Yeats was deployed to the Mediterranean on 14 July 2017. Before today, it had rescued 109 migrants who were in distress at sea.
August 10, 2017 14:26 UTC
Minniti must take responsibility on abuse Libya,Father Zerai Together with Libyan authorities s regarding detention centers(ANSAmed) - ROME, AUGUST 10 - Father Mussie Zerai, who is reportedly under investigation in Trapani on charges of aiding illegal immigration, said Thursday that Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti is aware of the abuse suffered by migrants in Libya and must take responsibility, along with Libyan authorities. ''I have repeatedly spoken about the smugglers' abuse against migrants in the warehouses on Libya's coasts. Those people are only interested in making money and then get rid of those people so they have room for others. I only receive calls from migrants in difficulty, then I call the Italian and Libyan coast guard so rescue operations can start''. Italy earlier this month began a limited naval mission to help Libya's coastguard curb migrant flows.
August 10, 2017 14:26 UTC
Eritrean humanitarian Fr Moussa Zerai is being charged with aiding illegal immigration by a Sicilian prosecutor targeting a migrant rescue NGOA human rights activist responsible for saving the lives of thousands at sea when he calls Malta’s and Italy’s coast guard with the coordinates to locate boat migrants, is now being investigated by a prosecutor in the Sicilian town of Trapani for “illegally sending information about boats and landings to NGO rescue ships.”Eritrean priest Fr Moussa Zerai, formerly a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize, was charged with facilitating “clandestine immigration” by the Trapani public prosecutor.The charge against Zerai is linked to an investigation opened by the Trapani prosecutor against German NGO Jugend Rettet, which is accused of illegal immigration through its Iuventa rescue ship. The Iuventa has rescued 14,000 migrants so far in the Mediterranean.Zerai’s NGO Habeshia is regularly called by asylum seekers and refugees attempting the treacherous crossing in the Mediterranean, to relay the coordinates at sea to the Italian and Maltese rescue coordination centres.In a statement, Zerai said he had nothing to hide and was convinced he had always acted in full legality.“Apart from the Trapani initiative... I have not been called to any other venue to justify or in any way respond to my work in favour of refugees and migrants.”Zerai sends SOS signals to ships, having sent relief reports to UNHCR, Médècins Sans Frontiers, Sea Watch, MOAS, and Watch the Med.“Every time I informed the Italian Coast Guard operational centre and the Maltese command. However, I have never had direct contact with the Jugend Rettet ship involved in the Trapani investigation, nor have I ever been part of the alleged ‘secret chat’ of which some newspapers have alluded to: my communications have always been forwarded through a normal cell phone.“All the reports are the result of requests for assistance that I have been directed not from boats leaving Libya, or at the time of sailing, but from offshore vessels off the coast of Africa, outside Libyan territorial waters.”Nearly 5,000 Eritreans have arrived in Europe in boat passages, with a more than 117,000 sea arrivals landing in Italy or Greece in 2017. “My goal is to save lives,” Zerai told newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano.
August 10, 2017 13:52 UTC
The Fuel and Gas Crisis Committee assured Tripoli residents of the availability of 68 million liters of fuel at the Berea Oil and Marketing storage tanks. The committee also called on citizens to ignore the rumors of fabricating a fuel crisis in the capital, noting that there is no need to cause long queues at gas stations.
August 10, 2017 13:18 UTC
The Customs of the International Airport of Mitiga thwarted an attempt to smuggle ammunition for 9 mm firearms hidden inside boxes of clothing coming from Turkey through a local freight company on Wednesday. The Special Deterrent Force in Tripoli stated that customs officials at the airport inspected the goods at the electronic scanners and found an estimated 1000 pistol magazines. All those involved are under investigation in this case for bringing this shipment.
August 10, 2017 13:18 UTC
The Libyan army celebrated the seventy-seventh anniversary of its founding on Wednesday. The speakers stressed the importance of rebuilding the military institution and activating its role and unification on all Libyan soil. The Deputy of the Minister of Defense stressed that the members of the Libyan army have a fraternal relationship, and that the military should be kept far from the political turmoil affecting the country, as he put it.
August 10, 2017 13:07 UTC
Falling into expectations, Moscow likely shows interest in joining international peace efforts, but for its own national interests. At the time, Western superpowers wanted to keep Moscow out on the process shaping Libya’s future. The Western rejected this, forcing the Soviet Union to come up with a new plan of action. But even then, the proposal did not come to the liking of the West which sought to divide the country. Therefore, Russia today has all the right to consider itself a key factor in Libya’s independence and unification.
August 10, 2017 12:45 UTC