The Executive Council of the African Union adopted during its thirty-second session of the AU Summit in Addis Ababa Libya's candidature for membership of the United Nations Human Rights Council for the period 2020/2022, according to the Libyan Foreign Ministry. This step will contribute to the success of Libya to be a member of the UN Human Rights Council elections, to be held during the United Nations General Assembly next October.
February 14, 2019 13:30 UTC
Tabu elder, Adam Dazi said that the tribe had opened new channels of negotiations with the so-called Dignity Operation leadership, in order to reach a peaceful solution without armed confrontations. Dazi explained in a press statement Wednesday their refusal of the entry of any troops who have among them members from other rival tribes, according to him.
February 14, 2019 13:18 UTC
Employees of the Sahara Bank staged a protest on Wednesday in front of the bank's HQ, to protest the arrest of Director General of the bank, upon orders of the Attorney General. The protesters raised banners denouncing the step and demanding transparency in investigations rather than making accusations without firm evidence.
February 14, 2019 12:45 UTC
Spokesman for the so-called Dignity Operation, Ahmed Al-Mismari said that after taking over Sharara oilfield, they will continue what he called the "clearance of the rest of the fields" in the region. Al-Mismari said in a press conference held Wednesday at Tamanhant Airport that their forces will go south of the city of Sabha towards Murzuk and Umm Al Aranib district and on to other areas; until the border of Chad. Chief of staff of Haftar's forces, Abdul Razek al-Nadori had denied earlier in a statement to Reuters any intention to move towards other oil fields, unless in case of security threats.
February 14, 2019 11:04 UTC
A delegation from the Libyan Foreign Ministry discussed with the head of Africa and the Middle East Department of Argentina Foreign Ministry; ways to enhance political relations and expand the horizons of cooperation between the two countries. The discussions focused on inter alia areas of mutual support and coordination in international and regional organizations and promoting trade and economic exchanges. Talks also covered cooperation in the health and education sector, as well as possible collaboration in the field of mine clearance and war remnants, in addition to streamlining visas procedures for Libyan citizens, especially students and businessmen. The two sides agreed to continue efforts to overcome the challenges in order to expand cooperation in these areas, and encourage the flow of goods and services according to the needs of the Libyan market, and to serve the mutual benefit.
February 14, 2019 10:41 UTC
The European Commission has adopted its new list of states causing money laundering and the financing of terrorism. The list included 23 countries, among them Libya, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iraq, and Syria. According to the review, the states listed had strategic shortcomings in its frameworks regarding anti-money laundering and counterterrorism. The final decision will be taken by the European Commission member states within one month from now, the commission explained.
February 14, 2019 10:07 UTC
The genocide since then had led to the death of 300,000 to 500,000 Kashmiris Muslims. On 1 April 2018 alone, 20 Kashmiri youth were martyred, intended to stifle the awakening of Muslim Kashmiris. From 8 July 2016 until 30 September 2018, 753 Kashmiris were killed, comprising 80 children, 18 women, 56 detainees. Unfortunately, the fate of Kashmiri Muslims remains obscured to Malaysians and many international communities. The fate of the Kashmiris which has not received enough international attention should not linger in uncertainty.
February 14, 2019 09:22 UTC
Panama said it should be removed from the list because it recently adopted stronger rules against money laundering. The other listed states are Afghanistan, North Korea, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia and Yemen. The FATF list includes 12 jurisdictions – all on the EU blacklist – but excludes Saudi Arabia, Panama and U.S. territories. London has led a pushback against the EU list in past days, and at closed-door meetings urged the exclusion of Saudi Arabia, EU sources said. Royal Bank of Scotland is the European bank with the largest turnover in Saudi Arabia, with around 150 million euros ($169 million) in 2015, according to public data.
February 14, 2019 07:41 UTC
The spokesperson for the Chairman of Presidential Council said on Wednesday that a site with a number of Al-Qaeda members in Ubari town, southwestern Libya, was raided by Joint US-Libyan forces. Mohammed El Sallak declined to give further details but said the airstrike was conducted within the joint cooperation between the Presidential Council and the United States to fight terrorism. “The airstrike coincided with the meeting of Foreign Minister Mohamed Sayala with his American counterpart Mike Pompeo at the Global Coalition To Defeat Daesh meeting last week,” El Sallak.
February 14, 2019 06:45 UTC
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Greater Sudbury on Wednesday, the first time he's been to the city sporting some serious political wounds. Reporters were told we had three questions – one from national media, one from French-speaking reporters and one from local media. Trudeau on Wednesday said he made it clear to Wilson-Raybould that she should make decisions independently and without pressure. It appears Trudeau was acknowledging Wilson-Raybould may have been pressured over the case, but who would be in a position to do that? This prime minister was elected on a platform of ethics and reconciliation, and is getting hammered on both fronts.
February 13, 2019 23:03 UTC
LNA top brass flex muscles in south, engage in positive image projectionBy Sami Zaptia. London, 13 February 2019:The top brass of the Khalifa Hafter-led Libyan National Army (LNA) engaged in a show of power projection at Tamenhint Airbase today. The LNA’s Military Media Division said they had arrived at the Karama (Dignity) Operations Room in Tamenhint airbase following the orders of LNA’s General Commander, Khalifa Haftar. He emphasised that the military operations in the south came to secure the region, not for its occupation or in aggression. The optics projected by the LNA’s General Command’s arrival will send all the positive vibes that the LNA wishes to send out.
February 13, 2019 22:07 UTC
The European Commission added Saudi Arabia, Panama, Nigeria and other jurisdictions to a blacklist of nations that pose a threat because of lax controls on terrorism financing and money laundering, the EU executive said on Wednesday. “The European Commission adopted today a list of 23 third countries with weak rules against money laundering and terrorism financing. The EU financial system must not serve as a vehicle for money laundering and must not serve as an instrument for financing crime including terrorism,” said Vera Jourova, EU commissioner for justice and gender equality. The move triggered criticism from several EU states worried about their economic relations with the listed states, notably Saudi Arabia. The 28 EU states now have one month, which can be extended to two, to endorse the list.
February 13, 2019 21:45 UTC
The move is part of a crackdown on money laundering after several scandals at EU banks but has been criticised by several EU countries including Britain worried about their economic relations with the listed states, notably Saudi Arabia. The bloc's banks will have to carry out additional checks on payments involving entities from listed jurisdictions. The other listed states are Afghanistan, North Korea, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia and Yemen. The FATF list includes 12 jurisdictions - all on the EU blacklist - but excludes Saudi Arabia, Panama and U.S. territories. London has led a pushback against the EU list in past days, and at closed-door meetings urged the exclusion of Saudi Arabia, EU sources told Reuters.
February 13, 2019 20:26 UTC
The Libyan Ministry of Transportation said it had resumed work at the Tripoli International Airport after being suspended over the recent clashes in southern Tripoli. The media office of the ministry said the work now targets building two new passengers' lounges - one for domestic flights and the second for international ones. The office also added that repairing work had been resumed after security measures were put in place by the security preparations committee in coordination with the Interior Ministry. A three-company coalition started preparing the airport in 2007 but stopped work due to the February 17 revolution in 2011. The firms later filed a lawsuit against Libya demanding over 500 million euros in compensation, however; A Paris court ruled in favor for Libya demanding it pay 74 million euros for work done by the companies and 15 million for bank orders.
February 13, 2019 19:52 UTC
MONTREAL — Lawyers for a former SNC-Lavalin vice-president accused of fraud and bribery are trying to have the case thrown out due to what they claim are unreasonable delays. MONTREAL — Lawyers for a former SNC-Lavalin vice-president accused of fraud and bribery are trying to have the case thrown out due to what they claim are unreasonable delays. Stephane Roy's lawyers argued today in Quebec court that Crown prosecutors haven't done enough to limit delays as legal proceedings approach the 60-month mark. He faces charges including fraud over $5,000, bribing a foreign public official and violating United Nations sanctions against Libya. His case stems from the same Project Assistance investigation that led to charges against SNC-Lavalin.
February 13, 2019 19:30 UTC