Total has bolstered its position in Libya with the acquisition of Marathon Oil’s stake in concessions in the onshore Sirte basin, a deal which has seen the US independent exit the North African producer. The French giant has spent $450 million to buy out Marathon Oil Libya, which held a 16.33% stake in the producing Waha concessions. Marathon chief executive Lee Tillman said the company’s exit from Libya was part of its strategy to focus on high margin, high return US resource plays. NOC-owned Waha Oil Company operates the assets. Analysts at Wood Mackenzie said, while it was no surprise to see Marathon exit Libya, the acquisition “is an interesting one” and “something of a surprise” from Total, and is likely an opportunistic one from the French giant.
March 09, 2018 00:00 UTC
Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia has said that his relationship with former leader Simon Busuttil is a good, but “not intensive” with the two men not meeting very often. On his recent cabinet discussion, and his decision for Busuttil to be the party’s good governance spokesperson, Delia didn’t specify whether it was him or Busuttil that proposed the role. Looking towards the 2022 general electionDelia was asked about the party’s upcoming tests and said that he was looking towards the next general election as his first big test as party leader. Tax arrears to be settled soonDelia was also asked about his tax arrears, again saying that it would be settled in the coming weeks. ”There was an issue related to a computation which we did not agree on, we have now decided on a figure, and I will pay it.”He said would also be divesting himself of business interests in the coming weeks.
March 08, 2018 21:11 UTC
A source in the Special Task Force (STF), led by the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior of the Presidential Council, Faraj Qaim, who is currently detained by Dignity Operation Forces in the eastern city of Rajma, said that three leaders of the STF, who are detained in the prisons of Khalifa Hefter in Marj entered the sixth day of their hunger strike. Captain Ayman Al-Asbali, Captain Faraj al-Arifi and Major Ali al-Ajili have been beaten and ill-treated in the prison for three months, according to source. The source further explained that the prisoners appealed to prison officials to allow their families to visit them, and also called on international organizations to intervene to release them.
March 08, 2018 13:07 UTC
Today, on International Women’s Day, Cordaid honours women around the globe who are acting as bridge builders in the heart of armed conflict. Women like Rida Al Tubuly from Libya. Rida Al Tubuly is a professor in Pharmacology at Tripoli University and co-founder of Together We Build It. This organization promotes the involvement of women in peacebuilding processes and fights gender inequality and exclusion in Libya. Rida is one of the resourceful and incredibly courageous Libyan activists supported by Cordaid’s Women and Youth as Bridge builders program.
March 08, 2018 08:26 UTC
Even if almost all of its current members come from Bangui, the troupe is adamant that neither ethnicity nor religion play a role. BANGUI: The sound of drums rips through the air in a dusty alley scorched by the afternoon sun in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic. In a country bloodily divided by ethnic and religious strife, the National Central African Ballet is a rare unifying factor — a melting pot, professing no favouritism or allegiance to any group or sect. Originally set up under former president Jean-Bedel Bokassa, the national ballet has regularly travelled abroad since it was founded in 1969. “The aim was to promote social cohesion by celebrating with Central African refugees in Douala,” says Koumba.
March 08, 2018 03:45 UTC
Libya's Al-Ittihad beat Akwa United from Nigeria by a late winner at the round 32 of the CAF Confederation Cup on Wednesday. Al-Ittiahd put out a very good performance on the pitch of Taïeb Mhiri Stadium in Tunisia's Sfax and scored at the minute 83 by substitute Muad Essa. The two teams will play the second leg match in Nigeria on March 16 and one of them will qualify for round of 16 of the CAF Confederation Cup. Al-Ittiahd remain the only Libyan team playing at CAF tournaments this year as Al-Tahadi departed CAF Champions League from the first round.
March 07, 2018 20:37 UTC
Enyimba International Football Club on Wednesday in Cotonou won their first leg match in a CAF Confederation Cup first round fixture by beating Energie FC of Republic of Benin 2-0. Two goals very early in the game gave the former African champions a valuable result which will serve them in good stead in the second leg match on March 18. The Aba-based side who drew bye in the preliminary round owing to their record on the continent took the lead through an own goal by Aime Santou after three minutes. Austin Oladapo utilised Stanley Dimgba six minutes later to extend their lead and cruise to an important win ahead of the second leg game in Calabar. Akwa United, 2-0 winners away after losing 1-2 in the first leg against Hawks of Gambia in the preliminary round, will host the second leg game in Uyo on March 18
March 07, 2018 20:03 UTC
The Head of the Relief Department at Misrata Red Crescent Ali Mousa called on the deputy head of the Presidential Council Ahmed Mitig to contact with the embassies of the countries of which the kids of ISIS group's parents belong in order to return them home. Mousa added that when Mitig visited Misrata Red Crescent office, they told him of the needs of the office and the children, who are 45 ones of parents from Tunisia, Ghana, Egypt, and Nigeria, who were killed during the liberation of Sirte in 2016.
March 07, 2018 19:52 UTC
The Head of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sirraj met with the ambassador of Sweden to Libya, Fredrik Florén, on Wednesday in Tripoli in the presence of deputy foreign minister Lutfi Al-Maghrabi. The Swedish ambassador said the Swedish diplomatic mission will return to the capital soon. He also discussed boosting relations between Libya and Sweden in all fields. Al-Sirraj also told the ambassador that the reopening of the Swedish embassy in Tripoli will have great effects in developing the relations between the two countries, Al-Sirraj media office reported.
March 07, 2018 18:11 UTC
A security official at the Sirte Security Directorate said a number of decomposed bodies and human bones were found along the seashore in the second residential neighborhood in Sirte. The bodies were found after being reported on Tuesday morning by citizens in the neighborhood. The city of Sirte is still suffering from the presence of decomposed bodies at sites that witnessed clashes with ISIS during the war in the city and that most of these bodies are of ISIS fighters. Many residents in Sirte have demonstrated several times, demanding a campaign to remove any bodies or remnants of war that they say causes pollution in their areas.
March 07, 2018 17:26 UTC
Also, the regional powers that want to benefit from Libya's resources are refusing to stop interfering in the country's affairs. As a result, foreign military interference and infiltration through the borders became almost a daily occurrence during this unstable period. But foreign actors are not only active in Libya's impoverished and conflict-ridden south, Libya's east is devastated by a slightly different form of foreign interference. The south is effectively a no man's land with many foreign and local groups, including Haftar loyalists, jockeying for control. However, this ambitious plan can only work if regional powers like the UAE end their destructive interference in Libya's affairs.
March 07, 2018 16:52 UTC
Misrata Hospital held Tuesday a ceremony to raise its classification from hospital to medical center, in accordance with Presidential Decree No. 10 of 2017. A number of doctors and hospital employees who have reached retirement were honored during the ceremony. The Vice-President of the Presidential Council, Ahmed Maitiq, the head of the hospital, the Turkish Consul, representatives of the office of the World Health Organization in Libya and members of Misrata Municipal Council were all present at the ceremony. Maitiq highlighted the importance of the hospital and the services it offers to patients from Misrata and neighboring cities, saying the suspended projects of the hospital since 2011 will resume again after their approval by the Presidential Council.
March 07, 2018 16:52 UTC
The commander of the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) of Dignity Operation in the eastern region, Muftah Magerief, announced on Tuesday a heightened degree of alert by his forces at the oil fields, in anticipation of any attack from the armed groups led by ISIS, which is still active in the central and southern region. According to the Media Office of the PFG, Magerief gave instructions to his forces to deploy in all fields and to take care and caution, stressing that the situation in the oil fields is currently going normally and well.
March 07, 2018 15:00 UTC
(Photo: Sana Handout, EPA)Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, painted a bleak picture of human rights violations in more than 50 countries in his annual report delivered on Wednesday. From "apocalypse" in Syria and "ethnic cleansing" in Myanmar, to the rising tide of right-wing politics in Europe and anti-migrant policies in the United States, no stone was left unturned by the U.N. human rights chief, who is not known for mincing words. Key points of the addressIn his speech to the U.N. Human Rights Council, Zeid:Highlighted violence against civilians in Syria. In Hungary, Zeid said he was "shocked at the contempt for migrants, and more broadly for human rights, expressed by senior government officials." VenezuelaDemocratic institutions and human rights have been eroded in Venezuela, where basic goods are lacking and hundreds of thousands have fled the country.
March 07, 2018 13:50 UTC
The office of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Libya has delivered two neonatal ventilators with all accessories to the Afiyah Hospital in Hun town, central Libya. The WHO explained on their official Facebook page that the ventilators support the Gynecology and Obstetrics medical services at the hospital that covers the under-served Southern and Central regions of Libya. The WHO said the aid was funded by the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), adding it is determined to continue its humanitarian assistance to the health sector all over Libya.
March 07, 2018 12:33 UTC