Chairman Donald Tusk - Press PhotoBRUSSELS - 19 October 2017: European Union leaders agreed to provide "stronger support" to Italy for its work in Libya aimed at curbing immigration to Europe, their summit chairman Donald Tusk said after talks in Brussels on Thursday. "Leaders agreed to offer Prime Minister (Paolo) Gentiloni stronger support for Italy's work with the Libyan authorities. We have a real chance of closing the Central Mediterranean route," Tusk said after all 28 EU leaders discussed migration.Tusk also said that EU leaders would return in December to continue talks about reforming the bloc's asylum rules, which collapsed under the massive influx of refugees and migrants in 2015.Despite differences, he said they would aim to arrive at an agreement acceptable to all members by mid-2018.
October 19, 2017 18:56 UTC
Foreign Minister Anifah Aman chides DAP's Liew Chin Tong for 'sinister intention' asking about country's failure to get seat on UN Human Rights Council. The Sabah Umno leader and Kimanis MP then lauded Malaysia’s track record at the UN and its performance on human rights panels in the past. Subsequently, Malaysia has been on the Human Rights Council (HRC) twice before, that is 2006-2009, and 2010-2013. “Throughout its tenure as a HRC member, Malaysia played an active role in the promotion and protection of human rights at the multilateral level. Anifah also stressed on the importance of having friendly ties with member states that had won their seat on the UNHRC.
October 19, 2017 16:07 UTC
The Grand Mufti of Libya, Sheikh Sadiq Al-Gharyani, has warned about those who are calling for the destruction of cities and the displacement of their people. The Mufti denounced on his weekly program on Tanasuh TV on Wednesday the threats of Dignity Operation top commander Khalifa Haftar to attack western Libyan cities and towns on the pretext of fighting terror. He also praised the reconciliation efforts in Zawiya city, in particular the efforts of the tribe of Awlad Saqr who confirmed that they will not allow a war to take place in their city.
October 19, 2017 13:52 UTC
The Presidential Council Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohamed Sayala, has met with the Secretary General of the Austrian-Arab Chamber of Commerce, Mudar Al-Khoja, in the presence of the Secretary-General of the Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Libya, Mohammed Al-Ruaid. Al-Khoja stressed that his visit to Libya aims to convey the desire of Austrian companies with investment projects in Libya to return and resume their work, especially construction, oil and gas projects. He added that Austrian companies in various specialties have a great interest in the Libyan market after receiving reassuring messages regarding security and stability.
October 19, 2017 13:41 UTC
Libyan Coast Guard rescued Wednesday 138 migrants off the coast of Garabulli town, including four women, while on board a rubber boat that crashed and nearly drowned. The Coast Guard said that all migrants, most of whom were from the Maghreb and a few African nationalities, were rescued and transported to the Tripoli naval base. They were provided medical and humanitarian and then sent to Tajoura shelter.
October 19, 2017 13:41 UTC
The Libyan Cycling Federation announced that they will hold Libya Championship in November with the participation of fifty cyclists, representing fourteen clubs from across the country, to select the best cyclists to represent Libya abroad. The Chairman of the Technical Committee of the Cycling Federation, Mohammed Al-Toumi, said that the rules for the championship have been set up and the roads were chosen. He added that when choosing the roads all problems were taken into consideration, including the security situation. The Libyan cycling team will participate in the Arab Championship in Egypt at the end of November.
October 19, 2017 13:30 UTC
The oasis town of Waddan will host this year’s Desert Rally in early November, which will last for three days. Al-Qalaa Sports Club in Waddan is scheduled to be the starting point for the race. The race ends at the sands of TT in the heart of the desert, 25 kilometres from Wadan. The festival will also include cultural and artistic activities, a folklore show, and horse and air shows that will include paragliding and parasailing.
October 19, 2017 13:30 UTC
The Vice Chairman of the Presidential Council, Ahmed Maiteeq, held talks Wednesday with the South Korean Ambassador for Overseas Koreans and Consular Affairs Han Dong-Man on bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries. The meeting also discussed the return of Korean companies to complete their projects in Libya. The South Korean official stressed the intention of his country to support Libya and help in the crisis that the country is experiencing, expressing his country's desire to expand their activities in many vital sectors and in various fields.
October 19, 2017 13:18 UTC
Libyan Airlines has cancelled its flights to the Tunisian capital of Tunis until further notice due to the damage sustained by one of its aircraft during Migita Airport tensions. The aircraft, which the airliner uses for flights to Tunisia, was hit with gunshots during the exchange of fire, which spanned the past two days in the district of Ghararat, south of the airport. The Airbus A330-202 is now undergoing maintenance work.
October 19, 2017 13:07 UTC
A bus carrying eight Libyan citizens collided with a fuel truck on the coastal road west of Sirte, causing the death of the bus driver after the bus rolled then set on fire. The eight passengers sustained moderate to serious injuries while the fuel truck rolled onto the middle of the road without setting on fire. Medical and fire services were on the scene and transported the wounded to Ibn Sina Hospital in Sirte. Traffic was returned to normal on the coastal road after it was cleaned from any remnants of the accident by the Public Utilities for Cleaning, Water and Sanitation Company.
October 19, 2017 12:56 UTC
Arab Environment Ministers Council meeting in Gouna -- File PhotoCAIRO– 19 October 2017: The 29th session of the Arab Environment Ministers Council kicked off on Thursday under Director General of the Kuwaiti General Authority for Environment Sheikh Abdullah Al Humoud Al Sabah.During the day-long session, Arab governmental delegations and environment ministers will discuss at the headquarters of the Arab League General Secretariat 27 items related to Arab environmental work.This session, under the name of environmental governance, will discuss the implementation of the decisions of previous AL summits and the impact of the Israeli Dimona reactor and the Iranian Bushehr reactor on the Arab environment.The council will tackle monitoring the radioactive contamination in the border areas with Israel and its effects on the region.The council will also look into reports on the environmental status in Palestine, occupied Golan Heights, Jordan, Lebanon, Yemen and Djibouti, Libya and Comoros.
October 19, 2017 10:30 UTC
The Philadelphia Energy Solutions oil refinery owned by The Carlyle Group is seen at sunset in front of the Philadelphia skyline March 24, 2014. Picture taken March 24, 2014. REUTERS/David M. Parrott/File PhotoLONDON – 19 October 2017: Oil prices steadied on Thursday, holding onto most recent gains, supported by OPEC-led supply cuts, tension in the Middle East and lower U.S. production.Brent crude was down 20 cents at $57.95 a barrel by 0745 GMT, still around 30 percent above mid-year levels. U.S. light crude was 20 cents lower at $51.84, almost 25 percent higher than its lows in June.“The oil market is tightening gradually,” said Tamas Varga, analysts at London brokerage PVM Oil Associates.“OPEC is expected to roll over output restrictions for another nine months, supplies are at risk in the Middle East and U.S. inventories are falling.”The U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday that U.S. crude inventories fell by 5.7 million barrels in the week to Oct. 13, to 456.49 million barrels.U.S. I am expecting OPEC and Russia to agree on a further 9-month extension to production cuts,” said Shane Chanel at ASR Wealth Advisers.
October 19, 2017 08:03 UTC
Malta has experienced 19 bomb attacks since 2010, with five people targeted in the last 11 months. Camilleri owned S&S Bathrooms.On38-year-old man Josef Cassar was also targeted with a car explosive. No one was harmed in the incident.On Martin Cachia , 56, was killed when a bomb detonated inside his car. He was also investigated in connection with smuggling fuel from Libya.Back in, a bomb targeted a Toyota showroom in Haz-Zebbug on. He also operated a boat with frequent trips to Misurata, Libya.a bomb detonated in front of police inspector Geoffrey Azzopardi’s home in Zurrieq.
October 19, 2017 06:33 UTC
ISCHIA: The threat of fresh attacks on the West by foreign fighters fleeing the fallen Islamic State stronghold of Raqa is set to dominate a G7 meeting of interior ministers in Italy. Most foreign fighters are believed to have fled over the past few months. “There are an estimated 25,000 to 30,000 foreign fighters from 100 countries. Other reports suggested a convoy of foreign fighters had been able to escape the city towards IS-held territory, a claim denied categorically by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) officials. The SDF is expected to contact the home countries of any foreign fighters it holds, to discuss the possibility of turning them over to face prosecution.
October 19, 2017 05:15 UTC
Local media reported sources from the dialogue committee of the House of Representatives (HoR) as saying that the UNSMIL's Head Ghassan Salame met with the Heads of the HoR and High Council of State's (HCS) committees Faraj Mousa and Abdelsalam Nasiya. The sources added that the UNSMIL presented via Salame new ideas for them to ponder upon to resume the Tunisia-hosted negotiations. The HoR committee was supposed to have a closed meeting in order to discuss the ideas and proposals of Salame, the sources added, saying that the meeting will review everything was proposed over the last days. The UNSMIL suspended the meetings on Monday after the HoR committee had withdrawn, accusing the HCS of being unclear in their demands, calling on them to present written guarantees of implementing of what has been agreed upon in the first round of the Tunisia meetings early this month. Whereas, the HCS reaffirmed that it did not call for any amendments and the HoR is the one that rejected approving the Libyan Political Agreement and demanded it be amended, requesting the HoR to present written documents for what it wants to be modified in the agreement.
October 18, 2017 20:26 UTC