Sudanese authorities on Tuesday brought home from Libya eight children, including a 1-year-old, whose parents are allegedly members of the Islamic State group. He said their parents “are members of the Islamic State group. “Their mothers have been arrested by Libyan authorities and their fathers are listed as missing,” Abbas said. In February a four-month-old baby girl born to Sudanese parents who were IS fighters in Libya was also brought home and entrusted to the care of her grandfather. Sudanese officials says dozens of young Sudanese have joined IS in Libya, Syria and Iraq.
June 21, 2017 01:41 UTC
(Photo: Olivier Douliery / pool, European Pressphoto Agency)The Trump administration said Tuesday it was restarting a long-delayed global review of vetting procedures to screen foreigners trying to enter the United States that may lead to more travel restrictions against citizens of other countries. Read more:Trump's travel ban would temporarily ban most travel from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days and suspend the entire refugee program for 120 days. Critics, including the ACLU and other legal groups, counter that the administration has shown little interest in carrying out the review. That's why critics argue that Trump was trying to implement a "Muslim ban" he called for during his presidential campaign. Once the review is complete, individual countries will be given 50 days to begin providing the information requested by the U.S.
June 21, 2017 00:00 UTC
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the Trump administration on Tuesday that if the United States disengages from many issues confronting the international community it will be replaced — and that won't be good for America or for the world. But he said if the United States gets involved in mediation, "that, of course, will be welcome if they are able to do so in an effective way." The United States is "by far the largest resettlement country in the world" with a "very generous and positive policy," Guterres said. Guterres said he has strongly encouraged the United States "to come back to the levels of resettlement that we witnessed until two or three years ago." "And I don't think this is good for the United States and I don't think this is good for the world," he said.
June 20, 2017 22:41 UTC
The Canadian dollar is falling versus the US dollar on Tuesday following the fall in crude prices and hawkish Fedspeak. The Bank of Canada (BoC) surprised markets with hawkish comments from its Deputy Governor Carolyn Wilkins that were later followed up by Governor Stephen Poloz putting a rate hike firmly on the table. The currency pair is trading at 1.3266 after falling oil prices and hawkish rhetoric kept the USD higher against the Canadian currency. The drawdown of crude stocks was higher than expected, while the gasoline inventories increased by less than expected. The move in oil prices will be confirmed once the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released the official weekly US crude inventories on Wednesday, at 10:30 am EDT.
June 20, 2017 20:48 UTC
Source: Xinhua| 2017-06-21 01:41:52|Editor: yanVideo Player CloseKHARTOUM, June 20 (Xinhua) -- Sudan on Tuesday received eight children whose parents have been fighting with Islamic State (IS) in the Libyan city of Sirte since 2015. The eight children, four boys and four girls aged between 10 months and nine, arrived at Khartoum airport before they were handed to their relatives in Sudan. "The National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) has kept on exerting continuing efforts to know the Sudanese in Libya and work to bring them back," Brig. "I haven't heard any news about my daughter, but I learned from the government that she was in Libya. Today I received four of my grandsons, but I do not know the fate of my daughter," Saqairoon said.
June 20, 2017 20:15 UTC
Former members at the General National Congress (GNC) representing southern Libya formed a political bloc and named it Southern Political Bloc. The coordinator of the new bloc, Naji Mukhtar said the political body aims at improving the living conditions of the southern region. "We met with UNSMIL officials and asked them to give special care to southern Libya as it is suffering from bad living conditions more than any other region in Libya." Last month, HoR members and HCS members as well as Gharyan municipality formed Gharyan political bloc in western Libya. While in last November, Misrata members at the HoR and HCS formed Misrata political bloc.
June 20, 2017 17:48 UTC
Geneva — More than 120 refugees, mostly from Sudan and Nigeria, are feared to have drowned in the Mediterranean after a boat sank off the Libyan coast on Friday, UNHCR reported on World Refugee Day. The incident involved a rubber dinghy that left Libya on 15 June and began taking on water just hours into its journey, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reported. "Today is World Refugee Day," UNHCR said on its website. World Refugee DayThe representative of the UNHCR, Noriko Yoshida, marked World Refugee Day with South Sudanese refugees in El Nimir camp in East Darfur. Over 400,000 South Sudanese people have fled from their country to Sudan since fighting erupted in December 2013.
June 20, 2017 17:37 UTC
A suicide bomber blew himself up at a checkpoint for a security patrol at the entrance of Sidra oil terminal at the oil crescent region. ---------------------------------------------------Former members at the General National Congress (GNC) representing southern Libya formed a political bloc and named it Southern Political Bloc. ---------------------------------------------------The National Oil Corporation said Libya's oil production has increased reaching 885.000 barrels per day after settling the dispute with the German firm, Wintershall. ---------------------------------------------------Sidra oil airport revived the first two civilian flights on Monday as part of state oil firm's airlines. ---------------------------------------------------A number of engineers from the German company Siemens arrived in Ubari to start test-operating the city's gas power station.
June 20, 2017 14:41 UTC
Benghazi Defense Brigades (BDB) denounced involving its name in political and military conflicts in western Libya, saying they are away from any acts across Libya and are only focusing on Benghazi. According to Yasir Al-Jabali, a senior commander at the BDB, they are only after toppling the military coup of Khalifa Haftar in east Libya and returning IDPs to Benghazi, as well as breaking the siege in some eastern cities and districts. Some parties accused BDB of positioning in Sabratha city as a takeoff for its operations.
June 20, 2017 14:37 UTC
ROME: A Nigerian human trafficker known as “Rambo” has been arrested in Italy on charges of torturing and killing migrants held captive in Libya, Italian police said Tuesday. “My cousin and others tried to escape but they were caught and tortured nearly to death,” the witness said. Another said: “Once I saw Rambo the Nigerian kill a migrant he had gagged and tortured for a long time”, while yet another said he “personally saw two people beaten to death, an underage boy and a man killed by Rambo”. Extortion, murderThe latter was “killed by Rambo in front of the victim’s brother. When he killed the man Rambo pointed a gun at the brother and told him not to tell his family anything and to get them to immediately send money” for their release.
June 20, 2017 14:37 UTC
A suicide bomber blew himself up at a checkpoint for a security patrol at the entrance of Sidra oil terminal at the oil crescent region. According to local media outlets, the bomber first attack the checkpoint by a car bomb, but when it failed to detonate, he got out of the car and exploded himself as he was wearing an explosive belt. "The bomber detonated himself but caused no human loss at the checkpoint as he did it to save himself after arriving at the checkpoint and failing to blow up the car bomb." Security personnel, who are part of Haftar-led eastern forces that are in control of the terminal, found the bomb in the car and the explosives experts then defused it. The security forces in Sidra closed the surrounding of the terminal and rushed later to call for more personnel and military support in the area for fear that a bigger attack could take place.
June 20, 2017 10:52 UTC
And the so-called Dignity Operation project with its political bodies, such as House of Representatives and the Interim Government. Despite the fundamental divergence between the two projects, the UN project is "ostensibly" a civil project, while the Dignity Operation is a military one; both are associated with external threads in some way or another. There is no doubt that there will be many difficulties, barriers and hurdles that awaits the absent project or the internal national project. The differences between establishing our civil state with a national project without international auspices are the priorities. The national project will put the crisis of the citizen and the homeland first.
June 20, 2017 08:26 UTC
That was their lowest since Nov. 29, the day before the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other producers agreed to cut output for six months from January. TOKYO: Oil markets held around seven-month lows on Tuesday as investors focused on persistent signs of rising supply that are undermining attempts by OPEC and other producers to support prices. That was their lowest since Nov. 29, the day before the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other producers agreed to cut output for six months from January. Libya’s oil production has risen more than 50,000 bpd after the state oil company settled a dispute with Germany’s Wintershall, a Libyan source told Reuters. The oil market is heading in the right direction but still needs time to rebalance, al-Falih told the London-based newspaper Asharq al-Awsat.
June 20, 2017 04:18 UTC
The final reconciliation agreement, reached by the joint reconciliation committee of Misrata and Tawergha, was officially endorsed in Tripoli on Monday, a move that would allow thousands of Tawerghan IDPs to return to their ghost town after more than six years of displacement. The agreement was signed by mayor of Misrata Mohammed Eshtiwai, head of Tawergha Local Council Abdul-Rahman Shikmak and head of UN-installed Presidency Council Fayaz Sirraj. The Presidency Council described the agreement, which was first reached in Tunisia in August 2016, as “an important step towards stability and national reconciliation.”Taking into consideration that many Misratan brigades are against their municipal council and its moves, it’s not known who will protect the Tawerghan returnees and ensures total safety for them. Tawergha has become a ghost town since 2011 after hundreds of its residents joined Gaddafi brigades in their offensive on Misrata. Related News:Agreement between Misrata and Tawergha can end bulky somber chapter of Libyan-Libyan conflictMisrata-Tawergha Reconciliation Committee refers agreement to PC for implementationMisrata, Tawergha put final touches on reconciliation dealMisrata municipality demands compensations and turning in Tawergha wanted persons
June 19, 2017 19:52 UTC
Libya is producing 885,000 barrels of crude oil daily after last week it reached an agreement with German Wintershall that will see the latter restart production at fields with a combined output of 160,000 bpd, a source from the country’s oil industry told Reuters. Last month, it was Libya whose increase in oil production drove an overall rise in OPEC output, which deepened the gloom among oil bulls and pressured prices further down below US$50 a barrel. NOC said last month that it has a plan for three development phases to lift Libya’s oil production. The first stage plans for increasing output to 1.32 million bpd by the end of this year, at a cost of US$550 million. In the third development stage, Libya plans its production to increase to 2.2 million bpd by 2023, which would require around US$18 billion in investments.
June 19, 2017 19:07 UTC