In a discourse with Le Monde, France’s newspaper of record, French President Emmanuel Macron called Mr. Modi tough, very tough. Now, Monsieur Macron, has he visited Libya to take note of what mayhem his country has caused there? Yes, and you, Monsieur Macron, you got 7 million of those. Are Muslims some kind of virus that the Indian PM has to be tough to live with, Monsieur Macron? Yes, Monsieur Macron, Mr. Modi has become more gentle towards Muslims since his skull-cap evasion days, and apparently so, but have you, Monsieur Macron followed his example instead of just commenting on it.
March 18, 2018 04:07 UTC
Spanish humanitarian organization, Proactiva Open Arms, said Friday that Libyan coastguards intercepted their ship as it was trying to rescue immigrants in the Mediterranean. Meanwhile, the Libyan Navy accused the Spanish NGO of "starting a contest with Libyan coastguards to rescue migrants." It also explains that the Libyan coastguards had to depart the area and leave to the Spanish NGO for the safety of the migrants. "Proactiva Open Arms rejected all the orders and instructions of the Libyan Navy, which is the chief of rescue operations as it has arrived first to the rescue area. The Libyan Navy also explained that despite all of what happened, they left the rescue operation to the foreign NGO upon humanitarian grounds.
March 17, 2018 20:48 UTC
Egyptian expatriates queuing in front of Egyptian embassy in Algeria to cast their votes in 2018 presidential election on March 17, 2018 - Press photoEgyptian expatriates queuing in front of Egyptian embassy in Algeria to cast their votes in 2018 presidential election on March 17, 2018 - Press photoEgyptian expatriates queuing in front of Egyptian embassy in Algeria to cast their votes in 2018 presidential election on March 17, 2018 - Press photoEgyptian expatriates queuing in front of Egyptian embassy in Algeria to cast their votes in 2018 presidential election on March 17, 2018 - Press photoCAIRO - 17 March 2018: The turnout of Egyptian expatriates in Algeria was unexpected in the first day of presidential election on Friday to cast their, according Egyptian ambassador to Algeria Amr Abu Aish.The participation of Egyptians in the presidential election was positive despite the wave of the heavy rain that hit Algeria through the past five days, Abu Aish told the state-run news agency MENA on Saturday.Abu Aish added that most of the Egyptian community in Algeria is comprised of employees working in Egyptian companies in the country. Those companies arranged buses to transport the workers to the embassy to cast their votes.Up to 50% of Egyptian expats in Algeria, who work in oil service companies in the southern part of the country, traveled 1,800 kilometers to the capital to participate in the election.Consulates and embassies across the world officially opened their doors Friday at 9 a.m., according to each country’s local time.The Egyptian embassy in New Zealand was the first to open to the electorate, given an 11-hour time difference with Cairo.China, Japan, Russia and Indonesia followed shortly throughout the night. Due to political unrest and a worsening security situation, voting will not take place in Libya, Syria and Yemen.Egyptians at home are due to cast their ballots on March 26-28 in the country's 27 governorates.The Egyptian Foreign Minister’s deputy, Hamdi Loza, previously said that all foreign missions have been provided with electronic scanners so voters’ ID cards and passports can be quickly scanned, noting that the whole expatriate voting process will be monitored by surveillance cameras linked with an operations room at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.He added that the Foreign Affairs Ministry held training courses for committees that will supervise voting abroad under the supervision of the National Elections Authority (NEA), as well as other procedures aimed at facilitating the highest turnout from expats.Loza called on Egyptians abroad to participate in the presidential election, which will begin on March 16 and last for three days.In 2017, the government estimated the number of Egyptians living abroad to be at 9.4 million.The National Election Authority (NEA), headed by counselor Lashen Ibrahim, announced on February 24 the final candidates for Egypt’s upcoming presidential election: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Moussa Moustafa Moussa, the head of Al-Ghad Party.Sisi showed his intention to run for president during his closing speech at the end of the three-day “Tale of a Homeland” conference, where the president and the Egyptian government presented an overview of the projects and achievements made in different fields during the last four years.On his official Twitter account, Sisi called on the Egyptian people to participate intensively in the upcoming election and give their votes to whomever they see as the most eligible.Sixty million eligible voters will cast their ballots in the election on March 26-28 in Egypt, while expatriates will vote between Friday and March 18 at 139 polling stations located in embassies and consulates across 124 countries, Ibrahim said in a press conference.The primary results of the first round of the election will be announced on March 29, where decisions on appeals submitted by candidates, if any, will be made.The final results of the first round will be announced on April 2.
March 17, 2018 17:15 UTC
Al-Nasser Handball team player Essam Al-Shokri was seriously injured by a random gunshot. Sources close to the team said the player is at the extensive care unit and his health condition is unstable. The player was injured in a party in his residence area in Buhadima. Random gunshots are quite popular nowadays in Benghazi, killing and injuring several people recently.
March 17, 2018 17:03 UTC
The CEO of Italy's energy group Eni, Claudio Descalzi, has announced that the group has a plan to reduce oil production in Libya. During his presentation of the group's plan for the years 2018-2022 in London, he said that Eni’s oil production in Libya will be reduced from 320,000 barrels per day to 200,000 barrels per day. Descalzi noted that it was not possible to start new projects in Libya during the past eight years, adding that Eni has no plans to leave Libya.
March 17, 2018 16:41 UTC
The head of the Antiquities Authority in Tripoli, Mohamed Faraj, said that negotiations are underway with Spanish authorities to restore Libyan artifacts dating back to the Greek era. Faraj told Xinhua on Thursday that negotiations with the Spanish authorities reached advanced stages after the identification of six pieces stolen from the site of the archeological city of Shahhat in the east Libya. Faraj pointed out that these artifacts have unique features and signs that are only found in Libya, adding that the number of pieces expected to be recovered from Spain could reach up to 25 ones after it was first thought to be 11.
March 17, 2018 16:18 UTC
The Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) said it will start preparing for Benghazi International conference and exhibition for oil and gas from October 9/11 this year with local and international firms’ participations. “The committee of the conference held its first meeting on March 05 at the NOC headquarters in Tripoli with the Arab Gulf Oil Company members from Benghazi as part of the preparations,” the NOC indicated. It confirmed that they discussed the needed procedures and the topics to be tackled at the conference, besides updating the website of the conference and the method of receiving the scientific papers for the conference. The Head of the preparations committee, Masoud Al-Awami, and the Head of the scientific committee Nouri Flo, said the exhibition aims at developing the oil and gas sector so that it takes a leading role in making exhibitions and conferences in Libya, thus positively boosting the Libyan economy.
March 17, 2018 15:45 UTC
The commander of EUNAVFOR Med Operation Sophia, an EU operation aiming to curb human smuggling, Enrico Credendino, stated on Thursday that the operation wants to accelerate the expansion of the training of the Libyan Coast Guard to help stop the flow of migrants to Italy, explaining that his operation seeks to train between 300 to 500 new recruits this year. Enrico pointed out that they had arrested more than 130 people suspected of being human smugglers, who were then passed on to the Italian authorities, adding that Libya's top human smugglers are acting without any reservations and away from the international authorities.
March 17, 2018 15:33 UTC
A workshop was held in Misrata on Thursday on the economic and financial reform program in Libya prepared by the Central Bank of Libya. Those present at the workshop discussed the financial and economic crisis faced by the country and its impact on the state and the average citizen's living conditions. The workshop session also covered both foreign and financial monetary reforms and trade reforms. After concluding, the workshop recommended accelerating the implementation of Libya's economic and financial reform program and working to simplify it so that it can be implemented in the short term.
March 17, 2018 14:26 UTC
The head of the Tawergha Local Council, Abdul Rahman Shakshak, has declared that the Mayor of Misrata, Mustafa Kerwad promised to return Tawergha IDPs to their town in the coming days. Shakshak added in a press statement on Wednesday that Kerwad stressed at a meeting attended by the Minister of State for Displaced Persons, Yusef Jalala, the continuation of efforts to execute the agreement and the swift return of those displaced from Tawergha. He explained that he had provided United Nations organizations with the number of families living in Qarara al-Qataf and Harawah camps and their living conditions, saying that these organizations seek humanitarian assistance for residents of the camp.
March 17, 2018 14:03 UTC
The Foreign Minister of Presidential Council, Mohamed Siyala, called on neighboring African countries on Friday to work with his government to protect Libya`s southern border in order to curb the influx of illegal immigrants. During a speech at an international conference on migration hosted by Niger, Siyala said border control will make achievement and great successes in the management of the migration crisis and its serious consequences, pointing out that he is not opposed to migration, but opposes the exploitation of organized crime gangs to achieve profits from human trafficking. He explained that addressing the repercussions of the migration crisis is not limited to the security perspective alone, but should be through a comprehensive vision covering security, humanitarian and development issues. Siyala noted that this achievement of security and stability can only be achieved through the support of EU.
March 17, 2018 13:41 UTC
The Libyan Coast Guard rescued 98 illegal immigrants from various African nationalities after their boat broke down at sea on Friday. The Tripoli Branch of the Anti-Illegal Immigration Agency said that among the migrants were 43 women and 2 children who were accommodated and provided with medical services. The relevant embassies of those who were rescued were contacted so as to identify them and issue temporary documents to facilitate their return to their country. A Libyan Coast Guard patrol also rescued 121 illegal migrants on Thursday including women and children.
March 17, 2018 13:07 UTC
The Mayor of Shwerif Municipality and the head of the Federation of Southern Municipalities, Hassan Gaddafi, stated that a fuel convoy consisting of 17 trucks set off on Friday to the cities of Sabha and Shati after the road became secured. Hassan said in a press statement that shipments will be distributed to petrol stations directly, confirming the selection of a number of stations by the mayors of the municipalities of Sabha, Qardha, El-Shati, Barak and Edri. Southern cities and towns are suffering from a shortage of fuel and its derivatives, after supplies were cancelled from the Misrata depot four months ago due to the lack of security along the Misrata – Jufra – Sabha road.
March 17, 2018 12:33 UTC
The boat was ferrying migrants from Turkey to Greece. UPDATEDATHENS: At least 14 migrants, including four children, died when a boat carrying about 20 people capsized overnight in the Aegean Sea, Greek police said Saturday. The boat was ferrying migrants from Turkey to Greece. The drop was especially observed on the eastern Mediterranean migratory route which connects Turkey to Greece, and the central Mediterranean route connecting Libya to Italy. It has been criticised by humanitarian workers as it stipulates that all arrivals will be sent back to Turkey, including Syrian refugees.
March 17, 2018 10:18 UTC
Egyptian community in Doha gathered outside a polling station after casting their vote on the second day of presidential election abroad - Egypt TodayEgyptian community in Doha gathered outside a polling station after casting their vote on the second day of presidential election abroad - Egypt TodayEgyptian community in Doha gathered outside a polling station after casting their vote on the second day of presidential election abroad - Egypt TodayCAIRO – 17 March 2018: Egyptian community in Doha gathered outside a polling station after casting their vote on the second day of presidential election abroad.The gathering chanted “Long Live Egypt,” waved Egyptian flags and took selfies with their children.Rumors of Egyptians being prevented from participating in the voting process in Qatar were denied by the National Election Authority (NEA) that assured no obstacles were faced by voters in Qatar or Turkey.Relations between Egypt and Qatar have been stirred since the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, and the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood ruling, which was hugely supported by Doha. A dispute has escalated as Qatar was accused of interfering in Egypt’s affairs by calling for the re-instatement of Morsi and launching harsh criticism against the current regime ruled by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. On June 5, 2017, Egypt and three Gulf countries: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar over accusations of funding terror groups in the region.Friday, the first day of expats vote, witnessed huge turnout at Egyptian embassies and consulates abroad as thousands of voters lined up to elect a president for the coming four years.The preliminary indicators of the voter turnout in the first day of 2018 presidential polls abroad showed that the country with the highest number of votes was Kuwait, according to the National Elections Authority (NEA) spokesperson Mahmoud El Sherif.El Sherif added that the percentage of the voter turnout will be announced by the end of the electoral process abroad.Due to political unrest and a worsening security situation, the elections are not going to take place in Yemen, Syria and Libya.The 2018 presidential election takes place in 139 foreign embassies and consulates in 124 foreign countries for three days.The National Election Authority (NEA), headed by counselor Lashen Ibrahim, announced on February 24 the final list for Egypt’s upcoming presidential election including President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Moussa Moustafa Moussa, Head of al-Ghad Party.
March 17, 2018 10:07 UTC