The Libyan Archeology Authority launched a project in Al-Marij city that aims at exploring the lost ancient city of Barca, as well as the accompanying Libyan lost civilization that had been penned down in history books. According to history textbooks, Barca city was there before the coming of the Greek to Libya. The survey process will start in the old Al-Marij city. "They will be trained to use the cutting-edge archeology surveying technologies and the geophysical survey. The Head of the Libyan Archeology Authority remarked.
August 20, 2017 20:15 UTC
Sixth Awssu International Beach Volleyball Championship has kick-started in Zuwara city with local and international teams participating in the three-day competition. Teams from Spain, Morocco, Venezuela, Tunisia and Serbia are taking part in the event that is supervised by the General Authority of Youth and Sports as well as Zuwara Jazeera club. The local teams will be those placed at the first six spots on the Libyan Beach Volleyball League and will be controlled by the Libyan Volleyball Federation. The first match of the first morning was for the Serbian team 2-0 against Misrata team, while the second match was for Zuwara team A 2-1 against Tripoli team. In the third match, Zuwara team B won 2-1 over Jazeera team B, whereas the fourth match saw Spain's team B win 2-0 over Jazeera team C.The fifth and final morning game saw the Libyan team win 2-0 against Benghazi team.
August 20, 2017 18:45 UTC
The 10-point declaration that emerged from the meeting was branded in the media as the Paris agreement and fêted as a step toward national reconciliation. Importantly, Paris also failed to include several Libyan factions that do matter on the ground. JH: The main champion in Paris of the marked preference for Haftar’s military campaign in Libya has been Jean-Yves Le Drian. MM: And finally I’m curious how the subject of general elections, one of the terms of the Paris agreement, is being seized upon by various actors, especially with the expiration of the Libyan Political Agreement signed in Skhirat in 2015 on the horizon. It also calls for the inclusion of as many Libyan political rivals as possible.
August 20, 2017 14:37 UTC
Deputy Prime Minister tweets that government will set up the commission if there is a request for it, in the interest of victims of the tragedy. PETALING JAYA: Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says the government is willing to consider a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into the 1985 Memali tragedy. “The government is ready to consider setting up an RCI on Memali if any individual, body or political party requests or proposes it, in the interest of the victims of the incident,” Zahid posted on Twitter today. Mahathir has claimed he was not in the country during the incident and passed the responsibility to his then deputy Musa Hitam. In recent media reports on the incident, Mahathir, who is chairman of PPBM and Pakatan Harapan, said the villagers in Memali should expect retaliation if they killed policemen.
August 20, 2017 12:33 UTC
The Memali tragedy is an issue that should be discussed by all quarters, and PAS has no political interest whatsoever in the issue, says PAS deputy spiritual leader Ahmad Yakob. KOTA BHARU: PAS has refuted the allegation made by Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) that it has used the Memali tragedy as a bait to fish for Malay votes in the upcoming 14th general election (GE14). PAS deputy spiritual leader Ahmad Yakob said the Memali tragedy was an issue that should be discussed by all quarters, and PAS had no political interest whatsoever in the issue. Yesterday, Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub claimed that PAS had intentionally replayed the Memali incident as a bait to fish for Malay votes in view of the GE14. On Aug 16, PAS vice-president Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah called on the federal government to set up a royal commission of inquiry into the Memali tragedy to explain what actually happened in the 1985 incident.
August 20, 2017 12:11 UTC
The head of the Information Office in the municipality of Qayqab in eastern Libya stated that the Mayor of the municipality, Ali Agribea, held discussions with officials of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) on the establishment of a gas recycling plant in the municipality. Agribea added that officials of the NOC did confirm that initial contracting procedures were with an international company to supply and install the factory, and that the municipality has allocated a land area of 24 hectares for the factory.
August 20, 2017 11:55 UTC
The Libyan Iron and Steel Company based in Misrata, sent operational materials to the desalination plant in Tobruk. The company reported that it had equally shared its operational materials with the Tobruk desalination plant and sent the due quantities to Tobruk. The Tobruk plant has exhausted its operational materials and was on the cusp of shutting down completely, which would cause a humanitarian disaster in the eastern Libyan city.
August 20, 2017 11:48 UTC
A human rights and political activist has filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court accusing renegade Libyan General Khalifa Haftar of orchestrating war crimes, charges stemming from his war in Benghazi that has left hundreds of people dead. In his complaint, Emadeddin Muntasser said Khalifa Haftar, the top commander of Dignity Operation, has publically and purposefully violated every element of war crime of denying quarter. Khalifa Haftar appeared in a video posted on social media networks early this year instructing his forces to show no mercy and kill the prisoners. Khalifa Haftar launched his Dignity Operation in Benghazi in May 2014. “It is therefore evident that Khalifa Haftar has personally ordered war crimes in a manner that fully conforms to your own Rome Statute and your interpretation of the Denying of Quarter article”.
August 20, 2017 09:22 UTC
Do people who created these unending agonies for mothers have mothers? Do the blood thirsty world leaders who torment mothers and children have mothers? Hospitals were destroyed and mothers watched their children die slow painful death due to lack of health care delivery services. You can imagine children who hitherto were well fed, mothers who received the best care from their government now scavenging for food in dustbins!! Children and mothers in Syria are a sorry sight as they keep running from one refugee camp to another.
August 20, 2017 00:56 UTC
Edozie Udeze watched the play at Freedom Park, LagosThe play, King Baabu, is back on stage. “We have King Baabu on stage again due to the political and economic situation in our country. Like the issue of bad leadership, the suspicion of the presence of the military even in the face of our nascent democracy. From the play, in our last outing, we rode on the fact that King Baabu is a parody of the Nigerian situation. Now, we are taking all these places into the play to teach the people the consequences of bad leadership”.
August 20, 2017 00:11 UTC
The United Nations said 111 civilians were killed and 120 others were wounded due to fighting so far this year in Libya, including 37 children. She added that the UN and its partners reaffirm that the people trapped in conflict zones are not targets, urging for the respect of the international humanitarian law and human rights law. She indicated that every day, workers from 35 international and UN organizations work to provide aids in Libya, plunging themselves in risks and hazards. "In 2017, they aim to provide life-saving aids to 1.3 million people, including Libyans and illegal immigrants as well as the IDPs." Ribeiro also explained that the UN workers should be allowed to work safely across Libya to allow life-saving aids to arrive to those who need without delay.
August 19, 2017 21:00 UTC
The Libyan Audit Bureau said Libya had spent $30 billion in the last five years on fuel subsidies (80% imported fuel and 20% local fuel.) In a televised report, the Audit Bureau said Libya has the cheapest cost of gasoline in the world, adding that it is being smuggled to neighboring countries. Most Libyan families did not get such a subsidy, the Audit Bureau continued, saying that the Central Bank of Libya's measures of austerity dropped the cost of the subsidies from $9 billion in 2014 to $4 billion in 2016. "The revenue for the government from selling fuel did not exceed 670 million Libyan dinars, which makes up 13% of the cost of subsidies." The Audit Bureau said that Libya could save up to LYD800 million a year from the cost of subsidies and by limiting smuggling, but only after placing a limitation system on the use of the subsidized fuel.
August 19, 2017 20:50 UTC
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya Ghassan Salame landed in Zintan today to hear from its residents on how best to move the political process forward and build peace and prosperity in Libya. Salame met with the Municipal Council on the city’s priorities, challenges and vision for the future. “I commend Zintan’s efforts towards national reconciliation and building a united, sovereign Libya,” the SRSG said. “I am proud to be the first SRSG to visit the city in three years and hear from the Zintanis in Zintan,” he added. The Special Representative also discussed the provision of UN-supported mobile clinics to help alleviate the strain on the medical facilities currently operating in the city.
August 19, 2017 19:52 UTC
After a draw with Algeria 1-1 on Friday at Tayeb Mehri Stadium in Tunisia, Libya qualified for the 2018 African Nations Championship in Kenya. Libya won the first leg match in Algeria’s Constantine city 2-1. Algeria scored first at the minute 23 by Sufian Ben Denka and then Libya tied the score at the last minute of the first half by Moayed Al-Lafi. The second half saw the teams trying to seize any chance to score the winning goal of the match, but with the final whistle, Libya qualified for the fourth time in its history. The qualification of the Libyan team is an achievement as the country’s league has been suspended for two years now.
August 19, 2017 15:33 UTC
A bride from the besieged city of Derna in east Libya found herself in a dilemma after Dignity Operation militia groups stopped her motorcade at a checkpoint west of the city, and refused to let them pass through. Local residents said the bride was en route to her new house in Bayda city when the militia groups told them that there were orders to ban vehicles from leaving Derna. The bride's family had earlier been promised by the militias to allow them to cross the sand barriers and checkpoints unhindered, but they were surprised by the refusal to exit on arrival at the first checkpoint. After several hours of waiting and negotiations, the bride and her escorts had to walk through the checkpoints and sand barriers for several kilometres until they reached Kirissah town where her bridegroom was waiting for her. Dignity Operation forces continue to force residents of Derna to cross the sand barriers on foot, walking for a long distance, including patients, elderly, children and women in the midst of a suffocating siege of the city for more than two weeks.
August 19, 2017 13:32 UTC