The relief committee in Qatrun town in the southern part of Libya, distributed food aid provided by the Sheikh Taher Al-Zawi Charity Foundation. A source at Al-Amal Association, which oversees the distribution of aid, said that the aid was distributed to 400 families registered on lists of needy families in the region. The source also said that the aid consisted of food stuffs as well as other items that are difficult to provide in light of high prices and lack of financial liquidity, noting that priority was given to the distribution of families of orphans and widows, in addition to families with low incomes.
December 12, 2017 16:52 UTC
Medical sources from Benghazi have stated that four Dignity Operation fighters were killed and 10 others injured in clashes in the Sidi Khribish district since the beginning of December. The sources said three fighters were killed by a sniper fire while the fourth one was killed in a mine explosion. Dignity Operation fighters are facing heavy resistance from the fighters of Benghazi Shura Council stationed in the area. It is worth noting that the district of Sidi Khribish and its surroundings are witnessing increase in armed clashes of various types of weapons for days, as well as airstrikes from time to time.
December 12, 2017 16:52 UTC
Libya has renewed its appeal for the Philippines government to lift the ban on hiring of Filipino workers, citing a much better security situation than that of 2014, when the ban was issued. The Libyan Embassy’s chargé d’affaires, Ahmed Al-Deeb, said he understood the concern for the safety of Filipino workers, adding that he had requested that the Philippines officials reevaluate the situation in Libya. According to statistics, there were 26000 Filipino workers in Libya before February revolution in 2011, when the Philippines government repatriated about 10,000 workers, then later in 2014 it repatriated another 4,000 workers due to the military conflict. Al-Deeb also said that the situation had improved since the last evaluation was made in August 2016, and asked the Philippines government to reconsider its ban on “humanitarian” grounds. “We need more than 26,000 Filipino workers to help repair, rebuild and rehabilitate Libya,” he said, adding that Libyans did their best in convincing officials of the Philippines to lift the ban totally.
December 12, 2017 15:56 UTC
Thousands of Africans marched in the South African capital, Tshwane on Tuesday in protest over slave trade reported in Libya. Speaking to Xinhua on the side-lines of the march, Marc Gbaffou, African Diaspora Forum chairperson expressed shock over the slave trade. A memorandum was handed over to the South African presidency, Libyan embassy to South Africa, African Union, Pan-African Parliament, United Nations and European Union. Gbaffou said they want South Africa who is influential in the continent to help end slave trade in Libya and anywhere else. We want AU to also discourage other countries from doing slave trade.”Gbaffou said Africans should immediately hold a meeting with Libya to solve the slave trade.
December 12, 2017 15:33 UTC
He said his survival in the desert enroute to Libya, could be ascribed to the grace of God and not by his physical strength. He said many able-bodied young men have lost their lives in an attempt to cross the desert. - Advertisement -“So, after Libya, going to the Mediterranean Sea, that is another tug of war. When asked why he wrapped his left over food for keep, he said he has learned not to waste food. “So, I learned something and that is one good thing I learned in Libya.
December 12, 2017 14:48 UTC
- Advertisement -Less than two weeks after OPEC’s decision to extend oil production cuts, Libya and Nigeria, are signaling their intent to raise output in 2018. On Friday, oil company Total said its new Egina field offshore Nigeria was on track to start in 2018, adding 10 per cent to the country’s production. The NOC received a quarter of its requested budget in 2017, hampering efforts to sustain oil output near 1 million bpd. The headline of a statement issued by Nigeria’s petroleum ministry on the day of the OPEC meeting stressed, in block capitals, that Nigeria and Libya were exempt from cuts. Oil production from the two countries has averaged 1.7 million bpd and 900,000 bpd, respectively, this year according to Reuters assessments.
December 12, 2017 14:48 UTC
- Advertisement -Russia will “do everything necessary” to facilitate an agreement between rival camps in Libya to end the country’s political crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday. - Advertisement -“Russia will do everything necessary to fully normalise the situation in Libya and in regard to the international aspect of re-establishing the rights of the Libyan state,” Lavrov said. Libya has plunged into political chaos and instability since the ouster and killing of its long-time leader Moamer Kadhafi in a NATO-backed 2011 revolution. Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli has struggled to impose its authority across the conflict-ridden North African country. A rival administration based in Libya’s east has refused to recognise the GNA.
December 12, 2017 14:15 UTC
The High National Elections Commission (HNEC) has confirmed that citizens are continuing to register in the voters' records, after announcing the start of registration last Wednesday. The HNEC revealed that the number of new registrants up until Monday morning was 2660 voters who submitted their statements and were confirmed within the registrars. The head of the HNEC announced at a press conference in the presence of the UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, the opening of the registration process for voters, which lasts two consecutive months, for new numbers of voters to be added to the pre-registered in the previous electoral records for the elections of the House of Representatives in 2014.
December 12, 2017 13:41 UTC
Algerian Foreign Minister, Abdelkader Messahel, warned of the redeployment of ISIS millitants returning from Syria and Iraq in the areas of Libya and African Sahel countries. Messehel stressed that security reports revealed that there is already movements of ISIS groups towards the region. He stated during his speech at the forum on combating terrorism on the African continent, in Algeria, that the large numbers of African fighters will return to their countries of origin or to African territories in general, in light of the decline of military success in Syria and Iraq. The Algerian Minister also revealed that the terrorist groups obtain large financial resources, enabling them to reorganize themselves time and again, in addition to their ability to recruit and attract new fighters to their ranks.
December 12, 2017 13:41 UTC
The economic adviser to the Tunisian Prime Minister, Rida Saidi, confirmed his country's support for joint investment projects with Libya to contribute to its reconstruction. He pointed out that these projects are expected to start work during the coming period. He also pointed out that the Tunisian-Libyan trade exchanges have not been interrupted in recent years, with several investment institutions active in Libya during the past period. Saidi stressed Tunisia's strong support for the peace process in Libya and the reconstruction of the country, adding that Libya is an important economic and commercial market for Tunisia, and vice versa.
December 12, 2017 13:30 UTC
The head of the Supreme Judicial Council, Mohamed Hafy, announced the solidarity of the judiciary with proposals contained in the program of the Central Bank of Libya (CBL) to deal with the economic and financial crisis. This came after a meeting of the heads of the judiciary committees, along with the head of the supreme courts, and a team from the CBL, headed by Saddiq Kabir. The announcement affirmed the support of the judicial system for the economic and financial reform program and considered it an important rescue plan. Hafy affirmed that this reform should be backed by all Libyans.
December 12, 2017 13:30 UTC
Amnesty International has accused the European governments, particularly Italy, of involvement in the torture and abuse of illegal migrants in Libya. The report said the European governments are fully aware of the “systematic” abuses of migrants and are actively supporting the Libyan authorities in stopping sea crossings and containing people in Libya. Amnesty International also expressed refusal to the cooperation between Libya and the European governments to intercept illegal immigrants at sea, warning about the consequences of such cooperation on the migrants in Libya. “The migrants are subject to arbitrary detention, torture, forced labour, extortion, and unlawful killings, at the hands of the authorities, traffickers, armed groups and militias alike.” Amnesty International claimed. It also accused Libyan Coast Guard officials of collaborating with smuggling networks, estimating that 19,452 migrants have been intercepted by the Libyan Coast Guard in 2017.
December 12, 2017 12:24 UTC
© AFP/File / by Danny KEMP | The leaders of the EU 27 are set to decide Friday whether to green light the opening of talks on a post-Brexit transition period and a future relationship between the bloc and BritainBRUSSELS - 12 December 2017: European Union leaders are set to open the next phase of Brexit talks at a summit this week, but may toughen their conditions after Britain cast doubt on whether a deal on divorce terms is binding.British premier Theresa May and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker reached a last-minute agreement Friday regarding the Irish border, Britain's divorce bill and the rights of EU migrants.The leaders of the 27 remaining countries are to decide on Friday whether to approve that deal and green light the opening of talks on a post-Brexit transition period and the bloc's future relationship with Britain.But they have been alarmed by comments by Britain's Brexit Minister David Davis in which he said that Britain would not pay the bill without a trade agreement, and that Friday's deal was a "statement of intent" rather than "legally enforceable. "European Parliament Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt said Davis's comments were "unacceptable" and a self-inflicted "own goal" for Britain as the EU would now take a tougher stance. "I have seen a hardening of the position of the council (of EU leaders) and hardening position of the parliament," Verhofstadt told reporters at the parliament in Strasbourg, France on Tuesday.The European Parliament is set to back in a vote on Wednesday the opening of the second phase of Brexit talks. MEPs will also have a final say on any Brexit deal in 2019.- 'Most difficult challenge' -With the possibility of a British backtrack in mind, the EU negotiating guidelines that leaders are set to adopt on Friday will say phase two talks can only start once the divorce commitments are "translated faithfully in legal terms. "The EU leaders will also say that talks on trade will not start until March, to give the British government time to provide "further clarity" on what it wants from the future relationship.Britain has said it will leave the EU's single market and customs union but has given no hint of a wider plan, with May's cabinet only having its first meeting on the subject next week -- a full year and a half after the June 2016 Brexit referendum.The EU guidelines will add that talks on the transition -- a period of around two years during which the bloc says Britain will have to follow EU law -- cannot start until January.The clock is ticking, as the EU says an outline deal needs to be in place by October 2018, so that the British and EU parliaments can approve it by the time Britain leaves the bloc on March 29, 2019.EU President Donald Tusk warned last week after the divorce deal that "the most difficult challenge is still ahead".- Euro reforms -The EU leaders, again without Britain, will also on Friday discuss ways to reform the euro single currency, a top priority of French President Emmanuel Macron as well as Juncker.In a draft of the "leader's agenda" to prepare the summit, Tusk said there was broad convergence among the heads of state on creating a crisis-fighting European Monetary Fund, as well as forging ahead with the banking union.But Macron's ambitions have been stymied by political uncertainty in Germany, where a weakened Chancellor Angela Merkel is still trying to form a government.Germany is especially reticent to reforming EU public spending rules or setting up a European-wide deposit insurance scheme, the last remaining pillar of the banking union.An ambition to create a European finance minister or a eurozone budget has also failed to gain traction, dealing a disappointment to Macron, while there is also debate about how who should control the monetary fund.The leaders will only debate reforms at the Friday summit, with a further discussion in June set to decide next steps.On the first day of the dinner on Thursday the leaders, together with Britain, will discuss reforming the bloc's asylum system, particularly quotas for member states to accept refugees, which Tusk called "highly divisive".The leaders will also have a signing ceremony to mark the launch of a landmark pact on boosting military cooperation -- an agreement that had for years been held up by British opposition.
December 12, 2017 12:11 UTC
Chief of staff of Tobruk-based parliament and military governor of the eastern region, Abdul Raziq Al-Nadouri, has signed a contract with US-based Keystone Strategic Advisers (KSA) to lobby for him in Washington. According to US Justice Department filing, the KSA “will provide strategic political and communications counsel to Al-Nadouri, including developing policy and foreign relations goals, and assisting in developing a democratic and multi-ethnic Libya,”Al-Nadouri is the first foreign lobbying client for the KSA. While Libya is witnessing a dire cash crisis, the year-long contract is amounted to $450,000 (around LYD 4.25 million blackmarket rate), which has been already paid in advance. The contract started on December 01. Al-Nadouri’s approach to US lobbying firms is the second by Dignity Operation commanders to improve their image to US decision makers after the human rights violations and summary executions carried out by their forces in eastern Libya.
December 12, 2017 10:18 UTC
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks at his news conference at the Russian Embassy in Washington, U.S., May 10, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri GripasMOSCOW - 12 December 2017: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday that Moscow is ready to support agreements aimed at resolving the Libya issue.During his meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Libya in the Government of National Accord Mohamed Taher Siala, Lavrov noted that Russia is ready to facilitate the implementation of agreements in every possible way, Russia's Tass news agency reported. "From the very beginning of the Libyan crisis, we have been maintaining contacts with all the political sides," Lavrov added. "We expect that as the situation stabilizes and threats to the Libyan statehood and the security of the Libyan citizens are eliminated, we will be able to boost bilateral cooperation with a united, independent and free Libya," the Russian top diplomat pointed out. "We would be very much interested to hear your assessments of the situation concerning the Libya issue, particularly in light of the upcoming meeting between representatives of the Tripoli government and the Tobruk parliament, brokered by the United Nations and expected to take place next week," Lavrov further said.
December 12, 2017 10:18 UTC