Parliament to debate Marriage Equality Bill when it reconvenes on 26 June, Joseph Muscat confirmsParliament will instantly start debating a bill to introduce gay marriage as soon as it reconvenes on 26 June, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat confirmed.Speaking on One Radio, Muscat said that Marriage Equality Bill is being polished up and will be presented for both its first and second readings as soon as Parliament reconvenes for what will be its 13th legislature since Malta’s Independence.The Marriage Equality Bill will not only legalise gay marriage but streamline marriage legislation across the board, a move that will allow husbands to adopt their wives’ surnames.“This Bill is a dream of mine and we have now been given a very strong mandate to continue improving equality in this country,” Muscat said. “My aim is for the Bill to pass into law before Parliament breaks for summer recess.”Before Parliament breaks for recess, it will also have to debate the budgets of ten public entities – namely the authorities for Planning, Occupational Health and Safety, Housing, Environment and Resources, Tourism, Lands and Embryo Protection, as well as Jobs Plus, the Water Services Corporation and the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage.Muscat said that he will request the support of the Opposition for the deadline for these bills to be extended beyond 30 June. Failing that, Parliament will hold two or three debates over a week to get the bills approved before the deadline.During his intervention, Muscat said that Malta has now gone back to a “state of normality” after a brutal election campaign.“This shows a sense of national maturity. The economy is going strong once more, and indeed the government held a number of meetings this week to attract more investment to Malta,” he said.
June 18, 2017 08:26 UTC
Saif is released into a country with at least five factional governments. Many of those who lived in a secured and peaceful Libya would long for the days they had a country worthy of its name. A freed Saif may be crucial in national dialogue, restoration of peace, national reconstruction and unity; a country with multiple governments cannot be said to be a country. Libya was prosperous and self-sufficient, today, thanks to the West, 2.5 million Libyans are in need of humanitarian aid including food. Doubtlessly, the NATO powers that sunk Libya would not want to see the country refloat under Saif; but if faced with a choice between him and the Islamic State, they may prefer the former.
June 17, 2017 17:03 UTC
A military delegation of Khalifa Haftar-led Dignity Operation visited Hun and Sokna towns to contain the tension after the killing of a young man from Jufra by Dignity Operation fighters. The delegation included the Dignity Operation Public Prosecutor and its military police commander. The delegation met with the man's family and reassured them that the crime was committed by an individual and he did not act on behalf of the armed forces, according to media sources, adding that the Public Prosecutor vowed to bring the perpetrator to justice. The young man, Abdul Adeem Al-Atshan was killed days ago by a Dignity Operation fighter in Hun after a raid on one of the farms in the town. Jufra city - particularly Hun town - has been residing on a very tense ground over the violations of Dignity Operation fighters, let alone the arrests (about over 10 were done on houses according to local sources) of many revolutionary fighters who were part of Al-Bunyan Al-Marsoos operation.
June 17, 2017 16:41 UTC
The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, has appointed a new envoy to Libya to replace Martin Kobler, according to media sources. The sources said Guterres appointed Ghassan Salame - the former Lebanese Minister of Culture from 2000 to 2003 - to be the new Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL.) Salame, as it were, will be the sixth envoy to be sent to Libya since after the revolution of 2011. The German envoy, Martin Kobler, was picked for the position in November 2015 to succeed the Spanish UN envoy Bernardino León, who was the fourth envoy succeeding Lebanese Tariq Metri (2012-2014), British Ian Martin (2011-2012) and Jordanian Abdelilah al-Khatib who was the first UN envoy to be sent to Libya in 2011.
June 17, 2017 14:37 UTC
During the meeting, Millet stressed the support of his country to all state institutions in order to help Libya reach a higher level of stability. The representative stated that the visit was a symbolic gesture that would pave the way for the return of the US ambassador to Libya. --------------------------------------------------The Libyan navy rescued 906 illegal immigrants in the Mediterranean Sea, according to spokesman Colonel Ayoub Qassem, of the Libyan navy. In a press release Qassem said the rescue operation was carried out seven miles north of Sabrata at dawn last Friday. --------------------------------------------------The Turkish Humanitarian Relief Agency announced their intention to dig a number of water wells for the revival of the city of Ubari in southern Libya.
June 17, 2017 14:26 UTC
The National Oil Corporation (NOC) said that the production of crude oil pumped by the German company Wintershall rose their output to 26 thousand barrels per day with a gradual resumption to previous production levels in the oil fields after a contractual dispute. NOC had arrived to a temporary agreement with Wintershall to resume production at the oil fields that they operate, the agreement stipulated that the German company would receive enough production contracts to cover their expenses. According to the NOC, the agreement with Wintershall will also allow the resumption of production in other fields, after they had ceased operations due to the pipelines connecting the facilities.
June 17, 2017 14:15 UTC
The Libyan coastguard said that one of the rubber boats was holed and on the point of sinkingThe Libyan coastguard has rescued more than 900 African and Asian migrants attempting to reach Europe, AFP quotes a navy spokesman as saying on Saturday. "A coastguard patrol from Zawiya (west of Tripoli) intercepted five inflatable boats and a wooden vessel carrying 906 migrants at dawn on Friday," General Ayoub Qassem said, AFP reports.According to the report, the groups included 25 children and 98 women. Seven of the women were pregnant. "One of the rubber boats was holed and on the point of sinking, while the wooden one did not have a motor," the General said.People traffickers have exploited the chaos in Libya since a 2011 uprising toppled and killed strongman Muammar Gaddafi to boost their lucrative but deadly trade.The figures emerge as human rights agencies continue to express concern over the migrant situation in Libya. The captives’ exact location was not known, but the International Organisation for Migration said the relevant authorities had been informed.
June 17, 2017 13:07 UTC
TRIPOLI: The Libyan coastguard has rescued more than 900 African and Asian migrants attempting to reach Europe, a navy spokesman said on Saturday. “A coastguard patrol from Zawiya (west of Tripoli) intercepted five inflatable boats and a wooden vessel carrying 906 migrants at dawn on Friday,” General Ayoub Qassem said. He added that 25 children and 98 women, including seven who were pregnant, were among those rescued. “One of the rubber boats was holed and on the point of sinking, while the wooden one did not have a motor,” he said. People traffickers have exploited the chaos in Libya since a 2011 uprising toppled and killed strongman Moamer Gaddafi to boost their lucrative but deadly trade.
June 17, 2017 12:11 UTC
Saif al-Islam Ghaddafi, P.hD, London School of Economics, and the best known son of Muammar Ghaddafi was set free this week. Saif is released into a country with at least five factional governments. Many of those who lived in a secured and peaceful Libya would long for the days they had a country worthy of its name. Libya was prosperous and self-sufficient, today, thanks to the West, 2.5 million Libyans are in need of humanitarian aid including food. Owei Lakemfa, former Secretary General of African Workers is a Human Rights activist, journalist and author.
June 16, 2017 21:22 UTC
The University of Mohamed al- Senussi is one of the most ancient, prestigious and popular universities in the Arab world. It’s the second university established in Libya and the first of its specialization in the systematic teaching of Islamic studies. The three faculties were incorporated into one as an Arabic language faculty and the university was named The Islamic Bayda university before being disbanded and students were forced to finish their course in the law faculty of Benghazi university. King Senussi dedicated the university with great interest and respect to its staff and students. Anyone who exposes to the university, its students, its teachers or its curricula will find himself facing the royal court.
June 16, 2017 13:52 UTC
Car bomb in Ajdabiya injures twoBy Libya herald reporter. Ajdabiya, 16 June 2017:Two men were injured, one seriously, when an explosive device blew up in a car in Ajdabiya last night. One of the injured is reported to be Makki Absit Al-Zwai, the brother of Mohamed Absit Al-Zwai, commander of the Libyan National Army’s 21st border guard brigade. According to a source in the town, the cause of the explosion was a bomb being placed underneath the vehicle. Three months later, another brother who is also a member of the brigade, Omar, was abducted but then released by militants.
June 16, 2017 13:30 UTC
The United Nations migration agency says it's "deeply concerned" about some 260 Somali and Ethiopian migrants allegedly held and mistreated by criminal gangs in Libya, saying it believes that a harrowing video of them posted on social media is authentic. The International Organization for Migration today noted the video posted June 9 on Facebook in which "hundreds of emaciated and abused Somalis and Ethiopians are seen huddled fearfully in a concrete room." The IOM says a Somali journalist based in Turkey recorded the video call from the gang in which some migrants claimed to have been beaten. The agency says some captives' relatives had received videos asking them to pay $8,000-$10,000 "or their child or relative will be killed." (This article has not been edited by DNA's editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
June 15, 2017 17:37 UTC
Bogdanov promises Kobler that Russia will continue to work for Libya settlement; to meet Thinni in Moscow this weekBy Libya Herald reporter. Tunis, 15 June 2017:Russia’s deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov has told outgoing UN special envoy to Libya Martin Kobler that Moscow intends to continue to work with all sides in Libya to find a solution to its political crisis. The promise came during a farewell phone call yesterday from Kobler to Bogdanov at which he thanked the Russians for their support for UNSMIL’s attempts to bring peace to the country. Moscow, though, while recognising the PC, does not recognise its government of national accord on the basis that it has not been approved by the House of Representatives. It continues to recognise the Thinni administration as Libya’s legitimate government.
June 15, 2017 17:03 UTC
Libyan lost asset recovery needs strong Libyan government: UN reportBy Sami Zaptia. The conclusions were made in the 299-page UN Libya Experts Panel report 2017 released in the first week of June. The payment from the Tunisian account of Adena Way to Aurelius was preceded by a payment from a Libyan company to Adena Way. ‘‘The Panel has viewed additional documentation allegedly confirming the presence of Libyan assets in South Africa. He described reports on ‘hidden Libyan assets’ in Africa as “mirages”.
June 15, 2017 16:52 UTC