He quoted Guma El-Gamaty, the head of the Head of Taghyeer Party in Libya, who said: “Libyans fought and died fighting Islamic State in Sirte. It is insensitive to talk about those bodies as if they are some obstacle to British businessmen enjoying beer and sunbathing. “The very least he should do is to apologise to the families of the young men who died.”But the Foreign Secretary remained unrepentant. He said: “I think by far the best thing that this government and this house can do is get behind the plan that this government is promoting to bring security to Libya, security to Sirte and that would do honour to all those who fell fighting Da’esh in Libya. Yes, the same Boris Johnson who joked about dead bodies"
October 17, 2017 11:03 UTC
Libyan human rights and political activist, Emadeddin Muntasser, has officially requested the US government to investigate war crimes committed by its citizens in Libya. Muntasser explained that this complaint is the first step in a multi-pronged legal action against war criminals in the US, urging victims and witnesses of war crimes to support the complaint with evidence. In August, Muntasser filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court accusing Haftar of orchestrating war crimes. Warlord Khalifa Haftar was one of dictator Gaddafi’s regime forces. Evidence is mounting against the renegade General for war crimes in eastern Libya.
October 17, 2017 09:22 UTC
Experts warn the Rohingya refugee crisis and the strain on resources will push more disaffected Bangladeshis to attempt risky journeys in a bid to make their fortunes elsewhere. Like Hossain, tens of thousands of are travelling from the South Asian nation to Libya to make the perilous boat trip to Italy. Three hours after the 30-foot (10-metre) plastic vessel had set off from Libya, it broke down and started to sink. One Bangladeshi youth was crushed to death in the rush and other passengers jumped into the sea, never to be seen again. Sikder added traffickers’s use rare success stories of migrants who have reached Europe to lure tens of thousands of others to follow suit.
October 17, 2017 08:26 UTC
The boat is going down," he says, adding that there are around 100 children on board. "Call Malta," the Italians reply.But Valletta insists Rome should deal with the emergency because the boat at this point is only 60 miles off the Italian island of Lampedusa. "I called the Libra on channel 16 (reserved for emergencies) so many times, but nobody answered. "Back at the command centres, Valletta and Rome are at loggerheads. All operations are still coordinated by Italy, which continues to host thousands of new arrivals, but is trying to stop migrant departures from Libya.
October 17, 2017 04:52 UTC
Women in the Middle East now outnumber men in universities but this isn’t translating into jobs – curbing the benefits of the “demographic dividend” that fuels economic growth. The demographic dividend refers to an acceleration of economic growth as the working-age population expands relative to the non-working-age. But without enough women, its impact will be muted in the Middle East, experts say. In parts of the Middle East, change is already happening. “Without a greater and equitable engagement of women, the demographic dividend will remain an elusive objective,” it said.
October 17, 2017 03:56 UTC
The Head of the dialogue committee of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) Abdelsalam Nesiya, announced Monday evening that they had suspended their participation in the negotiations in Tunisia at the UNSMIL's headquarters. Earlier before the statement, the HoR members departed the meeting in Tunis and headed to their residence, where they held a closed meeting to the issues among them. Amna Emtir, a member of the HCS's dialogue committee, said the dispute between them and the HoR's committee was over guarantees for forming the government, as their team called for solid confirmation that the formation of the government won't be subject to any political agenda. The second round of the Libyan dialogue session kicked off on Sunday in order for the HoR and HCS committee members to further discuss the first round results. The first round, meanwhile, saw the committee members from both sides come to terms regarding a new Presidential Council with only three members and a separate government, all as part of Ghassan Salame's action plan, which he announced on September 20.
October 16, 2017 20:48 UTC
UN chief Antonio Guterres put forward four options to back up a regional anti-jihadist force, including setting up a UN support office in the Sahel and sharing resources from the 13,000-strong peacekeeping mission in MaliUNITED NATIONS (UNITED STATES) – 16 October 2017:UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday that Africa's Sahel region was descending into all-out violence and said the United Nations must help the region confront the threat from Islamist militants.In a report to the Security Council obtained by AFP, Guterres said the United Nations and other donors should shore up a regional force set up by Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.The situation in the Sahel is "extremely concerning," Guterres said in the report released just days before Security Council ambassadors travel to the region for talks on the security crisis. "The international community remains confronted with a continuous downward spiral into another cycle of widespread violence despite important efforts," he said.Guterres warned that without urgent action "the stability of the entire region, and beyond, is in jeopardy, leaving millions of people at risk of violence," a development he described as a "disastrous scenario. "The vast Sahel region has turned into a hotbed of violent extremism and lawlessness since chaos engulfed Libya in 2011, the Islamist takeover of northern Mali in 2012 and the rise of Boko Haram in northern Nigeria.Four US soldiers were killed this month in an ambush while on a joint patrol with Nigerien troops near the Mali border, an attack thought to be carried out by a regional affiliate of the Islamic State group.- UN options -The UN chief put forward four options to back the force, including setting up a United Nations support office in the Sahel and sharing resources from the 13,000-strong peacekeeping mission in Mali.The report will undoubtedly be welcomed by France, which has been lobbying hard for UN backing for the Sahel force, but the United States has resisted calls for funding.The estimated budget for the force's first year of operations was estimated at 423 million euros ($499 million), but so far only 108 million euros have been raised.The G5 countries have pledged 10 million euros each, the European Union is giving 50 million and France eight million euros. A donors' conference will be held in December in Brussels.Guterres said the risks of not supporting the Sahel force "vastly outweigh the risks of supporting it, given the magnitude of the challenges facing the Sahel region. "The UN chief stressed that there was a risk of human rights abuses during the counter-terror operations because many of the armed groups in Mali are entrenched in the population.A UN presence, he argued, could help reduce harm to civilians.UN Security Council ambassadors will travel to Mali, Burkina Faso and Mauritania from Thursday to meet with leaders and discuss plans for the deployment of the force.The council is expected to discuss the report during a meeting on peace and security in Africa on October 30.
October 16, 2017 19:52 UTC
The Tripoli-based Special Deterrent Force (SDF) has arrested an individual named Al-Mabrouk Ehnish, whom it said is the commander of an armed group that entered Wershiffana district days ago. The SDF added Monday on its Facebook page that Ehnish was caught with a Sudanese national named Emam Al-Faqi, and both were attempting to grip control of Tripoli's entrances. "The armed group plotted to control Tripoli's entrances in accordance with some inner armed groups in the capital, but security and military forces in the capital took the war to their field and thwarted their scheme." Before entering Wershiffana, the armed group led by the now-behind-bars Ehnish clashed with security forces in Gharyan before it had positioned itself in Al-Aziziya in one of the camps, the SDF added. "The armed group includes 120 mercenaries from Sudanese Justice and Equality Rebel Movement."
October 16, 2017 19:30 UTC
Ahly Handball team, AhlyEgypt.comCAIRO – 16 October 2017: The Ahly and Zamalek handball teams flew to Tunisia on the same plane for the African Handball Champions League in Hammamet, Tunisia. The championship runs from October 20 through October 30.Zamalek plays in Group B along with Red Star from Ivory Coast, Widad Smara from Morocco, Al-Ittihad from Libya, and Phoenix from Gabon.Zamalek manager, Magdi Abo El Magd’s chosen squad for the tournament consists of Hassan Yousri, Ahmed Al-Ahmar, Mohamed Abdel Salam, Hisham El-Sobki, Mustafa Tamer, Mostafa El Sayed, Karim Ayman, Ali Hisham, Mohamed Ali Abdel Muttalib, Yehia Khaled, Ali Hazem, Mohamed Ramadan, Alaa Emad, Mohamed Alaa, Mahmoud Khalil, Akram Yusri, Wissam Samy and Massoud Barkos.Al-Ahly plays in Group C alongside Al Ahly Tripoli from Libya, HC OKA from Congo, FANZ HB from Cameroon and the host team, AS Hammamet.Ahly manager, Assem Hammad’s chosen squad for the tournament consists of Hadi Refaat, El Sayed Mohamed, Mohamed Essam, Mohamed Abdel Wareth, Mohamed Ibrahim, Omar Haggag, Mostafa Khalil, Mamdouh Taha, Amr El Kalioubi, Mahmoud Zaki, Mahmoud Fayez, Omar El Wakil, Mahmoud Assem, Ahmed Hossam, Ibrahim El Masry, Islam Hassan, Ahmed Abdel Rahman and Abdel Hamid El Sayed.
October 16, 2017 18:00 UTC
The strategy has paid off at the polls, boosting backers of Britain's move to leave the European Union and helping put a far-right candidate into the final round of France's presidential elections. On Sunday, the right-wing Freedom Party received more than a quarter of the vote in Austria's parliamentary elections, putting it in a strong position to join the next government. Whereas such tactics might previously have earned the Freedom Party and even Kurz a rebuke from other European countries, there was little outside criticism this time. The move — intended to diffuse growing anti-migrant sentiment that could play into the hands of more populist and right-wing parties heading into Italian elections expected by spring — has succeeded in reducing the number of new arrivals. "The Freedom Party wasn't weakened by this, it was made stronger," said Koschmieder.
October 16, 2017 18:00 UTC
Continued political and military fragmentation in Libya is allowing for the regrouping of ISIS in the country after it was largely defeated in 2016, Walid Namane, an independent analyst, and North Africa expert has said. While officials declared absolute victory against the terrorist group after kicking them out of their stronghold in Sirte, there are signs that hundreds of ISIS militants are regrouping in nearby areas. On Oct. 4, three ISIS militants launched a suicide attack against a courthouse in Misrata, killing two security guards, a prosecutor, and a fourth person. However, a sustainable settlement to the political and governance crisis in Libya at all levels could diminish chances of the group surviving. Following the toppling of Gaddafi’s dictatorship in 2011, Libya has been rendered ungovernable by a slew of militias that are the real power on the ground.
October 16, 2017 17:03 UTC
Omar El Hariri [Photo: Wikipedia]Omar El Hariri [Photo: Youtube]Omar El Hariri [Photo: Archive]CAIRO – 16 October 2017: Monday marks the sixth death anniversary of the talented Egyptian actor Omar El Hariri.To celebrate his life and legacy, Egypt Today presents a profile about his career in cinema, theater and TV.Hariri was born in 1926 and graduated from the High Institute of Theater in 1947. As a child, he participated in the well-known film “Salama fy Kher.”Straight out of school, Hariri continued his career on the stage of the National Theater and Youssef Wahby’s theater. The play “El Gheerah” [Jealousy] (1948) was his first stage role.Hariri also performed a number of successful shows, such as “Enahom Yaqtelon El Hemeer” [They are Killing Donkeys] and “Masraa’ Cleopatra” [Cleopatra’s Death].In 1950, he acted in his first major cinema role in “Avokato Madeha” [Madeha, the Lawyer].Hariri travelled to Libya and established the National Theater there in 1968. After lecturing about theater and arts in Libya until 1976, Hariri returned to Egypt and enriched Egyptian cinema and TV with a number of remarkable roles.El Hariri performed in 180 films, 85 TV series, and 32 plays.“El Wad Sayed El Shaghal” [Sayed, the Servant Boy], “Sokkar Hanem” [Lady Sokkar], “Saken Osady” [My Neighbor], “El Banat” [The Girls], “Omar El Mokhtar” and “Maweed Maa’ El Hayah” [Appointments with Life] are some of his most beloved works.Hariri passed away in 2011 at the age of 86.
October 16, 2017 14:26 UTC
The Information Office of Mitiga International Airport has announced that flights to and from the airport resumed to normal as of noon today. The Information Office announced earlier that all flights were to be stopped suddenly until further notice, indicating that there was no transfer of flights to Misrata airport or any other airport. The source of the gunfire was from the district of Ghararat, which is situated south of the airport. The airport administration decided to temporarily stop all flights until calm was restored in the area for the safety of passengers and aircraft crews. The Special Deterrence Force stormed Ghararat and arrested a notorious drug dealer last night.
October 16, 2017 14:15 UTC
He added that Colonel Dersi managed to escape the assassination and he is now working as normal at his office. Earlier, environmental activist in Sirte, Saleh Drayagh, confirmed that the two bronze statues of the Philaeni brothers in Sultan town were stolen two years ago. According to a military source, the trucks were transferred to Qatrun town to take the legal measures needed. The participants discussed the repercussions of Sabratha events and its consequences on the stability of the security situation in the city. Following the meeting, Al- Farouq and Al-Kilani brigades announced their dissolution and handover of their weapons to the Defense Ministry of the Presidential Council.
October 16, 2017 13:52 UTC
A military battalion in the southern region has seized nine large trucks at the area of Bir near Alweig district on the border with Chad. The trucks were loaded with around 280 tons of smuggled flour, in addition to other food subsidies and were on the way to Chad when seized. According to a military source, the trucks were transferred to Qatrun town to take the legal measures needed.
October 16, 2017 13:52 UTC