News Roundup - Tue, Nov 29, 2016

____________Some social media reported the Libyan authorities’ shutdown of the country’s border of Ras Ajdair with Tunisia. ____________A Libyan fisherman saved the lives of 120 illegal migrants who were stranded onboard a broke down dinghy 7 miles off northern Zuwara shores. ____________Al-Zueitina oil terminal said an oil vessel, Natokit, docked in it Tuesday to be laden with 1 million oil barrels. The media office of the terminal said the oil shipment will head toward China aboard the Greek-flagged tanker. He added that they included airstrikes and reconnaissance, while the international support airstrikes on Is in Sirte reached 420.

November 29, 2016 14:36 UTC

What Donald Trump's Victory Means For The New World Order

A lot has been said about Trump and what the victory means and indicates not only for America and its people, but the world and the global order itself. And, of course, his tone resonated with the white Americans, many of whom after Trump's victory have come out of the cracks and hooves of American society to announce their racist and xenophobic viewpoints. The fact that no one really knows Trump's detailed stands on any of these issues is in itself causing nervousness around the world. While Trump's victory is a signal, similar political uprisings have not been uncommon around the world over the past few years, with the rise of far-right political parties in France, Germany, The Netherlands, Austria and so on being on a steady upswing. Trump's victory is part of a global trend; however, the world's only superpower and the most dominant case for democracy going that way is something that perhaps should keep many of us up at night.

November 22, 2016 05:52 UTC

'Monkey attack' on girl sparks deadly clan clashes in Libya

Clan fighting has left at least 20 people dead in the south Libyan town of Sabha after an incident with a monkey, according to local reports. A pet monkey reportedly assaulted a schoolgirl, leading her family to seek revenge. Days of fighting followed between the Awlad Suleiman and Guedadfa clans. Casualties may be greater as the death toll is reportedly for the Awlad Suleiman group only. Some reports say the monkey may have pulled off the girl's headscarf as well as scratching and biting her.

November 21, 2016 12:18 UTC

Op-Ed: Libyan currency drops sharply causing price inflation

By By Ken Hanly 1 hour ago in World Yesterday the Libyan dinar fell more than 7 percent against the US dollar. On the black market the Libyan dinar surpassed the 6 to 1 ratio for the time time, trading at 6.2 dinars to one US dollar. The CBL argues that technically it would be illegal under Libyan law to provide the GNA with funds not approved by the HoR. The CBL argues that technically it would be illegal under Libyan law to provide the GNA with funds not approved by the HoR. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of More about Libyan dinar, Libyan Central Bank, faiez serraj More news from Libyan dinar Libyan Central Bank faiez serraj

November 21, 2016 04:34 UTC

Monkey snatching schoolgirl’s headscarf sparks clashes in Libya, leaving 16 dead – report

Four days of clashes between rival tribal militias in the Libyan city of Sabha have left at least 16 people dead and 50 injured. The violence was reportedly triggered by a monkey that snatched the headscarf off of a tribal girl. The monkey, which belonged to a shopkeeper from the Gaddadfa tribe, pulled the headwear off a schoolgirl from the Awlad Suleiman tribe who was passing by with a group of other girls, reported Reuters, citing locals. Awlad Suleiman fighters retaliated in response, killing three members of the Gaddadfa tribe along with the monkey in a wave of violence involving heavy weapons. Like other parts of the country, it remains plagued by violence amongst rival factions.

November 20, 2016 20:08 UTC

Monkey attack on girl leads to deadly clashes

BENGHAZI, Libya — Activists and medics say tribal clashes that erupted in southern Libya after three young men turned a pet monkey loose on a high school girl have killed at least 20 people. The girl’s family sought revenge after the monkey scratched and bit her last week, and killed all three men along with the animal. Abdel-Rahman Areish, the head of Sabha hospital, said 20 people have been killed and 50 wounded. Libya slid into chaos after the 2011 ouster and killing of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Much of the country is effectively ruled by a patchwork of local or tribal militias.

November 20, 2016 19:36 UTC

Three Defense Ministry personnel abducted in Tripoli

The UN-proposed government’s Defense Ministry said Saturday that three of its personnel were kidnapped in Tripoli. The three men were identified as Mousa Amroni, Fadlallah Al-Shahibi, and Ali Al-Agouri. The ministry issued a statement to confirm that it is willing to cooperate with the relevant authorities in a bid to exact the legal measures on the kidnappers. “The relevant security authorities should assume their jobs and protect the employees who work for the government.” The statement reads. “Such rumors and false news aim to create hustle and bustle in the country and deviate the public opinion into a track based on faulty information.”Media sources had previously said that gunmen stormed into Al-Shajara Hotel, where the abductees were staying, and kidnapped three people, who are reportedly close friends to the Defense Minister-designate Mihdi Al-Barghathi.

November 20, 2016 15:56 UTC

Iran optimistic ahead of OPEC meeting

TEHRAN: Iran is optimistic that OPEC can reach an agreement to cut production and improve prices, Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Saturday after meeting the cartel’s chief Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo. “There is a high possibility of OPEC’s petroleum and energy ministers reaching an agreement at the November meeting,” Zanganeh said, quoted by the ministry’s Shana news website. Details of the deal, supposed to bring in non-OPEC producers including Russia, are expected to be worked out at a formal OPEC meeting in Vienna on November 30. Shana quoted Barkindo as saying his trip to Tehran had been to seek “more cooperation from Iran in the Vienna (meeting), so that we can implement the Algiers agreement”. He said Zanganeh had assured him Iran “would spare no effort” in helping to reach a consensus.

November 20, 2016 03:31 UTC

Game changer and foreign hands

Statements regarding the involvement of a malevolent foreign hand hell bent on derailing the project have repeatedly been touted by the government. The repeated insistence of all of the province’s problems being the work of a foreign hand cannot deflect the blame regarding inefficient security measures and lack of policy making and implementation. It keeps harping that India is hell bent on derailing the CPEC project. Balohistan is not happy since the fact CPEC is Gwadar oriented, not much economic development has been there that could bring some qualitative change in the life of the Baloch people,” said ambassador Wajid. Ali added that even in terms of rationality, one cannot blame anything on a foreign hand if one himself suggests that the said hand is hidden.

November 19, 2016 23:13 UTC

12 killed in fresh clashes in Sabha city

Seven people were killed and 25 others were injured on Friday after clashes renewed in Al-Minshiya neighborhood in downtown Sabha between tribal armed groups. The clashes first erupted on Thursday, when five people were killed, which makes the total of casualties hit 12 over the last two days.

November 19, 2016 16:52 UTC

News Roundup - Sat, Nov 19, 2016

The banknotes arrived at Mitiga airport and will be distributed to all banks nationwide, according to the CBL website. ________________Five prisoners from Zintan were released from Abu Salim jail on Thursday. The spokesman of Zintan municipality Mohammed Al-Hatoush said the prisoners spent between 4 and 5 months and were arrested based on their identities. In return, Zintani brigades freed 6 people, said to be arrested based on identities, from Abu Salim. However, Gaddour was not killed, as he wasn’t in the car.

November 19, 2016 15:25 UTC

Kurdish journalists missing in Libya as fears mount over Shiite doctrine expansion

Three journalists for Update: Kurdistan’s K24 reported that the three journalists were released on Saturday without giving any further details have gone missing in Libya, the TV station announced on Saturday. The TV channel said it lost contact on Saturday with reporter Ahmed Honer, photojournalists Ahmed Dilshad and Ali Blend who travelled to Libya to produce press material for the program (Reporter without Borders). “They have travelled to Libya with the consent of the Libyan embassy in Baghdad.” It confirmed, without disclosing which airport the journalists landed. There are concerns in the Libyan society about the attempts of Iraqi and Iranian Shiite clerics to spread the doctrine in the North African country. On Thursday, the prominent Shiite cleric Yasir Al-Habib declared Libya as a prosperous land to spread Imamah (Shia doctrine), urging his followers to enhance efforts to teach Imamah to the Libyan people.

November 19, 2016 12:04 UTC

Trump fills three top posts with security, immigration hardliners

“I enthusiastically embrace President-elect Trump’s vision for ‘one America,’ and his commitment to equal justice under law,” said Sessions, a 20-year veteran of Congress. Trump described Sessions in a statement as having a “world-class legal mind.”While his picks suggest he is adhering to far-right positions, Trump made efforts to send reassuring signals about stability and continuity regarding America’s place in the world. Some US allies have been rattled by Trump’s campaign comments that questioned whether he would maintain US loyalty to joint security arrangements and free trade accords. “President-elect Trump is pleased to put this case behind him,” Trump attorney Daniel Petrocelli told reporters in San Diego. Romney had described Trump as a “fraud,” rebuking the tycoon for proposals such as banning the entry of all foreign Muslims.

November 19, 2016 05:26 UTC

November deadly for migrants crossing Mediterranean

November deadly for migrants crossing MediterraneanAt least 365 migrants drowned in the past three days in the Mediterranean in six incidents, making this November already six more times more deadly than the same month a year ago, the International Organization for Migration said on Friday. "This is really a calamity in plain sight," IOM spokesman Leonard Doyle told a news briefing in Geneva. "We are seeing really tragic scenes of rubber rafts going under the seas in the Mediterranean in the middle of winter." The latest drownings, mostly West Africans leaving Libya for Italy, bring migrant deaths in the Mediterranean so far this year to 4,636, he said. There have been 1,000 more deaths this year among roughly half as many people trying to reach Europe by sea, with some 343,589 arrivals so far this year, against 728,926 last year at this point, according to IOM figures.

November 18, 2016 13:12 UTC

About 100 migrants feared dead in Mediterranean

About 100 migrants feared dead in MediterraneanSix migrants died and up to 100 more were missing and feared dead after their rubber boat sank in the Mediterranean on Thursday, the president of the Italian unit of aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said. A British navy ship rescued 27 people and recovered six bodies about 20 miles from the coast of Libya early on Thursday morning, MSF Italy president Loris De Filippi said. The migrants were transferred to the MSF ship Bourbon Argos, one of several aid agency vessels operating in the area. Survivors told staff that another 90 to 100 people had also been on board and had died. He said MSF had no information on the nationalities of the migrants rescued on Thursday.

November 18, 2016 08:17 UTC

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