The Head of the Presidential Council (PC) Fayez Al-Sirraj called on the European Union (EU) to remove Libya from the list of money laundering and terrorism financing countries. Al-Sirraj also said that a Libyan economic and financial delegation will discuss the matter with EU officials to showcase Libya's commitment to the fighting of money laundering and terrorism funding. Mogherini told Al-Sirraj of the EU's support for the efforts of the Head of the UNSMIL Ghassan Salame and his current work to hold a Libyan National Conference and then elections. She also said the EU backs up Al-Sirraj's stance regarding the current military escalation in southern Libya, saying oilfields should be under the oversight of the PC's government and the National Oil Corporation." In the meantime, Al-Sirraj called on the EU to lift the ban on Libyan flights in the European airspace.
February 16, 2019 18:56 UTC
Attendees of the meeting of Libyan revolutionaries, held in Tripoli on Saturday under the slogan "Together for building a civil state," formed a new political party named "Libyan National Assembly" with a military arm called "Military Command." The deputy head of the new party, Ghazi Ismaiel said their current foundation statement is a reiteration of the previous statement they issued in Al-Zawiya city on December 29, 2018. The statement says that Libya's status quo is caused by the military coup of 2014, referring to Khalifa Haftar's Dignity Operation. "We are in support for the constitutional declaration until all the current failing bodies are out of the political scene. Then, we can form new bodies based on consensus taken from the Libyan Monarchy until the new constitution is approved."
February 16, 2019 18:11 UTC
TRIPOLI - Eight years after the revolt in Libya against Moamer Kadhafi's authoritarian regime, a modern and democratic state remains a distant dream in a country which has been sliding from crisis to crisis. Post-Kadhafi Libya has remained a battleground, both on the terrain and in politics, between a myriad of rival militias and political factions operating with impunity. "The political and military divides... are deepening and efforts to bring rival constituencies to the table have thus far failed," said Claudia Gazzini, an analyst with the International Crisis Group. The vacuum has been exploited by unscrupulous people traffickers taking full advantage of the migration crisis. Emad Badi, a Libyan analyst, warned that "current developments are conducive to escalation and actors' military confrontation rather than dialogue".
February 16, 2019 15:45 UTC
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed Moscow's intention to organize a comprehensive Libyan dialogue involving various parties to the conflict in Libya. Zakharova denied encountering any faltering in its contacts with the parties in Libya; saying the crisis can only be solved through a broad dialogue involving all parties, to ensure a compromise language and advance towards building state institutions, according to Sputnik Russian news agency.
February 16, 2019 12:33 UTC
Militiamen have kidnapped a group of Tunisian workers near the Libyan capital Tripoli, demanding Tunis release a comrade, the foreign ministry and a rights activist said. "The foreign ministry is following the case of the Tunisian citizens... kidnapped by armed Libyan elements near Zawiya", the ministry said on its Facebook page late Friday. Rights activist Mustapha Abdelkebir said the armed group behind Thursday's kidnappings was demanding the release of one of its members held in Tunisia. The kidnap victims were workers at Zawiya oil refinery, Tunisian media said. Tunisia reopened a consulate in Libya in 2018, after shutting it three years earlier due to the kidnapping of 10 Tunisian diplomats.
February 16, 2019 11:37 UTC
The US Deputy State Department spokesman, Robert Palladino said the United States is concerned over the continuing tensions in southern Libya, which has prolonged the closure of vital oil fields and deprived the Libyans of the country's major economic resource. In a statement Thursday, Palladino called on all parties for the prompt elaboration of a joint security arrangement to ensure the safety of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) workers and allow the resumption of oil production in Sharara field as soon as possible. He also called for these vital resources to remain under the supervision and control of the NOC and the Presidential Council's government, as stipulated in the UN Security Council resolutions.
February 16, 2019 11:37 UTC
Interior Minister Fathi Pashaga has held talks in Washington with FBI senior officials on capacity development for the Libyan Interior Ministry officers in combating terrorism. The talks, held last Wednesday, also covered money laundry and drug crimes, in addition to cooperation in forensic examinations and organized crime. The American side expressed its readiness to provide assistance through conducting training courses for the security sector personnel, according to the Information Office of the Ministry of Interior.
February 16, 2019 10:07 UTC
Tunisian foreign minister Khemaies JhinaouiTUNIS, Feb 16 (MENA) - Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui asserted to his Libyan counterpart Mohamed Taher Siala the need to work to ensure the safety of Tunisian nationals who were kidnapped in Libya, state news agency TAP reported.The Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicated that it is closely monitoring the situation of Tunisian nationals working in Libya who were kidnapped on Thursday morning by Libyan armed elements in the outskirts of the city of Zaouïa.Jhinaoui said that the Tunisian Consulate in Tripoli is also continuing its contacts with the competent Libyan authorities in order to "put an end to this crisis without delay".
February 16, 2019 09:56 UTC
13 of the 21 Christians massacred by the jihadists in Sirte in 2015 were from town of El-Aour, in Upper Egypt. "Crossing Upper Egypt does not seem to be in a majority Muslim country," observes the German writer Martin Mosebach to the Christian Post, after visiting El-Aour. He spoke with relatives and relatives of workers killed by ISIS, who reported stories of miracles resulting from the faith and sacrifice of their martyrs. Mosebach collected the testimonies and drafted a book entitled "The 21 - A Journey to the Land of Coptic Martyrs". One such episode regards one the son of one of the Coptic martyrs.
February 16, 2019 08:15 UTC
Coptic Martyrs beheaded in Libya, source of faith and miracles13 of the 21 Christians massacred by the jihadists in Sirte in 2015 were from town of El-Aour, in Upper Egypt. "Crossing Upper Egypt does not seem to be in a majority Muslim country," observes the German writer Martin Mosebach to the Christian Post, after visiting El-Aour. He spoke with relatives and relatives of workers killed by ISIS, who reported stories of miracles resulting from the faith and sacrifice of their martyrs. Mosebach collected the testimonies and drafted a book entitled "The 21 - A Journey to the Land of Coptic Martyrs". One such episode regards one the son of one of the Coptic martyrs.
February 16, 2019 08:15 UTC
But, do Canadian politicians also pursue regime change abroad to be cheered on by the dominant media as decisive leaders? After being criticized for its China policy, the Liberals have been widely praised for their regime change efforts in Venezuela. CIC’s post “Lima Group” meeting forum was co-sponsored with the Canadian Council of the Americas, which is led by Barrick Gold, Kinross, ScotiaBank, KPMG and SNC Lavalin. supporting regime change in Venezuela, there is little downside for the Liberals to push an issue they believe boosts their international brand. Canadians need to reflect on a political culture in which governing parties encourage regime change abroad with an eye to their domestic standing.
February 16, 2019 04:41 UTC
MONTREAL — A former SNC-Lavalin executive and his lawyer had obstruction of justice charges against them stayed Friday on the grounds it took too long to bring the case to trial. MONTREAL — A former SNC-Lavalin executive and his lawyer had obstruction of justice charges against them stayed Friday on the grounds it took too long to bring the case to trial. Bebawi and Kyres were charged with obstruction of justice in 2014. Cournoyer wrote that even after the Jordan ruling, the case against Bebawi and Kyres "remained forgotten" for more than 11 months. The remaining case against Bebawi stems from the same Project Assistance investigation that led to charges against SNC-Lavalin in 2015.
February 15, 2019 23:03 UTC
The committee invited Wilson-Raybould but she did not show up. The budget bill was not the only time Wilson-Raybould snubbed the Senate's legal and constitutional affairs committee. Joyal said Wilson-Raybould "systematically" refused repeated invitations to testify, even though the committee offered to be flexible on the timing to accommodate the minister's schedule. "We're having a great deal of difficulty scheduling the minister's appearance before our committee," Boisvenu remarked during an Oct. 3 committee meeting. Wilson-Raybould has appeared before the Senate on other bills, notably those on medical assistance in dying and legalization of cannabis.
February 15, 2019 22:30 UTC
Reuters An ISIS video released in February 2015 shows 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians at a beach in Libya moments before they were beheaded. that has led to them being hailed as martyrs by the Coptic Church. The Coptic Church – with its 1,400-year history unruptured by Reformations and schisms – has preserved this notion of truth unsullied. Consequently, says Mosebach, Coptic Christianity is a spiritual time capsule, which has preserved for the Western church an image of the early church. 'The 21: A Journey into the Land of the Coptic Martyrs' is published in the UK by Plough Publishing, £18.99.
February 15, 2019 15:33 UTC
Trudeau said the conversations were appropriate given the economic effects of a conviction for a company that employs thousands of people at home and abroad. He said all those talks led to the fall conversation where Wilson-Raybould asked whether Trudeau would be directing her to take a particular decision, particularly whether to strike a remediation deal to let the company pay a fine and bypass criminal charges. Which is why Jody Wilson-Raybould asked me if I was directing her, or going to direct her, to take a particular decision and I, of course, said no, that it was her decision to make and I expected her to make it. "If Scott Brison had not stepped down from cabinet, Jody Wilson-Raybould would still be minister of justice and attorney general," Trudeau said. For her part, Wilson-Raybould has cited solicitor-client privilege when asked to speak publicly on the matter.
February 15, 2019 15:11 UTC