Libya coastguards rescue 125 illegal migrants on a rubber boat off Al-Zawiya shores. The migrants were from African countries and only two were from Bangladesh, media office of the Libyan Coast Guard reported, adding that there were women and children among the migrants. It added that the migrants were sent to Tripoli Naval Base, where they received humanitarian and medical assistance before being taken to Tajoura migrants’ detention center.
March 10, 2018 16:18 UTC
Al-Feel (elephant) oil field remains closed despite the announcement of the Petroleum Facilities Guard of reaching an agreement with the guards to reopen the field, Reuters reported. The news agency quoted an engineer working in the field as saying that some of the staff returned to the field on Wednesday in preparation for resuming work, however, the operating process is still pending. Al-Feel oil field, which produces 70 thousand barrels per day, was closed on February 23 after the withdrawal of the guards, to protest the delay in the payment of their salaries.
March 10, 2018 15:45 UTC
Local residents in Mizda and Shiqiqah towns in Nafousa Mountain held a protest in front of the Mizda hospital on Thursday to demand the Ministry of Health to reject the resignation of Dr. Ali al-Kabbashi from his position as director of the hospital. The protesters urged the Ministry of Health to provide the necessary support to the hospital as being the only general hospital in the region. The hospital has proved very successful in the past period in performing the highest rate of surgery compared to other public hospitals. Dr. Ali al-Kabbashi submitted his resignation on the backdrop of the failure to provide the hospital with the necessary support, which had its negative effect on the performance of the hospital, in addition to the inability to pay the salaries of its staff.
March 10, 2018 14:37 UTC
The Belgian government has denied reports of the disappearance of 10 billion dollars of Libyan frozen funds in Belgium under mysterious circumstances. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Didier Reynders, confirmed that the information published by the Le Vif weekly magazine was fake news, insisting that the Libyan assets are safe and secure. The Belgian minister expressed his regret for using misinformation by some parliamentarians in his country to denigrate Belgium in front of the international community amid its willingness to present its candidature for the non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council.
March 10, 2018 14:03 UTC
The Commander of the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) of the Presidential Council, Idris Boukhmada, has warned all members of PFG against committing any act that might cause disruption of work in the oil fields and ports. In a statement on Friday, the PFG demanded its members to continue work in securing the fields and facilities, and not to make any statements in the media under any circumstances, criticizing the calls for protests and insubordination. The statement accused who carry out what it described such "shameful acts" of tampering with the only source of income in Libya and uses it as a means of blackmail or as a means of pressure to meet their demands, which will have disastrous consequences on the state. It also stressed that their demands can be effectively promoted through institutionalized procedures in accordance with the laws and regulations in force in Libya.
March 10, 2018 13:18 UTC
The Libyan citizen Hussein Zayet has uncovered details on how he succeeded to leave Saudi Arabia, denying to be sought by any country or having links with terrorism. In a statement, Zayet revealed that he managed to escape with the help of Saudi friends who helped him flee the Saudi territory before arriving at Misrata International Airport, via Istanbul. Zayet stressed that he intends to file a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia to clarify the fate of the remaining detainees, holding the Saudi authorities responsible for their safety. The Saudi Interior Ministry arrested two Libyan nationals, Mahmud Ben Rajab and Mohammed Al-Khadrawi, last June at Jeddah International Airport after performing Umrah. Zayet managed to escape them and take refuge in the Libyan Consulate in Jeddah where he had stayed there for several months.
March 10, 2018 12:56 UTC
Some Libya returnees from Edo state have revealed that some of the returnees have gone back to the North African country preferring to die there than being frustrated by Nigerian authorities. The returnees advised the International Organization of Migration, IOM, the European Union and other humanitarian agencies not to partner with the Nigerian Government in sending aide to them. They also hinted that more Nigerians would continue to flee to Libya in spite of the sufferings and torture associated with such trips. They said projects routed through the Nigerian Government hardly ever get to the intended beneficiaries. “My candid advice to IOM and EU is that if you want to spend money on returnees, do not partner with the Nigerian government.
March 10, 2018 07:07 UTC
If there is any project you have for the returnees, please do it fast. Other returnees expressed frustration at the government, saying most of the procedures for reintegration are often hijacked. On her part, the representative of the NCFRMI said; “ There is an SOP – Standard Operating Procedure for handling returnees. Irregular migration along the Central Mediterranean route is increasingly dangerous for migrants. Although many of them have been assisted to return home, many are still stuck in terrible detention facilities in Libya.
March 10, 2018 00:00 UTC
The bodies of 21 Christians infamously beheaded on the Libyan coast in February 2015 are to be returned to their families three years after their deaths, according to the persecution website World Watch Monitor. The families of the 20 Egyptian Copts and one Ghanian Christian requested the remains be returned to them after an initial plan had been to bury them all in a single coffin. Youtube - World Watch Monitor The church at al-Our, dedicated to the 2015 martyrs. The 21 men were found close to where they were executed on a beach in the coastal city of Sirte. Permission for the vast new church at al-Our, to honour the dead, was granted by Egyptian president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.
March 09, 2018 16:52 UTC
FILE PHOTO: People take the ferry to visit the Liberty State Island, with Lower Manhattan in the background, in New York, U.S., August 17, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: Central Park above the southern portion of the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., November 2, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File PhotoBERLIN - 9 March 2018: The United States is missing out on a global boom for tourism, hurt by a so-called Trump slump and currency exchange rates, travel industry experts said at a gathering in Berlin this week.While U.S. President Donald Trump maintains that the travel ban blocking visitors from nations including Iran, Libya and Syria is needed to protect the United States from Islamic militants, the bans have raised concerns over America’s image as a welcoming country, with data showing a decline in tourist numbers last year.International arrivals to the United States were down 4 percent in the first three quarters of 2017, Trump’s first year in office, according to the most recent data available from the United States.By comparison, international tourism arrivals worldwide in 2017 were up 7 percent, representing the strongest result in seven years, figures from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) show.“Politics is not helping us,” said Tilo Krause-Duenow, owner of German tour operator CANUSA, which specializes in trips to North America.“The potential for the U.S. could be much bigger. Prices have come down due to the currency weakening and we should have seen a much bigger increase in demand,” he told Reuters at the ITB travel fair in Berlin.German market researcher Gfk says that bookings from Germany to the United States are down 20 percent for the 2018 summer season, though it said this could be down to factors such as last year’s hurricane season and foreign exchange rates as well as the Trump effect.Flight bookings to the United States fell 2 percent in 2017 and were flat in the first two months of 2018, a report by travel analysis company ForwardKeys showed this week. The report cited a weaker British pound, which makes it more expensive for Britons to travel abroad, and Trump’s travel ban.America’s hopes of improving its reputation as a foreigner-friendly destination look to have been dented further this week, with Trump’s imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs on Thursday raising fears of an international trade war.SPENDING POWERNew York had initially predicted a decline in international visitors by 300,000 for 2017 after Trump took office but now expects a smaller decline of about 100,000 to roughly 12.6 million.“We’re still concerned because it takes the spending power of four domestic travelers to equal the spending power of one international traveler,” said Christopher Heywood, spokesman for New York City’s official tourism organization NYC & Company.One area of optimism is ForwardKeys data showing that international forward bookings to the United States from within the Americas over the next six months are up 7 percent, but bookings from elsewhere have crept up by only 0.5 percent.Some travel operators, however, say the concerns are overblown.Arnaud Devanlay, of Evaneos, a website that offers tailor-made tours, said people had been concerned in the early part of last year but then decided to travel anyway.“They’re visiting a country, not a government,” he said.Delta Air Lines’ (DAL.N) sales director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, meanwhile, says that recent weakness in the dollar will help to lift demand.“People want to go where they get the most for their money, where they feel safe and there’s exciting things to see,” Delta’s Bob Hannah said.“And Trump’s not going to stop that.”Reporting by Maria Sheahan, and editing by David Goodman
March 09, 2018 14:37 UTC
A suicide can bomber struck checkpoint 60 in southern Ajdabiya on Friday, local sources reported. The sources said a group of fighters from Brigade 152 of Dignity Operation were on duty when the bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into the checkpoint, leaving at least three fighters wounded. A Sudanese national who was stopped by the guards prior to the explosion was also wounded, the sources added. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but it bore the hallmarks of Daesh (ISIS).
March 09, 2018 14:15 UTC
(Photo: AFP)President Trump’s decision to participate in a summit with North Korean despot Kim Jong Un is a dangerous idea. If it works, and Trump actually succeeds in beginning the denuclearization of North Korea, he will be far worthier of the Nobel Peace Prize than Barack Obama ever was. More: Trump, North Korea and nuclear weapons: Should presidents alone decide? Sanctions are biting deeply in North Korea, and China is clearly fed up with its bizarre ally. Trump and Kim could surprise us all and begin the process of removing nuclear weapons from North Korea.
March 09, 2018 12:56 UTC
Khalifa Haftar’s self-styled General Command has ordered all African nationals from the neighboring countries to leave Libya by March 17, warning them (the Africans) not to join what it described “the militias” to undermine stability and security in the south. In a brief statement, the General Command, which is only functioning in the east and part of the south, threatened to use all the available military means – land and air - to deport them. The statement also called south elders to lift social protection on anyone who harbors or helps any African national.
March 09, 2018 09:22 UTC
Back in November 2013, four Euroclear Bank accounts belonging to the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) and its subsidiary Libyan Foreign Investment Company (LFICO) in Bahrain and Luxembourg, contained some €16.1bn in frozen assets. Read more“There remains a little less than 5 billion euros on the four accounts opened at Euroclear Bank SA,” Denis Goeman, a spokesman from Brussels’ prosecutor’s office told the Belgian publication. Those assets have been frozen since March 2011 in accordance with the UNSC resolution 1973. According to the paper, there are many “indications” that Belgium failed to comply with UN regulations governing asset freezes on certain Libyan accounts in local banks. Euroclear Bank also confirmed paying monthly dividends from the four frozen assets.
March 09, 2018 05:03 UTC
Al Qaeda found in the mayhem that engulfed many Arab countries following the 2011 revolutions propitious conditions for recruitment establishing branches in Syria and Libya. Today, a look at the civil wars in Libya, Syria and Yemen show that Al Qaeda terrorist group has gained ground as a key player in these wars. Bruce Hoffman, in an analysis on The Council of Foreign Relations, sums up the success of the restructuring of Al Qaeda in three strategic decisions by Zawahiri. Such strategic decisions spared Al Qaeda the wrath of the global coalition to combat terrorism, which were more focused on destroying ISIS. The terrorist group found means to survive through setting up branches in poorly governed and conflict stricken areas.
March 09, 2018 02:37 UTC