The Libyan government has issued veterinary health certificates for Irish cattle exports to the north-African country, it was announced today, Friday November 30. The agreement between the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, and the Libyan National Center of Animal health, will allow for the export of breeding, fattening and slaughter cattle. This will mean an end to the previous system of health checks, were animals were certified on a load-by-load basis. The two countries also reached an agreement whereby the age of cattle that could be exported will be raised from 24 to 30 months, meaning exporters can sell a wider range of animals. Creed added that the agreement with Libya is part of a department effort to find new markets for Irish products, and he also highlighted that live exports have increased by 30% this year, compared with the first 11 months of 2017.
November 30, 2018 12:22 UTC
The ministerial meeting of Libya's neighboring countries kicked off Thursday in Sudan's capital Khartoum with the aim to end the current political deadlock in the country. Attendees have all voiced commitment to support Libya to reach stability and security by an accord among all of the conflicting parties, stressing the need for national reconciliation. The Final statement of the meeting stressed on the need to preserve Libya's sovereignty and unity, rejecting any kind of foreign intervention. "There is no military solution for the Libyan crisis, peaceful solutions and national reconciliation are the only way out." It also welcomed the economic reforms in Libya as well as the security arrangements done by the Presidential Council.
November 29, 2018 17:37 UTC
The Tripoli-based Special Deterrence Force (SDF) has arrested two persons responsible for the attempt to murder the former chief of Tripoli security department. "The two persons have confessed to the murder attempt. It explained that Al-Samouie's car was found at Taher Mosque's backyard in Al-Hadba area in Tripoli, adding that the two gunmen had parked it there. "All those who have suffered a robbery during the time of the murder attempt of the former security chief should contact us." Al-Samouie - now receiving treatment in Italy - was shot in front of his house in Salah Eddine area last Sunday and offered serious injuries.
November 29, 2018 15:33 UTC
The Chinese Charge d'Affaires in Libya, Wang Qimin, said his country's companies will return to Libya once the security status in the country permits. Qimin told Kajman that China is interested in training Libyan cadres in IT, state institutions, and foreign firms security, in addition to its role in development projects in southern Libya. "We are interested in achieving stability and security in Libya." Kajman told Qimin that Libya appreciates China's role and its companies' significance in Libya's development projects. Like most foreign companies, Chines firms left Libya in 2011 due to the security status, leaving also behind many unfinished projects that are worth billions of dollars.
November 29, 2018 15:22 UTC
Chairman of the Presidential Council (PC) Fayez Al-Sarraj called on the European Union (EU) Mission to return to work with all its capabilities from within Libya, stressing the importance of partnership between Libya and the EU. This came during talks held by Sarraj in Tripoli with the Deputy Secretary-General for CSDP (Common Security and Defence Policy) in Europe, Pedro Serrano, where the two sides discussed the latest political developments in the Libyan arena and programs of security cooperation in the framework of the coordination process between the PC's government and the EU. The programs included bilateral cooperation in combating illegal immigration and supporting the implementation of security arrangements in the capital Tripoli
November 29, 2018 15:11 UTC
UNSMIL Deputy Head for Political Affairs Stephanie Williams, emphasized the Mission's commitment to ensuring the full participation of women in the National Conference. "The mission provides space for women's participation in the political process, national and local reconciliation, the electoral process, national consultations and economic reforms, Williams said in her brief before the Security Council Working Group on Women and Peace on Wednesday. Williams pointed out that the mission's efforts aim to advance the role and representation of Libyan women in all aspects of peace and security, including women perspectives and priorities in all UN programmers, building capacities were needed, and ensuring women voices are heard.
November 29, 2018 12:33 UTC
An ancient tomb containing belongings and remains, which dates back to the Roman era in the second century AD, was discovered in the area of Dogha in Tarhuna city. The Municipal Council of Tarhuna said that the new archaeological discovery goes back to more than 1,700 years, clarifying that the tomb consists of a rectangular chamber with two openings and contains three coffins made of limestone, one of them has the name of its owner, carved on it.
November 29, 2018 12:33 UTC
"I blame those who gave people work without seeing there needs and without giving them safety," Amira said. The body of Akram al-Mashay has been sent back to Libya for burial after local Libyan community leaders stepped up to fulfil the young man's wishThe 26-year-old's body will now be buried in his homeland. Many within the Libyan community thanked Al-Furtoqi for his work, as well as thanking the aviation company Medavia for their cooperation. His death has raised a national debate about health and safety standards on construction sites in Malta, and their lack of enforcement. What do you think of Maltese health and safety standards?
November 29, 2018 12:11 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is facing the “triple burden” of tackling three aspects of malnutrition — obesity, anaemia and stunting — according to a report on global nutrition released today. The 2018 Global Nutrition Report sources data from the World Bank Group, World Health Organisation, and The United Nation’s Children’s Fund (Unicef). “Malaysia is one of the very few Asian countries facing three forms of malnutrition — overweight, wasting and anemia. The report states that poor diets are among the top causes of ill health globally, accounting for nearly one in five deaths. The report states that most countries are significantly off-track in meeting all nine targets.
November 29, 2018 11:10 UTC
First gas children and then what? Such hyperbole is a prime example of the psychological condition known as Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS), a malaise marked by constant hyperventilation over the words and acts of our current president. New York Times op-ed colunist David Leonhardt wrote that Trump Derangement Syndrome doesn’t exist—it’s a myth. The media’s created a class of naive people by granting softball coverage to the previous president for eight years. If Trump lasts eight years, he’s going to do serious damage to the collective mental health of Americans.
November 29, 2018 10:52 UTC
Speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR) Abdullah Balihik said Wednesday in a briefing regarding the last two sessions of the HoR that the House has fulfilled its mandated tasks and referred the referendum law to the Electoral Commission, after the adoption of the tenth amendment and the fortification of Article VI. He also insisted that the second article of the eleventh special constitutional amendment concerning the restructuring of the executive branch, nullifies any other legislative body, stressing that the HoR is the only sovereign authority authorized to issue laws and amendments.
November 29, 2018 10:07 UTC
Libyan activists held a stand outside the Saudi embassy in London on Tuesday, to demand the release of three Libyans who were detained at Jeddah airport last year after performing Umrah. The protesters voiced their concern about the fate of the detainees, especially after the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, raising banners demanding Saudi Arabia to clarify the fate of the three Libyans. The Saudi authorities arrested the three Libyans in June 2017 on charges of terrorism without presenting any evidence and without due process of law. The protesters expressed concern that the three detainees might have faced the same fate as Khashoggi, especially since the Saudi authorities have not provided any information about them since their arrest at Jeddah airport about a year ago.
November 29, 2018 10:07 UTC
Zuwara, a coastal city on the Tunisian border, has given Ayssa a chance to start from scratch. For the last three years, dozens of Tuareg families from the inhospitable Fezzan region have been flocking to Zuwara in waves. Being the only Amazigh enclave on the Libyan littoral has turned Zuwara into a favourite destination for the displaced Tuaregs. The influx of displaced families, however, is constant. Saleh is among the very few Tuareg in the coastal town who managed to skip both the cleaning and construction sectors.
November 28, 2018 18:00 UTC
Maltese human rights groups are “strongly urging” Malta, Italy and Spain not to send 12 migrants rescued by a Spanish fishing boat back to Libya. The 14 Maltese NGOs have joined the call made by United4Med, an alliance between Open Arms, Sea Watch and Mediterranea, condemning the negotiations between Spain and Libya. The groups insisted that sending the migrants back to the north African state was a violation of international law. “Returning rescued migrants and refugees to Libya would expose them to serious human rights violations, which is a serious violation of international and European law,” the NGOs said. On Friday 12 migrants were recused by the Spanish fishing boat Nuestra Madre de Lorto and are stranded at sea as Spain negotiates their return to Libya.
November 28, 2018 08:37 UTC
DUP MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has described his 11 months as unofficial trade envoy to Libya as “a very interesting experience”. Mr Donaldson, who still acts as the UK’s trade envoy to Egypt, was replaced in June by North West Norfolk Tory MP Sir Henry Bellingham. He said he had “a watching brief” on Libyan trade matters pending the appointment of the dedicated trade envoy. Mr Donaldson described his work on Libyan markets as “a very interesting experience” and said that although he didn’t travel to Libya, he met many Libyan representatives and UK businesses involved there to discuss trade issues. “Sir Jeffrey Donaldson oversaw the country alongside his remit as trade envoy to Egypt from July 2017 until [Sir Henry] Bellingham’s appointment,” it added.
November 28, 2018 06:56 UTC