The Acting Head of the U.N. Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Raisedon Zenenga, and Tunisian Ambassador to Libya, Lassâd Laajili, convened a meeting on Monday to “exchange views on developments on the political, security and economic tracks” in the country, according to a statement by UNSMIL. Both diplomats stressed “the imperative to end the current mobilization of armed groups and agree on a path to elections as the only way out of the political impasse.”“Mr. Zenenga expressed appreciation to Tunisia for its role in promoting consensus among Libyan actors, and for supporting a Libyan-led, Libyan-owned dialogue,” said the U.N. Mission. “He also commended the Tunisian government’s ongoing support for UNSMIL.”
August 16, 2022 08:16 UTC
The fresh round of escalation between protesters in southern Libya with the central authorities follows a fuel tanker explosion Aug. 1 in the Bint Baya area of Sabha city, the capital of Fezzan province. “Angry youths may open fire on illegal trucks transporting fuel from southern Libya. In mid-July, the Libyan government in Tripoli replaced Mustafa Sanalla as the chairman of the National Oil Corporation with Farhat bin Qadara. Several Western companies, including Italy’s Eni, heavily invest in the oil sector in Libya. If the National Oil Corporation operates independently and professionally, Libya and Algeria can meet 50% of Europe's gas needs.
August 16, 2022 04:58 UTC
Cloud-based tools are at the core of modern client accounting services, and firms that hope to do well in this hot niche need to understand how to build a tech stack and leverage those solutions for efficiency, profitability, and value for clients. In this webinar, leading practitioners will share their experiences, best practices and strategies around:Picking and integrating softwareTraining staff and clientsKeeping up with new technological developments
August 16, 2022 00:40 UTC
The Last Americans Leave LibyaBut it would take 37 yearsThe Wheelus PX, from the author’s collectionWhen my family moved to Tripoli in 1954, Wheelus Air Force Base was busy and thriving. The Air Force partnered with the Royal Libyan Air Force to train Libyan pilots. Qaddafi’s coupIn 1969 the aging king left Libya for medical treatment, giving a twenty-seven-year-old named Muammar Qaddafi a perfect opening to seize power. The Americans leave WheelusBy October, 1969, tensions had escalated between the new regime and the Americans. The last Americans come home 37 years laterBut as successful as Col. James was in getting the people and equipment out of Libya in 1970, not all Americans left that day.
August 15, 2022 21:18 UTC
Libya’s outgoing prime minister, Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh, had a verbal altercation with one of his ministers during today’s cabinet meeting in Tripoli. The confrontation took place between the premier and the Minister of Environment, Ibrahim Mounir, after the latter voiced concerns about the fuel shortage crisis in Sabha and other cities of the country’s southern region. “We do not implement everything you say,” Dbeibeh berated in response. “You are a minister specialized in the environment. To which an indignant Dbeibeh responded by accusing Mounir of “moral grandstanding” and “abusing the situation”.
August 15, 2022 20:37 UTC
Strict anti-abortion laws that took effect in Oklahoma this year led to the quick shuttering of every abortion facility in the state. But questions remain for those who work directly with women who may seek their advice or help getting an abortion out of state. Clergy members, social workers and even librarians have raised concerns about being exposed to criminal or civil liability for even discussing the topic. He describes Oklahoma’s anti-abortion laws as the strictest in the nation so far and sweeping in both substance and scope. The criminal provisions make it a felony to “advise" a woman or provide any means to help her get an abortion.
August 15, 2022 19:01 UTC
Bent Bayya, a town in southern Libya, was declared a disaster area by the country’s parliament today, two weeks after a deadly fuel tanker explosion in the town. Chaired by the First Deputy Speaker Fawzi Al-Nuiri, the House of Representatives opened its today’s session in Tobruk with a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the incident in Bent Bayya, which claimed the lives of at least 10 people and dozens were injured. During the session, the House Health Committee was formally tasked with follow-up on the conditions of the victims, both at home and abroad. The House urged Attorney General and the regulatory bodies to expedite the transmission of their reports about the incident for review by lawmakers.
August 15, 2022 18:12 UTC
Gasoline prices have been relatively reasonable as of late, but it wasn’t long ago that Americans were trading in their H2 Hummers to avoid paying exorbitantly high gas prices, let alone waiting in line for hours at the pump in times of severe shortages. Most of the time, both the highs and the lows of gas prices are out of drivers’ hands. In the early months of of the COVID-19 pandemic, stay-at-home orders caused oil prices to crater as demand for oil bottomed out. To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.
August 15, 2022 12:31 UTC
Here’s what happened when Microsoft worked on the creation of spatial sound and audio experiences for the RoboRaid game. For Microsoft’s team, creating a spatial sound experience for the gaming industry was a unique and new experience, complete with its own set of novel challenges. It also ensured resources could remain free for various spatial sound events, from drone attacks to enemy explosions. In order to make the gaming experience sound as “big” as possible on a small device, the group lowered the dynamic range of the whole experience. They even set up separate busses for non-spatial and spatial sounds, voice overs, and dry bus minus reverberation for the music.
August 15, 2022 10:18 UTC
The Speaker of Libya’s House of Representatives, Aguila Saleh, and the Chairman of the High Council of State, Khaled Al-Mishri, arrived in Cairo yesterday for a meeting aimed at discussing the Libyan crisis, Italian news agency Nova reports. Citing unnamed sources, Nova said, during the Egypt-sponsored meeting, Saleh and Al-Mishri will discuss “possible alternatives relating to the current situation in Libya”, in which two rival governments are claiming legitimacy.
August 15, 2022 07:30 UTC
Libyan National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed Sunday the registration of 77 new cases and one death of COVID-19. NCDC said it received Saturday 371 samples, including 294 negative samples, with a percentage of positive cases (20.7%). The Center added that 223 cases of recovery were recorded, stressing that no critical cases were recorded. NCDC pointed out that the total number of COVID-19 cases recorded in Libya so far is 506,255, including 1,037 active cases, 498,783 recoveries, and 6,435 deaths.
August 14, 2022 16:53 UTC
India has also emerged as credible nuclear and space power in the world- the tools it intends to employ for the global good. Prime Minister Narendra Modi while speaking at the inaugural of curtain raiser activities of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav reiterated and reaffirmed that “We are proud of our Constitution. India‘s global ranking for DBI (Doing Business with India) has moved up significantly even as more needs to be done. Moreover, the FDI equity inflows in Manufacturing rose by 76% in FY 2021-22 well supported by the Indian policy framework and ‘Make in India’ and PLI ( Performance Linked Initiative) schemes. This is a remarkable achievement and a testament to Indian economic and political resilience.
August 14, 2022 05:53 UTC
The Public Prosecution has remanded in custody a man accused of involvement in a criminal gang; complacency in acts of banditry, kidnapping and possession of illicit weapons without authorization. The Office of the Attorney General explained that the judicial control officer at the Benghazi airport arrested the accused as soon as he passed through the port. Then, the Public Prosecutor at the Office of the Public Attorney in Benghazi interrogated him about the charges against him, as a procedure for the arrest and summons order issued by the Chief Prosecutor in the Attorney General‘s Office, it added. The Attorney General’s Office further stated that it had filed a criminal case against a criminal group established for the purpose of committing a number of crimes; the most recent of which was the detention of 18 expatriate workers in Libya in order to obtain sums of money in exchange for their release. The office said that the accused was among the perpetrators of this incident.
August 14, 2022 03:26 UTC
Hospital officials said that Rushdie, 75, is likely to lose an eye as a result of the attack. The celebrated author suffered nerve damage to one arm, a serious injury to his liver and is on a ventilator. “The attack on Salman Rushdie by a reportedly pro-Khomenei individual would seem to qualify as an act of terrorism. Why the difference?”The attack on Salman Rushdi by a reportedly pro-Khamenei individual would seem to qualify as an act of terrorism. The attack on Rushdie comes after the US Justice Department revealed a plot to assassinate former US National Security Adviser John Bolton.
August 13, 2022 21:11 UTC
International community needs to accept its share of responsibility in LibyaHafed Al-GhwellMasked Libyan soldiers parade in Tripoli on Aug. 9, 2022, during the army's 82nd anniversary rites. Take, for instance, Government of National Unity Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah’s unilateral installation last month of Farhat bin Qadara as head of Libya’s National Oil Company, replacing Mustafa Sanalla. This is just one example among dozens highlighting the divisions within Libya and how often they go on to sponsor violent skirmishes. Meanwhile, a very porous Libya continues to enable malign actors to pursue their expansive agendas and project dominance in far-off lands amid intensifying geopolitical competition. • Hafed Al-Ghwell is a non-resident senior fellow with the Foreign Policy Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
August 13, 2022 19:21 UTC