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U.S. Navy hands rogue oil tanker back to Libya

The US Navy handed over to Libyan authorities Saturday an oil tanker it boarded after the vessel took to sea with crude illegally loaded at a rebel-held port, the American embassy said. "Earlier today, US forces turned control of the M/T Morning Glory……

Politics of oil loom large in Libya as factions ponder division of country

No one paid much attention to the 21,000-tonne oil tanker Morning Glory as it churned back and forth along the north African coast earlier this month. Tankers are a common sight, carrying Libya’s oil exports around the world. But on 1 March it switched off its satellite transponder and vanished…

Libya threatens to bomb ‘illegal’ North Korea-flagged tanker

Libya threatened Saturday to bomb a North Norean-flagged tanker, which is suspected of trying to load an illegal cargo at the Al-Sidra oil terminal, if the vessel does not leave port. Militants blockading the terminal in eastern Libya had been trying……

Fireworks injure hundreds during Libya religious feast

Nearly 650 people were wounded during the night by exploding fireworks in the Libyan capital, where Muslims were celebrating the birth of the Prophet Mohammed, state media said Monday. Lana news agency, quoting hospital officials in Tripoli, said more than 640 people were hurt, many of them suffering burns to…

Al Qaeda operative captured in Libya brought to U.S. to face trial

A Libyan Al-Qaeda suspect who was snatched from Tripoli by US commandos and interrogated on an American warship, has been brought to New York to face trial, a prosecutor said Monday. Anas al-Libi arrived in the United States at the weekend and was brought directly to New York, where he…

United Nations decries widespread use of torture in Libya

Torture is widespread in Libyan detention centres run by brigades which emerged during the 2011 revolution, a UN report said Tuesday, urging Tripoli to bring all facilities under full state control. “The report indicates that torture is widespread and most frequent immediately after arrest and during the first days of…

Libya bars all Kadhafi-era officials from public office

AFP – Libya’s General National Congress on Sunday, under pressure from armed militias, voted through a controversial law to exclude former regime officials from government posts. Gunmen who had surrounded the foreign and justice ministries to press for officials from the regime of the late dictator Moamer Kadhafi to be…

U.S. diplomat Greg Hicks revives controversy over Benghazi attack

A key US diplomat has sharply disputed the Obama administration’s initial account of an attack on a US mission in Libya that killed the US ambassador and three others, CBS reported Sunday. The US deputy chief of mission in Libya, Greg Hicks, told congressional investigators that, from the outset, the…

Experts say NATO intervention in Libya led to chaos, fighting in Mali

When Western forces helped topple Libya’s Moamer Kadhafi they forced hundreds of well-armed Tuareg fighters to flee home to Mali, tipping another fragile African state into chaos, experts say. And for some observers, the Western powers’ role in helping trigger the crisis now gives them a responsibility to help try…

NATO must probe, pay for errors in Libya: Amnesty

NATO must investigate the killing of dozens of civilians during its air campaign in Libya last year and provide reparations to the people affected, Amnesty International said on Monday. “Adequate investigations must be carried out and full reparation provided to victims and their families,” said the rights group in a statement released one year after the first…

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