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Libyan protesters end fuel blockade to quell threat of regional blackouts

Ethnic minority protesters announced on Thursday they were ending blockades of fuel deliveries to power stations in western and southern Libya that had threatened widespread blackouts. The action by members of the Berber and Toubou minorities had drawn a warning by Electricity Minister Ali Mhirig on Wednesday that several cities…

Islamic extremists allegedly behind destruction of ancient Murad Agha shrine in Libya

Suspected Islamic extremists destroyed a centuries-old shrine in the Libyan capital on Wednesday, but the tomb inside withstood the attack, witnesses said. The explosives were placed around the mausoleum of Murad Agha, the first Ottoman governor of Tripoli, who ruled from 1551-1553. The shrine is attached to a mosque of…

Militants kill Libyan chaplain and former police officer in Benghazi

Two attacks in Libya’s Benghazi Thursday killed an air force chaplain and a former police officer, a security official said, the latest in a wave of violence targeting soldiers and police. Sheikh Muftah al-Fitouri, who preached at the city’s Benina air base, was killed when an explosive device attached underneath…

Kadhafi son in court in Libya’s Zintan: lawyer

Seif al-Islam, son of slain Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi, appeared in court Thursday in Zintan west of Tripoli on security charges in a trial that was adjourned until December, a lawyer said. “Seif al-Islam Kadhafi appeared before the Zintan court that decided to adjourn the trial until December 12 to…

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…

Nicolas Sarkozy investigated over Kadhafi campaign funding claims

French former president Nicolas Sarkozy is to be investigated over allegations that he accepted cash from former Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi to fund his 2007 election campaign. Judicial sources confirmed Friday that a formal probe has been opened that could lead to Sarkozy facing a second set of corruption-related charges…

Lockerbie bomber in ‘critical condition’

TRIPOLI — Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi, the Libyan convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie plane bombing, was unconscious and in critical condition in hospital on Sunday, a close relative said. “He is unconscious and his condition has been very critical over the last three days,” a member of the family who…

Obama keeps Libya sanctions in place

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Thursday extended by one year the national emergency order allowing sanctions against Libya to remain in place, the White House announced. In a letter to congressional leaders, Obama said he was concerned by ongoing threats posed to US interests by the family of…

Libya marks revolution day as leader issues warning

Libyans celebrated on Friday the first anniversary of the uprising against Moamer Kadhafi with fireworks and slogans, even as their new leader vowed to act firmly against further instability. Hundreds gathered in Tahrir (Liberation) Square in Benghazi, the city which first rose against Kadhafi and his 42-year regime, after traditional…

Libya marks revolution day as leader issues warning

BENGHAZI, Libya — Libya began celebrating on Friday the first anniversary of the uprising against Moamer Kadhafi, with fireworks and slogans, even as its new leader vowed to act firmly against further instability. The former rebels who, backed by NATO, toppled Kadhafi last year set up fresh check-points in the…

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