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Libya struggles to revive economy

Oil exports are approaching pre-conflict levels and international sanctions have been lifted, but four months after fighting ended, experts warn that Libya’s financial situation remains fragile. The new leadership has inherited an economy in disarray, plagued by the corruption and mood swings of deposed ruler Moamer Kadhafi and his clan,…

Libya ruling council deputy head quits after protests

BENGHAZI, Libya — The deputy head of Libya’s National Transitional Council resigned on Sunday after angry protests, as the ruling body faced its first serious challenge since the ouster of Moamer Kadhafi. The NTC also postponed the adoption of the new election law to January 28 after it met at…

McCain celebrates Kim Jong-Il’s arrival ‘in a warm corner of hell’

US Senator John McCain voiced satisfaction Monday that late North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il is “in a warm corner of hell” and called for efforts to bring an end to his family’s regime. McCain, a Republican lawmaker who was his party’s nominee for president in 2008, said that Kim subjected…

Kadhafi family tried to escape to Mexico: official

MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities said Wednesday they foiled an audacious bid by one of toppled Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi’s sons to illegally smuggle himself and family into the country as the regime cracked. Government Secretary Alejandro Poire said intelligence officials uncovered an elaborate plan, at the height of pro-democracy…

Gaddafi’s son, spymaster face Libyan justice

Moamer Kadhafi’s son Seif al-Islam and his spymaster Abdullah Senussi were on Monday both behind bars as Libya’s new leaders moved to bring the former regime’s two most wanted men to justice. The National Transitional Council, Libya’s interim authority, insists that Seif, arrested on Saturday in the country’s far-flung Saharan south, be brought to trial in…

ICC urges Libya to hand over Kadhafi’s son

Libya must hand over Seif al-Islam, the son of Moamer Kadhafi, to the International Criminal Court, an official said Saturday, while holding out the prospect of a trial in Tripoli. An ICC spokesman said chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampowould travel to Libya next week for talks with the new regime, as world leaders called on the…

Tripoli asks Niger to rethink asylum for Kadhafi son

Libya’s new leaders on Monday urged Niger to reconsider its “hostile” decision to grant asylum to Moamer Kadhafi’s son Saadiduring the uprising which overthrew the longtime leader. “Niger should not become an asylum for criminals. We ask Niger to review this unjustified decision,” said Abdel Hafidh Ghoga, vice chairman of the National Transitional Council and spokesman for the…

UN warns on weapons as Libya elects new PM

Libya’s new prime minister pledged his interim government would set respect for human rights as its priority, as the UN warned against the proliferation of arms looted from Moamer Kadhafi’s huge stockpile. Abdel Rahim al-Keib, an academic and wealthy businessman who is a native of Tripoli, was elected interim prime minister in a public vote…

Arab League urges Syria to take tanks off streets

A proposed Arab League plan to end months of bloodshed in Syriaincludes a demand to remove tanks from the streets, the head of the pan-Arab group Nabil al-Arabi told AFP on Monday. “The Arab proposal to Syria calls for withdrawing tanks and all military vehicles to bring an immediate end to the violence…

Libya militias accused of ‘revenge attacks’

TRIPOLI — Misrata militias are carrying out revenge attacks on the displaced residents of the nearby town of Tawargha, a stronghold of Moamer Kadhafi loyalists during Libya’s eight-month conflict, a rights group said on Sunday. New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement it had received credible reports of…

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