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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…

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…

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…

Libya’s Saif al-Islam bids to escape father’s fate

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is expected to try to surrender to the International Criminal Court or seek refuge in a friendly African country as he races to escape his father’s fate. The Hague-based ICC said on Friday the 39-year-old had been in touch. It urged him to…

UN ends Libya no-fly zone

The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously voted to end the mandate for international military action in Libya, ending another chapter in the war against Moamer Kadhafi’s regime. NATO, which carried out the air strikes that played a key role in the downfall of Kadhafi, says it is studying new…

NTC claims Gaddafi’s son wants to surrender to ICC

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who once vowed to die fighting on Libyan soil, now wants to face international justice instead and avoid any chance of meeting the same grisly end as his father, Libyan officials said. An official of the ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) said on Wednesday…

Gaddafi taken deep into desert for secret burial

ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Two trusted loyalists of Libya’s interim government were handed Muammar Gaddafi’s body to bury secretly deep in the Sahara desert on Tuesday after a cleric prayed over his decomposing corpse, an official said. The National Transitional Council (NTC) had disquieted many outsiders by putting the bodies…

Liberated Libya begins task of forming govt

Libya’s new leaders began Monday the tough task of forging aninterim government uniting the nation’s disparate political forces after 42 years of Moamer Kadhafi’s iron-fisted rule, promising a system of Islamic sharia law. “Today, we begin preparing for a new phase… the phase after the liberation, the phase that we will plan and…

Kadhafi’s body to be ‘handed to his relatives’

TRIPOLI — Libya’s interim government will hand the body of slain despot Moamer Kadhafi to his relatives after consulting with them on the location of his burial, a senior government advisor said on Sunday. “The decision has been taken to hand him over to his extended family, because none of…

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