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Military response to chemical weapons attack from West on table despite decision to allow inspectors in

by Martin Chulov in Beirut Syria appears to have bowed to international pressure to allow UN investigators to travel to the scene of last week’s chemical weapons attack in Damascus, allowing a forensic science team to visit the site today. The green light for the UN inspection came almost five…

Libyan rendition victim files complaint against MI6

A Libyan Islamist has filed a criminal complaint with London police claiming British and US intelligence handed him over to Moamer Kadhafi’s regime in 2004, a rights group said on Thursday. Sami al-Saadi said he and his family of six were detained while living in London, then illegally rendered to Libyan authorities by the foreign…

Hague warns over state-sponsored cyber attacks

Foreign Secretary William Hague issued a warning on Wednesday to countries which sponsor cyber attacks, at the close of a global cyberspace conference in London. He would not name and shame those responsible, saying the two-day talks were intended to be “constructive”, but government advisor Pauline Neville-Jones said on Monday…

NATO declares October 31 end to Libya mission

NATO decided Friday to end its seven-month mission in Libya on October 31, despite calls from the country’s new rulers for air patrols to continue until the end of the year. Alliance warplanes would wind up the mission on Monday after flying more than 26,000 sorties and bombing almost 6,000…

British plane flying $212 million to Libya

LONDON — A British plane flew $212 million worth of Libyan banknotes to Libya on Wednesday after an assets freeze aimed at the then leader Moamer Kadhafi’s regime was lifted, a British official said. The notes, amounting to 280 million Libyan dinar, should be available to replenish cash machines and…

UN Security Council holds Libya meeting

UNITED NATIONS – The UN Security Council held formal consultations Tuesday on the Libya crisis with western nations pressing for a strong statement on the violence roiling the North African nation. “There is even more concern after what was a very worrying speech by Moamer Kadhafi,” said one diplomat before…

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