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Libya uncovers ‘new elements’ in killing of US ambassador in Benghazi

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Libya’s internationally recognised parliament said Tuesday it has uncovered “new elements” behind the 2012 assassination of the US ambassador when the American consulate was stormed in eastern city Benghazi.

“I have been tasked today with leading a team of inquiry,” Tareq Saqar al-Jeruchi, deputy head of the parliament’s security and defence committee, told AFP.

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He said the team had “new elements on the real perpetrators of the attack” and would work closely with the FBI and Congressional commissions of inquiry, although he did not elaborate on the identities of the assailants.

A Libyan parliamentary delegation is to travel to the United States for consultations with members of Congress, Jeruchi said.

Christopher Stevens, the ambassador, and three other Americans were killed in the September 11, 2012 attack on the consulate that was said at the time to be the work of jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia, which Washington has branded a “terrorist” organisation.

US special forces seized a Libyan national, Ahmed Abu Khattala, as a chief suspect in a 2014 raid near Benghazi and handed him over to American judicial authorities.

Libya has been run by two governments and two parliaments since August, when an Islamist-backed militia alliance overran the capital Tripoli.

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The government recognised by the international community fled to the country’s far east and set up in the city of Tobruk.


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Former ‘America First’ Senate candidate arrested for domestic violence for a second time

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A Maine man who was gearing up to challenge Susan Collins (R-ME) for her Senate seat has been charged with domestic violence -- for the second time, CentralMaine.com reports.

On Sunday, 45-year-old Derek Levasseur was arrested and booked at the Fairfield Police Station on a domestic violence assault charge. He was later released on bail.

Levasseur announced his Senate bid earlier this year touting an “America First” platform, making him the first Republican to challenge Collins since she was elected in 1996. He later quit the race, blaming pressure from "party elites." According to the police report, he was involved in a “domestic situation” inside a residence when he was arrested.

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Ex-GOP lawmaker drops the mic on Lindsey Graham: ‘A political opportunist who will flop with the winds’

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Former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) told Vox.com's Sean Illing this week that he hasn't seen that much change between the Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) that we saw before President Donald Trump's election and the Lindsey Graham we see today.

Over the course of a lengthy interview, Illing asked Jolly how anyone could compare the statements that Graham made about Trump in 2016 with the fierce defenses he's recently been making of the president and not conclude that the South Carolina senator is a blatant fraud.

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With support of just one Republican, House passes ‘historic’ bill to restore and expand voting rights

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"Brings us one step closer to restoring the Voting Rights Act."

Just one Republican—Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania—joined a united House Democratic caucus on Friday to pass what rights groups hailed as "historic" legislation to restore and expand voter protections that were gutted by the Supreme Court in 2013.

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