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Russia says open to working with US to try to resolve Libya crisis

Friday, 15 December 2017

Russia is open to working with the United States to try to solve the crisis in Libya, Russia’s ambassador to Libya was cited as saying on Friday by the RIA news agency. He was also cited as saying that Moscow was ready to initiate the lifting of an international arms embargo on Libya, but that was something he said could only be done once the North African country had a united army.He also mentioned that there are no guarantees yet that the weapons given to Libya will not end ...

UN calls social media giants to control platforms used to lure African migrants

Friday, 8 December 2017

The UN migration agency called on social media giants on Friday to control their platforms that it said are being used by smugglers to lure West African migrants to Libya where they face detention, torture and slavery. The smugglers often use Facebook to reach would-be migrants with false promises, International Organization for Migration (IOM) spokesman Leonard Doyle said in a briefing. When migrants are tortured video is also sometimes sent back to their families over WhatsApp, he said. ...

Libyan ISIS militant reveals new details about 2015 massacre of Egyptian Copts

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Libya’s anti-crime department has published the confessional video of Hisham al-Awkli, known as the “dinosaur” among Libyans for being among ISIS extremists who brutally murdered 21 Egyptian Coptic Christian in Sirte. During the video, Awkli admitted that he was one of the individuals involved in the 2015 massacre that shocked the world. He said he participated in “slaughtering and burying of 21 Egyptian Copts of, in addition to Christians of African nationality,” ...

IN PICTURES: Three Arab leaders whose deaths were documented and leaked

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Three Arab leaders have met horrific deaths and millions of people have seen their dead bodies on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube, all documented as historical moments. Saddam's execution On December 30, 2006, the same day as the Muslim Eid Al Adha celebration, former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death by hanging after being accused of committing crimes against humanity. The leaked video of his execution showed the last moments of Saddam’s life, where the Iraqi president ...

A football match to bring closer the Libyan African community

Sunday, 3 December 2017

A friendly match was held at the Friday market in Tripoli between the Libyan team and the African Community in Libya. The match occurred to emphasize the spirit of goodwill and great co-existence between the Libyans and various African nationalities living on Libyan territory, contrary to recent media reports. On the other side, the audience held banners saying, "We don't practice slave-trade".

An Egyptian interview with a Libyan terrorist: What went wrong?

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Abdel Rahim al-Mesmari, a Libyan national, is the only surviving militant among the group involved in the shootout with Egyptian police in Bahariya Oasis in the Western Desert.Apprehending him alive a week after the attack, which took the lives of 16 officers, was considered a major achievement as he was expected to provide answers to the many questions surrounding the incident.For the same reason, Egyptian viewers impatiently awaited Mesmari’s interview on a private Egyptian satellite ...

US remains committed to Libyan political agreement - State Dept

Friday, 1 December 2017

The United States remains committed to the Libyan Political Agreement, the State Department said in a statement following US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s meeting with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj on Friday. “Attempts to bypass the UN-facilitated political process or impose a military solution to the conflict would only destabilize Libya and create opportunities for ISIS and other terrorist groups to threaten the United States and our allies,” State ...

Libyan PM Sarraj hopes for easing of arms embargo

Friday, 1 December 2017

Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj said on Thursday that he was hopeful that a UN-imposed arms embargo would be partially lifted against some branches of the country’s military.The Libyan government is allowed to import weapons and related materiel with the approval of a UN Security Council committee overseeing the embargo imposed in 2011.“...We hope that this embargo will be partially ended at least against some of the military branches such as the presidential guard and the ...

At least 25 dead after migrant boat sinks off Libya

Saturday, 25 November 2017

At least 25 migrants died after their boat sank off Libya’s western coast on Saturday and survivors were being brought back to port in Tripoli, Libyan coastguard officials said. Libya is the main departure point for mostly African migrants trying to cross to Europe. Smugglers usually pack them into flimsy inflatable boats that often break down or sink. Most migrants are picked up by international vessels and taken to Italy, where more than 115,000 have landed so far this year, although ...

Coptics’ murders: Court orders seven be executed, 10 to life sentence

Saturday, 25 November 2017

An Egyptian court has ordered for the execution of seven individuals and ruled life imprisonment for 10 others in a case on murdering Copt Egyptians in Libya. At the last hearing, the court referred seven defendants to the mufti to take his opinion on terminating a terrorist cell belonging to ISIS in Mersa Matruh – a case known in the Media as “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Libya (ISILL).” The court had also referred them to set the Saturday, 25 November session to ...

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