Armed militants kidnap Libya’s military prosecutor

Friday, 16 March 2018

A group of unknown armed militants kidnapped Libya’s military prosecutor, Masoud Erhouma, on Thursday, the head of the Interrogations Office under the Libyan attorney general said.According to Libyan media outlets, Erhouma was kidnapped near his house in the Salah el-Din area in Tripoli. This comes just a day after an assassination attempt on the head of the Supreme Council of the State, Abdulrahman al-Suweihli, following an armed ambush on his vehicle.Erhouma was appointed in accordance ...

Bodies of 21 Coptic Christians beheaded by ISIS to return to Egypt

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Three years after 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians were kidnapped and executed by ISIS militants in the city of Sirt in Libya, the Libyan attorney general, Siddiq Soor, agreed to return the bodies upon the request of Egypt’s public prosecutor. According to local media sources, the head of the Interrogations Office said that Libyan authorities received the request from Egypt’s public prosecutor through the Libyan foreign ministry. He added that the bodies were presented to forensics and ...

Hundreds of migrants picked up between Libya and Italy

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Libya’s coastguard and an international charity ship picked up several hundred migrants on Saturday as smugglers trying to take advantage of calm seas launched a flurry of boats towards Italy. Libyan coastguard vessels intercepted two of the migrant boats, the first an inflatable dinghy that had broken down with 125 people on board off Zawiya, just west of the capital, Tripoli, said Ayoub Qassem, a coastguard spokesman. The second boat was turned back off Garabulli, east of Tripoli, and ...

Debate reemerges in Libya over fate of Qaddafi’s corpse

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Debate erupted once again in Libya over the fate of the corpse of late leader Muammar al-Qaddafi. Former Libyan Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Mohammed Saeed al-Qashat told Russia’s Sputnik news agency that the location of his grave is not known. His corpse was handed over to the Misrata brigades after his death in 2011 and placed inside a mortuary freezer for a week. It was then washed and prayers were performed. Afterwards, nothing is known of its fate, he said. Despite demands made by some ...

Oil, a curse or a blessing?

Monday, 5 March 2018

There are two important dates in Saudi Arabia: the day when King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman established the kingdom and the date when the American company Standard Oil discovered oil on in the newly-established kingdom. It’s been 80 years since the day that changed the future of Saudi Arabia following five years of failure. Their attempts to find resources finally yielded results when they discovered well no.7 which released a huge fountain of black oil in the sky. If King Abdulaziz had not ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Libyan El Sharara oilfield in shutdown - field engineer

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Libya’s giant El Sharara oilfield has been shut down because of an apparent pipeline blockage, an oilfield engineer and a separate Libyan oil source said on Sunday. The closure is a major blow to the North African country a little more than a week after the nearby El Feel oilfield was closed by a protest. Flows from El Sharara in the south of the country were not getting through to the Mediterranean port of Zawiya, the engineer said, adding that the reason was unclear. A second Libyan ...

PICTURES: Last residents in Tunisia’s underground houses swear to never leave

Saturday, 24 February 2018

In the arid valleys of southern Tunisia's Djebel Dahar region, people have lived for centuries in underground houses whose earthen casing provides protection against searing summer heat and winter winds. But in recent decades, rural depopulation has meant fewer people live in the homes, which are composed of rooms hewn into the walls of an excavated circular courtyard. The few remaining families say they are attached to the homes and the land or see no way of moving. "My father died, my ...

Libyans mark seven years since protests that ousted Qaddafi

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Thousands of Libyans on Saturday marked the seventh anniversary of the start of protests that ousted dictator Muammar Qaddafi, with rallies and concerts despite the country's political and economic morass. In the capital Tripoli, and across many cities in the North African country, thousands packed public squares where the authorities were organizing concerts and other festivities. Libya descended into chaos after the 2011 NATO-backed uprising, with rival militias, tribes and extremists vying ...

EXCLUSIVE: Tunisia probes Qatar involvement in dubious funding in North Africa

Friday, 16 February 2018

An investigation has been opened in the Tunisian Parliament by deputies to uncover and prosecute the parties and entities involved in the case of the “suspicious” financial transfers carried out by an officer in Qatar’s armed forces for purposes related to the financing of terrorism and fueling chaos and instability in Tunisia and the region. The new documents revealed by the deputy from the Al Hurra parliamentary bloc, the representative of the movement Machrou Tunis, Sahbi ...

Libyan army says agreement to unify military institution to be signed soon

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Libya’s armed forces spokesperson, Colonel Ahmed al-Mesmari, said that discussions aimed at unifying Libya’s military institution will continue in Cairo on Thursday, adding that most clauses were agreed upon in a draft agreement which will be signed soon. The agreement is sponsored by Egypt, and will be a stepping stone towards unifying the country’s military, al-Mesmari said. The second stage will be the signing of the document which was drafted by the different Libyan parties ...

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