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In Libya, politicians in fear of powerful militias

Armed members of the Libyan army stand guard during clashes involving groups of people accused to be loyal to the former regime on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in the Ouerchefana suburb, 30 km west of the capital Tripoli. At least 5 people died and around 20 were wounded during the clashes.  AFP PHOTO

In a humiliating video, Libya’s top politician—the head of parliament—is seen begging with a militia commander, trying to explain to him why he was caught with two women in his residence and insisting nothing scandalous was going on.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

SEALs take oil tanker from Libyan rebels

The Pentagon says a team of Navy SEALs has taken control of a stateless oil tanker seized earlier in the month by Libyan rebels.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Libya’s ousted PM leaves country despite ban

In this Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 file photo, Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan speaks to the media during a press conference in Rabat, Morocco. AP FILE PHOTO

Libya’s ousted prime minister has left the country despite a ban on travel, hours after parliament removed him from office in a no-confidence vote.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Libyan prime minister ousted by parliament

In this Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 file photo, Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan speaks to the media during a press conference in Rabat, Morocco. Libya's parliament ousted the prime minister in a Tuesday, March 11, 2014 vote of confidence, a move prompted by a crisis this week when a militia controlling an eastern port defied Tripoli's authority by trying to sell oil. The chamber named the defense minister as an interim prime minister until a replacement for Ali Zidan is found. The vote of confidence followed the standoff between the central government in Tripoli and powerful militias in the eastern region of the North African nation. AP

Libya’s parliament ousted Western-backed prime minister Ali Zidan in a Tuesday vote, removing the first democratically chosen leader who had struggled for 15 months to stem the country’s spiralling descent into chaos, with divisive political power struggles and rampant militias out of the control of the weak central government.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Five Egyptian diplomats seized in Libya in 24 hours

Libyan government forces stand guard during clashes with gunmen accused of being loyal to the former regime on January 21, 2014 in the Wershefana suburb of Tripoli. AFP

Kidnappers seized Egypt’s cultural attache and three other embassy staff in the Libyan capital on Saturday a day after a group snatched another Egyptian official in the city.

Posted: January 25th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

At least 5 dead in clashes near Libyan capital

Armed members of the Libyan army stand guard during clashes involving groups of people accused to be loyal to the former regime on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in the Ouerchefana suburb, 30 km west of the capital Tripoli. At least 5 people died and around 20 were wounded during the clashes.  AFP PHOTO

At least five people were killed and around 20 wounded as armed groups clashed in a western suburb of the Libyan capital on Tuesday, a medical source said.

Posted: January 22nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Libya releases four US military personnel

US Department of State Spokesperson Jen Psaki. AFP FILE PHOTO

Four US military personnel have been released after being detained briefly by the Libyan government, the US State Department said on Saturday.

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Suicide attack near Libya’s Benghazi kills seven — witnesses

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A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed vehicle into a security checkpoint outside the restive city of Benghazi in eastern Libya on Sunday, killing at least seven people, witnesses and security sources said.

Posted: December 22nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Gadhafi’s son briefly appears in Libyan court

Seif al-Islam Gadhafi. AP file photo

The son of late dictator Moammar Gadhafi briefly appeared before a militia-backed court in a western Libyan town on Thursday only to see the proceedings against him adjourned until the end of February.

Posted: December 12th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Libyan officials: Clashes in Benghazi kill 5

A Libyan woman waves a Libyan flag to support the new national army and the police corps during a protest in Tripoli, Libya, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. Thousands of protesters have gathered in Libya's capital to call on unlawful armed groups to leave the city, a week after militiamen killed more than 40 people. AP FILE PHOTO

Clashes between armed residents and members of a militant Islamic group in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi killed five people and wounded nearly 40 early on Monday, officials said.

Posted: November 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Kidnapped Libyan prime minister ‘freed’

Libyan's Prime Minister Ali Zidan  AP

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was released on Thursday several hours after being seized from a Tripoli hotel by former rebel militiamen, the foreign minister said.

Posted: October 10th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan kidnapped – government

Prime Minister Ali Zeidan. AP/Abdeljalil Bounhar

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was kidnapped at dawn on Thursday by an armed group and taken to an unknown location, the government said.

Posted: October 10th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Navy SEALS sought Kenyan Shebab leader in Somali raid

In this Feb. 17, 2011, file photo, hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area some 18 km south of Mogadishu, in Somalia. US Navy SEALs were hunting a top commander of the Islamist Shebab group in a weekend raid in Somalia, a US official revealed Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, as Washington defended twin operations in African nations as legal.  AP PHOTO/FARAH ABDI WARSAMEH

US Navy SEALs were hunting a top commander of the Islamist Shebab group in a weekend raid in Somalia, a US official revealed Monday, as Washington defended twin operations in African nations as legal.

Posted: October 8th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

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