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UK minister sued for sending Libyan back to torture

By Avril Ormsby, Guy Faulconbridge, Limei Hoang and Matt Falloon / Reuters LONDON: A Libyan military commander is suing former British foreign minister Jack Straw for allegedly authorizing his illegal transfer to Libya where he faced years of torture in Muammar Gaddafi’s prisons, a lawyer for the commander said on Wednesday. The action against an …

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Libya violence puts poll timing at risk: analysts

By Dominique Soguel / AFP TRIPOLI: Violence in Libya risks escalating and could even derail elections if the interim government fails to impose its authority by disarming militias and strengthening the judiciary, analysts say. In the southern desert cities of Sabha and Kufra, clashes pitting Arabs against non-Arab tribesmen have cost more than 250 lives since …

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Interpol issues arrest alerts for two Libya officials

By AFP LYON: The global police agency Interpol issued alerts Thursday seeking the arrest of two senior officials in late Libyan strongman Moamar Qaddafi’s regime on suspicion of torture and kidnapping. A statement from the France-based body said Libya had requested assistance in detaining two officials identified as former interior minister Al-Senussi Alozyre, 63, and …

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Iraqi Libya

By Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou GENEVA: As post-revolution Libya looks ahead, Iraq looms as a perilous example. After 42 years of dictatorship, Libya, like Iraq in 2003 after the fall of Saddam Hussein, needs more than wishful thinking to become a vibrant democracy. It needs organized state-building in Tripoli — and realistic policymaking in Western capitals. Successful …

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Libya says its courts capable of trying Senussi

By AFP TRIPOLI: Libya is determined to try former spy chief Abdullah Senussi who was arrested in Mauritania, the justice minister said Sunday, as France and the International Criminal Court also seek his extradition. “Our courts are very good, even excellent, especially in Tripoli and we are able to carry out his trial according to …

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Tunisia, Egypt, Libya urge Arab solution to Syria crisis

By AFP TUNIS: Foreign ministers from Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, meeting in Tunis said Friday the Syrian crisis should be resolved in an “Arab framework” and opposed foreign military intervention in the country. “We are all against military intervention in Syria, and we want the problem to be resolved in an Arab framework,” Tunisian Foreign …

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Libya’s transition to transition

By Barak Barfi SIRTE, LIBYA: Although Libyans are now celebrating the first anniversary of the revolution that toppled Moammar Qaddafi, they are increasingly frustrated with their new leaders. Libyans complain that the interim government, known as the National Transitional Council (NTC), has not moved quickly enough to purge and prosecute senior Qaddafi officials, or to rein …

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Libya dismantles human trafficking network

By AFP BENGHAZI: Libyan security forces said on Thursday they had dismantled a human trafficking network smuggling illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and Somalia. Hussein Al-Sahli, who headed the investigation, said five members of the network were arrested at a farm on the outskirts of the eastern city of Benghazi, where 52 people were being held …

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Egypt says ready to hand back Libya former regime members

By AFP CAIRO: The Egyptian foreign ministry said Thursday it was in talks with Tripoli over a request to hand back members of slain dictator MoamAr Qaddafi’s regime seeking refuge in Egypt. Libya’s prosecutor had written to his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Meguid Mahmoud, providing a list of Libyans in Egypt belonging to the former regime …

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NATO’s Libyan lessons

By John Podesta and Ken Gude WASHINGTON, DC: NATO’s intervention in Libya one year ago helped to avert a humanitarian catastrophe and created the conditions for Libya’s citizens to end Colonel Moammar el-Qaddafi’s dictatorship. The military operation highlighted important improvements in European leadership since the Bosnian debacle in the 1990’s, but the conditions underlying the Libya …

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N. Africa countries adopt plan to secure borders

By Ali Shuaib / Reuters TRIPOLI: Nine northern African countries including Libya, Algeria and Egypt agreed on Monday to work together to secure their borders in a move to clamp down on militia clashes and weapons smuggling in the wake of the Arab Spring uprisings. Under the Tripoli Plan, countries will adopt stronger measures including sharing …

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Neighbors want Libya to stay united: Tunisia

By AFP TRIPOLI: Tunisia and Egypt want a united Libya and reject calls for federalism for their neighbor, the Tunisian foreign minister was quoted as saying on Sunday. “Tunisia and Egypt share the goal of preserving national unity, security and stability in Libya,” the official LANA new agency quoted Rafik Abdessalem as saying. At a …

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Autonomy bid in Libya prompts fears of nation’s break-up

By Ibrahim Majbari / AFP TRIPOLI: Tribesmen and politicians in Libya’s oil-rich east have polarized public opinion, raised fears that the country might break apart and prompted some of his sharpest statements yet from the interim leader. Analysts say the problem lies not with the federalism they are proposing but with the unilateral way in which …

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Libya leader threatens ‘force’ to foil east autonomy bid

By Dominique Soguel / AFP TRIPOLI: Libyan leader Mustapha Abdel Jalil on Wednesday said he would defend national unity “with force” if necessary, after tribal leaders and a political faction declared autonomy for an eastern region. “We are not prepared to divide Libya,” Abdel Jalil said as he called on leaders in the eastern Cyrenaica region …

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OIC urges ‘national unity’ in Libya

By AFP JEDDAH: The Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) urged Libyans on Wednesday to remain united after tribal leaders and a political faction declared autonomy for an eastern region. OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu urged Libyans “to preserve national unity and territorial integrity of Libya,” in a statement received by AFP. Ihsanoglu also “renewed …

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Eastern Libya declares semiautonomous region

By Rami Al-Shaheibi / AP BENGHAZI, Libya: Tribal leaders and militia commanders declared a semiautonomous region in oil-rich eastern Libya on Tuesday, a move opponents fear will be the first step toward outright dividing the country six months after the fall of Moammar Qaddafi. Libya’s National Transitional Council, the interim central government based in the capital …

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Freed of Qaddafi, Libya’s instability only deepens

By Maggie Michael / AP BENGHAZI: A large map of Libya hangs on the wall in the home of Idris Al-Rahel, with a line down the middle dividing the country in half. Al-Rahel, a former army officer, leads a movement to declare virtual autonomy in eastern Libya, where most of the country’s oil fields are located. …

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Libya calls on neighbors to help plug porous borders

By Dominique Soguel  / AFP TRIPOLI: Libya has called its neighbors to a meeting on their porous common borders, which since the downfall of Moamar Qaddafi have become major conduits for smuggling, an official said on Thursday. Regional security experts are penciled to meet in Tripoli on March 9 and 10, paving the way for a …

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Libya asks Egypt to hand over Qaddafi’s backers

By AP CAIRO: Libya’s general prosecutor has demanded that Egypt hand over 40 men accused of collaboration with former Libyan dictator Moammar Qaddafi before and during an eight-month uprising that toppled his regime. Abdel Aziz Al-Hassadi, the Libyan prosecutor general, said Wednesday that the 40 face corruption allegations as well as accusations of complicity in …

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‘Party’ spirit moves aspiring Libyan leaders

By Dominique Soguel / AFP TRIPOLI: There may be no law governing the formation of political parties in the new Libya, but political and military personalities are wasting no time in launching their groups or coalitions. Two parties — one centrist and the other headed by a commander of a union of revolutionary brigades — were …

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UN says south Libya tense after tribal warfare

By Rami Al-Shaheibi / AP BENGHAZI: The United Nations says the situation in a remote southern part of Libya where more than 100 people were killed in tribal warfare this month remains tense although a cease-fire brokered by local officials is still holding. Monday’s statement by the UN Support Mission in Libya said that as much …

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Libya amending bank law to attract foreigners

By Ali Shuaib / Reuters TRIPOLI: Libya is amending its banking laws to attract foreign investment and stimulate its private sector as it seeks to create an investor-friendly environment following last year’s war that ousted Muammar Qaddafi, the central bank governor said. In an interview with Reuters, Saddeq Omar Elkaber said the new Libyan leadership was …

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