By Reuters | 21 Nov 2012
Libya sent an airplane full of aid to Gaza on Tuesday after a week of Israeli air strikes on the Palestinian territory.
A cargo plane being loaded at Tripoli’s Mitiga airport was the first of four to take essential supplies to the coastal strip.
“This is taking place after the Prime Minister referred a decision to the Libyan Agency of Relief to transport assistance to Gaza including foodstuffs, milk for children, nappies, tents, blankets and medical equipment and medicine,” said Hatem Qassim of the Libyan Agency for Humanitarian Relief.
Source : Agencies | 07 Nov 2012
U.S. officials in Libya have begun to look for recruits for a commando force which they plan to train to fight militants, a former commander of Libyan rebels who toppled Muammar Gaddafi said on Tuesday.
There was no immediate U.S. comment. After a wave of anti-American protests in the Arab world in September during which the U.S. ambassador to Libya died, President Barack Obama took measures to improve the security of U.S. diplomatic installations in the region.
Source : AFP | 19 Oct 2012
Ex-rebels allied to Libya’s army attacked a bastion of diehards linked to slain dictator Muammar Qaddafi in clashes that left at least 11 dead, underlining the challenges facing the government.
Wednesday’s fighting came exactly a year after anti-regime forces declared the liberation of Bani Walid, 170 kilometers (110 miles) southeast of Tripoli.
Source : AFP | 16 Oct 2012
Libya took a major step toward democracy this year by holding its first free elections but success has been marred by rising extremism, failure to disband militias and delays in forming state institutions.
And facing tribal conflicts, threats from former regime backers and high social demands, the new authorities seem not sure where to turn next, one year after deposed dictator Muammar Qaddafi was captured and killed in his home town.
Source : Agencies | 15 Oct 2012
Libya's national assembly elected a new prime minister on Sunday, the second within a month to face the daunting challenge of forming a government acceptable to the country's many factions.
Ali Zeidan, a former career diplomat who had defected in the 1980s to become an outspoken critic of Muammar Gaddafi, was elected in a televised count just a week after the last prime minister was dismissed in a vote of no confidence.
By Ibrahim Naffee | 11 Oct 2012
A quarter of the 7,000 places for Libyan pilgrims to Makkah this year have been reserved for the martyrs’ families of Libyan revolutionaries.
A diplomat at the Libyan Embassy in Riyadh, who requested anonymity, confirmed that “the Libyan government will cover expenses of pilgrims from the martyrs’ families.”
Saudi Arabia allocates a number of Haj places to each country based on its population. In the case of Libya, this year’s Haj quota is on the generous side.
Source : LibyaHerald | Tripoli | 01 Sep 2012
Salafists have destroyed almost 30 graves at an historic madrassa in central Tripoli, in the latest spate of religiously-motivated violence to hit Libya.
The Othman Pasha madrassa, named after its Turkish founder, was attacked by scores of armed men in the early hours of this morning, who used automatic drills to dig up the graves and looted several historic texts from the school’s library.
The madrassa also serves as a boarding school.
By Mel Frykberg | McClatchy Newspapers | 25 Aug 2012
Libya’s prosecutor general has announced that the central government and the militia that’s holding Moammar Gadhafi’s son Saif al Islam have agreed to try him in Zintan, 90 miles south of Tripoli, despite the International Criminal Court’s assertion that it will be impossible for him to receive a fair trial in the country.
Source : Agencies | 09 Aug 2012
Libya's ruling council handed over power to a newly elected national assembly on Wednesday in the North African country's first peaceful transition of power in its modern history but which comes amid heightened violence.
In a late-night ceremony held under tight security in Tripoli, the National Transitional Council (NTC), political arm of the opposition forces that toppled Muammar Gaddafi a year ago, handed over to the national congress, elected in July.