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Libya protests

Gunmen attack Libya's interior ministry in Tripoli forcing its closure

Source : AFP | 03 Jul 2013

Many Libyans executed in Qaddafi capture — HRW

Source : Reuters | 17 Oct 2012

New evidence implicates Libyan militias in an apparent execution of dozens of detainees in rebel custody following the capture and death of Muammar Qaddafi last year, Human Rights Watch said.

In a report released on Wednesday detailing Qaddafi’s final hours on Oct. 20, 2011, the rights group said it had gathered evidence that Misrata-based militias captured and disarmed members of the dictator’s convoy and subjected them to brutal beatings.

Rebel who caught Gaddafi buried in Libya

Source : Agencies | 26 Sep 2012

One of the Libyan rebels who helped capture Muammar Gaddafi in a drain pipe was buried early on Wednesday after his relatives said he had been shot and tortured in a rival town.

The death of Omran Shaban on Monday again highlighted the struggle of Libya's new leaders to rein in armed groups and could further stoke tensions between The towns of Misrata and Bani Walid, which backed opposing sides in the 2011 conflict.

At least one killed, 20 wounded as protest sweeps Islamist militia out of Benghazi

By Reuters | 22 Sep 2012

A Libyan Islamist militia was swept out of the eastern city of Benghazi in a popular protest against the armed groups that ran into the early hours of Saturday morning, Reuters witnesses said.

At least one person was killed and 20 wounded, a hospital source said, as militias tried to fight the demonstrators from a heavily fortified base.

America 'was warned of embassy attack but did nothing'

Source : Agencies | 15 Sep 2012

Sensitive documents have gone missing from the consulate in Benghazi and the "safe house" in the city came under sustained mortar attack, British media reported.

A spokesman for President Barack Obama said on Friday officials had no evidence the attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya was pre-planned, an assertion which added to confusion over the incident.

In Aftermath of Ambassador's Death, US Warships Headed for Libya

Source : Agencies | 14 Sep 2012

Following a promise by President Obama on Wednesday that the United States would “bring to justice” those responsible for the attack on the US embassy in Benghazi that led to the death of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other officials, military officials now say that two Navy warships—notably armed with tomahawk missile systems—are now steaming towards the Libyan coast.

In addition, a US Marine counter-terrorism unit will also be deployed to "boost security" in Libya.

Angry Crowd Storms US Consulate in Libya; One US Staff Member Reported Dead

Source : Agencies | 12 Sep 2012
Reports late on Tuesday said that one US consulate staff member was killed in the Libyan city of Benghazi following the storming of the building by angry protesters enraged about reports of an amateur film produced in the US by expatriate Egyptian Coptic Christians insulting the Prophet Muhammad.

Similar angry protests also occurred outside the US embassy building in Cairo, Egypt earlier in the day.

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Libya minister quits after attacks on Sufi sites

Source : Agencies | 27 Aug 2012

Libya's interior minister resigned on Sunday, officials said, after he was criticised for failing to halt a surge of attacks on Sufi Muslim shrines that have raised fears of the spread of sectarian violence following the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

Attackers bulldozed sites sacred to Sufi Muslims in the western city of Zlitan on Friday and the capital Tripoli on Saturday.

Thousands of fresh faces take over Qaddafi’s streets

Source : AFP | Tripoli | 05 Jul 2012

Fresh faces on thousands of campaign posters have flooded the streets of the Libyan capital where the portrait of slain dictator Muammar Qaddafi once reigned supreme.

Campaigning to elect a national assembly opened on June 18 with a modest trickle of posters slapped on walls and pamphlets distributed in coffee-houses.

Now massive bill boards dominate the main arteries of the capital.

US Court Denies British MPs Access to Information about Rendition, Torture

By Richard Norton-Taylor | The Guardian/UK | 11 Apr 2012

Tony Blair, who was prime minister when MI6 rendered Abdel Hakim Belhaj, a prominent Libyan dissident, to the Gaddafi regime in 2004, says he has "no recollection" of the incident.

But he says he was sure the operation would be investigated "as it should be". Interviewed for BBC Radio 4's World at One programme, Blair said it should be remembered that "people in the Middle East were also trying to fight terrorism and extremism", and that Britain's co-operation with Libya at the time was important.

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