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Libya summoned US envoy over seized Qaeda suspect: ministry

TRIPOLI - Libya's government summoned US ambassador Deborah Jones to seek clarification over the capture by American special forces of an alleged Al-Qaeda operative in Tripoli, the foreign ministry announced on Tuesday.    Tripoli has said it was not informed in advance of the raid on Saturday, when Libi was snatched in broad daylight from his car in the capital.    "Justice Minister Salah al-Marghani summo ...

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9 years on, Libya still not free of chemical weapons

TRIPOLI - Syria's regime says it will need at least a year to dismantle its chemical weapons arsenal, but if Libya's experience is anything to go by, this is a hopelessly optimistic forecast. Damascus has provided the Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) with a full inventory of its chemical arsenal, in order to avert US-led military strikes in line with a US-Russian deal. ...

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Libya to tender for first private mobile licence: minister

TRIPOLI- Libya will launch a tender in 2014 for the award of the country's first private mobile phone license, Communications Minister Usama Siala told AFP on Monday. The country's two publicly-owned providers have more than eight million subscribers, one of the highest penetration rates in Africa, but Libya has no private mobile telecoms operators. "We are going to propose a mobile telephone license for th ...

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NATO may look at training for Libya: official

BRUSSELS, June 03, 2013 (AFP) NATO defence ministers will discuss the possibility of training Libya's military to ensure it is able to police the country's borders properly, a senior US defence official said Monday. The official, who asked not to be named, said the idea was at an early stage but NATO's 28 defence ministers meeting Tuesday and Wednesday at the alliance's headquarters near Brussels would look ...

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France offers to help Libya secure borders from Islamists

  SINGAPORE, June 02, 2013 (AFP) France is willing help Libya secure its borders from militant Islamist groups fleeing Mali, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Sunday. Security officials say the vast deserts of southern Libya are becoming the latest safe havens for al-Qaida linked fighters who fled neighboring Mali after France sent troops there in January to prevent a Islamist coup. "France is a ...

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Niger leader says Chad next target after Islamist attacks

AGADEZ, Niger, May 27, 2013 (AFP) Niger's president said Monday that attackers who bombed an army base and French-run uranium mine, leaving 38 people dead, entered his country from southern Libya, where he warned further attacks were being planned on Chad. "For Niger in particular, the main threat has moved from the Malian border to the Libyan border. I confirm in effect that the enemy who attacked us... co ...

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EU approves Libya border support mission

  BRUSSELS, May 22, 2013 (AFP) EU leaders agreed Wednesday to send a civilian border assistance mission to Libya which should begin operations next month, AFP reported. The mission, dubbed EUBAM Libya, will help the country re-establish effective controls at its land, sea and air borders. "EUBAM Libya is an important mission for Libya and the entire region but also for the security of EU borders," EU foreig ...

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US moves troops closer as security worsens in Libya

 WASHINGTON, May 13, 2013 (AFP) The United States has moved military forces closer to Libya since the Benghazi attack so they will be ready to respond to threats against diplomatic personnel, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday. "We are prepared to respond if necessary, if conditions deteriorate or if we were called upon," spokesman George Little told reporters. "Obviously we have moved assets and personnel," ...

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White House accuses Republicans of politicizing Benghazi

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2013 (AFP) The White House on Tuesday accused Republicans of politicizing the attack on the US diplomatic post in Benghazi last year, as a high profile hearing into the episode went ahead in Congress. Career diplomats told a House of Representatives committee that the US mission in Libya failed to meet crucial safety standards, possibly contributing the deaths of four Americans on Septemb ...

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US diplomat cites Benghazi security deficiencies

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2013 (AFP) A career diplomat told Congress on Wednesday that the US mission in Benghazi in Libya had failed to meet crucial security standards, a deficiency that may have contributed to American deaths last year. Eric Nordstrom, the regional security officer at the US Embassy in Tripoli in the months before the Benghazi attack, also said senior State Department officials were aware of sec ...

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Mexico frees Canadian, Mexican in Kadhafi affair

   MEXICO CITY, April 20, 2013 (AFP) A judge late Friday released two women, a Canadian and a Mexican, held for their alleged role in a daring 2011 scheme to smuggle one of late Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's sons into Mexico. The judge ruled that several aspects of the charges against Canadian Cynthia Vanier and Mexican Gabriela de Cueto were not properly supported, an official in Mexico's attorney general ...

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Jailed Libya journalist in hospital after hunger strike

TRIPOLI, April 15, 2013 (AFP) A Libyan journalist held in prison for four months charged with insulting the judiciary has been hospitalised after going on hunger strike, his lawyer said on Monday. Amara Abdullah al-Khitabi, 67, editor of the private newspaper Al-Umma, "has been on hunger strike for three weeks," his lawyer Ramadhan Salem told AFP, and said his client was suffering from serious health proble ...

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