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Archive for November 13th, 2012

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Tuesday 13th November 2012  The International Monetary Fund, IMF’s Regional Economic Outlook for the Middle East and Central Asia, released November 11 in Dubai, projects growth in the Middle East and North Africa region at 5.1 percent in 2012, up from 3.3 percent in 2011. It reports that the Middle East and Central Asian region’s oil-exporting countries are expected to  [ Read More ]

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November 2012  Libya will be among 18 countries to receive a grant from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women (UN Trust Fund) that is administered by the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). This will be the first time Libya receives the grant that is dedicated to ending all forms of  [ Read More ]

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November 2012  A European Union, EU, training programme for 200 newly elected Libyan MPs kicked off on Monday in Tripoli, where experts, EU officials, former premiers, and British and French MPs gathered to share their know-how with their Libyan colleagues. The five-week programme will cover the four main functions of parliament and the constitutional process, with parallel training for congressional  [ Read More ]

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Tuesday 13th November 2012 Muammar Gaddafi’s former Prime Minister has gone on trial charged with corruption and ordering mass rapes during the war that toppled the Libyan dictator. Al Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, who faces life in jail or execution if convicted, served as Prime Minister from 2006 until he fled to neighbouring Tunisia in August last year as rebel fighters took  [ Read More ]

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November 2012   France said on Monday it was ready to start releasing almost $2 billion in frozen assets belonging to Libya’s sovereign wealth fund, as it looks to secure investment from the oil-producing nation. France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius made the announcement during a visit to Tripoli, the latest in a series of high-level French political and business delegations to the  [ Read More ]

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Tuesday 13th November 2012  Congratulating Libya’s Prime Minister, Dr. Ali Zidan on the formation of the new government following the approval by the National Congress, Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho called the development “a decisive development for the historic transition of Libya”. In a letter to the Libyan PM, Coelho said that while underlining the legitimate aspiration of the  [ Read More ]

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November 2012  The National Congress has passed new legislation regulating the conditions under which citizens can hold public protests. Whilst guaranteeing what it calls the “fundamental human right” of citizens to protest, the law obliges organisers of demonstrations to inform the authorities of their intentions at least 48 hours in advance and to maintain discipline during the event itself. “All  [ Read More ]

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November 2012  French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has told his Libyan hosts that democracy cannot exist without security, promising to help restore state control. Fabius spoke in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, after meeting Monday with Libyan President Mohammed el-Megarif and Prime Minister Ali Zidan. “There can be no democracy without security. There can be no security without re-establishing the authority  [ Read More ]

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Tuesday 13th November 2012  Reports have emerged from the southern town of Kufra that a possible foot-and-mouth (FMD) outbreak has begun to infect livestock there. Suspicions were raised following the death of five cows on one of the farms, with at least two livestock barns feared to have been infected in the town. Tests have yet to confirm the presence  [ Read More ]

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November 2012  The CIA is denying an assertion made by David Petraeus’ biographer and girlfriend that the agency held militants in Libya before the Sept. 11 attack. During a talk last month at the University of Denver, author Paula Broadwell said the CIA had detained people at a secret facility in Benghazi, and the attack on the U.S. Consulate there  [ Read More ]