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Archive for November 17th, 2012

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Thousands Held Without Charge (New York, November 16, 2012) – Libya’s new government, sworn in on November 14, 2012, should put the illegal detention of more than 8,000 people atop its agenda, Human Rights Watch said today. About 4,000 detainees are in government custody, most without formal charges or access to a lawyer, and the rest are held outside government control  [ Read More ]

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Saturday 17th November 2012 Between 450 and 500 people rallied in Tripoli’s Martyrs’ Square yesterday, Friday after the mid-afternoon Asr prayers in solidarity with Palestinians over the Israeli attacks on Gaza. There were Palestinian flags, pictures of the Dome of the Rock Mosque in Jerusalem as well as banners supporting the Palestinian cause and Hamas as well as questioning the  [ Read More ]

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November 2012 The President of the Genenral National Congress, Mohamed Magarief met with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah in Riyadh today, Friday, to discuss political, economic as well as cultural cooperation between the two countries. The talks also covered the crisis in Gaza, the uprising in Syria and other regional issues. Accompanying Magarief were the Undersecretary at the Ministry of Foreign  [ Read More ]

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November 2012 US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will give evidence to Congress on an attack on a US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, a leading congresswoman says. Committee chair Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said Mrs Clinton would testify after an internal review of events was finished. The news comes as lawmakers use closed sessions to probe CIA handling of the attack, in  [ Read More ]

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November 2012 Former CIA chief says talking points given to UN ambassador were edited to remove classified information about terror group David Petraeus, the former CIA director, told congressional hearings on Friday that he had always known a terrorist group had been involved in an attack in Benghazi that left the US ambassador and three other Americans dead. According to reports from  [ Read More ]

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November 2012 David Petraeus, the former director of the CIA, is to tell lawmakers he knew “almost immediately” after the attack on a US mission in Libya that Al-Qaeda linked Ansar al-Sharia was to blame, according to reports. Mr Petraeus, who stepped down last week amid revelations that he had an affair with his 40-year-old married biographer, is to testify  [ Read More ]

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November 2012 Tensions continue in Benghazi over claims that there are excessive delays in obtaining Egyptian entry visas. Earlier this week, the Egyptian consulate was attacked and damaged by angry demonstrators, who were driven off by the enhanced security force presence at the building. Local sources say that a group of protesters tried to enter the premises by force and caused  [ Read More ]

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November 2012 Reports that Ghadames has been overrun by swarms of locusts are over-exaggerated, Libya’s national locust director has told the Libya Herald. Local media has carried reports claiming that locust-control teams are fighting a losing battle against plagues of locusts laying waste to crops and other vegetation in the area. “They are a group, not a swarm, and there is  [ Read More ]