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UNSMIL chief suggests “joint tribunals” for Libyan war crimes

By Zeinab Mohammed Salih. New York, 16 November 2017: The international community should consider joint tribunals to try Libyan war crimes suspects to end the impunity with which individuals are operating UNSMIL chief Ghassan Salamé has told said the UN Security Council. In in his second report to Salamé also called for a review of [...]

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Two LNA soldiers killed in Derna mine explosion

By Libya Herald reporters. Benghazi, 16 November 2017: Two soldiers died and one escaped when an Libyan National Army (LNA) patrol came under fire from militants south of Derna. It is understood that when it was attacked the patrol moved to cover and detonated a mine. The militants then tried to seize the two bodies but the [...]

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More than a million Libyans have visited Tunisia this year

By Olfa Andolsi. Tunis, 16 November 2017: Over a million Libyans have visited Tunisia in the first ten months of the year, for health, educational, political and personal safety reasons or just to have a break from the violence. Tourism minister Salma Loumi said today that the 1,400,000 figure for Libyans who had come so [...]

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NOC to open Houston purchasing office to support US$ 20 bn spending programme

By Sami Zaptia. London, 16 November 2017: Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) Chairman Mustafa Sanalla announced in the US yesterday that his corporation will open an office in Houston, Texas, as part of its ambitious US$20 billion spending programme to restore the country’s production capacity over the next three years. Sanalla was speaking at the [...]

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LNA says its aircraft hit a terrorist base near Huwara

By Libya Herald reporters. Benghazi, 15 November 2017: The Libyan National Army (LNA) has said its aircraft have struck a terrorist base near Hawara, east of Sirte. Lt Col Sharif Al-Awami Air Force commander for the central region said the base had been under observation for over a week before the air attack was launched today. [...]

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UK diplomats back at historic Old City consulate for first diplomatic reception since return to Tripoli

By Hadi Fornaji. Tunis, 15 November 2017: British diplomats, headed by Ambassador Peter Millett, were back at the historic British consulate in Tripoli Old City to host a reception for Libyan students who have been awarded Chevening scholarships to undertake postgraduate study in Britain. The building, just behind the Gurgi Mosque by the Marcus Aurelius [...]

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Presidential Guard securing Tripoli-Zawia main coastal road

By Sami Zaptia. London, 15 November 2017: The Presidency Council/Government of National Accord (PC/GNA) created Presidential Guard (PG), the embryonic Libyan army in the west of Libya and the only army officially recognized by the international community, announced last week that it has secured the Tripoli-Zawia coastal road. This includes the key 17 km and [...]

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Italy and Germany rebut UN criticism of their Libyan anti-migrant backing

By Libya Herald reporters. Tunis, 15 November 2017: The Italian and German foreign ministers have rounded on the UN for attacking their countries’ help for Libyan Coastguard anti-migrant patrols, saying that they needed support not criticism. In an angry riposte to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein’s criticism yesterday of Libya’s treatment [...]

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PC’s education minister bans homework, extends school day

By Olfa Andolsi. Tunis, 15 November 2017: The Presidency Council’s education minister Osman Abdel Jalil is shaking up the education system with longer teaching days, a simplification of textbooks, compulsory English lessons for primary students and, most eye-catching, the abolition of homework. Though the ministry has not explained the thinking behind the end of homework, [...]

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Maltese foreign minster in talks on oil smuggling with Serraj

By Hadi Fornaji. Tunis, 14 November 2017: Maltese foreign minister Carmelo Abela was in Tripoli today for talks with Presidency Council (PC) head Faiez Serraj on relations between the two states. The involvement of Maltese figures in the smuggling of oil from Libya is reportedly to have been one of the main issues of discussion. [...]

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