TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Peace talks between Libya’s warring factions and the two governments they back will start within days, a U.N. special envoy said on Monday, after efforts to bring together senior representatives from both sides in Geneva failed last month.
Libya has been in chaos since a NATO-backed revolt ousted Muammar Gaddafi nearly four years ago and its rival governments are kept in power by armed groups which Western powers fear are dragging the country into full-scale civil war.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s Supreme Court ruled on Monday that parliament’s election of Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq a month ago was unconstitutional, a ruling that could reduce volatile political tensions in the major OPEC member state.
It also raised hope that some oil ports occupied for 10 months by rebels in Libya’s east will reopen. In April, rebels signed an accord with the government of Maiteeq’s predecessor to unblock the vital Mediterranean ports but its implementation stalled when they refused to deal with Maiteeq, a businessman.
On a lighter note here is a story that we enjoyed this week out of China.In the classical Chinese novel “Journey to the West” an imaginary fruit in the shape of a baby gives those who eat it immortality.Northern Chinese farmer Hao Xianzhang is not hoping to live forever by turning fiction into fact, he hopes the fabled fruit can sell.The 45-year-old has cultivated 18,000 baby-shaped pears in his orchard this year, hoping to find a new way to make a fortune.A mould made out of plastic applied to young pears for a six-month growth period finally provided the desired results.Click below to see how the farmer gets his pears in shape. Photo credit: REUTERS/Pillar Lee