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Apr 11, 2012

First president of independent Algeria dies: state media

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Ahmed Ben Bella helped lead Algeria’s fight for independence from France and after victory became its first president, a figure who symbolized the romance of the national liberation struggle before the harsh reality of running a country intruded.

He died on Thursday morning in the Algerian capital, aged 96, after an illness, the state-run news agency reported.

Apr 11, 2012

Algeria’s frosty business climate may thaw

ALGIERS, April 11 (Reuters) – After a three-year campaign
against one of its biggest foreign investors chilled Algeria’s
business climate, the country is sending out tentative signals
that it may be ready for a thaw.

A period of aggressive economic nationalism, symbolised by
the state’s drive to take control of the Djezzy mobile phone
business owned by Amsterdam-headquartered Vimpelcom, has
failed to create the jobs demanded by the population.

Apr 10, 2012

Algeria says to revise tax on some energy projects-paper

ALGIERS, April 11 (Reuters) – OPEC member Algeria plans to
change the way it levies tax on some energy projects so that
foreign oil companies pay tax on profits they make from the
projects and not on turnover, a newspaper quoted Energy Minister
Youcef Yousfi as saying.

The minister also said a decision would be made on the
planned Galsi gas pipeline to Italy by the end of the year after
a review of its feasibility and that technical problems would
reduce output for up to three months at the Arzew refinery.

Mar 29, 2012

Gaddafi family says Italy asset seizure illegal

ALGIERS, March 29 (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s family
described as illegal on Thursday the seizure of 1.1 billion
euros ($1.46 billion) worth of assets that Italian police said
belonged to members of the ousted Libyan leader’s family.

The assets, including stakes in blue chip Italian companies,
a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a chunk of forest on a
Mediterranean island, were held by Libya’s sovereign wealth fund
on behalf of the Gaddafi family, Italy’s tax police said.

Mar 9, 2012

Thousands rally in Libya against autonomy for east

TRIPOLI, March 9 (Reuters) – Thousands of people
protested in Libya’s two biggest cities on Friday in a show of
opposition to moves from some in the oil-producing east to
declare autonomy from central rule.

A group of civic leaders in the eastern city of Benghazi
this week said they would run their own affairs, defying the
government in Tripoli which is already struggling to assert its
authority after Muammar Gaddafi was ousted last year.

Mar 8, 2012

Exclusive: Gaddafi hid arms in Libyan embassies across globe

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The administration of ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was running a covert program to conceal weapons in Libyan embassies across the globe, a senior official in the new government said on Thursday.

The weapons included handguns, grenades and bomb-making materials and were shipped using the diplomatic bag. They may have been intended for use in assassinations on Libyan dissidents abroad, or for operations against the embassies’ host countries.

Mar 8, 2012

Gaddafi hid arms in Libyan embassies across globe

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The administration of ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was running a covert programme to conceal weapons in Libyan embassies across the globe, a senior official in the new government said on Thursday.

The weapons included handguns, grenades and bomb-making materials and were shipped using the diplomatic bag. They may have been intended for use in assassinations on Libyan dissidents abroad, or for operations against the embassies’ host countries.

Mar 7, 2012

British journalists held in Libya treated well – jailer

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Two British journalists held in Libya on suspicion of spying have their own room, access to telephones and are fed meals of chicken and pasta, but they will be kept where they are for several more weeks, the head of the militia holding them said.

Nicholas Davies-Jones and Gareth Montgomery-Johnson, who were working for Iran’s English-language Press TV, were detained on February 22 by the Swehli brigade, one of the dozens of militias which last year helped force out Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Mar 5, 2012

In eastern Libya, a push for more autonomy from Tripoli

TRIPOLI, March 5 (Reuters) – Civic leaders from Libya’s
eastern Cyrenaica province will on Tuesday launch a push for
regional autonomy, posing a new challenge to the country’s
fragile cohesion after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.

Five thousand people are due to attend an inaugural
“Congress of the People of Cyrenaica” near the eastern city of
Benghazi where they will set out a proposal for Libya to be
transformed into a federal state, one of the organisers said.

Mar 4, 2012

Two British journalists accused of spying in Libya

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Two British journalists working for Iran’s Press TV who were detained late last month in Libya are suspected of being spies, the head of the militia which is holding them said on Sunday.

Faraj al-Swelhi, commander of the Swelhi brigade, said they had found among the journalists’ possessions official Libyan documents, equipment used by the Israeli military and footage of them firing weapons.