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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.

Mar 4, 2012
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British and Italian war graves desecrated in Libya in anti-Christian outburst

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(Gravestones are seen damaged by an Islamist group in protest at the burning of the Koran by U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, in Benghazi Military Cemetery February 24, 2012. REUTERS/Esam Al-Fetori )

Libya’s leadership has apologised after armed men smashed the graves of British and Italian soldiers killed during World War Two, in an act of vandalism that appeared to be directed against non-Muslims. Amateur video footage of the attack, posted on social networking site Facebook, showed men casually kicking over headstones in a war cemetery and using sledge hammers to smash a metal and stone cross.

Mar 4, 2012

British and Italian war graves desecrated in Libya

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s leadership has apologised after armed men smashed the graves of British and Italian soldiers killed during World War Two, in an act of vandalism that appeared to be directed against non-Muslims.

Amateur video footage of the attack, posted on social networking site Facebook, showed men casually kicking over headstones in a war cemetery and using sledge hammers to smash a metal and stone cross.

Feb 24, 2012

“Friends of Syria” condemn Assad but see more killing

TUNIS (Reuters) – Western and Arab nations mounted the biggest diplomatic push in weeks to end Syria’s crackdown on the opposition on Friday, but the talk in a marble-lined Tunisian hotel risked being overtaken by the increasingly vicious armed conflict on the ground.

Foreign ministers from more than 50 countries in Tunis for the inaugural “Friends of Syria” meeting marshaled international condemnation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and ratcheted up the pressure on him to step dcown.

Feb 15, 2012

Is an Arab Spring in the air for Algeria?

ALGIERS (Reuters) – When Moncef Marzouki, a former dissident transformed by the “Arab Spring” into Tunisia’s president, paid an official visit to Algeria on Sunday, red and white Tunisian flags flew from lamp-posts in his honor.

Just two days earlier, another former dissident and leading figure of Tunisia’s revolution had been barred from entering. Sihem Bensedrine was allowed into the country after a seven-hour wait only after protests from fellow human rights activists.