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Nov 30, 2011
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Battlelines drawn for fight over Libyan Islam

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(A view of the empty tomb of Muslim holy man Sidi Ali Zaghwani in Tripoli's Janzour neighbourhood is pictured November 29, 2011. Heavily armed ultra-purist Islamists have destroyed such tombs and removed the remains inside them because they consider such sites as idolatry. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny)

When night falls on the street outside Tripoli’s Abdullah Eshaab mosque, theological discussions often break out. Lately, they have taken place at the point of a gun. On three occasions this month, groups of ultra-purist Islamists have turned up at the mosque gates after dark, armed with Kalashnikov rifles, 106-mm anti-tank cannon and truck-mounted Grad rockets, according to a cleric at the mosque.

Nov 30, 2011

Battlelines drawn for fight over Libyan Islam

TRIPOLI, Nov 30 (Reuters) – When night falls on the
street outside Tripoli’s Abdullah Eshaab mosque, theological
discussions often break out. Lately, they have taken place at
the point of a gun.

On three occasions this month, groups of ultra-purist
Islamists have turned up at the mosque gates after dark, armed
with Kalashnikov rifles, 106-mm anti-tank cannon and
truck-mounted Grad rockets, according to a cleric at the mosque.

Nov 29, 2011
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Libyan Islamist commander backs new government despite getting no top posts

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(Tripoli Military Council leader Abdel Hakim Belhadj speaks during an interview with Reuters in Tripoli, November 28, 2011. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny

The Islamist who commands one of Libya’s most powerful militias, Abdel Hakim Belhadj, has said he will back the interim national government despite his supporters being overlooked for top posts. But he would not commit to a date for the forces under his control to hand over their weapons to the government, a crucial test of whether Libya after the fall of dictator Muammar Gaddafi can form a cohesive state.

Nov 28, 2011

Libyan Islamist commander endorses new government

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The Islamist who commands one of Libya’s most powerful militias, Abdel Hakim Belhadj, said on Monday he will back the interim national government despite his supporters being overlooked for top posts.

But he would not commit to a date for the forces under his control to hand over their weapons to the government, a crucial test of whether Libya after the fall of dictator Muammar Gaddafi can form a cohesive state.

Nov 26, 2011

Libya displays Roman treasures looted by Gaddafi troops

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi stole ancient Roman artifacts when they fled Tripoli, bundled them into sacks and planned to sell them abroad, Libya’s new rulers said on Saturday as they displayed the haul for the first time since its recovery.

The artifacts — a collection of 17 stone heads, most the size of tennis balls, and terracotta fragments dating from the second or third centuries A.D. — were recovered on August 23 when anti-Gaddafi fighters intercepted a convoy of loyalists heading south from Tripoli.

Nov 24, 2011

Gaddafi son needs surgery on gangrenous fingers: doctor

ZINTAN/TRIPOLI, Libya (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam needs surgery to remove gangrenous flesh from a severed thumb and finger which if not treated could make him seriously ill, a doctor who examined him told Reuters on Thursday.

Saif al-Islam has been nursing injuries to his right hand which he says were sustained during a NATO airstrike weeks ago. No further details have been available on the state of his heavily bandaged thumb, index and middle fingers.

Nov 23, 2011

Tunisians impatient for revolution to bear fruit

TAZARKA, Tunisia, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Ridha Ben Salha
is fed up waiting for Tunisia’s revolution to translate into a
better life for his town.

He and a group of his friends and neighbours spent weeks
camped outside Tazarka’s biggest employer, a gas and oil
processing plant, to pressure its owners into giving more jobs
to local people and putting more money into the community.

Nov 23, 2011

Libyan tribes protest at new government line-up

TRIPOLI, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Some of Libya’s clans said on Wednesday they would not recognise the government, after the unveiling of a new cabinet revived regional rivalries which threaten the country’s stability.

Prime minister designate Abdurrahim El-Keib named a cabinet line-up which aimed to placate Libya’s patchwork of tribes, regional interests and ideological camps which are competing to fill the vacuum left by Muammar Gaddafi’s fall from power.

Nov 23, 2011

Libya can try Gaddafi son if conditions right: ICC

TRIPOLI, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Some of Libya’s clans said on Wednesday they would not recognize the government, after the unveiling of a new cabinet revived regional rivalries which threaten the country’s stability.

Prime minister designate Abdurrahim El-Keib named a cabinet line-up which aimed to placate Libya’s patchwork of tribes, regional interests and ideological camps which are competing to fill the vacuum left by Muammar Gaddafi’s fall from power.

Nov 22, 2011

Analysis – Libya government line-up aims to placate rivalries

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Western diplomats were left scratching their heads on Tuesday after Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) jettisoned some of the people they expected to join the government and named relative unknowns instead.

The explanation lies in the tensions buffeting the country’s new leaders as they try to rebuild Libya out of the wreckage of Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year rule.