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Sep 9, 2011

Libyans advance on most remote Gaddafi desert town

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Provisional government forces advanced through Libya’s deserts towards the most remote major town still not under its control on Friday, as heavy fighting erupted just outside the other two towns still held by pro-Muammar Gaddafi forces.

Sabha — tucked away in the vast southern deserts — has been cut off from the rest of the country since shortly after the fall of the capital Tripoli and very little information is available about the situation there.

Sep 8, 2011

Libya’s interim leaders to honor bank contracts

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s interim government will not change the country’s stake in Italy’s UniCredit SpA and will honor the banking licenses granted by the ousted Gaddafi administration to foreign banks, a senior official said on Thursday.

Asked about the roughly 7.5 percent UniCredit stake, Wafik Shater, a finance official in the National Transitional Council’s stabilization team, told reporters in Tripoli: “All the stakes are as they are at the moment. This is an interim government — we will not take any major decisions.

Sep 8, 2011

Fugitive Gaddafi vows to stay in Libya

TRIPOLI, Sept 8 (Reuters) – - Muammar Gaddafi vowed to
remain on Libyan soil battling NATO and the country’s new
leaders, dismissing reports that he had secretly fled towards
bordering African states as part of a military convoy.

His defiant comments to Syrian-owned TV came as fighters
advanced on the tribal bastion of Bani Walid overnight, girding
for a showdown with loyalist supporters in a town they suspect
could be harbouring the ousted strongman and two of his sons.

Sep 6, 2011

Gaddafi used torture squads in bid to preserve rule

KHOMS, Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi deployed special squads which held suspected opponents in shipping containers, tortured them for information about insurgent networks and disposed of their bodies in unmarked graves in a campaign to smash the revolt against his rule.

Evidence gathered by Reuters in the provincial town of Khoms shows an organised system of repression with methods including delivering electric shocks to suspects’ genitals, keeping them for weeks in baking heat with only a few sips of water a day, and whipping them with an electrical cable while their hands were bound with plastic ties.

Sep 6, 2011

Exclusive: Gaddafi used torture squads in bid to preserve rule

KHOMS, Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi deployed special squads which held suspected opponents in shipping containers, tortured them for information about insurgent networks and disposed of their bodies in unmarked graves in a campaign to smash the revolt against his rule.

Evidence gathered by Reuters in the provincial town of Khoms shows an organized system of repression with methods including delivering electric shocks to suspects’ genitals, keeping them for weeks in baking heat with only a few sips of water a day, and whipping them with an electrical cable while their hands were bound with plastic ties.

Sep 6, 2011

Libyan army convoy in Niger may be Gadaffi deal

TRIPOLI/AGADEZ, Niger (Reuters) – Scores of Libyan army vehicles have crossed the desert frontier into Niger in what may be a dramatic, secretly negotiated bid by Muammar Gaddafi to seek refuge in a friendly African state, military sources from France and Niger told Reuters on Tuesday.

The convoy of between 200 and 250 vehicles was given an escort by the army of Niger, an impoverished and landlocked former French colony to the south of Libya, and might, according to a French military source, be joined by Gaddafi en route for neighboring Burkina Faso, which has offered him asylum.

Sep 4, 2011

U.N. says Libya weapons a major concern

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The proliferation of weapons in Libya is a major concern and the new rulers need to establish a proper police force and army to replace the hundreds of armed groups who patrol the streets, the United Nations special adviser on Libya said on Sunday.

Ian Martin, in Libya to compile a report for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on rebuilding the country after its civil war, also said the interim government needed to start the electoral process soon if it is to honor its commitment to establish democracy.

Sep 4, 2011

Exclusive: abandoned Libyan missile: a gift to militants?

TAJOURA, Libya (Reuters) – When Muammar Gaddafi’s soldiers fled this corner of a field outside Tripoli where they were camped, they left behind their army fatigues, a can of Brut deodorant — and a Scud tactical missile.

Days later, the Soviet-made rocket, loaded on its launch truck and pointing toward the Libyan capital, is still sitting under the eucalyptus trees where they left it. The motley rebel forces who overthrew Gaddafi two weeks ago have set up no guard to prevent anyone taking it away or looting it for parts.

Sep 4, 2011

Abandoned Libyan missile: a gift to militants?

TAJOURA, Libya (Reuters) – When Muammar Gaddafi’s soldiers fled this corner of a field outside Tripoli where they were camped, they left behind their army fatigues, a can of Brut deodorant — and a Scud tactical missile.

Days later, the Soviet-made rocket, loaded on its launch truck and pointing towards the Libyan capital, is still sitting under the eucalyptus trees where they left it. The motley rebel forces who overthrew Gaddafi two weeks ago have set up no guard to prevent anyone taking it away or looting it for parts.

Sep 3, 2011

Libyans focus on reconciliation and rebuilding

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s new leadership reaffirmed its commitment to democracy on Friday and worked on its priorities for spending billions of dollars released from the frozen assets of fugitive strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

A day after international powers met in Paris and agreed to hand over more than $15 billion to the rebels who overthrew Gaddafi the European Union rescinded a range of sanctions and officials from the National Transitional Council explained their rebuilding plans.