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Apr 17, 2014

Libya plans “smart cards” to cut fuel subsidies that boost smuggling

TRIPOLI, April 17 (Reuters) – Libya plans to limit the
costly subsidies its citizens enjoy when buying motor fuel -
much of which is smuggled into Tunisia for resale at higher
prices – by introducing a “smart card” system like one newly
implemented in neighbouring Egypt.

The North African country’s economy is burdened by subsidies
for items from petrol to bread and airline tickets, which along
with with public salaries, eat up more than half of the budget.

Apr 16, 2014

Tanker starts loading crude at Libya’s eastern port of Hariga

TRIPOLI/LONDON, April 16 (Reuters) – A tanker has started
loading crude at Libya’s eastern port of Hariga for the first
time in nearly nine months, after a federalist group agreed to
re-open the port last week, a state oil company official said on
Wednesday.

The tanker Aegean Dignity arrived on Tuesday and more
tankers were on the way, according to National Oil Corp. and
shipping sources.

Apr 14, 2014

Libya adjourns trial of ex-Gaddafi officials and sons

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya opened the trial of deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi’s sons and dozens of his ex-officials on Monday in a test of its transition to democracy, but it was quickly adjourned as some of the investigations had not been completed.

Neither son, Saadi Gaddafi and Saif al-Islam, was in court at Tripoli’s Al-Hadba prison, but the late ruler’s spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi was among the former senior aides sitting in blue jumpsuits behind a fenced-off section.

Apr 14, 2014

Libya starts trial of ex-Gaddafi officials, sons absent

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan prosecutors opened the trial of deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi’s sons and more than two dozen of his ex-officials on Monday in a major test for the North African state’s transition to a democracy.

Gaddafi’s sons Saadi Gaddafi and Saif al-Islam did not appear in the courtroom at Tripoli’s Al-Hadba prison, but the deposed ruler’s ex-spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi was among the former senior officials sitting in blue jumpsuits behind a fenced-off section.

Apr 14, 2014

Libya set to start trial of Gaddafi sons, former officials

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan prosecutors prepared to start the trial of deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi’s sons and former officials on Monday in a major test for the North African state’s transition to a democracy since its 2011 revolution.

Security was tightened around Tripoli’s Al-Hadba prison where the trial of Saadi Gaddafi and Saif al-Islam was to take place. They face charges of corruption and war crimes alongside more than 30 other Gaddafi-era officials.

Apr 13, 2014

Trial of Gaddafi’s two sons, former officials gets underway

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Saadi Gaddafi and Saif al-Islam, two of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s sons, are expected to appear in court on Monday, facing charges of corruption and war crimes alongside more than 30 other Gaddafi-era officials.

The mass trial will be seen by the international community as a barometer for Libya’s progress in establishing a democratic state after the chaotic 2011 revolution that ended four decades of Gaddafi’s one-man rule.

Apr 13, 2014

Libyan prime minister quits after one month, citing violence

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s interim prime minister handed his resignation to parliament on Sunday, just one month into the job, saying gunmen had tried to attack his family.

Abdullah al-Thinni’s resignation adds to the growing chaos in Libya, where the government has struggled to control brigades of former rebels nearly three years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

Apr 11, 2014

Libya’s western Zawiya oil port, refinery shut by protests

TRIPOLI, April 11 (Reuters) – Libya’s bid to resume normal
oil exports after blockades at eastern ports that have lasted
months stumbled on Friday when the oil terminal and refinery at
Zawiya in the west were closed by fresh protests.

A blockade by local citizens late on Thursday prevented oil
workers from discharging several oil product deliveries and
forced the 120,000-barrel-per-day refinery to shut down,
according to a government statement and a state oil company
spokesman.

Apr 11, 2014

Libya’s port deal no risk-free return to steady oil output

TRIPOLI, April 11 (Reuters) – Libya may have averted a state
collapse by striking a deal with eastern rebels to reopen
occupied oil ports, but technical delays and simmering
federalist dissent threaten to disrupt production once again.

On Sunday, Libya’s fragile government reached an agreement
with Ibrahim al-Jathran, the leader of eastern rebels, to reopen
two oil ports they were holding and lift a nine-month blockade
crippling crude exports.

Apr 10, 2014

Libya’s coastguard detains more than 400 immigrants en route to Europe

TRIPOLI, April 10 (Reuters) – Libya’s coastguard has
detained more than 400 immigrants, mostly from the Horn of
Africa, in its waters in the past two days as they tried to
illegally cross to Europe in small boats, Libyan officials said
on Thursday.

The coastguard picked up five boatloads of people. Warning
shots were fired at several vessels, and 78 people were rescued
from a sinking ship, said navy spokesman Qassem Ayoub.