TRIPOLI (Reuters) – When gunmen snatched Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan from his Tripoli hotel last week, it was a rival armed militia he thanked for his rescue hours later.
Even for Libyans accustomed to their democracy’s unruly beginnings, the drama at the Corinthia Hotel was a startling reminder of the power former fighters wield two years after they ousted Muammar Gaddafi, and the dangers of their rivalry.
TRIPOLI, Oct 18 (Reuters) – When gunmen snatched Libyan
Prime Minister Ali Zeidan from his Tripoli hotel last week, it
was a rival armed militia he thanked for his rescue hours later.
Even for Libyans accustomed to their democracy’s unruly
beginnings, the drama at the Corinthia Hotel was a startling
reminder of the power former fighters wield two years after they
ousted Muammar Gaddafi, and the dangers of their rivalry.
TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said on Friday gunmen who abducted him briefly were part of a coup attempt by opponents in the country’s legislature.
The militia snatched Zeidan from the Tripoli hotel where he lives during a dawn raid on Thursday only to release him hours later in an incident that showed how far Libya has descended into chaos two years after Muammar Gaddafi’s fall.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan gunmen on the government payroll seized the prime minister in his nightshirt on Thursday and held him for several hours, in a new manifestation of the anarchy that has followed the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.
The militia justified its bloodless dawn raid on the luxury hotel where Ali Zeidan lives under notionally tight security by saying he should be investigated for aiding U.S. forces in their capture in Tripoli on Saturday of a Libyan al Qaeda suspect.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – When news broke at dawn on Thursday that Libya’s prime minister had been seized by gunmen from his Tripoli hotel, it looked as if Islamist militants might have pulled off a spectacular and potentially bloody coup.
In the end, it turned out the gunmen were in the pay of his own government and the premier was back at work by lunchtime.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s prime minister was seized and held for several hours on Thursday by former rebel militiamen angry at the weekend capture by U.S. special forces of a Libyan al Qaeda suspect in Tripoli.
Ali Zeidan was freed unharmed but the incident underlined the anarchy prevailing in the oil-rich North African state, two years after the Western-backed overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Former rebel gunmen freed Libya’s prime minister on Thursday after holding him for several hours in reprisal for the capture by U.S. forces at the weekend of a Libyan al Qaeda suspect in Tripoli, officials said.
A Reuters journalist at the scene said protesters had opened fire at the building where Ali Zeidan was being held to demand that the group, which is affiliated with the government, free the premier.
TRIPOLI, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Gunmen from a former rebel
faction kidnapped Libya’s prime minister on Thursday in reprisal
for the government’s role in the U.S. capture of a top al Qaeda
suspect, shattering a fragile peace.
The militia, which had been hired by the government to
provide security in Tripoli, said it “arrested” Ali Zeidan after
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed Libya’s role in the
weekend capture in the city of Abu Anas al-Liby.
BOURI OIL RIG, Libya (Reuters) – Libya is producing almost 40,000 barrels a day at its Bouri offshore oilfield, jointly run with Italy’s ENI (ENI.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), and plans to add up to 15,000 bpd within six months by launching new drilling technology, executives said on Wednesday.
Located some 130 km north of Tripoli in the Mediterranean Sea, the country’s biggest offshore field has been unaffected by the wave of strikes, which have brought much of Libya’s production and ports to a halt.
KHARTOUM (Reuters) – With its scrubland, unpaved roads and mud brick huts, the Jebel Amer area in Darfur, western Sudan, can look like a poor and desolate place. Under the ground, though, lies something sought by people everywhere: gold.
In the past year or so the precious metal has begun to alter the nature of the decade-old conflict in Darfur, transforming it from an ethnic and political fight to one that, at least in part, is over precious metal.