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Oct 10, 2013

Libyan premier’s abduction proves no coup but points to anarchy

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.

Oct 10, 2013

Libyan PM briefly held by gunmen angry at US Qaeda capture

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.

Oct 10, 2013

Libyan PM freed after being seized over US raid – officials

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.

Oct 10, 2013

Ex-rebels seize Libyan Prime Minister over al Qaeda arrest

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.

Oct 9, 2013

Libya’s Bouri offshore field pumping near 40,000 bpd, plans more

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.

Oct 8, 2013

The Darfur conflict’s deadly gold rush

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.

Oct 8, 2013

Special Report: The Darfur conflict’s deadly gold rush

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.

Oct 8, 2013

In Darfur, the limits of peacekeeping

SHANGIL TOBAYA, Sudan (Reuters) – Asha Ibrahim was searching for firewood when the attackers struck. She had set off with three other women from the makeshift camp where she has lived since conflict broke out in Sudan’s Darfur region a decade ago.

“Several men grabbed and raped us,” the mother of four said, standing on the dusty square of the Shangil Tobaya camp for displaced people in the north of a region the size of Spain. “All the girls get raped here.”

Sep 30, 2013

Sudan arrests 700 people in week of deadly anti-government unrest

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Seven hundred people have been arrested during a week of the worst unrest in central Sudan in years, the government said on Monday, as protests continued against President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

One week after the start of demonstrations against subsidy cuts, police once again used teargas on protesters, this time women students at the Ahfad university in Khartoum’s twin-city of Omdurman who chanted “We don’t want Bashir”, witnesses said.

Sep 28, 2013

Islamists, ruling party members chide Sudan’s Bashir amid protests

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Islamists and members of Sudan’s ruling party called on President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on Saturday to cancel deeply unpopular austerity measures, the first sign of dissent inside ruling circles after a week of unrest that has killed dozens.

Police fired teargas to break up thousands of people in the capital during a sixth day of protests against cuts to subsidies on cooking oil and fuel that doubled pump prices overnight.

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