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Sep 14, 2011

Senior U.S. diplomat holds talks in Tripoli

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s new interim leader met the most senior U.S. official to visit Tripoli since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, though details of Wednesday’s talks were not immediately available.

Reuters journalists saw Jeffrey Feltman, a key figure in U.S. Middle East policy, meet Mustafa Abdel Jalil at a public building in the capital. It was not clear when Feltman, who is Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs at the State Department, had arrived in Libya.

Sep 13, 2011

Tripoli’s new normal — bickering politicians

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Less than a month after Muammar Gaddafi’s fall, Tripoli is bustling. Shoppers throng markets. Banks are open. Electricity and water are back, most of the time. Out in the desert, some oil flows.

With parts of the giant OPEC member country still at war, the rapid spread of a semblance of normality is startling.

Sep 13, 2011

Police, missile defense top Tripoli security priorities

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The main security challenge for Tripoli is integrating the fighters who toppled Muammar Gaddafi into the police force to build the revolution’s “legitimacy,” an official of the interim administration said on Tuesday.

Outlining priorities, Osama Abu Ras, a member of the Supreme Security Committee for Tripoli, told Reuters that Gaddafi’s forces remained capable of firing missiles and the capital may be a potential target for such attacks.

Sep 12, 2011

Libya’s interim leader makes landmark Tripoli speech

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s interim government chief, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, made his first speech to a crowd of about 10,000 in the capital Tripoli on Monday — a sign of growing confidence from the former rebels.

Abdel Jalil arrived in Tripoli on Saturday for the first time since his allies chased Muammar Gaddafi out of the city, a move that political analysts saw as key to his credibility.

Sep 12, 2011

At bay, captured Libyan spy chief defiant

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Defiant and angry, captured Libyan spy chief Bouzaid Dorda denied any wrongdoing when he was presented to Reuters reporters on Sunday by the former insurgents who tracked him down in the capital Tripoli the previous day.

The latest high-profile insider of Muammar Gaddafi’s rule to be arrested, Bouzaid Dorda proved unapologetic about his role as head of the External Security Organisation (ESO) and suggested he was not ready to criticise the ousted autocrat just to please Libya’s new rulers.

Sep 12, 2011

Civilians in peril; Gaddafi son flees to Niger

TRIPOLI/OUTSIDE BANI WALID, Libya (Reuters) – - Libya’s new rulers said on Sunday their fighters were holding back an assault on one of the last bastions loyal to Muammar Gaddafi after fighting their way into the town and finding civilians in peril.

Southern neighbour Niger said one of the fugitive former leader’s sons, Saadi Gaddafi, had turned up there after crossing the remote Sahara desert frontier.

Sep 12, 2011

Libya holdout towns in focus, Gaddafi son flees

NORTH OF BANI WALID/TRIPOLI, Libya, Sept 12 (Reuters) – -
Libya’s new rulers said they were holding back an assault on one
of the last bastions loyal to Muammar Gaddafi but were edging
towards the ousted ruler’s birthplace of Sirte.

Southern neighbour Niger said on Sunday one of the fugitive
former leader’s sons, Saadi Gaddafi, had turned up there after
crossing the remote Sahara desert frontier.

Sep 11, 2011

Exclusive: At bay, captured Libyan spy chief defiant

LONDON (Reuters) – Defiant and angry, captured Libyan spy chief Bouzaid Dorda denied any wrongdoing when he was presented to Reuters reporters on Sunday by the former insurgents who tracked him down in the capital Tripoli the previous day.

The latest high-profile insider of Muammar Gaddafi’s rule to be arrested, Bouzaid Dorda proved unapologetic about his role as head of the External Security Organization (ESO) and suggested he was not ready to criticize the ousted autocrat just to please Libya’s new rulers.

Sep 11, 2011

Civilians in peril in battle for Gaddafi stronghold

TRIPOLI/OUTSIDE BANI WALID, Libya (Reuters) – - Libya’s new rulers said on Sunday their fighters were holding back an assault on one of the last bastions loyal to Muammar Gaddafi after fighting their way into the town and finding civilians in peril.

The fighters, who are still trying to exert their control over the entire country nearly three weeks after storming into the capital, revealed in Tripoli that they had arrested the head of the ousted leader’s external spy service.

Sep 10, 2011

Libya interim government chief in Tripoli for first time

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s provisional government chief, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, arrived in the capital Tripoli on Saturday for the first time since his allies chased Muammar Gaddafi out of the city, the provisional government said.

Abdel Jalil, chairman of the National Transitional Council (NTC), has been running the provisional administration from the eastern city of Benghazi, cradle of the revolt that overthrew Gaddafi in late August.