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[10 Jul 2012 | No Comment | ]

Voters flocked to cast their ballots Saturday in Libya’s first free national election in decades after the ouster of dictator Moammar Gadhafi, despite protests disrupting some polling in the restive east.
Gunmen killed one person and wounded another near a polling station in the eastern city of Ajdabiya, an official told AFP, a day after an election worker died when a helicopter carrying election materials was also targeted.
In the capital, long queues formed of people keen to elect the General National Congress, which will steer Libya through a transition period.
“Words cannot …

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[24 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

Japan promised Friday to aid Libya’s nation building efforts after the death of Moammar Gadhafi and help meet the medical needs of the violence-hit nation, such as supplying prosthetic limbs.
Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba said Tokyo was already starting a survey with the aim of reopening an embassy in the oil-rich nation.
“We wish to support Libya’s efforts to build a new nation with our knowledge and technologies,” he told reporters.
“The National Transitional Council has asked for help from Japan, such as prosthetic arms and legs for those who suffered injuries in …

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[19 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

The Obama administration on Tuesday increased U.S. support for Libya’s new leaders as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made an unannounced visit to Tripoli and pledged millions of dollars in new aid, including medical care for wounded fighters and additional assistance to secure weaponry that many fear could fall into the hands of terrorists.
U.S. officials said the fresh aid Clinton is bringing totals about $11 million and will boost Washington’s contribution to Libya since the uprising against MuammarQaddafi began in February to roughly $135 million. The officials told reporters …

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[8 May 2011 | No Comment | ]

THE former chief of the CIA on Tuesday praised Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s past cooperation and said his downfall could complicate US interests in the short term.
Retired general Michael Hayden, who led the Central Intelligence Agency from 2006 to 2009 under president George W. Bush, said that restive Syria also helped US intelligence but only in selective areas.
Speaking at a conference of the Marine Corps University, Gen Hayden said the CIA had worked well with Gaddafi and Mussa Kussa, the foreign minister who defected last month as Libyan forces moved …

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[25 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]

KUWAIT on Sunday gave 50 million dinars (S$224 million) to the Libyan opposition Transitional National Council (TNC), its chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil said.
‘This amount will help us pay part of the salaries of employees,’ Mr Jalil told reporters after talks with Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah. ‘We are in need of urgent assistance.’
Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah said ‘Kuwait will provide large and urgent humanitarian aid through the national council.’ Sheikh Mohammad said Kuwait and the TNC ‘will work closely so that it becomes the legitimate channel …

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[17 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]

THE Libyan revolution has been tough on rebel fighter and guitarist Massoud Abu Assir’s rock band. His bass player was captured by Muammar Gaddafi’s forces, and his drummer is off fighting on the front line.
But those setbacks haven’t stopped the 38-year-old amateur musician from composing songs in support of the revolution and performing them for rebels on the battlefield. He made an appearance on Saturday on the outskirts of the front line city of Ajdabiya as fierce fighting raged about 40km away.
‘My homeland will be strong. My homeland will be …

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[11 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]

THE regime of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi has accepted an African Union peace plan designed to end the current conflict, South African President Jacob Zuma said from Tripoli on Sunday.
Gaddafi’s delegation had accepted the AU’s proposals, details of which would be set out in a statement later, Mr Zuma added.
While other commitments meant he had to leave Libya Sunday evening, the other members of the African Union delegation would be staying over in Tripoli overnight before travelling west to rebel-held Benghazi, he continued.
There they would put the AU plan, which involves …

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[31 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]

INTERNATIONAL powers met in London on Tuesday to map out a future for Libya, vowing to continue military action until leader Muammar Gaddafi stops his ‘murderous attacks’ on civilians.
More than 35 countries, including seven Arab states plus the heads of the United Nations and Nato, gathered as Gaddafi urged Western nations to end their UN-backed offensive against his country.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said that although the military action was having an effect in protecting civilians, the western city of Misrata was still under attack from the Libyan leader’s forces.
‘I …

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[30 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]

Good evening. Tonight, I’d like to update the American people on the international effort that we have led in Libya – what we have done, what we plan to do, and why this matters to us.
I want to begin by paying tribute to our men and women in uniform who, once again, have acted with courage, professionalism and patriotism. They have moved with incredible speed and strength. Because of them and our dedicated diplomats, a coalition has been forged and countless lives have been saved. Meanwhile, as we speak, our …

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[23 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]

Calculating the U.S. price tag for the no-fly zone in Libya is hardly simple math. The cost of four nights of a US and European assault easily tops hundreds of millions of dollars as the international coalition seeks to undermine Moammar Gadhafi’s air defenses and save the rebels from likely defeat.
The cost could rise moderately if the US role is limited, with the Pentagon using its existing budget to cover the expense, or it could jump significantly if the operation drags on for weeks or months. As of Tuesday, the …