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Libyans Mark First Anniversary of Revolution

Posted February 17th, 2012 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
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People in Libya are celebrating the first anniversary of the revolution that topped the regime of former dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Spontaneous celebrations began in cities and towns across the country late Thursday. In the eastern city of Benghazi, security officials were on high alert as hundreds of people cheered and waved flags outside the city’s […]

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Niger Refuses to Extradite Gadhafi Son to Libya

Posted February 11th, 2012 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Niger has refused to extradite to Libya the son of slain dictator Moammar Gadhafi, saying Saadi Gadhafi risks death in the country his father ruled for four decades. Niger government spokesman Marou Amadou told reporters Saturday that Niger would turn Gadhafi over to the International Criminal Court if the court requests. Libya’s ruling National Transitional […]

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Gadhafi Supporters Attack Libyan Town, 4 Dead

Posted January 23rd, 2012 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Heavy fighting broke out Monday in the Libyan town of Bani Walid, as supporters of ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi attempted to capture the city, killing at least four fighters loyal to the country’s new government. Residents said both sides fought with rocket-propelled grenades and anti-tank weapons. The clashes are said to have begun when Gadhafi […]

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Libya’s NTC Deputy Head Quits After Benghazi Protests

Posted January 22nd, 2012 at 7:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The deputy head of Libya’s National Transitional Council has stepped down, a day after anti-government protesters stormed the ruling body’s offices in the eastern city of Benghazi. Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, one of the Council’s highest-profile members, announced his resignation Sunday as thousands of university students demonstrated against him in Benghazi, where last week he was […]

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Libya’s NTC Deputy Head Quits After Benghazi Protests

Posted January 22nd, 2012 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The deputy head of Libya’s National Transitional Council has stepped down, a day after anti-government protesters stormed the ruling body’s offices in the eastern city of Benghazi. Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, one of the Council’s highest-profile members, announced his resignation Sunday as thousands of university students demonstrated against him in Benghazi, where last week he was […]

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Libya’s No. 2 Leader Resigns After Benghazi Anti-Government Riot

Posted January 22nd, 2012 at 9:25 am (UTC-5)
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The deputy head of Libya’s National Transitional Council says he is resigning his post a day after anti-government protesters stormed the ruling body’s offices in the eastern city of Benghazi. Abdel Hafiz Ghoga announced his resignation in an interview with Al-Jazeera television Sunday. A day earlier, rioters threw stones and hand grenades at the NTC […]

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Libyans Storm Transitional Govt. HQ in Benghazi

Posted January 21st, 2012 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A crowd of Libyan demonstrators used hand grenades to force their way inside the local headquarters of Libya’s ruling National Transitional Council in the eastern city of Benghazi Saturday, to protest the pace of reforms. Witnesses said the people of Benghazi, the birthplace of the uprising against longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi, were demanding greater transparency […]

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Libya Names Head of New Army as Militias Clash

Posted January 4th, 2012 at 3:30 am (UTC-5)
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Libya’s interim government has named a former military officer under Moammar Gadhafi as the head of the country’s army, while clashes between militias in the capital highlighted ongoing security challenges. The fighting erupted Tuesday in Tripoli between a local militia and one from the city of Misrata, about 200 kilometers to the east. The two […]

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Tunisia Seeks Guarantees to Extradite Former Libyan PM

Posted January 2nd, 2012 at 9:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Tunisia’s visiting president says his country would extradite former Libyan prime minister Baghdadi al-Mahmudi to Tripoli to face charges of abuse of office, if Libya would guarantee his physical safety and a fair trial. President Moncef Marzouki told a joint news conference with Libyan leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil that the ex-prime minister could be handed […]

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Libya to Integrate Former Rebels in Military

Posted December 25th, 2011 at 7:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Senior Libyan officials have announced a program to disarm and integrate into the country’s armed forces and civil institutions thousands of former rebels who helped topple Moammar Gadhafi. Planning Minister Issa al-Tuijer said Sunday the ex-rebels – many who still are organized in disparate militia groups – will be assigned to the military as well […]

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