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December 13, 2011

NTC chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil on Monday called for patience

Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Monday to show their frustration with leaders who came to power after Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown.

In the biggest demonstration in Benghazi since the revolt against Gaddafi started in the city, between 20,000 and 30,000 protesters filled the central Shajara square and nearby Abdel Nasser Street, a witness told Reuters.

November 19, 2011

Says they could overthrow the incoming government if it fails to meet their demands

A commander of Libyan former rebels has warned that his men could overthrow the incoming government if it fails to meet their demands for representation.

The credibility of the threat, made by Tripoli militia leader Abdullah Naker in a Reuters interview, was hard to assess in a city where the balance of forces, three months after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, is obscure and fluid.

November 4, 2011

Few know anything about their new interim prime minister, Abdurrahim El-Keib, who before his surprise appointment to the most difficult job in post-Gaddafi Libya was an academic and electrical engineer.

Jobs, normality and democracy are high on the wish lists of Libyans questioned on the streets of their capital, but after months of civil war, meeting their expectations is a challenging assignment for the "grey men" now trying to run the country.

Few know anything about their new interim prime minister, Abdurrahim El-Keib, who before his surprise appointment to the most difficult job in post-Gaddafi Libya was an academic and electrical engineer.

November 1, 2011

Pieces from a huge collection of priceless ancient coins, jewellery and statuettes, looted from a bank vault in eastern Libya in the chaos of the rebellion against Muammar Gaddafi, have appeared in the local souk and are being taken abroad.

November 1, 2011

Abdul Raheem al-Keeb has spent much of his life outside Libya, studying in the United States before taking up academic posts in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Libya's ruling National Transitional Council has elected little-known academic Abdul Raheem al-Keeb as the new interim prime minister to guide the country as it emerges from a bitter civil war towards a new constitution and democratic elections.

With vast oil and gas reserves and a relatively small population, Libya has the potential to become a prosperous nation, but regional rivalries pent up during Muammar Gaddafi's 42 years of one-man rule could descend into a cycle of revenge.

September 20, 2011

The NTC, still based in the eastern city of Benghazi, has faced questions about whether it can unify a country divided on tribal and local lines.

Muammar Gaddafi's loyalists said on Monday they had captured 17 mercenaries -- some British and French -- in what would amount to a severe blow to Libya's new rulers and their international backers.

The claim by the fugitive ousted leader's spokesman Moussa Ibrahim could not be verified, but it comes as the new authorities are facing stark reversals on the battlefield and in the political arena.

September 15, 2011

They are being hunted, killed and treated worse than beasts; all because they have skin colouration that are pixels darker than that of the average northern Libyan.

Any Igbo man, who has had the unfortunate experience of spending substantial time in any of the cities, villages or towns in the far North of Nigeria, and recently Jos, knows firsthand how it feels to be hunted, to have bloodthirsty gangs on the prowl for your blood. They know too well, that sudden dryness of the oral cavity and the clinching of the tummy, which comes from acute fear that arise from the knowledge that one’s life hangs in the balance, and could end within the minute.

September 5, 2011

Blacks are reportedly being killed in the North African country following the victory of the rebels.

Former Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Monday called on the Federal Government and the African Union (AU)  to evacuate more than 2,000 Nigerians and other African migrants trapped in different cities in Libya.

In a statement issued in Abuja, the former Chairman listed the cities as Tripoli, Benghazi, Gath, Agadez and Sirte.

There are reported killings of Nigerians and other blacks in Libya over accusation that they were mercenaries working for the deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi.

September 4, 2011

A portion of the Libyan frozen funds amounting to around 280 million Libyan dinars, or around $234 million, reached Benghazi this week already by airplane.
 

Britain will ship the remainder of $1.5 billion in frozen Libyan funds to Benghazi within a week, a senior official in the rebel government said on Friday, helping its new rulers to pay public workers and restore order in the war-torn country.

A portion of the funds amounting to around 280 million Libyan dinars, or around $234 million, reached Benghazi this week already by airplane.

September 4, 2011

A portion of the Libyan frozen funds amounting to around 280 million Libyan dinars, or around $234 million, reached Benghazi this week already by airplane.
 

Britain will ship the remainder of $1.5 billion in frozen Libyan funds to Benghazi within a week, a senior official in the rebel government said on Friday, helping its new rulers to pay public workers and restore order in the war-torn country.

A portion of the funds amounting to around 280 million Libyan dinars, or around $234 million, reached Benghazi this week already by airplane.

June 14, 2011

The rebel government in control of the eastern part of Libya has made its first sale of oil from territory it controls, the State Department confirmed Wednesday.

Tesoro, a U.S. oil refiner, entered into a deal May 25 with the Transitional National Council based in Benghazi, Libya for 1.2 million barrels of Libyan crude oil, the State Department said in a written statement. The shipment was scheduled to arrive aboard the MT Equator, a Liberian-flagged tanker, at the Single Point Mooring in Hawaii on Wednesday. The dollar value of the deal is not known.

April 3, 2011

Hundreds of mostly young, inexperienced volunteers were later seen fleeing east from Brega towards the town of Ajdabiyah after coming under heavy mortar and machinegun fire.

A NATO-led air strike killed 13 Libyan rebels in a "regrettable incident", a rebel spokesman said on Saturday, in an increasingly chaotic battle with Muammar Gaddafi's forces over the oil town of Brega.

April 3, 2011

Hundreds of mostly young, inexperienced volunteers were later seen fleeing east from Brega towards the town of Ajdabiyah after coming under heavy mortar and machinegun fire.

A NATO-led air strike killed 13 Libyan rebels in a "regrettable incident", a rebel spokesman said on Saturday, in an increasingly chaotic battle with Muammar Gaddafi's forces over the oil town of Brega.

March 24, 2011

Now the very same people that said Sudan, Somalia, and now Ivory Coast, were internal issues are bombing Libya back into the Stone Age, while the AU fiddles its thumb in the background like a chastened child.

After much dillydallying, the UN nations finally approved a no-fly zone over Libyan, going even further than expected by granting the nations willing to take part in the enforcement carte blanche to do everything, and anything possible to protect “civilians”.

March 18, 2011

This yearning which is only achievable through the collapse of Gaddafi’s government and political reforms is certainly not guaranteed by this belated resolution.

Finally, the United Nations Security Council at 6.3pm ET yesterday, adopted the long awaited “no fly zone” resolution on Libya.  Tagged “resolution 1973/2011”, the rather short session saw the 15-member security council vote in favour of a resolution authorizing all necessary measures to protect civilians under threat of attack, in particular Benghazi. 

March 18, 2011

Overnight, television images showed thousands of people listening to Gaddafi's speech in Benghazi, then erupting in celebration after the UN vote, waving anti-Gaddafi tricolours and chanting slogans against the leader of four decades.

Supporters of Libyan rebels celebrated a UN resolution authorising a "no-fly" zone and military attacks on Muammar Gaddafi's forces, after the Libyan leader said he would crush the revolutionaries.

But after waiting weeks for the West to act on rebels' pleas to ground Gaddafi's warplanes and stop an offensive that has retaken swathes of once rebel-held territory, Libyans who have fled the country in terror said they wanted to see action.

March 17, 2011

An Arab League call for a no-fly zone satisfies the first condition, but with access to most of Libya barred by Gaddafi's security forces, hard evidence that NATO intervention is needed to avert atrocities or a humanitarian disaster is scarce.

The Libyan army shelled a rebel-held city and closed in on the opposition bastion of Benghazi on Wednesday as diplomatic steps to stop long-serving autocrat Muammar Gaddafi crushing a rebellion ran aground.

March 14, 2011

The Arab League's weekend call for a U.N. no-fly zone appeared to satisfy one of three conditions set by NATO for it to police Libyan air space, that of regional support. The other two are proof its help is needed, and a U.N. Security Council resolution.

France stepped up efforts on Monday to persuade world powers to impose a no-fly zone over Libya, as Muammar Gaddafi's troops battled rebel fighters for control of the strategic oil town of Brega.

March 12, 2011

The competition was originally slated for March 18 through April 1 in the Libyan cities of Tripoli and Benghazi, but had to be postponed due to the crisis in the country.

The competition was originally slated for March 18 through April 1 in the Libyan cities of Tripoli and Benghazi, but had to be postponed due to the crisis in the country.

Nigeria’s Under-20 national team, coached by John Obuh was in Libya for a two-legged friendly and later headed for Turkey to intensify their preparation before the postponement was announced by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).Green siad that the team’s training programme in Libya and Europe was capital intensive.

March 5, 2011

Paris-based Interpol delivered a global alert against Gaddafi and 15 members of his inner circle to help police around the world enforce U.N. sanctions aimed at ending turmoil in the world's 12th largest oil exporter.

Muammar Gaddafi's forces battled rebels on several fronts in a worsening of Libya's crisis on Friday and unrest erupted in the capital when gunmen fired to break up crowds shouting "Gaddafi is the enemy of God".

February 28, 2011

Residents even in parts of the capital Tripoli have thrown up barricades against government forces. A general in the east of the country said his forces were ready to help rebels in the west.

Libyan rebels awaited a counter-attack by Muammar Gaddafi's forces on Monday, after the country's leader defied demands that he quit to end the bloodiest of the Arab world's wave of uprisings.