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November 10, 2011

The next question; and the real question to ask though is - what contract does the Glass House hold with the nation?

When individuals, organisations or countries cannot do a proper categorical assessment of past failures, then that person, company or country is not ready for real development; and it seems that is where the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has found itself with the myriad of disappointments that have followed each other over the past four weeks.

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.

October 29, 2011

Ambassadors from the 28 NATO states meeting in Brussels formalised a preliminary decision reached a week ago to end the mission that NATO took over on March 31 on October 31.

NATO confirmed on Friday it would end its Libyan mission next week, seven months after launching air and sea operations that helped bring the overthrow and death of Muammar Gaddafi.

Ambassadors from the 28 NATO states meeting in Brussels formalised a preliminary decision reached a week ago to end the mission that NATO took over on March 31 on October 31.

"Our military job is now done," NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a message on Twitter confirming the decision.

October 21, 2011

Controversy over the final moments of a man who once held the world in thrall with a mixture of eccentricity and thuggery raised questions about the ability of Libya's National Transitional Council to control the men with guns

Muammar Gaddafi's body lay in an old meat store on Friday as arguments over a burial, and his killing after being captured, dogged efforts by Libya's new leaders to make a formal start on a new era of democracy.

With a bullet wound visible through the familiar curly hair, the corpse shown to Reuters in Misrata bore other marks of the violent end to a violent life that was being broadcast to the world in snatches of grainy, gory cellphone video.

October 6, 2011

However, those countries that have supported the actions of these ‘rebel-rousers’ should not in future point fingers at any one else but themselves when the chicken comes home to roost.

Editor's note: continued from last week, this is the concluding part.

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 17, 2011

Niger's justice minister said on Friday it would not send one of Gaddafi's sons, Saadi, back to Libya, saying he could not get a fair trial there and risked the death penalty.

Libyan interim government forces licked their wounds on Saturday after a failed assault on the town of Bani Walid, and a spokesman for Muammar Gaddafi accused NATO of killing 354 people in overnight air strikes on the city of Sirte.

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 6, 2011

Sources said that France may have brokered an arrangement between the new Libyan government and Gaddafi.

Scores of Libyan army vehicles have crossed the desert frontier into Niger in what may be a dramatic, secretly negotiated bid by Muammar Gaddafi to seek refuge in a friendly African state, military sources from France and Niger told Reuters on Tuesday.

September 5, 2011

Now let me clarify one thing I do not think Twitter is the second coming of Jesus.

Disclaimer: I am utterly opposed to the destruction of Libya(ns) and the UN endorsement and execution of a selective violent coup in search of ‘freedom’.

September 1, 2011

Big powers, gathered to coordinate the political and economic reconstruction of the oil-producing country, will also be jostling over business interests there.

World leaders meet in Paris on Thursday to discuss Libya's future, with hosts France and Britain hoping to show that a costly military campaign can lead to a political transition that avoids the mistakes of Iraq.

Big powers, gathered to coordinate the political and economic reconstruction of the oil-producing North African state, will also be jostling over business interests there.

August 22, 2011

Two of Gaddafi's sons have been seized and it's unclear where he is

Libyan government tanks and snipers put up scattered, last-ditch resistance in Tripoli on Monday after rebels swept into the heart of the capital, cheered on by crowds hailing the end of Muammar Gaddafi's 42 years in power.

The 69-year-old leader, urging civilians to take up arms against rebel "rats", said in an audio broadcast that he was in the city and would be "with you until the end". But there was little sign of popular opposition to the rebel offensive, two of Gaddafi's sons were seized and it was unclear where he was.

June 17, 2011

The rebels, however, are still a long way from Gaddafi’s stronghold in Tripoli

Libyan rebels have pushed deeper into government-held territory from their base in the Western Mountains, taking two villages from which forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi had been shelling rebel-held towns.

But the rebels are still a considerable way from Gaddafi's main stronghold in Tripoli, while their fellow fighters on the other two fronts in Misrata and in eastern Libya have made only halting progress against better-armed government troops. 

June 14, 2011

NATO is abusing a United Nations resolution to protect Libyan civilians from Muammar Gaddafi's forces in order to pursue regime change and political assassinations, South African President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

Zuma, who has visited Libya twice since March on behalf of the African Union (AU) to seek a solution to the civil war, said NATO had overstepped the UN Resolution, passed in March and authorising the use of military force to protect civilians.

May 31, 2011

Ratko Mladic lived openly at home in Belgrade until 2002, seven years after an international war crimes tribunal indictment, often receiving visitors for meals, rakia and music, a friend said on Monday

"He was a very engaged person throughout that time," Aleksandar Mihailovic, who lived a few houses down and whose firm built Mladic's house, told Reuters. "He loved songs, rakia, eating -- he was a very normal person."

Mladic was arrested last Thursday at a farmhouse of a cousin in a village 100 km (60 miles) northeast of Belgrade.

May 28, 2011

Safia Farkash Gadhafi, who married Moammar Gadhafi in 1970 a year after he rose to power blames NATO for the death of her children

A woman believed to be Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's wife lashed out at NATO during an exclusive interview Friday with CNN, even as she expressed despair for her family's and her nation's plight -- saying, "Life has no value now."

Safia Farkash Gadhafi, who married Moammar Gadhafi in 1970 a year after he rose to power in the North African nation, is not thought to have ever previously spoken on the record with members of the Libyan or international media.

May 28, 2011

The airstrikes comes after a fifth straight days of night of attacks

NATO staged a rare daytime air strike on Tripoli on Saturday after a fifth straight night of attacks, adding to military and diplomatic pressure on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to quit after 41 years of power.

A big boom shook the Libya capital at about 0800 GMT but it was unclear if it was caused by a bomb or missile, or what the target was.

May 27, 2011

The rebirth that the relatively free and fair elections hold for the nation will start its test as from next Sunday.

General Sani Abacha left Aso Rock at the right time. He saved everyone the agony of an Arab Spring styled Nigerian revolution. On Sunday, Eagles Square will host the inauguration of President Goodluck Jonathan, and not a plethoric gathering of youths defiantly demanding an end to General Abacha’s tyrannical government.

May 24, 2011

France and other members of a NATO-led coalition will use attack helicopters in Libya, French officials said on Monday, a step meant to hit Muammar Gaddafi's forces more accurately from the air.

Continued shelling of the rebel-held western outpost of Misrata illustrated the scale of the problem facing rebel forces and NATO. Rebels said Gaddafi forces were trying to advance into the long-besieged city under cover of rocket and mortar shells.

May 19, 2011

The country has threatened to report Libya to the U.N following continuous firing of rockets by Libyan forces towards Tunisian territory

Tunisia threatened to report Libya to the U.N. Security Council if it fired into Tunisian territory again, after Libya's three-month-old conflict spilled beyond its borders.

Libyan rebels and a Tunisian security source said the head of Libya's National Oil Corporation had defected and fled to Tunisia, an act that if confirmed would be a major blow to Muammar Gaddafi's efforts to cling to power.

May 17, 2011

State-run television in Libya reported that case strikes hit military and civilian targets and caused "material and human losses"

The world's top war crimes prosecutor sought an arrest warrant for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, accusing him of killing protesters who want an end to end his four-decade rule.

International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo also asked judges, who must now see if there is enough evidence to issue warrants, for the arrest of Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam and his spy chief brother-in-law Abdullah al-Senussi.

May 3, 2011

Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi stepped up their onslaught on rebel areas of Libya's Western Mountains late on Monday.

Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi stepped up their onslaught on rebel areas of Libya's Western Mountains late on Monday, rebels said, and refugees said towns in the isolated region were on the brink of starvation.

At least 10 Grad rockets landed on the town of Zintan, rebel spokesman Abdulrahman told Reuters by telephone. "They were fired by Gaddafi forces positioned north of Zintan," he said.

May 2, 2011

Gaddafi’s son was killed in NATO’s air strike, but rebels in Benghazi are sceptical.

Angry mobs have attacked Western embassies and UN offices in Tripoli after Nato bombed Muammar Gaddafi's family compound in an attack officials said killed the leader's second-youngest son and three grandchildren.

Russia accused the Western alliance of exceeding its UN mandate of protecting Libyan civilians with the strike.

May 1, 2011

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi survived a NATO air strike on a Tripoli house that killed his youngest son and three grandchildren, a government spokesman said on Sunday.

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi survived a NATO air strike on a Tripoli house that killed his youngest son and three grandchildren, a government spokesman said on Sunday.

Libyan officials took journalists to the house, which had been hit by at least three missiles. The roof had completely caved in places, leaving mangled rods of reinforcing steel hanging down among splintered chunks of concrete.