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Travel News: February 22, 2019

Libya’s ancient ruins blighted by theft, shunned by tourists Reuters The deserted souvenir shops and cafes on the mountainous road leading to the 2,600-year-old site are the only reminder that this used to be a major tourist destination. Looting has hit Libya’s archaeological sites since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, when the country descended into turmoil with rival administrations competing for control. Cyrene is one of five of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites in the North African co...
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Libyan El Feel oilfield output still around 75,000 bpd, reports of fighting not correct: engineer

Libya's El Feel oilfield is still producing some 75,000 barrels a day and there has been no fighting in the area contrary to what some local media have reported, a field engineer there told Reuters by telephone on Thursday.
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Eastern Libyan military forces claim control of El Feel oilfield

Eastern-based Libyan military forces have taken control of the 70,000 barrel per day south-western El Feel oilfield, their spokesman said on Thursday. Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC), which operates the field in a joint venture with Italy's Eni, expressed concern. "NOC is concerned about the developments near El Feel oilfield and is monitoring the situation closely to ensure the safety of its staff," an NOC representative said.
Tags: Science, Italy, Libya, National Oil Corporation NOC, Eni, NOC, El Feel


Libya's ancient ruins blighted by theft, shunned by tourists

The deserted souvenir shops and cafes on the mountainous road leading to the 2,600-year-old site are the only reminder that this used to be a major tourist destination. Looting has hit Libya's archaeological sites since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, when the country descended into turmoil with rival administrations competing for control. Cyrene is one of five of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites in the North African country listed for their outstanding value.
Tags: Science, Unesco, Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, Cyrene


Libya's NOC to assess security at El Sharara before resuming production

Libyan state oil firm NOC will reopen the El Sharara oilfield, the country's biggest, only after an inspection to establish security, a spokesman said on Tuesday.
Tags: Money, businessNews, Libya, NOC, El Sharara


Rights group: 14 Tunisian workers kidnapped in Libya

CAIRO (AP) — A rights group in Libya says an armed group has kidnapped 14 Tunisian workers near the capital, Tripoli. The National Commission for Human Rights in Libya said late Saturday that the Tunisians were abducted on their way to work at an oil refinery in the western city of Zawiya. It said the […]
Tags: News, Ap, Nation, Libya, Cairo, Tripoli, Zawiya, National Commission for Human Rights in Libya


78% of Americans support immigration of highly skilled people

Click on image to enlarge Editor's note:For all the scare mongering the Trumpists do about immigration, most Americans support, 78% support immigration of highly skilled people. Thank goodness! The endodontist who did my last root canal told me he was from Libya. The surgeon who removed my malignant melanoma told me he was from Lebanon. The urological resident I just saw for my prostrate related UTI told me he was from Syria. When he told me he and his family was from Syria I started to weep...
Tags: Health, Syria, Libya, Lebanon, Infertility, David G Markham


Spokesman: Joint US-Libya forces bomb al-Qaida militants

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s U.N.-backed government says that joint Libyan and U.S. forces have bombed alleged al-Qaeda militants in a southern desert town. Tripoli-based government spokesman Mohammed al-Salak said late Wednesday the bombing took place in the town of Ubari, about 950 kilometers, or 590 miles, south of the capital, Tripoli He said that “this […]
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Nigerian migrants: Why are numbers to Europe dropping?

Why are fewer Nigerians are travelling through Libya to Europe?
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We'd be lost without them: meet the team that runs GPS for the world

It was announced this week that the £1m QE Engineering Prize had been won by four individuals who pioneered the creation of The American Global Positioning System (GPS). Below, we republish a 2011 report by Paul Kendall who was given rare and exclusive access to the United States Air Force unit that operates the satellite system At 23 years-old, Joshua Williams seems a little young to be in charge of the Global Positioning System. Three years ago, it was still illegal for him to buy a drink. Two...
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Libya committed to resuming El Sharara output once safety is assured: NOC

Libya's state oil firm NOC is committed to a swift resumption of oil output at the El Sharara oilfield, but only after its workers' safety is assured, it said on Tuesday.
Tags: Money, businessNews, Libya, NOC, El Sharara


France bombed Chadian rebels to stop coup d'etat: foreign minister

France's military struck rebels in Chad to prevent a coup d'etat against President Idriss Deby, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday. "There was an attack by a rebel group that came from southern Libya ... to take power by force in N'djamena. President Deby asked us in writing to intervene to prevent a coup d'etat and protect his country," Le Drian told lawmakers.
Tags: Science, France, Chad, Libya, Jean Yves Le Drian, Le Drian, Idriss Deby, Deby


PMO, Minister of Justice and Attorney General; AG and SNC-Lavalin: The Possibilities

We don’t know yet what really the reality of the allegations that the PMO “pressured” (whatever that means) the former Minister of Justice and Attorney General to (in turn) tell the Director of Public Prosecutions to let SNC-Lavalin to enter into a “deferred prosecution agreement” rather than go to trial on charges of bribing officials (and engaging in fraud and corruption) in Libya is. There are a number of possibilities, ranging from “business as usual” to improper political interference that ...
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East Libyan forces say they have full control of El Sharara oilfield

Eastern Libyan military forces have full control of the El Sharara oilfield, Libya's biggest, their spokesman said on Tuesday. "Peacefully with no resistance LNA (the Libyan National Army) has full control over Sharara oilfield with all its facilities," he tweeted, adding the facility was now being secured. The news came hours after the LNA's chief of staff, Abdel-Razeq Nathouri, told Reuters the forces were negotiating access to the 315,000 barrels-per-day field that state guards occupied on ...
Tags: Science, Libya, Reuters, LNA, El Sharara, Sharara, Libyan National Army, Abdel Razeq Nathouri


Exclusive: East Libyan force wants to take El Sharara oilfield by talks

The comments by Abdel-Razeq Nathouri, chief of staff of the Libyan National Army (LNA) commanded by Khalifa Haftar, may soothe fears of a battle for the 315,000 barrels-per-day field. Libya has been in turmoil since the NATO-backed toppling of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, with rival administrations and armed groups controlling different territories. The LNA began an offensive in the south last month to fight Islamist militants, Chadian opposition forces and cross-border smugglers, as well as to se...
Tags: Science, Nato, Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, LNA, Khalifa Haftar, El Sharara, Libyan National Army LNA, Abdel Razeq Nathouri


#Qatar-French dialogue to address broad regional issues: ministers | Reuters

Qatar-French dialogue to address broad regional issues: ministers | Reuters:Qatar and France have agreed to launch a strategic dialogue initiative to address a broad range of regional issues, their foreign ministers said on Monday.The dialogue will address the wars in Libya and Syria, regional tension with Iran, and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, they told a news conference in Doha.It will also address Qatar’s dispute with other Arab countries. [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bum...
Tags: Travel, France, Qatar, Iran, Syria, Libya, Doha, Reuters, Rupert Neil Bumfrey


Eeat Libyan force stops plane in campaign for south

A jet from Khalifa Haftar's east Libyan military forces intercepted a civilian plane on Sunday as part of its push to control the oil-rich south of the riven nation, the faction said. Libya has been in turmoil since the NATO-backed toppling of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, with parallel administrations and armed groups carving the nation into swathes of control. Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) began an offensive in the south last month to fight militants and take control of oil installations, a...
Tags: Science, Nato, Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, Khalifa Haftar, Haftar, Libyan National Army LNA


Canada to welcome hundreds of refugees from Libya

Canada will take in 750 refugees from Libya, some rescued from migrant detention centers.
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Libya's NOC calls for avoiding escalation at Sharara oilfield

BENGHAZI, Libya/LONDON (Reuters) - Libya's National Oil Corp on Friday urged all parties to avoid escalation at the El Sharara oilfield, the country's largest, and said it would not restore normal operations until security had been restored. "Worker safety remains our primary concern," NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla said in a statement. "We urge all parties to avoid conflict and the politicization of key infrastructure." The eastern-based Libyan National Army said on Wednesday it had seized the...
Tags: Science, Libya, NOC, Mustafa Sanalla, El Sharara, Sharara, Libyan National Army, BENGHAZI Libya LONDON, Reuters Libya s National Oil Corp


Conflict erupts for control of Libya's largest oil field

Fighting between UN-backed GNA and Libyan National Army over field closed since DecemberFighting has broken out over the future of Libya’s largest oil field, as forces loyal to the UN-recognised Tripoli-based government battle Libyan National Army (LNA) forces led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the leading figure in fractured Libya’s east.Al-Sharara field, 560 miles south of Tripoli, is capable of producing 315,000 barrels of crude a day – about a third of Libya’s total current output. But it ...
Tags: Business, Africa, Oil, World news, Commodities, Middle East and North Africa, Libya, Un, Tripoli, Gna, Khalifa Haftar, Libyan National Army, Libyan National Army LNA, Libyan National Oil Corporation NOC, Al Sharara


East Libyan forces control substation not main El Sharara field: engineer

East Libyan military forces control a pumping substation for the El Sharara oilfield but the main production area is still occupied by armed tribesmen, a field engineer said on Thursday. The Libyan National Army (LNA), based in the east of the politically divided country, said on Wednesday it had seized the 315,000 barrels per day field from tribesmen and protesters who forced operations to halt when they took the site on Dec. 8. The engineer, who asked not to be identified, said a convoy of L...
Tags: Science, Libya, LNA, El Sharara, Libyan National Army LNA


French army says airstrikes in Chad destroy 20 pickups

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The French army says airstrikes have destroyed some 20 pickup trucks in an armed column that had made its way from Libya deep into neighboring Chad and ignored three days of warning strikes. A statement says the airstrikes on Tuesday and Wednesday occurred at Chad’s request and in coordination with its army, […]
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East Libyan forces say they’ve taken southern oil field

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyan forces from the country’s east say they have taken control of the southern Sharara oil field, part of an expansion of Gen. Khalifa Hifter’s control over Libya’s main revenue generator. In a statement late Wednesday, Ahmed Mesmari, spokesman for the self-styled Libyan National Army under Hifter’s command, says the move […]
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The Families of Migrants Held Hostage Are Using Facebook to Raise Money for Smugglers’ Ransoms

With thousands of migrants held captive in Libya, their friends and families are increasingly turning to Facebook to raise hefty ransoms
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The EU’s deal with Libya is sentencing refugees to death | Sally Hayden

I am in daily contact with people in Libyan detention centres. Any hope that the country might be a safe haven has gone, leaving only death and despairHaftom, a 32-year-old Eritrean dentist, used to tell a joke that went like this: “God was watching the globe and saw Eritrea was green. ‘How did this country become so green,’ he wondered, and went to investigate. But when he got there he saw the green was overcrowded militias.”Of course this was black humour. Like tens of thousands of others, Haf...
Tags: Europe, Africa, Eu, European Union, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Refugees, Eritrea, Libya, Sally Hayden, Haftom


Cayman Islands: PIAM v Upper Brook (A) Ltd & Ors: Important Decision On Scope Of UN And EU Sanctions - Appleby

International sanctions were imposed by the United Nations in respect of Libya in 2011.
Tags: News, United Nations, Libya, Un, Cayman Islands, PIAM, Upper Brook A Ltd, EU Sanctions Appleby


Backing Chad's Deby, French warplanes stop rebel advance from Libya

Mirage jets struck a column of 40 pickups carrying armed groups from Libya deep into Chadian territory, the French army said in a statement. The strikes were the first by French jets in support of Chadian troops since the rebel Military Command Council for the Salvation of the Republic (CCMSR) based in southern Libya increased its activities last year in a bid to overthrow him. The Union of Forces of Resistance (UFR), a rebel Chadian coalition created in 2009 after almost toppling Deby, said i...
Tags: Science, Chad, Libya, Deby, Military Command Council, Union of Forces of Resistance UFR


French fighter jets back Chadian forces after incursion from Libya

French fighter jets struck targets in northern Chad on Sunday in support of local troops trying to repel a convoy of unidentified fighters that had crossed the border from Libya, the French military said on Monday. The strikes could be the first official backing by Paris of President Idriss Deby as he looks to quell a fledgling rebel movement, the Military Command Council for the Salvation of the Republic (CCMSR), that seeks to overthrow him. The statement did not say who was behind the incurs...
Tags: Science, Paris, Chad, Libya, Idriss Deby, Military Command Council


France launches airstrikes at armed Libyan group in Chad

PARIS (AP) — France’s Defense Ministry says French armed forces have intervened in northern Chad and launched airstrikes at an armed group coming in from Libya. The operation took place Sunday and was organized in cooperation with the Chadian army. A patrol of Mirage 2000 airplanes hit a column of 40 pickups coming from Libya […]
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4 killed, 3 wounded in clashes in Libya’s southwest

CAIRO (AP) — Media officials with Libya’s paramilitary say four fighters have been killed and at least three wounded in an attack they launched on the desert camp of a rival militia in the country’s southwest. Friday’s assault in the town of Ghadduwah was part of the self-styled Libyan National Army’s campaign to “cleanse” the […]
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