Human Rights Watch said that armed groups and fighters under Khalifa Haftar's command "appear to have used antipersonnel landmines and booby traps in Tripoli in late May 2020. In a report on Wednesday, Human Rights Watch added that fighters affiliated with Haftar's forces, including foreign forces, appear to have laid mines as they withdrew from southern districts of Tripoli. "These devices were assembled and used in a manner intended to be detonated by the presence, proximity, or contact of a person," Human Rights Watch said, adding they are able to incapacitate, injure, or kill one or more people. "Other photographs shared on social media show mines equipped with tripwires and mines used as triggers to detonate larger improvised explosive devices. Human Rights Watch added.
June 03, 2020 17:15 UTC
United Nations, United States, June 3, 2020 – Europe tried to reassure Russia during a UN Security Conference video call Tuesday after a French warship intercepted an oil tanker off the coast of Libya under an operation to halt the flow of arms to the North African country. The bloc reiterated the “commitment of European states to respect (arms and oil) embargoes within the strict rules of Security Council resolutions,” one diplomat said. Diplomats said the interception of an oil tanker by the French ship off the coast of Tobruk 10 days ago was a major topic of conversation during Tuesday’s session. The Gabon-flagged Jal Laxmi was collecting a multi-million dollar oil shipment but had not received authorization from the Tripoli-based Libyan National Oil Corporation, a specialist told AFP on the condition of anonymity. The French foreign ministry only said the warship had “interacted” with the oil tanker.
June 03, 2020 17:03 UTC
Hello and welcome to the details of Family of Lockerbie bomber appeals conviction and now with the detailsNevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - LONDON, June 3 — Lawyers representing the family of the Libyan man jailed for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing today formally lodged an appeal against his conviction, after a Scottish commission ruled a miscarriage of justice may have occurred. Eleven people on the ground in the Scottish town of Lockerbie also lost their lives in what was the biggest terrorist attack on British soil. Lawyer Aamer Anwar, acting for the former Libyan intelligence officer’s family, said the grounds for the family’s appeal were “substantial”. “We have now formally lodged with the High Court of Justiciary the appeal grounds in the posthumous appeal on behalf of the late Al-Megrahi,” he said. The Scottish government approved Megrahi’s release from prison on compassionate grounds in 2009 because he was suffering from prostate cancer.
June 03, 2020 15:56 UTC
Hello and welcome to the details of France, Algeria pledge to relaunch relations after rift and now with the detailsNevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone yesterday with his Algerian counterpart Abdelmadjid Tebboune, discussing the coronavirus crisis and conflicts in Libya and the Sahel, said the Elysee Palace. — Reuters picALGIERS, June 3 — The French and Algerian presidents have pledged to “relaunch” relations after a week-long diplomatic rift that led to the recall of the Algerian ambassador to Paris. Earlier in the year, Tebboune had called for “mutual respect” in Franco-Algerian relations, saying his country “will not accept any interference or tutelage” from abroad. The leaders agreed to coordinate on working to restore security and stability in the region in regards to Libya and the Sahel region, the Algerian statement added. France and five Sahel nations — including three of Algeria’s immediate neighbours — pledged earlier this year to bolster efforts against jihadists waging an increasingly deadly insurgency.
June 03, 2020 15:45 UTC
A Dhaka court today placed two people on a two-day remand each in connection with a case filed over trafficking of the 26 Bangladeshis killed in Libya on May 28. In today's remand prayer, the IO said the brothers were involved with the trafficking of 26 Bangladeshis in Libya. So, they need to be remanded to learn of the whereabouts of others involved with trafficking, the IO added. Earlier on Friday, another Rab team arrested one Kamal Uddin alias Haji Kamal (55), an alleged ring leader of a human trafficking gang, from Dhaka's Shahjadpur area. Kamal sent some of the victims to Libya and took ransom from at least two families when their near ones were tortured days before being killed.
June 03, 2020 14:15 UTC
A Libyan man attempting to enter Morocco revealed the identity of the woman who issued him the falsified official documents. Rabat – Moroccan authorities are investigating a network of Libyan women for allegedly issuing forged visas into Morocco. In early March, police arrested a Libyan man at Casablanca’s Mohammed V Airport. The man admitted that he received the visa from a Libyan woman in charge of a travel agency in Tunis. She later handed him his passport stamped with a Moroccan visa, in exchange for $300.
June 03, 2020 11:03 UTC
The European Union Delegation issued the following statement on 30 May, in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission to Libya:"The European Union Delegation and EU Member State Heads of Mission condemn the murder of thirty trafficked migrants, mostly Bangladeshi nationals, on 27 May in Mizda which also resulted in others wounded. We welcome instructions by the authorities to open an investigation into this appalling crime and expect the perpetrators to be brought to justice. "Our condolences go to the families of the victims and we wish a quick recovery to the wounded. Libya needs a peaceful political resolution to the ongoing conflict to end the suffering and loss of lives." Source: EU NeighborsImage: EU Delegation to Libya03 June 2020 14:36
June 03, 2020 10:41 UTC
A tech advocacy group backed by Twitter and Facebook sued President Trump over his executive order cracking down on social media companies. The suit aims to block the feds from enforcing Trump’s order. The complaint marks the latest episode in Trump’s battle with social media firms, which entered a new phase when the president signed the order Thursday. The order came after Twitter added fact-checking labels to Trump’s tweets alleging that mail-in voting leads to fraud. Trump said he took action to “defend free speech” from the alleged censorship and bias of social media companies.
June 03, 2020 10:24 UTC
Speaker of Tripoli-based House of Representatives, Hamouda Sayala said that the speaker of east Libya parliament, Aguila Saleh could not be a political partner, as he was a supporter of the military coup initiated by Khalifa Haftar. Sayala added in an interview with Al Jazeera Mubasher that the political process should be bereft of Haftar who is not trustworthy after his dismissal of all previous agreements put before him. He went on to say that they are willing to sit down with anyone from the opposite party, providing that they are willing to sincerely seek a peaceful solution, adding that Haftar is the one who brought mercenaries into Libya. Sayala also remarked that Libya’s partnership with Turkey was a legitimate option, according to official agreements between the two parties.
June 03, 2020 08:48 UTC
Abela now risks suffering a backlash from the same audience he has pandered to, as soon as ports are reopened. Even during the health crisis, it became evident that the construction and hotel lobby still carry disproportionate political power. By declaring the COVID emergency over, Abela may have stolen Fearne of his thunder. This time round Abela was also more careful in his delivery, thus diminishing the contrast with his deputy prime minister. Abela’s gravitas as a statesman with foresight is in questionAbela may have taken a step too far by declaring that the COVID-19 crisis is now behind us.
June 03, 2020 08:15 UTC
(Washington, DC) – An armed group and affiliates fighting for control of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, appear to have used antipersonnel landmines and booby traps there in late May 2020, Human Rights Watch said today. “Any use of internationally banned landmines is unconscionable,” said Steve Goose, arms division director at Human Rights Watch and chair of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, the Nobel Peace Co-Laureate. These devices were assembled and used in a manner intended to be detonated by the presence, proximity, or contact of a person, Human Rights Watch said. Libya is affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war dating back to World War II. Since then, landmines and explosive remnants of war in Libya have caused at least 3,252 casualties, according to Landmine Monitor.
June 03, 2020 06:45 UTC
Europe tried to reassure Russia during a UN Security Conference video call Tuesday after a French warship intercepted an oil tanker off the coast of Libya under an operation to halt the flow of arms to the North African country. European Union representatives spent the closed-door meeting -- which Russia requested -- explaining the EU's naval mission to enforce an arms embargo on Libya, which began April 1, according to diplomats who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The bloc reiterated the "commitment of European states to respect (arms and oil) embargoes" "within the strict rules of Security Council resolutions," one diplomat said. Diplomats said the interception of an oil tanker by the French ship off the coast of Tobruk 10 days ago was a major topic of conversation during Tuesday's session. The French foreign ministry only said the warship had "interacted" with the oil tanker.
June 03, 2020 06:11 UTC
“I didn’t lose that many guys in 10 years of the bloody Syrian war,” said Adnan, 40, a group leader affiliated to Al Hamza division. In January, the Turkish national assembly approved a resolution to send troops to Libya to support the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord. Giulio Piscitelli/MSF for The National A Nigerian woman plays with her baby, born in Libya, outside the church of San Francis in Tripoli. Giulio Piscitelli/MSF for The National A Somali refugee in his accomodation in the district of Gorgi, south of Tripoli. Giulio Piscitelli/MSF for The National“It is like the beginning of the Syrian war.
June 03, 2020 04:07 UTC
6817, which seeks to protect persons who are confirmed, suspect or probable coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. — RapplerBuildings with 2 or more COVID cases face lockdownBuildings that have at least two occupants with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) will be placed under lockdown. — Eagle NewsCommentary: PPPs key to infrastructure building amid pandemicThe coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has laid bare critical gaps in our country’s infrastructure. — Philippine NewsFeature photo Department of Transportation – PhilippinesThis week’s Philippines morning news feature photo focuses on International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing, June 5. Philippines morning news roundup is the most comprehensive hand-curated selection of Philippines English language news headlines published.
June 03, 2020 00:00 UTC