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Libya ex-rebel chief shot dead in Gaddafi home town

Gunmen shot dead a former rebel chief Saturday who worked for local councils set up after the 2011 uprising that ousted and killed dictator Muammar Gaddafi, a security official said. Makhluf al-Ferjani was killed in Gaddafi's home town of Sirte, where he headed the local military council, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity. A medical source at the Ibn Sina hospital in the Mediterranean oasis town east of Tripoli said he was killed by bullets to the head and chest.

Libya deputy minister assassinated as violence continues to plague nation

Gunmen assassinated Libya's deputy industry minister as he drove home from shopping in the coastal city of Sirte late on Saturday in an attack security officials blamed on hardline Islamist militants. Libya is still plagued by widespread violence and targeted killings two years after the civil war ousted Muammar Gaddafi, with militants, militia gunmen and former rebels often resorting to force to impose demands on the fragile government. The minister, Hassan al-Drowi, was shot several times, a senior security official said, asking not to be identified.

US military personnel released after brief Libya detention

Four US military personnel believed to have been researching potential escape routes for the US Embassy were briefly detained in Libya Friday.

Libyan army clash with Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi leaves at least 9 dead

"The latest events show the urgent need to implement law 53 to disband all [illegally] armed groups. The army and all its forces are carrying out its legal duties," Acting Interior Minister Sidiq Abdel-Karim told Libyan TV.

Libyan MP says she needed handbag grenade for 'self-defense'

Libyan MP Souad Soltan was caught with a grenade in her pocket as she entered Tripoli's city hall on Nov. 21.
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These are not toys, but live hand grenades seized by police in Colombia on October 28, 2011. (LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)

A Libyan parliament member was caught with a decidedly unusual item inside her handbag as she attempted to enter Tripoli's city hall on November 21: a hand grenade. 

MP Souad Soltan's curious self-defense strategy was discovered as she walked through a metal detector en route to a meeting, according to the Libya Herald


At least 43 killed, hundreds wounded in Tripoli as militia gunmen open fire on protesters

Sadat al-Badri, president of the Tripoli local council, told Agence France-Presse that militia members fired on hundreds of demonstrators from their headquarters. "Tensions are on the rise in Tripoli. We're going to announce a general strike and launch a civil disobedience campaign until these militias leave," he said.

Libyan gunmen make off with $55 million from central bank

A daylight robbery on Monday saw $55 million stolen from Libya's Central Bank.

Libyan court charges 30 Gaddafi aides with murder, embezzlement and other crimes

The charges include murder, kidnapping, complicity in incitement to rape, plunder, sabotage, embezzlement of public funds and acts harmful to national unity.

GlobalPost Flashback: Gaddafi's capture and death (VIDEO)

In the final stages of the Libyan rebellion two years ago, GlobalPost's senior correspondent Tracey Shelton traveled with Libya's rebels as they hunted down Col. Muammar Gaddafi, a famously flamboyant dictator who had ruled the country for 42 years. In a moment that mixed high drama and historic import with revulsion, the rebels finally caught up with Libya's then-leader. What happened next in Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte was as brutal as it was shocking.

After Gaddafi: Two years on, Libyans don't have much to celebrate

TRIPOLI — In coffee shops, in their homes and on the streets, Libyans bemoan the struggles for power and money that have prevented their country from developing into a secure and functioning state since rebels declared victory on Oct. 23, 2011. Two years after the capture and death of dictator Muammar Gaddafi, a new saying has emerged in Libya: “Before we only had one Gaddafi, but now we have hundreds.”
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