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Women face challenges as Libya moves toward a new constitution

Commentary: Gender discrimination still permeates Libyan laws and institutions.
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A Libyan woman shows her ink-stained finger after casting her vote to elect Libya's General National Congress in Benghazi on July 7, 2012. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)
“I have waited my whole life for tomorrow, which will be a new day for Libya,” an elated Haja Nowara told Human Rights Watch on the eve of Libya’s first democratic national elections in July 2012. “We sacrificed a lot to get here.” We met Nowara as she held a lonely vigil in the square outside the courthouse in Benghazi, where she had spent many evenings supporting the revolution since early 2011. She proudly displayed her voter registration card around her neck and waved Libya’s new national flag while people approached her to pay their respects. She had become an icon due to her steadfast participation in the protests that started the revolt that eventually led to the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi.
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Mohamed al-Megaryef bows out of Libyan politics

Mohamed al-Megaryef resigned Wednesday as leader of Libya's General National Congress.

Libya car bomb hits Benghazi hospital, killing many

Reports vary on the number of people killed in the blast, but at least three are dead.

Libyan defense minister Barghathi retracts resignation

"I will never be able to accept that politics (can) be practiced by the power of weapons ... This is an assault against the democracy I have sworn to protect," Defense Minister Mohammed al-Bargathi said.

Libya gunmen surround justice ministry in Tripoli

Justice Minister Salah al-Marghani said there were 20 to 30 armed men in military fatigues who arrived in trucks with anti-aircraft guns mounted on them. The government official tried to talk to them before he had to flee.

Libya: gunmen block access to foreign ministry

The commander for the armed group told Reuters that they would keep the ministry closed until the government passes a law that prevents loyalists to overthrown Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi from serving in the government.

Libya: Benghazi police station bombed

The attack came a day after militants killed a pro-government militiaman in an area further east, and less than a week after a car bomb exploded outside the French Embassy in Tripoli, where three were wounded and the building was partially set on fire.

Chatter: French embassy in Tripoli bombed

A car bomb explodes outside France's embassy in the Libyan capital, the Boston bombing suspect is charged, Israel accuses Syria of using chemical weapons, and artisan coffee comes to North Korea.
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A car bomb explodes outside France's embassy in the Libyan capital, the Boston bombing suspect is charged, Israel accuses Syria of using chemical weapons, and artisan coffee comes to North Korea.
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Libya: Car bomb hits French embassy in Tripoli

A suspected car bomb hit the French embassy in Tripoli, Libya, on Tuesday, in the first attack on a foreign mission since militants stormed the US consulate in Benghazi in September.

Libyans arrested in sexual assault of British aid workers in Benghazi

The three women — two of whom are sisters — were with an aid convoy that passed through Libya on its way to Gaza.
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