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Libyan parliament passes law to organize new elections

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libyan lawmakers approved a new election law on Sunday, paving the way to call general elections later this year. Last month, the General National Congress (GNC) assembly agreed to hold early elections, in an apparent effort to assuage ordinary Libyans angry over political chaos in the country nearly three years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

Trapped at sea, tanker captain craved salvation from Libya rebels

By Ulf Laessing TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Pakistani sea captain Mirza Noman Baig knew he was trapped when dozens of fighters armed with rifles boarded his tanker just off a rebel-held port on Libya's coast. A militia from the country's restive east forced his crew to load oil onto Baig's vessel, the Morning Glory, and demanded they escape the navy before the ship was stormed by U.S. special forces on March 16, according to his account of events.

Libyan protesters block oil pipeline to Mellitah port as strikes widen

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libyan protesters have blocked a pipeline carrying oil condensates from the southwestern al-Wafa oilfield to the Mellitah export port, state-owned National Oil Corp (NOC) said on Thursday. The action, the latest in a wave of protests paralyzing oilfields and ports across the North African country, knocks out one of the last oil export lines for the cash-strapped government.

Small group of U.S. soldiers in Libya ahead of training mission

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The first two of an initial team of 11 U.S. soldiers arrived in Libya this week to help lay the groundwork for upcoming training of Libyan forces in Bulgaria, which is expected to begin in July, a U.S. military official told Reuters on Wednesday. The United States announced last year its plans to train 5,000 to 8,000 Libyan forces at the request of Tripoli, where a weak central government is struggling with rebels for control of vital petroleum resources three years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

Libya investigates top leader's questioning over visit by two women

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libyan authorities are investigating an incident, captured on video and circulated on Facebook, in which the country's most powerful man was grilled by an unknown questioner about why two women visited his house at night. The Attorney General's office said on Wednesday it was looking into the suspected wrongful arrest of the official, parliamentary president Nouri Abu Sahmain, but also into possible 'moral crimes'.

Libyan port rebels demand tanker back before any negotiations

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan rebels who control three oil ports will not enter any talks with the government about ending their blockade unless Tripoli returns a tanker that loaded oil at one of its terminals but was recaptured by U.S. forces, they said on Monday. Two weeks ago, the rebel militia managed to load crude onto a tanker docked at the Es Sider port, one of three it seized last summer to press the government for a share of oil revenues and regional autonomy.

Trial of Kadhafi sons, aides to open April 14

The trial of two sons and dozens of top aides of toppled Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi is to open on April 14, a prosecution official said in a surprise announcement Monday. Seif al-Islam Kadhafi, Saadi Kadhafi and former spy chief Abdullah Senussi are among more than 30 officials from the ousted regime who are to stand trial on charges ranging from murder to embezzlement. Former premiers Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmudi and Bouzid Dorda are also among those going on trial from April 14, Seddik al-Sour, spokesman for the state prosecutor's office, told a news conference.

Trial of Kadhafi sons, aides to open April 14

The trial of two sons and dozens of top aides of toppled Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi is to open on April 14, a prosecution official said in a surprise announcement Monday. Seif al-Islam Kadhafi, Saadi Kadhafi and former spy chief Abdullah Senussi are among more than 30 officials from the ousted regime who are to stand trial on charges ranging from murder to embezzlement. Former premiers Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmudi and Bouzid Dorda are also among those going on trial from April 14, Seddik al-Sour, spokesman for the state prosecutor's office, told a news conference.

Gunmen seized $600,000 in heist in Libyan Islamist stronghold

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Gunmen stole $600,000 in a heist on a van taking cash to a bank in an Islamist stronghold in the volatile east where there is little state control, media said on Sunday. Five man stopped the van which was transporting 750,000 Libyan dinars ($604,900) from an office of telecommunications company Libyana in the city of Derna, state news agency LANA said. Derna, east of Benghazi, is a coastal city largely out of government control and home to hardline Islamists.

Seized oil tanker Morning Glory arrives in Libyan capital

By Hani Amera ON BOARD THE MORNING GLORY, Libya (Reuters) - A commercial oil tanker seized by U.S. forces after it loaded crude at a Libya port held by anti-government rebels has docked back in the capital Tripoli, a Reuters witness said on Sunday. U.S. special forces boarded the tanker a week ago off Cyprus, days after it left Es Sider port, which is controlled by rebels who demand more autonomy and oil wealth in defiance of the central government.
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