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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.

U.S. forces hand over seized oil tanker to Libya

By Ulf Laessing ZAWIYA PORT, Libya (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy handed over to Libyan authorities on Saturday an oil tanker carrying crude that had been loaded at a port controlled by armed rebels in defiance of Tripoli's government. The Morning Glory tanker was due to arrive later on Saturday at a government-controlled port after being seized by U.S. commandos and escorted back through international waters by the U.S. Navy, Libyan officials said.

Tunisian diplomat kidnapped in Libyan capital: minister

TUNIS (Reuters) - Unidentified gunmen have kidnapped a Tunisian diplomat in Tripoli, Tunisia's foreign minister said on Saturday, one of a string of diplomatic abductions in the Libyan capital this year. Three years after Libya's revolt to topple Muammar Gaddafi, the North African country is struggling to impose security in the face of brigades of former rebels, Islamist militants and ex-fighters who refuse to disarm.

US navy hands rogue oil tanker back to Libya

The US Navy handed over to Libyan authorities Saturday an oil tanker it boarded after the vessel took to sea with crude illegally loaded at a rebel-held port, the American embassy said. "Earlier today, US forces turned control of the M/T Morning Glory over to the government of Libya," a statement said. "The handover took place in international waters off the coast of Libya, and the government of Libya and its security forces are now in control of the vessel."

U.S. forces hand over seized oil tanker to Libya: agency

ALGIERS (Reuters) - An oil tanker seized by U.S. commandos after it loaded crude at a Libyan port controlled by armed rebels has been handed back to Libyan authorities, the Libyan state news agency LANA reported on Saturday. The Morning Glory tanker was due to arrive later on Saturday at Libya's Zawiya port after being escorted through international waters by the U.S. Navy, Libyan officials said.

U.S. to hand over tanker with contraband oil back to Libya

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy will meet Libyan authorities in international waters in the next day or two to hand over a tanker carrying contraband Libyan oil seized this week by U.S. commandos in the Mediterranean, the Pentagon said on Friday. A Navy SEAL commando team boarded the Morning Glory from an inflatable boat early on Monday as it lay off Cyprus, taking control of the vessel in less than two hours with no one hurt and no shots fired.
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