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Gunmen kidnap Jordan envoy to Libya

Masked gunmen kidnapped Jordan's ambassador to Libya as he rode to work in Tripoli on Tuesday, shooting at his car and wounding his driver, officials said. It was the latest targeting of Libyan leaders and foreign diplomats in the increasingly lawless North African country, three years after NATO-backed rebels ousted autocratic leader Moamer Kadhafi. "The Jordanian ambassador was kidnapped this morning. His convoy was attacked by a group of hooded men on board two civilian cars," Libyan foreign ministry spokesman Said Lassoued told AFP.

Libyan oil returns to export market

Libya prepared to resume oil exports Tuesday following a break of more than eight months, after autonomy-seeking rebels agreed to lift their blockade of ports in the country's east. The National Oil Co said an Italian tanker, Aegean Dignity, was to start loading from Al-Hariga oil terminal. Last Thursday, NOC lifted force majeure on Al-Hariga, which has a capacity of 100,000 barrels per day (bpd), opening the way for renewed exports.

Gunmen kidnap Jordan envoy to Libya

Masked gunmen kidnapped Jordan's ambassador as he travelled to work in the Libyan capital on Tuesday, shooting at his car and wounding his driver, the two countries' governments said. It is the latest targeting of Libyan leaders and foreign diplomats in the increasingly lawless North African country, three years after NATO-backed rebels ousted autocratic leader Moamer Kadhafi. "The Jordanian ambassador was kidnapped this morning. His convoy was attacked by a group of hooded men on board two civilian cars," Libyan foreign ministry spokesman Said Lassoued told AFP.

Gunmen kidnap Jordan envoy to Libya

Masked gunmen kidnapped Jordan's ambassador as he travelled to work in the Libyan capital on Tuesday, shooting at his car and wounding his driver, the Tripoli and Amman governments said. It is the latest incident in which Libyan leaders and foreign diplomats have been targeted in the increasingly lawless North African country, three years after NATO-backed rebels ousted autocratic leader Moamer Kadhafi.

US denounces threats against Libyan PM

The United States on Monday denounced as "unconscionable" threats made against the Libyan prime minister and cabinet members, saying the country needed to move forward. "At a time when Libya most needs political consensus to move forward its democratic transition, extortion by physical attack must not hijack the process of peaceful dialogue," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.

Libya trial of Kadhafi son, aides adjourned

A Libyan court adjourned Monday until April 27 the trial of top figures from Moamer Kadhafi's regime, including heir apparent Seif al-Islam, for abuses committed during the 2011 uprising that toppled the dictator. The adjournment after some 40 minutes, was the second postponement since March 24, and came as a rights group voiced doubts over the possibility of a free trial. As was the case in March, the postponement was due to a number of defendants, notably Seif, being absent and is meant to give lawyers time to prepare their cases.

Kadhafi sons due to stand trial in Libya

Top figures from ousted dictator Moamer Kadhafi's regime, including two of his sons, are due to stand trial Monday over abuses committed during Libya's uprising which toppled him. The hearing is likely to be postponed for a second time, however, an official in the state prosecutor's office said Sunday. He said the court still had to decide whether some defendants being held outside Tripoli, where the trial is to take place, can appear via videolink.

Libya rebels hand over oil ports to army

The Libyan army said it had taken control Wednesday of two oil ports under a weekend deal to end a crippling nine-month blockade by rebels seeking autonomy in the country's east. Colonel Ali al-Shikhi, spokesman for the army general staff, said men under its command had taken control of Al-Hariga and Zueitina ports. The rebels' seizure of four eastern oil terminals last July in pursuit of their campaign for restored autonomy for the eastern Cyrenaica region slashed exports from 1.5 million barrels per day to just 250,000 bpd.

Libya officer killed, family wounded when car explodes

A Libyan air force officer was killed Wednesday, and his wife and daughter seriously injured, when a bomb placed under his car exploded in the eastern city of Benghazi, officials said. In a separate incident, a jihadist leader was killed in the eastern town of Derna, which has been a stronghold of radical Islamist groups since the 2011 uprising that ended Moamer Kadhafi's four-decade rule. Benghazi was the cradle of the revolution that ousted Kadhafi, and has since been plagued by violence that has killed dozens of members of the security forces, judges and foreigners.

Libya rebels hand over oil port to army

Rebels in eastern Libya ceded control of the oil port of Al-Hariga Wednesday, in the first handover under a weekend deal to end a crippling nine-month blockade, the army said. A port official said exports could resume from the terminal as early as Sunday if the National Oil Company gave the necessary approvals, restoring a much-needed revenue stream for the weak central government following the 2011 overthrow of Moamer Kadhafi.
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