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Kidnapped Libyan guard at US embassy escaped captors

A Libyan security guard at the US embassy in Tripoli escaped her captors after being kidnapped and is in hospital recovering from injuries, the embassy said Tuesday. "She's free now. She was able to escape," embassy spokesman Joe Mellott told AFP. "She was wounded but her life isn't in danger," he said, adding that US Ambassador Deborah Jones had visited the woman in hospital. He declined to give further details on the incident but said it was not linked to the woman's work at the embassy. She was off duty at the time she was abducted, on Monday.

Libyan guard at US embassy missing, believed kidnapped

A female Libyan security guard at the US embassy in Tripoli, who disappeared after leaving work on Monday night, was "likely" kidnapped, the mission's spokesman said. While it was not immediately known if there was any connection with the woman's work, the news came after gunmen abducted Jordan's ambassador as he travelled to work in Tripoli Tuesday morning, shooting at his car and wounding his driver. "Local employed security guard likely abducted late last night," Joe Mellott said in a statement, without naming the employee. "She was off hours."

Ex-Libyan PM denounces no-confidence vote as falsified

Former Libyan prime minister Ali Zeidan on Thursday denounced a no-confidence vote by his country's parliament that led to his dismissal as a "falsification", in a statement on rolling news channel France24. Zeidan also rejected allegations of corruption. "There is a falsification and manoeuvering," he said, claiming that only 113 members of parliament had voted for his dismissal, fewer than the 120 needed for a no-confidence vote to be valid.

Libya MPs in new bid to oust PM after rebel oil shipment

The Libyan parliament was poised to vote Tuesday on a new motion to oust Prime Minister Ali Zeidan amid anger at his government's failure to stop eastern rebels from independently exporting oil. "The parliamentary factions are meeting. There is a consensus on bringing down the government. We are going to put it to the vote shortly," MP Suad Gannur told AFP. "The situation in the country has become unacceptable. Even those MPs who used to support the prime minister no longer have any alternative," she added.

Saadi Kadhafi: Failed footballer son of slain dictator

Saadi Kadhafi, the playboy son of dead dictator Moamer who has been turned over by Niger to Libya, had been off the radar since fleeing across the desert in 2011. On August 21 that year, Saadi had said during the uprising against his father that he was ready to give himself up "if my surrender stops the spilling of blood". Instead he escaped south across the Sahara to Niger more than two weeks after his mother and three other siblings sought refuge in neighbouring Algeria to the west.

Libya MPs denounce militia ultimatum as coup threat

Libya's interim assembly said it was facing an impending "coup" Tuesday after ex-rebel militias gave it a five-hour deadline to hand over power. The potential crisis comes exactly three years after the start of the Arab Spring uprising that toppled dictator Moamer Kadhafi but left Libya with a weak central government that has struggled to impose order on former rebel brigades turned militias.

Clashes with Kadhafi remnants erupt in southern Libya

Fresh clashes erupted Tuesday in the southern Libyan city of Sebha pitting supporters of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi against government forces and former rebels, a military source said. The latest fighting was sparked by the arrival of government reinforcements who aim to dislodge the Kadhafi supporters from several positions they occupy in and around the desert city, said Al-Ferjani Akila, of the Sebha Operations Centre. There was no immediate word on casualties.

Islamists quit Libya government amid censure debate

Libya's Islamist Justice and Construction Party announced it was quitting the government Tuesday after it failed to win sufficient support for a censure motion in parliament. The party said it was "withdrawing its ministers from Prime Minister Ali Zeidan's government and holds those in the (General National) Congress who backed his government responsible."

Libya deputy intelligence chief abducted

Libya's deputy intelligence chief Mustafa Nuh was abducted Sunday in Tripoli, a security official told AFP, as tensions ran high in the capital following deadly violence over the weekend. "The vice president of intelligence was abducted shortly after his arrival in Tripoli from a trip abroad," said the official, who declined to be named. Contacted by AFP, an intelligence source confirmed that Nuh had "disappeared" but did not elaborate. Private channel Libya al-Ahrar reported he was abducted, but it did not cite any sources for its report.

Libya to stop paying armed groups from 2011 uprising

The Libyan government said Wednesday it will stop paying armed groups from the 2011 uprising unless they sign up to join the security forces by the end of the year. The government will "stop paying any premium or reward after" December 31, a deadline for the "dissolution of the armed groups and their integration into the army or the police", said a statement. It called for former rebels who fought to topple Moamer Kadhafi's regime to "resolve their situation" so they can be taken into account for the 2014 budget.
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