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2006-08-29 06:31:39

By Salah Sarrar TRIPOLI (Reuters) - A Libyan prosecutor demanded the death penalty on Tuesday for five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor on trial for the second time on charges that they infected hundreds of children with the HIV virus. "The act was cruel, criminal and inhuman. It's a human catastrophe," prosecutor Omar Abdulkhaleq told the Tripoli court, adding that 53 of the 430 children infected had subsequently died. "We demand the death penalty for the accused." A...

2006-07-15 10:58:45

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Israeli fire targeted ports in Beirut and the northern city of Tripoli on Saturday, a Lebanese security source and witnesses said. Aircraft fired two rockets at Tripoli's port radar while two missiles fell in the vicinity of Beirut port, the source said.

2006-06-28 18:18:05

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With the United States set to take Libya off its list of state sponsors of terror, U.S. lawmakers criticized the Bush administration on Wednesday for failing to push Tripoli hard enough make final payments to the families of victims of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing. The State Department said the 45-day Congressional review period for Libya to be removed from the terrorism list ended on Wednesday and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would soon...

2006-06-23 15:11:51

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three weeks after the United States quietly reopened an embassy in Libya, tough issues ranging from visa problems to human rights still strain ties between the former enemies, officials from both nations said on Friday. "The May 15 announcement does not absolve Libya of responsibility for past actions," said U.S. Assistant Secretary of State David Welch, who helped negotiate the resumption of full diplomatic ties with Libya last month. On May...

2006-06-13 07:45:12

By Lamine Ghanmi TRIPOLI (Reuters) - The retrial of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor accused of infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV was postponed for a second time on Tuesday to give lawyers more time to prepare evidence. Washington has long backed Bulgaria and the European Union in saying the medics, in jail in Libya since 1999, are innocent. Defense lawyers complained about the new delay and demanded the medics' release. "This trial has taken another...

2006-06-13 05:37:45

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - The trial of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor accused of infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV was postponed for a second time on Tuesday to give lawyers more time to prepare evidence. "The trial is postponed to June 20 and will resume with one hearing per week to avoid tiring the defendants further," said presiding judge Mahmoud Haouissa. Washington has long backed Bulgaria and the European Union in saying the medics, in jail in Libya since...

2006-06-08 10:14:52

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate unanimously urged President George W. Bush to hold off restoring diplomatic relations with Libya unless it continues to make restitution to families of those killed in a flight over Lockerbie, Scotland, nearly 18 years ago. The Senate approved a nonbinding resolution late on Wednesday saying Bush should not accept credentials of Libyan representatives "without the expressed understanding" that Libya would "continue to work in good faith" to...

2006-05-17 00:35:45

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea urged communist North Korea on Wednesday to follow Libya's lead and seize the chance for a better future by abandoning its pursuit of nuclear weapons and improving ties with the United States. Washington restored full diplomatic ties with longtime foe Libya on Monday, rewarding Tripoli for scrapping its weapons of mass destruction programs and signaling incentives for Iran and North Korea if they do the same. "It is a good example of the brighter future...

2006-05-15 14:13:43

By Saul Hudson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States restored full diplomatic ties with Libya on Monday, rewarding the longtime pariah nation for scrapping its weapons of mass destruction programs and signaling incentives for Iran and North Korea should they do the same. Culminating a years-long rapprochement with the OPEC member, Washington will reopen an embassy and remove Libya from a list of state sponsors of terrorism within 45 days. U.S.-Libya relations turned around after...

2006-05-15 09:38:10

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has decided to restore full diplomatic relations with Libya by reopening an embassy in Tripoli to reward the North African nation for scrapping its weapons of mass destruction programs, U.S. officials said on Monday. In addition, the United States in 45 days would remove Libya from a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, an official said.


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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