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2006-05-15 07:20:00

By Ahmed Seif and William Maclean TRIPOLI, Libya -- Most vacationers seeking a north African break tend to think of Morocco's exquisite medieval cities or the beaches of sun-kissed Tunisia. And that's usually only after ticking Egypt and its ancient wonders off their "Seen That" list. But Libya? Africa's fourth-largest country remains an unusual destination: Outsiders still tend to associate it with defiance of the West and international disputes about terrorism. However, the country on the...

2006-04-14 22:48:24

By William Maclean TRIPOLI (Reuters) - With Muammar Gaddafi's home as a backdrop, U.S. singer Lionel Richie jived and rocked for an adoring Libyan audience on Saturday in a concert to mark the 20th anniversary of a U.S. raid on the North African country. "Libya I love you, I'll be back," the Oscar and Grammy award-winning singer songwriter said to roars of approval from more than 1,000 senior Libyan officials and diplomats gathered in front of the shell-cratered building. He was...

2006-04-14 21:23:05

By William Maclean TRIPOLI (Reuters) - With Muammar Gaddafi's home as a backdrop, U.S. singer Lionel Ritchie jived and rocked for an adoring Libyan audience on Saturday in a concert to mark the 20th anniversary of a U.S. raid on the North African country. "Libya I love you, I'll be back," the Oscar and Grammy award-winning singer songwriter said to roars of approval from more than 1,000 senior Libyan officials and diplomats gathered in front of the shell-cratered building. He was...

2006-04-14 07:49:17

By William Maclean TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Flying glass fragments partially blinded Nasser Gerana's mother when a U.S. missile smashed into their home in the Libyan capital Tripoli in 1986. For the 48-year-old businessman, her disability is a daily reminder of what Libyans see as a crime: an overnight raid that killed 40 people, including young children, as they slept. As the north African country marks the 20th anniversary of the attack on Saturday, Libyans say the lack of any U.S....

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2006-03-28 05:30:00

By Salah Sarrar TRIPOLI -- Thousands of Western visitors are flooding into Libya to view a solar eclipse due on Wednesday in the largest tourist event ever held in the long-isolated north African country, officials said. The big oil exporting country hopes the influx of foreigners to remote viewing stations in its spectacular desert outback will boost a fledgling tourist industry that is anticipating a boom as a thaw in ties with the West erodes years of isolation. Deputy Tourism Minister...

2006-03-24 08:11:11

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi pledged support for Palestinian militant group Hamas, which faces cuts in Western funding over its refusal to denounce violence against Israel, state news agency Jana said on Friday. The report came after Gaddafi met Hamas leader-in-exile Khaled Meshaal in Tripoli late on Thursday. Meshaal said this week his group will continue to fight Israel and told the United States its Middle East policy would fuel terrorism. Meshaal's visit to...

2006-03-06 10:58:53

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's replacement of reform-minded prime minister Shokri Ghanem with a cautious figure will lead to a pause in economic reforms, strongly opposed by government hardliners, analysts and diplomats said. Libya's top legislative and executive body on Sunday appointed al-Baghdadi Ali Al-Mahmoudi, who was Ghanem's deputy, as prime minister. Ghanem was put in charge of the oil sector. The reshuffle by the General People's Congress, largely dominated by hardliners,...

2006-02-18 09:11:34

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - An Italian minister rejected accusations on Saturday that he was to blame for deadly clashes in Libya over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad which he had made into T-shirts and wore on state television. Italian officials said at least 11 people were killed and nearly 40 wounded on Friday when protesters stormed the Italian consulate in Libya's eastern coastal city of Benghazi and started a fire before they were repelled by police. The government of...

2006-02-17 19:31:41

By Salah Sarrar TRIPOLI (Reuters) - About 10 people were killed in clashes on Friday between Libyan police and demonstrators angry at cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, Italy's ambassador to Tripoli said. Italy's consulate in the eastern coastal city of Benghazi had been the target of the protestors, some of whom forced their way into the building and started a fire before being repelled. "The number of dead is not official, or definitive, because until the clashes are over, it's...

2006-01-21 15:26:23

By Salah Sarrar TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Families of over 400 Libyan children with HIV asked for 4.4 billion euros ($5.3 billion) on Saturday from donors trying to end a standoff over six foreign medics accused of giving them the disease. Libya's supreme court overturned death sentences against the five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor last month, but they still face a retrial and could be re-condemned for deliberately infecting the children. Seeking to defuse the dispute,...


Word of the Day
jument
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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