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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,...

2006-01-21 10:13:54

By Salah Sarrar TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Bulgaria agreed with Libya on Saturday to set up a 4.4 billion euro ($5.3 billion) fund for families of children infected with HIV in Libya, a Libyan official said. The deal is likely to defuse a standoff over five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor who have been convicted in Libya of giving children HIV. "The two sides reached an accord to pay 10 million (euros) for each of the 426 HIV-infected children and 20 mothers who are also...

2006-01-21 10:02:28

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya agreed with Bulgaria to set up a 4.4 billion euro ($5.3 billion) fund for families of children infected with HIV in Libya, a Libyan official said on Saturday. The deal is likely to defuse a standoff over six medical workers accused of giving children HIV. "The two sides reached an accord to pay 10 million for each of the 426 HIV infected children and 20 mothers who are also contaminated with HIV," Driss Lagha, chairman of the Association for the Families of...

2005-12-25 05:46:21

By Salah Sarrar TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's Supreme Court on Sunday scrapped death sentences against five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor convicted of infecting children with the HIV virus and sent the case back to a lower court for retrial. The six, jailed since 1999, had been sentenced to death by firing squad in a case blocking Libyan efforts to improve ties with the West. Several diplomats said Libya was eager to put the case behind it and return to mainstream global...

2005-11-10 20:23:50

By Michael Winfrey SOFIA (Reuters) - Zorka Anachkova still recoils with horror when she recalls the indictment. Issued by a Libyan court in 2000, it charged her daughter Kristiana and four other Bulgarian nurses with intentionally infecting 426 children with the HIV virus. "It said they were murderers," said Anachkova, a retired cook. "I cried all night. You have heard the phrase 'a broken heart'? I know what it means. "My heart has ached ever since," she told Reuters from her...