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Libya Seeks 1Mln Tonnes Of Russia's Wheat, Animal Feed For $700Mln - Economy Minister

 Libya is eager to buy 1 million tonnes of wheat and animal feed from Russia for around $700 million, Libyan Government of National Accord Economy and Industry Minister Nasir Shaglan said in an interview published Sunday.

Vandals destroy prehistoric rock art in Libya's lawless Sahara

Source : Reuters / 04 Jun 2014

Vandals have destroyed prehistoric rock art in lawless southern Libya, endangering a sprawling tableau of paintings and carvings classified by UNESCO as of "outstanding universal value".


CBL to phase out one dinar notes with Qaddafi picture

Source : / 12 Feb 2014

The Central Bank of Libya (CBL) is to begin withdrawing one-dinar notes bearing the picture of Muammar Qaddafi, phasing them out completely in one year’s time.

The CBL has said that the two blue and purple versions of the one dinar note bearing the image of Qadaffi are being removed as of 6 February 2014.


U.N. to help Libya develop tourism sector


Source : AFP / 14 Nov 2013

The U.N. World Tourism Organization said Wednesday it has signed an agreement with Libya to help the war-ravaged country, which is trying to become less reliant on energy exports, develop its tourism sector.

Under the agreement the Madrid-based UNWTO will provide technical support to help the Libyan government develop a tourism strategy and update the laws governing the sector, the organization said in a statement.


Going underground: Libya’s unusual cave dwellings

Source : Reuters | 03 Jul 2013

Deep inside Libya’s western Nafusa Mountains, some 10 meters into the ground, al-Arabi Belhaj is preparing mint tea in a somewhat unusual dwelling.

Sitting on colorful rugs on the floor and surrounded by clay pots, the 43-year old describes life in what used to be his home - a troglodyte cave house.


Libya hosts construction exhibition to boost investment

Source : Reuters / 24 May 2013

Libya is hosting the ninth edition of the annual Building and Construction exhibition ‘Build Libya’ in its capital Tripoli.

The exhibition this year comes as part of the north African country’s efforts to boost local and foreign investments and improve its infrastructure two years after the revolution that toppled former president Muammar Qaddafi’s 42-year rule.


Libyans long for security year after Qaddafi killed

Source : AFP | 16 Oct 2012

Libya took a major step toward democracy this year by holding its first free elections but success has been marred by rising extremism, failure to disband militias and delays in forming state institutions.

And facing tribal conflicts, threats from former regime backers and high social demands, the new authorities seem not sure where to turn next, one year after deposed dictator Muammar Qaddafi was captured and killed in his home town.


Why the Islamists Are Not Winning in Libya

By Abigail Hauslohner | Time | 11 Jul 2012

Libya seems relentlessly committed to proving the pessimists wrong. When last year’s revolution quickly evolved into a brutal civil war, the international community — and indeed many Libyans — warned of a quagmire down the road. “God is great” served as the rebel battle cry in the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, and the jihadists the dictator had once repressed rose to prominence as militia leaders and politicians in the vacuum left by his fall.


In Libya, a Fundamentalist War against Moderate Islam Takes Shape

By Steven Sotloff | Time | Tripoli | 18 Jan 2012

The Libyan revolution has not been kind to Mahmud al-Arabi. Last March, forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi ransacked his grocery store in Zuwara after he fled to Tunisia, stealing about $6,000 worth of supplies. When he returned in September, facing mounting debts, al-Arabi turned to selling beer and liquor — an illegal enterprise in a country where alcohol has been banned for four decades.


In Libya, former enemy is recast in role of ally

By Rod Nordland : The New York Times | 01 Sept 2011, TRIPOLI

Abdel Hakim Belhaj had a wry smile about the oddity of his situation.

Yes, he said, he was detained by Malaysian officials in 2004 on arrival at the Kuala Lumpur airport, where he was subjected to extraordinary rendition on behalf of the United States, and sent to Thailand. His pregnant wife, traveling with him, was taken away, and his child would be 6 before he saw him.


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