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Tons of Uranium Have Vanished in Libya: Report

Missing Uranium Reported Found

Libyan National Army says it located the 2½ tons of ore near Chad border

(Newser) - A stash of missing uranium ore reportedly has been found in eastern Libya. Ten drums were located near the border with Chad, the media unit for the armed forces said, per the BBC . The International Atomic Energy Agency said it was trying to corroborate the Libyan National Army report, which...

Family: Lockerbie Suspect's Extradition Was Illegal

Libya is opening a probe

(Newser) - Libya's chief prosecutor on Wednesday said that he had opened an investigation into the extradition of a Libyan national accused of making the bomb that downed Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, to the United States, the AP reports. US authorities announced they had arrested former...

Man Who Allegedly Made Lockerbie Bomb Won't Face Death Penalty

Abu Agela Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi is in US custody

(Newser) - The suspect in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing who is now in US custody will not face the death penalty. Abu Agela Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi appeared in court Monday, but proceedings were delayed until he gets legal representation, so he did not enter any plea, the BBC reports. He rejected...

Libyan Presidential Candidate Has a Familiar Name

Son of Gadhafi announces his candidacy for president

(Newser) - The son and one-time heir apparent of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi has announced his candidacy for the country's presidential election next month, per the AP . Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, who's wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity, submitted his candidacy papers in the southern...

World May Not Have Seen the Last of the Gadhafis

New York Times reporter tracks down son Seif, who is plotting a return to power in Libya

(Newser) - A decade ago, the world appeared to be rid of the Gadhafi clan of Libya. Longtime leader Moammar had been ousted and killed during the Arab Spring uprising, and three of his sons were dead as well. Another son, Seif al-Islam Gadhafi—his father's presumed successor—was captured by...

Libyan Official Survives 'Attempted Assassination'

Gunmen ambushed Fathi Bashagha’s motorcade

(Newser) - The interior minister of Libya’s UN-backed government survived an ambush by gunmen on his motorcade on Sunday, the AP reports, a brazen attack highlighting the towering challenges that remain for the newly appointed government that is trying to unite the country before elections late this year. Armed men opened...

Erik Prince Violated Arms Embargo: UN Report

The former Blackwater head may face sanctions

(Newser) - United Nations investigators say that the former head of private security contractor Blackwater Worldwide violated a UN arms embargo by sending mercenaries to Libya to fight on behalf of a militia leader there, the Hill reports. The New York Times obtained a confidential report that details how Erik Prince sent...

32 Years Later, New Charges to Come in Lockerbie Attack

Abu Agila Mohammad Masud is the suspected bombmaker

(Newser) - New charges are expected to be unsealed in coming days in connection to the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, the New York Times reports. US prosecutors are expected to seek the extradition of Abu Agila Mohammad Masud, a Libyan suspected of making the explosive that...

Airstrike Kills Dozens at Migrant Detention Center in Libya

Tripoli government blames rebel forces

(Newser) - An airstrike hit a detention center for migrants early Wednesday in the Libyan capital, killing at least 40 people, a health official in the country's UN-supported government said. The airstrike targeting the detention center in Tripoli's Tajoura neighborhood also wounded 80 migrants, said Malek Merset, a spokesman for...

'Unpredictable' Situation Spurs US to Make Move in Libya

US temporarily withdraws troops as fighting gets closer to capital

(Newser) - The United States has temporarily withdrawn some of its forces from Libya due to "security conditions on the ground," a top military official said Sunday as a Libyan commander's forces advanced toward the capital of Tripoli and clashed with rival militias. A small contingent of American troops...

Trump: Kim Jong Un Could Suffer Same Fate as Gadhafi

But that's only if there's no deal, he says

(Newser) - President Trump and national security adviser John Bolton are apparently not on the same page when it comes to the "Libya model"—and the confusion led to what was seen as a stern threat to North Korea Thursday. When asked about Bolton's suggestion that the 2003 Libya...

Benghazi 'Mastermind' Cleared of Murder Charge

But Khattala could get life for other convictions

(Newser) - A Libyan militant was convicted Tuesday of terrorism charges stemming from the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed the US ambassador and three other Americans. But a federal jury found him not guilty of murder, the most serious charge associated with the rampage he was accused of orchestrating. The attack became...

26 Bodies Found Floating in Sea. All Were Teen Girls

Their remains were brought ashore in Salerno, Italy

(Newser) - They were mostly between the ages of 14 and 18, and 26 of them are now dead. CNN reports on the latest tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea and describes an appalling scene: teenage girls' bodies floating lifelessly beside a nearly submerged rubber dinghy that survivors tried to cling to. The...

5 Years After Attack, SEALs Bust Benghazi Suspect

Libyan national is headed to federal court in DC

(Newser) - US special operations forces captured a militant in Libya accused of playing an instrumental role in the Benghazi attacks in a high-stakes operation designed to bring the perpetrators to justice five years later, reports the AP . President Trump on Monday identified the militant as Mustafa al-Imam and said his capture...

GOP Lawmaker Deletes Instagram Pic After Outcry

Sign in photo read: 'Hillary for US Ambassador to Libya'

(Newser) - A Republican congressman from Virginia has deleted an Instagram photo that many felt wished harm on Hillary Clinton, CNN reports. The photo showed Rep. Dave Brat with a constituent who was holding a sign reading "Hillary for US Ambassador to Libya." The photo was captioned: "Sign says...

Gadhafi Son Is Released, Vanishes
Gadhafi Son Is
Released, Vanishes

Gadhafi Son Is Released, Vanishes

Onetime heir-apparent Seif al-Islam was held since late 2011

(Newser) - Seif al-Islam, the son and one-time heir apparent of late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, has been released after more than five years in detention, his captors said on Saturday. A statement by his captors, the Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Battalion, said Seif al-Islam was released on Friday, but gave no details...

Executions Reported in Deadly Attack on Libyan Airbase

The base was held by soldiers opposed to the UN-backed Libyan government

(Newser) - An official in Libya says at least 140 people—including civilians—were killed in a strike on the Brak al-Shati airbase, more than doubling the original count from the attack Thursday, the BBC reports. According to the Guardian , the base was attacked by the Third Force militia, which is loyal...

Scores of Bodies Wash Ashore in Libya

Libyan Red Crescent recovered the migrants' bodies Tuesday

(Newser) - Scores of bodies of African migrants washed ashore in Libya, in the western city of Zawiya on the Mediterranean Sea, a spokesman for the Libyan Red Crescent says. The drownings—at least 74 bodies were found in Zawiya—are the latest tragedy at sea after migrant deaths rose to record...

Hijacked Plane With 118 People Sits on Runway
All Passengers Freed
From Hijacked Plane

All Passengers Freed From Hijacked Plane

Ordeal on tarmac in Malta is over

(Newser) - A hijacking drama unfolded on an airport tarmac in Malta Friday, but it ended without violence. It began when two hijackers commandeered an aircraft carrying 118 people in the skies over Libya and diverted it to the Mediterranean island, reports Reuters . Claiming to have a hand grenade, the hijackers threatened...

Monkey Blamed for Deadly Havoc in Libya

An attack on a schoolgirl, then 4 days of violence that have left dozens dead, wounded

(Newser) - Three young men turned a pet monkey loose on a schoolgirl, they were then killed in revenge, and now, after four days of violence, nearly two dozen are dead (numbers cited are between 16 and 20 so far) and 50 wounded in a conflict-ridden Libyan city, health officials and activists...

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