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Wintershall gauging how best to return to Libya

KASSEL, Germany, March 14 (UPI) -- Martin Bachmann, upstream director at German energy company Wintershall, said a return to Libya depends in part on how well authorities can ensure security.

Ex-Iranian intel officer says Iran, not Libya, behind Lockerbie attack

EDINBURGH, Scotland, March 11 (UPI) -- The 1988 Lockerbie jetliner bombing was payback for the U.S. Navy's downing of an Iranian airliner six months earlier, an ex-Iranian intelligence officer says.

U.N. frets over Libyan political progress

UNITED NATIONS, March 11 (UPI) -- Political divisions in Libya are undermining the country's ability to build on progress made since its revolution in 2012, U.N. special envoy Tarek Mitri said.
Former French president's phone reportedly bugged

Former French president's phone reportedly bugged

PARIS, March 8 (UPI) -- Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy's phone was tapped in an investigation into his alleged dealings with Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi, a report says.
BP shelves onshore work in Libya

BP shelves onshore work in Libya

LONDON, March 7 (UPI) -- British energy company BP said in an annual report it was exploring other options for exploration drilling onshore in Libya because of security concerns.
Niger extradites Moammar Gadhafi's son to Libya

Niger extradites Moammar Gadhafi's son to Libya

TRIPOLI, Libya, March 6 (UPI) -- Saadi Gadhafi, son of deposed Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, has been extradited from Niger into Libya.
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Moammar Gadhafi's son extradited from Niger

TRIPOLI, Libya, March 6 (UPI) -- Saadi Gadhafi, a son of deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, is being held in a prison in Tripoli after being extradited from Niger Thursday, officials said.

Israel unveils new anti-missile systems, long-range UAV

TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Israel has completed testing on Elbit Systems' SkyShield that protects commercial aircraft against surface-to-air missiles, one of a trio of advanced military systems the Jewish state has unveiled in recent weeks.

Jailed executive alleges Canadian firm violated U.N.'s Libya sanctions

MONTREAL, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- A Canadian construction firm put a daughter-in-law of Moammar Gadhafi on the payroll in violation of U.N. sanctions, a former company executive alleges.

New trouble sends Libya's oil production nosediving again

TRIPOLI, Libya, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Libya's oil production has tumbled to around 230,000 barrels per day after armed groups shut down the el Sharara oil field in the Murzuq desert in the southwest, adding to a crippling seven-month oil crisis centered in the rebellious east.
Police killings spark Benghazi protests

Police killings spark Benghazi protests

BENGHAZI, Libya, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Residents in Benghazi, Libya, are protesting the execution of two police officers, the latest in a near daily string of violence against security forces.
U.N. has 'deep' concerns about Libyan violence

U.N. has 'deep' concerns about Libyan violence

TRIPOLI, Libya, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The U.N. Support Mission in Libya said Tuesday violence in the country was a violation of human dignity and an assault on the spirit of the revolution.
Libya still a threat, Obama says

Libya still a threat, Obama says

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- More than three years after the end of Moammar Gadhafi's rule, Libyan still poses a threat to U.S. national interests, President Obama said.

Libyan Cabinet says revolt's rape victims should be war victims

TRIPOLI, Libya, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Women who were raped in the 2011 uprising that toppled Libya's longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi should be considered war victims, the Cabinet said.

U.N. reminds Libyans of the importance of voting

TRIPOLI, Libya, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Libyans voting Thursday for members of a panel to draft a constitution shouldn't underestimate the importance of the task, a U.N. mission said.
Gadhafi documentary to air on Showtime in April

Gadhafi documentary to air on Showtime in April

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. cable network Showtime says it plans to air the documentary "Mad Dog: Inside the Secret World of Moammar Gadhafi" April 11.

Compromise lets militia deadline pass without moves on Libyan assembly

TRIPOLI, Libya, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- A compromise has been reached with former rebel militias who had given members of the Libyan assembly a deadline to quit, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan says.

Libyan TV station attacked by Islamist militants

TRIPOLI, Libya, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- A private television station in Libya that's been critical of Islamist efforts to influence the fledgling government was attacked Tuesday, the station said.

Russia's defense talks with Egypt part of regional arms drive

CAIRO, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Russia's discussions with Egypt on a $3 billion arms deal underlines a major drive by Moscow to boost arms sales in the Middle East as it strives to upgrade its once powerful defense industry with a 10-year, $755 billion spending program.

Libya's progress lacking, U.N. says

GENEVA, Switzerland, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- More than three years after a revolution ended Moammar Gadhafi's dictatorship, Libya still isn't as free as it should be, the United Nations said Tuesday.

Libya celebrates 'Day of Rage' that brought down Gadhafi

TRIPOLI, Libya, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Libya marked the third anniversary Monday of its revolution against Moammar Gadhafi with clean streets in Tripoli, the capital, and hope for peace.

As Libya trains new arm, defense industries hope for contracts

TRIPOLI, Libya, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- The United States and Europe are training recruits for Libya's post-Gadhafi military, raising expectations it will revive stalled defense procurement.

EU mulls cost and spillover risks of turmoil in Africa

BRUSSELS, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Turmoil in Africa, dubbed in Brussels as the European Union's backyard, is posing a growing challenge to EU concerns over regional security and defense cost overruns.

Libyan justice lacking, Human Rights Watch says

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Libya is failing in its judicial obligations to Saif al-Islam, Moammar Gadhafi's son, and other high-ranking detainees, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

Libya rebels say oil crisis can be resolved, but no end in sight

TRIPOLI, Libya, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Eastern separatists blockading three of Libya's oil export terminals say the six-month-old crisis crippling the country's energy industry could be resolved within weeks. But there's little sign of any breakthrough.
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