News Roundup - Thu, May 18, 2017

News Roundup - Thu, May 18, 2017

May 18, 2017 - 17:16
Written by: AbdulkaderAssad

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Tobruk authorities have released the Italian fishing trawler that had been detained since Sunday, according to an official at Sicily. He also confirmed that the trawler is en route back to Italy. Pro-Haftar's forces Chief of the base, Naji Bu Aliwiya said on Sunday that a patrol boat for the Tobruk naval base in eastern Libya intercepted an Italian ship along with a Greek one in the Libyan waters.

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African Union peace commissioner, Ismael Sharqi, said there are 60 million pieces of arms in Libya, adding that the political agreement was imposed on Libyans that is why it has not been completed yet. He added that there still high-tech arms arriving for terrorists in Libya, saying weapons can pose a threat to peace making process in Libya. 
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Ajdabiya authorities burned a huge quantity of drugs (500.000 Tramadol pills) confiscated last week.

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A cargo plane of Afriqiyah Airways arrived for first time in Benina airport in Benghazi coming from Istanbul after the airport resumed cargo and ambulance flights, as well as certain diplomatic flights. Civilian flights - locally and internationally - are yet to be resumed.

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Benghazi municipality confirmed that it will bear the costs of travel and visas of the children cancer and tumor patients as well as their companions to receive treatment abroad. UN-proposed government's health ministry picked Jordan for such medical cooperation.

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University Teaching Staff Syndicate decided to suspend study at all Libyan universities as well as higher education institutions starting next Tuesday until their demands are answered. They demanded considering teaching hours as an additional wage to be added to their monthly salaries.

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Member of the Presidential Council, Ahmed Mitig, met with Emad Al-Sayeh, the Chairman of the National High Commission of Elections. They discussed preparations for 2018 elections.

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The Head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sirraj arrived in Guinea Wednesday to meet the President of the country and the current chairman of the African Union, Alpha Condé, who also previously met with the Head of the GNC, Nuri Abu Sahmain, Prime Minister of the SG, Khalifa Al-Ghweil, and sent an invitation to Abdelrahman Al-Sweihli, the Head of the HCS, as part of new initiative to resolve Libya's crisis.

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Local sources said the Foreign Minister of the UN-proposed government, Mohammed Sayala, is intending to sack Libya's ambassador in Saudi Arabia, Abdelbaset Al-Badri, on the excuse that his term has come to an end. Some observers see the possible sacking as a reaction to Al-Badri's statements that he is not part of the UN-proposed government. Al-Badri is also Haftar's delegate, who has been to Russia and other countries urging for arming Dignity Operation forces. 

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The President of the Confederation of African Football Ahmed Ahmed expressed his concern about the Libyan football domain saying he understands how intricate the current transitional phase is in Libya. The words came in a meeting with the President of Libyan Football Federation Jamal Al-Jafari, on the margins of FIFA General Assembly meeting in Bahrain. Ahmed said he is willing to help Libya's football domain on many levels, especially in lifting the ban on Libyan stadiums.