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Friday, 31 October, 2003: A coalition of American businesses is opposing new legislation that would toughen U.S. sanctions against foreign companies that invest in the oil and natural gas sectors of Iran and Libya. The bill, introduced last week by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen would strengthen the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act (ILSA) by requiring President Bush to certify that the two countries are not a national security threat to the U.S. before U.S. sanctions could be lifted. "This legislation moves in exactly the wrong direction and could not be more ill-timed," said Bill Reinsch, president of the National Foreign Trade Council and co-chairman of USA*Engage, a coalition group of business interests that lobbies against unilateral sanctions. [Reuters]
Friday, 31 October, 2003: French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin called on Libya Thursday to respect promises he said it had made to pay increased compensation to the families of passengers killed in a 1989 plane bombing. "We hope these negotiations that have been interrupted a little while ago will soon resume," he said on the sidelines of a meeting of foreign ministers from Mediterranean states that included his counterpart from Libya. The two sides had reached an agreement in principle on September 11 on a financial package and as a result France lifted its threat to veto a UN resolution removing sanctions on Tripoli. [AFP]
Friday, 31 October, 2003: Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi reiterated Libya's wish to quit the Arab League Thursday, saying he has "no hope at all" in the Arabs. He said Libya would only reconsider its position if the Arab countries agreed to get together to decide on collective means "to confront the violation of Arab land in Iraq and the Palestinian territories." "Libya will not accept to carry that historical shame and will not be Arab at a time the land of the Arabs is being trespassed," Qadhafi said after a meeting with visiting Egyptian President Mubarak. [UPI]

Thursday, 30 October, 2003: In a dramatic legal reversal, a US federal court judge in Houston, Texas, has overturned the conviction of a former CIA agent who has spent 20 years in jail for trafficking high explosives to Libya, it emerged Wednesday. Edwin Wilson had sought sanctuary in Libya in 1980. However, US agents lured him out of Libya in 1982 and brought him back to the United States, where he was tried and convicted of conspiring to ship explosives to Libya. During his trial, Wilson claimed he had only arranged the arms shipments to Libya, which occurred during the 1970s, in order to curry favor with Tripoli at the CIA's request. [AFP]
Thursday, 30 October, 2003: A prominent U.S. Muslim activist pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges of illegal financial dealings with Libya, and a federal judge ordered him to remain in jail pending trial in February. Abdurahman al-Amoudi, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Eritrea, was charged in an 18-count indictment with violating sanctions against Libya including accepting $340,000 in cash from the Libyan-controlled Islamic Call Society. Stanley Cohen, one of al-Amoudi's lawyers, pleaded not guilty on his client's behalf. [Reuters]
Thursday, 30 October, 2003: Interview... Time: Some say Libya is not cooperating fully in the battle against immigration in order to put pressure on the E.U. to reconsider economic sanctions. What are the specific challenges in dealing with Libya? Italian Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu: The collaboration with Libya has just started. Certainly, maintaining the European embargo, after the UN's was withdrawn, creates an objective limit to the development of this collaboration... Libya is overrun by sub-Saharan Africans who want to pass through to reach Europe. With a population of 5 million citizens, Libya currently counts some 2 million immigrants. [Time]
Thursday, 30 October, 2003: A delegation from the UK-based International Centre for Prison Studies (ICPS), comprising consultants Enday Barclay and Roger Houchin have in the past two weeks made a firsthand appraisal of Libyan prisons. [PANA]
Thursday, 30 October, 2003: Malta and Libya are expected to have a technical meeting shortly on joint exploration of areas of the continental shelf between the two countries which were not conclusively decided in the boundary ruling of the International Court of Justice in 1986, [Malta's] prime minister said in parliament yesterday. The two countries had gone before the court after Libya in 1980 sent a gunboat and a submarine to stop oil exploration by Malta in the Medina Bank, which Libya claimed to be part of its territory. [Times Of Malta]
Thursday, 30 October, 2003: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak flew to Tripoli for talks with Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi. Official sources in the Libyan capital said Wednesday that they would discuss the situation in Iraq and the Middle East as well as bilateral questions. Earlier a source close to the president said Mubarak would be going to Saudi Arabia Wednesday for similar talks with King Fahd and Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz. [AFP]
Thursday, 30 October, 2003: Remarks at special briefing by Walter H. Kansteiner, U.S. Assistant Secretary for African Affairs... Question: Do you have an assessment of Libya's influence in Africa...? Assistant Secretary Kansteiner: ... I see a Libyan interest in sub-Saharan Africa. I see their influence waxing and waning at times... You know, the manipulation stuff I see less of. The political involvement is still very much there. I mean, you know, Qadhafi pitches up for the AU stuff all the time and so he's, you know, he's trying to gain some political leverage there. But, generally, it seems right now we're in a lessening mode, a waning mode. [All Africa]
Thursday, 30 October, 2003: A two-day conference that brought together Ministers and representatives of member Governments of the Western Mediterranean Dialogue, the "5+5"(Algeria, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Tunisia) ended Thursday in Rabat, Morocco. The event, organized by Morocco in close cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and with the support of the Government of Italy and others, allowed participants to discuss regional cooperative approaches in the field of migration management and to follow up on the "Tunis Declaration". [IOM]
Thursday, 30 October, 2003: [Libyan Foreign Minister Abdelrahman Shalgam] has studied with Jack Straw, the British Foreign Minister, the two countries bilateral relations and ways of their development in various areas. In a phone call conducted yesterday, both agreed to intensify contacts between [Libya] and Britian and to promote bilateral co-operation. [JANA]

Wednesday, 29 October, 2003: The Qadhafi regime is tacitly encouraging a trade in illegal immigrants that transports thousands to Europe every year, and kills hundreds, according to survivors of the perilous sea voyage from Libya to Italy. "It's not hard to get a boat from Libya to Europe," said a young Sudanese man, squatting in a derelict railway shed in Rome. Zuwarah, a port 65 miles west of Tripoli, is the centre. In Zuwarah, the traffic in people is organised with the knowledge of the police, who are well paid by the gangs who run it. [The Independent]
Wednesday, 29 October, 2003: Libyan Prime Minister Shokri Ghanem (photo) declined to comment whether an agreement has been reached between Malta and Libya for the repatriation to Libya of illegal immigrants, who would have left from the Libyan territory. On the contrary, he is not convinced that Libya should accept back migrants leaving from Libya: "If Malta is facing the problem of thousands of illegal immigrants hitting its shores, we are facing millions of immigrants," he said. Dr. Ghanem was speaking during a joint press conference with his Maltese counterpart Dr. Eddie Fenech Adami. [DIVI]
Wednesday, 29 October, 2003: The families of African victims of the 1989 French airliner bombing Tuesday petitioned French President Jacques Chirac to make sure that Libya honors its compensation engagements. The families said in a statement that they "are surprised at the silence of the French authorities facing to the block of negotiations" with Libya. They also accused the Libyans of "continuing to post an unacceptable despise" towards the 170 victims killed in the bombing of the UTA 772 flight on Sept. 19, 1989 over Niger. [Xinhua]
Wednesday, 29 October, 2003: Ninety-nine Ghanaians arrived at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra on Sunday following their deportation from Libya for illegally entering the country. The deportees were rounded-up in several locations in Libya, having entered the country by way of the Sahara Desert. After going through immigration formalities, they underwent a screening exercise by officials of the Disaster Management Organisation who provided funds for those who did not have money to transport them to their destinations. [Accra Daily mail]

Tuesday, 28 October, 2003: Al-Qaida is building secret bases in the Sahara in north Africa with the help of Algerian extremists, Western and Arab intelligence sources said Monday. The Spanish daily Periodico De Catalonia quoted the sources as saying the Sahara, stretching between Mauritania and southern Libya, has become a base for al-Qaida. "We know that many things were taking place in the Sahara which is under the loose control of the Algerian and Libyan armies and the armed forces of weak countries like Niger, Mauritania and Mali," a U.S. diplomat said. [UPI]
Tuesday, 28 October, 2003: Amal Movement slammed former Lebanese Communist Party secretary-general George Hawi's visit to Libya and accused Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi (photo) of committing the biggest massacre in Lebanese history by "planning the kidnapping of the imam". "Who delegated this suspicious man to go to Libya and talk on behalf of Lebanon on the issue of Imam Sadr?" Tyre MP Ali Khreis, from Amal, asked, adding that Amal refused to see the issue of Imam Sadr debated "between the suspicious and the butcher," a reference to Hawi and Qadhafi. [The Daily Star]
Tuesday, 28 October, 2003: OPEC member Libya thinks the oil cartel should not raise production even if prices stay high enough to trigger an increase under the rules of its price band system, a Libyan OPEC delegate said on Monday. "We see no reason for this. If we look at the fundamentals there is enough supply. We don't see a reason why the price is so high," the delegate said. OPEC's reference crude oil price rose to $28.23 a barrel on Friday from Thursday's $28.10, the 12th day in succession above the cartel's preferred $22-$28 target range. [Reuters]
Tuesday, 28 October, 2003: Libya has lifted the official selling prices for most of its crudes in November by 15 to 20 cents a barrel, raising Es-Sider to Dated -25 cents after a smaller increase last month, trading sources said on Monday. The differential for heavy Bouri against the quotes for sour benchmark Urals was raised by 10 cents to minus 90 cents for the first time. [Reuters]
Tuesday, 28 October, 2003: A Libyan newspaper, banned for two weeks for attacking Lebanese Shiite parties and some Arab governments, reappeared on newsstands on Monday with a new editor. Az-Zahf Al-Akhdar, an ideological journal of the Revolutionary Committees, was banned on October 13 for publishing several articles attacking the speaker of Lebanon's parliament and leader of the Shiite Amal party, Nabih Berri, and the leader of Hezbollah group, Hassan Nasrallah. Editor Abdel-Qader al-Hudheiri replaced Mohammed Khalfallah. [SAPA/AP]
Tuesday, 28 October, 2003: Libya on Monday restored international telephone links and reopened its ports after isolating itself for 24 hours to mourn thousands who were deported during the Italian occupation and never returned. On Sunday, flags flew at half mast, black banners hung from public buildings and civil servants wore black armbands, while state television broadcast only in black and white, said a correspondent resuming dispatches Monday. The state-run news agency JANA said "more than 5,000 Libyans were deported to Italian islands by colonizers starting on Oct. 26, 1911" in order to break the will of the resistance. [MEOL]

Monday, 27 October, 2003: Differences in observance of Ramadan are commonplace of the Muslim world as the start is dependent on the lunar calendar and the sighting of the new moon, which can vary from country to country. In Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Sudan and Yemen, Sunday marked the beginning of the fast. In Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Lebanon, Syria and Iran, Ramadan will begin on Monday. [AFP]
Monday, 27 October, 2003: A Libyan man was yesterday given a conditional discharge and was ordered out of the country [Malta] after being found guilty of theft. Ezedeen Alzayadi, 35, pleaded guilty to stealing Lm130 from Carol Brownlea on 22 October at the Victoria Bar in Bugibba. Alzayadi apologised to the court and explained that it was his first time in Malta. He said he did not know the customs and ended up getting very drunk. Duty magistrate Miriam Hayman conditionally discharged him for two years and ordered him to leave Malta. [Independent]
Monday, 27 October, 2003: On yesterday's occasion of the United Nations' anniversary, the official Libyan news agency [JANA] said that only resolutions against African and Arab states are enforced, (as opposed to Israel and others). JANA said the UN is controlled by super states (US) and that the UN has lost its legitimacy and needs to have the Security Council powers transferred to the General Assembly. "Libya and most countries of the world are now convinced that the United Nations organisation lost credibility," JANA said. [Arabic News]
Sunday, 26 October, 2003: Libya is to open a new multi-million pound embassy in London, almost 20 years after diplomatic relations with Britain were cut following the killing of a young woman police officer. "We hope that (20 Holland Park) will be our new embassy," a Libyan spokesman told The Sunday Times. The newspaper said sources close to the Sultan of Brunei, who owns the building, described as an eight-bedroom "Italianate villa" in the chic and expensive diplomatic quarter of west London, confirmed that negotiations to buy the building were taking place. The price is reported to be 10 million pounds (16.9 million dollars). [AFP]
Sunday, 26 October, 2003: US officials have expressed concern with the attitude of the Libyan side in the trial against six Bulgarian medics, accused of deliberately infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV, Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Solomon Passy said Thursday. A special report made by US experts says that some basic human rights of the six Bulgarians might have been violated, Passy said. The Bulgarians plead not guilty, and claim that Libyan officers have tortured them in an aim to extract false confessions. [Novinite]
Saturday, 25 October, 2003: The son of Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi said on Friday the United States had signalled it would soon lift sanctions against Libya that prevent U.S firms from investing in the country's oil and gas sector. "We have received concrete and positive signals from the U.S. government about restoring this relation. The U.S. companies have noticed that they are able to visit us and to talk with us. To do everything except sign," Saif al-Islam told a small group of reporters. Saif al-Islam, who heads the Qadhafi Foundation, was in London for a conference hosted by the International Energy Advisory Council at the British Foreign Office. [Reuters]
Saturday, 25 October, 2003: Libyan Prime Minister Shokri Ghanem on Friday urged Maltese businessmen to invest in the planned liberalisation of Libya's economy. "The private sector will have a bigger role in the economy, from now on you will be talking directly to merchants and traders, not government officials," Ghanem told Malta's Chamber of Commerce at the end of a two-day visit. "We have embarked on the liberalisation of the economy, giving a greater role to the private sector," he said. [Reuters]
Saturday, 25 October, 2003: Two Somali delegations consisting of warlords and politicians left on Friday for Tripoli, the capital city of Libya, on a week-long visit aimed at fostering relations between the two sides. One of the two delegations is led by warlord Muse Sudi Yalahow and it consists of 18 men belonging to the newly established alliance called the National Salvation Council, the other delegation which consists of six men is from the side of the Transitional National Government (TNG). [Xinhua]

Friday, 24 October, 2003: A prominent U.S. Muslim activist was charged Thursday in an 18-count indictment with devising an illegal scheme to obtain money from Libya and with attempting to conceal his financial dealings from the government. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 105 years in prison for Abdurahman M. Alamoudi, 51, a founder of the American Muslim Council and related American Muslim Foundation. A federal affidavit contends that Alamoudi also was involved in numerous groups with financial links to the Hamas and al-Qaida terrorist organizations - including one founded by a relative of Osama bin Laden. The indictment accuses Alamoudi of engaging in illegal financial transactions with Libya, most notably once in August when he received a briefcase containing $340,000 in cash from the Libyan-controlled Islamic Call Society. [AP]
Friday, 24 October, 2003: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Thursday Libya's oil-dependent economy, choked by years of international sanctions, should grow 5.6 percent this year versus a decline of 0.2 percent last year. In a review of Libya's economy, still firmly controlled and regulated by the state, the IMF said Libya's biggest test is to maintain growth rates as it emerges from years of U.N. sanctions that were lifted in September. The U.S. maintains sanctions on the Tripoli government, including a ban on Libyan oil imports. The fund forecast that Libya's non-oil gross domestic product should expand 2.7 percent this year after 2.9 percent in 2002. [Reuters]
Friday, 24 October, 2003: Turkey's Foreign Trade Undersecretary Tuncer Kayalar said on Thursday that Turkey-Libya 19th Term Joint Economic Commission (JEC) Meeting would be held in December after seven years of interval. Kayalar released a statement that a Libyan delegation would visit Turkey in December and the JEC meeting would be held. His visit to Libya between October 20-22 was very fruitful, Kayalar said. [Anadolu]
Friday, 24 October, 2003: Libya needs financial and technical help if it is to curb an exodus of clandestine migrants from its shores to Europe, but is being hampered by an EU embargo imposed over the Lockerbie bombing, a key government minister told an Italian newspaper Thursday. "We need money, a lot of money, and high technology. A technical commission has prepared a long list for Italy of all that we need: helicopters, radar, binoculars. But the problem is the EU embargo," said Tripoli's Justice Minister Muhammad Mosrati in an interview with Corriere della Sera. [AFP]
Thursday, 23 October, 2003: Three Libyan men in Malta were sentenced to a combined 32 years imprisonment yesterday, after pleading guilty to drug importation. Mr Justice Joe Galea Debono first passed judgement against Talal Ehmedi Awad, 22, who was sentenced for importing 448 grams of heroin on 2 December 2001. Awad was sentenced to 10 years. Next was Elhashmi Elghaoud, 34, who was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for importing about one-and-a-half kilograms of cannabis on 25 February. Ali Ibrahim Algaoud, 46, was accused of being in league with Elhashmi Elghaoud. However, the court noted that Algaoud had previously been in trouble with the law and gave him a harsher sentence of 12 years. [Independent]
Thursday, 23 October, 2003: A House Republican leader Tuesday introduced a bill that would limit exemptions and waivers to a law designed to punish foreign oil companies that invest in either Libya or Iran's petroleum sector. US Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, (R-Fla.), chairwoman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East of the House Committee on International Relations, Tuesday introduced the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act Enhancement and Compliance Act (ILSA-ECA). "Neither Iran or Libya have shown signs of relenting in their support for international terrorism. Those companies who continue to pursue investment in the oil sectors of these rogue nations must realize that they are bankrolling terrorism," said Ros-Lehtinen. [OGJ]
Thursday, 23 October, 2003: A Lebanese delegation has succeeded in dispelling the clouds that had recently marred Lebanese-Libyan relations, a statement by the delegation, which was headed by former Communist Party leader George Hawi, said Tuesday. The delegation, which comprised several industrial and agricultural figures, conferred with Libya’s top officials, including Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi. The delegation handed the Libyan side a memorandum calling for a "peaceful and final solution to one of the worst land mines affecting bilateral relations between the two countries," ­ the disappearance of Shiite cleric Musa Sadr at the conclusion of a formal visit he was making to Libya 25 years ago. [The Daily Star]

Wednesday, 22 October, 2003: Arab states scored among the lowest in the annual report of the Organization of Correspondents Without Borders on press freedoms. The report published in Amman Tuesday said Egypt scored the best among Arab states, coming in 100th among the 166 countries surveyed, followed by Kuwait in the 102nd position and Lebanon in 106. The lowest ranking was Saudi Arabia in position 156, Syria was in 155 and Libya in 153. [UPI]
Wednesday, 22 October, 2003: Ministers and representatives from members of the Western Mediterranean Dialogue on Migration, also known as the "5+5 Dialogue," will meet on Oct. 22-23 in Rabat, Morocco, to discuss cooperation in migration management, an international migration official said Tuesday. The "5+5," which was launched in December 1990 in Rome, groups Algeria, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Tunisia. [Xinhua]
Wednesday, 22 October, 2003: A Libyan man and an Italian woman yesterday admitted a number of drug-related charges including the importation of 50 capsules containing a total of 60 grams of heroin to Malta from Turkey. Kenyan-born Italian national Margaret Anyasi Andalo, 38, and Libyan national Akram Amar Swayah, 26, residing in Bugibba, admitted charges of heroin importation, conspiracy to traffic heroin, heroin trafficking and heroin possession with intent. Mr Swayah also admitted charges of cannabis possession. [Independent]
Wednesday, 22 October, 2003: The six Bulgarian medics accused of deliberately infecting some 400 Libyan children with HIV have already prepared the final speeches they would present after the pleadings of the lawyers are heard in court, the lawyer of the medics Plamen Yalnazov said cited by Info radio. He also explained that the Bulgarian medics have stated their disappointment from the last hearing of the case that took place October 20. However, they have also said that they were looking forward to the next hearing scheduled for December 8. [Novinite]
Wednesday, 22 October, 2003: The Irish Republican Army (IRA) says it has scrapped part of its illegal arsenal at the same time the [British] government has called fresh elections in northern Ireland. Much of the weaponry was smuggled from Libya in the 1980s. [Reuters]
Tuesday, 21 October, 2003: Libya's main negotiator with France over the UTA bombing said Monday Libya would not resume talks unless Paris agreed to discuss compensation for three Libyan pilots killed in Chad. Saif al-Islam, son of Libyan leader Qadhafi, said the French side had "denied all commitments" -- a reference to Tripoli assertions that Libya and France had drawn up a secret document in September providing for payment for the families of the three pilots. Saif al-Islam is in Geneva for the opening of an exhibition of Libyan art and cultural relics. [Reuters]
Tuesday, 21 October, 2003: The Criminal Court in Benghazi is scheduled to hold the seventh hearing of the case against six Bulgarian medics accused of deliberately infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV. Monday's session is said to be the "final" one and in 30 days the court is expected to pass its verdict. On the previous date - October 13, lawyers of Libyans accused of torturing the detainees in order to extract false confessions requested the delay. [Novinite]
Tuesday, 21 October, 2003: Turkish Petroleum Corp (TPAO) will search for oil in Libya. A team comprised of TPAO officials and experts will go to Libya today to carry out searches to find oil. Batman Regional Directorate petroleum engineer Ibrahim Unsal said they would work in an area belonging to TPAO, stating that the drilling would be made by Chinese people. [Anadolu Agency]

Monday, 20 October, 2003: Exiled former Bolivian President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada said he was trying to recover from the "shock and shame" of his forced resignation. "I don't know what I'm going to do" now, he said in an interview published on Sunday in The Miami Herald. He said he worried that the alliance of Indian coca growers and leftist labor leaders that forced him out may lead to a "narco-labor government that could lead to the disintegration of the country." He repeated earlier assertions that Libya had funneled money to the coca growers. [Reuters]
Monday, 20 October, 2003: A coastal patrol has discovered the bodies of 11 African immigrants aboard a small boat off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, a coastguard official has said. The official said a further 14 illegal immigrants, all believed to be Somalis seeking a better life in Europe, were picked up alive from the boat. "It seems that those on board were from Somalia. Their boat almost certainly set sail from the Tunisian-Libyan border area," he added. [Reuters]
Monday, 20 October, 2003: Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi and his Beninese and Togolese counterparts Mathieu Kerekou and Gnassingbe Eyadema, respectively, on Sunday held discussions on the situation in Africa in general and the West African region in particular. [PANA]

Sunday, 19 October, 2003: The Libyan delegation in France this week to discuss a compensation settlement for the victims of the 1989 French plane bombing left Paris Saturday after talks collapsed, a spokesman for the bombing victims association said. A meeting with the Libyan negotiators took place Monday at an undisclosed Paris location but was abruptly broken off when the three Libyan representatives of the Qadhafi Foundation -- a body run by Qadhafi's son Seif al-Islam -- claimed the French side was reneging on a September agreement. [AFP]
Sunday, 19 October, 2003: The new Bulgarian envoy in Libya Zdravko Velev arrived Saturday evening in Tripoli and is expected to leave on Sunday for Benghazi to attend the hearing of the case against the six Bulgarian medics accused of deliberately infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV at a Benghazi hospital, Info radio reported. On the last hearing of the case Oct. 20 was set as the next date for hearing the case. The delay was requested by lawyers of Libyans accused of torturing the Bulgarian detainees in order to extract false confessions. [Novinite]
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Saturday, 18 October, 2003: Libya is ready to spend up to US$ 9 billion on its bid to host the 2010 World Cup, Libya's football chief said Friday. Abdulmaged Bushwesha, general secretary of the Libyan Football Federation, told The Associated Press that Libya was sparing no effort to be the successful bidder. "We have the biggest budget in the history of the World Cup and we hope to be able to host this grand event," said Bushwesha, who was speaking ahead of FIFA's extraordinary congress that will be held Sunday and Monday. [AP]
Saturday, 18 October, 2003: [Uganda's] Government is involved in a tussle with a local firm over a Shs 333.5 billion (US$ 166,754,826) debt, which it wants to collect on behalf of the Libyan government. The Southern Investments Company is owned by prominent Kampala tycoons, Mr Habib Kagimu and Mr Muyanja Mbabali. The debt was incurred in the 1970s and in 1987, when money was borrowed to import petroleum products into the country. Mr Gerald Ssendaula, the Finance Minister revealed that he has not received any communication from the Libyan government authorising anyone to solicit the money on its behalf. {The Monitor]
Saturday, 18 October, 2003: Libya and neighbour Tunisia have set up a joint venture gas company to oversee the building and management of gas pipeline to supply southern Tunisia with two billion cubic meter of Libyan gas per year. The project links Tunisian state-owned power and gas firm STEG and Libyan National Oil Company (NOC) in the joint venture Jointgaz. "Jointgaz is tasked with overseeing the construction of the gas conduct and runing the the facility when the Libyan gas begins flowing through it," said a Tunisian senior official. [Reuters]
Friday, 17 October, 2003: Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khursheed Kasuri denied on Thursday Israeli charges that Pakistan was helping Libya develop nuclear weapons. "There is no bar on telling lies," Kasuri told Reuters on the sidelines of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) summit in Malaysia. "No, Pakistan is not helping any country and it will never do so". An aide to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had earlier this week quoted Sharon as saying Libya was trying to develop nuclear weapons with help from North Korea and Pakistan. [Reuters]
Friday, 17 October, 2003: Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi's son said in an interview to be published on Friday there would be no further payout for victims of the 1989 bombing of a French UTA plane without Libya getting something in exchange. Saif al-Islam al-Qadhafi [photo], chief Libyan negotiator in compensation talks with the families of the victims, said in Le Figaro daily that discussions now were at crisis point. "The French tell us they do not want to hear anything about the confidential document drafted in September. Now, for us, this document is the basis of any accord," Saif al-Islam told Le Figaro. [Reuters]
Friday, 17 October, 2003: Libyan negotiators who flew to France to discuss a compensation settlement for families of people killed in a 1989 bombing of a French plane were still in Paris Thursday despite the collapse of the talks. Guillaume Denoix de Saint-Marc, spokesman for the association grouping the families, told AFP: "The negotiations haven't resumed, but contact is being maintained, and we have exchanged several telephone calls this morning." [AFP]
Friday, 17 October, 2003: Africa's top football official said race and language differences prevented the continent from agreeing on a candidate to host the 2010 World Cup. CAF President Issa Hayatou said bidders Libya, Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt held a fruitless meeting on the subject two months ago. It was not clear whether S. Africa attended the meeting. Previously officials had not spoken on whether they ever tried to get a single bid from Africa. [This Day]
Friday, 17 October, 2003: Cyprus will comply with a UN Security Council resolution asking for the lifting of sanctions against Libya, the Cabinet has decided. "The Council of Ministers took this decision having in mind the international legal commitment of UN member states to implement Security Council decisions. We believe we are legally bound to comply with the Council decision", Director of [Cyprus] President's Office Marios Karoyian told the press. [CNA]
Friday, 17 October, 2003: [China's] Heibei Zhongxing Automobile Company Limited has exported US$20.8 million worth of pick-up trucks to Libya, an official of the carmaker said. He said the company shipped 4,000 units from Tianjin in north China. He said it is the largest single auto export order since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001. [Asia In Focus]
Thursday, 16 October, 2003: President Jacques Chirac's office said on Wednesday that France very much hoped Libya would abide by its commitment to compensate victims of the 1989 bombing of a French airliner, despite an apparent breakdown in negotiations. On Tuesday Libya abruptly broke off talks aimed at settling a compensation deal for families of passengers killed. A spokesperson for the families said informal contacts had resumed on Wednesday. A DC-10 airliner belonging to the French airline UTA blew up over Niger killing 170 victims from 17 countries, including 54 French people. Libya was internationally held responsible. [IOL]
Thursday, 16 October, 2003: Malta's Labour leader Alfred Sant on Monday met Libyan leader Qadhafi. A statement by the Labour Party said the meeting was very cordial. Dr Sant discussed Malta's and the Labour Party's commitment for an increased political and economic cooperation in the Mediterranean and the Labour Party's commitment for the continued strengthening of the relations between Malta and Libya. The Libyan leader, on his part, assured his guests that the leadership and the people of Libya are or will continue to want to strengthen the relations of friendship, trade and cooperation between the two countries. [Independent]

Wednesday, 15 October, 2003: France denied on Tuesday that it has reached a "secret" accord with Libya on the compensation package for families of the 170 people who died in the 1989 bombing of a French airliner. "There is no secret accord of whatever type or whatever nature, " said Herve Ladsous, spokesman for the French Foreign Ministry. On Monday, Seif al-Islam, the son of Libyan leader Mu'ammar Qadhafi, said that a six-point accord whose contents remained "secret" was concluded with France on Sept. 11. He said that the French government has been blocking the accord and Tripoli reserves the right to publish it at "opportune" moment. [Xinhua]
Wednesday, 15 October, 2003: Negotiations on compensation for a 1989 airline bombing were suspended Tuesday, with members of the Libyan delegation announcing they would return home without a deal, a representative of victims' families said. "We're waiting for the misunderstanding to be resolved to start negotiations again," said Guillaume de Saint Marc, who represents families of the 170 people killed in the attack on the French UTA airliner. LCI television suggested Libya felt the French government was not holding up its end of a partial deal signed last month. [AP]
Wednesday, 15 October, 2003: The lifting of all UN trade sanctions against Libya opens up opportunities for Ireland's agri-business sector, according to Billy Timmins, the Fine Gael spokesman on agriculture. He said Minister for Agriculture Joe Walsh must send a trade delegation to Libya to revive the live export trade between the two countries. "Ireland has a long history of good trade relations with Libya, stretching as far back as the 1970s, when Libya imported over 150,000 live exports per annum from Irish farmers," he said. [Irish Examiner]
Wednesday, 15 October, 2003: More than 120 Egyptian workers were flown back to Egypt on Tuesday from Libya after they were expelled for allegedly attempting to emigrate to Italy illegally. The 129 men had worked in various parts of Libya with legal documents and were arrested in the last two weeks before being repatriated aboard a special Libyan flight, airport officials said. Several of the workers told journalists that they had been ill treated during their detention. [IOL]
Wednesday, 15 October, 2003: Ukrainian oil producing organizations are hoping to recover oil from four fields made available to them in Libya, president Leonid Kuchma told the press on Tuesday in Tripoli. Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Haiduk, chairman of the Ukrainian-Libyan Trade Cooperation Commission, said earlier that Libya is making four oil fields available for development to Ukraine. "We have received offers on nine groups of fields. Naftogaz Ukrainy will choose four of them, and concession agreements will be signed on them," he said. [Interfax]
Wednesday, 15 October, 2003: Libyan proposals on a promised compensation deal for the families of passengers killed in the 1989 bombing of a French airliner blamed on Tripoli do not meet the wishes of the victims' families. "The current proposals do not meet the wishes of most of the families of the victims," said Francoise Rudetzki, president of SOS Attentats. She said her organisation remained open to a resumption of discussions with the Libyan delegation. [AFP]
Wednesday, 15 October, 2003: The First Secretary at Bulgaria's Embassy in Tripoli Eleonora Dimitrova was banned access to the court hearings of the case against the six Bulgarian medics accused of deliberately affecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV at a Benghazi hospital. Dimitrova was removed from the court during the Octoner 13 hearing after a quarrel with one of the Libyans, who are believed to have tortured the Bulgarian medics. [Novinite]
Wednesday, 15 October, 2003: Libya's standing revolutionary court ordered the suspension Monday evening of the Al-Zahf al-Akhdar newspaper, following certain articles published in the last issue of the daily, official sources confirmed Tuesday. [PANA]

Tuesday, 14 October, 2003: A Libyan team headed for Paris on Monday to take part in talks on compensation for the families of victims of a 1989 French plane bombing. Saleh Abdelsalam, head of the Qadhafi Foundation which is heading the negotiations with relatives of the 170 people who died when a French UTA airline exploded over Niger, said the Libyan representatives were expected in Paris mid-afternoon Monday. A deadline for agreement expired Saturday at midnight without a deal but a few hours earlier Tripoli contacted the families to suggest further talks.[IOL]
Tuesday, 14 October, 2003: Ukraine will take part in the building of railroads in Libya. In the space of two months, Ukraine will work out a feasibility study for building a railroad from the Libyan coastline deep into Africa. The railroad will be 992 kilometers long and is expected to cost $2 billion, Georgy Kirpa, the Ukrainian transport minister, said on Monday. The Ukrainian side is promising to build the railroad three to four times cheaper than British firms and China. [Interfax]
Tuesday, 14 October, 2003: Ukrainian transport minister, Georgy Kirpa told journalists on Monday that contracts for building a third ring road around the Libyan capital Tripoli will be signed soon. The issue of building a 634-kilometer railroad from Tunis along the Mediterranean coastline, which will cost roughly $1.6 billion, is also being discussed, Kirpa said. [Interfax]
Tuesday, 14 October, 2003: Libya said Monday it would send humanitarian aid and blood for the victims of a bombing in Iraq that wounded dozens of people in addition to six Iraqis who were killed. "Regardless of political positions, Libya is ready to bring the necessary humanitarian aid and provide blood for the victims of the horrible incident," a foreign ministry official said. [AFP]
Tuesday, 14 October, 2003: A court in Benghazi, set October 20 as the next date for hearing the case against six Bulgarian medics accused of deliberately infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV at a Benghazi hospital. The delay was requested by lawyers of Libyans accused of torturing the medics in order to extract false confessions. On Monday Benghazi Criminal Court held a seven-hour session on the case, attended by envoys of eight European countries. [Novinite]
Tuesday, 14 October, 2003: A national conference on public administration in Libya wound up in Tripoli at the weekend under the auspices of the ministry of Economy and Trade in conjunction with the national economic research centre and the Libyan scientific research centre. [PANA]
Monday, 13 October, 2003: The United States has deemed that Libya failed to develop weapons of mass destruction (WMD). A Defense Department report said Libya has failed to make significant headway in the development of biological or chemical weapons. The report said the failure came despite Libya's accelerated efforts to obtain dual-use and other equipment for WMD programs since 1999, when the UN suspended sanctions imposed on Tripoli. [MENL]
Monday, 13 October, 2003: Libya and families of the victims of a French airliner bombing could strike a compensation deal this week, a victims' group says after Tripoli missed a deadline to settle the case. "I think it's quite possible that there will be a definitive accord before the end of the week," Guillaume Denoix de Saint Marc, a spokesman for some of the families of the 170 people killed in the 1989 bombing, told Reuters on Sunday. [Reuters]
Monday, 13 October, 2003: Egypt's Minister of Information Safwat al-Sherif has met Libyan President Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi to press him to abandon plans to pull out of the Arab League, Egyptian state television reported on Sunday. The envoy handed Qadhafi a message from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, in which he highlighted the "need for Libya to stay within the Arab family despite difficulties and problems," the television reported. [Al-Bawaba]
Monday, 13 October, 2003: France on Sunday maintained pressure on Libya to respect its undertaking to compensate the families of victims of a 1989 plane bombing. French President Jacques Chirac said he hoped for a "positive result" when negotiations between Libya and the relatives of the 170 victims resume. "If it is not the case, France will have to take that into account in assessing its position," he warned. Earlier, foreign ministry sources said France "remains very attentive" to the development of events: "we are following this very closely." [AFP]
Monday, 13 October, 2003: After nearly 10 years of study, a US researcher says he has assembled evidence to prove that the fabled lost island of Atlantis existed off the shores of Cyprus. Plato, writing around 360 BC in his renowned dialogues "Timaeus" and "Critias," described how Atlantis had been destroyed by earthquakes and floods around 9600 BC. Atlantis, Plato wrote, "was an island greater in extent than Libya [Africa] and Asia." [The Boston Globe]
Monday, 13 October, 2003: Libyan Dinar per: $US 1.34400, Euro 1.58192, Pound 2.23702, Yen 80.81845, Swiss Franc 1.02377, Year High 1.42950, Year Low 1.19320. [Zawya]
Sunday, 12 October, 2003: Compensation talks for the families of the 170 people killed in the 1989 bombing of a French passenger jet were set to continue past a Saturday deadline after Libya invited representatives of the families to new talks in Tripoli. "A delegation of families of victims should arrive Monday in Tripoli to continue the negotiations" said a Libyan source. The invitation came hours before the deadline of midnight Saturday for a compensation deal was due to expire. The spokesman of the association of families of the victims confirmed in Paris the invitation had been made and talks would continue beyond the Saturday deadline. [AFP]
Sunday, 12 October, 2003: Ukrainian President Kuchma Leonid declared in Tripoli Saturday at the beginning of a three-day working and friendship that abundant possibilities existed to boost cooperation between his country and Libya in the interest of both countries. [PANA]
Sunday, 12 October, 2003: Libyan leader Colonel Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi Saturday received a high-ranking Egyptian delegation led by Information minister Safouat Cherif, who delivered to him a message from President Hosni Mubarak, the Libyan news agency (JANA) reported. [PANA]
Sunday, 12 October, 2003: French President Jacques Chirac on Saturday warned Libya to respect its commitment to compensate the relatives of 170 people killed in the 1989 bombing of a French passenger jet over Niger. Speaking at a news conference on the last day of a visit to Morocco, Chirac said if Libya failed to meet its obligations, the consequences would be "without aggressivity" but also "without weakness". "There would be bound to be consequences for relations between France and Libya," he said. A deadline for a compensation agreement to be reached between Libya and relatives of the dead expired at midnight Saturday. [AFP]
Sunday, 12 October, 2003: Iranian Minister of Housing Ali Abdolalizadeh will leave for Tripoli to take part in the 10th meeting of the Iran-Libya joint economic commission on Monday. [IRIB]

Saturday, 11 October, 2003: German federal prosecutors are pushing for tougher sentences in an appeal of the verdict against four people convicted of mounting a bloody anti-US bombing in a Berlin discotheque in 1986. Spiegel Online said that the federal prosecutor's office had demanded in an appeal that the four be convicted of direct complicity in the attack. This could see the four handed life sentences. In November 2001 a Berlin court convicted two Palestinians, a German and a Libyan to prison terms of between 12 and 14 years. The court also handed Libya part of the blame for the attack, which the U.S. had immediately blamed on Tripoli. [AFP]
Saturday, 11 October, 2003: Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma heads for Libya for an official visit aimed at boosting bilateral cooperation in the oil and aviation sector. Heading a delegation that includes several businessman, he is due Saturday to meet Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi exactly a month since the lifting of UN sanctions imposed on Tripoli after it was accused of blowing up a US airliner over Lockerbie. Kuchma follows hard on the heels of Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar and Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri. [AFP]
Saturday, 11 October, 2003: Ghana and Libya on Friday restored their Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) meetings with a fresh commitment to lay the framework for effective trade and economic ties. [PANA]

Friday, 10 October, 2003: U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton told reporters in London on Thursday that President Bush's so-called "axis of evil" - Iraq under Saddam, Iran and N. Korea - should be widened to include other "rogue, loser states". "I think there are other candidate members for the axis of evil ... Libya, Syria and Cuba and a variety of places," he said. [Reuters]
Friday, 10 October, 2003: The Confederation of African Football (CAF) will not favour any of the five African countries bidding to stage the 2010 World Cup. S. Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia and Libya are all trying to become the first African country to host the World Cup. CAF spokesman S. Habuba said that despite pressures on CAF to streamline the number of countries bidding to stage the soccer festival, it would be left to FIFA to decide on the best bid. [AFP]
Friday, 10 October, 2003: Gunmen at a Somali airfield refused to let the president of the country's transitional government depart for Libya Thursday, witnesses said. The dispute was apparently over money the president allegedly owes former bodyguards now working with the militia that controls the makeshift airport. When President Hassan arrived at Ballidogleh airport, some of his one-time bodyguards demanded he pay up if he wanted to fly. Following a tense standoff the chartered plane that was to take Hassan to Libya returned to Djibouti. [AP]
Friday, 10 October, 2003: French Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson: Q- The Oct. 10 deadline is coming up, and there's an impression that nothing is moving. What do you plan to do? A- Pursuant to the document signed between the families of the UTA 772 victims and the [Libyan] Qadhafi Foundation, negotiations are taking place to finalize the agreement. The negotiations are due to be concluded by Oct. 11. The French authorities are watching very closely to see that the arrangements between the families and the Foundation are observed. [Diplomatic News]
Thursday, 9 October, 2003: A Libyan man studying in Dorset was punched unconscious while another was hit with what police believe may have been an iron bar. The two Arabic men, both in their 20s and English language students, were attacked outside the Southbourne Fried Chicken restaurant in Bournemouth on Sunday. One of the men, a 23-year-old, suffered concussion and severe facial bruising while a 28-year-old needed stitches to his head and arm. The pair, who are both staying in Bournemouth, are being questioned by detectives via an interpreter, who believe two men carried out the assault. Dorset Police say the attackers escaped towards Beresford Avenue, The Grove public house and Southbourne Grove. [BBC]
Thursday, 9 October, 2003: Women's Round Table Zimbabwe President Nyasha Chikwinya on Tuesday urged local companies and individuals to exhibit at the first International Exhibition in Tripoli, Libya. The exhibition is scheduled to start from November 1 to 10, 2003 with Zimbabwe having been allocated the largest stand. Chikwinya said the Libyans had offered a wide variety of subsidies for Zimbabwean exhibitors who would be taking part in the event. "[Zimbabweans] will not be expected to pay any exhibition and accommodation fees while in Libya," she said. [Xinhua]

Wednesday, 8 October, 2003: Finland ranked as the world's least corrupt and Bangladesh the most corrupt country in a 2003 index released by the non-governmental anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International Tuesday. Oman was the least corrupt country and Libya the worst corrupt country out of 17 ranked in the Middle East - North Africa region. [Daily Star]
Wednesday, 8 October, 2003: Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi threatened Tuesday to throw out Italian companies if Rome did not pay compensation for its 32-year colonial rule. "Italy will lose its interests in Libya if it ignores the signed agreements with regard to these indemnities," Qadhafi said at a women's festival in Misrata, 200 kilometres east of Tripoli. Sanctions would hit in particular the Italian petrochemical giant Eni, which has a number of operations in Libya. Rome and Tripoli signed in July 1998 a joint statement in which Italy officially apologised to the Libyan people for any harm it did during its colonial rule from 1911 to the middle of World War II. [AFP]
Wednesday, 8 October, 2003: A Kuwaiti minister has said President Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi "will go to hell," after the Libyan leader strongly criticized the emirate, a newspaper reported Tuesday. "From this moment I say Qadhafi will go to hell," Deputy Premier and State Minister for Cabinet Affairs Mohammad Sharar was quoted as saying by Al-Rai Al-Aam newspaper.The minister was responding to a question about a statement attributed to Qadhafi in which the Libyan leader said his country and Kuwait would never meet until the Day of Judgement and that one would go to hell and the other to heaven. Ties have worsened since March when the Kuwaiti flag was ripped down at the emirate's mission in Tripoli by protesters opposed to Kuwait's support for the US-led war in Iraq. Kuwait retaliated by ordering the Libyan charge d'affaires to leave the emirate. [AFP]
Wednesday, 8 October, 2003: Libyan Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Adelrahman Shalgham, has expressed to his Syrian counterpart, Farrouk Charaa, Libya's solidarity and support, following the Israeli attack that targeted Sunday a village located about 20 km from Damascus. [PANA]

Tuesday, 7 October, 2003: Colonel Qadhafi (photo) had some strong words for the Arabs, denying them human qualities, and publicly challenging their former policy of helping movements and political groups. "Libya has for too long endured the Arabs, for whom we have paid blood and money," Qadhafi told an audience of women at Syrte, adding that as a result, Libya had been "boycotted by the US and demonized by the West." "In return, the Arabs joined forces with the US and Israel against Libya," he continued, as he confirmed his African orientation, viewing Africa as "a source of great force" for Libya. [AFP]
Monday, 6 October, 2003: The Arab League (AL) warned in a statement after an emergency delegates meeting in Cairo that Israel's air strike against a camp in Syria could spark "a whirlwind of violence" and called on the UN to rein in the Jewish state "immediately". A Libyan delegate attended the meeting. Libya had been boycotting all AL meetings since early September, when the league granted Iraq's seat to the US-appointed Iraqi transitional leadership. [AFP]
Monday, 6 October, 2003: Investigation Unit of Pakistan's FIA have arrested some 19 agents, who robbed many gullible persons by promising them safe entry to Europe via Libya. The main character behind the fraud turned out to be a businessman, Haji Muhammad Saeed who was fleecing the simpleton through his brother in law in Gujrat. Cases have been filed against 19 agents from different cities including Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujrat and Sialkot. [Pak Tribune]
Tibra Foundation: Tibra Spotlight, October 2003

Sunday, 5 October, 2003: Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi inveighed against fellow-Arabs, declaring Arab nationalism and unity dead and gone forever, and complaining that Libya had had enough of pouring forth blood and money for Arabs. "The times of Arab nationalism and unity are gone forever," he told an audience of women at Syrte, east of Tripoli: "These ideas which mobilised the masses are only a worthless currency."Qadhafi called on the People's Congresses, the basis of the country's political system, to give their consent to Libya withdrawing from the Arab League. Libya has been planning to leave the League for some months. [AFP]

Saturday, 4 October, 2003: Libyan Prime Minister Shukri Ghanem (photo) denied that Japan was preparing to lend Libya some $3.6 billion for use on infrastructure development projects. "Our financial situation is excellent and we have large sums put aside, Libya being one of the rare countries without any external debt," he said, adding that the money was destined for Japanese companies not Tripoli. Japan's Nihon Keizai Shimbun daily reported that Tokyo was planning to extend $3.6 billion in loans to Libya. [AFP]
Saturday, 4 October, 2003: Libyan president, Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi has promised every gold medallist at the 8th All Africa Games $20,000, $10,000 was promised for silver and $5,000 for bronze. Leader of the Libyan delegation to Abuja 2003 [Nigeria], Salah M. Elarbi disclosed these on arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport. The Libyans would feature seven events including Athletics, Chess, Judo, Weightlifting, Table Tennis, Special Sports and Taekwando. [Daily Trust]

Friday, 3 October, 2003: Lt. Gen. Al-Khweildi al-Hamidi has discussed with chief of staff of the Italian naval forces Marssilio Dillo relations between the Italian and Libyan naval forces and means of enhancing bilateral cooperation in the service of peace in the Mediterranean. Libya's radio said that discussions dealt with means of strengthening cooperation between the two banks of the Mediterranean for security and stability in the Mediterranean basin. [Arabic News]
Friday, 3 October, 2003: The five African countries - Egypt, Libya, Morocco, South Africa and Tunisia - bidding to host the 2010 World Cup made their official presentations to world football's governing body FIFA in Zurich on Tuesday. FIFA President Sepp Blatter accepted the dossiers and attended the official presentations of the bidding associations. [This Day]
Friday, 3 October, 2003: U.S. Federal prosecutors have obtained intriguing evidence that Abdurahman Alamoudi may have had far more extensive contacts with suspected terrorists than was previously known, including meetings with a well-known associate of the Sept. 11 hijackers. Alamoudi played a key role in the chaplain program, publicly boasting to reporters that he was first person authorized by the U.S. military to recruit clerics. Prosecutors readily acknowledge they cannot prove at this point Alamoudi's real intentions in taking cash from Libya. [Newsweek]
Friday, 3 October, 2003: Fifteen countries including South Africa with the largest team so far of 455 have arrived for the 8th All Africa Games. Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Cote d'Ivoire, Libya, Mali and Togo arrived yesterday. Others that also flew in yesterday include Madagascar, Republic of Benin, Zimbabwe and Mauritius. Namibia, Zambia, Angola and Senegal are the other countries that have stormed Abuja for the continental games. [This Day]

Thursday, 2 October, 2003: Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi (photo) urged Libyan women to train for combat and mine their homes to avoid the same fate as women and children killed in Iraq and the Palestinian territories. "Our time has known wars which have gone beyond combat zones to hit homes and other civilian targets," Qadhafi told a group of women in a speech Tuesday in Syrte, 500 kilometers east of Tripoli. "In Baghdad or in Gaza, the victims are mainly women and children," he said. [AFP]
Thursday, 2 October, 2003: Libyan entrepreneurs plan to set up the country's second private bank in January, marking a small but significant step in the government's economic reforms. The Tourism Development Bank will have an initial capital of three million Libyan dinars (around $2.3 million) and focus its business on financing the tourism sector, businessman Meftah Shaibi said on Wednesday. "We're putting the finishing touches to have the bank begin to operate in earnest on January 1, 2004," Shaibi, who chairs the bank's founding committee, told Reuters. [Reuters]
Libyan Embassy In Ottawa, Canada, Accused In Money Plot

Dr. Ahmed al-Jehani Discusses Globalization With Students At OSU

Wednesday, 1 October, 2003: The Libyan embassy in Ottawa, Canada, has been implicated in a plot to transfer hundreds of thousands of dollars from Tripoli to American Islamic groups in violation of sanctions on the regime of Colonel Qadhafi. A criminal complaint unsealed yesterday claims the Ottawa embassy issued visas to Abdurahman Alamoudi, an Ethiopian-born American affiliated with several Muslim organizations being investigated for terror financing. The visas allowed Mr. Alamoudi to travel to Libya without obtaining the approval from the U.S. During the trips, he allegedly secured large donations from Libya's "jihad fund." The revelation comes as Col. Qadhafi is trying to reinvent himself as a man of peace following years of sanctions imposed after Libyan agents bombed a Pan Am flight over Lockerbie in 1988, killing 270. [National Post]
Wednesday, 1 October, 2003: The international police organisation wants Washington to waive export controls on special computer software for several key states -- including Libya and Cuba -- in the global war on terror. A top police official said the waiver was needed to allow some states -- which also include Syria, Sudan and Iraq -- to join a highly encrypted communications network which Interpol bills as a revolution in fighting international crime. [Reuters]
Wednesday, 1 October, 2003: A joint bid by Tunisia and Libya to hold the 2010 World Cup was rejected Tuesday by soccer's governing body. FIFA said it would accept only individual bids from Tunisia and Libya. South Africa, Egypt and Morocco also were to make presentations Tuesday, the deadline for official bids. Nigeria withdrew Monday, citing a lack of money. [AP]
Wednesday, 1 October, 2003: Tunisia Football Federation president Hamouda Ben Ammar said his country had reached agreement with Libya for a joint bid to stage the 2010 World Cup soccer finals. The announcement was made Tuesday as the bidding nations handed in their dossiers at FIFA headquarters and despite the fact that world soccer's president Sepp Blatter stressed that the call had been for individual candidates and only Libya's bid would be registered. [AFP]
Wednesday, 1 October, 2003: Red Electrica Internacional, the international division of Spanish power distribution group REE, has signed a three-year agreement with Libyan power company Gecol to improve and develop its distribution network. REE has recently concluded consultancy work in Libya and Tunisia, advising on interconnection systems. [FT]
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