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Tuesday, 31 August, 2004: The UN atomic agency praised Libya yesterday for co-operation in reporting on its dismantled nuclear program but said "critical questions" remained whether copies of its nuclear weapons designs might have reached the black market. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) spokesman Mark Gwozdecky said: "We've had excellent co-operation" since Libya agreed in December to dismantle its programs to develop weapons of mass destruction, but added: "To have a full picture of what happened is going to involve ongoing work, particularly with the black market." Gwozdecky said "critical questions" remained about whether Libya had made copies of the nuclear weapons designs it has now scrapped. [Gulf Daily News]
Tuesday, 31 August, 2004: Diplomats on Monday said a report by the U.N. nuclear watchdog did not rule out North Korean involvement in supplying Libya with banned technology for its weapons program. In a restricted report made available to The Associated Press the IAEA also said that some of the equipment ordered by Libya as part of its program remains missing, raising concerns that other countries or groups might have secretly received it. The IAEA began circulating the report to diplomats ahead of a meeting of its board of governors starting Sept. 13 that will review the progress of investigating secret nuclear activities by Libya and Iran. [AP]


Monday, 30 August, 2004: A Libyan singer has won the Arab version of the Super Star singing competition staged in the Lebanese capital. Edging out Palestinian Ammar Hasan, Ayman al-A'tar (photo) persuaded a majority of the 3.2 million viewers to cast their phone, text message and email votes for him. After the 54% to 46% result was announced on Sunday, both finalists appeared on stage together - holding each other's national flag in a display of unity. [Al-Jazeera]
Monday, 30 August, 2004: Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi and Dubai Crown Prince Mohammed Al Maktoum held talks yesterday on boosting economic ties as the North African state opens up after sanctions. Libya is keen to learn from Dubai's economic success as it seeks to re-enter the global economic and diplomatic mainstream after Qadhafi pledged in December to scrap banned weapons. Libyan officials said talks focused on economic co-operation and trade. Tripoli was also keen to learn more about Dubai's shipping experience. [Gulf News]
Monday, 30 August, 2004: Two Egyptian fishermen have died after they were shut for 24 hours inside a badly ventilated police vehicle following their deportation from Libya. The two men died of asphyxiation. They were part of a group of 35 fishermen recently arrested for illegally plying their trade in Libyan waters. After being handed over by the Libyans, the fishermen were shut inside the Egyptian police vehicle at the border town of Salum and driven about 740km to Cairo. [AFP]
Monday, 30 August, 2004: The Emirates General Petroleum Corporation (Emarat) has signed two separate agreements to export lubricants and other oil products to Libya and Iraq. [WAM]

Sunday, 29 August, 2004: European Union manufacturing and service companies are poised to start seeking potential partners in Libya during the first networking event designed to bring together EU businesses and Libyan state-backed organizations earmarked for privatization. The event - Libya: Opportunity and Challenge - will be held Oct. 12-13. Up to 300 Libyan public enterprises could be privatized over the next five years to attract foreign direct investment. The EU - especially Italy, Germany, France, Spain and the UK - is Libya's largest trading partner, accounting for some 50 percent of imports and 70 percent of exports. [The Daily Star]
Sunday, 29 August, 2004: Col Qadhafi is being accused by Palestinians of skulduggery after allegedly intervening to help a Libyan contestant in the Middle East's answer to Pop Idol - a six-month-long contest to find the finest singer in the Arab world. Palestinians are enraged that Col Qadhafi backed a costly nationwide publicity campaign and arranged for free telephone calls for Libyans wishing to vote, in an attempt to tip the scales in favour of Ayman Al'atar, a Libyan dental student. Palestinian telephone companies, including Jawwal, the biggest mobile telephone company, have cut the cost of calls and set up 150 special channels to make voting easier. [The Telegraph]
Sunday, 29 August, 2004: Libya has resumed talks with ChevronTexaco for the resumption of investment in the energy sector of the North African state. Executives said a ChevronTexaco delegation met Libyan officials in Tripoli several times during 2004 to discuss investment in Libya's crude oil and natural gas sector. Chevron operated in Libya throughout the 1960s and 1970s until its joint venture operations with Texaco were taken over by a unit of Libya's National Oil Corporation about 25 years ago. Other U.S. companies also resumed efforts to return to Libya. So far, none of the U.S. companies have signed an agreement with Libya. [MEOL]
Sunday, 29 August, 2004: Chairman of the Ministerial Council in Bosnia ■and Herzegovina Adnan Terzic arrived in Libya on Saturday for a five-day ■■official visit, which is the first by a high-rank Bosnian official to Libya.■ Bosnian Minister of Finance and Treasury Dr. Ljerka Maric expressed to KUNA ■■the Bosnian concern to reestablish the economic relationships and the ■participation of Bosnian companies in executing development projects in Libya.■■ Maric noted that the Bosnian delegation includes representatives of 25 ■companies to discuss with the Libyan officials the means of reestablishing ■ ■economic relationships, including the Libyan debts for the Bosnian companies that executed projects before the Yugoslavian war.■ [KUNA]
Sunday, 29 August, 2004: The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) on Saturday began transporting food through a desert route from Libya to refugee camps in eastern Chad housing victims of Sudan's Darfur conflict. The WFP is expanding its aid to Chad to avert a refugee crisis as an estimated 200,000 people have already crossed into the country to escape violence in the vast western Sudan region. A convoy of 20 lorries, carrying 440 metric tonnes of wheat flour, on Saturday set off on a trial run from the Libyan desert city of al-Kufra to eastern Chad. [Reuters]
Sunday, 29 August, 2004: A German man accused of trying to help Libya develop nuclear weapons has appeared before the Federal Court in Karlsruhe, the German Federal Prosecutor's Office said. Authorities issued an arrest warrant against Gerhard W. for "acting as an accessory to attempted treason", as well as "aiding the attempted development of atomic weapons", the Office said. The judge released W., on bail on Thursday. W., who lives in South Africa, and a suspected accomplice named Gotthard L., residing in Switzerland, are believed to have played a role in an int'l ring that tried to procure materials for making nuclear weapons in 2001. [DW]
Sunday, 29 August, 2004: Sudan has agreed to consider the asylum claims of 76 Eritreans who forced a Libyan plane to land in Sudan because they feared returning home, a U.N. official said on Saturday. Libya had denied the Eritreans refugee status. "We have an agreement from the Sudanese government that they (the Eritreans) will be admitted ... we are looking at now how to process them -- to determine whether they are asylum seekers," said Michael Lindenbauer, the deputy representative in Sudan of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. [Reuters]

Saturday, 28 August, 2004: Four Eritreans, among a group expelled from Libya, have given themselves up after hijacking a plane flying them home and forcing it to land in Khartoum, a Sudanese police commander said. Earlier, Libya confirmed reports it had expelled 229 illegal immigrants of various nationalities. Libya's official JANA news agency quoted the Interior Ministry as saying it "expelled 229 illegal immigrants - 145 Nigerians and 84 Eritreans - late on Thursday night aboard a Libyan plane which was hijacked to Sudan". [AFP]
Saturday, 28 August, 2004: Libya on Friday denied any involvement in an apparent plot to destabilise Mauritania. "Libya denies completely the allegations directed against the country," Foreign Minister Abdelrahman Shalgam told reporters. Mauritania said two weeks ago it had foiled an attempted coup and arrested around 30 soldiers. Sidi Ould Riha, chief of staff of the National Gendarmerie, said in a statement broadcast on state radio that two commando units had planned to launch the latest attack, one based in Burkina, the other in Libya. [Reuters]
Saturday, 28 August, 2004: The government of Mauritania has accused Libya and Burkina Faso of backing an attempt to topple President Maaouiya Ould Taya earlier this month and has announced the arrest of 31 military officers in connection with the alleged putsch. [UN-IRIN]
Saturday, 28 August, 2004: A Belarussian bank with connections to Russia laundered funds for former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, enabling him to skirt UN sanctions, the U.S. government charged this week. Infobank, which the U.S. Treasury Department says is owned in part by the Belarussian government and a Libyan bank, categorically denies the claim. The allegations came only days after U.S. Senator John McCain, speaking in Latvia, assailed Belarussian President Lukashenko as running a dictatorship reminiscent of the Soviet Union. [Moscow Times]
Saturday, 28 August, 2004: Libya has requested for the postponement of an international friendlies against Zambia initially set for October 16 and 20. FAZ spokesman Mwansa Mbulakulima said yesterday that Libya would not manage to fulfill the fixture because of that country's religious commitments. "Due to the observance of the Moslem period of Ramadan, the Libya authority have requested that the two friendly matches scheduled for 16th and 20th October, 2004 as part of Zambia's Independence celebrations be postponed," he said. [The Post]

Friday, 27 August, 2004: The Libyan contestant in the Pan-Arab version of Pop Idol - Super Star - has generated a fan-base in Libya that has left some Libyans stunned and others with a sense of growing excitement. Ayman al-Aathar (photo) is still in university, studying to become a dentist. His first appearance on TV was at the tender age of nine, when he sang a nationalistic song entitled "Watani ya Watani" or "My Nation, Oh my Nation". It was difficult for Libyans to vote for [Ayman] during the first month because of a lack of direct phone lines. So they scrambled to internet cafes and voted online to ensure that their favourite contestant remained. One Libyan woman told me: "He represents the closest image of Libyans in his simplicity, his love for people and good sportsmanship." [BBC]
Friday, 27 August, 2004: Libya should be readmitted as a "full partner" in dialogue and cooperation between Mediterranean states and Europe, Italy's incoming EU commissioner Rocco Buttiglione was quoted as saying Thursday. Libya must be "readmitted as a full partner in a system of Mediterranean cooperation," Buttiglione said in an interview published by the Turin daily La Stampa. Buttiglione made his comments after a meeting on Wednesday between Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi and Libyan leader Qadhafi. Buttiglione, as incoming commissioner for justice, freedom and security will have responsibility for emigration. [EUBusiness]
Friday, 27 August, 2004: Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has met Libya's Colonel Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi for talks on curbing illegal immigration. After the meeting in the Libyan port of Sirte, Berlusconi called for closer international co-operation. He said the problem of illegal immigration was not just Italian and Libyan, but European and African. Italy and Libya have close economic ties, despite a long-standing dispute over Libya's unsatisfied claim for compensation for the period at the beginning of the 20th Century when it was under Italian colonial rule. [BBC]
Friday, 27 August, 2004: A German man suspected of helping a Libyan bid to acquire atomic weapons technology in 2001 has been released on bail, the federal prosecutor's office says. The man, who lives in South Africa and was named only as Gerhard W., 65, is suspected of passing on to a South African company a request from an illegal network based in Dubai to supply Libya with gas centrifuge equipment used for uranium enrichment. Although the firm built the centrifuge, it was never delivered to Libya, it said, adding it was still looking into the extent that Gerhard W. was involved in the network. He was paid one million euros for his services. [Reuters]


Thursday, 26 August, 2004: Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi met on Wednesday with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi over bilateral ties in Sirte. The two leaders discussed Iraq, the flow of illegal immigration to Italy and other issues of mutual concern. They also probed means to implement the Italian-Libyan Declaration signed in 1998 which includes Italy's apology for occupying Libya as well as pledging compensations for its colonial rule. [Xinhua]
Thursday, 26 August, 2004: United Kingdom energy companies are among those being invited by the son of Col. Qadhafi to invest their money and skills in Libya. Saif al-Islam al-Qadhafi, son of the country's head of state and patron of the conference, Libya: Opportunity & Challenge, said: "After a decade of sanctions, we have set ourselves ambitious economic targets as part of our reintegration into the world economy. "Our industrial and commercial infrastructure needs an influx of investment and skills in a wide range of areas from oil and gas to tourism". [The Herald]
Thursday, 26 August, 2004: U.S. civil rights activist Jesse Jackson has met AIDS-infected children in the Libyan city of Bengazi, which Libyan authorities say were intentionally infected by international medical workers. Jackson expressed sympathy for the children and their families, and met hospital staff and parents of the infected children. Five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor were convicted last May of spreading AIDS to 400 Libyans -- mostly children. Dr. Idris al-Ammari, director of Bengazi hospital, said 45 children have died from the virus. [CNN]

Wednesday, 25 August, 2004: Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi travels Wednesday to Libya to meet Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi for what officials describe as an informal meeting which will focus mainly on a plan to stop waves of illegal immigrants using the North African state as a springboard for entry into Italy. But Libya is insisting that progress also be made on a number of issues which have troubled relations between it and its former colonial oppressor, not least Tripoli's demands for reparations for more than three decades of occupation by Rome. [MEONL]
Wednesday, 25 August, 2004: An association of Italians expelled from Libya when Qadhafi took over in [1969] says the Libyan leader is cynically using the immigration problem to get sanctions lifted. "Qadhafi is exploiting the immigrant problem to get things from Italy," said Giovanna Ortu, a spokeswoman for the association, AIRL, which is pressing Berlusconi to raise their claims to recover property appropriated by Libya. "Now they want weapons, while those of us who were expelled in 1970 and lost everything, don't even have the right to have a tourist visa to go to Libya," the Libyan-born Ortu said. [MEONL]
Wednesday, 25 August, 2004: U.S. civil rights campaigner Rev. Jesse Jackson said on Tuesday he would appeal to Libyan leader Qadhafi to show mercy to five Bulgarian nurses condemned to death for infecting [Libyan] children with HIV. In a telephone call from Benghazi, Libya, Jackson told reporters he would also urge Qadhafi in a meeting on Wednesday to use his influence to alleviate the suffering of refugees caught up in the Darfur conflict in Sudan. [Reuters]

Tuesday, 24 August, 2004: No changes are being made to the programme for Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi's visit to Libya this week despite Islamist threats, Italian government sources said Monday. The Italian news agency Ansa quoted sources close to Berlusconi as confirming that he would meet Libyan leader Qadhafi Wednesday. A previously unknown group threatened to kill Libyan officials if Tripoli went ahead with the Berlusconi visit in a statement posted on an Islamist website Monday. The group called on Tripoli not to receive a key US ally "whose hands have been stained with Muslim blood in Iraq, Afghanistan and other Muslim countries." [AFP]
Tuesday, 24 August, 2004: Libyan Foreign Minister Ali al-Treki warned Monday against foreign intervention in solving the Darfur crisis in Sudan after the peace talks resumed in Abuja, capital of Nigeria. Al-Treki, representative of Qadhafi attending the inter-Sudan talks aimed at ending the conflict, said that there was a better way for those willing to help. "Those willing to assist Sudan should limit their efforts to providing relief materials," he said. [Xinhua]

Monday, 23 August, 2004: In the light of media reports that the Maltese Government is conducting talks with neighbouring governments - in particular Libya's - to repatriate illegal immigrants trying to enter Malta regardless of nationality, Moviment Graffitti has called on the Government to end such talks with Libya. A spokesman for the left-wing political organisation said: "In the light of Libyaĺs bad human rights record ľ as vividly shown by human rights organisations such as Amnesty International ľ we believe that repatriating asylum seekers to this country could jeopardise their chance of obtaining a needed refugee status. [Independent]
Monday, 23 August, 2004: A joint government-private sector economic mission will be sent next month to Libya, which has abandoned its weapons of mass destruction and is seeking foreign investment. It will be the first such fact-finding mission in two decades as there had been virtually no official communications between Tokyo and Tripoli until recently, an official at the Ministry of Economy said. The plan was drawn up at the behest of the Foreign Ministry, which wants to help Libya return to the international community. [Japan Times]

Sunday, 22 August, 2004: From state-sponsored terrorists to "humanitarians" in less than 20 years. What an amazing leap for Libya. Even more amazing: Qadhafi, terrorism's poster boy two decades ago, not only is getting away with it, he's being lauded for his newfound magnanimity. With a million here and a few billion there, Libya is shedding its terrorist past like a snake sheds its skin. In the process, it has discarded responsibility, accountability -- and justice. [PTR]
Sunday, 22 August, 2004: Chilean state-owned oil company ENAP said its international unit, Sipetrol, would invest this year in exploration and production in new oil fields in Libya. [EFE]
Sunday, 22 August, 2004: A Malta Labour Party delegation has just returned from Libya where, amongst other matters, it discussed the problems faced by Maltese businessmen and employees in obtaining visas. It also discussed investment prospects in both countries. [Independent]
Sunday, 22 August, 2004: Pakistani forces have killed "a few" militants in operations to flush out Al-Qaeda-linked rebels in the northwestern tribal region near the border with Afghanistan, the military said ... The current hunt is focused on six most wanted militants. All are said to be Al-Qaeda operatives and among them is a Libyan, Abu Faraj Al Libbi, described as mastermind of two failed attempts to assassinate President Pervez Musharraf in December last year. [AFP]

Saturday, 21 August, 2004: Amnesty International (AI) has received a detailed response from the Libyan authorities to its report on Libya ["Time to make human rights a reality",] published in April this year. "We welcome this latest development in our dialogue with the Libyan authorities and their willingness to continue to engage on human rights issues." AI is currently studying the government's response. The organization will communicate its queries and comments to the Libyan authorities in due course. [AI]    Please click here for the AI report (27 April, 2004)
Saturday, 21 August, 2004: Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi will head to Tripoli next week to meet Libyan Leader Qadhafi. Italian News Agency quoted a spokesperson of Berlusconi as saying that the prime minister will meet Qadhafi to discuss a number of important topics, including the means of preventing illegal immigration and fighting terrorism. Berlusconi, who maintains personal friendship with Qadhafi, is visiting Libya for the third time within one year. [KUNA]
Saturday, 21 August, 2004: Libya's central bank issued its "first quarter of 2004" economic issue on public debts, strategy and difficulties. It concentrated on accounts for 2003, money, banks, and budget as well as stastical datas and local prices of sale of oil products and average price of sale of crude oil, production and export of crude oil, gas & petrochemicals. [Liquid Africa]

Friday, 20 August, 2004: US Congressman Tom Lantos Thursday described a visit to Syria the previous day as a "major disappointment" because of Damascus' failure to cut alleged links with terrorist groups. "Syria was a major disappointment," Lantos told reporters at the US embassy in Amman. "I hope Syria will see the light sooner or later," he said after lavishing praise on Libya. Long considered a rogue state by Washington, Libya saw the U.S. renew diplomatic relations in June after Tripoli had renounced its quest for weapons of mass destruction. [AFP]
Friday, 20 August, 2004: Bank of Valletta will tomorrow host a half-day conference on "Doing business with Libya: in Libya". The conference will address issues related to cross-border trade and investment between Malta and Libya. Bank of Valletta Group chairman, Joseph Zahra, will deliver the introductory speech while Dr Saad el-Shalmani from the Libyan embassy and Malta's Ambassador in Libya, Dr Richard Laurenti, will also address the conference. [Malta Business]

Thursday, 19 August, 2004: Syria should follow Libya's example and renouncing WMDs and links to anti-Israel militant groups in return for better U.S. ties, a prominent U.S. lawmaker said Wednesday. "As a friend ... I want to see the leaders of this great nation ... make the right choice as well," said Tom Lantos, the top Democrat on the House of Representatives' Intl Relations Committee. Libya's "Qadhafi ... will reap endless benefits in political, economic and cultural ties with the U.S. and the civilized world as a result of his actions," Lantos said. [Reuters]
Thursday, 19 August, 2004: With time running out for Sudan to meet a UN deadline for assuring the safety of the civilian population in the war-torn province of Darfur, the Khartoum government is seeking help from quarters as far apart as Libya and Nigeria. As the Aug. 29 deadline looms, African Union-sponsored peace talks between the Sudanese government and the Darfur rebels are due to begin in Abuja next Monday and Sudan President Omar al-Beshir has asked Libyan leader Qadhafi to "intervene personally" in the escalating crisis. [The Daily Star]
Thursday, 19 August, 2004: Libya's national side will set up a training camp in Tunisia for their forthcoming World Cup qualifier against Benin. Mohamed El Khemisy, who is now in charge of the Libyan side, has also named a 23-man squad for the 3 September game in Tripoli. El Khemisy took over from Croatian Ilija Loncarevic who was sacked by the Libyan Federation despite leading them to a 1-0 away victory against Sudan. [BBC]

Wednesday, 18 August, 2004: The "exaggerated caution" toward the HIV trial in Libya faced fierce criticism from the British Medical Journal (BMJ). The article, which was entitled "Quiet Diplomacy is Not Enough," retells the story of the six medics who were charged with deliberately causing HIV epidemic in Libya. Five of the Bulgarians were sentenced to death by a firing squad in May. The Bulgarians confessed to the crime under torture, the BMJ says. [Novinite]
Wednesday, 18 August, 2004: One likely beneficiary of high oil prices, and the risk premium now attached to Gulf crude, is Libya. Geographically closer to the European and American markets, Libya looks poised to reap the benefits of an end to its international isolation. To many Libya is a 'sleeping oil giant'. Despite high reserves, oil production has declined due to a lack of maintenance and re-investment. Sustained capacity stood at 3.3 million barrels per day (mbpd) in the 1970s. Today capacity is less than half this level. [AME Info]
Wednesday, 18 August, 2004: Technip has been awarded by Agip Oil Company Ltd Libyan Branch (owned 50% by NOC and 50% by ENI) a contract worth approximately EUR 50 million for the Bouri East Area Development (EAD). The Bouri field, located in block NC-41, lies 120 km offshore the Libyan coast. The EAD Project will consist of four new sub sea production wells, clustered around a central manifold and tied-back to the DP4 Platform. Installation works will be performed before end 2005 by one of Technip dynamically positioned vessels. [Business Wire]
Wednesday, 18 August, 2004: The Indian Government has lifted the ban on exports to Libya following withdrawal of UN sanctions. "Unless otherwise specifically provided, import/export will be valid from/to any country. However, import or export of arms and related material from or to Iraq shall be prohibited," a Directorate General of Foreign Trade notification said. [PTI]
Wednesday, 18 August, 2004: Houston American Energy Corp. announced that it has joined twelve other oil companies to form a Libya Study Group for the purpose of developing prospect areas and ultimately applying for government concessions to exploit selected opportunities in Libya. Each study group member will have the right to participate in all proposed prospects. It is expected that the process might be completed by the 1st quarter of 2005. [PRNewswire]
Wednesday, 18 August, 2004: A group of Ghanaian immigrants who were deported from Libya four years ago are crying foul over the government's delay in refunding monies they deposited with the Ghana Embassy in Tripoli. The immigrants, who were being hustled by the Libyan authorities, deposited their monies with the embassy. The embassy was later alleged to have been burgled and 30% of the monies deposited stolen in June 2000. [Ghanaian Chronicle]

Tuesday, 17 August, 2004: Full ties between Libya and the United States are expected to be restored early next year after the U.S. presidential elections, U.S. officials said. The process of normalization is proceeding quickly and even ahead of schedule," said U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif., after talks with Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi late Sunday. "I assured Mr. Qadhafi that the process of restoring full relations between our two countries will proceed in a normal way whether President Bush or Sen. Kerry won the next elections," Lantos said. [UPI]
Tuesday, 17 August, 2004: Libya, which was welcomed back into the international fold four months ago, yesterday invited oil and gas companies to bid for drilling rights there. The news is the first open invitation to oil and gas companies since Shell signed a deal to build a $200m liquefied natural gas terminal during a visit by Prime Minister Tony Blair in March. Libya's National Oil Company announced that it was offering exploration and production rights on almost 130,000 sq km, divided into 15 blocks in the north and west of the country. [The Telegraph]
Tuesday, 17 August, 2004: Saif al-Qadhafi, the son of Libya's leader Qadhafi says that while he supports opening up Libya to Westerners, the country does not need democracy lessons from the U.S. He further dismisses speculations of him being heir to Libya's leadership. Saif al-Qadhafi made these statements in an interview with Danielle Pergament of the US "men's general-interest magazine" 'GQ', which is to be published on 24 August. "We don't need Mr Bush to teach us a lesson in democracy," he said, regarding the stated plans by the US administration of President George Bush Jr to teach Arab countries American values of democracy. [AFROL]
Letters: Monday, 16 August, 2004

Monday, 16 August, 2004: Algeria, Egypt and Libya informed the Arab League they were ready to send armed troops to Sudan's crisis-ridden region of Darfur, an official from the pan-Arab body said Sunday. Algeria, Egypt and Libya "informed the committee of Arab foreign ministers gathered in Cairo on August 8 to discuss Darfur that they would dispatch troops as part of the Africa Union contingent," said Samir Hosni, in charge of the Darfur issue at the League said. Algeria's charge d'affaires in Cairo told AFP he could not confirm this information. [AFP]
Monday, 16 August, 2004: A special mass was served in front of the Libyan embassy in Sofia for the five Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death in Libya. Zorka Anachkova, mother of Kristiana Vulcheva, one of the nurses, attended the outdoor mass. The devastated mother said that she has last talked to her daughter a week ago when Kristiana told her that the nurses would be moved to the new building within 15 days. A special building for the nurses is being constructed within the Judeyda prison in Tripoli. [Novinite]
Monday, 16 August, 2004: Imam Musa Sadr's brother, Ali Sadr, a lawyer Sunday expounded on the judicial trend of his brother's kidnapping and the arrest warrant issued for Libyan Leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi. Talking to IRNA on the occasion of the anniversary of his brother's kidnapping, he said that once Imam Musa Sadr was kidnapped in Libya during an official visit, the Libyan government claimed that he and his entourage left Tripoli for Rome by plane on Aug. 31, 1978. Following such a claim the families of kidnapped figures and the Supreme Islamic Council of Shi'a Community of Lebanon filed lawsuits over the case in Italy and Lebanon. [IRNA]
Monday, 16 August, 2004: The general inspector of education has met with Tom Lantos, the deputy chairman of Foreign Relations Committee in the U.S. Congress. The meeting focused on ways and means to promote educational cooperation between Libyan and American universities. High studies and admission of Libyan students to the American universities were also reviewed during the meeting. [LJBC]

Sunday, 15 August, 2004: The U.S. Department of Transportation on Tuesday lifted 18-year-old restrictions on flights between Libya and the U.S. in a sign of improved relations between the two nations after long tensions over terrorism and the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jet by Libyans that killed 270 in Lockerbie, Scotland. The U.S. government said it will permit U.S carriers to fly cargo to Libya, but passenger flights between the two countries are still prohibited. [Washington Post]
Sunday, 15 August, 2004: Qadhafi Foundation, which negotiated the terms of a compensation deal for victims of Berlin nightclub bombing, today demanded US compensation for subsequent air strikes against Libya. "We should not however forget that this painful incident does not represent but a part of the major sorrowful picture because as a consequence of this incident air raids were launched on the two cities Tripoli and Benghazi," the foundation said. [Herald Sun]
Sunday, 15 August, 2004: A Libyan man believed to be the head of Al-Qaeda's terror operations is the top target of Pakistani security forces hunting key operatives of bin Laden's network. Abu Faraj, a former personal assistant of bin Laden, masterminded the two December attempts to assassinate President Musharraf, said a senior intelligence official. "Our information is he [Abu Faraj] is the current top operational chief of the network," the official told AFP. [AFP]
Sunday, 15 August, 2004: A Libyan representative to a conference on peace and people's rights, which was held during the World Youth Festival in Barcelona, did not dare stand at the tribune after young people from European Leftist Youth Alternative (ELMA) put on T-shirts with the words :Freedom for the Bulgarian medics in Libya". The young people from ELMA were half of the people in the conference room. [FNA]
Sunday, 15 August, 2004: US President George W. Bush on Friday said that the US led 'War against Terrorism' following the WTC twin tower attacks was presently a 30 member strong coalition. Bush also said: "The world is safe and Libya is no longer a threat". [ANI]

Saturday, 14 August, 2004: After more than a year under federal investigation, an Italian construction equipment company with North Texas operations has agreed to plead guilty to violating sanctions on Libya. Tesmec S.P.A., a Milan-based company with Texas operations near Alvarado, tried to ship a large tractor to Libya through the Port of Houston without obtaining a valid export license from the U.S. Department of Commerce, according to court papers filed last month. It is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court Aug. 20 on four export law violations. Federal customs and U.S. commerce department agents seized the giant Model 1675 tractor before it left the Port of Houston in February 2003. [CBS-11]
Saturday, 14 August, 2004: A total of 152 Libyan children have been infected with HIV in Benghazi according to data from the initial investigation of the Libyan authorities carried out in 1999. That information was revealed by a Libyan lawyer and was published on the Internet site of the Libyan opposition "Libyans 4 Justice". At first the Libyan Prosecutor's Office claimed that a total of 393 children were infected by the Bulgarians, while during the trial the number registered was 426. It was also reported by the same website that the only crime of the Bulgarians was being in Libya at the same time that Qadhafi needed a "scapegoat" for the infection of the kids, "almost certainly caused by the country's unsafe hospital hygiene practices." [Novinite]
Saturday, 14 August, 2004: The ninth session of the Indo-Libyan Joint Commission in Tripoli later this year is expected to ink a flexible visa regime for nationals of the two countries as also a bilateral investment promotion agreement. The two sides agreed to the two proposals during a preparatory meeting for the joint session here Wednesday evening. S. Jagadeesan, joint secretary in the commerce and industry ministry, led the Indian side at the meeting, while Jamal el-Barag, director general of the country's foreign office, led the Libyan side. [IANS]
Saturday, 14 August, 2004: German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said on Friday he has made clear to Libya that he is against the death sentences the north African state has imposed on five Bulgarian nurses for infecting children with HIV. Schroeder's comments came amidst a thawing of relations between Germany and Libya, which agreed this week to to pay $35 million in compensation for a 1986 Berlin nightclub bombing that German courts blamed on Libya's secret service. Schroeder said he had discussed the issue with Libyan leader Qadhafi over the phone. "I said (to Qadhafi) very clearly that we want the problem to be solved in a humanitarian way, and we think that this is important," Schroeder told journalists during a visit in Sofia. [Reuters]

Friday, 13 August, 2004: With Libya's inviting domestic market and huge oil reserves in mind, a special [German] government committee on Thursday pieced together an agreement that would guarantee credits for German exports to Libya. The door to stronger economic relations between the two countries was opened only two days before when Libya agreed to pay $35 million to non-American victims of the 1986 bombing of a Berlin discotheque. German government spokesman Bela Anda promised that Germany would help modernize Libya's economy. [FAZ]
Friday, 13 August, 2004: Informal peace talks are under way in Libya in an attempt to resolve the crisis in western Sudan's Darfur region. Diplomatic sources on Thursday said a reconciliation meeting has been in progress since Wednesday at Sirte in Libya among Sudanese officials, rebels and representatives of the African Union. The conclave in Libya comes ahead of scheduled peace talks called by the African Union in the Nigerian capital of Abuja on 23 August. [Al-Jazeera]
Friday, 13 August, 2004: Italy and Libya have agreed to set upjoint patrols to stem the flow of illegal immigration, a high-level Italian official said on Thursday. Alessandro Pansa, who heads the immigration department, said he had just returned from Tripoli after finalizing the technical details of the plan. Two weeks ago, Libyan ambassador in Rome Abdulati al-Ubaidi warned that Libya urgently needed Italian planes to counter the tide of illegal immigrants. Italian Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu and Libyan leader Col. Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi signed an accord on curbing illegal immigration between the two countries in July 2003. [Xinhua]
Friday, 13 August, 2004: "Good students are as important as good teachers," said Libya Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammed Siyala in response to S. Korea's Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon, who asked him to persuade N. Korea to abandon its nuclear program as Libya did. His remark implies that since Libya set a good example by voluntarily giving up its nuclear weapons program, N. Korea needs to follow in its footsteps. "Libya used to have a bad relationship with the U.S. and other Western countries, but after abandoning the nuclear weapons program, everything is going well between us and those countries," Siyala said. [Chosun]
Friday, 13 August, 2004: The second batch of Ghanaian deportees numbering 203 including five women arrived from Libya today aboard a special flight. The Deportees who were arrested for illegal entry into Libya were aged between 20 and 35 and had been kept in detention camps for between one to three years. Officials of the Immigration Service met them on arrival. [GNA]
Friday, 13 August, 2004: Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday welcomed the decision of Oil Invest Group of Libya to invest in Nigeria's petroleum refineries and establish pump stations in the country, saying such investments would strengthen relations between Nigeria and Libya. The president was speaking when a three-man delegation of the Oil Invest Group, led by its chairman, Mr. M. Shamekh, visited him at the State House in Abuja. [This Day]
Thursday, 12 August, 2004: Libya still has some way to go towards improving ties with the European Union despite Tripoli's pledge to compensate the victims of a 1986 nightclub bombing in West Berlin, the European Commission said on Wednesday. The EU executive has welcomed Libya's decision to pay $35 million compensation to more than 160 victims of a blast at the nightclub "La Belle". But EU Commission spokesman Stefaan De Rynck said some issues were unresolved, including a dispute over a Libyan court's death sentence for six foreign medical workers who were accused of infecting Libyan children with the HIV virus. [Reuters]
Thursday, 12 August, 2004: Libya on Wednesday rejected a call from the U.S. for compensation for U.S. victims of a 1986 Berlin hotel bombing, a day after Tripoli signed a settlement for non-American victims. On Tuesday, State Department spokesman Adam Ereli welcomed news of the accord but emphasized claims of U.S. victims must be resolved. But Libyan Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassouna al-Shawish rejected Ereli's call. "America instead should compensate Libyan families who lost dozens of their children in the war launched by (former President Ronald) Reagan on Libyan cities," he said in comments carried by Libya's official news agency. [AP]
Thursday, 12 August, 2004: A senior Libyan official has said his country is prepared to provide oil to Japan, which is under US pressure to invest in Libya instead of an Iranian oil project that has irked Washington, Kyodo news agency said. The U.S., which has sanctions against US companies doing business in Iran, has persistently expressed its disappointment that its close ally, resource-poor Japan, would invest in a $2 billion project to tap the Azadegan oilfield. [Khaleej Times]

Wednesday, 11 August, 2004: Libya agreed yesterday to compensate more than 160 victims of the 1986 bombing of a West Berlin nightclub, taking another step towards ending its international isolation. Its ambassador to Germany, Said Abdulaati, said the compensation would total $35 million, a figure later confirmed by the German government. [The Guardian]
Wednesday, 11 August, 2004: The German government says Libya's agreement to pay compensation to German bombing victims will improve relations between the two. Libya will give 35 million dollars in compensation to the victims. But the agreement doesn't cover any American victims, in which two U-S soldiers were among the three people killed. A statement from German government officials says Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder will soon visit Libya. [AP]
Wednesday, 11 August, 2004: The U.S. State Department Tuesday welcomed a deal in which Libya agreed to pay non-American victims of the 1986 Berlin disco bombing. Obviously, we would view it as a welcome step, but we would also want to take the opportunity to reiterate our view that it is important that efforts are also made to resolve the claims of the American victims as well, department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli said. [Big News]
Wednesday, 11 August, 2004: The mother of one of five Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death in Libya has said the five are being abused in prison, a Bulgarian newspaper reported Tuesday. The report in the 24 Hours newspaper alleged other women prisoners had thrown stones and dirt at the nurses as part of an intimidation campaign. Five Bulgarian nurses and one Palestinian doctor were sentenced to death in May for allegedly deliberately infecting over 400 children with HIV. [UPI]

Tuesday, 10 August, 2004: Libyan Foreign Minister Abdelraham Shalgham has decried what he called an "invasion" of clandestine immigrants into Libya, and said he suspected Islamic terrorists were among those entering illegally. "Some neighborhoods in (Libyan capital) Tripoli are entirely under the control of immigrants," Shalgam said in an interview published Monday in Italian daily La Stampa. "They impose their laws, and drugs and prostitution are rampant," he added. [MEOL]
Tuesday, 10 August, 2004: The Kuwait-based Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD) has signed a 40-million-dinar (132-million-dollar) loan agreement with Libya, the state news agency KUNA reported Monday. The loan is to finance an electrical connection project to develop Libya's energy network, it said. The loan is repayable over 22 years. [AFP]
Tuesday, 10 August, 2004: Lebanese Foreign Minister Jean Obeid was expected to meet his Libyan counterpart Abdelrahman Shalgam in Cairo on the margins of Arab foreign ministers meeting to discuss the disappearance of Imam Mousa Al-Sadr during his visit to Libya. The Libyan government had banned imports from or via Lebanon in retaliation for the resolution by public prosecutor, Adnan Adoom, to reopen the investigation dossier of Al-Sadr. [Khaleej Times]
Tuesday, 10 August, 2004: Talks restarted Monday over possible Libyan compensation for victims of a 1986 discotheque bombing in what was then West Berlin. A lawyer for the victims told German press that the current round of negotiations could last several days. In the bombing at "La Belle" discotheque on April 5, 1986, two American soldiers and a woman civilian were killed and 200, mostly Germans, were wounded. [Xinhuanet]

Monday, 9 August, 2004: At least 26 Africans died trying to reach Italy in a rickety wooden boat, police said on Sunday. A merchant ship from Gibraltar plucked 75 African immigrants to safety on Sunday who had been drifting in a 45 foot boat 75 miles off the coast of Sicily with little food or water. The migrants said about 100 people had been in the boat when it left Libya but a quarter of those died on the way and the survivors threw their bodies overboard. [Reuters]
Monday, 9 August, 2004: Libyan Dinar per: $ US 1.2058, Euro 1.48567, Pound Sterling 2.22952, Japanese Yen 91.68187, Swiss Franc 0.9641, Year High 1.3995 and Year Low 1.2058. [Forex]
Monday, 9 August, 2004: Qari Saifullah Akhtar, a top al-Qaeda terror suspect has been handed over to Pakistani authorities after his arrest last week in the UAE, a senior Pakistani minister said. Akhtar's arrest followed reports Friday that Pakistan is hunting two top north African al-Qaeda "masterminds" who head one of the terror network's cells. The men, identified as Libyan national Abu Faraj and an Egyptian known only as Hamza, are close associates of senior Al-Qaeda operatives arrested in a major anti-terror swoop in Pakistan since July 12. [AFP]

Sunday, 8 August, 2004: Talks between Germany and Libya on compensation for victims of a 1986 terrorist bombing in what was then West Berlin will resume on Monday, a lawyer for the victims told Deutsche Presse-Agentur. The talks had been postponed indefinitely while Libyan negotiators consult with Tripoli on how to proceed, lawyer Stephan Maigne told DPA. The Libyan delegation is now prepared to return to the negotiating table with a new offer, he said. [DPA]
Sunday, 8 August, 2004: The first meeting of African and Arab scouts and the 26th meeting of Arab scouts kicked off Monday in the Joud-Dayem Forests west of the Libyan capital Tripoli. This first Afro-Arab scouting meeting, focusing on the theme "Interaction and Distinction," is organised by the general secretariat of the Arab Scouts movement. It is supervised by the scouts movement of Libya, with the cooperation of several African and Arab associations. [Angop]
Sunday, 8 August, 2004: Libya has informed the consuls of 26 African countries of plans to repatriate their nationals who illegally entered the country, Libyan News Agency, JANA, reports. Salah Rajab, the secretary of public security, has however assured the diplomats that the process would uphold the terms of conventions and agreements concluded with AU countries. [Angop]

Saturday, 7 August, 2004: A ten-company business delegation, including such corporate giants as Raytheon, DaimlerChrysler, NorthropGrumman, Motorola and Fluor, completed the first non-oil U.S. business delegation to Libya in more than 17 years. Smaller companies such as Freightliner, Bell Helicopter, and J.D. Stark & Associates also participated. The four-day mission was under the auspices of the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), the trade association of U.S. companies operating in Africa, and was led by U.S. Ambassador (ret) Mark Parris, who chairs the Council's working group on Libya. The delegation returned from Libya Thursday (Aug. 5). [CCA]
Saturday, 7 August, 2004: A forum discussing the tragic consequences of the AIDS pandemic among children in Libya has been organized by a foundation headed by Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi's daughter Aisha (photo). The "Wa'tasimu Foundation" forum participants have stigmatized Bulgarian medics as guilty of deliberately infecting more than 400 Libyan children with the HIV virus, official Jana news agency reported. Five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor are appealing to the Supreme Court their death sentences pronounced by a lower criminal court on May 6. [Novinite]
Saturday, 7 August, 2004: "Turkey wants to get a share from Libya's infrastructure and superstructure projects," Turkish State Minister Kursad Tuzmen said on Friday. Tuzmen said Turkey-Libya trade volume is 1.3 billion U.S. dollars, stressing that they have a plan to increase this figure to three billion U.S. dollars within three years period. He also said that Turkey is also eager to sign a Free Trade Agreement with Libya. [Anadolu]
Saturday, 7 August, 2004: A Houston-based company has been invited back to Libya to complete some unfinished business now that U.S. and international sanctions against the rogue nation have been lifted. But it's not an oil company. Food Development Corp., a family-owned firm, began working with the Libyan government on agricultural projects in the late 1970s. "In Libya, food and oil are the most important issues," says company President Brent Kartchner. Food Development was supplying 70 percent of Libya's food production when sanctions forced his father -- company founder Henry Kartchner -- out of the country in the 1980s, Brent Kartchner told a Congressional committee in hearings on restoring relations. [Houston Business Journal]

Friday, 6 August, 2004: A senior U.S. government official recently suggested that Japan reconsider its oil development deal with Iran and obtain oil from Libya instead. The unofficial suggestion was made to an official of the Ministry of Economy amid growing tensions over Iran's nuclear program. Iran is suspected of resuming construction of centrifuges to enrich uranium. Libya announced in December that it will voluntarily dismantle all its WMD programs. [Kyodo]
Friday, 6 August, 2004: The U.S. State Department has lifted danger warnings for Americans traveling in Jordan, the U.S. embassy in Amman said. A statement published on the U.S. embassy's Web site said, however, danger to Americans remains in Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Libya, Indonesia, Somalia, Algeria, Sudan, Iran and Yemen. [UPI]
Friday, 6 August, 2004: While large locust swarms continue to arrive in West African countries, the locust situation is returning to normal in Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, FAO said. FAO urged donor countries to provide additional funds in support of massive national locust control operations. "Donor support is urgently needed," the UN agency said. [Mena Report]
Friday, 6 August, 2004: The head of women's department of Libya's judeida prison, where five Bulgarian nurses have been put, said the nurses will be transferred to a new place built for them in the prison in two week's time, Dr. Zdravko Georgiev told Derik Radio. Georgiev denied reports that the nurses have been threatened by their two prison companions, who were lesbians. [FNA]
Thursday, 5 August, 2004: Dubbing Libya as the "best customer" of disgraced Pakistani sceintist A. Q. Khan, US Vice Prsident Dick Cheney has said the man was spreading "deadliest technologies" to some of the world's most "questionable regimes." Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, Khan's "best customer", was spending "millions to require that capability, that technology," Cheney said at a town hall meeting in Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA. [PTI]
Thursday, 5 August, 2004: Human Rights Watch [HRW] to President Issayas Afewerki: "HRW is deeply concerned about the treatment of more than one hundred Eritrean citizens forcibly repatriated from Libya during the last two weeks of July. We respectfully request assurances that they will not be mistreated. If there are credible allegations that any of these persons has committed a criminal offense, they should be promptly charged and brought before a civilian court, given access to legal representation ... If not, they should be promptly released". [HRW]
Thursday, 5 August, 2004: A European Union (EU) delegation has visited Libyan children infected with AIDS in a Benghazi hospital, according to reports by Libyan official agency Jana. Headed by Dr Francine, an EU coordinator of AIDS Affairs, the delegates pledged to provide medical help to the deadly-virus suffering children. Bulgarian Ambassador to Libya Zdravko Velev also talked to the EU high official, but denied to provide details until Thursday when the results of the EU visit are expected to be announced. [BNN]
Thursday, 5 August, 2004: South Korea's Daewoo Engineering and Construction Co. will construct a five-star hotel in Libya, a senior government official said Thursday. Daewoo Engineering signed a formal agreement with the Libyan government in May to construct the hotel in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and ground may be broken within the year, a high-ranking official at the Ministry of Construction and Transportation said on condition of anonymity. [Yonhap]


Wednesday, 4 August, 2004: A Libyan dissident who enjoys political asylum in the U.S. has launched an appeal to the Maltese authorities not to repatriate his nephew who is currently detained in Malta as he would certainly face persecution upon his arrival in Libya. Mohammed Yousif al-Megarief (photo) has launched an impassioned appeal on behalf of his 28-year-old nephew Abdalla Juma al-Magrus following the Refugee Commission's refusal to grant him refugee status in Malta earlier this year because of lack of evidence indicating that he faced persecution. Speaking to Malta Today from his home in Georgia, al-Megarief said his nephew had already been imprisoned twice in Libya because of his collaboration with the National Front for the Salvation of Libya. [Malta Today]
Wednesday, 4 August, 2004: Libyan Ambassador to Japan Muftah Faitouri (photo) said Tuesday that his country has opened itself to the international community by abandoning its WMDs. He said Libya can now deal with any country. The ambassador said he welcomes Japanese firms' stepped-up participation in Libya's infrastructure projects, including those related to crude oil and gas, steel and the water supply. During a visit to The Japan Times, he said Tripoli desires deeper relations with Japan in the areas of business and investment as well as in politics and culture. [Japan Times]
Wednesday, 4 August, 2004: The first national conference on the prevention of traffic accidents in Libya kicked off Monday under the auspices of Amel orphans society. A source at Amel orphans society said that from 1998 to 2002 there were 59542 traffic accident, which led to the death of 7191 people and caused permanent handicaps and deformation of 1502 people. [LJBC]
Wednesday, 4 August, 2004: Libya's fourth cultural meeting on female creativity is to be held from 16 to 18 August in Tripoli. The organisation of the meeting, according to the organisers, was part of the efforts by the Libyan government to promote the status of women and integrate them into the social and economic development process, following centuries of exclusion. [Angop]

Tuesday, 3 August, 2004: Lebanese attorney general Adnan Addum announced that he had ordered the reopening of an official inquiry into Libya's role in the disappearance there nearly 26 years ago of Shiite Muslim spiritual leader Musa Sadr. Addum ruled that a new complaint filed by relatives of Sadr and two missing companions against Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi and other officials contained new evidence that merited further inquiry and gave the investigating magistrate wide powers to summons the respondents. [AFP]
Tuesday, 3 August, 2004: The Italian Supercup match between AC Milan and Lazio, due to be played in the Libyan capital Tripoli, has been switched to Milan because of 'organisational obstacles'. The Italian League said on Monday the annual fixture between the league champions and Italian Cup winners would now be played at Milan's San Siro stadium on Aug. 21. [Reuters]
Tuesday, 3 August, 2004: One hundred and forty-three Ghanaian deportees, including a woman, arrived in Accra on Monday from Libya aboard a special flight. The deportees said they had been kept in Libyan detention camps for periods ranging from three weeks to a year. The deportees had been residing in Libya for periods ranging from eight months to three years. Speaking to the Ghana News Agency, most of them claimed that their final destination was Europe. [GNA]

Monday, 2 August, 2004: Talks on compensating victims of an anti-American bombing at a Berlin nightclub in 1986 will resume on August 9, a Libyan official said. "Negotiations should resume on August 9 and we hope to reach the fastest possible solution, because otherwise this matter hinders links between Libya and Europe," the official told AFP. Earlier this month, a lawyer for the victims said the talks had been put off at the request of the Libyans. [AP]
Monday, 2 August, 2004: A meeting was held in Tripoli between members of the Libyan Businessmen board and the American Trade delegation from the Corporate Council on Africa, comprising heads and representatives of American companies. [LJBC]
Monday, 2 August, 2004: A U-S lawyer says he has permission to file suit on behalf of some of the Guantanamo, Cuba, detainees. Clive Stafford-Smith says he believes 33 Arabs being held in the prison in Cuba should not be there. He met with the relatives of the men in Bahrain and says he's been authorized to sue. Stafford-Smith says some of the families came from as far away as Libya and Syria to see him. [AP]

Sunday, 1 August, 2004: Qadhafi has hired himself a public-relations firm. "$1.2 million is a very big number for government work, especially for a two-person firm," Kevin McCauley, editor of, tells The Beltway Beat. Libya has given Fahmy Hudome International (FHI) a $1.2 million one-year pact to improve the nascent diplomatic relationship, McCauley reveals. "Randa F. Hudome, who served as associate deputy secretary of energy in the current Bush White House, heads FHI," he says. "Hudome will approach U.S. government officials, think tanks, 'influentials,' nongovernmental organizations on behalf of Col. Qadhafi's regime." [Townhall]
Sunday, 1 August, 2004: The 19th term meeting of Turkey-Libya Joint Economic Commission (JEC) will be held in Ankara between August 4-6, 2004. The last JEC meeting between Turkey and Libya took place in 1996. Turkish State Minister Kursad Tuzmen and Libyan Labor and Infrastructure Minister Muhammad Matouq will preside the meeting. [Anadolu]

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