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Saturday, 31 August, 2002: Libyan authorities have freed 65 political prisoners, a charity group said on Friday. The Qadhafi charity organization, run by a son of the Libyan leader, said the detainees released this week had been in jails since the 1980s. Human rights groups, including London-based Amnesty International, say hundreds of political prisoners remain in jails in Libya, where Qadhafi has ruled since coming to power in the September 1, 1969, coup. [Reuters]
Saturday, 31 August, 2002: A charity group led by one of Colonel Qadhafi's sons, Seif al-islam, said 65 "political prisoners" were released. Some of the released prisoners had been communists while others were "defenders of political pluralism", Qadhafi Foundation spokesman said. A statement by the foundation said: "With the departure of these prisoners, there are no (political activists) in Libyan prisons other than groups whose liberation menaces society" - apparently referring to prisoners from the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. [BBC]

Friday, 30 August, 2002: An agreement was signed at the end of the fourth meeting of the Libyan- Tunisian joint health committee Tuesday. The agreement includes strengthening of cooperation between the two states in the areas of preventive medicines, fighting diseases, the environment and food safety and exchanging of legislation and working for developing them. The agreement was signed by Ammar Mabrouk Altief, the Libyan assistant secretary for service affairs and al-Habib Bin Mubarak, the Tunisian public health minister. [Arabic News]
Thursday, 29 August, 2002: The U.S. State Department's top arms control official said Tuesday the U.S. believes more than a dozen countries, including Iraq and N. Korea, are pursuing biological weapons. Speaking at a lecture meeting in Tokyo, John Bolton, undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, said, "Unrepentant rogues such as Saddam Hussein continue to seek illegal weapons to sow massive destruction on civilian targets... Iran, Libya, Syria and N. Korea are also pursuing these illegitimate and inhumane weapons." [Kyodo News]
Thursday, 29 August, 2002: United Nations leaders will meet for the next two weeks at the Earth Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa presumably to discuss global issues. On this summit's agenda are issues concerning the environment, poverty and Africa's nomination of Libya to head the United Nations Human Rights Commission. [U.S. Newswire]
Thursday, 29 August, 2002: Airports throughout the Middle East are in for a boom over the next few years with an investment inflow of nearly $8 billion headed their way. The funds are intended for the construction of new airports as well as various development and renovation projects in existing civil aviation facilities. Libya has set aside $810 million of the renovation of its Tripoli, Benghazi and Sirte airports. [Al-Bawaba]
Thursday, 29 August, 2002: Libya is seeking up to 30,000 tonnes of white sugar for October shipment, traders said on Wednesday. "They are looking for up to 30,000 tonnes for October shipment. In reality they are after September shipment but they won't get it and they are looking to buy at a price of 230 euros (per tonne)," one trader said. "The best price they have got from the trade so far is 250 euros," he added. Libya traditionally buys at half-yearly intervals. [Reuters]

The Libyan Human Rights Commission: Press Release

Wednesday, 28 August, 2002: The African Union is threatening to make a mockery of itself before it even gets off the ground. Established last month as an economic and social development engine and to promote democracy and human rights, the union has now nominated Libya as the next chair of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights. Libya's record of human rights abuses is among the worst in the world. Although it is Africa's turn to pick the chair of the Human Rights Commission, that shouldn't give the continent license to turn the influential post into a cruel joke against every oppressed person in the world yearning for freedom. [Detroit Free Press]
Wednesday, 28 August, 2002: Libyan striker Ahmed al-Masli blasted in a goal in the 74th minute Tuesday as Libya beat Egypt 1-0 in an international friendly in Alexandria. Libya and Egypt are preparing for the African Cup of Nations qualifying campaign. The African Cup finals are scheduled to be played in Tunisia in 2004. [AP]
Wednesday, 28 August, 2002: Libya appealed for information on Tuesday about a Lebanese cleric whose disappearance 24 years ago strained ties between Tripoli and Lebanon's powerful Shi'ite Muslim community. Lebanese Shi'ites believe Libya kidnapped and killed Shi'ite Imam Musa al-Sadr during a visit to Libya in 1978. Libya denies the charge. Libya's Interior and Justice Ministry said in a statement it wanted to find out the truth about Sadr's disappearance to counter "those who are exploiting the case for their own political and material interests". [Reuters]
Wednesday, 28 August, 2002: General Abubakr Younis Jaber has received Sudanese Foreign Minister, Mustafa Ismail who delivered to him messages from Ali Taha the Sudanese vice president and the defence minister. During the meeting which was attended by Libya's Secretary for African Unity, the two sides discissed the latest developments in Sudan. [JANA]
Wednesday, 28 August, 2002: The son of Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi will sit on the board of Italian champions Juventus. Al-Saadi al-Qadhafi (photo) "will join the board. The appointment will be confirmed at the next shareholders meeting," a Juventus spokesman told Reuters on Tuesday. Libya's foreign investment corporation Lafico owns 7.5 percent of the club. Italian newspaper MF reported on Tuesday that Lafico might have been acquiring more Juventus shares recently, possibly explaining a rise in the stock price. [Reuters]

Tuesday, 27 August, 2002: Leadership of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights rotates regionally, and it's Africa's turn next year. Some observers figured that African governments would want to put their best foot forward. The African countries chose to nominate Libya. Name a human-rights violation, and it's likely to be practiced by the Qadhafi regime in Libya. Summary executions? Check. Execution of political prisoners? Check. Torture? Certainly, including but by no means limited to: "applying corkscrews to the back," "pouring lemon juice in open wounds," "suffocating with plastic bags," and "attacking with dogs" (to quote the U.S. State Department). There is also the small matter of the regime's history of terrorism. [NRO]
Tuesday, 27 August, 2002: More Libyan troops have arrived in the capital of the Central African Republic on Monday, where President Ange-Felix Patasse is facing a revolt from parts of the armed forces. Residents in the capital reported seeing a plane-load of Libyan troops and equipment arrive at Bangui airport. Libyan soliders and members of the presidential guard have been protecting President Ange-Felix Patasse in his residence, while troops loyal to a sacked army chief, General Francois Bozize have set up roadblocks in the north of the capital. [BBC]
Tuesday, 27 August, 2002: Libyan prosecutors have decided to put six Bulgarians on criminal trial on charges of intentionally infecting hundreds of Libyan children with the HIV virus. The five female nurses and a male doctor, detained since early 1999, have been accused of deliberately infecting 393 Libyan children at a Benghazi hospital with blood products contaminated with the virus that can cause AIDS. Some of the children have since died. Relatives of the contaminated children have demanded severe sentences. [Reuters]
Tuesday, 27 August, 2002: Libya's hosting of the Italian Supercup Sunday is the start of a push to transform the previously isolated country into a major player in African and international football. But a Libyan football official said on Monday that his country still lacked a real professional championship and domestic clubs needed fresh investment. Libya have said they will bid for the 2006 African Cup and also have an ambitious plan to host the 2010 World Cup. FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who has suggested an African country will be awarded the 2010 World Cup, was in Tripoli on Sunday and watched Juve's 2-1 win over Parma. [Reuters]
Tuesday, 27 August, 2002: [Col. Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi] yesterday met with Joseph Blatter, the chairman of the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) who expressed his deep thanks for Qadhafi's support for Libyan sports. The meeting was attended by the deputy chairman of the Libyan Football Association and the delegation accompanying Blatter. [JANA]
Tuesday, 27 August, 2002: Ghana and Libya have signed a trade pact under which Ghana is eligible to export goods worth US$100 million to Libya, Ghana News Agency reported Monday. Ghanaian Minister of Trade Kofi Apraku told reporters on his return from Tripoli where he signed the agreement that goods Ghana would export to Libya include fruits and fruit juices, vegetable and vegetable oil as well as wood products. Last week, the two countries reached an agreement under which Libya will sell Ghana 10,000 barrels of crude oil a day. [Xinhua]
Tuesday, 27 August, 2002: Uganda's President Museveni's dream of turning Karamoja into a region for grand developments could come true if the investment proposals by Libyans and Italians take off. The Libyan and Italian investors recently toured Moroto and Nakapiripirit and expressed the desire to open up large acreage of cotton, tomatoes and onions. [New Vision]
Tuesday, 27 August, 2002: Egyptians and Libyans arrived in Kenya on Monday for African Body-building championship slated for next Saturday at Aga Khan Sports Centre, Mombasa. The Kenya Body-building and Fitness Federation secretary, Kassim Makokha, said yesterday that the two teams will train in Nairobi for two days before proceeding to Mombasa on Thursday ahead of the tournament sponsored by Red Bull Energy drink. [The East African Standard]
Tuesday, 27 August, 2002: Egypt established its virtuosity over Sudan with a 3-0 victory in a friendly in Alexandria. Egypt will have one more friendly against Libya today before launching their African nations cup qualifiers when they will fly to meet Madagascar. [The Day]

Monday, 26 August, 2002: A prominent British parliamentarian urged the Foreign Minister to investigate new claims that Palestinian militant Abu Nidal was responsible for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing. Britain's Tam Dalyell, a left-wing member of the ruling Labour Party, has long argued that the Libyans were not behind the attack and that it was carried out by Abu Nidal. [Al-Bawaba]
Monday, 26 August, 2002: Alessandro Del Piero struck twice to give Juventus a 2-1 Italian Supercup win over Parma in a game played in the Libyan capital. Juventus have close links with Libya with the Libyan Arab Foreign Investment Company owning a 7.5 percent share in the Turin team and the two teams had accepted an offer from Libyan authorities to host the game. [Reuters]

Sunday, 25 August, 2002: Zimbabwe's ruling party ZANU-PF received over US$4 million in the early 1990s from Libya. This is despite the party's rantings against opposition parties receiving foreign funding as undermining national sovereignty. The disclosures are in a letter written on 16 April 2002 by the deported Libyan spy Yousef Murgham to President Mugabe, relating how he helped build Zanu PF-Libyan government links. Murgham's letter is part of his defence against his deportation on allegations that he had compromised national security. [The Daily News]
Sunday, 25 August, 2002: The traditional Supercup curtain raiser to Italy's season, to be played in Tripoli on Sunday between Italian champions Juventus and Cup winners Parma, will go ahead as planned, the Libyan news agency Jana has reported. Earlier in the day, Jana said the game had been postponed. "Some hiccups, which came close to preventing the match from taking place, have been resolved," said Jana. Both the Juventus and Parma teams had spent most of Saturday waiting at Malpensa airport after their flight to Tripoli had been delayed. [Reuters]
Sunday, 25 August, 2002: A two-day meeting of the executive council of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) ended Friday night in the Libyan capital Tripoli after reviewing the political, economic and security situation in the region. The council has instituted a study for the creation of a free-trade zone within the Community, under the supervision of the UN Economic Commission for Africa. It also discussed the evolution of the peace process in Sudan. [PANA]
Sunday, 25 August, 2002: Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Videsh Ltd Thursday signed an agreement with Turkish Petroleum Overseas Company to acquire a 49 per cent stake in two land oil and gas exploration blocks in Libya. The agreement was signed in Ankara on Thursday, an Oil and Natural Gas Corporation statement said. [Asia Pulse]

Tibra Foundation: Tibra Spotlight, August 2002

Saturday, 24 August, 2002: Libyan lawyers have improved by up to $1 million per victim their offer to relatives of the 270 people killed in the Lockerbie bombing. Kreindler and Kreindler law firm said that under the latest proposals Libya would add the $1 million if the UN or US meet only one of the three conditions for releasing all of the $10 million on offer. Each family would receive $4 million when the UN lifts its sanctions, $4 million when the US lifts commercial sanctions and $2 million when the US removes Libya from its list of "terrorist sponsors." [Reuters]
Saturday, 24 August, 2002: The Scottish prosecutors' office dismissed a published report Friday that Abu Nidal, the Palestinian terrorist whose death was announced in Iraq this week, was behind the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, for which a Libyan has been convicted. "We deal, and have dealt with, evidence -- not rumor or speculation, especially about allegedly dead terrorists," a Scottish Crown Office official said on condition of anonymity. [AP]
Saturday, 24 August, 2002: Relatives of the Lockerbie victims called for an inquiry to investigate a purported confession from a follower of Abu Nidal, the terrorist who killed himself on Wednesday. Jim Swire, a spokesman for the families of British victims, said Abu Nidal's role is "one more of the many questions which we feel absolutely demand an independent inquiry into Lockerbie". He spoke after one of Abu Nidal's aides told an Arab newspaper that his group was to blame - and that the Scottish judges had sent the wrong man to Barlinnie jail. [The Scotsman]
Saturday, 24 August, 2002: The Cypriot government is making new efforts in collecting around 30 million US dollars of overdue debts from the governments of Iraq, Russia and Libya. Libya's failure to clear its debt to Cyprus is based on claims by Libyan businessmen that the Cypriot firms absolved them of their debt through the island's export insurance credit program, which was strongly denied by Cypriot clothing and shoe manufactures who are after the money. [Xinhua]
Saturday, 24 August, 2002: Libya will host the Italian Supercup Sunday featuring league champion Juventus against Italian Cup winner Parma. Al-Saadi al-Qadhafi, son of Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, arranged to have the game held in Tripoli. [AP]
Saturday, 24 August, 2002: Ghana is to receive 10,000 barrels of crude oil from Libya to supplement its 45,000-barrel daily requirement, a Ghanaian official said Friday. [PANA]
Friday, 23 August, 2002: Libya reacted angrily on Thursday to American concerns over its chairing the next session of the U.N. Human Rights Commission. On Tuesday, U.S. State Department deputy spokesman Philip Reeker said Washington was concerned about Libya's role in the U.N. human rights body. The Libyan Foreign Ministry said Reeker's comments resulted "from the position of enmity" toward Libya, the official JANA news agency reported. Washington has labeled Libya a violator of human rights and a sponsor of terrorism. [AP]
Friday, 23 August, 2002: Dead Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal was behind the Lockerbie bombing, a former close aide has told al-Hayat daily. Atef Abu Bakr, a former spokesman for the Fatah-Revolutionary Council, the radical group headed by Abu Nidal, says Abu Nidal told a meeting of the group his organisation was behind the bombing that killed 270 people. The attack has been blamed on Libya with former intelligence agent Abdelbaset al-Megrahi (photo) jailed for life by a Scottish court. [Ananova]
Friday, 23 August, 2002: South African journalist Jean Jacques Cornish told SW Radio Africa that Libyan state-run oil firm Tamoil faces bankruptcy over its dealings with Zimbabwe. He said Tamoil has been forced to sell some of its assets and could be forced to lay off workers. Cornish told SW Radio Africa that Qadhafi had allowed the firm to run to the ground. "Unless Libya negotiates a US$500 million soft loan for Tamoil, more of the company's US$2 billion in assets might have to come under the hammer," Cornish wrote in the Business Day. [Financial Gazette]
Friday, 23 August, 2002: Call him what you will - maverick, hero, desert recluse, mercurial, state terrorist - Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi is a survivor. With a visit from British Foreign Office Minister Mike O'Brien, the first visit by a British Government minister in 20 years, he has been cleaned up, repackaged and is ready for the outside world again. The British line is that it is better to engage Libya in the fight against al-Qaeda and international terrorism than to go on isolating it. Just what help Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi can give is not all clear, though. British Foreign Office officials murmur about "intelligence". [BBC]
Friday, 23 August, 2002: Ukraine will shortly provide Libya with another of the world's largest cargo planes in the framework of a bilateral trade deal, Ukranian aircraft manufacturer Antonov announced Wednesday. The plane, an Antonov AN-124-100 capable of carrying around 130 tons of freight, is the second of its kind to be sold to Libya since August last year, an Antonov spokesman said. The AN-124-100 is one of the largest of airplanes flying today. [Al-Bawaba]
Friday, 23 August, 2002: The Libyan Arab Foreign Bank (LAFB) is now the third largest shareholder in the Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe (CBZ), according to the Global Credit Rating Company, indicating growing influence of the Libyans in Zimbabwe's economy. The Libyans, who first took up a stake in the bank in August last year, now control 12.4 percent of CBZ and are third only to South Africa's ABSA Group and the government of Zimbabwe. [Financial Gazette]
Friday, 23 August, 2002: Senior ministers from 18 African states began meetings in Libya on Thursday to discuss regional politics and security, officials said. Foreign, finance, economy and justice ministers from the Community of Sahel-Saharan States - known as Comessa - gathered for their eighth gathering since being founded by Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi in 1998. The talks will also focus on the situations in the Central African Republic, Sudan, and Somalia and on creating a mechanism for conflict resolution, officials said. [SAPA]
Friday, 23 August, 2002: A joint commission comprising officials of the African Union and the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC) is due in the Central African Republic capital, Bangui, on Thursday. "The commission will tell us who lied, who told the truth, who assaulted and who was assaulted," CAR President Patasse said. He was speaking on arrival in Sirte, where he briefed the Libyan leader, Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, on the tension between CAR and Chad. Patasse told Qadhafi that he wanted Libya to be part of the commission. [UN-IRIN]
Thursday, 22 August, 2002: UK ministers are being urged to protest against the decision to put Libya's Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi at the head of a human rights commission. Libya has been nominated to chair the United Nations Commission on Human Rights despite claims of internal repression under Colonel Qadhafi. The Conservatives are pressing for the UK government to lobby for the decision to be overturned. Shadow foreign secretary Michael Ancram told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "Libyan officials were masters of violation of human rights." "It does seem Alice in Wonderland stuff, it's like making a criminal a chief constable." [BBC]
Thursday, 22 August, 2002: Libya's Foreign Minister Abdelrahman Shalgam (photo) assured Bulgaria on Wednesday Libya would grant a fair ruling in a trial of six Bulgarian medics charged with infecting hundreds of children with the HIV virus. The Bulgarians -- five female nurses and a male doctor -- are accused of deliberately infecting 393 Libyan children at a Benghazi hospital with blood products contaminated with the virus which can cause AIDS. Some of the children have since died. [Reuters]
Thursday, 22 August, 2002: The International Secretariat of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) would like to express its deep concern at reports that Libya has begun to apply the penalty of amputation. On October 13th, 2001, the Criminal Court of Misurata sentenced Mr. Ali Mansour Mohammed Al-Guinaidy to the amputation of his right arm. The amputation was reportedly carried out on June 23rd, 2002. OMCT deems that amputation constitutes torture under all circumstances. Article 1 of the Convention Against Torture defines "torture" as "any act by which severe pain or suffering... is intentionally inflicted on a person". [OMCT]
Thursday, 22 August, 2002: A court in the Libyan city of Benghazi has again postponed the trial of 15 medical personnel, including Bulgarian and Palestinian doctors, accused of deliberately infecting 393 Libyan children at a Benghazi hospital with blood products contaminated with the virus which can cause AIDS. The defendants, who pleaded not guilty, could be sentenced to death if convicted in the first trial of this kind in Libya involving foreigners. [PANA/Reuters]
Thursday, 22 August, 2002: U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Wednesday criticized the $40 billion trade deal that will be signed soon between Russia and Iraq, saying if Russia wants to attract Western investment, it should not be doing business with states the U.S. regards as sponsors of terrorism. "It's anxious to connect with the West and be seen as (an) environment that is hospitable to investment. To the extent that Russia wants to parade its relationships with countries like Iraq, Libya, Cuba, N. Korea, it sends a signal that says Russia thinks this is a good thing to do, to deal with the terrorist states," Rumsfeld said. [UPI]
Mansour O. El-Kikhia: Saif al-Gaddafi And The Telegraph

Wednesday, 21 August, 2002: The Libyan Assistant Secretary for Foreign Affairs held a meeting today with the ambassadors of Europe and the Americas accredited in Libya. He briefed the ambassadors on the resolution made by the African summit in Durban, S. Africa, to nominate Libya for the chairmaniship of the of the United Nations Human Rights Commission. [JANA]
Wednesday, 21 August, 2002: The United States said on Tuesday that because of Libya's poor human rights record it was worried at the prospect that Libya will chair the U.N. Human Rights Commission starting January. Africa's turn at the chairmanship comes up next year and African leaders have chosen Libya to fill the slot, to the consternation of human rights organizations. The U.S. is expected to lobby against a Libyan chairmanship. "We are aware of the issue. We are concerned about the issue and we are looking into the matter with other U.N. delegations," U.S. State Department spokesman Philip Reekerhe told reporters. [Reuters]
Wednesday, 21 August, 2002: As the saga of the deported Libyan national, Yousef Murgham, continues to unfold, it has emerged that the top spy wrote an adverse report to the Libyan government in February which prompted Col. Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi to cancel a US$1 million donation he had pledged for Zimbabwean President Mugabe's re-election campaign. Investigations by The Standard have revealed that Murgham wrote a damning report to Qadhafi recommending that Libya stop funding Mugabe. Murgham was also worried about the future of the Libyan investment and of Libyan nationals residing in Zimbabwe. [Zimbabwe Standard]
Wednesday, 21 August, 2002: Libyan nationals are on an investment drive in Zimbabwe and could soon inject money into the struggling Southern African Printing and Publishing House (SAPPHO), according to the Zimbabwe Independent. The Independent said it had established that SAPPHO publisher, Ibbo Mandaza, a ruling Zanu PF party apologist, was trying to seal a double deal with the Tripoli-based Libyan Arab African Investment Company. Mandaza yesterday dismissed the reports as false. The Libyans already have stakes in hotels, banking, farming and the procurement of fuel for the foreign currency-strapped Zimbabwe. [The Daily News]
Wednesday, 21 August, 2002: Cash-strapped Zimbabwe has settled a multi-million dollar dispute with British oil major BP, a company spokeswoman said on Tuesday, easing a fuel crisis in the land-locked southern African country. BP had earlier refused to allow an oil tanker laden mainly with gasoline and diesel loaded from Libya and bound for Zimbabwe to discharge at the Mozambique port of Beira because of money owed by Zimbabwe for the use of its storage facilities. Fuel from Libya discharged at Beira is loaded onto BP's shore tanks before it is transferred into a pipeline that connects Beira and NOCZIM's depot in Harare. [Reuters]
Tuesday, 20 August, 2002: U.S. and Libyan lawyers will probably put off plans to meet in Paris this month to give Libya time to finalise a proposed $2.7 billion compensation package for the families of those who died in the Pan Am bombing in 1988, one of the chief U.S. lawyers says. James Kreindler of Kreindler and Kreindler in New York said the meeting had been tentatively planned for August 27 but was likely to take place two or three weeks later. "We may put off the meeting a couple of weeks to give us some little more time to work on the draft... So the bottom line is there's probably a delay of two or three weeks," he told Reuters on Monday. [Reuters]
Tuesday, 20 August, 2002: Libya's claim that its "security and stability" prove respect for human rights demonstrates why Libya is the wrong choice to chair the UN Commission on Human Rights, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said. "By equating its repressive policies with the protection of human rights, Libya is sending a loud signal that it should not chair the UN's most important rights body," said Joanna Weschler, HRW's UN representative. "The new African Union should avoid further embarrassment and drop plans to nominate Libya for this post." [All Africa]
Tuesday, 20 August, 2002: Within a week of PanAm flight 103 exploding over Lockerbie, killing 270 people, Abu Nidal's name was linked with the atrocity. In 1989, his ties with Libya were finally cut. International pressure on Qadhafi, the Libyan leader, to crack down on militants following the Lockerbie bombing led to Abu Nidal being placed under house arrest. Stricken with cancer, the guerrilla leader reportedly left for treatment in Egypt before settling down in Baghdad, where he died of gunshot wounds three days ago. Whether Abu Nidal's group was involved in the Lockerbie bombing could prove a secret that Abu Nidal will take to his grave. [The Herald]
Tuesday, 20 August, 2002: The Libyan Footbal Association (LFA) is planning to propose a joint bid to host the Nations Cup in 2006. Meftah Kashkar, a top official with the LFA, is due to hold talks in Cairo with Egypt's football authorities. The General Secretary of the Egyptian Footbal Association, Mohamed Seyagi, told the BBC: "I think it would be very difficult to consider such a proposal only one month prior to Caf's decision". The 2006 competition will be used as a qualifying event to select Africa's five representatives for the World Cup later in the year. [BBC]
Tuesday, 20 August, 2002: Directors of customs and chairmen of Chambers of Commerce of the Community of Sahel-Sahara (CEN-SAD) on Sunday in Tripoli, Libya, ended a two-day meeting during which they examined a project to create a a free trade zone in the region. [PANA]
Tuesday, 20 August, 2002: The Egyptian Cement Company (ECC) has made its first cement shipment to Libya. The 40,000-ton delivery will be followed by another shipment next month. ECC hopes to export 800,000 tons of cement to Libya by the end of the year. [Al-Bawaba]
Tuesday, 20 August, 2002: The owner of the PAOK Thessaloniki soccer club has proposed a match with Libya's national team as part of attempts to sell part of cash-strapped PAOK to the Libyan state. According to Monday's newspaper SporTime, PAOK owner Giorgos Batatoudis has discussed his proposal for the friendly match with the Libyan ambassador in Athens, Greece. A PAOK spokesman has confirmed that talks are under way between Batatoudis and the son of Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, Al Saadi, for a piece of the troubled Greek club. [AP]
Tuesday, 20 August, 2002: The Australian Wheat Board has secured orders to export 50,000 tonnes of wheat to both Jordan and Libya, Australia's Trade Minister Mark Vaile said Monday. The two orders have a total value of about A$25 million. The order from Libya follows a recent Australian trade delegation visit to Tripoli. [Dow Jones]
Monday, 19 August, 2002: Libyan leader Colonel Qadhafi is to head an international watchdog on human rights. Libya is to be elected chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights. The move sparked a storm of controversy as it emerged British officials did nothing to block the appointment. Human rights groups and Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith united to criticise the appointment. But a Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "Our policy is to engage constructively with Libya, rather than isolate them." Qadhafi's one-year term begins next March. [Sky News]
Monday, 19 August, 2002: The government of Pakistan has decided in principle to hand over to the respective governments, the families of those Arabs nationals who were arrested during the operation to flush out Al-Qaeda fighters in the various cities of Punjab and NWFP. A Libyan NGO International Qadhafi Foundation had talked to government of Pakistan for the release and return of the families of detainees to their respective country, and the government agreed. [PNS]
Monday, 19 August, 2002: The third round of the Libyan football championship, which kicked off 9 August has been shifted to 13 September to enable the national team prepare for the qualifying series of the 2004 Cup of Nations finals, official sources said Sunday. [PANA]
Sunday, 18 August, 2002: French telecoms group Alcatel has signed a deal to expand Libya's mobile phone network to cover the costal area south east of the capital Tripoli. The agreement was signed by the General Posts and Telecommunications Company (GPTC) and involves the installation of a mobile phone network around Sirte. Local media reports said the Alcatel deal would provide 100,000 new connections. [BBC]
Sunday, 18 August, 2002: The trade exchanges between Libya and Tunisia experienced smooth progress towards the preset target of one billion dollars on annual basis. Secretary of Economy and Trade Shukri Ghanem, is visiting Tunisia to discuss joint ventures, specially the power link-up and gas pipeline projects between the two sides. He said about 1.3 million Libyans visit Tunisia every year while nearly one million Tunisians travel to Libya on annual basis. [Xinhua]
Sunday, 18 August, 2002: Secretary general of The General Students Union accompanied by the secretary of the Students Union in Britain and the head of the African Association in Britain and membres of the Association of Human Rights, visited Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the Libyan political hostage in his prison in Glasgow, Scotland, yesterday. [JANA]
Sunday, 18 August, 2002: The Israeli army has a plan to grab Palestinian leader Arafat from his West Bank headquarters and fly him to exile in an Arab state. Channel Two TV disclosed the plan, approved in principle by Israeli prime Minister Sharon, included a raid on Arafat's Ramallah compound. He would then be taken to a waiting helicopter and flown to an Arab country. The television said, naming Lebanon or Libya as a possible destination. [Al-bawaba]
Sunday, 18 August, 2002: Survivors of September 11 have filed a $116 trillion lawsuit against the company run by Osama bin Laden's family, the government of Sudan and Saudi Arabian princes. More than 600 relatives of the dead filed the lawsuit but admitted their chances of winning any cash were slim. Co-lead counsel for the lawsuit is attorney Allen Gerson, who helped negotiate a $2.7 billion settlement between the Libyan government and families of 270 people killed in the Lockerbie bombing. [Sky News]
Saturday, 17 August, 2002: A former intelligence officer at the Libyan Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe, was deported yesterday for engaging in activities that posed a threat to the security and national interests of Zimbabwe. Security sources confirmed last night that Yousef Murgham, who worked at the Libyan embassy from 1986 until the early 1990s when he resigned, was served with his deportation order yesterday and escorted out of the country. The sources said Murgham's deportation was carried out with the full knowledge and co-operation of the Libyan government. He left the country under the escort of security agents aboard an Air Zimbabwe flight to Nairobi, Kenya, where he would catch a connecting flight to Cairo, Egypt and then to Tripoli. The security agents would hand him over to Libyan authorities in Tripoli. [The Herald]
Friday, 16 August, 2002: Yousef Murgham, a former counsellor at the Libyan Embassy in Zimbabwe was arrested Tuesday by the Zimbabwean Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) for allegedly compromising national security, his lawyer, Jonathan Samkange said yesterday. Murgham, 43, is currently being held at Hatfield Police Station. Samkange said: "The police said they arrested him for security reasons but my client yesterday complained that the CIO are being used by the Libyan Ambassador to arrest him." Murgham's Zimbabwean wife, Jean, 39, yesterday said that her husband was the man behind Zimbabwe's oil deal with Libya. [The Daily News]
Friday, 16 August, 2002: The United States and Egypt Thursday stressed the need for Sudan to preserve its unity and territorial integrity. The assertion of American and Egyptian support for Sudan's unity came after Libya's minister for African unity, Ali al-Turaiki, in an interview with a Tunisian newspaper Wednesday, accused the US of preparing a plan to partition Arab countries and appoint new rulers to serve Israeli interests. [UPI]
Friday, 16 August, 2002: Libya's government has purchased a total of 450,000 tonnes of mainly soft milling wheat at undisclosed prices, European traders said on Thursday. Final details of shipment are said to be under discussion but sales agreements have been reached, traders said. The purchase is said to comprise 300,000 tonnes of soft German wheat, 62,500 tonnes of U.S. wheat, 75,000 tonnes of Australian and 12,500 tonnes of Canadian. [Reuters]
Friday, 16 August, 2002: The executive council of the Community of Sahelian-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) will hold its 8th ordinary session from 22 to 23 August in Tripoli, official sources said in the Libyan capital. [PANA]
Thursday, 15 August, 2002: A Libyan government minister accused the United States Wednesday of preparing a plan to partition the major Arab countries and appoint new rulers to serve Israeli interests. Ali al-Turaiki, Libya's Minister of African Unity, said in an interview with the Tunisian daily Al-Shuruq that the US had a plan to partition Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the Arab states of north Africa and appoint new Arab rulers. In Washington, a senior State Department official said "if the comments are as they are reported, they are absurd." [UPI]
Thursday, 15 August, 2002: Cameroon striker Patrick Mboma has joined the Libyan club Al-Ittihad. No fee has been disclosed for the transfer from Parma. Mboma last played for Sunderland in England on loan from the Italian club. Mboma has signed a two-year contract with the Libyan side headed by the famous son of the country's head of state, Saadi al-Qadhafi. [BBC]
Thursday, 15 August, 2002: Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, seeking to end a long chapter of hostility between Libya and the West, is trying to lure visitors to a country whose ancient treasures, gleaming beaches and spectacular desert vistas have long been shunned by the outside world. A five-year tourism project which the government launched in 1998 sought to attract between $27 billion and $28 billion investment in the industry. But diplomats say Qadhafi's track record of nationalising foreign companies when he seized power and the hurdles still faced by the private sector in Libya mean most multi-nationals remain wary of piling in money. [Reuters]

Wednesday, 14 August, 2002: Libya dismissed as "lies" criticism of its human rights record and defended its selection to chair the U.N. Human Rights Commission as a deserved reward for its policy at home and abroad. "Libya is a country where the respect of human rights is enshrined," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. It was replying to the New York-based Human Rights Watch which last week urged African leaders to reconsider their choice of Libya to chair the next session of the U.N. Human Rights Commission. "Libya's long record of human rights abuses clearly does not merit such a reward," Rory Mungoven of Human Rights Watch said. [Reuters]
Wednesday, 14 August, 2002: Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi granted audience Monday to the director of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), Mohamed Adam, who handed him a message from Niger President Mamadou Tandja, current chairman of the LCBC. [PANA]
Wednesday, 14 August, 2002: The Libyan Government is paying the school fees for Uganda's Toro princess Nsemere Komuntale, Toro Prime Minister has said. Stephen Nyabongo told a press conference Friday that the princess is attending an American school in Tripoli, contrary to reports that she had to first learn Arabic. "It's like she is studying in America," he said. Libya has developed close ties with Toro Kingdom and is also rebuilding the king's palace. [The Monitor]
Wednesday, 14 August, 2002: Arab Insurance Group (ARIG), the Arab world's largest reinsurer, said on Tuesday its first-half net loss grew to $8.3 million from $3.2 million a year ago. The governments of Kuwait, UAE and Libya are sovereign shareholders of ARIG. [Reuters]
Tuesday, 13 August, 2002: The committee in charge of preparing the Libyan bid to host the 2010 World Cup held a meeting in Tripoli last night. The meeting was attended by the assistant secretary for services, the deputy head of the Libyan football federation, the deputy governor of the Libyan central bank, the secretary of social welfare, the director of youth administraion, the secretary of tourism board and number of football officals. [JANA]
Tuesday, 13 August, 2002: Pakistan's Immigration authorities at Islamabad Airport arrested two passengers traveling to Libya on fake visas along with one agent and two sub-agents from Airport vicinity. Syed Tahir Kazmi and Zaheer Ahmed were offloaded from Emirates Airlines flight EK-615 bound for Tripoli via Dubai on fake Libyan visa and fake protector clearance. [PNS]
Tuesday, 13 August, 2002: In the not too distant past, Qadhafi armed and financed terrorists to blow up British cities, while his men shot dead a policewoman in a London street and have been held responsible for the biggest act of mass murder, at Lockerbie, in British criminal history. Yet, rightly in my view, the Foreign Office has concluded that we can't choose who rules Libya and would be better off talking to those who do. Iraq, on the other hand, has never harmed Britain. Yet now it seems only war can be contemplated for Iraq - even a war in which perhaps tens of thousands will die and the Middle East be plunged into chaos and bloodshed. [The Guardian]
Tuesday, 13 August, 2002: A new federal registry to boost surveillance of visitors to the U.S. who spark elevated national security concerns will be launched September 11, the anniversary of deadly terror attacks. Nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan and Syria -- countries listed on the U.S. State Department's list of state sponsors of terrorism -- will be fingerprinted, as will "nonimmigrant aliens whom the State Department determines to present an elevated national security risk," the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement. [AFP]

Monday, 12 August, 2002: The Middle East emerges as the most popular region for new oil ventures in 2002. According to the British Robertson's International New Ventures Survey, which polls oils companies involved in exploration and production ventures outside North America, Libya tops the rankings for the third successive year as the country most favored by oil companies in 2002. Libya came ahead of the UK and Australia. The survey then lists Algeria, Egypt, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico, Angola, Qatar and closing the top ten is Trinidad & Tobago. [Al-Bawaba]
Sunday, 11 August, 2002: Twenty years ago, it was Saddam Hussein who was the ally, the West's best hope against Iran's fundamentalist mullahs. Colonel Qadhafi was a mad dog dictator whom Western countries feared would stop at nothing. Who would have thought, two decades on, that the tables would have been turned; that a British government minister would stand on a Mediterranean beach and inform us Iraq should learn from Colonel Qadhafi. "Libya is complying with international law," said Mike O'Brien. "Iraq is not, and I hope Saddam Hussein will realise he should follow the lead of Colonel Qadhafi." Who knows how the plot of this movie will unfold from here. But maybe for the Libyan Colonel, it will have a happy ending. [BBC]
Sunday, 11 August, 2002: US threats against Iraq are part of a wider conspiracy against the Arab world evidenced in US support for Israel and its sponsorship of a peace deal that threatens to divide Sudan, the leading Egyptian daily Al-Ahram charged Saturday. "This initiative not only weakens Sudan but also harms the security and balance of power of the Arab world and the region as a whole." Egypt, which with Libya launched a joint peace initiative for Sudan in 1999, was excluded from the Kenyan peace talks which were held under the aegis of a regional grouping of east African states with participation from Britain, Norway and the United States. [AFP]
Saturday, 10 August, 2002: Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi has cautiously begun to open up Libya's socialist-style economy to outside investment, but economists say more radical change is needed to break dependence on oil exports. After years of stifling the private sector and scaring off foreign investors, Libya has taken steps in the last 12 months to cut back some of the barriers to business. But diplomats say the shift has been too limited. "It's had minimal impact so far... It's still difficult to do business here [in Libya]," said one European diplomat. [Reuters]
Saturday, 10 August, 2002: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe may be forced to give Libya much of the prime land he is seizing from white farmers in order to pay for an oil deal with Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi. The full extent of the bizarre arrangement between the two leaders was revealed hours before Mr Mugabe's midnight Thursday deadline for 2900 white farmers to leave their properties. Diplomatic sources this week said Mr Mugabe owed Libya so much for imported oil that he was preparing to give thousands of hectares of farmland to his "friend" Colonel Qadhafi to repay his debts and to stay in power. [The Australian]
Saturday, 10 August, 2002: Fans of cash-strapped football team PAOK have sent a letter to the Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi pleading for his help in saving the club from financial ruin. PAOK's largest supporters' club sent the letter to the Libyan embassy in Athens, Greece, calling on Colonel Qadhafi to oust the team's unpopular owner George Batatoudis. "Qadhafi, our God, buy PAOK," the Reuters news agency quoted the letter as saying. [BBC]
Friday, 9 August, 2002: African nations should reconsider their choice of Libya to chair the next session of the U.N. Human Rights Commission because of its "dreadful human rights record," Human Rights Watch said Thursday. Libya's nomination violates commitments African leaders have made to promote human rights and good governance, the group said. Libya was nominated by African nations in Geneva, where the commission is based, and its candidacy was confirmed at last month's inaugural summit of the African Union. The commission must approve Libya's nomination when it meets in January ahead of the next session in March. [AP]
Friday, 9 August, 2002: Commenting on the African nations choice of Libya to chair the next session of the U.N. Human Rights Commission, Rory Mungoven, global advocacy director for Human Rights Watch said "Libya's long record of human rights abuses clearly does not merit such a reward." Human Rights Watch said that over the last decade, Libya has detained opponents without trial, prohibited the formation of political parties or non-governmental groups, and muzzled its press. In the past, it said, the Libyan government has also been responsible for torture, "disappearances," and the assassination of political opponents abroad. [AP]
Friday, 9 August, 2002: Relatives of the victims of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing have given a cautious welcome to a statement by Libya that it is ready, in principle, to pay them compensation. The announcement was made by Libyan Foreign Minister Abderrahman Shalgam, after talks between Col. Qadhafi, and UK Foreign Office Minister Mike O'Brien. Jim Swire, a spokesman for the families of the Lockerbie victims, said: "This is the first time that an important member of the Libyan regime has made a comment like this. "But of course paying compensation is only one of the things that Libya has to do if she wants to get the UN sanctions permanently removed." [BBC]
Thursday, 8 August, 2002: Libya has said it is willing to pay compensation for the Lockerbie bombing. Speaking after talks between Libyan President Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi and UK Foreign Office Minister Mike O'Brien, Libya's foreign minister Abdelrahman Shelgam (photo) said Libya also wanted to formalise relations with the U.S. Libyan Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is serving life in a Scottish prison after being convicted in 2001 of the Lockerbie bombing. O'Brien said Qadhafi had also "said the right things" on a range of issues, including the fight against terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. [BBC]
Thursday, 8 August, 2002: Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi (photo) held his first ever talks with a British minister on Wednesday. A British source said the meeting took place after nearly five hours of talks between UK Foreign Office Minister Mike O'Brien and senior Libyan ministers. O'Brien stressed to them that Libya needed to ensure full compliance with UN resolutions calling for Libya to accept responsibility and pay compensation to families of the victims of the Lockerbie bombing. The source said O'Brien "made clear our concerns that even if they do comply...even then there is a need for reassurance on issues of weapons of mass destruction". [Reuters]
Thursday, 8 August, 2002: Libya and its leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi are shaking off their reputation as a global pariah, in stark contrast to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, according to the first British government minister to visit Tripoli in nearly 20 years. "He [Qadhafi] is not threatening his neighbors," Foreign Office Minister Mike O'Brien told BBC radio. "We still have criticisms of Libya on human rights grounds and aspects of foreign policy," O'Brien said. "But Libya is moving away from being an outlaw pariah state towards engagement with the West, with the rest of the international community and in compliance with international law." [AFP]
Thursday, 8 August, 2002: A consortium of European companies has won a $155m contract to develop a further Libyan oil field, in a signal of Tripoli's growing international trade aspirations. A cartel led by Spain's Repsol has won approval from the National Oil Company of Libya to explore for oil in a Murzuk basin field which it is estimated will produce 40,000 barrels per day of crude from early 2004. Libya is trying to attract $10bn in foreign investment in oil sector by 2010. But the Repsol deal is only the sixth, all struck with European companies. US oil firms are barred by a 1986 US presidential order from dealing with Libya. [BBC]
Thursday, 8 August, 2002: The owner of the cash-strapped PAOK Thessaloniki football club may visit Libya seeking to advance talks with Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi's family for a stake in the team, media reports said Tuesday. The newspaper SporTime said Qadhafi's personal doctor has played a key role in the deal. The doctor, whose name was not mentioned by the newspaper, studied in Thessaloniki and has been a fervent PAOK supporter, the SporTime said. [AP]
Wednesday, 7 August, 2002: A British minister was set to meet Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi on the first high level visit in nearly 20 years. Mike O'Brien, minister for the Middle East, was due to meet Qadhafi today in Sirte. O'Brien held talks with Deputy Foreign Minister Saad Mujber and the Libyan ambassador to London Mohammed al-Zway. He was due to meet Foreign Minister Abdelrahman Shalgam after his talks with Qadhafi. [AFP]
Wednesday, 7 August, 2002: A senior Libyan foreign ministry official hailed British Foreign office minister Mike O'Brien's visit as "important for the development of bilateral relations." Britain is "one of the main countries concerned with Libyan oil," Hassuna al-Shawesh told AFP, adding that Tripoli also sought cooperation in the areas of banking, electricity, industry and health. Shawesh said that Libyan imports from Britain amounted to 500 million dollars a year. [AFP]

Tuesday, 6 August, 2002: A British minister is visiting Libya for the first time in almost 20 years. Foreign Minister Mike O'Brien is seeking to enlist Mu'ammer al-Qadhafi to the war on terror by asking him to provide the west with intelligence on al-Qaida. Iraq is also expected to be discussed amid mounting speculation that the US is preparing to go to war with Saddam Hussein. Speaking ahead of his visit, Mr O'Brien said: "A Libya which co-operates fully with the international community, including on terrorism, is very much in our interests." [The Scotsman]
Tuesday, 6 August, 2002: Qadhafi's son is holding talks with PAOK for a stake in the financially troubled football club, a spokesman confirmed Monday. When asked whether the talks were conducted between the club's owner and Qadhafi's son al-Saadi, the spokesman said: "It's as you say." PAOK finished fourth in the Greek football league last season. [AP]
Monday, 5 August, 2002: Libyan Secretary for African Union, Ali al-Traiki met on Friday with Tunisian foreign minister al-Habib bin Yahia. Al-Traiki told reporters in Tunis that his talks with bin Yahia were in the framework of the constant negotiations between Tunisia and Libya. He added the talks dealt with the situations in the Arab region and Africa. [Albawaba]
Monday, 5 August, 2002: [Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi], currently on a visit to Benghazi, toured several factories in the city. The tour included factories for the production of bicycles, children cars, handicapped bicycles, plastics, leather and shoes. [JANA]
Sunday, 4 August, 2002: A Libyan paper Al-Zahf al-Akhdar (owned by Libyan revolutionary committees) has accused United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan of being at the mercy of Zionism and of the United States administration. On Friday, the Libyan [state run] daily Al-Jamahirya expressed outrage over the failure of a United Nations report to say that military operations effected by the Israeli occupation army in Jenine involved a massacre. [PANA]
Sunday, 4 August, 2002: Libyan Leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi received Dr Makosusana Lamini-Zoma, the South African foreign minister. The two sides discussed issues related to the African Union, bilateral relations and international issues of mutual interest. The meeting was attended by Libya's secretary for the African Union, the head of the foreign investment company, the Libyan ambassador in S. Africa and the ambassadsor of S. Africa in Libya. [JANA]
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Saturday, 3 August, 2002: Lawyers for a retired U.S. Air Force sergeant accused of offering military secrets to Iraq, Libya and China urged a federal judge again Friday to block the U.S. government's unusual decision to seek the death penalty. The defense team for Brian Regan argued that it was legally improper for a grand jury to determine whether aggravating factors existed that would make Regan's case eligible for the death penalty. [AP]
Saturday, 3 August, 2002: Heavily armed soldiers Friday stepped up patrols in the southeastern Niger town of Diffa and waited for a fight to the finish with government troops. Niger's President Tandja, who is facing the first army mutiny since he took power in 2000, meanwhile briefed the ambassadors of France, Algeria, Libya, Benin and the US. Diffa is one of the poorest in Niger, a former French colony with an average daily per capita of about half a dollar. [AFP]
Saturday, 3 August, 2002: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is tightening rules that allow pilots from such countries as Libya, N. Korea and Iraq to obtain licenses to fly private planes in the U.S. The FAA will conduct background checks, verify the identity of the applicant and make sure the foreign license is valid. The new rules are designed to make it harder for pilots from other countries to obtain certificates to fly planes in the U.S. [AP]
Friday, 2 August, 2002: British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw says the Libyan convicted of the Lockerbie bombing will serve the whole of his life sentence in Britain. He gave the assurance in a letter to Labour MP Russell Brown. Nelson Mandela has called for the convicted man to be moved to a Muslim country. Straw said UN monitors have described the conditions in which al-Megrahi is being held as very good, meeting all national and international standards. [Ananova]
Friday, 2 August, 2002: South African Foreign Minister Dlamini-Zuma said she would fly to Tripoli on Thursday for talks with Libyan leader Qadhafi about outstanding issues linked to the Lockerbie bombing. Dlamini-Zuma said that as the chairman of the African Union (AU), S. Africa would be responsible for negotiations linked to the Lockerbie incident. Dlamini-Zuma added she would talk to Qadhafi about Libya's proposed amendments to the AU's charter. [Reuters]
Friday, 2 August, 2002: American Express, Deutsche Bank, the former Chase Manhattan, and Wachovia Corp. have negotiated confidential settlement agreements with the U.S. Treasury Department to resolve allegations that they violated a U.S. government policy which forbids US companies from doing business with a number of countries including Iran, Libya and Cuba. [WSJ]
Friday, 2 August, 2002: A group of 120 illegal Burkinabe immigrants arrived at Ouagadougou airport aboard a Libyan military plane Thursday morning after being expelled from Libya. [PANA]
Friday, 2 August, 2002: A Mauritanian named Moussa Diallo was knifed to death on 27 July in Libya by one of his compatriots, Djibi Ba, the family of the deceased said in Nouakchott. [PANA]
Friday, 2 August, 2002: Uganda's national football team's training camp in Libya will be delayed up to late August or September. The Libyan Football Federation requested for the delay early this week. Uganda and Libya signed an agreement about two months ago in which they agreed that their national teams can hold joint training camps ahead of main events. [The Monitor]
Thursday, 1 August, 2002: In an interview with the Egyptian satellite channel, Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi said that Jamal Abdelnaser base in Tobruk, which provided training for Egyptian officers, was attacked by the same officers in 1977. Qadhafi said: "Regretably al-Sadat used those same officers who were trained in that base and ordered them to attack it in 1977. The same officers who gradated from the base were ordered to attack and destroy it." It is worth noting that the Egyptian satellite channel did not broadcast this paragraph. [JANA]
Thursday, 1 August, 2002: Britain will use its first official visit to Libya for two decades next week to deliver a clear message to Colonel Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi that he must reassure the world that he has denounced terrorism. Foreign office minister Mike O'Brien said on Wednesday the focus of his visit would be to encourage Libya to cooperate with the international community and draw it into a peace-promoting role. O'Brien said he hoped to discuss terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and the issue of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing. [Reuters]
Thursday, 1 August, 2002: Syria's Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara received in Damascus Tuesday the new Libyan ambassador, Juma al-Fazzani, who handed over his credentials, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency. [Albawaba]
Thursday, 1 August, 2002: The Zambian vice-president told parliament Wednesday a Libyan firm has invested US$8.5 million into Zambia's OAU millennium village. Enoch Kavindele said that the Libyan Arab African Investment Company (LAFICO) helped the Zambian government to complete the village as well as convention center, all valued at 17 million US dollars. Kavindele said that following an appeal to the Libyan government, Libyan leader Qadhafi directed LAFICO to provide US$8.5 million so as to become full owners of the village. [Xinhua]
Thursday, 1 August, 2002: Zambian Government investigators said Wednesday they had recovered nearly $2 million allegedly embezzled from Zambia's government under former President Federick Chiluba. About $1.9 million was recovered from local and overseas bank accounts. On Wednesday government officials announced that Libya would invest $8.5 million to help pay for an extravagant convention center and a village for guests in Lusaka. [AP]

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