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Saturday, 30 November, 2002: Colonel Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi sent a messsage about Turkey, Europe and the bin Ladinists through his personal website, in which he said: "It is in Turkey's economic interest to be part of Europe. It is in the interest of the Islamic world that a Muslim country like Turkey joins the European Union (EU) to act as a Trojan horse. However it is in Europe's interest that Turkey remains within NATO as a military colony and as a base for the alliance... It is not in Europe's intersets for Turkey to become part of the EU". [JANA]
Saturday, 30 November, 2002: US Secretary of State Colin Powell on Friday said he had decided last week to renew two-decade-old ban on the use of US passports for travel to Libya because of "imminent danger" to Americans in the country. "This restriction has been renewed yearly because of the unsettled relations between the United States and the government of Libya and the possibility of hostile acts against Americans in Libya," Powell said. [MEOL]
Saturday, 30 November, 2002: Yugoslavia is preparing a detailed report about the Balkan nation's clandestine arms deals with Iraq that will be urgently sent to U.N. weapons inspectors in the Arab country, the foreign minister said Friday. Yugoslavia's former President Slobodan Milosevic had allegedly encouraged illegal arms deals with Iraq, Libya and Liberia. [AP]
Saturday, 30 November, 2002: Romano Prodi, the President of the European Commission, has re-affirmed the significant role played by Libya in the Mediterranean area. The Italian News Agency (INSA) quoted Prodi as calling for the need to consolidate co-operation between the European Union and Libya. He also lauded Libya's positions and its positive contributions in the region and throughout the world. [JANA]
Saturday, 30 November, 2002: International aid donors meeting in Geneva on Thursday agreed to provide Burundi with $905 million over the next three years, UN officials said. Austria, Belgium, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Libya, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the US and the Vatican attended the meeting with representatives of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and UN agencies. [SAPA]
Saturday, 30 November, 2002: Would-be terrorists linked to the Southeast Asian Islamic terror group Jemaah Islamiyah have conducted paramilitary training camps in Australia and targeted university students as recruits, a newspaper reported Saturday. The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper said that Jemaah Islamiyah members throughout Australia planned to flee to Indonesia, Yemen or Libya if they were in danger of being caught. [AP]

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Friday, 29 November, 2002: Libya is constructing a mosque in The Gambia "that will be unrivalled in the subregion," explained Alieu Momar Njie, chairman, Serrekunda Mosque Committee. Dr Abdussalam Al-Jagandi, secretary general of World Islamic Call Society, Gambia, revealed that the mosque will have a capacity to seat 15,000 worshippers. "It is huge, it is unique and it is a gift from Colonel Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi to the people of The Gambia," he said. Dr Jagandi however declined to reveal the actual cost of the project. [The Daily Observer]
Friday, 29 November, 2002: The National Oil Company of Zimbabwe (Noczim) has entered into a partnership with an international company, Tamoil Trading, to establish a company to procure fuel. Energy Minister Amos Midzi told Parliament yesterday that the new company, Tamoil Zimbabwe, would be involved in the distribution of fuel to retail outlets. Midzi said there was no interstate agreement between Zimbabwe and Libya for the supply of fuel. [The Herald]
Thursday, 28 November, 2002: Gunmen shot and killed two Arabs in a mafia-style attack in Bulgaria's capital, police said Wednesday. Police identified the victims as Feisal Zakar, 54, born in Tripoli, Libya, and a 48-year-old Syrian citizen, Matar al Ruleh. They were targeted by at least 10 shots in Sofia's Lozenets neighborhood late Tuesday. A police statement said the killing was the work of one or two "professional assassins." Although the victims had no clear criminal record, they possessed "large amounts of money of unclear origin," it said. [AP]
Thursday, 28 November, 2002: U.S. President Bush signed into law a bill letting victims of terrorism collect multimillion-dollar judgments from about $4 billion in frozen assets of suspected terrorist groups and the seven nations the U.S. accuses of sponsoring terrorism. It is unknown how many people are affected by the provision, but it is estimated to be in the hundreds. The lawsuits range from terrorist bombings in Israel to kidnappings in Iraq and confinements in Kuwait and Libya. [Los Angeles Times]
Thursday, 28 November, 2002: America's current-account deficit may be unsustainably large, at 5% of GDP; but six countries will run a deficit of more than 10% of GDP this year. Nicaragua has the biggest, at 24% of GDP. Libya has the world's biggest surplus, at 28% of GDP. A country's current-account balance consists of exports and imports of goods and services, cross-border flows of investment income, workers' remittances and official aid. [The Economist]
Thursday, 28 November, 2002: Libya's government has issued a tender to purchase between 5,000 and 20,000 tonnes of wheat flour, European traders said on Wednesday. It is seeking optional origin, with shipment to start in January 2003. The flour must be newly milled, of bread quality and bagged. The bidding deadline is December 2. [Reuters]
Thursday, 28 November, 2002: The Second Syrian Products Exhibition which has started last Thursday in Tripoli, Libya has been experiencing unprecedented attendance. The exhibition was visited yesterday by large number of Libyan Arab citizens as well as by foreigners. [SANA]
Wednesday, 27 November, 2002: The first worldwide press freedom index was undertaken by the Paris-based press rights organisation Reporters Without Borders. The index is a portrait based on conclusions drawn from events between Sept. 2001 and Oct. 2002. 139 countries were included. "In Libya (129th) and Tunisia (128th), no criticism of Col Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi or President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali is tolerated," Reporters Without Borders noted in a statement released with the survey. The press is least free in North Korea (139th) and most free in Finland, Iceland, Norway and the Netherlands, which are tied for first place. [IPS]
Wednesday, 27 November, 2002: Libyan state-run daily, Al-Zahf al-Akhdhar is alerting African countries to resist possible United States attempts to dominate energy sources in Africa by monopolising newly discovered oil resources in West African countries. [PANA]
Tuesday, 26 November, 2002: A leading Scottish law expert says the man jailed for the Lockerbie bombing will walk free an innocent man within two years. The call comes from Robert Black QC, a professor in Scots Law at Edinburgh University and a legal authority on the case. He has been an outspoken critic of the conviction of Libyan intelligence agent Abdelbaset Al Megrahi (photo). [Ananova]
Tuesday, 26 November, 2002: The Zimbabwean Sunday Mirror reports that a high-level British delegation had flown to Libya to pressure Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi into cutting off Zimbabwe's oil supply. The paper quotes "a highly-placed source based in Tripoli" who said that Britain had used a carrot-and-stick approach. The carrot that Britain had dangled in front of Qadhafi was that the UK would help to free the man found guilty of the Lockerbie bombing. [The Daily News]
Tuesday, 26 November, 2002: Algerian security forces have killed the top al-Qaeda official in North Africa and the Sahel region, the official APS news agency reported Monday. It said Emad Abdelwahid Alwan was instrumental in helping settle al-Qaeda fighters from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia in Yemen after they lost their bases in Afghanistan. [Reuters]
Tuesday, 26 November, 2002: A group calling itself The Children of Imam Musa Sadr accused Hizbullah's secretary-general, Hassan Nasrallah, on Sunday of propagating "lies" regarding the disappearance of Imam Musa Sadr. In a statement, the group accused Nasrallah of "misleading the Shiites and the family of the Imam" about what happened to him in 1978 when he disappeared during a trip to Libya. "We call on Nasrallah and the Iranians once again to reveal all the information they have about this odious crime," the statement said. [The Daily Star]
Monday, 25 November, 2002: Libya is no longer interested in purchasing Serie A club Lazio, the spokesman for Al-Saadi al-Qadhafi, son of Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, has said. "The Libyan authorities, after a careful evaluation regarding the possibility of acquiring the majority stake in SS Lazio, have decided they are no longer interested in the matter," Gianluca Di Carlo, Italian communications director for Al-Saadi al-Qadhafi, told Reuters. [Reuters]
Monday, 25 November, 2002: Over 75 countries, including the United States, the 15 European Union nations and Libya, are due tomorrow to sign in The Hague an international code of conduct on preventing the proliferation of ballistic missiles even as several countries including India and Pakistan have refused to sign it. The code is not an international treaty but will be "politically binding" and "will provide the international community with an additional means of increasing security for us all", Dutch Foreign Minister Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said. [AFP]

Sunday, 24 November, 2002: Libyan Leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi and the chairman of the European Commission Romano Prodi discussed during a telephone call last week several issues relating to the Arab region and international issues of mutual concern. The two sides also made consultations on means of supporting and revitalizing cooperation between the European Union (EU) and the African Union as well as cooperation between the EU and Libya. [Arabic News]
Sunday, 24 November, 2002: Title holders of the Libyan league Tripoli-based football club Al-Ittihad won the second Cup of "vulture" tournament (Al-Saqr Al-Awhad) after beating Ghana's Hearts of Oak 2-0. [PANA]
Sunday, 24 November, 2002: The general assembly of the union of producers, professional drivers, and distributors of electricity in Africa (UPDEA) began a two-day meeting Saturday in the Libyan capital Tripoli to adopt the union's new regulations. [PANA]
Saturday, 23 November, 2002: The United States has extended for another year the ban on using U.S. passports for travel to Libya, the State Department said on Friday. The United States imposed the ban in 1981, after tension between Libya and the administration of U.S. President Ronald Reagan, and has renewed it every year since. U.S. citizens who want to travel to Libya are required to apply to have their passports specially validated, but hundreds of Americans are thought to ignore the restriction to work in the Libyan oil industry. [Reuters]
Saturday, 23 November, 2002: Dozens of immigrants who have been convicted of crimes in the U.S. were arrested for deportation during a 10-day sweep, immigration officials said Friday. The 39 immigrants were found guilty of crimes ranging from drug trafficking to strong-armed robbery and served time in U.S. prisons. After their release, immigration judges ruled they should be deported. No Cuban criminal immigrants were arrested. Immigrants from Laos, Cambodia and Libya are also not subject to deportation under these circumstances. [AP]
Saturday, 23 November, 2002: China has delivered military equipment worth US $159,104 to the regional Economic and Monetary Community of Central African States to deploy troops to the troubled Central African Republic. The force - created on 2 October at a regional summit in Libreville - is to comprise 300-350 men from Gabon, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Republic of Congo, and Mali. The force will replace Libyan troops who have been stationed in Bangui since the failed 28 May 2001 coup led by former President Andre Kolingba. [UN-IRIN]

Friday, 22 November, 2002: Libya's general popular committee (cabinet) concluded its 45th session for the year 2002 Tuesday at Houn, 700 km south of Tripoli during which it reviewed the progress of Libyan investments in Africa, official sources said Wednesday. [PANA]
Friday, 22 November, 2002: Chadian prime minister Haroun Kabadi in Paris has called for the departure of Libyan troops from the Central African Republic where they have been protecting President Patasse for several months from his former soldiers out to oust him from power. [PANA]
Friday, 22 November, 2002: Arab foreign ministers meeting in Damascus called on the United States Thursday to stop threatening Iraq and let the United Nations weapons inspectors do their job. The ministers came from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Bahrain, Yemen, Tunisia, Algeria, Oman, Libya, Syria and the Palestinians. [AP]
Friday, 22 November, 2002: The council of the foreign ministers of the European Union (EU) on Tuesday pledged in Brussels to enhance co- operation with Libya, Morocco and Tunisia to combat illegal immigration, The EU said Wednesday in a press release. [PANA]
Thursday, 21 November, 2002: The United States is pressing NATO members in Europe to launch preparations for a missile defense umbrella to stop intermediate-range missile attacks from Iran and Libya. U.S. officials said this will be a key topic on the agenda of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld during the NATO summit in Prague. Officials said Washington has warned NATO allies that they are vulnerable to missile attacks by such countries as Iran, Iraq and Libya. They pointed to Iran's Shihab-4 intermediate-range missile program, which is said to be ready for its first test flight, as well as Libya's new medium-range missile. [MENL]
Thursday, 21 November, 2002: African countries should get a chance to show [through the peer review system] they can meet the good governance standards western countries say are a condition for greatly increased aid, said Canadian Trade Minister Pierre Pettigrew and Susan Whelan, secretary of state for international co-operation. The two spoke by phone from Lagos, Nigeria, where they had just announced a $100-million African Development Fund to encourage investment in the continent. But Canadian Alliance MP Deepak Obhrai said "With Libya's long history of human rights abuses and being linked to terrorism, we should all be very careful about the involvement with Libya in the peer review system and consequently NEPAD". [CP]

Wednesday, 20 November, 2002: U.S. intelligence agents reportedly have discovered a weapons smuggling network linked to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network in remote parts of northwest Africa. The report said U.S. officials were concerned al-Qaeda could take advantage of weak Western intelligence operations in parts of Africa, to set up training bases there. They also worry that the presence of terrorist groups in Algeria, Libya, and Sudan could pose a danger to other countries in west Africa, threatening U.S. interests. [CNS]
Wednesday, 20 November, 2002: The Libyan government on Tuesday presented a Mercedes Benz S500 car as gift to the government of Ghana. [PANA]
Tuesday, 19 November, 2002: South Korean companies' plant exports to Libya reached US$940 million through the third quarter of this year, the Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) said Monday. "Plant export" refers to the export of power plants and machinery. Also Korean constructors are likely to win an order to build the Zawiyah combined cycle power plant and the Benghazi Power Plant, both in Libya, KOTRA stated. [Asia Pulse]
Tuesday, 19 November, 2002: Libya's economy and trade ministry has banned the importation of 30 products and items, including frozen meat, canned foods, vegetables, colouring agents used in the food processing industry, olive oil, canned pet food, as well as second hand cars. [PANA]
Tuesday, 19 November, 2002: The second "Al-Saqr Al-Awhad" football tournament was expected to kick off Monday in Tripoli, Libya, involving two local and two foreign clubs. [PANA]
Tuesday, 19 November, 2002: [The state-run] Libyan newspaper, Al-Shams has urged Libyans to revive relations with Western markets, universities and technology in countries such as the United States, Britain, France, Italy and Germany. [PANA]
Tuesday, 19 November, 2002: Yousuf "Pakistan" Longpi, a founding member of the separatist Pattani United Liberation Organisation (PULO) in Thailand said that he became PULO's representative in Libya for two years from 1979, overseeing a Libyan training programme. "Around 10 people went to Libya every year for four or five years, for a variety of short and long courses," the 54-year-old former guerrilla said. [Reuters]

Monday, 18 November, 2002: Libya is considering a bid to buy Italian Serie A club Lazio, a spokesman for Al-Saadi al-Qadhafi, son of Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, said on Sunday. Al-Saadi (photo) recently became a member of the board of Juventus after the Libyan Arab Foreign Investment Company (Lafico) took a 7.5 percent share in the club. Earlier this month Al-Saadi signed a cooperation deal with Lazio. The deal, reported to be worth $600,000 to the Italian club, would allow Tripoli-based club Al-Ittihad, who Al-Saadi plays for, to use Lazio's training ground for 10 days a year. [Reuters]

Sunday, 17 November, 2002: Libya said a newspaper story saying Iraqi President Saddam Hussein offered Tripoli money to shelter his family and aides was fictitious. Libyan Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassouna al-Shawesh (photo) said his government reserved the right to sue the Times newspaper for the story which said Saddam offered Libya $3.5 billion to provide a safe-haven for his family and top Iraqi officials. "These reports were totally unfounded and were simply fictitious," al-Shawesh said in a statement on Saturday carried by the official Libyan news agency Jana. [Reuters]
Sunday, 17 November, 2002: Egyptian Minister of Immigration said Libya has concluded contracts with 500 Egyptian professors to teach at Libyan universities. The professors will teach English, Arabic, maths, history, geography, physics, accounting, chemistry, statistics, marine science, agricultural science, forensic medicine, dentistry, nursing and physiology. [Al-Gomhuria]
Sunday, 17 November, 2002: Libya has named an ambassador to Sierre Leone after a 25-year diplomatic absence from Freetown, a presidential source said on Saturday. Ambassador Ali al-Telessi on Friday presented his credentials to President Kabbah and said that the countries could build strong ties, based on mutual respect and cooperation. Kabbah said Libya had played a vital role in helping to rebuild Sierra Leone after a decade of civil war. [AFP]
Sunday, 17 November, 2002: How should the West react if Qadhafi takes in Saddam’s family and cronies? Saddam is said not to seek refuge for himself or his oldest son Uday. Their extradition would certainly be demanded, but the removal from the Iraqi scene of other key members of the regime could make the post-Saddam transition easier. It seems unlikely that [the Libyan leader] would have done a deal without a wink from Washington. [The Times]
Saturday, 16 November, 2002: Iraqi President Saddam Hussein plans to pay Libya billions of dollars to secure political asylum for his family and senior members of the Baghdad regime in the event of a war with the West, The Times newspaper reported Saturday. The deal, which would also cover an internal coup d'etat, would see the Iraqi leader pay 3.5 billion dollars into Libyan banks for the safe haven of his family and around a dozen senior officials of the Baghdad regime and their families, the paper said. The deal does not include plans to provide refuge to Saddam or his eldest son, Uday, according to The Times, which said it learnt from diplomatic sources in Tripoli that the Iraqi leader's secret emissaries visited Libya and Syria to discuss an escape route. [AFP]

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Friday, 15 November, 2002: Arab League (AL) chief Amr Moussa said on Thursday Libya will not quit the AL, to the relief of many member states that thought Libya's withdrawal may produce a "snowball" effect. "Libya will not withdraw from the AL," Moussa told reporters, while dismissing as "groundless" reports about Qatar's intention to leave the organization. [Xinhua]
Friday, 15 November, 2002: The followers of Shiite cleric Sobhi Toufeili called Wednesday on Lebanese authorities and anyone who had information concerning missing Shiite leader Musa Sadr to come forward. In a statement they issued, the followers threatened to make Libya "pay" for allegedly abducting Sadr in August 1978. "It is time to make the Libyans pay for the crime they committed against Lebanon's Shiites," the statement said. [The Daily Star]
Friday, 15 November, 2002: The US and its 145 partners in an international treaty against biological weapons papered over their differences Thursday and agreed to keep talking about how to strengthen the ban. Washington, which has accused signatory states such as Iraq, Iran, North Korea and Libya of flouting the treaty's ban on weapons of germ warfare, had initially said that it wanted no further discussion until the next review conference set for 2006. [Reuters]

Thursday, 14 November, 2002: The Libyan state-run 'Al-Jamahiriya' newspaper painted in its Wednesday edition a gloomy picture of the earth, saying that the planet is essentially marked "by an unfair social order and an iniquitous distribution of global wealth." In an editorial, "What do we know about the blue planet?," the paper said that 200 of the inhabitants of this planet have riches equalling over 40 percent of the revenues of the global population. [PANA]
Thursday, 14 November, 2002: Beginning Friday, about 3,000 visitors from five Muslim countries must report to local offices of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service to be fingerprinted, photographed and interviewed. The registration of males between the ages of 16 and 45 from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Sudan is the latest effort by the federal government to tighten the tracking of visitors from countries that the U.S. considers sponsors of terrorism. [KRT]
Wednesday, 13 November, 2002: Libya said on Monday its troops would withdraw from the Central African Republic (CAR), where they have been protecting President Patasse for the past 18 months. "We will leave" Bangui, the CAR capital, Libyan Minister for African Unity Ali al-Triki told the radio network Radio France. Triki's declaration came in spite of a statement by Patasse on Saturday that the Libyan force will continue to remain in Bangui. [Al-Bawaba]
Wednesday, 13 November, 2002: The people of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), are worried for their security after Libya said that it would withdraw its troops from the CAR, as planned, when a regional force takes over. They are particularly concerned after the deployment of Congolese rebels towards the north of the capital, where cases of rape and looting are still being reported. CAR's President Ange-Felix Patasse had said on Saturday that the Libyan troops who have been protecting him for 18 months would not leave after all. [BBC]
Wednesday, 13 November, 2002: Hong Kong has retained its position as the world's freest economy for the ninth consecutive year, according to U.S.-based think tank The Heritage Foundation. The survey ranked countries according to criteria including such variables as the government's intervention in the economy, the fiscal burden of government, property rights and regulation. North Korea, Cuba and Zimbabwe, Laos and Libya were the five "least free" countries in the world, the Foundation said. [Reuters]
Wednesday, 13 November, 2002: The Libyan Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mohammad Azzabi, said yesterday despite some problems in the fuel deal with the government in Harare, Libya was still committed to supporting Zimbabwe's fuel needs. He dismissed reports that the oil deal with Libya had collapsed, saying relations between the two countries were good. Yesterday, Azzabi also denied the Sunday Times story and another one in the Sunday Mirror, which said Britain had persuaded Libya to cancel supplies to Zimbabwe. [The Daily News]
Wednesday, 13 November, 2002: Toro's King Oyo Nyimba may soon resort to taking taxis to school and to perform his royal duties if a Ugandan court bailiff enforces his threat to sell his luxurious Mercedes Benz and a Mitsubishi Pajero over debts. The commercial court ordered the attachment of the Toro kings' cars for failure to pay $18,464 to Plantek Consultants, which renovated his palace in Fort Portal. The renovation work was funded by Libya. [New Vision]

Tuesday, 12 November, 2002: The British daily The Observer said yesterday that the British foreign intelligence known as MI6 paid large sums of money to a cell that belongs to al-Qaida organization in Libya to assassinate Libya's Leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi in 1996 and also foiled several attempts made earlier to arrest Osama Bin Laden. The paper added that this information were disclosed by the British Spy David Shayler who was tried last week and was sentenced for three months imprisonment under the charge of disclosing activities of the MI6. [Arabic News]
Tuesday, 12 November, 2002: Liverpool have denied reports that the son of Colonel Qadhafi wants to discuss a financial involvement in the development of the new stadium. Al-Saadi al-Qadhafi (photo) on Monday said he will be speaking to the Reds' hierarchy soon about a possible investment in the club. However, Liverpool on Monday denied holding any discussions with Qadhafi, although they are reported to be considering an invitation to play in Libya at the end of the season. [Team Talk]
Monday, 11 November, 2002: Negotiators hoping to protect the world against germ warfare are trying to pick up the pieces a year after the US shocked other countries by backing out of an enforcement system. Member countries of the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention start a two-week conference Monday to look for new ways to ensure that nations abide by their commitments under the treaty. "The US believes that over a dozen countries are pursuing biological weapons," said John R. Bolton, undersecretary of state for arms control. He has been willing to name only some of them, including Iran, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Cuba and North Korea. [AP]

Sunday, 10 November, 2002: In a rare 90-minute interview in a luxurious Rome hotel suite, the president of the Libyan Football Federation, Qadhafi's son al-Saadi says a British club could be the second top European team that Libya decides to pump money into. "England may be the next step," he says. "Maybe Liverpool." Unlike the first of these deals - when the Libyan Investment Company (Lafico) acquired a 7.5 per cent stake in Italy's Juventus - any deal with Liverpool would not take the form of a purchase of shares. "Maybe we make a deal to market their merchandise ... or we invest in the new stadium they are building," al-Saadi says. [The Financial Times]
Sunday, 10 November, 2002: It is unfortunate that Libya's efforts to change the outside world's view of it have coincided with Sept. 11 and the subsequent intensification of the war on terrorism. But Qadhafi's son al-Saadi leaves no doubt that the present Libyan government has as much reason for hostility to al-Qaeda as the west. "My father has had a lot of attempts on his life by these fanatics," he says. "A lot of people associated with bin Laden are in prison in Libya." At one point, he says Libya, the US and Europe are on the same side in the war. "Libya is co-operating in this respect. We have the will to combat these people." [The Financial Times]
Sunday, 10 November, 2002: Libya, which last month asked to withdraw from the Arab League, said on Saturday that Arab states' lack of will had made the 22-member body incapable of dealing with the Iraqi and Palestinian problems. Libyan African Unity Minister Ali al-Triki, in Cairo for an extraordinary Arab foreign ministers meeting on Sunday, said Libya was frustrated with Arab countries' failure to harness their potential to face dangers. The meeting would focus on the Iraq situation, including a new U.N. Security Council resolution on disarming Iraq. [Reuters]
Sunday, 10 November, 2002: Family members of the people killed when Pan AM Flight 103 was blown up over Lockerbie in 1988 were meeting Saturday to discuss a settlement proposed by the Libyan government. Not all of them are comfortable with this deal. There are controversial elements to it because Libya, the US and the UN would be required to do certain things before the families receive their money, these $10 million for each family. [CNN]
Sunday, 10 November, 2002: The Libyan ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mohammad Azzabi, says the reasons for the collapsing $360-million fuel deal between Zimbabwe and Libya are not political - but purely commercial. Azzabi said in an interview this week that the deal had always been a commercial agreement between the Zimbabwe government and Libya's oil giant, Tamoil, and not a political arrangement between old allies - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and Libyan ruler Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi - to shore up the Zimbabwean economy. [Sunday Times]
Sunday, 10 November, 2002: The prime suspect in the Bali blast confessed he had visited Afghanistan, Indonesian intelligence officials said Saturday, adding he may have met with members of a terrorist group linked to al-Qaida. Last week, Maj. Gen. I Made Pastika said he thought Indonesians trained in Afghanistan or Libya were behind the bombing. [AP]
Saturday, 9 November, 2002: Snamprogetti, Eni's engineering and main contracting company, said on Friday it had been awarded a 700 million euro turnkey contract for the construction of a gas treatment plant on the Libyan coast. Snamprogetti headed the winning consortium that included ABB Lumus and the Korean company Hyundai Engineering. It was awarded by Agip Gas, a company equally owned by the Libyan State Oil Company NOC and Italy's Eni. [Reuters]
Saturday, 9 November, 2002: The [Ukrainian national oil and gas] Naftohaz Ukrayiny company will open its office in Tripoli, Libya, by the end of the year. UNIAN learnt this at the company's press centre, following a working visit by a company delegation headed by the board chairman, Yuriy Boyko, to Libya on 4-5 November. [BBC-MS]

Friday, 8 November, 2002: The Libyan government has become the ninth African Union (AU) member state to deposit the instrument of ratification of the Protocol to the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community relating to the Pan-African Parliament. [PANA]
Friday, 8 November, 2002: Canada this week lifted a travel advisory urging Canadian citizens born in Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan and Syria to consider avoiding travel to the U.S. The advisory was in response to U.S. legislation passed after the Sept. 11 attacks, authorizing the Immigration and Naturalization Service to monitor the entry and exit of citizens from those countries. [CNN]
Friday, 8 November, 2002: U.S. President Bush on Thursday celebrated a Ramadan break-the-fast meal to thank Muslim countries helping with war on terrorism. "America treasures your friendship. America honors your faith," Bush told 50 representatives from Muslim nations and 24 American Muslim leaders gathered in the State Dining Room. During the monthlong Ramadan believers abstain from all food, drink, smoking and other pleasures during daylight. It is the holiest time of the year for Muslims. Iraq, Iran and Libya did not send representatives. [AP]
Friday, 8 November, 2002: The holy month of Ramadan began in Libya Tuesday, with rains in November, a month which Libyans associate with ploughing. [PANA]
Friday, 8 November, 2002: The hollow womb of the sandy Sahara desert is reported to be gulping a couple of Ghanaian travellers each month on their way to Libya. The Ghanaian "ramblers" are mostly deportees who were set-up and cheated by their own countrymen in Libya and later deported by the Libyan immigration authorities in October 2000. Scores of the deportees are reported to have started trooping back to Libya through the death-route, popularly called "Mungo Park", with an average of two people dying each month. [Ghanaian Chronicle]

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Thursday, 7 November, 2002: Libya's Colonel Qadhafi is now the longest-serving leader in the Arab world. After he seized power in 1969, he established an authoritarian regime. Qadhafi still does not allow a free media. The four official newspapers, along with the television and radio, carry only the regime's propaganda. No criticism of Qadhafi is permitted. Visas are rarely granted to foreign journalists. Abdullah Ali al-Sanussi al-Darrat, in prison since 1973, is the longest-held journalist in the world. Many suspect he has died in jail. [Reporters Without Borders]
Thursday, 7 November, 2002: Libya's football authorities have strengthened their connections with Italian football by agreeing a co-operation deal. Al-Saadi al-Qadhafi - son of Libyan leader Qadhafi - has signed a deal with Lazio to engage in marketing and management collaboration with the capital outfit. Lazio will play a game once a year in Tripoli, some Libyan players go on trial at the Serie A side as well as Libyan club Al-Itthad, being able to use facilities at Lazio's training ground for ten days of the year. The deal is thought to be worth 600,000 Euros. [Planet Football]
Thursday, 7 November, 2002: Fazl-ur Rahman, won big in last month's elections on an anti-American ticket, has links with Libya and counts Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar among his friends - and he could be Pakistan's next prime minister. He has visited Libya, met Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi and according to western intelligence and members of his own party, his group, Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam (Party of Islamic Clerics) has received money from Libya. [AP]
Thursday, 7 November, 2002: Qatar has asked for an emergency summit meeting of the Arab League, league sources told United Press International Wednesday. The request was reported as the organization prepared to hold an emergency foreign ministers meeting in Cairo next Sunday to take up Libya's notice, given last month, that it was quitting the league. The Lebanese An-Nahar newspaper said Wednesday Qatar might be considering quitting the league, too. [UPI]
Thursday, 7 November, 2002: The state-run Libyan daily, Al-Shams, on Wednesday urged countries to investigate why their citizens are forced to migrate abroad, as a way of solving the world-wide problem of illegal immigrants. [PANA]
Thursday, 7 November, 2002: Thousands of men from five countries identified as high-risk for terrorism and who arrived in the U.S. this year on or before Sept. 10 will have to be fingerprinted and photographed under rules announced Wednesday. The rules affect citizens of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan or Syria who are at least 16 years old and who arrived before the U.S. began registering such foreigners this year at its borders. Women are not included in the new rule. [AP]

Wednesday, 6 November, 2002: A former agent of Britain's domestic intelligence agency MI5 was convicted Monday of selling classified documents to a British newspaper, including a report detailing alleged financial links between Libya and the Irish Republican Army. David Shayler, 36, also has claimed the MI6, Britain's foreign intelligence service, paid an Arab agent to plant a bomb that exploded beneath Col. Qadhafi's motorcade in 1996, killing several bystanders. [AP]
Wednesday, 6 November, 2002: After meeting with Libyan Leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, Algerian President Abdulaziz Butaflika said he feels the "same regret Qadhafi has towards the Arab League (AL). "If quitting the AL is the solution, we will all quit," he added. He stressed that Algeria will be an "ally for Libya in its stances and the measures it takes." [Arabic News]
Wednesday, 6 November, 2002: The Bush administration expressed concern Tuesday that several countries may retain the smallpox virus. The comment by State Department spokesman Richard Boucher followed the disclosure by a U.S. official that Iraq, North Korea, Russia and France probably possess hidden supplies of the deadly virus. Over the years, there have been reports that Libya, Syria and Iran also have smallpox samples. [AP]
Wednesday, 6 November, 2002: The chairman of Zimbabwe's Livestock and Meat Advisory Council, Les Mallett, has attributed last week's massive 100 percent increase in the price of beef to the Libyan market and the destructive nationwide farm invasions. Mallet said: "Beef prices have gone up because the local market is now competing with the Libyan market." Exports to Libya would be 5000 tonnes of deboned beef valued at US$6,5 million a year. [The Daily News]
Wednesday, 6 November, 2002: French bank Societe Generale will seek to gain a foothold in the Libyan financial market through Tunis-based UIB bank in which it has bought a 52 percent stake, one of its senior managers said on Tuesday. "UIB will contribute more in reinforcing the economic links between Libya and Tunisia and help Societe Generale have acces to the Libyan market," Jean-Louis Mattei told a news conference. [Reuters]
Wednesday, 6 November, 2002: Bahrain-based Arab Insurance Group (Arig) has called off a $100 million rights issue that had been touted as a key step in a recapitalisation proposal aimed at recovering the loss-ridden company's financial strength. The decision was taken by Arig's board following the withdrawal of the two sovereign shareholders, the UAE and Libya, who had earlier confirmed their intention to underwrite the rights share offering. [Gulf News]
Tuesday, 5 November, 2002: Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika held talks with Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi on Monday in Tripoli. Bouteflika was coming from Nigeria, where 12 African states agreed on Sunday to allow their governments to be monitored for performance and democracy. The move aimed to win Western support for the plan dubbed the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Some African diplomats said Bouteflika travelled to Tripoli to appease Qadhafi's anger at being sidelined by NEPAD's steering committee. [Reuters]
Tuesday, 5 November, 2002: Libya was elected unanimously as deputy chairman of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization FAO. The Libyan official News Agency Jana said that this was made during the convening of FAO's council in FAO's headquarters in Rome. [Arabic News]

Monday, 4 November, 2002: Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has instructed his security officials to kill Iraqi opposition leaders based in Britain, intelligence officials say. According to highly classified information received by British and American intelligence officials in the last week, Saddam has issued a presidential decree authorizing the murder of key members of the Iraqi opposition "by any means necessary." He also is said to have approached the Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi to help him target Iraqi dissidents. Apart from asking for assistance with killing opposition figures, Iraq is believed to have asked for Libyan help in carrying out terrorist attacks against British and U.S. targets in Europe and the Middle East. [Sunday Telegraph]
Monday, 4 November, 2002: German prosecutors stated they had began investigations of two men suspected of violating German export laws by supplying equipment to a Libyan factory believed to produce chemical weapons. Luneburg prosecutor Juergen Wigger on Saturday said the former director and a technician at a company based in the city of Celle are suspected of having sold in the year 1999 water filtration equipment used in the production of chemicals to the Rabta pharmaceutical factory. For their part, Western intelligence services have alleged that the factory, situated some 65 kilometers southeast of Tripoli, is producing poison gas. [Al-Bawaba]
Monday, 4 November, 2002: Al-Ittihad Football Club, the organisers of the forthcoming Libyan Ramadan Cup have put up 60,000 euros (US$59,000) in cash prizes for the best three teams in the event due Nov. 18-21 in Tripoli. Uganda's league and Kakungulu Cup winners SC Villa have been invited for the four-team event. The winner will get 30,000 euros, the runner-up 20,000 and the third team 10,000 euros," SC Villa Treasurer, Ahmed Mandela told The Monitor. [The Monitor]
Monday, 4 November, 2002: Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore left for a two-day visit to Libya, national radio reported Saturday, cited by AFP. Compaore, who is expected to meet with Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, made his last official visit to Tripoli back in September 2001. Libya is an important donor nation to the impoverished West African country. [Al-Bawaba]
Sunday, 3 November, 2002: A California doctor who committed suicide after being accused in a murder plot gave deadly germs to apartheid South Africa's secret chemical and biological weapons program, CBS' "60 Minutes" reported Sunday. Larry C. Ford met with scientists from S. Africa's Project Coast in the 1980s to discuss chemical and biological warfare, Wouter Basson, who headed the project, told the program. "60 Minutes" also reported that the United States government was concerned that Basson might be trying to sell his knowledge of biological and chemical weapons during several trips he made to Libya in the 1990s. [AP]
Sunday, 3 November, 2002: Women from around the world gathered in Libya this week for the nation's first international beauty pageant, where contestants ditched swimsuits and sequins for T-shirts and dresses adorned with pictures of Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi. Libya hosted the pageant and Internet users from all over the world chose the new "Miss Net World." Britain's Lucy Layton won the title on Saturday. [AP]

Saturday, 2 November, 2002: Indonesian Islamic militants who trained in Libya and fought in Afghanistan might have carried out last month's deadly Bali bombing, police said Friday, but acknowledged that three weeks after the attack, they still don't have much to go on. Police Maj. Gen. Pastika said: "There were Indonesians fighting in Afghanistan and some of them were trained in Libya. This is one of several possibilities. But we are not only focussing on that". [AP]
Saturday, 2 November, 2002: The Libyan government Friday denied U.S. reports it was trying to buy longer-range missiles than it already has. Pentagon Missile Defense Agency Director Lt. Gen. Ronald Kadish on Thursday said that "the Libyans have been pretty active in trying to get missile capability". A senior Libyan foreign ministry official described Kadish's claims as "totally strange". Hassouna al-Shawesh (photo) said that "Libya ...has no program to acquire or develop long-range missiles". [UPI]
Saturday, 2 November, 2002: Yugoslavia's interior minister confirmed Friday that at least one illegal delivery of weapons had been made to Liberia in breach of UN sanctions. Zoran Zivkovic told AFP he was aware that a private company had sent one plane-load of weapons to Liberia. Zivkovic said an investigation was underway into the company, Temex, amid revelations that state-run and private firms also have been selling military equipment to Iraq and Libya. [AFP]
Friday, 1 November, 2002: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said Thursday he agreed with Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi that the Arab League needed to be more effective in handling Arab affairs. Libya said last week it wants to withdraw from the Arab League, citing its inefficiency in dealing with the crisis over Iraq and the Palestinian issue. Speaking to reporters in Tripoli, Mubarak said he and Qadhafi agreed "on the need to make the Arab League more active, its institutions work seriously, and that we all work for the good of the Arab position." [AP]
Friday, 1 November, 2002: Libya is trying to buy longer-range missiles than it already has, possibly adding its name to the "axis of evil" that can threaten the US and its allies, the director of the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency said Thursday. "The Libyans have been pretty active in trying to get missile capability and not just short range," Lt. Gen. Ronald Kadish told reporters. "All I can say is we worry a lot about Libya in the Missile Defense Agency, even if other people might not concentrate on them too much," he said, referring to the intelligence community. [UPI]
Friday, 1 November, 2002: Foreign ministers of the divided Arab League may meet next week to try to work out a common stance towards regional crises, the 22-member group's secretary general Amr Mussa said Wednesday. "The next meeting of Arab foreign ministers could be held on November 10," Mussa said. Asked about Libya's call for an Arab summit, Mussa said "the present situation" did not justify it. He added that the Nov. 10 meeting had not been called to discuss the Libyan withdrawal, which he said earlier Monday had been put on hold. [AFP]
Friday, 1 November, 2002: The China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau (CPPB) and China Petroleum Engineering Construction Co., both units of China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC), plan to start building two pipelines in Libya in November, a CPPB executive said Thursday. CNPC's first-ever projects in Libya, the two pipelines - one for crude oil and the other for natural gas - will span 527 kilometers each from southern Libya's Wafa oil and gas field and terminate in Mellitah city on the Mediterranean coast. The two contracts are worth a total of about $230 million. [Dow Jones]

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