Muammar Gaddafi

  • Over a hundred migrants missing after boat sinks off Libyan coast August 23, 2014

    Tripoli: A wooden boat carrying up to 200 migrants has sunk just one kilometre (half a mile) off the Libyan coast, the coast guard said on Saturday, and most passengers were feared drowned. The local coast guard said it had no boats of its own and had to commandeer fishing vessels...
  • As Libya teeters near chaos, United States keeps handsoff policy June 25, 2014

    Washington: Among all countries swept by the Arab Spring uprisings, few today are as dysfunctional as Libya. Heavily armed militias outgun its fledgling army. A renegade former general has launched a purge of radical Islamists. Weapons looted from arsenals of ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi help fuel the bloody conflict in Syria....
  • Death toll from Libya fighting rises to 43 May 17, 2014

    Benghazi: The death toll from clashes in Benghazi has risen to 43 with more than 100 people wounded, a Health Ministry official said on Saturday, as a renegade retired general vowed to continue to fight Islamist militants in the eastern Libyan port. Friday's violence prompted Libya's prime minister to order the...
  • Libya security chief killed in clashes with gangs January 20, 2014

    Tripoli: Libyan security sources say an army chief of staff has died in clashes with gangs south of Tripoli, the latest official killed in the country's ongoing unrest. Mohammed Karah died on Sunday of a gunshot wound to the head, after participating in an offensive against gangs who had been stealing...
  • Top intelligence chief abducted as Libya marks strike November 18, 2013

    Tripoli: Libya's deputy intelligence chief was kidnapped outside Tripoli airport on Sunday, two security sources said, days after clashes between rival militias and protesters in the capital killed at least 45 people. Mustafa Noah, the head of agency's espionage unit, was pulled into a vehicle in the car park, and had...
  • Muammar Gaddafi's Tripoli compound to be turned into park: report October 21, 2013

    London: A fortified Tripoli compound that once belonged to slain Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi is to be turned into a public park, a media report has said. 'Bab alAzizya', or Splendid Gate, the compound belonging to Gaddafi that was stormed in a turning point of the struggle to rid Libya of...
  • Libyan PM Ali Zeidan says his kidnapping was a bid to topple the government October 12, 2013

    Libya's Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said on Friday gunmen who abducted him briefly were part of a coup attempt by opponents in the country's legislature. The militia snatched Zeidan from the Tripoli hotel where he lives during a dawn raid on Thursday only to release him hours later in an incident...
  • United States considers a nofly zone in Syria June 15, 2013

    Ankara: The United States is considering a nofly zone in Syria, potentially its first direct intervention into the twoyearold civil war, Western diplomats said on Friday, after the White House said Syria had crossed a "red line" by using nerve gas. After months of deliberation, President Barack Obama's administration said on...
  • Libya tense ahead of vote on former Gaddafi officials May 6, 2013

    Tripoli: Libya's legislative assembly gathered on Sunday to vote on a law banning officials who worked for Muammar Gaddafi from the new administration, a step that could potentially force out the prime minister and other senior officials. The wording has been wrangled over for months and Sunday's vote has been prompted...
  • India sixth most favourable nation for Americans: Poll March 8, 2013

    Washington: India is the sixth most favourable nation for Americans, while at least eight out of 10 do not like Pakistan, making it the third most unfavourable nation after Iran and Korea, according to a latest poll. According to the GallUP Polls, nearly seven (68 per cent) out of every 10...
  • Syrian civil war: Two years on, over 1 million refugees March 7, 2013

    Syria's civil war is pushing more people than ever to flee the country. Over the past few months, the exodus has accelerated and now the UN is reporting a dramatic milestone. The number of refugees from the conflict has passed the one-million mark. ...
  • Gaddafi son's trial will be in February, says Libya January 5, 2013

    Cairo: Libya has said that Saif alIslam, the son of late leader Muammar Gaddafi whose regime was overthrown in 2011 by opposition forces with NATO's assistance, will go on trial in February. "Saif alIslam Gaddafi, former Prime Minister Baghdadi alMahmoudi and Gaddafi's former spy chief, Abdullah alSenussi will be put on...
  • Libya: One year on since Gaddafi's death October 21, 2012

    On the anniversary of the capture and killing of Moammar Gaddafi, Libya is still grappling with the legacy of his four decades of rule. ...
  • Libyan turmoil persists year after Gaddafi death October 21, 2012

    Tripoli: On the anniversary of the capture and killing of Moammar Gaddafi, Libya is still grappling with the legacy of his four decades of rule as the interim government and the dictator's former spokesman engaged in a war of words amid the ongoing chaos. The Libyan government said Saturday its...
  • Joyful Libyans brave violence to grasp free vote July 8, 2012

    Tripoli/Benghazi: Crowds of joyful Libyans, some with tears in their eyes, parted with the legacy of Muammar Gaddafi's dictatorship on Saturday as they voted in the first free national election in 60 years. But in the eastern city of Benghazi, cradle of last year's uprising but where many now want more...
  • Joyful Libyans brave violence to grasp free vote July 8, 2012

    Tripoli/Benghazi: Crowds of joyful Libyans, some with tears in their eyes, parted with the legacy of Muammar Gaddafi's dictatorship on Saturday as they voted in the first free national election in 60 years. But in the eastern city of Benghazi, cradle of last year's uprising but where many now want more...
  • Libya holds landmark vote under shadow of unrest July 7, 2012

    Tripoli/Benghazi: Libya holds its first free national election in 60 years on Saturday in a vote designed to shake off the legacy of Muammar Gaddafi but which risks being hijacked by autonomy demands in the east and unrest in the desert south. Voters will choose a 200member assembly which will elect...
  • Karnataka DGP loses job over alleged atrocities March 31, 2012

    New Delhi: In a major setback for one of Karnataka's most decorated police officers Shankar Bidari, the Karnataka High Court on Friday struck down his appointment as the state DGP. In a scathing verdict, the court described Bidari as 'worse than Saddam Hussain or Muammar Gaddafi' for alleged atrocities...
  • Gaddafi hid arms in Libyan embassies across globe March 9, 2012

    Tripoli: The administration of ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was running a covert programme to conceal weapons in Libyan embassies across the globe, a senior official in the new government said on Thursday. The weapons included handguns, grenades and bombmaking materials and were shipped using the diplomatic bag. They may have...
  • US warns of 'tough fight' in Afghanistan February 14, 2012

    Washington: The US on Tuesday warned that it had a "tough fight" on its hands in Afghanistan and plans to redeploy its forces by September so that 68,000 American troops remain in the wartorn country. "Much tough fighting lies ahead in Afghanistan, but the gradually improving situation permits the remainder of...
  • UNSC unfreezes assets of 2 Libyan banks December 17, 2011

    United Nations: The UN Security Council on Friday ordered assets of two Libyan banks that had been under the control of Muammar Gaddafi to be unfrozen, clearing the way for the return of more than $ 40 billion to help the new government rebuild the country. The transitional government had asked...
  • Gaddafi daughter seeks ICC probe into his killing December 15, 2011

    Algiers: A lawyer for Muammar Gaddafi's daughter said on Wednesday he had written to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to ask if an investigation had been launched into the killing of her father and brother. A copy of the letter, said that Muammar Gaddafi and his son Mo'tassim were...
  • Libyan who sparked revolution sworn in as minister December 5, 2011

    Tripoli: The man whose arrest in February sparked Libya's revolution was sworn in as a minister in the new interim government on Sunday but said he had been hesitant about taking on the new job. Fethi Tarbel, Libya's new sport and youth minister, wiped away tears after he took he swore...
  • Libyan clerics back disarmament of exrebels November 29, 2011

    Tripoli: Dozens of Libyan religious leaders on Monday urged authorities to disarm former rebels and form a national army, backing the transitional government's struggle to exert control over the militias that overthrew dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The fighters are widely admired for their role in bringing down the Gaddafi regime, but the...
  • Libyan women demand support for war rape victims November 27, 2011

    Tripoli: About 100 Libyan women took to Tripoli's streets on Saturday in a silent march to demand more support from the country's new government for victims of rape during the eightmonth war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi. Their mouths covered with duct tape, women both young and old marched for an hour...
  • Libya's NTC unveils new government lineup November 23, 2011

    Tripoli: Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) on Tuesday named a new government featuring several surprise appointments that suggested the lineup was aimed at trying to soothe rivalries between regional factions. Earlier, the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor conceded that the captured son of Muammar Gaddafi, Saif alIslam, may be tried in...
  • ICC prosecutor concedes Libya may try Gaddafi's son November 23, 2011

    Tripoli: The International Criminal Court's prosecutor said on Tuesday that Libya can put Muammar Gaddafi's son and onetime heir apparent on trial at home, but that The Hague court's judges must be involved in the case. Luis MorenoOcampo was in Tripoli on Tuesday for talks with Libya's new leaders about their...
  • Libya will have new government on Tuesday: PM November 22, 2011

    Tripoli: Libya's prime ministerdesignate finalised his lineup for a cabinet on Monday and remained adamant he would pick the best people to steer the country towards democracy rather than those with the most political clout. Three months after Muammar Gaddafi fled Tripoli in the face of a revolt against his 42year...
  • Gaddafi's spy chief Abdullah alSenussi captured November 21, 2011

    Tripoli: Abdullah alSenussi, Libya's feared former intelligence chief, was cornered and captured at a remote desert homestead on Sunday, a day after Muammar Gaddafi's son was seized by Libyan fighters in the same region. The arrest of the last survivor of the old regime who is wanted at The Hague for...
  • After Gaddafi son, spy chief run to ground November 21, 2011

    Tripoli: A day after Muammar Gaddafi's son was captured by Libyan fighters, the ousted leader's intelligence chief Abdullah alSenussi was said to be surrounded nearby at a remote desert homestead and negotiating his surrender. The arrest of the other survivor of the old regime who is wanted at The Hague for...