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Eastern NOC Claims Oil Deals with Russia, China

By John Lee. The head the eastern-based National Oil Corporation (NOC) has claimed that his office has signed 29 contracts independently of the Tripoli-based organisation. Naji al-Maghrabi told Reuters that recent contracts included deals with major states such as Russia and China. Russia is reported to be planning to arm eastern-based strongman General Khalifa Haftar […]

Libyan wins right to sue UK Govt

By John Lee. The UK’s Supreme Court has ruled this morning that the British government, and former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, may be sued by a former Libyan dissident. Abdul-Hakim Belhaj alleges that MI6 helped the United States kidnap him and his pregnant wife in Bangkok in March 2004, returning them to Tripoli where they both […]

Russians to arm Haftar, in Challenge to West

By John Lee. Russia is reportedly planning to arm the eastern-based General Khalifa Hiftar [Haftar], who has been fighting the western-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli. According to The Times, Hafter held high-level talks last week aboard the Russian aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov (pictured), in the Mediterranean. In the past seven months he […]

Is ‘Grand Political Bargain’ in Store for Libya?

By Jason Pack for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. In Libya’s ever-shifting sands, where conspiracy and disinformation overlay a reality shaped by fluid political alliances, erratic military maneuvers and a crumbling economy, it can be challenging to paint an accurate […]

Chaos and Confusion in Tripoli

By John Lee. Chaos and confusion are the order of the day in Tripoli, as claims of an attempted coup by forces loyal to the old Tripoli-based General National Congress (GNC) / National Salvation are dismissed as a “media hoax” by the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA). Reuters had reported that Khalifa Ghwell, head […]

Libya: Armed Groups Detain, Torture, Kill

Armed groups, some affiliated with rival governments vying for legitimacy and territorial control, detained, tortured, “disappeared,” and unlawfully killed people with impunity in Libya during 2016, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2017. The ongoing warfare created a humanitarian crisis. Nearly 500,000 people are internally displaced, the economy and judicial system have […]

LIA Steering Committee “Illegal and Illegitimate”

By John Lee. A court in Tripoli has ruled that the appointment of a Steering Committee to run the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) is illegal and illegitimate. According to a report from The Libya Observer, the Second Administrative Division of Tripoli Appeals Court made the ruling following an appeal lodged by the Tripoil-based Chairman of […]

US Secretary Kerry: Libya can be an Entrepreneurial Economy

The US Secretary of State has said that Libya’s future is in the hands of its leaders and its people, and that it has the opportunity to be a safe country and an entrepreneurial economy. In his departure memo, John Kerry said: “In Libya, since the fall of Muammar al-Qadhafi, the United States has worked […]