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France to Host Int'l Conference on Libya

Paris is to host an international conference on Libya next week, "to garner support for that country in a number of areas", according to a report from KUNA. The conference, on 12th February, will bring together about 14 participants, including national delegations and international organisations, the Foreign Ministry said. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will […]

UK Govt Provides $650,000 for NGO

Following the recent visit of the British Prime Minister David Cameron to Libya, the British Ambassador to Libya H.E. Michael Aron (pictured) has announced funding to the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) to assist the Government of Libya in its efforts to account for missing persons. Tripoli Post reports that the British Government has […]

EU to Support Border Management

The Council of European Union has approved the crisis management concept for a possible new civilian Common Security and Defence Policy mission to support capacity building for border management in Libya. European experts are primarily to support Libyan authorities in developing capacity for enhancing border security in the short term. Secondly they will assist in […]

France to Probe Amesys Contract with Libya

A French judge has rejected an appeal to dismiss claims by human rights groups that Amesys was an accomplice to torture by selling surveillance systems to the Ghaddafi regime. The company is a subsidiary of Bull, which has denied responsibility as it did not buy Amesys until 2010, 3 years after the company had won […]

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Libya Improves Press Freedom Rating

Libya has risen 23 places to rank 131st out of 179 countries in the World Press Freedom Index for 2013. This jump was due to the overthrow of Muammar Ghaddafi’s 42-year regime and its positive impact on freedom of information. Libya’s ranking the year before was affected by all the violations in 2011, when Gaddafi […]

Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Suspend Tripoli Flights

Reuters reports that Germany's Lufthansa and its subsidiary Austrian Airlines have halted flights to Tripoli due to security concerns. "We have taken the decision given the developments in Tripoli and the tense situation in the region," the Lufthansa spokeswoman said. Lufthansa normally operates three flights a week to Tripoli, with Austrian Airlines flying twice a […]

Prevention is Better than Cure

By James Hopkinson, Director of Assaye Risk. David Cameron’s visit to Tripoli last week brought offers of support. Interestingly, it was offers of training support for the police and military rather than offers of additional resources or direct intervention. This is as it should be and is something that the UK is good at and […]

New Developments at Libya Business News

This week at Libya Business News, we are delighted to welcome a new Expert Blogger: James Hopkinson is Director of Assaye Risk, and will give us a weekly update on security developments in Libya, as well as additional views and analysis in his blog. You can read his first security update here, and his first […]