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Govt Must Steer a Careful Path

As Americans go to the polls to elect a new President, few would have guessed that the tragic events of two months ago in Benghazi might be the deciding factor in determining who will win. But whatever the truth about these events, it's clear that security will be the biggest challenge for the incoming administration. […]

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Newsflash: Rixos Hotel Under Attack

Libya Business News sources in Tripoli report that the Rixos al Nasr Hotel (pictured) in the city is under attack from militia who are trying to target the General National Council. The attack comes following the deaths of at least 22 people in the town of Bani Walid, a stronghold of the former leader Muammar […]

Video: Libya a Talking Point for US Presidential Race

Libyans are being encouraged to hand over their weapons in a bid to improve security. Thousands of people have been turning in ammunition, AK47 rifles and even rocket propelled grenades for the incentive of winning a car and electronic goods. The problem of unregulated weapons was highlighted by the recent attack on the U.S. consulate […]

Libya Trains Rebels to Guard Oil Facilities

Bloomberg reports that Libya is training former rebels to protect oil installations throughout the country. National Oil Corporation (NOC) Chairman, Nuri Berruien [Nuri Balrwin] (pictured), told the news agency that the Ministry of Defence is training 10,339 citizens and militiamen who took part in last year's revolution. They will join an existing force of 2,500 […]

Video: Libya Appoints Army to Control Militia Groups

Army officers have been appointed to take over two powerful militias in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, after the president ordered that all militias join the armed forces or disband. The move reflects increasing pressure on the government to control or disband the country's militias, many of which it had relied upon for securing […]

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Govt Must Exercise its Authority

A basic requirement of a functioning and civilised society is the ability to rely on the police and the courts to uphold the law and to resolve disputes fairly. When those functions are usurped by groups outside the state's control, we get anarchy, mob rule, and corruption. This was the case in Libya, and it […]