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A year since protests began in Libya, armed groups still refuse to hand in their weapons or trust the National Transitional Council (NTC), despite progress made on election laws. It was on Libya's main coastal road that much of the fighting between Muammar Gaddafi's forces and NTC fighters took place. It is a crucial highway that connects most of the oil-producing areas. Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel Hamid returned to find out how people were rebuilding their lives. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
BANI WALID, Libya — Violence and confusion after clashes in Bani Walid this week were a troubling reminder of the lingering dangers of shifting loyalties and rampant distrust that remains between many Libyan cities. After journalists reported Monday that soldiers loyal to slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi had retaken Bani Walid, militia groups in Tripoli, Misrata and the Nafusa Mountains were put on high alert, setting up checkpoints and sending reinforcements to secure the routes in and out of the area. As images of the fighting played on television screens across the country, many feared the beginning of a new civil war and an outbreak of new violence between rebels and the former regime. A local security chief in Bani Walid said thousands of former Gaddafi troops had regrouped. But Ian Martin, a UN diplomat, and Libyan officials announced Wednesday that the reports had been false and the dispute had been a local issue.
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For the first time in more than four decades, Libyans have celebrated the 60th anniversary of the country's independence from Italy. Under Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year rule, the celebration was scrapped and instead, only the 1969 date of his coup was marked. "Today we begin the building of Libya as our forefathers have done,'' Abdurrahim el-Keib, Libya's prime minister, said during the celebration on Saturday. "We call on our sons to build Libya after its destruction." His remarks were part of an official ceremony in the capital Tripoli.
UN lifts sanctions on Libyan banks The UN Security Council has lifted its sanctions against the Central Bank of Libya and its subsidiary, the Libyan Arab Foreign Bank on Friday. Earlier the National Transitional Council sent a letter asking the UN Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against the country to unfreeze the assets of these institutions. The move was “ essential for the economic stability of Libya, for confidence in the banking sector, for the smooth execution and settlement of both domestic and international banking transactions and to underpin the social and microeconomic stability of the new Libya ," said the letter, according to Reuters.
Mexico has uncovered and stopped an international plot to smuggle late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son Saadi into the country using fake names and false papers, authorities said. A Canadian woman, a Danish man and two Mexicans were arrested on November 10 and 11 over an elaborate plan to bring Saadi Gaddafi, who is now in Niger, and his family to Mexico using forged documents, safe houses and private flights, they said on Wednesday. Mexican officials acted on a tip in September about the network, which planned to settle the family near the popular tourist spot of Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific coast, Interior Minister Alejandro Poire said.
REUTERS - The International Criminal Court prosecutor said on Friday that his office was in "informal contact" with the late Muammar Gaddafi's fugitive son Saif al-Islam over his possible surrender to the war crimes court. Saif al-Islam went on the run after forces loyal to Libya's new rulers captured and apparently killed his father outside his hometown of Sirte. Saif al-Islam is believed to have fled across Libya's southern border into Niger. "Through intermediaries, we have informal contact with Saif. The office of the prosecutor has made it clear that if he surrenders to the ICC, he has the right to be heard in court, he is innocent until proven guilty.
There is no electricity bill in Libya; electricity is free for all its citizens. There is no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens at zero percent interest by law. Having a home considered a human right in Libya.
As politicians in Western capitals were taking quiet pleasure in the capture and killing of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi yesterday, opinions elsewhere were divided. In Moscow, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the Geneva Conventions had been breached with the killing of Colonel Gaddafi. "We have to lean on facts and international laws," Mr Lavrov said.
By Tom Pfeiffer DEAD SEA, Jordan | Sat Oct 22, 2011 5:58pm IST DEAD SEA, Jordan (Reuters) - Libyans should be allowed to vote within eight months to elect a national council that would draft a new constitution and form an interim government, Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril said on Saturday as he prepared to step down. After the death of Muammar Gaddafi this week, the priority was to remove weapons from Libyan streets, restore stability and order and begin a process of national reconciliation, Jibril said at the World Economic Forum in Jordan. "The first election should take place within a period of eight months, maximum, to constitute a national congress of Libya, some sort of parliament," he said.
With the fighting nearing an end, there is no shortage of businesses eager to find out whether they have a place in the new Libya. Many organisations in Britain are hoping their company might be in line for work because Britain had helped in the war, however, they have been told not to make any assumptions. But companies which have existing contracts will be honoured. However, they hope with the new government they will not have to pay the bribes which came with doing business with the old order. Al Jazeera's Laurence Lee reports from London.
NEW: An ex-inspector says the IAEA should view material marked "radioactive" soon NEW: Algeria says it will recognize Libya's transitional government as official Anti-Gadhafi forces came upon the military site that may have radioactive material Troops have been putting pressure on several regime holdout cities in recent days Tripoli, Libya (CNN) -- Anti-Gadhafi forces have come across a military site in southern Libya that contains what appears to be radioactive material. The site, not far from Sabha in the Sahara desert, has two warehouses containing thousands of blue barrels marked with tape saying "radioactive," and plastic bags of yellow powder sealed with the same type tape. The fact that Libya might have radioactive material is not a surprise: In 2004, the the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed that the Libyan government had yellowcake stored in Sabha.
Tens of thousands of civilians trapped in areas still held by the forces of Muammar Gaddafi are in increasing danger from heavy fighting and siege-like shortages of food, water and medical care, Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) has said. Hundreds of families fled "unbearable" conditions in the Gaddafi stronghold of Sirte on Monday, while the NTC said it had captured the airport and other strategic parts of the southern town of Sabha. During a news conference in Tripoli, Colonel Ahmed Bani, military spokesman of the NTC, said a "human tragedy" is unfolding in Bani Walid where Gaddafi's forces have put up fierce resistance for nearly a week. "They have stolen all supplies from the residents of the town and they are shooting everyone who is showing support for the revolutionaries. They show no mercy, not even for woman and children," Bani said. "For us, this is proof that the Gaddafi forces are trying to destroy the city before it will be liberated."
NATO brought down Libyan website last week, the online news source was the only truth coming from the Libyan government side, every other news comes from NATO propaganda machine. This explains why they attacked Libyan state TV and killed 3 journalists. It is an obvious attempt to hide the truth, and they are not afraid to do it openly. There is no more shame, as long as they win and get the bounty of war. Users managed to bring the website back up through Google cache, you can see it here:
15 September 2011 Last updated at 00:46 ET Mustafa Abdul Jalil says he believes Col Gaddafi is planning attacks The head of Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) has appealed for weapons as NTC forces fight to capture parts of the country still loyal to Col Muammar Gaddafi. Mustafa Abdul Jalil told the BBC that the ousted leader was in southern Libya and planning revenge attacks. A written message attributed to Col Gaddafi appealed to the UN to stop "crimes" against his birthplace Sirte. Meanwhile, senior officials from Nato countries are due to visit Tripoli.
Global Research Editor’s Note Reports from Tripoli confirm an axeceedingly large number of civilian casualties. There have been bombing raids on Libya since the onset of the NATO led war. In the last week, however, the raids on Tripoli, targetting primarly civilians, creating an atmosphere of generalised panic, were used to support the Transiitonal Council Rebels.