Libya

Graffiti defaces prehistoric rock art in Libya

 
One of the most beautiful historic sites in Libya is under threat. Our observer has sounded the alarm over the situation at Tadrart Acacus, a mountain range in the country’s desert south where vandals have been destroying prehistoric rock art dating back thousands of years. Read more...
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Murder of 7 Coptic Egyptians in Libya met with indifference

 
Seven Egyptian nationals, stone masons by trade and Coptic Christians, were executed Sunday in Benghazi. The city, which was the cradle of the Libyan revolution, is sinking ever deeper into chaos. The crime, which was likely committed for religious reasons, has garnered very little reaction. Read more…
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In pictures: Protest against armed militias in Tripoli turns bloody

Armed militiamen have fired on a crowd demonstrating against their presence in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Photos of the incident began appearing on social media networks as soon as the first shots were fired. Read more...

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20 amateur images that have helped make history

 
From the Normandy landings to the Arab Spring, the history of the 20th and 21st century has been caught on camera. There are of course plenty of propaganda videos and journalists’ reports, but key moments in history have also been captured by regular people who happened to be at the right place at the right time. See FRANCE 24's selection of the most striking amateur images in modern history...
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Libyan PM’s abduction reveals 'state within state'

 
All sorts of contradictory claims were made Thursday in Tripoli surrounding the circumstances of Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan’s “kidnapping” and/or “arrest”. He was finally freed six hours after being snatched from the hotel where he lives by about 150 gunmen. According to our Observer, the confusion surrounding the incident reflects a deteriorating security situation in Libya, where militias and the authorities are fighting for control. Read more...
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Benghazi: 'Had the bomb exploded an hour later, hundreds could have died'

 
A powerful car bomb destroyed much of the foreign ministry building in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi Wednesday morning. One of our Observers was on the scene shortly after the blast. Read more...
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Ancient Libyan necropolis threatened by real estate speculators

 
Local residents recently destroyed part of the Cyrene necropolis, an ancient Greek city in north-eastern Libya, to make way for houses and shops. Our Observer, an archaeology professor, laments the authorities’ unwillingness to act to prevent the destruction of this invaluable archaeological heritage. Read more...
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Benghazi protesters turn on militias after deadly explosion

 
The cause of the explosion in Benghazi Monday that killed three people, including a child, remains murky. After suspecting a car bomb detonated by terrorists, authorities are now leaning toward the theory that it was an accident. Whatever the case may be, protesters who marched through the city on Tuesday blamed local militias for letting Benghazi’s security deteriorate to the point that such a tragedy could occur. Read more...

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Libya's few forests are rapidly shrinking

 
The Libyan city of Benghazi has been making headlines lately due to violence in the region, but its ecological balance is also worrying one of our Observers. If things continue as they are, there will soon be no trees left in the Jira forest. Read more...
 
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Militiamen demand government jobs by taking up arms in Libya

 
Heavily armed groups of militiamen laid siege to Libya’s foreign ministry on Sunday. Their goal: to denounce the fact that they, who fought during the revolution, have yet to be given public sector jobs, while some officials from the previous regime have kept theirs. Our Observer, who met the militiamen, was quite surprised by their strategy. Read more…
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