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At Least 107 migrants freed from captivity in southeast Libya

At Least 107 migrants freed from captivity in southeast Libya

AT least 107 migrants including women and children have been freed from captivity in a town in southeast Libya, a security force spokesman said. Walid Alorafi, spokesman for the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Benghazi, said according to some migrants, they were held in captivity for up to seven months and "they wanted to go to Europe." The migrants are from a variety of sub-Saharan countries but mainly from Somalia, Alorafi said. "We raided a hideout in the downtown of Kufra last night and we found illegal migrants including women, children and old men who some have marks of torture…
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Mike Tyson lands knockout punch on Gaddafi-era boxing ban with Libyan visit

Mike Tyson lands knockout punch on Gaddafi-era boxing ban with Libyan visit

THE starting buzzer is ringing for boxing's long-awaited revival in North Africa as former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson set social media aflame with news that he would appear at a boxing event in Benghazi next Friday. The expected presence of the iconic Tyson marks a watershed moment for the sport in Libya. Boxing was banned in the oil-rich nation for decades by the country's former leader, Muammar Gaddafi. Tyson, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time and a 'knockout king', shared the news on his Instagram page, posting: “Hey boxing world, I’m pleased to…
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Libya’s power cuts enrage citizens, spurring protest

Libya’s power cuts enrage citizens, spurring protest

AHMED ELUMAMI and AYMAN AL-WARFALI WHEN the power cut out in Libya's Benghazi last week, Haitham al-Ghoul dashed into the street with his five-year-old son Othman to find somewhere to plug in a respirator the child needs to ease asthma attacks. A photograph of Ghoul hugging Othman on the street with the respirator hooked up to a shop's private generator soon went viral on Libyan social media networks, symbolising a power crisis that has infuriated Libyans across political divides. "We suffer a lot from power cuts in Benghazi. I'm just one of many cases," Ghoul said. Frustration at power cuts…
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Libya to investigate discovery of bodies in Benghazi

Libya to investigate discovery of bodies in Benghazi

THE prime minister of Libya's new unity government has instructed the attorney general to open an investigation into the discovery of bodies in Benghazi. Local media said more than a dozen bodies of people shot dead were found on Thursday in the eastern city that is the stronghold of Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA), whose assault on the capital Tripoli was repulsed last year. Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh, who was selected through a United Nations-led process and took office this week, tweeted that such events cannot be tolerated or covered up. "I gave direct instructions to the Interior Minister…
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