Libya’s National Congress elected former congressman Ali Zaidan as the country’s new prime minister, and gave him two weeks to form a government. Zaidan beat out Mohamed Al-Harari, a local government minister, in a 93-85 vote with one lawmaker filing an empty ballot,
Mauritania extradited Muammar Gaddafi’s former spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi to Libya on Wednesday, a Mauritanian government source and the state news agency said, after months of wrangling over who would put him on trial.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says he does not fear that he might share the fate of the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, killed after capture, or Hosni Mubarak, the toppled Egyptian president sentenced to life imprisonment. In an interview with Germany’s ARD network aired on Sunday, Assad accused the United States, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar […]
By David Ignatius
Whenever the CIA uncovers a new plot overseas, like al-Qaeda’s latest scheme to blow up civilian aircraft using advanced, hard-to-detect explosives, people breathe a sigh of relief.
In evaluating the significance of the Charles Taylor trial, it is necessary to strip away the partisanship with which many have responded to its judgment.
The United States, European governments and Arab states have begun discussing the possibility of exile for Bashar al-Assad despite skepticism the defiant Syrian president is ready to consider such an offer, Western officials said on Wednesday.
Muammar Gaddafi’s spymaster, Abdullah Senussi, has been arrested, as Libyan officials announced the dead dictator’s son captured the previous day will face trial in Libya. Ignoring world pressure, Libya’s interim rulers insisted Seif al-Islam, Gaddafi’s one-time heir apparent, would be tried inside Libya rather than by the International Criminal Court at The Hague.
Triumphant rebels seized Moammar Khadafy’s compound in Tripoli on Tuesday after a fierce battle with a loyalist rearguard but there was no word on the fate of the Libyan leader who vowed again to fight “to the end.”
Four members of Libya’s national football ( soccer) team and 13 other leading figures in the sport have defected to the rebels. The group include the Libyan national sides goalkeeper Juma Gtat and the coach of Tripoli’s top club al-Ahly, Adel bin Issa.
An oil tanker sailed from a rebel-held Libyan port on Wednesday