News Roundup - Sun, Feb 05, 2017

News In Brief

News Roundup - Sun, Feb 05, 2017

February 05, 2017 - 17:29
Written by: AbdulkaderAssad

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The Head of the Audit Bureau, Khalid Shakshak, said the employees are being extorted constantly by armed groups, adding that the Audit Bureau’s member, Samil Allafi, who has been abducted lately uncovered a number of embezzlement cases at the Health Ministry, specifically those of a company claiming it had imported medical equipment by three million dollars in Sabha, yet it imported nothing.

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First semester final exams kicked off in all primary and high schools around the country as well as the first term exams for the seniors of primary and high schools. A spokesman for the Education /ministry, Ramadan Al-Ghadwi, said the first, second and third graders will continue their studies during the exams.

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Jumhouriya Bank denied starting opening bank accounts for families regarding the 400 dollars for each family member that was announced by the Central Bank of Libya last week. It added that the announcement of the CBL is fake news and they have not received any orders about implementing such a procedure from any official authority yet.

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The National Oil Corporation board member, Jadallah Al-Okli, said they are trying to reopen Al-Feel oilfield and the groups, who are shutting it, are positively responding to their calls. He added that they are still aiming at increasing oil output by overcoming some technical failures at the oilfield, saying that the lack of funding and thus shortage of needed equipment are slowing down the production.

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Former General National Congress member from Shahat Fawzi Al-Ogab was kidnapped Saturday from the city by unknown gunmen. No official statement on his abduction or whereabouts has been released.

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Libyan Coast Guard, Tripoli Branch, rescued today 125 illegal immigrants including 10 women and 5 children.

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Wife of the journalist Mohammed Salim, confirmed that he was kidnapped from in front of his house on Sunday in Sabha. Sabha local, Salim, has worked for the Libyan TV and Radio Channel since the late 1970s.

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After over two months of shutdown, Misrata TV channel resumed work on air as it had overcome financial problems following the donation by businessmen and other media that paid the yearly payment for the satellite, which is worth half a million dinars. 

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France has sent a shipment of medicines and medical aid to Benghazi Medical Center (BMC). This second delivery is carried out in partnership between the management staff of BMC and with the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED), a French humanitarian NGO. The first delivery was made in 2016.

The medical aid will be followed by the implementation of a training program in favor of the surgical teams of the BMC and other hospitals in Benghazi. This initiative is supported by France and by the European Union.