News Roundup - Sun, Jul 17, 2016

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News Roundup - Sun, Jul 17, 2016

July 17, 2016 - 17:02
Written by: AbdulkaderAssad

Last Updated: 10:02pm

UN-installed Presidency Council dismisses CEO and board of directors of the General Electricity Company and appoints a 7-member steering committee headed by Abdulmajeed Hamza.

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The 25th round of Libya Quran Memorization and Recitation Competition kicked off in the western city of Zuwara on Sunday with the participation of 33 competitors from all over the country. It's organized by Tripoli-based Awqaf and Islamic affairs Authority.

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Misrata-led forces have found an ISIS media center following a combing operation in the liberated areas in Sirte. The center contains a radio station, studios and communication and computer equipment.

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A number of protesters affiliated with the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) shut down Al-Hariga oil port in Tobruk city in protest of delay of salary payment.

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The families stranded in Ganfouda district, Benghazi, have decried the urge made by Khalifa Haftar’s forces to immediately leave the district, denouncing at the same time the threatening language used those forces, saying there is no guarantee that they would go out safely, and who would receive them and they don’t know whether their passage is secure or not.

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Tripoli-based Al-Ahli team lost its match on Saturday against the Tunisian team Al-Najem Al-Sahili 0-3 at the Olympic Stadium in Sousse, Tunisia as part of the third round matches for the groups round at the CAF Confederation Cup. 

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A Dignity Operation helicopter was shot down in east Libya on Sunday, Defend Benghazi Brigades (DBB) reported. DBB official news outlet Boshra said the Mi-35 attack helicopter was shot down by a SA-7 shoulder-fired missile near Al-Magrun village, 70km west of Benghazi. 4 crew members including 2 Libyans and 2 foreigners were killed, it added.

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The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has placed five sites in Libya on the List of World Heritage in Danger after the damaged caused by unrest in the country. The five sites included the archaeological sites of Cyrene, Leptis Magna and Sabratha, in addition to rock-art sites of Tadrart Acacus and the old town of Ghadames. 

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The first turbine of Al-Khaleej steam power plant has been brought into operation, the General Electricity Company announced on Saturday. The turbine generates 350MW that will help reduce ongoing rolling blackouts in Tripoli.