News Roundup - Tue, Apr 25, 2017

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News Roundup - Tue, Apr 25, 2017

April 25, 2017 - 17:37
Written by: AbdullahBenIbrahim

A Russian delegation arrived Tuesday morning in Tripoli, according to the media office of the Libyan foreign ministry.

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31 members from Tobruk-based House of Representatives suspended their membership on Tuesday in protest against the parliament’s failure to elect a new governor for the Central Bank of Libya.

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The Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) unsealed the warrant of arrest for Al-Tuhami Mohamned Khaled, the chief of interior security department in the Gaddafi regime.

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The Head of the UN-proposed government's Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sirraj, has been invited to visit the White House to meet with the US President, Donald Trump, next June reported The New Arab news website, citing sources from Al-Sirraj's government.

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The Sahara Bank, Sirte branch, has resumed work this week after two years of suspension due to fall of the city to ISIS. A source said Sahara Bank is the first commercial bank to reopen doors in Sirte after the fall of ISIS last December.

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The branch of Bank of Commerce and Development in Zliten city, central Libya, has been shut down by gunmen protesting the soaring price of U.S. dollar in the black market, local sources reported. 

The bank has been under a wave of public criticism after being accused by financial experts of selling foreign currency in a suspicious manner that caused a hike in exchange rates in the black market.

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The Drug and Smuggling Combat Unit in Zuwara said it has arrested a Tunisian national while attempting to smuggle 60 kg of gold and foreign currency into his country. The seized gold and foreign cash, which were hidden inside the smuggler’s car, have been handed over to Zuwara Prosecutor, who confirmed that the estimated value of the confiscated goods in Ras Ajdir border crossing with Tunisia in two days has reached LYD 33 million.

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The UN-proposed Presidency Council (PC) has issued a resolution allocating $17.9 billion to cover state expenditure of foreign currency for 2017. The PC has also allocated $10.6 billion from the budget to buy basic supplies and commodities for the state.

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Chief of Al-Bonyan Al-Marsoos Operation Room Brig. Bashir Al-Gadi held a meeting in Misrata Monday with a number of police officers from Sirte Security Department to listen to their needs in order to establish peace and security and reactivate state institutions in the city. The meeting was attended by municipal member of Sirte Ibrahim Malitan.    

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The Man-Made River Authority said a water leak in one of pipelines has been brought under control after more than 12 hours of maintenance. It pointed out that the leakage was caused by high pressure in the main Ajdabiya-Sirte transmission pipeline, which transports water to the towns of Brega, Bishr, Aqailah, Ras Lanuf, Sidra and Ben Jawad.    

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Gharyan Municipality in western Libya is preparing to open Abu Ghalyan Park, located at the foot of Mount Abu Ghalyan in the northern entrance of the city, after putting the final touches on the ground to become one of the main attractions for local tourists. 

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Algeria has postponed the 11th meeting of neighbouring Libya to next May to wait for an expected decision by the UN Secretary General on whether to replace his current envoy to Libya Martin Kobler or keep him in office. Kobler is due in Algeria tomorrow for talks over the results of last week visit of Algerian Minister for Maghreb, African Union and Arab League Affairs Abdelkader Messahel to Libya. 

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A 22-year-old boy from south Libya has committed suicide in Zliten city in the central region to become the first registered case of self-murder after a wave of suicides among teenagers has swept the eastern city of Bayda, raising public concern over the causes which remained unknown.