News Roundup - Wed, May 24, 2017

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News Roundup - Wed, May 24, 2017

May 24, 2017 - 15:13
Written by: HousamNajjair

Reuters News Agency reported that oil production recovered after the recent recession reaching seven hundred and eighty thousand barrels per day compared to seven hundred thousand last week. The reason being power outages at the Masala and Sareer oil fields. Oil production at the two oil fields were reported at over eight hundred thousand barrels two weeks ago, the first time it had reached such output since late 2014.

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French Foreign Ministry spokesman Roman Nadal said it was a priority for Libyan authorities to do their utmost to deal with illegal immigrants properly after the High Commissioner for Refugees denounced the appalling conditions in their detention centers in Libya. Libya has been criticized by NGOs who have denounced the way in which migrants are treated in the country.

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The President of the Audit Bureau, Khalid Shakshak, held a meeting yesterday with the President of the Higher Judicial Council, the Secretary General of the Supreme Court, the Director of Cases Department and the Head of the Administrative Judiciary. The meeting aimed at uniting different points of view and agreed to cooperate on a number of common issues such as state contracts, cases of corruption and squandering of public money amongst other topics.

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A meeting held in Brussels yesterday comprised the EU Commissioner Federica Mogherini along with African Union High Representative for Libya Jakaya Kikwete, the Secretary of the League of Arab States Ahmed AbulGheit and the head of the UN Mission in Libya, Martin Kobler. Following that meeting, they stressed in a final statement the need for a peaceful settlement of the political crisis in Libya, and the rejection of any foreign military intervention in the country. During the press conference after yesterday's meeting they called on the various Libyan parties to work together to break the stalemate and return to a comprehensive political dialogue putting national interest before any personal interests .

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The Derna security director, Yahya Osta-Omar, announced the launch of the security plan to protect the city during the holy month of Ramadan. Osta-Omar said in a statement yesterday that vehicle and foot patrols will become common and random stops will be conducted from night all the way through to the early hours throughout the holy month. He added that the initiative would be carried out in coordination with the Derna Shura Council.

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Ahli Tripoli drew 0-0 with Egypt's Zamalek in a match played on Tuesday at the Al-Muhairi Stadium in Sfax, Tunisia, in the second round of the group stage of the African Champions League. This draw gives Ahli one point from two games after losing their first match 3-0 against the Algerian Capital Union team. Zamalek scored 4 points after winning their first encounter against Central African Zimbabwe by 2 goals to nil.

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The Libyan Football Federation announced the results of their meeting yesterday. The Federation stated that the most important topic is to determine the structure of the football league next season. The league is due to start on Tuesday, the 15th of August and the draw will be held on the 12th of June. The league will be organized with four groups for the first time ever and the four team champions will compete in a quarter final tournament to be held in a home-away manner.

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Military sources from the town of Kufra stated Tuesday evening that a reconnaissance plane belonging to the Kufra military airbase had disappeared from radar. The sources added that plane disappeared from the observation tower’s radar from approximately three o’clock in the afternoon. The fate of the plane and its crew is still unknown until now and reasons for its disappearance are yet to be discovered. The plane took off on the air force orders to investigate the southeastern Libyan border following information about the presence of Sudanese opposition, fighter vehicles.

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A number of young volunteers took to work by decorating the recreational park at the children’s section of the Department of Oncology and Glands at Tripoli Medical Hospital. A volunteer coordinator explained that this work is part of a voluntary campaign aimed at making the suffering of the children less by making their surroundings a happier place. “The children are of all different ages but they have one thing in common which is the pain so they can share the joy of playing, and perhaps these artistic touches and beautiful colors can be seen as a syringe of joy without pain helping to alleviate some of it” he added.