November 16, 2018

Libyan Government soldiers cut off Niger escape route

Forces loyal to Libya's new government have taken control of the strategic city of Sabha, which controls the main road south to Niger. Government fighters have been firing into the air to celebrate its capture, which means anti-Gaddafi forces now control southern Libya and Colonel Gaddafi has … [Read more...]

Libyan rebels capture Zawiya oil refinery

The major oil refinery outside the Libyan town of Zawiya has been captured by rebel forces after a short battle. The refinery was the last major source of oil for the Gaddafi regime and unless his forces can counter attack it is another nail in the coffin for his rule. Fighting is still going … [Read more...]

Libya rebels fight for town only 50km from Tripoli

Libyan rebel forces are engaged in heavy fighting with forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in the coastal town of Zawiya only 50km from Tripoli. Both sides are claiming to have control of the town which is a vital road link between the Libyan capital and the Tunisian border. The oil … [Read more...]

Prince Andrew quits trade job

Britain's Prince Andrew is quitting his post as a UK trade envoy, only four months after coming under fire for his links to a US sex offender. Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth's second son, has been facing pressure to step down as a British trade envoy because of a string of unfortunate … [Read more...]

Ex-Tunisian president Ben Ali sentenced to 35 years prison

A Tunisian court has sentenced ex-Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and his wife Leila to 35 years in prison for theft and other charges. The only problem for justice is that neither Ben Ali or Leila were in court. They have long fled to a luxury exile in Saudi Arabia. The couple fled … [Read more...]

Tunisia defends controversial tourist adverts

Tunisia has defended a controversial advertising campaign designed to attract tourists back to the North African country following its January revolution. Billboards have appeared in London of a woman getting a massage, next to the words: "They say that in Tunisia some people receive … [Read more...]

Posthumous Osama Bin Laden tape released by al-Qaeda

A 12 minute audio recording made by Osama Bin Laden shortly before he died has been released by al-Qaeda. In the message, he praises the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt and speaks of a "rare historic opportunity" for Muslims to rise up. "I think that the winds of change will blow over the entire … [Read more...]

Libyan oil minister goes AWOL

Libyan Oil Minister Shukri Ghanem has left Libya for Tunisia then disappeared. Tunisian officials say he crossed the border on Saturday to go to the island of Djerba. He was later reported to have left for an unknown destination. The Libyan government said Ghanem had been on official business … [Read more...]

Sea Shepherd entering Libya waters to stop tuna poachers

Two Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ships will enter the waters off the coast of Libya, next month with the goal of intercepting bluefin tuna poachers and freeing any illegally caught fish in attempt to save the species from nearing extinction. The territorial waters off Libya are a declared a … [Read more...]

EU moves to tighten border controls

EU governments in the 25 nation, passport-free, Schengen zone would be able to impose border controls when faced with exceptional flows of migrants, according to new European Commission proposals. The Commission has stressed that such border checks should be temporary. But with wide economic … [Read more...]

Niger appeals for aid to help thousands of Libya refugees

The Niger government has appealed for international help to deal with an estimated 59,000 African refugee's who have fled Libya since the civil war there began in February. The International Organization of Migration says many of them arrive with no money or food, and are in poor health after an … [Read more...]

Tunisia dissolves secret police service

The interim Tunisian government's Interior Ministry has announced the dissolving the country's secret police service. Newswarped is assuming that there is not a vat of acid involved here, but anything is possible. We are also wondering how easy it is to dissolve something that is 'secret'. … [Read more...]

Saudi King announces new benefits for citizens

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has returned home after months of medical treatment abroad and immediately announced a flurry of increased benefits for Saudi citizens. King Abdullah has stepped off the plane and sniffed the air of change. Wisely he has decided that it might just be an opportune time … [Read more...]

Tunisia wants Ben Ali extradited from Saudi Arabia

Tunisia is formally asking for the extradition of ex-President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali from Saudi Arabia, where he fled to on 14 January after a peoples revolution. Newswarped is confused that after a wave of protests that removed Mr Ben Ali after 23 years of authoritarian rule, they turn around … [Read more...]

Protesters massacred in Libya as Gaddafi loses grip on power

Witnesses are claiming that Libyan security forces and other gunmen have opened fire on protesters in Benghazi and Tripoli with the death toll now in the hundreds. Human Rights Watch says conservativley that at least 104 people have been killed in Libya since anti-government protests erupted on … [Read more...]