1. Judges reject appeal by family of 'Lockerbie bomber'

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    Abdelbaset al-Megrahi
    Image caption: Abdelbaset al-Megrahi died in 2012 - he and his family argued that he was a victim of a miscarriage of justice

    A court in Scotland has rejected an appeal by the family of a Libyan man found guilty of the bombing of an airliner over the town of Lockerbie more than 30 years ago.

    Abdelbaset al-Megrahi - who died in 2012 - always maintained his innocence, and his relatives have been trying to clear his name.

    Their lawyers questioned the reliability of some of the evidence used to convict Megrahi, and argued that the disclosure of certain documents could have led to a different verdict.

    But this was rejected by five of Scotland's most senior judges.

    A total of 270 people died in the bombing of the Pan Am aircraft, making it the deadliest terror attack in British history.

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  2. WHO uses sanctioned Syrian airliner to fly aid to Libya

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    The World Health Organization (WHO) has used a Syrian airline under US sanctions to transport humanitarian aid to Libya.

    The WHO has posted a photograph of a Cham Wings aircraft it had used to ferry 16 tonnes of medicines and supplies from its warehouses in Dubai to Libya's second city Benghazi.

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    The organisation's representative in Libya Elizabeth Hoff used to be its envoy to Syria for seven years from 2012.

    The Syrian private carrier was placed under US sanctions in 2016 for reportedly carrying weapons and foreign fighters to support President Bashar al-Assad's troops against rebels.

    Cham Wings is thought to be owned by Mr Assad's brother-in-law.

  3. Tunisia pushes for UN monitors for Libya’s ceasefire

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    Libyan rebels battle government troops as smoke from a damaged oil facility darkens the frontline sky on March 11, 2011 in Ras Lanuf, Libya.
    Image caption: Libya was torn by violence from 2011 after Col Muammar Gaddafi was deposed

    The Tunisian ambassador to the United Nations has called for a Security Council resolution that would send monitors to support Libya's ceasefire.

    Tarek Ladeb, who this month holds the council presidency, said the Libyan ceasefire agreed in October had momentum, but was still fragile.

    Last week, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres asked for a monitoring group made up of civilians and retired soldiers from the African Union, European Union and Arab League.

    Under the ceasefire deal, all foreign forces in Libya are to leave by 23 January, three months after the agreement was signed.

    Their departure would be monitored by international observers.

  4. Suspect to be charged over Lockerbie bombing - US media

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    BBC News, Washington

    The 1988 Lockerbie bombing that killed 270 people

    US media is reporting that the justice department is due to unseal charges against a Libyan man suspected of making the bomb that blew up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie in Scotland in 1988.

    Some 270 people were killed in the terror attack, which took place just days before Christmas.

    The bombing led to global investigations and produced sanctions against Libya.

    Monday will be the 32nd anniversary of the bombing.

    The suspect is said to be a Libyan intelligence officer by the name of Abu Agila Mohammad Masud.

    Mr Masud is a long-time suspect in the case and is alleged to have helped build the bomb that brought down the plane.

    News of the expected criminal case was first reported by The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. It's unclear what the likelihood is of him being brought to the US for trial.

    Neither the US justice department nor the Libyan authorities have publicly commented on the issue.

    But the case has personal significance for the outgoing Attorney General William Barr.

    He was serving in the same role nearly 30 years ago when two other Libyan intelligence officials were indicted for the bombing.

  5. Germany 'barred from searching' Turkish ship in Libya

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    A photo shows massive destruction in the southern part of Tripoli after the entire province liberated on 4th of June from the militia loyal to warlord Khalifa Haftar and their continuous attacks in Tripoli, Libya on June 25, 2020
    Image caption: Conflict in Libya since the killing of then-leader Muammar Gaddafi has caused widespread destruction

    Germany says its forces were prevented from carrying out a full search of a Turkish ship suspected of taking weapons to Libya.

    The defence ministry in Berlin said its personnel got aboard the vessel, but had to abandon the operation after Turkey protested to the European Union (EU).

    Germany is part of an EU naval mission that's trying to enforce an arms embargo on Libya.

    Turkish security sources said the Germans had violated international law by not waiting for permission to start the search.

    The Turks say it found nothing apart from aid supplies and other harmless cargo.

  6. Libya talks paused with no naming of new government

    UN's interim Libya envoy, Stephanie Williams

    Libya's political peace talks ended on Sunday without the naming of a new transitional government and interim Presidency Council.

    The UN's Libya envoy, Stephanie Williams, said no names were discussed during the week-long meeting.

    "We have agreed to reconvene in about a week in a virtual meeting (to) agree on the selection mechanism for the coming authority," she said.

    During the talks involving delegates from rival sides, a “preliminary agreement to a roadmap” for elections was reached.

    The talks are being held in neighbouring Tunisia.

    The political peace talks started on Monday following last month’s ceasefire agreement signed between the warring sides in Geneva.


  7. Only three survive migrant boat disaster

    UN officials say 20 migrants are believed to have drowned when their boat was lost off the Libyan coast.

    There were only three survivors.

    The boat had set out for Europe from the western town of Surman.

    Reports of its loss started coming through late on Thursday just hours after the UN said at least 74 people had died when another migrant vessel had foundered.

    It had left from the port of Khums.