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At least 37 dead in car bombings at Benghazi mosque

Benghazi : At least 37 people died and scores were wounded after two car bombings outside a mosque frequented by jihadist opponents in Libya’s second city Benghazi, medical officials said Wednesday.  The attack after evening prayers on Tuesday underlined the continued chaos in Libya, which has been wracked by violence and divisions since dictator Moamer…

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Blast in Libya’s Benghazi kills three children: hospital official

BENGHAZI: At least three children were killed and 20 people wounded by a blast in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Monday, witnesses and a medical official said.

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Suicide bomber kills 6 at Libya checkpoint: Red Crescent

BENGHAZI: A suicide bomber killed six people, including a child, Thursday at a checkpoint in a Libyan oil region that has been shaken by a recent jihadist assault, the Red Crescent said. “I am at the morgue where six bodies from the site of the attack were brought, including the body of a child,” said…

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About 400 killed in past six weeks of fighting in Libya's Benghazi

BENGHAZI: About 400 people have been killed in six weeks of heavy fighting between Libyan pro-government forces and Islamist groups in Libya's second-largest city Benghazi, medical staff said on Saturday. Backed by forces led by a former general, the newly formed government army launched in mid-October an offensive against Islamists in Benghazi, expelling them from…

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Car bombs kill four in Libya amid chaos

TRIPOLI: Car bombs exploded in eastern Libyan towns under the control of the internationally recognized government, killing at least four people and wounding 20 others, officials said. Four more people were killed when an air strike – a possible response to the car bombs – hit targets in Derna, an eastern town home to a…

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Libya parliament attacked, Benghazi Islamists targeted

TRIPOLI: Clashes broke out Sunday near the interim parliament in Tripoli, adding to turmoil in Libya where a rogue general has launched an offensive against Islamists in the city of Benghazi. MPs were evacuated from the building in southern Tripoli as heavy gunfire erupted after a convoy of armoured vehicles entered the city from the…

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Suicide bomber kills seven outside Libya's Benghazi

BENGHAZI: A suicide bomber detonated a truck packed with explosives at an army checkpoint outside the city of Benghazi on Sunday, killing seven soldiers in the first such attack in Libya's deepening turmoil. Car bombs and assassinations of army and police officers are common in Benghazi, where troops have clashed regularly with militants from the…

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Gunmen kill Libyan marine colonel in Benghazi

BENGHAZI: Gunmen shot dead a Libyan marine colonel on Wednesday in the eastern city of Benghazi where militants have increasingly targeted security forces in a challenge to central government control.Libya has struggled to curb rival armed factions in Benghazi, where the 2011 revolt that overthrew Muammar Gaddafi began and where a United States ambassador was…

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Bomb damages Libyan foreign ministry building in Benghazi

BENGHAZI/TRIPOLI: A car bomb damaged a Libyan foreign ministry building in Benghazi on Wednesday, the first anniversary of the attack on the U.S. consulate in the country's second largest city.Two years after the revolt that toppled Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is riven along regional and tribal lines and dogged by armed violence, leaving the central government…

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Five wounded in bomb blast at Benghazi police station

BENGHAZI: Five people were wounded in a bomb blast at a police station in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday, a security official said.A bag containing explosives was thrown from a car in the central Sidi Hussein quarter, hitting a building that belongs to a police force tasked with guarding electricity installations, Benghazi…

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Clashes break out in Libya's Benghazi after blasts, protests

TRIPOLI: At least one person was killed in overnight fighting in Benghazi, a security official said, as an upsurge in violence in the eastern Libyan city since last week's killing of a prominent political activist showed no signs of abating.The clashes erupted in the western Gwesha district between an armed group and military special forces,…

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Former U.S. envoy Pickering on problems at Benghazi mission

WASHINGTON: Former American diplomat Thomas Pickering said what struck him most during a review of last year's attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, were the frequent personnel changes, second-guessing on security upgrades, and dismissive attitude toward dozens of security incidents.The temporary status of the mission also led to uncertainty about providing additional funding,…

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Europe urges citizens to leave Libya's Benghazi

TRIPOLI/LONDON: European countries urged their nationals to leave the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Thursday, with Britain citing a “specific and imminent” threat to Westerners days after a deadly attack by Islamist militants in neighboring Algeria.Officials declined to give details, but Britain has warned of a growing militant threat in North Africa, which Prime…

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Clinton defends her handling of Benghazi attack in testimony

WASHINGTON: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday defended her handling of the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi that killed four Americans, an event that threatens to stain her legacy at the State Department.Clinton cast the incident, the first in which a U.S. ambassador was killed since 1988, as part…

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U.S. State Dept officials resign under pressure over Benghazi killings

WASHINGTON: Three senior U.S. State Department officials were asked to resign after an official inquiry harshly criticized their offices for failing to provide adequate security at the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, before it came under attack in September, a U.S. official said on Wednesday.The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Eric Boswell,…

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Clinton accepts Benghazi findings, orders broad changes

WASHINGTON: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday she accepted the findings of an independent panel that faulted the State Department over the deadly September attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, and had ordered widespread changes to bolster U.S. diplomatic security overseas.Clinton said in a letter to U.S. congressional committees that…

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Man suspected of involvement in Benghazi attack held in Egypt

CAIRO: Egyptian authorities are holding a man whose militant group is suspected of links to an attack in Libya in which the American ambassador was killed, U.S. officials in Washington and a security source in Cairo said on Saturday.”They arrested Mohamed Gamal,” said one U.S. official.The security source in Cairo, giving the man's full name…

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Clinton to testify on Benghazi attack report: U.S. lawmaker

WASHINGTON: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify on a report expected to be released next week on the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, a top Republican lawmaker said on Friday.”I have just received confirmation from Secretary Clinton's office that the secretary of state will appear before the House…

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Police chief killed in Libya's Benghazi

BENGHAZI, Libya: A top security official in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi was killed in front of his home overnight on Wednesday, security officials said, in the latest violence to plague the cradle of the North African country's revolt.Faraj al-Deirsy, head of Benghazi police, died from multiple gunshot wounds, police and interior ministry sources…

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In Benghazi testimony, Petraeus says al Qaeda role known early

WASHINGTON: Former CIA Director David Petraeus told Congress on Friday that he and the spy agency had sought to make clear from the outset that September's deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, involved an al Qaeda affiliate, lawmakers said.Petraeus told lawmakers “there were extremists in the group” that launched the attack…

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Petraeus may be called in US inquiry on Benghazi- Feinstein

WASHINGTON: Despite an adultery scandal that ended David Petraeus' tenure as CIA chief, the general may be called to testify in a Senate inquiry into the killing of four Americans at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Senator Dianne Feinstein said Sunday.Feinstein, the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on the “Fox News Sunday”…

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