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Cruz: If We Don’t Cut Taxes, Repeal ObamaCare 2018 Midterms ‘Could Be a Bloodbath’


Friday on Fox News, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said if the Republican Party did not keep its promises to voters on repealing Obamacare and cut taxes the 2018 midterm elections could be a “bloodbath” for them. Cruz said, “The reason people are so unhappy, they are ticked off. We have Republican control of every branch of government, and we’re not delivering. If senators don’t want to see those kind of challenges, there is an easy solution to that. Let’s do what we said we would do. Let’s deliver on tax cuts and repealing Obamacare. If we get that done, I’m a big believer good policy is good politics. We’ll have a terrific 2018 election year if we cut taxes, repeal Obamacare and the economy booms. If we don’t get any of that done, 2018 could be a bloodbath. We control our own fate. Deliver results.” (h/t Grabien) Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

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Britain sends 9m to Libya to fight terror threat and migrant crisis – The Guardian

Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary, shakes hands with his Libyan counterpart, Mohamed Taha Siala, in Tripoli. Photograph: PA

Boris Johnson has announced a 9m aid package for Libya to help deal with the problems of migrants risking their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean and a growing threat of terrorist groups from the war-stricken country.

The foreign secretary announced the extra funding as he made his second trip to Tripoli in just four months, where he visited UK naval officers training the Libyan coastguard in search and rescue.

The country has been in crisis since the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 by rebels and a Nato-led bombing mission backed by David Cameron, which a committee of MPs have since described as an ill-conceived mission that helped fuel the rise of Islamic State in north Africa.

Johnson visited Tripoli in May to meet Fayez Al-Sarraj, head of Libyas UN-backed unity government, but undertook a second trip on Wednesday to announce extra UK funding to help stabilise the country.

During the trip, he described Libya as the front line for many challenges which, left unchecked, can pose problems for us in the UK particularly illegal migration and the threat from terrorism.

He added: Thats why it is so important that we work with the Libyan government and our partners to help bring stability to Libya, stopping it from becoming a fertile ground for terrorists, gun runners and people traffickers in close proximity to Europe.

The latest money includes 4m to remove improvised explosive devices from areas where Isis have been pushed back, another 1m towards a fund for critical infrastructure, 2.75m for supporting womens participation in peacemaking and 1.3m in support for food and healthcare for refugees.

Before the foreign secretarys visit, Sarraj warned that would-be terrorists could be entering Europe among the tens of thousands of migrants crossing the Mediterranean each year.

But Fionna Smyth, Oxfam head of humanitarian campaigns, said it was wrong for the UK to back a solution of turning people back to Libya when they were trying to flee.

She said it was disturbing that Boris Johnson is talking about preventing people who are fleeing violence and destitution at home from leaving Libya. Research we conducted with people who fled through Libya found that all but one of the women questioned had suffered sexual exploitation and three quarters of people had witnessed murder or torture, she said. Aid for people travelling through Libya is welcome but Britain should be helping them to find safety, not trapping them in a country where they face violence and abuse.

The collapse of the economy and oil production has led to political vacuum in which extremist militia groups have proliferated and tens thousands of refugees have tried to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.

The countrys political landscape is also divided into two factions, with Sarraj controlling part of the country and his rival, Khalifa Haftar, dominating other areas. But the two men have agreed to work towards fresh presidential elections by March.

Johnson also visited Tunisia on Tuesday evening for talks with Ghassan Salam, the new UN special representative on Libya, who has been brought in to help break the political deadlock.

While in Tunis, he met senior members of the Tunisian government after the UKs decision to lift its advice against travelling to most of the country. The guidance was put in place after the terrorist attack of 2015 in Sousse, where 30 British holidaymakers were among the 38 victims.

After visiting the Bardo Museum, which was also subject to a terrorist attack in 2015, Johnson said improvements to security in Tunisia had allowed the UK to change its travel advice.

The UK is a steadfast partner for Tunisia in building its prosperity and security, and combating terrorism, and I look forward to even stronger ties between us, he said.

The country, which used to be a popular tourism destination, remains in a state of emergency after a suicide attack on a police bus in November 2015.

The Foreign Office continues to warn that terrorists were still likely to try to carry out attacks in Tunisia and that people should remain vigilant, especially around religious festivals and sites.

It also continues to advise against all but essential travel to the south of the country and warns against any travel at all to areas close to the border with Libya and some it shares with Algeria.

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Libya’s Largest Oilfield Offline, Amid Uncertainty, ISIS Beheadings – OilPrice.com

Libyas largest oilfield, the Sharara, remains offline despite contradictory news reports this morning suggesting that exports would resume.

Weighing in on oil price uncertainty, market watchers have been in a state of confusion over varying reports over the past three days as to the status of exports from Libyas biggest producing oilfield.

Earlier this morning, news reports citing National Oil Company (NOC) sources said production had resumed at Sharara, following a three-day blockade of the pipeline that feeds crude to Zawiya export terminal.

Reports said that the Tripoli-based NOCrecognized by the UN as the legitimate NOC–announced it was lifting the force majeure on shipments of oil pumped from the countrys largest oilfieldthe Shararato the Zawiya port.

However, a Reuters report citing unnamed Libyan officials, the field remains offline for unclear reasons. The same report noted that operations had restarted yesterday at least once, for a short period.

They open one valve, they close the other, one unnamed sources told Reuters. It was suggested that negotiations were underway for a resolution, though the nature of the problem remains undefined.

As rivalry between two governments, two national oil companies, a multitude of armed factions and ISIS continues, the future of Libyan exports remains highly uncertain. Related:Is This The First In A Slew Of Megadeals In Oil?

The blockade was the latest in a string of disruptions that have suspended production at Sharara several times this year already.

Just two weeks ago, an attack on a control room at Zawiya caused the shutdown of production at Sharara. It later surfaced that the attackers were protesting the arrest of four Libyans in Saudi Arabia in connection to a kidnapping of Egyptian diplomats in Tripoli.

Shararas production has also been interrupted by militants blocking the pipeline to Zawiya and theft of vehicles, which prompted NOC to tighten security.

Sharara pumps about 270,000/280,000 bpd and its restart last December has been key to Libyas oil output growth, which exceeds 1 million bpd. The field supplies around one-quarter of Libyas total output and has experienced several production stops since its restart.

Libya boasts the biggest crude oil reserves in Africa, but the civil war that ravaged the country after the removal of Muammar Gaddafi crippled its oil industry. Before the war, Libya produced 1.6 million barrels of crude daily. By the end of this year, the Tripoli-based NOC aims to hit a target of 1.2 million bpd short of the pre-war rate but double the March 2017 daily average.

Rival factions in Libyas east have attempted to sell oil on their own through the Benghazi-based NOC, which is not recognized by United Nations Security Council, which views the Tripoli-based NOC as the only legitimate exporter of Libyan oil.

It is only a fragile alliance and an even more fragile game of balancing power that is keeping Libyan oil flowing. The Libyan National Army (LNA), headed by powerful General Khalifa Haftar, is aligned with the eastern government and parliament. Haftar is responsible for freeing up ports that had been blockaded for years and allowing the Tripoli-based NOC to export.

The reported beheading of 11 people at a central Libyan checkpoint controlled by Haftars LNA on Wednesday also indicates that the conflict to control the countrys oil wealth is further intensifying.

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Islamists behead 11 in attack on checkpoint in central Libya – Chicago Tribune

At least 11 people were beheaded on Wednesday in an attack by Islamist fighters on a checkpoint controlled by forces loyal to military commander Khalifa Haftar in central Libya, according to a spokesman for Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army.

Nine soldiers and two civilians were among those “slaughtered” at the checkpoint, Colonel Ahmad al-Masmari said in a tweet, blaming Islamic State.

Both Islamic State and Benghazi Defense Brigades, another Islamist militia opposed to Haftar, have fighters in the Jufra region where the attack took place, some 310 miles south of the coastal city of Sirte.

Haftar is aligned with a government based in the east of Libya, which is vying for power with the United Nations-backed unity administration of Fayez al-Sarraj in the capital, Tripoli. Haftar’s forces now control most of eastern Libya, including key oil facilities.

The North African oil exporter slipped into chaos after long-time leader Moammar Gadhafi was killed in a 2011 revolt. Islamic State and other radical Islamist groups exploited the ensuing lawlessness to gain a foothold in Sirte but were driven out by fighters loyal to the Tripoli government following lengthy battles last year.

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3 Daesh orphans return to Sudan from Libya – Anadolu Agency

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Three Sudanese children were reunited with their extended family in Sudan on Tuesday after their parents, who had joined the Daesh terrorist group, had been killed in Libya.

Three of the children, who had spent three years in a child care house in Tripoli, hail to the family of fighter Mohamed Abuzaid, who had been killed while fighting with Daesh in Libya.

They have been returned to Sudan to reunite with their extended family,” lawyer Adel Abdul Ghani told Anadolu Agency.

He said Sudanese security organs and the Red Cross have played a major role in rescuing the children and returning them back to Sudan.

Abuzaid was detained in Sudan in 2008 for involvement in the killing of a U.S. diplomat. He fled prison in 2011 and travelled to Somalia, where he joined Al-Shabaab militant group.

He later left Somalia to Libya and joined Daesh terrorist group in the troubled North African country.

His brother Mohamed Abuzaid had also joined Daesh in 2014.

There are no official estimates of how many Sudanese have joined Daesh, but unofficial estimates put their numbers at hundreds.

More children to be returned

Sudanese assistant consular in Libya’s coastal city of Sirte, Obied Mohamed Obied, said the children have been recovered after intensive talks with Libyan authorities.

Speaking to reporters, he said negotiations were still underway with Libyan authorities to hand over another six children still held in Red Cross facilities in Libya.

Sirte was a Daesh stronghold until last year when Libyan unity government forces, backed by U.S. airstrikes, ousted the terrorist group from the coastal city.

Altijani Ibrahim, the head of the National Intelligence Sudanese Services (NISS)’s anti-terrorism department, said the return of the children was part of Sudan’s efforts to combat terrorism.

In June, eight Daesh orphans were returned to Sudan after their parents had either been killed or arrested in Libya, which fell into chaos after the ouster and subsequent death of strongman Muammar Gaddafi in a 2011 uprising.

Sudan is on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism since 1993.

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Price of oil slumps on rising production in Libya – Business Day (registration)

Amsterdam Oil prices fell on Wednesday, weighed down by concerns about rising production from Libya feeding into an oversupplied market and a surprise increase in US petrol inventories.

Benchmark Brent crude futures were down 27 US cents at $51.60 a barrel at 9.50am GMT. US West Texas Intermediate crude futures were trading at $47.67, down 16c.

Production from Libyas Sharara oilfield, the conflict-riven countrys largest, has been see-sawing. The field remained shut on Wednesday, two Libyan oil sources said. The field had restarted at least once on Tuesday amid conflicting reports about whether it had reopened.

“The flood of news reports makes it clear that the situation in Libya is still chaotic and that conditions in the country are still far from normal,” Commerzbank analysts wrote.

Sharara recently reached output of 280,000 barrels per day, but closed this week due to a pipeline blockade. Its production is key to Libyas oil output, which surged above 1-million barrels per day in late June, about four times its level in the middle of 2016.

Libyas rising output is a headache for oil cartel Opec, which together with nonOpec producers including Russia has pledged to cut about 1.8-million barrels per day of supplies between January 2017 and March 2018 in an attempt to remove a global glut.

Additionally, industry data released by the American Petroleum Institute showed on Tuesday that US petrol stocks rose by 1.4 million barrels in the week to August 18, compared with analysts expectations of a 3.5-million-barrel drop.

Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst at futures brokerage Oanda, said rising US petrol inventories were “not a good sign during the US summer driving season”.

Official inventory data from the US Energy Information Administration was due later on Wednesday.

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Former Libyan prime minister released after being ‘kidnapped in Tripoli’ – Telegraph.co.uk

Haitham Tajouri, the commander of the Tripoli Revolutionary Brigade,nominally supports the Government of National Unity that Mr Serraj heads.

The GNA has attempted to incorporate Mr Tajouri and his militia into Tripolis security apparatus but it is not clear what, if any, control Mr Serraj has over the group.

Reports in Libyan media suggested the TRB may have been acting on a warrant issued by Sadiq al-Sour, the Libyanattorney general,apparently relating to allegations of financial misconduct when he was in office.

However Zeidan Zeidan said he had been assured by the attorney general there was no warrant and no court case had been brought.

“If there was a warrant, it would have been an arrest, not a kidnapping,” he said.

Mr Serrajs office did not respond to emailed questions on Tuesday. Repeated calls to his press office went unanswered.

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Friday on Fox News, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said if the Republican Party did not keep its promises to voters on repealing Obamacare and cut taxes the 2018 midterm elections could be a “bloodbath” for them. Cruz said, “The reason people are so unhappy, they are ticked off. We have Republican control of every branch of government, and we’re not delivering. If senators don’t want to see those kind of challenges, there is an easy solution to that. Let’s do what we said we would do. Let’s deliver on tax cuts and repealing Obamacare. If we get that done, I’m a big believer good policy is good politics. We’ll have a terrific 2018 election year if we cut taxes, repeal Obamacare and the economy booms. If we don’t get any of that done, 2018 could be a bloodbath. We control our own fate. Deliver results.” (h/t Grabien) Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

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Britain sends 9m to Libya to fight terror threat and migrant crisis – The Guardian

Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary, shakes hands with his Libyan counterpart, Mohamed Taha Siala, in Tripoli. Photograph: PA Boris Johnson has announced a 9m aid package for Libya to help deal with the problems of migrants risking their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean and a growing threat of terrorist groups from the war-stricken country. The foreign secretary announced the extra funding as he made his second trip to Tripoli in just four months, where he visited UK naval officers training the Libyan coastguard in search and rescue. The country has been in crisis since the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 by rebels and a Nato-led bombing mission backed by David Cameron, which a committee of MPs have since described as an ill-conceived mission that helped fuel the rise of Islamic State in north Africa. Johnson visited Tripoli in May to meet Fayez Al-Sarraj, head of Libyas UN-backed unity government, but undertook a second trip on Wednesday to announce extra UK funding to help stabilise the country. During the trip, he described Libya as the front line for many challenges which, left unchecked, can pose problems for us in the UK particularly illegal migration and the threat from terrorism. He added: Thats why it is so important that we work with the Libyan government and our partners to help bring stability to Libya, stopping it from becoming a fertile ground for terrorists, gun runners and people traffickers in close proximity to Europe. The latest money includes 4m to remove improvised explosive devices from areas where Isis have been pushed back, another 1m towards a fund for critical infrastructure, 2.75m for supporting womens participation in peacemaking and 1.3m in support for food and healthcare for refugees. Before the foreign secretarys visit, Sarraj warned that would-be terrorists could be entering Europe among the tens of thousands of migrants crossing the Mediterranean each year. But Fionna Smyth, Oxfam head of humanitarian campaigns, said it was wrong for the UK to back a solution of turning people back to Libya when they were trying to flee. She said it was disturbing that Boris Johnson is talking about preventing people who are fleeing violence and destitution at home from leaving Libya. Research we conducted with people who fled through Libya found that all but one of the women questioned had suffered sexual exploitation and three quarters of people had witnessed murder or torture, she said. Aid for people travelling through Libya is welcome but Britain should be helping them to find safety, not trapping them in a country where they face violence and abuse. The collapse of the economy and oil production has led to political vacuum in which extremist militia groups have proliferated and tens thousands of refugees have tried to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. The countrys political landscape is also divided into two factions, with Sarraj controlling part of the country and his rival, Khalifa Haftar, dominating other areas. But the two men have agreed to work towards fresh presidential elections by March. Johnson also visited Tunisia on Tuesday evening for talks with Ghassan Salam, the new UN special representative on Libya, who has been brought in to help break the political deadlock. While in Tunis, he met senior members of the Tunisian government after the UKs decision to lift its advice against travelling to most of the country. The guidance was put in place after the terrorist attack of 2015 in Sousse, where 30 British holidaymakers were among the 38 victims. After visiting the Bardo Museum, which was also subject to a terrorist attack in 2015, Johnson said improvements to security in Tunisia had allowed the UK to change its travel advice. The UK is a steadfast partner for Tunisia in building its prosperity and security, and combating terrorism, and I look forward to even stronger ties between us, he said. The country, which used to be a popular tourism destination, remains in a state of emergency after a suicide attack on a police bus in November 2015. The Foreign Office continues to warn that terrorists were still likely to try to carry out attacks in Tunisia and that people should remain vigilant, especially around religious festivals and sites. It also continues to advise against all but essential travel to the south of the country and warns against any travel at all to areas close to the border with Libya and some it shares with Algeria.

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Libya’s Largest Oilfield Offline, Amid Uncertainty, ISIS Beheadings – OilPrice.com

Libyas largest oilfield, the Sharara, remains offline despite contradictory news reports this morning suggesting that exports would resume. Weighing in on oil price uncertainty, market watchers have been in a state of confusion over varying reports over the past three days as to the status of exports from Libyas biggest producing oilfield. Earlier this morning, news reports citing National Oil Company (NOC) sources said production had resumed at Sharara, following a three-day blockade of the pipeline that feeds crude to Zawiya export terminal. Reports said that the Tripoli-based NOCrecognized by the UN as the legitimate NOC–announced it was lifting the force majeure on shipments of oil pumped from the countrys largest oilfieldthe Shararato the Zawiya port. However, a Reuters report citing unnamed Libyan officials, the field remains offline for unclear reasons. The same report noted that operations had restarted yesterday at least once, for a short period. They open one valve, they close the other, one unnamed sources told Reuters. It was suggested that negotiations were underway for a resolution, though the nature of the problem remains undefined. As rivalry between two governments, two national oil companies, a multitude of armed factions and ISIS continues, the future of Libyan exports remains highly uncertain. Related:Is This The First In A Slew Of Megadeals In Oil? The blockade was the latest in a string of disruptions that have suspended production at Sharara several times this year already. Just two weeks ago, an attack on a control room at Zawiya caused the shutdown of production at Sharara. It later surfaced that the attackers were protesting the arrest of four Libyans in Saudi Arabia in connection to a kidnapping of Egyptian diplomats in Tripoli. Shararas production has also been interrupted by militants blocking the pipeline to Zawiya and theft of vehicles, which prompted NOC to tighten security. Sharara pumps about 270,000/280,000 bpd and its restart last December has been key to Libyas oil output growth, which exceeds 1 million bpd. The field supplies around one-quarter of Libyas total output and has experienced several production stops since its restart. Libya boasts the biggest crude oil reserves in Africa, but the civil war that ravaged the country after the removal of Muammar Gaddafi crippled its oil industry. Before the war, Libya produced 1.6 million barrels of crude daily. By the end of this year, the Tripoli-based NOC aims to hit a target of 1.2 million bpd short of the pre-war rate but double the March 2017 daily average. Rival factions in Libyas east have attempted to sell oil on their own through the Benghazi-based NOC, which is not recognized by United Nations Security Council, which views the Tripoli-based NOC as the only legitimate exporter of Libyan oil. It is only a fragile alliance and an even more fragile game of balancing power that is keeping Libyan oil flowing. The Libyan National Army (LNA), headed by powerful General Khalifa Haftar, is aligned with the eastern government and parliament. Haftar is responsible for freeing up ports that had been blockaded for years and allowing the Tripoli-based NOC to export. The reported beheading of 11 people at a central Libyan checkpoint controlled by Haftars LNA on Wednesday also indicates that the conflict to control the countrys oil wealth is further intensifying. By Irina Slav for Oilprice.com More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:

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Islamists behead 11 in attack on checkpoint in central Libya – Chicago Tribune

At least 11 people were beheaded on Wednesday in an attack by Islamist fighters on a checkpoint controlled by forces loyal to military commander Khalifa Haftar in central Libya, according to a spokesman for Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army. Nine soldiers and two civilians were among those “slaughtered” at the checkpoint, Colonel Ahmad al-Masmari said in a tweet, blaming Islamic State. Both Islamic State and Benghazi Defense Brigades, another Islamist militia opposed to Haftar, have fighters in the Jufra region where the attack took place, some 310 miles south of the coastal city of Sirte. Haftar is aligned with a government based in the east of Libya, which is vying for power with the United Nations-backed unity administration of Fayez al-Sarraj in the capital, Tripoli. Haftar’s forces now control most of eastern Libya, including key oil facilities. The North African oil exporter slipped into chaos after long-time leader Moammar Gadhafi was killed in a 2011 revolt. Islamic State and other radical Islamist groups exploited the ensuing lawlessness to gain a foothold in Sirte but were driven out by fighters loyal to the Tripoli government following lengthy battles last year.

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3 Daesh orphans return to Sudan from Libya – Anadolu Agency

By Mohammed Amin KHARTOUM Three Sudanese children were reunited with their extended family in Sudan on Tuesday after their parents, who had joined the Daesh terrorist group, had been killed in Libya. Three of the children, who had spent three years in a child care house in Tripoli, hail to the family of fighter Mohamed Abuzaid, who had been killed while fighting with Daesh in Libya. They have been returned to Sudan to reunite with their extended family,” lawyer Adel Abdul Ghani told Anadolu Agency. He said Sudanese security organs and the Red Cross have played a major role in rescuing the children and returning them back to Sudan. Abuzaid was detained in Sudan in 2008 for involvement in the killing of a U.S. diplomat. He fled prison in 2011 and travelled to Somalia, where he joined Al-Shabaab militant group. He later left Somalia to Libya and joined Daesh terrorist group in the troubled North African country. His brother Mohamed Abuzaid had also joined Daesh in 2014. There are no official estimates of how many Sudanese have joined Daesh, but unofficial estimates put their numbers at hundreds. More children to be returned Sudanese assistant consular in Libya’s coastal city of Sirte, Obied Mohamed Obied, said the children have been recovered after intensive talks with Libyan authorities. Speaking to reporters, he said negotiations were still underway with Libyan authorities to hand over another six children still held in Red Cross facilities in Libya. Sirte was a Daesh stronghold until last year when Libyan unity government forces, backed by U.S. airstrikes, ousted the terrorist group from the coastal city. Altijani Ibrahim, the head of the National Intelligence Sudanese Services (NISS)’s anti-terrorism department, said the return of the children was part of Sudan’s efforts to combat terrorism. In June, eight Daesh orphans were returned to Sudan after their parents had either been killed or arrested in Libya, which fell into chaos after the ouster and subsequent death of strongman Muammar Gaddafi in a 2011 uprising. Sudan is on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism since 1993.

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Price of oil slumps on rising production in Libya – Business Day (registration)

Amsterdam Oil prices fell on Wednesday, weighed down by concerns about rising production from Libya feeding into an oversupplied market and a surprise increase in US petrol inventories. Benchmark Brent crude futures were down 27 US cents at $51.60 a barrel at 9.50am GMT. US West Texas Intermediate crude futures were trading at $47.67, down 16c. Production from Libyas Sharara oilfield, the conflict-riven countrys largest, has been see-sawing. The field remained shut on Wednesday, two Libyan oil sources said. The field had restarted at least once on Tuesday amid conflicting reports about whether it had reopened. “The flood of news reports makes it clear that the situation in Libya is still chaotic and that conditions in the country are still far from normal,” Commerzbank analysts wrote. Sharara recently reached output of 280,000 barrels per day, but closed this week due to a pipeline blockade. Its production is key to Libyas oil output, which surged above 1-million barrels per day in late June, about four times its level in the middle of 2016. Libyas rising output is a headache for oil cartel Opec, which together with nonOpec producers including Russia has pledged to cut about 1.8-million barrels per day of supplies between January 2017 and March 2018 in an attempt to remove a global glut. Additionally, industry data released by the American Petroleum Institute showed on Tuesday that US petrol stocks rose by 1.4 million barrels in the week to August 18, compared with analysts expectations of a 3.5-million-barrel drop. Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst at futures brokerage Oanda, said rising US petrol inventories were “not a good sign during the US summer driving season”. Official inventory data from the US Energy Information Administration was due later on Wednesday. Reuters

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Former Libyan prime minister released after being ‘kidnapped in Tripoli’ – Telegraph.co.uk

Haitham Tajouri, the commander of the Tripoli Revolutionary Brigade,nominally supports the Government of National Unity that Mr Serraj heads. The GNA has attempted to incorporate Mr Tajouri and his militia into Tripolis security apparatus but it is not clear what, if any, control Mr Serraj has over the group. Reports in Libyan media suggested the TRB may have been acting on a warrant issued by Sadiq al-Sour, the Libyanattorney general,apparently relating to allegations of financial misconduct when he was in office. However Zeidan Zeidan said he had been assured by the attorney general there was no warrant and no court case had been brought. “If there was a warrant, it would have been an arrest, not a kidnapping,” he said. Mr Serrajs office did not respond to emailed questions on Tuesday. Repeated calls to his press office went unanswered.

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Under the 'fair use' rule of copyright law, an author may make limited use of another author's work without asking permission. Fair use is based on the belief that the public is entitled to freely use portions of copyrighted materials for purposes of commentary and criticism. The fair use privilege is perhaps the most significant limitation on a copyright owner's exclusive rights.

Fair use as described at 17 U.S.C. Section 107:

"Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phono-records or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.

In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:

  • (1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for or nonprofit educational purposes,
  • (2) the nature of the copyrighted work,
  • (3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole, and
  • (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work."