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All updates are in Libyan local time (GMT +2)
6:10pm: The first of around 50 Libyan patients injured during the uprising in the country has arrived in Britain for medical treatment among them is 15 year old AbdulMalek Hamadi who suffered devastating injuries when a grenade he was playing with blew up.The Libyan government is paying for his treatment here, as well as for treatment for the other patients who will come over. Plastic surgeon Shehan Hettiaratchy said: “I think, if he had been left, his injuries would have become infected and septic.
6:00pm: The new leader of Libya’s sovereign-wealth fund said he has recommended that an independent committee investigate all past investments made during the Gaddafi regime for possible corruption. In an interview, Rafik Nayed, the Libyan Investment Authority’s acting chief executive since last month, said the fund’s investment operations are on hold while a new management team sifts through $65 billion in holdings and tries to unravel previous dealings with people tied to Gaddafi.
5:20pm: Gaddafi spokesman Moussa Ibrahim says that 151 civilians had been killed in Sirte in the previous 36 hours, as pro-government forces attempted to take the town and the other northern Gaddafi bastion of Bani Walid. As journalists are unable to reach the city, it is difficult to verify the claims.
5:00pm: The European Union said Friday it was lifting sanctions on Libya’s National Oil Corp. following the fall of Col. Moammar Gadhafi last month, ending a key hurdle to the meaningful return of the country’s oil exports to European consumers.In its official journal, the EU said it was striking NOC, along with state-controlled oil-field and port operator Zueitina Oil Co., from a list of entities European companies were barred to have transactions with.
4:00pm: Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi was arrested overnight in the southern town of Tameghza, near Tunisia’s border with Algeria, according to ministry spokesman Hichem Meddeb.Meddeb said Thursday two others were detained along with al-Mahmoudi after Tunisian officials found none had visas
2:00pm: In Vienna, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) spokeswoman Gill Tudor said, “We can confirm that there is yellow cake stored in drums at a site near Sabha … which Libya previously declared to the IAEA.”
12:31pm: An interim government in Libya will be announced within the next few days and include 22 ministerial portfolios, a spokesman for the North African country’s transitional rulers said on Friday.
“We’ve agreed on a number of portfolios and who would hold the most important ones. There will be 22 portfolios and one vice premier,” said Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, a spokesman for the National Transitional Council (NTC). “It would be a compact government, a crisis government.”
Discussions in Libya to set up a more inclusive interim government have been unproductive before. It remains unclear whether the NTC, still based in the eastern city of Benghazi, can unify a country split along tribal and regional lines.
9:54am: Libyan energy firm Sirte Oil has resumed gas output in the Hateiba and Assoumoud gas fields in eastern Libya and supplies are now flowing to coastal power plants, its chairman has said, reducing the need for expensive diesel imports.
Violent clashes between Libya’s interim leaders and those still loyal to deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi have raged along Libya’s eastern coastline since the revolt began in February, leading to a virtual halt in oil and gas production.
Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte, which the oil company is named after, is still contested.
“We have started producing and sending gas to the power plants of Benghazi and Zuetina. We even sent some power to Egypt the other day,” Sirte Oil Chairman Fathi Issa told Reuters by telephone.
“Soon we won’t have to use diesel anymore.”
8:40am: US Ambassador Gene Cretz returned to Libya to repoen the US embassy in Tripoli on Thursday following a flag-raising ceremony
7:38am: The UN atomic agency said on Thursday that Gaddafi’s government had stored raw uranium near Sabha, after CNN reported that NTC forces had found a military site containing what appeared to be radioactive material.
In Vienna, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) spokeswoman Gill Tudor said, “We can confirm that there is yellow cake stored in drums at a site near Sabha … which Libya previously declared to the IAEA.”