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Book review: Gaddafi's Harem, By Annick Cojean (trs by Marjolijn de Jager)

Muammar Gaddafi’s political excesses have been well documented. His sexual crimes are only now coming to light. By sharing his victims’ stories, Annick Cojean, a reporter for Le Monde, opens the floodgates. Her account of a sex-obsessed tyrant exposes the full extent of Gaddafi’s brutality.

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Saif Gaddafi, son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, missed a court hearing

Muammar Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, misses court date after Libyan militia fail to transfer him

The son of Libya’s former dictator Muammar Gaddafi missed a court hearing today after the militia holding him refused to send him to the capital, Tripoli, underscoring the weakness of the central government after the country’s civil war.

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Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have put Russia back on the top table

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Voters on verge of expelling Australia’s ‘nastiest’ MP

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Alastair Campbell says he is still in regular touch with Tony Blair

Alastair Campbell reveals offer to work on behalf of Syrian government to improve its global image

Assad regime once sought help with its publicity from former No 10 director of communications

An explosion killed the military prosecutor Yussef Ali al-Asseifar in Benghazi last week

Special report: We all thought Libya had moved on – it has, but into lawlessness and ruin

Libya has plunged unnoticed into its worst political and economic crisis since the defeat of Gaddafi

The News Matrix: Wednesday 28 August 2013

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Bomb blast hits Egyptian consulate in Benghazi

A bomb has ripped through the Egyptian consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, leaving a security guard needing hospital treatment.

Postcard from... Milan

Saudi prince loses £6.5m Gaddafi claim

A billionaire Saudi prince has lost a High Court fight with a Jordanian businesswoman.

Gaddafi minister sentenced to death in Libya

A criminal court in the western city of Misrata has sentenced a Gaddafi-era education minister to death for murder and for inciting violence during the 2011 civil war.

Rome counts down to Silvio Berlusconi tax fraud verdict

Postcard from Italy: Billionaire mogul has been told by his lawyers to put a sock in it

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Billionaire Saudi prince loses commission fight over Gaddafi airliner

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