Establishing a relationship of “trust” with the LIA allowed the bank to make $350m from a series of trades worth $1bn that ultimately proved worthless
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Wednesday 11 April 2012
Court keeps UK role secret – as No 10 calls for police to question Labour ministers
Monday 26 March 2012
Were it not for the looming presence of al-Qa'ida (AQIM) in the Maghreb, last week's military coup in Mali might be met with the half-anxious apathy with which the international community usually greets upheavals in Saharan Africa.
Friday 23 March 2012
The weapons and fighters that have flooded south through the Sahara may be new but the Tuareg rebellion in the north of Mali has colonial roots. The design of the country by the French left the Tuareg minority of the north under the notional control of an often hostile south, and the results have mirrored those of similar carve-ups across Africa.
Friday 23 March 2012
Leader toppled after his forces say they cannot hold out against returning mercenaries
Saturday 17 March 2012
Dictator's son planned a deadly aquarium on board his floating palace of marble and gold
Tuesday 13 March 2012
A furious President Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday denied on live television that he had received €50m (£42m) in illegal campaign funding from the Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi in 2007.
Friday 09 March 2012
While it is certainly good news that Syria's Deputy Oil Minister has defected to join the year-long revolt against the regime of Bashar al-Assad, it is nonetheless important to get the development into perspective.
Sunday 26 February 2012
Talk of the 'complexity and nuances' of the Syrian case has led to political paralysis, and will do nothing to help the city of Homs
Friday 24 February 2012
US raises alert over possible chemical weapons arsenal as world leaders meet
Thursday 16 February 2012
Almost a year after the start of the Libyan uprising that led to the ousting and killing of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, new research suggests more than a third of its citizens would rather return to being ruled by a strongman than embrace democracy.
Wednesday 15 February 2012
Almost a year after the start of the uprising in Libya, which eventually led to the ouster and killing of Colonel Gaddafi, new research suggests that more than a third of Libyans would rather return to being ruled by a strongman, rather than embrace democracy.
Monday 13 February 2012
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who was the presumed heir to the toppled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, will be moved to a Tripoli prison within two months and then face trial, the chairman of Libya's National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, said yesterday.
Friday 27 January 2012
The moral authority of Libya's new government was called into question by two leading international aid groups yesterday as concerns rise that the National Transitional Council, backed by Western governments in last year's civil war, is failing on its promises to deliver freedom and democracy.
Friday 27 January 2012
Libya slips back towards the barbarism of Gaddafi
Wednesday 25 January 2012
It was never going to be easy. Despite the jubilation in Libya at the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi last September, the overthrow of the dictator was only ever the end of the beginning. And so it is proving. While international attention has shifted to the bloodshed in Syria, the National Transitional Council in Tripoli has struggled either to bring to heel the hotchpotch of militias that made up Libya's rebel forces, or to satisfy the demands of a newly enfranchised citizenry, or to defuse tribal tensions stirred up by the revolution.
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