Today in History for January 31st

(31 Jan 2019) Highlights of Today in History: US launches first satellite into orbit; Libyan intelligence officer convicted of Pan Am 103 bombing; US Soldier executed for desertion during World War II; Norman Mailer born; Franz Schubert born. (Jan. 31)

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Austrian Chancellor receives Lybian Prime Minister in Vienna

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz receives Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj in Vienna. IMAGES of Kurz and al-Sarraj shaking hands and talking in reception room

Libya’s ‘green gold’ olive industry hit by export ban

Stretching as far as the eye can see, groves of gnarled olive trees in northwest Libya have proudly withstood the country’s devastating conflicts. But the industry of extracting olive oil, often dubbed “green gold”, is now under threat after Libyan authorities halted exports in a bid to “protect” local produce.

Family photo ahead of talks on Libya in Palermo

Global leaders who are meeting in Italy in a bid to kick-start Libya’s long stalled political process pose for a family photo. Absent from the photo is eastern Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, who is in Palermo but has said he will not join the talks and instead will meet with leaders in the margins of the main conference. IMAGES of the family photo

SOS Mediterranee issues a rallying cry to save the Aquarius

SOS Mediterranee calls for citizen mobilization to “save the Aquarius”. At a press conference in Marseille, the NGO called on the public to gather across Europe on 6 October so that its ship – which currently has no flag after Panama withdrew it – can continue life-saving rescue operations off the Libyan coast.

Civilians killed in days of clashes near Libya capital

Libyans gather at the site where a mortar shell landed south of Tripoli. At least 27 people have been killed and nearly 100 wounded in several days of fighting between rival militias near the Libyan capital.

Dynamite fishing thrives in Libya’s chaos

Libyan fishermen in Tripoli react to the increasing use of dynamite to catch fish. Dynamite or blast fishing has flourished in Libya since the 2011 when the country became rife with weapons and explosives in the aftermath of the revolt that toppled and killed dictator Moamer Kadhafi.