UN says convoy fired at in Libya

Updated 13 December 2012
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UN says convoy fired at in Libya

TRIPOLI: Unknown attackers fired at a convoy transporting United Nations personnel east of the Libyan capital yesterday, a UN spokeswoman told AFP, adding that no one was hurt.
“Yes, indeed there has been an incident. A UN convoy was shot at. There were no injuries,” said Radia Achouri, confirming reports that the attack took place in Khoms, 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of Tripoli.
This is the second attack on a UN convoy in Libya this year.
On April 10, an explosive device was thrown at a convoy carrying Ian Martin, then head of the UN mission to Libya, wounding one person.
Security is the biggest challenge faced by the North African nation in the wake of a conflict that toppled dictator Muammar Qaddafi last year.


Iran will not seek permission from any power to develop weapons: IRNA

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Iran will not seek permission from any power to develop weapons: IRNA

  • The chief of staff of Iran’s armed forces dismissed US demands for Tehran to curb its influence in the region

LONDON: The chief of staff of Iran’s armed forces dismissed on Wednesday US demands for Tehran to curb its influence in the region, and said it would not seek permission from any country to develop defense capabilities.
“Iranian armed forces are now, thanks to God, more prepared than ever and will not wait for the permission or approval of any power to develop defense capabilities,” Major General Mohammad Bagheri was quoted as saying by the state news agency IRNA.