World Bulletin / News Desk
Libya may find it difficult to cover its budget expenditure next month or the one after unless strikes blocking oil ports and fields end, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said on Sunday.
A mix of militias, tribes and civil servants seeking political rights or higher pay have seized oil ports and fields across the OPEC producer, knocking down output to a fraction of its capacity of 1.25 million barrels a day.
"The budget is based on the assumption that oil revenues flow for the (full) year," Zeidan told reporters. "From next or the following month, there could be a problem covering expenditures."
Zeidan said the government had given the protesters a week to 10 days to clear the blocked oil fields and ports. "Otherwise, we will take measures," he said, declining to be more specific.
He said the blockage of the Mellitah terminal in Western Libya was threatening to halt the supply of gas through an undersea pipeline to Italy. The complex is owned by Italy's ENI and Libya's state-owned state National Oil Corp (NOC).
Protesters have already stopped oil exports from Mellitah and have threatened to halt gas exports from there too.
Singaporean Seah Chiang Nee, a former newspaper editor, died aged 76 in a local hospital on Saturday, his wife Patricia Wong said. He was hospitalised in July.
Renault reacted with a statement saying that its cars "are not equipped with cheating software affecting anti-pollution systems."
Worldwide tobacco use causes loss of $1 trillion and six million lives annually, says World Health Organization
China now owns five of the six largest solar module manufacturing firms in the world, according to the report.
Some 7.7 million new cases of dementia are reported every year, with Alzheimer's disease being the most common cause and contributing to 60–70% of cases.
Funding is critical to support the humanitarian needs of the poorest country in the Americas, said Mourad Wahba, the deputy special representative for the UN's stabilization mission in Haiti.
Conservationists estimate that more than 20,000 elephants were killed for their ivory last year, with similar tolls in previous years. The WWF campaign group says 415,000 of the animals remain.
Spanish police enforce severe restrictions on traffic in the capital as health fears grow over air pollution
The outbreak erupted in December last year in the slums of the capital Luanda, spreading to 16 of Angola's 18 provinces and into neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.
Number of births expected to continue falling as population ages, number of women in their 20s and 30s declines.
‘Consequences of an oil spill in this region could be substantially detrimental to the ecosystem," White House says
All but one highway passing through Tianjin also closed amid ‘extremely low’ visibility as north suffers from severe smog
A controversial dam project in Ethiopia has been inaugurated today effectively putting an end to the natural flooding of Ethiopia’s Omo River, on which 100,000 indigenous people depend and a further 100,000 rely indirectly.
Virus was detected in over 80 of 533 blood samples taken from newborn babies in 2015 and 2016
The U.S. filed its first charges in a generic drug price-fixing probe on Wednesday
Report sounds alarm about declining sea ice, snow, Greenland sheet ice