World Bulletin / News Desk
Essam Baitelmel, a member of the Libyan team investigating the abduction, said the kidnappers had demanded the release of Mohamed Dersi, a Libyan Islamist militant jailed for life in 2007 for plotting to blow up the main airport in Jordan.
The kidnappers made their demands in a call to the ambassador's own cellphone, which was left behind in the car after the abduction, Baitelmel said. They said the diplomat was unharmed.
Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour told parliament the government would take "all necessary measures to protect his life and release him."
"Jordan has currently locked up some of the top global al Qaeda scholars and jihadists like Mohammad al Makdisi and Abu Qatada. A deal over Dersi may encourage other jihadists to follow suit, so, very tricky," a senior Jordanian intelligence official told Reuters.
Royal Jordanian Airlines suspended flights to Tripoli after the kdinapping.
Kidnappings have become commonplace in Libya, with foreign officials often the targets. Since the start of the year, five Egyptian diplomats, a Tunisian diplomat and a South Korean trade official have been abducted.
The weak interim government has been unable to disarm former rebels and Islamist militants who fought in the uprising that deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and who have formed increasingly powerful and violent militias.
Last week, Libya's interim prime minister resigned after just one month into the job, saying gunmen had tried to attack his family.
Local officials, policemen and army personnel are also targeted there have been some random acts of violence against ordinary foreigners.
In December, an American teacher was shot dead in Benghazi and, in January, a British man and a New Zealand woman were shot execution-style on a beach in the west and a month later, seven Egyptian Christians were found dead in a similar manner in the east.
Tribal groups, militias and even local citizens resort to road blockades and, more seriously, to shutting down the OPEC member's vital oil facilities as a negotiating tactic.
Most of the oilfields and some major ports have been completely shut for nine months by groups in the east seeking greater autonomy.
In the west, various different groups have also blocked oil installations on-and-off during the same period, demanding more minority rights or calling for changes to electoral laws.
The President swore the oath of office in a brief ceremony in the capital Lome that was accompanied by a 21-gun salute.
Kongo issued new law that women will be able to wear the full-face veil in their homes or in mosques, but not in public places like the market.
Psident Reuven Rivlin expressed empathy for members of the Ethiopian community on Monday, admitting that the State of Israel had “erred” in its treatment of the group
Participants in the demonstration, which was organized by the National Committee to Break the Siege of Gaza, waved Palestinian flags and chanted slogans
His trip to the African country coincides with improving U.S.-Kenyan ties and sets the stage for President Barack Obama's visit this summer.
Merkel said intelligence agencies are working to ensure the public's safety and the German government will do everything it can to ensure that it can carry out its job
Lieberman said that the coalition government currently being set up by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was "the embodiment of opportunism"
The four submarines involved, including a Swedish one, will be tasked to approach and target the ships undetected, simulating an attack on surface ships.
Burundi activist says two protesters were killed on Monday, no police comment.
US House committee discussed bill on April 29 aiming to provide weapons to Kurds and Sunni tribes in Iraq.
Civil society groups and political activists in South Africa have accused the government of spying on their operations in contravention of the law
An Israeli NGO said it had collected testimony from 60 Israeli soldiers and officers who had participated in last summer's offensive – dubbed "Operation Protective Edge" – against the Gaza Strip.
Republican former CEO Carly Fiorina says he enters White House race
U.S. companies are prevented from investing in Iran's oil and gas industries or trading with them.
Armed mercenaries serving the Eritrean government are terrorizing civilians in northern Djibouti, Interior Minister Hassan Omar Mohamed said in a statement
Mortar shells hit the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights, injuring two UN peacekeepers, according to the Israeli army.