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Steve Bell on the burial of Muammar Gaddafi

26.10.2011 Steve Bell

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Steve Bell’s “IF” – Cameron gives the rebels what they want.

Steve Bell's If… 24.10.2011

Steve Bell's If…

Steve Bell's If ... 26/10/11

Steve Bell's If … 27/10/11

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BP Oil Spill Whistleblowers And Experts Continue To Mysteriously Die.

October 28, 2011 1 comment

The Intel Hub   October 27th, 2011.   Find Article Here:-

In the last year and a half at least 10 experts, whistleblowers and BP connected individuals have died under mysterious circumstances.

This information was widely reported in an April 10th, 2011 video which at the time listed 9 deaths and 3 imprisonments, disappearances, or attempted assassinations.

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Now, another BP oil spill connected individual has mysteriously died, moving the number of oil spill connected deaths to at least 10.

George Thomas Wainwright, a BP ROV pilot was supposedly killed in a freak shark attack in Australia.

The avid outdoorsman and Texas A&M graduate was a marine systems engineer involved with capping the Macondo well after last year’s BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Wainwright – whose body was recovered by the college friends he was boating with – is the third man killed by a great white in the state in two months.

While this is obviously a very sad story, it may have a more sinister meaning considering the fact that at least 9 other BP and oil spill related whistleblowers or experts have died since the oil spill that saw a horrendous amount of openly toxic dispersant sprayed throughout the gulf.

Consider this breakdown from Real Coastal Warriors:

Tucker Mendoza

April 2, 2011 – Tucker Mendoza, gulf truth activist, still recovering, along with his niece. Shot four times through his front door, niece hit twice. Anyone with information regarding this shooting incident should call St. John the Baptist Parish Detectives at 985-359-8769 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

Gregory Stone

February 17, 2011 – LSU scientist Gregory Stone, 54 – Died of Unknown Illness. Stone was an oft-quoted expert concerning the damage the leaked oil might cause to the coast.

Anthony Nicholas Tremonte

January 26, 2011 – Anthony Nicholas Tremonte, age 31 – Mississippi Department of Marine Resources officer, from Ocean Springs arrested on child porn charge.

Dr. Thomas B. Manton

January 19, 2011 – Dr. Thomas B. Manton, former President and CEO of the International Oil Spill Control Corporation – imprisonment and subsequent murder while jailed.

John P. Wheeler III

December 31, 2010 – John P. Wheeler III, a former Pentagon official and presidential aide and a defense consultant and expert on chemical and biological weapons – was beaten to death in an assault, body was discovered in a Wilmington landfill.

James Patrick Black

November 23, 2010 – James Patrick Black, an incident commander for BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill response team, died Tuesday night near Destin, Florida in a small plane crash.

Chitra Chaunhan

November 15, 2010 – Chitra Chaunhan, age 33, worked in the USF Center for Biological Defense and Global Health Infectious Disease Research – Found dead in an apparent suicide by cyanide at a Temple Terrace hotel. She leaves behind a husband and a young child.

Dr. Geoffrey Gardner

November, 2010 – MIA Status – Dr. Geoffrey Gardner of Lakeland, FL – Swan expert who “ran into legal trouble over an expired prescription license has closed his practice” — Was investigating unexplained bird deaths near Sarasota abruptly and immediately closed his practice, and apparently his investigation into the deaths of swans in Sarasota, suspected to have been impacted by the BP Oil Disaster. No one has heard or spoken with him since. Watch this news report covering his investigation before his disappearance:

Roger Grooters

October 6, 2010 – Roger Grooters, age 66, was hit by a truck as he passed through Panama City, Florida. Mr. Grooters had been knocked down and killed close to the end of a 3,200-mile trans-America charity ride to raise awareness about the Gulf Coast oil disaster. He began his cross-country bike ride in Oceanside, California, on September 10th. Grooters’s family and friends will cycle the final stretch of the journey from the Pacific to the Atlantic in his honour, raising cash to support Gulf Coast families.

Senator Ted Stevens

August 9, 2010 – Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, 86, the longest-serving Republican senator in history, was among nine people on board when the 1957 DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter, crashed into a brush- and rock-covered mountainside Monday afternoon about 17 miles north of the southwest Alaska fishing town of Dillingham, federal officials said. Stevens was the recipient of a whistleblower’s communication relative to the BP Oil Disaster blow-out preventer, and a conspiracy of secrecy to hide the facts from the public.

“You and your fellow Committee members may wish to require BP to explain what action was ultimately instituted to cease the practice of falsifying BOP tests at BP Prudhoe drilling rigs. It was a cost saving but dangerous practice, again endangering the BP workforce, until I exposed it to Senator Ted Stevens, the EPA, and the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.” The cause of the crash is still an OPEN investigation by the NTSB (

Matthew Simmons

August 13, 2010 – Matthew Simmons, age 67 – Simmons’ body was found Sunday night in his hot tub, investigators said. An autopsy by the state medical examiner’s office concluded Monday that he died from accidental drowning with heart disease as a contributing factor – “It was painful as can be” to be only insider willing to speak out against the “officials” during the BP Oil Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Scientist Joseph Morrissey

April 6, 2010 – Scientist Joseph Morrissey, age 46 – cell biologist and college professor, a near-native Floridian who chose to return to South Florida after studying at elite universities – was fatally shot during what police say was a home invasion robbery.

And now, after the untimely death of George Thomas Wainwright we can add another to this eerie list: (First part of deaths lists courtesy of Real Coastal Warriors.)

Marine Systems Engineer George Thomas Wainwright

October 22nd/23rd 2011 – BP ROV pilot George Wainwright was killed in apparent freak shark attack off the cost of Australia where some believe he was hiding out in fear of his life.(unconfirmed)

These mysterious deaths absolutely must be investigated but without widespread media coverage they will most likely remain largely unknown. The sad fact is most journalists may actually fear reprisal if they even bring up these deaths.

Government under fire over alleged BBC licence fee talks with News Corp.

John McDonnell MP calls for more details about ministerial meetings with News Corporation before licence fee settlement.

Labour MP John McDonnell

Labour MP John McDonnell has challenged the government to disclose details about alleged meetings with the Murdochs to discuss the BBC licence fee freeze. Photograph: Fiona Hanson/PA

The government has been urged to look again at the BBC‘s funding and reveal the extent to which it was discussed with News Corporation before last year’s shotgun licence fee settlement.

John McDonnell MP claimed there were “undue influences from the Murdoch empire” in the hastily agreed settlement that saw the licence fee frozen for six years and the corporation take on a greater financial burden, including the BBC World Service.

Asked to provide evidence to back up his claims, McDonnell, the Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington in west London, said: “That’s one of the issues we have been raising with ministers.

“It would be helpful if ministers could publish the information about the number of times that they met with the Murdoch empire to discuss the licence fee itself.

“Up until now we have not received any detailed information from them about the times that they met with Murdoch and the times they discussed the licence fee settlement.”

McDonnell said James Murdoch, the under-fire deputy chief operating officer at News Corporation, had made it “quite clear” that he wanted a reduced licence fee so that News Corporation could “exploit and develop their own empire at the expense of the BBC”.

Culture minister Ed Vaizey, responding to McDonnell in a Westminster Hall debate about the future of BBC local radio on Wednesday, said: “I have never discussed the licence fee with Rupert Murdoch or the Murdoch empire.

“Funnily enough the most influential discussion I had was with the Guardian Media Group [publisher of] who complained about the size of the BBC website.”

McDonnell responded: “To be frank I think those discussions around the BBC licence fee that took place with News International were above the honourable member’s pay grade.”

Shadow culture minister Helen Goodman said she hoped Vaizey would not “wash his hands” of the £700m programme of cuts being driven through at the BBC, with the loss of 2,000 jobs, as a result of last year’s funding agreement.

She said the growth in inflation since the deal was struck in October last year meant the licence fee was being eroded even faster than anticipated.

“Since the chancellor of the exchequer has not kept inflation under control we can all work out the cuts are going to be much larger. Does he not see there is a case for readdressing the size of the licence fee?”

But Vaizey described the settlement as a “good deal” for the BBC. “There is not a single other media group in the country that has certainty of funding going to 20116/17. That is an enormous luxury.”

MPs accused him of being “lighthearted” about their concerns for local radio – Vaizey used one reply to come up with a jingle for BBC Radio Oxford – and former Labour culture minister Ben Bradshaw said he was acting like a cheerleader for the corporation.

“With due respect to the minister his speech could have been written by BBC management,” said Bradshaw.

“My job is to be a candid friend of the BBC, I don’t apologise for supporting it,” said Vaizey.

“It is certainly not my job to tell the BBC what to do, it would be quite wrong for a minister to tell the BBC to close down a particular service or save a particular service. That is a job for BBC management.”

Sir Martin Sorrell defends top pay.

A report has found that top executives in the UK are getting paid 49% more than they were last year.

Chief executive of WPP, the world’s biggest advertising company, Sir Martin Sorrell, saw his pay rise by 70% last year.

He explains on the BBC Radio4 “Today” programme why he deserves his salary.   Listen Here:-

Sir Martin Sorrell’s pay rises to £4.5m.

WPP boss sees pay package soar 70% after advertising group’s pre-tax profits rose 28% to £851m last year.

Sir Martin Sorrell

Sir Martin Sorrell was paid a bonus of £1.9m. Photograph: Micha Theiner/City AM / Rex Feat

Sir Martin Sorrell saw his total remuneration package soar by more than 70% last year, to more than £4.5m, thanks to an almost £2m bonus payout after a strong recovery from the downturn by WPP.

Sorrell’s pay packet – which fell from £3.5m in 2008 to £2.7m in 2009 as his usual £1m-plus bonus was slashed in the recession – spectacularly bounced back as WPP reported a 28% increase in pre-tax profits to £851m in 2010.

The performance netted Sorrell a bonus payout of £1.9m – almost five times the £406,000 he received in 2009 – although it seems he still has room for improvement.

The maximum bonus Sorrell could have been awarded was £2m – 200% of his base salary of just over £1m – yet the remuneration committee decided he should receive a bonus of 190%.

He was deemed to achieved the maximum criteria on financial performance, 170% on meeting strategic objectives and maximum on business – which includes sub-criteria such as improving creative reputation and developing digital strategy.

Sorrell’s remuneration was also boosted by a significant upping in the value of shares, under the executive share awards scheme, which soared from £546,000 in 2009 to £950,000 last year.

His base salary remained a shade over £1m and benefit payments also stayed almost the same year on year at £374,000. Pension payments totalling £400,000 also remained almost on par year on year.

Overall remuneration costs at WPP were £7.88m last year, compared to £4.9m in 2009.

WPP plc (LSEWPP, NASDAQWPPGY) is a global media communications services company with its main management office in London, United Kingdom and its executive office in Dublin, Ireland.[4] It is the world’s largest advertising group by revenues, and has over 2,400 offices in 107 countries.[3][5] It owns a number of advertising, public relations and market research networks, including Grey, Burson-Marsteller, Hill & Knowlton, JWT, Ogilvy Group, TNS and Young & Rubicam.[3]

Its primary listing is on the London Stock Exchange and it is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. It has a secondary listing on NASDAQ.

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Europe’s rescue euphoria threatened as Portugal enters ‘Grecian vortex’.

October 28, 2011 1 comment

Monetary contraction in Portugal has intensified at an alarming pace and is mimicking the pattern seen in Greece before its economy spiralled out of control, raising concerns that the EU summit deal may soon washed over by fast-moving events.

By   27th October 2011.   Find Full Article Here:-

Monetary contraction in Portugal has intensified at an alarming pace and is mimicking the pattern seen in Greece before its economy spiralled out of control, raising concerns that the EU summit deal may soon washed over by fast-moving events.

Data released by the European Central Bank show that real M1 deposits in Portugal have fallen at an annualised rate of 21pc over the last six months, buckling violently in September.

“Portugal appears to have entered a Grecian vortex and monetary trends have deteriorated sharply in Spain, with a decline of 8.4pc,” said Simon Ward, from Henderson Global Investors. Mr Ward said the ECB must cut interest rates “immediately” and launch a full-scale blitz of quantitative easing of up to 10pc of eurozone GDP.

The M1 data – cash and current accounts – is watched by experts as a leading indicator for the economy six months to a year ahead. It has been an accurate warning signal for each stage of the crisis since 2007.

A mix of fiscal austerity and monetary tightening by the ECB earlier this year appear to have tipped the Iberian region into a downward slide. “The trends are less awful in Ireland and Italy, suggesting that both are rescuable if the ECB acts aggressively,” said Mr Ward.

A shrinking money supply is dangerous for countries with a high debt stock. Portugal’s public and private debt will reach 360pc of GDP by next year, far higher than in Greece.

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The Subversion Of The Free Press By The CIA

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Who Was Muammar Qaddafi? Libya’s Wealth Redistribution Project.

by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya   Global Research, October 27th, 2011.   Find Articles 1 to 4 Here:-

Fourth of Four Installments on Libya: Who is Stealing the Wealth?
Colonel Muammar Qaddafi symbolizes many things to many different people around the world. Love or hate the Libyan leader, under his rule Libya transformed from one of the poorest countries on the face of the planet into the country with the highest standard of living in Africa. In the words of Professor Henri Habibi:

When Libya was granted its independence by the United Nations on December 24, 1951, it was described as one of the poorest and most backward nations of the world. The population at the time was not more than 1.5 million, was over 90% illiterate, and had no political experience or knowhow. There were no universities, and only a limited number of high schools which had been established seven years before independence. [1]

Qaddafi had many grand plans. He wanted to create a South Atlantic Treaty Organization to protect Africa and Latin America. He advocated for a gold dinar standard as the currency of Muslim countries. Many of his plans were also of a pan-African nature. This included the formation of a United States of Africa.

Qaddafi’s Pan-African Projects

Colonel Qaddafi started the Great Man-Made River, which consisted in a massive project to transform the Sahara Desert and reverse the desertification of Africa. The Great Man-Made River with its irrigation plans was also intended to support the agricultural sector in other parts of Africa. This project was a military target of NATO bombings. Without just cause, NATO’s bombing campaign was intent upon destroying the Great Man-Made River.

Qaddafi also envisioned independent pan-African financial institutions. The Libyan Investment Authority and the Libyan Foreign Bank were important players in setting up these institutions. Qaddafi, through the Libyan Foreign Bank and the Libyan Investment Authority, was instrumental in setting up Africa’s first satellite network, the Regional African Satellite Communication Organization (RASCOM), to reduce African dependence on external powers. [2]

His crowning achievement would have been the creation of the United States of Africa. The supranational entity would have been created through the African Investment Bank, the African Monetary Fund, and finally the African Central Bank. These institutions were all viewed with animosity by the European Union, United States, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and World Bank.

Qaddafi’s Wealth Redistribution Project

Qaddafi had a wealth redistribution project inside Libya. U.S. Congressional sources in a report to the U.S. Congress even acknowledge this. On February 18, 2011 one report states:

In March 2008, [Colonel Qaddafi] announced his intention to dissolve most government administrative bodies and institute a Wealth Distribution Program whereby state oil revenues would be distributed to citizens on a monthly basis for them to administer personally, in cooperation, and via local committees. Citing popular criticism of government performance in a long, wide ranging speech, [he] repeatedly stated that the traditional state would soon be “dead” in Libya and that direct rule by citizens would be accomplished through the distribution of oil revenues. [The military], foreign affairs, security, and oil production arrangements reportedly would remain national government responsibilities, while other bodies would be phased out. In early 2009, Libya’s Basic People’s Congresses considered variations of the proposals, and the General People’s Congress voted to delay implementation. [3]

Qaddafi wanted all the people of Libya to have direct access to the nation’s wealth. He was also aware of the deep rooted corruption that plagued the ranks of the Libyan government. This was one of the reasons why he wanted to apply a model of political anarchy in Libya through progressive steps. He was talking about both these project for a few years.

On the other hand, the Wealth Redistribution Project, along with the establishment of an anarchist political system, was viewed as a very serious threat by the U.S., the E.U., and a group of corrupt Libyan officials. If successful, the reforms could have created political unrest amongst many domestic populations around the world. Internally, many Libyan officials were working to delay the project. This included reaching out to external powers to intervene in Libya to stop Qaddafi and his projects.

Why Mahmoud Jibril Joined the Transitional Council

Amongst the Libyan officials that were heavily opposed to this project and viewed it with horror was Mahmoud Jibril. Jibril was put into place by Saif Al-Islam Qaddafi. Because of strong influence and advice from the U.S. and the E.U., Saif Al-Islam selected Jibril to transform the Libyan economy and impose a wave of neo-liberal economic reforms that would open the Libyan market.

Jibril became the head of two bodies in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, the National Planning Council of Libya and National Economic Development Board of Libya. While the National Economic Development Board was a regular ministry, the National Planning Council would actually put Jibril in a government position above that of the Office of the General-Secretary of the People’s Committee of Libya (which is the equivalent of the post of a prime minister). Jibril actually became one of the forces that opened the doors of privatization and poverty in Libya.

About six months before the conflict erupted in Libya, Mahmoud Jibiril actually met with Bernard-Henri Lévy in Australia to discuss forming the Transitional Council and deposing Colonel Qaddafi. [4] He described Qaddafi’s Wealth Redistribution Project as “crazy” in minutes and documents from the National Economic Development Board of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. [5] Jibril strongly believed that the Libyan masses were not fit to govern themselves and that an elite should always control the fate and wealth of any nation. What Jibril wanted to do is downsize the Libyan government and layoff a large segment of the public sector, but in exchange increase government regulations in Libya. He would also always cite Singapore as the perfect example of a neo-liberal state. While in Singapore, which he regularly visited, it is likely that he also meet with Bernard-Henri Lévy.

When the problems erupted in Benghazi, Mahmoud Jibril immediately went to Cairo, Egypt. He told his colleagues that he would be back in Tripoli soon, but he had no intention of returning. In reality, he went to Cairo to meet the leaders of the Syrian National Council and Lévy. They were all waiting for him inside Cairo to coordinate the events in Libya and Syria. This is one of the reasons that the Transitional Council has recognized the Syrian National Council as the legitimate government of Syria.

Do Not Pity the Dead, Pity the Living!

Muammar Qaddafi is now dead.

He was murdered in his hometown of Sirte.

He stood his ground until the end like he said he would.

The Transitional Council, which vowed to take him to court had him murdered.

He even reminded the men who beat him, anally raped him, mocked him, and finally murdered him that they were not following the laws of Islam about respectful treatment of prisoners. NATO played a central role and oversaw the whole event.

The murder was systematic, because after Qaddafi was murdered his son and several other Libyan leaders were killed too.

Colonel Qaddafi’s death marks a historic milestone for Libya. An old era has ended in Libya and a new chapter begins.

Libya will not become a new paradise like the Transitional Council says. In many cases the living will envy the dead, because of men like Mahmoud Jibril, Ali Tarhouni, and Sliman Bouchuiguir.

Mahmoud Jibril is a mere opportunist. The man had no problems being a government official under the late Qaddafi. He never complained about human rights or a lack of democracy. He was the prime minister of the Transitional Council of Libya until a few days after the savage murder of Colonel Qaddafi. The opposition of Jibril to the late Qaddafi’s Wealth Redistribution Project and his elitist attitude are amongst the reasons he conspired against Qaddafi and helped form the Transitional Council.

Is this ex-regime official, who has always been an open supporter of the Arab dictators in the Persian Gulf, really a representative and champion of the people? How about his colleagues in the Transitional Council who negotiated oil contracts with NATO member states, even before they held any so-called government positions in the Transitional Council?

Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya is a Sociologist and Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Montréal. He specializes on the Middle East and Central Asia. He was on the ground in Libya for over two months and was also a Special Correspondent for Flashpoints, which is an investigative news program carried on numerous stations in the United States and based in Berkeley, California. Nazemroaya has been releasing these articles about Libya in conjunction with aired discussions (now archived) with Cynthia McKinney on Freedom Now, a show aired on Saturdays on KPFK, Los Angeles, California.

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Gaddafi and Berlusconi signed accord worth billions.


Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (L) is greeted by Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi in Benghazi August 30, 2008. Libya and Italy signed an accord on Saturday under which Italy will pay billions of dollars in compensation and investments for colonial misdeeds during its decades-long rule of the North African country. REUTERS-Livio Anticoli-Italian Prime Minister's Press Office-Handout
Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (2nd L) exchanges gifts with Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi in Benghazi August 30, 2008. Libya and Italy signed an accord on Saturday under which Italy will pay billions of dollars in compensation and investments for colonial misdeeds during its decades-long rule of the North African country. REUTERS-Livio Anticoli-Italian Prime Minister's Press Office-Handout
Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (L) shakes hands with Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi during their meeting in Benghazi August 30, 2008. Libya and Italy signed an accord on Saturday under which Italy will pay billions of dollars in compensation and investments for colonial misdeeds during its decades-long rule of the North African country. In a goodwill gesture on Saturday, Italy returned an ancient statue of Venus (R) taken to Rome during colonial rule, Libyan state media reported. The headless 'Venus of Cyrene' was carried away from the town of Cyrene, an ancient Greek colony, by Italian troops and put on display in Rome. REUTERS-Livio Anticoli-Italian Prime Minister's Press Office-Handout

By Salah Sarrar

BENGHAZI, Libya | Sat Aug 30th, 2008.   Find Article Here:-

Libya and Italy signed an accord on Saturday under which Italy will pay $5 billion in compensation for colonial misdeeds during its decades-long rule of the North African country.

“This accord opens the door to the future cooperation and partnership between Italy and Libya,” Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said at the signing ceremony at a palace which was once the headquarters of the Rome government’s senior official during the 1911-1943 colonial rule.

Italy has had difficult relations with Gaddafi since he took power in 1969 but has backed Tripoli’s recent drive to mend fences with the West. The “friendship pact” removes a major hurdle to an improvement in ties.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said the accord ends “40 years of misunderstanding”, adding that “it is a complete and moral acknowledgement of the damage inflicted on Libya by Italy during the colonial era”.

“In the name of the Italian people … I feel the duty to apologise and show our pain for what happened many years ago and which affected many of your families,” Berlusconi said, according to a text on the government’s website.

Libya says Italian troops killed thousands of Libyans and drove thousands more from their villages and cities during the colonial era.

“In this historic document, Italy apologises for its killing, destruction and repression against Libyans during the colonial rule,” Gaddafi said.

Present day Italy is a friendly country, added Gaddafi, who expelled Italian residents and confiscated their property in 1970.

Gaddafi gave no details of the amount of money involved in the deal but Berlusconi said on arrival that $200 million per year will be invested by Italy in Libya over 25 years.

“Italian companies will set up more business in Libya,” Berlusconi said, without giving details.


Italian officials said the amount of compensation would total $5 billion in investments, including the construction of a highway across Libya from the Tunisian border to Egypt.

It also involves a project to clear mines dating back to the colonial era.

Italy expects in return to win energy contracts and for the Tripoli government to toughen security measures, including joint maritime patrols, to stem the flow of illegal migrants.

In a goodwill gesture on Saturday, Italy returned an ancient statue of Venus taken to Rome during colonial rule, Libyan state media reported.

The headless “Venus of Cyrene” was carried away from the town of Cyrene, an ancient Greek colony, by Italian troops and put on display in Rome.

Tripoli’s relations with the West have improved dramatically since 2003 when Libya accepted responsibility for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Libya has also said it would stop pursuing nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

On August 14 Libya signed a deal with the United States to settle both countries’ claims for compensation for bombings.

(Additional reporting by Philip Pullella in Rome)

(Writing by Lamine Ghanmi; editing by Robert Hart)

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