Libya offers cash to quit 'axis of evil'
Libya will ask to be removed from Washington’s “axis of evil” list after it has paid the families of the 270 victims of the Lockerbie bombing $10m (£6.3m) each, its foreign minister, Abdel Rahman Shalgham, told the Agence France Press news agency yesterday. “Libyan businessmen” had already set up a fund for the compensation, he said, and he hoped the damages would be paid soon, “perhaps in the coming weeks”. The amount, $2.7bn (£1.7bn), chimes with what US officials claimed Tripoli had offered in talks with Britain and the US in March when Libya admitted civic responsibility for the 1988 atrocity. Many relatives, however, have been pushing for an admission of full responsibility for the downing of PanAm flight 103. Full Story