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End of Sanctions Opens Doors for Libya

The United Nations’ lifting of sanctions on Libya — long branded a sponsor of terrorism — gives the country a chance to boost its oil industry, improve its human rights record and return to the international fold. People danced in the streets of Tripoli after the U.N. Security Council voted Friday to lift the 11-year-old embargo on arms sales and flights to Libya. Amnesty International welcomed the U.N. move, but urged Libya to clean up its human rights record. Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi tolerates no serious opposition, and Amnesty has accused his regime of holding hundreds of political prisoners. “We are hoping the return of Libya to the international community will engender an improvement in the human rights situation in that country,” Amnesty spokeswoman Nicole Choueiry said. Full Story

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