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Libya Signs $170M Jet Bombing Settlement

Libya on Friday signed a $170 million compensation accord with families of victims of a 1989 French passenger jet bombing, bringing closure to years of grief. The deal — which came 14 years after the bombing of the French UTA passenger plane over the Niger desert that killed 170 people — also was expected to open the way to a new era of ties between Tripoli and Paris. Applause broke out after the agreement was signed by a representative of victims’ relatives, Guillaume Denoix de Saint Marc, and the director of a Libyan foundation, Saleh Abdul Salam. A bank handling the transfer of funds and SOS-Attentat, a group that works for terrorism victims’ rights, also signed the private deal. Full Story

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