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Libya to Pay $170 Million In Bombing of Airliner in '89

Libya formally agreed Friday to pay $170 million in compensation to the families of people killed when a French airliner blew up over the Sahara more than 14 years ago. The deal was the latest step by Moammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, to try to end his country’s long international isolation and shed his image as one of the principal sponsors of anti-Western terrorism in the 1980s. In an accord signed at a Paris law office after years of negotiations, Libyan representatives admitted no responsibility for the 1989 downing of UTA Flight 772, which exploded over Niger en route from Brazzaville, Congo, to Paris, scattering debris over 50 square miles of desert. But the Gaddafi Foundation, a nominally private charity headed by Gaddafi’s son, Saif Islam Gaddafi, agreed to give families $1 million for each of the 170 people who were aboard the plane. Full Story

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