Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Libya Ousts Prime Minister

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Libya Ousts Prime Minister

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TRIPOLI, Libya -- Ali Zaidan was ousted as Libya's prime minister by lawmakers, the culmination of a campaign by Islamists and other opponents to terminate his 17 months in office.

Mr. Zaidan has faced repeated calls to step down by critics who accused him of failing to tackle corruption, curb militias and end blockades at oil installations that have cost billions of dollars in lost revenues.

The decision came as separatists in the east attempted to export oil independent of the central authorities, amid reports that a tanker loaded by them had evaded government forces.

Defense Minister Abdullah Theni will serve as acting premier until a new one is nominated within 15 days.

N. Korea evades sanctions

SEOUL, South Korea -- Recent inspections and seizures of banned cargo have shown that North Korea is using increasingly deceptive techniques to circumvent international sanctions, a panel of experts said in a report to the U.N. Security Council published Tuesday.

After a series of nuclear and long-range ballistic missile tests by North Korea during the past decade, the Security Council has adopted resolutions calling for increasingly vigorous sanctions aimed at crippling the North's financial and technical capability to build weapons of mass destruction.

In its latest annual report, posted Tuesday on the U.N. website, the panel of eight experts said that North Korea has persisted in defying those resolutions not only by continuing its nuclear and ballistic missile programs but also by engaging in illegal arms trade.

Factory inspections

DHAKA, Bangladesh -- Inspections of Bangladesh garment factories under a new safety initiative have found cracked support beams, extra floors apparently built without permits and exposed electrical cables chewed by rats. …

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