Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

7/6/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (

Seizure of oil ports has hindered African nation's oil industry

The North African nation of Libya, free from the iron grip of Colonel Moammar Khadafy has declared that their oil crisis has reached a diplomatic end. Libya's acting Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni says that the government has reached a deal with a rebel leader controlling oil ports to relinquish the last two terminals and end a blockade that crippled the OPEC nation's petroleum industry.

The ports had been reclaimed after an agreement with Ibrahim Jathran, whose fighters had seized the terminals almost a year ago in a bid for more regional autonomy.

The ports had been reclaimed after an agreement with Ibrahim Jathran, whose fighters had seized the terminals almost a year ago in a bid for more regional autonomy.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

7/6/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Libya, oil production, protests, agreement

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "We have successfully reached an agreement to solve the oil crisis. We have received today Ras Lanuf and Es Sider oil ports thankfully without the use of force," Thinni said in eastern Libya. "I officially declare this is the end of the oil crisis."

The ports had been reclaimed after an agreement with Ibrahim Jathran, whose fighters had seized the terminals almost a year ago in a bid for more regional autonomy.

Join the fight against world hunger -- by going here!

Jathran had handed over the ports as a "goodwill gesture" to the new parliament, which was elected last month, according to journalists.

Taking back the two major eastern oil terminals could make about half a million more barrels a day of crude available for export. This is a major breakthrough for Libya, which has long been stymied by oil revenue losses.

The crisis had included failed negotiations, threats to bombard rebels and even an attempt by Jathran to dispatch an oil tanker that was later boarded on the high seas by U.S. commandos.

Disputes over Libya's vast oil resources have been among the many triggers for conflict between rival brigades of former rebels and allied political factions since civil war ended four decades of Moammar Gadhafi's one-man rule in 2011.

Shipments may still face technical delays and past negotiations have been slowed by subsequent political disagreements, even though the announcement by Thinni and Jathran appeared to show a more solid agreement.

World oil fell below $112 a barrel Wednesday on a possible substantial recovery in Libyan exports.

Before a wave of protests, strikes and blockades reduced the nation's oil output to as low as 150,000 barrels per day, Libya produced about 1.4 million barrels per day per day.

Jathran's rebels and their allies, who were all former state oil protection guards before their mutiny, had agreed in April to reopen the two smaller ports, Zueitina and Hariga, and then gradually free up Es Sider and Ras Lanuf.

Protests have curtailed production at some oilfields, and still other groups may still target pipelines and oil facilities to make political or financial demands on a government that struggles to control many parts of the country.


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for SEPTEMBER 2016
Centrality of the Human Person: That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.
Evangelization: Mission to Evangelize: That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.


More Africa

Prayer works! Boko Haram releases 21 of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls Watch

Image of Twenty-one Chibok schoolgirls were released from Boko Haram.


Over 200 Chibok schoolgirls were kidnapped by Nigerian terror group Boko Haram. Now, two years later, some have been returned. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - With help from negotiations brokered by the Red Cross and Swiss government, Boko Haram has agreed to ... continue reading

Jesuit priest takes bullets to face in violent protest Watch

Image of The Jesuit priest was shot at close range in the face (TimesLive/YouTube).


Violence broke out between authorities and protesting students when the South African government proposed an 8 percent increase of already barely affordable tuition. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - For over two decades, South Africa has been struggling to stop the ... continue reading

Did you know the ROSARY is defeating Boko Haram! Watch

Image of The Rosary is our greatest weapon against all terror. Let us pray!

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

What is the most powerful weapon deployed against Boko Haram? Is it a smart bomb or a stealth drone? No. It turns out, the most feared weapon against Boko haram is the Rosary. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Among all the weapons deployed by mankind, one of the ... continue reading

Boko Haram Islamist Jihadists Kill Eight more Christians in their War Against Christianity in Nigeria Watch

Image of Boko Haram soldiers hovering over innocents whom they slaughterd in the name of their

By Deacon Keith Fournier

These Islamic terrorists claim that when they die during their evil acts, they are martyrs. Nothing could be further from the truth. They are simply dead terrorists. They have either taken their own lives - an intrinsically evil act - or died in the commission ... continue reading

Don't forget about the people of Nigeria! Boko Haram continues to kill Christians Watch

Image of Boko Haram is the enemy of all civilization.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

With all the attention focused on the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, it can be easy to forget that our Catholic and other Christian brothers and sisters in Nigeria also face deadly Islamic extremism on a daily basis. Militant Islam is on the march around the globe ... continue reading

Egyptian Prostitutes lure migrants into selling their organs Watch

Image of Illegal migrants are coerced to sell their organs in exchange for money or sex.


Financially desperate undocumented African migrants in Cairo have turned to selling their organs to pimps and Egypt's underground organ trade. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - <a ... continue reading

'We do not understand why this is happening to us': Christians tied up in Congo ... you won't believe what happens next! Watch

Image of At least 36 Christians have been brutally slaughtered in the Congo (Reuters).


The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has seen a dramatic rise in Christian persecution, leaving at least 36 Christians hacked to death. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the Catholic Herald, the North Kivu region of the DRC experienced its deadliest ... continue reading

A nation of murderers: Church is powerless to stop drug killings in Philippines Watch

Image of Drug dealers are now targets of civilians and the police under President Duarte.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Vigilantes in the Philippines are tearing the country apart by killing suspected drug dealers at whim. The Church has spoken out against these killings, which show no signs of stopping. The killings are a response to that country's president calling for mass ... continue reading

Sterile husband attacks wife with machete as punishment for not conceiving Watch

Image of Her husband was frustrated when she did not become pregnant so he chopped off her hands with a machete.


Jackline Mwende and her husband Stephen Ngila were married seven years but were unable to conceive, leading Stephen to lash out by attacking his wife with a machete. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Daily Nation, Jackline met and married Stephen within ... continue reading

'I thank God in everything I do': Teen living in plastic bowl refuses to give up hope Watch

Image of Teen lives in bucket (Sani Maikatanga/Barcroft Image).


Rahma Haruna is a 19-year-old girl who has lived the majority of her life in a plastic bowl. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Daily Mail, the teen was born with an unknown condition, leaving her without limbs, constant pain and the body of a 6-month-old ... continue reading

All Africa News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18
12 for the Lord is a judge who is utterly impartial.13 He ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23
2 I will praise Yahweh from my heart; let the humble hear and ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 18:9-14
9 He spoke the following parable to some people who prided themselves on ... Read More

Reading 2, Second Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
6 As for me, my life is already being poured away as a libation, and the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 23rd, 2016 Image

St. John of Capistrano
October 23: St. John was born at Capistrano, Italy in 1385, ... Read More