Libya gov’t takes back Tripoli area from rivals

CAIRO — Libya’s U.N.-supported government said its forces took back several districts on Friday in Tripoli’s southern reaches that had been captured by their rivals in a year-long offensive on the country’s capital.

The development dims the prospects for the eastern-based forces, under the command of Khalifa Hifter, to capture the Libyan capital. The advances of Tripoli-allied militias capped a disastrous week for the eastern forces, which were ousted from their only western airbase and several strategic towns recently.

Turkey apparently saw an opportunity to escalate its involvement, sending drones, military experts and thousands of Syrian mercenaries.

Thousands protest in Slovenia

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia — Thousands of Slovenians on bicycles staged a new protest Friday against the center-right government, continuing weekly protests that started at the height of the new Coronavirus outbreak.

The demonstrations started last month following reports of alleged political pressure in the procurement of protective gear during the pandemic.

Chanting ‘thieves,’ protesters rode through central Ljubljana on their bicycles — a way of demonstrating chosen so that participants can maintain distancing.

Environmental groups have also joined the protest, voicing fear that the government plans to relax environmental protection rules.

An Alpine nation of 2 million people, Slovenia has declared an end to the new Coronavirus epidemic.


Judge nixes bid to stop coal sales that Trump revived

BILLINGS, Mont. — A judge threw out a lawsuit on Friday from a coalition of states, environmental groups and American Indians which sought to revive an Obama-era moratorium against U.S. government coal sales on public lands in the West.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris said President Donald Trump’s administration had fixed its initial failure to consider the environmental impacts of ending the moratorium.

The administration’s opponents had argued it did not look closely enough at climate change and other effects from burning coal when it did an environmental analysis of the government’s coal program.

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