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October 20
2021

LIBYA

Gaddafi death anniversary a possible target for resolving Libyan civil war?

Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled the North African country with a dictatorial grip for almost 42 years, was killed 10 years ago by rebel forces backed by NATO air power. His death turned an armed uprising into a civil war, and the decade-long crisis shows no sign of coming to an end.

As of Oct 2020, an uneasy truce was holding in Sirte, where opposing forces face one another with civilians sandwiched between them, according to the UN situation report. According to UNSMIL there has been a sharp decrease in civilian casualties between June and September in 2020, compared with figures for the April-May period.

The oil-rich country remains split between the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) and the self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA).
There are two rival administrations, with the GNA in the capital, Tripoli. The LNA controls large areas of the east. Each side receives support from outside Libya.

In Oct 2020 UN chief António Guterres termed the conflict a "proxy war", adding in a recent interview with the BBC, that it was "unacceptable."

#23723 Published: September 22, 2021

October 21
2021

UNITED STATES

Dizzying glass box observatory opens in New York

The Summit One Vanderbilt, billed as the "world's most immersive observatory experience," is set to open at Manhattan’s One Vanderbilt tower. At 1,401ft (427m) high, the building is the fourth tallest in New York City. The tallest is One World Trade Center, which measures 1,776ft (541m).

October 22
2021

NORWAY

New Munch Museum opens on Oslo’s waterfront

The world’s largest collection of art by Edvard Munch opens on Oslo’s waterfront. The new 13-floor venue will spotlight over 1,200 paintings owned by the museum, many displayed for the first time. The building, made of recyclable concrete and steel, with a facade of translucent, perforated aluminium, was designed by Spanish firm Estudio Herreros.

The museum will become one of the world’s biggest institutions dedicated to a single artist. It will become part of Oslo’s waterfront skyline in the area of Bjørvika, a new urban development where the Oslo Opera House is also located.

#23907 Published: August 16, 2021