Sep 17, 2020
Leader of Libya’s UN-backed govt wants to hand over power
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CAIRO (AP) — The head of Libya’s U.N.-supported government said Wednesday night that he wants to hand over power to a new administration in October amid talks on ending the country’s conflict.
Fayez Serraj made the announcement in a televised speech from the capital, Tripoli.
Libya’s rival factions are expected to convene soon for peace talks.They agreed earlier this month to hold elections within 18 months and appoint a new government.
Libya was plunged into chaos when a NATO-backed uprising in 2011 toppled longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi, who was later killed. The country has since split between rival east- and west-based administrations, each backed by armed groups and foreign governments.
A rift within the Tripoli-based government surfaced last month amid protests over power cuts and corruption in the capital and other cities in western Libya. There were similar demonstrations elsewhere in east and south Libya.
Sarraj, a member of the eastern parliament in Tripoli, was appointed in 2015 to lead the presidential council, created by a political agreement that was signed by Libya’s factions in Skhirat, Morocco.
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North Jersey Cake Boss Buddy Valestro Injures Hand In Nasty Bowling Accident
North Jersey native Buddy Valestro was hospitalized in a bowling accident that severely injured his hand.
The "Cake Boss" tweeted a photo of himself and his "new accessory" -- his heavily bandaged right hand.
Valestro -- born in Hoboken and raised in Little Ferry -- reportedly hurt himself after the bowling pinsetter in his family's home alley malfunctioned Sunday, TMZ reports.
The chef tried releasing a pin from the cage mechanism when his hand got caught and compressed inside of the unit, the outlet said.
Valestro's rep told TMZ he watched a metal rod "slowly and repeatedly impale his hand three times between his ring finger and middle finger."
Unable to remove his hand for nearly five minutes, Valestro's sons ran to the garage to get a saw to cut through the metal rod, the rep told the outlet.
The "Cake Boss" has since endured multiple surgeries, one performed by renowned ortohpedic surgeon Dr. Michelle Carlson in New York City.