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CAIRO (AP) — As he nears announcing a run for Egypt's presidency, Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has been focusing on preparing an economic program, senior generals and government officials say, demonstrating the wariness within the military over the scale of problems facing the country.
Benghazi (Libya) (AFP) - Libya threatened on Saturday to bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker at an oil terminal in the restive east if it does not leave port, saying it was loading illegally. Separatist militants blockading Al-Sidra facility in eastern Libya attempted to load crude aboard the ship the Morning Glory in the latest challenge to central government control. The self-proclaimed government of Cyrenaica in the east, the political wing of the separatists, said oil exports from Al-Sidra had now begun. "We announce to Libyans and to the whole world that we have begun exporting oil," said Rabbo al-Barassi, who heads the Cyrenaica executive bureau formed in August by federalist activists.
Rosa Khutor (Russia) (AFP) - Athletes set out about turning the spotlight on to the sporting action as competition got under way in the Winter Paralympics on Saturday after an opening ceremony overshadowed by Russia's intervention in Crimea. Russian President Vladimir Putin had opened the Games the night before in Sochi, which lies just southeast across the Black Sea from Ukraine's peninsula of Crimea which has been seized by pro-Moscow forces. Only one Ukrainian competitor, 37-year-old skier and biathlete Mykhailo Tkachenko, took part in the opening ceremony, in a symbolic protest against Russia's incursion into Crimea.