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BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - An Italian consul came under fire in his car in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Saturday but was unhurt, discount nike free cheap nike free running nike free Italy said, four months after the U.S. ambassador was killed in an attack on the U.S. mission in the city. A spokesman for the Italian Foreign Ministry confirmed the attack on Guido De Sanctis, Italy's Benghazi consul since 2011, and said he was unhurt. A security source in Libya who declined to be named told Reuters: "They shot at his car, but the car was armored. He is fine, there are no injuries." There was no immediate indication who might have been behind the attack. Security for Westerners in Libya's second city nike free run shoes nike free 5.0 was an acute concern even before the attack on the U.S. consulate, in which four U.S. staff were killed on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. American officials say militants with ties to al Qaeda affiliates were most likely involved in that attack. Benghazi, like much of Libya, is awash with weapons, and the city has also seen recent attacks on British, Red Cross and United Nations interests. Italy is the former colonial power in Libya. A police source in Benghazi said the shots had been fired from a car passing De Sanctis's residence. A Reuters reporter saw two bullet holes in the building, which was surrounded by police. The Italian spokesman said security cheap louboutin boots cheap louboutin shoes cheap louboutin around officials in Benghazi was already high before Saturday's attack. The city was where the anti-Gaddafi uprising broke out in February 2011. But Libya's new elected rulers in Tripoli have struggled to impose their authority on a country where armed militias wield the real power, and Benghazi's multitude of armed factions now make it a hot spot for violence. In November, the city's police chief was shot dead. And last June, a convoy carrying the British ambassador was attacked with a rocket-propelled grenade that injured two of his bodyguards. The offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross in the city were also attacked last year, as was a convoy carrying the United Nations' former special envoy to Libya. (Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian and Ghaith Shennib in Libya; and Catherine Hornby in Rome; Editing by Kevin Liffey)The pirating business apparently isn’t what it used to be. In fact, one dreaded Somali pirate has decided to put an end to his kidnappings and ransacking. At a press conference—possibly the first to christian louboutin ankle christian louboutin short cheap louboutin heels be held by a retiring pirate—Mohamed Abdi Hassan, known as "Afweyne" or "big mouth," told reporters on Wednesday that after eight successful years in the business, he’s through. "After being in piracy for eight years, I have decided to renounce and quit, and from today on I will not be involved in this gang activity," Hassan said, speaking in Adado, a central Somalia town known as a pirate haven. The king-pin pirate was described by the United Nations as "one of the most notorious and influential leaders." The New York Times described his arrival on the scene as bringing a “new sophistication” to the business, noting, “Afweyne raised venture capital for his pirate operations as if he were launching a Wall Street I.P.O.” And business was good: Hassan’s men were reportedly Tiffany Necklaces Tiffany Pendants Tiffany Sets involved in seizing a Ukrainian transport ship in 2009 carrying 33 men and Soviet-era tanks, which was finally released after 134 days and a ransom payment of $3 million. The pirate was also reportedly involved in the capture of a 2008 Saudi-owned Sirius Star supertanker, also released after a ransom of several million dollars was paid. But hauls like that are rare now. Last year marked the lowest incidence of pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia in recent times: The seas are now patrolled by navies, and ships traveling on the Indian Ocean now use armed guards. So, Hassan is getting out. And he’s trying to persuade other pirates to join him. “I have also been encouraging many of my colleagues to renounce piracy, too," he said at the press conference, "and they have done it.”An elderly man accidentally Tiffany Bracelets Tiffany Earrings Tiffany Rings drove his car through the front door of a pizza restaurant near Lincoln, Neb., around lunchtime on Wednesday. When witnesses rushed to see if the driver was OK, he asked if he could still order a pizza while he waited for the ambulance. The unnamed pizza enthusiast was taken to a hospital but was apparently all right. The car (appropriately, a Honda Fit) managed to squeeze through the restaurant's front door, thus sparing the pizza parlor from any structural damage. 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