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The following news headlines are selected breaking news stories about Libya and the Libyan business arena, which are collected daily from a variety of sources.

If you click on "Read More" for a headline marked "External Article" you will be taken to the source of that story. For all other articles, which can be read on the LBBC website, we welcome your comments and opinions.

Libya's 'renegade general' welcomed back into army's fold [Middle East Eye]

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26th Nov 14:

As Tripoli government launches 'war' on Haftar, analysts suggest move to reinstate Khalifa Haftar could be motivated by potential US sanctions 

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Libya air strike hits Tripoli's last functioning airport [BBC News]

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23rd Nov 14: A Libyan air force jet has carried out two attacks on Maitiga air base in Tripoli, the Libyan capital's last functioning airport.

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Libya's Nafoura oilfield will resume production on Monday [Reuters]

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23rd Nov 14: Libya's Nafoura oilfield will resume production on Monday after protesters demanding jobs ended a protest, officials at the Libyan state operator said on Sunday.

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UK welcomes UN action to sanction Libyan terrorist groups [GOV.UK]

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20th Nov 14: Foreign Secretary welcomes UN action taken to list two terrorist groups in Libya, underlining need to support UN-led mediation efforts.

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U.N. Security Council adds Libya’s Ansar al-Sharia to terror list [Al Arabiya News]

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20th Nov 14: The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday added to its terror list a Libyan Islamist group accused of involvement in the September 2012 attack on the US mission in Benghazi that killed the US ambassador and three other Americans.

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U.N. announces 12-hour truce in Libya’s Benghazi [alarabiya]

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19th Nov 14:

The United Nations says Libya's warring parties in the eastern city of Benghazi have agreed to a 12-hour humanitarian truce.

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General elections can overcome Libya crisis, says Turkish envoy [World Bulletin]

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19th Nov 14:

The crisis in Libya can be overcome by holding general elections, Turkey's Special Envoy for Libya, Emrullah Isler, said Wednesday.

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Compromise in Libya, a fraught task but not an impossible one [Middle East Eye]

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18th Nov 14: For any national dialogue to succeed, Libya’s unknown, 'intermediary' elites, such as tribal leaders and civil society members must be recognised, heard, and supported.

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Deadly Ghosts on Libya’s Border: Special Report [Asharq Al-Awsat]

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18th Nov 14:

Asharq Al-Awsat begins a special series of articles on the conflict currently raging in Libya at the country’s border with Egypt

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Armed clashes in Libya's Tripoli, airport shutdown [Reuters]

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16th Nov 14:

Armed clashes broke out in Libya's capital Tripoli closing down the city's main working airport, local residents and an official said on Sunday.

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Embassies of Egypt and UAE attacked in Libya [AlJazeera]

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13th Nov 14:

Blast near Egypt embassy in Tripoli causes damage but no injuries, while bomb placed near UAE's mission fails to go off.

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Car bombs wound at least 20 in east Libya as chaos mounts [Reuters]

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12th Nov 14:

(Reuters) - Car bombs exploded in eastern Libyan towns under the control of the internationally-recognised government on Wednesday, wounding at least 20 people, officials said.

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Libya bomb attack as U.N. envoy meets PM [Al Alarabiya News]

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10th Nov 14:  A bomb exploded on Sunday in an eastern Libyan town where a U.N. special envoy was due to meet Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni, but there were no casualties, officials said, according to Reuters news agency.

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Libya’s Biggest Oil Field to Resume Pumping by Tomorrow [Bloomberg]

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9th Nov 14: Libya holder of Africa’s largest oil reserves, plans to restart production by tomorrow at its biggest field at Sharara while an export terminal in the country’s east remains closed.

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Libya’s El Sharara oilfield attacked [Independent Online]

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6th Nov 14: Gunmen seized Libya's major El Sharara oilfield, looting equipment and shooting as frightened workers sought shelter, oil sources said on Wednesday.

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Libya's elected parliament aims to move to Benghazi, restart U.N. dialogue [Reuters]

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5th Nov 14: Libya’s elected parliament, marooned in a remote eastern town since an armed faction's seizure of the capital Tripoli, aims to relocate to its second city Benghazi soon once army units restore security there, its deputy speaker said on Tuesday.

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Fighting rages in Libya's Benghazi [Reuters]

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4th Nov 14:

At least 13 killed as army and armed militias clash near port of eastern city, forcing dozens to flee.

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Libya’s rival PM calls for new elections [Independent Online]

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3rd Nov 14: The head of Libya's self-declared government, Omar al-Hassi, has called in an interview with AFP for new elections to pull the violence-wracked nation back from chaos.

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Libya violence: Benghazi district residents urged to leave [BBC News]

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3rd Nov 14:

Libya's army has asked residents in a central district of the port city of Benghazi to leave before a major military operation against Islamists.

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Hundreds of families flee Libya's Benghazi [aljazeera]

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1st Nov 14:

Hundreds of families have fled their homes in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi as street fighting raged between rival armed groups in the city.

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Libyan port rebel leader refuses to hand over oil ports to rival group [Reuters]

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1st Nov 14:

A former Libyan rebel leader, who seized oil ports in the past to campaign for eastern autonomy, said he had turned down an offer to join an armed group challenging the internationally-recognised government.

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Libya's $60bn sovereign wealth fund chairman removed [The Telegraph]

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31st Oct 14:

Libya's $60bn sovereign wealth fund has suddenly replaced its chairman amid a fierce power struggle for control between the official elected government and Islamists who have seized control of the capital Tripoli.

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World turning blind eye to chaos in Libya, Amnesty charges [The Telegraph]

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30th Oct 14:

The full chaos engulfing Libya since the fall of Col Gaddafi is exposed by a new Amnesty International report which accuses the world of “turning a blind eye” to potential war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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Civil Aviation Authority looks to reopen Benghazi airport [Libya Herald]

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29th Oct 14:

The Libyan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which has been ordered to Beida to be under the closer authority of the Libyan government, is reported be looking to reopen Benina International Airport in Benghazi within three to five weeks.

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Ten people killed in fresh fighting in Libya's Benghazi [Reuters]

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29th Oct 14: At least 10 people were killed on Wednesday when rockets struck several residential districts of Libya's Benghazi city as the army fought with Islamist militias, medics said.

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UN envoy: Libya close to point of no return [AlJazeera]

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28th Oct 14:

Factional warfare in Libya is pushing it "very close to the point of no return", the UN special envoy to the country has said as efforts to bring about a ceasefire and political dialogue bear little progress.

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Libya PM accepts Sudan plan for peace talks [Middle East Eye]

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28th Oct 14:

Sudan said on Tuesday that Libya's Tobruk-based premier has accepted its proposal to bring together different groups in his strife-torn North African nation for talks on ending the conflict.

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Libya's parliament speaker, UN envoy hold talks on national dialogue [KUNA]

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27th Oct 14: Libyan Parliament Speaker Ageila Saleh Eissa here Monday met with visiting United Nation Special Envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon and the delegation accompanying him.

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More heavy fighting in Libya's Benghazi, death toll rises to 130 [Reuters]

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27th Oct 14:

(Reuters) - Heavy fighting flared on Sunday between Libya's army and Islamist militias apparently trying retake one of their largest camps in the eastern city of Benghazi, military officials said.

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Benghazi suburb evacuated amid fierce battles for control of Libya's second city

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26th Oct 14: Benghazi residents were evacuated as army announced near total control of the city and militia groups denied reports of army success 

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Benghazi battle not over yet [Magharebia]

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25th Oct 14:

At least 29 people were killed in Benghazi clashes on Thursday (October 23rd), AFP reported, bringing the death toll to 149 in the last week.

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Libya Orders 'Civil Disobedience' In Capital [Sky News]

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22nd Oct 14:

Libya's internationally recognised government has called for a civil disobedience campaign in Tripoli until its forces can retake the capital from militias.

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Rival Libyan PM meets Turkish envoy in first known meeting with foreign visitor [Reuters]

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22nd Oct 14:

(Reuters) - Libya's self-declared prime minister, who runs a rival government not recognized by the international community, met a Turkish envoy on Tuesday, in the first publicly known diplomatic meeting with a foreign representative.

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Libya's government says forces will retake capital [AhramOnline]

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21st Oct 14:

Libya's internationally recognized government said on Tuesday that its forces are getting ready to retake the capital, after Islamist-allied militias from the western city of Misrata took over Tripoli in August.

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Libya's parliament allies with renegade general, struggling to assert authority [Reuters]

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20th Oct 14:

BENGHAZI, Libya Oct 20 (Reuters) - Libya's beleaguered elected parliament has declared a formal alliance with a renegade former general, as it struggles to assert some authority in a country many fear is sliding into outright civil war.

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US and European allies call for calm in Libya [AlJazeera]

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19th Oct 14:

The United States and four European countries have called for an end to violence in Libya.

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Egypt Warplanes Bombing Islamist Militias In Libya: Officials [AP]

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15th Oct 14:

CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian warplanes are bombing positions held by Islamist militias in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi as part of a large-scale operation to rid the city of militants who have held sway there for months, two Egyptian government officials said on Wednesday.

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Haftar forces declare new war on extremists in Benghazi [Middle East Online]

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15th Oct 14:

BENGHAZI - Forces loyal to a prominent former general in Libya launched a new bid Wednesday to recapture the second city Benghazi from Islamist fighters vying for power in the violence-plagued state.

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Group that seized Tripoli takes Libyan government, oil company websites [Reuters]

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14th Oct 14:

CAIRO Oct 14 (Reuters) - A self-declared Libyan government set up by an armed group that seized the capital in August has taken over the websites of the state administration and the national oil company, adding to confusion over who is running the country.

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Who's Running This Joint, Anyway? [Foreign Policy]

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14th Oct 14:

TRIPOLI, Libya — In a luxury hotel on Tripoli's seafront, the man who claims to be running a government holds court. Omar al-Hasi, a university lecturer from the city of Benghazi, tried and failed this year to become Libya's prime minister. Today he leads what he calls a "national salvation government" in opposition to that of Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni, who is currently based in eastern Libya. "We have won," he says. "Most of Libya is under our control."

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Kerry to meet Libyan FM in Paris

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14th Oct 14: US Secretary of State John Kerry will hold surprise talks in Paris with his Libyan counterpart on Tuesday amid growing international concern over the turmoil flourishing in the North African nation.

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Ban Ki-moon makes surprise visit to Libya, urges dialogue [Reuters]

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12th Oct 14:

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon flew to Tripoli on Saturday to urge the warring factions fighting for control of Libya to make peace, in the highest-level visit since an armed faction took the capital in August.

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Over 100,000 people displaced in Libya over the past three weeks [UNHCR]

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10th Oct 14:

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 10 October 2014, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

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Sisi responds as ISIS flags fly next door in Libya [al Arabiya]

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10th Oct 14:

When the U.S. secretary of state started recruiting Arab states to participate in the international coalition to fight ISIS, Egypt pledged its support but did not send any aircraft to participate in the American led coalition air strikes against ISIS forces as its allies Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordan and Bahrain have done.

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EU High Foreign Policy Representative says Libya could be next to fall to extremism [Libya Herald]

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8th Oct 14:

The new European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs has said the EU must deal with Libya if it is not to be the next country to fall to extremism.

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Goldman Sachs ordered to pay Libyan legal costs

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8th Oct 14: Bank's withdrawn attempt to throw $1.2bn case out of court costs it hundreds of thousands in indemnity fees

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British headteacher David Bolam freed by militants in Libya

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5th Oct 14: Briton who headed Benghazi international school is reunited with family five months after being abducted while out shopping.

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Libyan soldiers killed in Benghazi bombings and clashes

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2nd Oct 14: At least 29 Libyan soldiers have been killed in two car bombings and clashes in the eastern city of Benghazi.

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Egypt offers military training to Libya

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1st Oct 14: Egypt has offered to train pro-government forces battling rival armed groups in Libya, stepping up efforts to eradicate what it says is a threat to its own stability from the anarchy engulfing its neighbour.

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Algeria pushes for national dialogue in Libya

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1st Oct 14: ALGIERS, Algeria — Algeria has found in the United States an unexpected ally supporting its stance against military intervention in Libya. Washington has also backed Algeria’s attempts to begin a national dialogue between Libyans, just as it did in Mali. Algeria sought the help of Tunisian Islamist leader Rachid Ghannouchi to push Libyan Islamists to participate in the dialogue set for sometime in October.

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UK Minister welcomes start of Libya peace talks.

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30th Sep 14: Tobias Ellwood MP, Minister for North Africa, welcomes UN-led peace talks and underlines need for ceasefire and start of political dialogue in Libya

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Islamist-Allied Militias in Libya Reject UN Talks

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30th Sep 14: Islamist-allied militias in control of the Libyan capital on Tuesday rejected the United Nations' call for a cease-fire in the battered nation, insisting instead that their rivals be disarmed.

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Libyan parliament rivals hold first UN-backed talks

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30th Sep 14: Representatives from rival factions in Libya's new parliament have held UN-brokered talks for the first time in the western oasis town of Ghadames.

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Libya's parliament to open dialogue with members from opposing city (Reuters)

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28th Sep 14: Libya's elected parliament will hold its first talks on Monday with members from an opposing city linked to a rival assembly, lawmakers said, starting a badly needed dialogue as the oil-producing country teeters on the edge of collapse.

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Libya Appeals for International Help to Fight Terror Groups

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28th Sep 14: NEW YORK—Libya's foreign minister warned Saturday the situation in his country could spiral further out of control without international sanctions against political spoilers and quick support to equip and rebuild the army.

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