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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.

More than 50 killed in Libya clashes [Al Arabiya]

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28th Jul 14:

At least 36 people were killed in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi where Libyan Special Forces and Islamist militants clashed on Saturday night and Sunday morning, medical and security sources said, as fuel storage tanks that supply the capital Tripoli were hit on Sunday by rockets igniting a huge fire near the international airport.

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Foreign travel advice Libya [FCO]

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27th Jul 14: Due to the ongoing and greater intensity of fighting in Tripoli and wider instability throughout Libya, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to Libya. British nationals in Libya should leave now by commercial means.

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U.S. evacuates Libya embassy after 'free-wheeling militia violence' [Reuters]

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27th Jul 14:

The United States evacuated its embassy in Libya on Saturday, driving diplomats across the border into Tunisia under heavy military escort after escalating clashes broke out between rival militias in Tripoli.

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Clashes in Libya's Benghazi kill at least nine [Reuters]

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24th Jul 14:

BENGHAZI Libya - At least nine people were killed and 19 wounded, mostly civilians, in heavy clashes overnight in Benghazi as government forces tried to oust Islamist militants holed up in Libya's eastern port city, medical sources said on Thursday.

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Will Libya's militias defeat democracy? [BBC News]

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23rd Jul 14:

Libya's newly elected MPs have huge challenges ahead of them as the country slowly moves from the dictatorship it was under ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi to the democracy they would like it to become.

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Suicide attack escalates Libya violence, oil output slips [Reuters]

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22nd Jul 14:

A twin suicide bombing at a Libyan army base in Benghazi killed at least four solders in an escalation of clashes between Islamist militants and regular forces battling to oust them from the eastern city.

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UNSMIL welcomes election results, anticipates convening of House of Representatives ASAP [Libya Herald]

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22nd Jul 14:

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has welcomed the announcement by the High National Elections Commission (HNEC) of the results of the elections for the House of Representatives.

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Libya to Set New Crude-Price Strategy After Sale Fails [Bloomberg]

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22nd Jul 14:

Libya is preparing a new pricing strategy for its crude exports after a sales offer last week failed because potential buyers offered “unacceptable” prices, according to state-run National Oil Corp.

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At least 14 killed and 60 injured in Ansar Al Sharia counter offensive in Benghazi [Libya Herald]

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22nd Jul 14:

At least 14 people have been killed and 60 injured in the Benghazi’s Buatni district  in clashes which lasted over 24 hours.

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Liberals set to oust Islamists in Libya parliament [AFP]

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21st Jul 14:

Tripoli: Liberal factions appear to be the big winners in Libya's new parliament after the announcement of election results on Monday, analysts said.

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Seven killed in clashes between army and militants in Libya's Benghazi [Reuters]

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21st Jul 14:

Islamist militants attacked an army base in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Monday, triggering fierce clashes involving helicopters and jets that killed at least seven people and wounded 40 others after days of escalating violence.

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Manila orders total evacuation after Filipino worker decapitated in Benghazi [Libya Herald]

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21st Jul 14:

A Filipino construction worker has been found decapitated in Benghazi six days after he was kidnapped in the city’s Gwarsha district.

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Ex-Libyan rebel commander appeals ruling on British torture case [Reuters]

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21st Jul 14:

A former Libyan Islamist commander who says he suffered years of torture by Muammar Gaddafi's henchmen after British and U.S. spies handed him over to Libya will try this week to overturn a ruling blocking legal action against the British government.

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Fighting intensifies in Libya, airport control at stake [CNN]

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20th Jul 14:

Fierce fighting raged on the outskirts of Tripoli on Sunday as militias continued to battle for control of the airport in what's being called the worst fighting in Libya since the 2011 revolution.

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Eni, Repsol Expatriates Evacuated from Libya [WSJ.com]

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20th Jul 14:

LONDON—Oil giants Eni SpA and Repsol SA have evacuated expatriates from Libya following escalating violence at Tripoli's airport, Libyan oil officials said over the weekend.

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LBBC member Selex ES provides perimeter security for Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

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19th Jul 14:

Selex ES is proud to be the Official Protective Perimeter Security Provider for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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Foster Wheeler-led JV wins Libya FEED deal [Trade Arabia]

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19th Jul 14:

Global Engineering and Construction Group, a subsidiary of leading engineering conglomerate Foster Wheeler, in a joint venture with Taknia Libya Engineering Company, has won a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract from Nafusah Oil Operations, Libyan branch for an onshore oilfield development.

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Libyan air controllers strike to protest airport shelling [Reuters]

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17th Jul 14:

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Air controllers in western Libya have gone on strike to protest the shelling of Tripoli's main airport, halting flights in much of the oil-producing country, a government official said on Thursday.

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Arab League to hold emergency Libya meeting [Middle East Eye]

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16th Jul 14:

The Arab League plans to hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss mounting violence in Libya, a league source said Tuesday.

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Libya mulls international help as militias destroy Tripoli airport [The Telegraph]

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15th Jul 14:

The Libyan government has said it was considering calling for international forces to help re-establish security, after a flare-up of violence in the capital Tripoli.

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UN mission evacuates from Libya amid clashes [AP]

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15th Jul 14:

CAIRO — The United Nations said on Monday it is withdrawing its staff from Libya temporarily because of deteriorating security after rival militias fought over Tripoli International Airport and a renegade general’s forces continued to battle Islamist militias in the eastern city of Benghazi.

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Cracks Start Showing in Libya's Oil Recovery [WSJ.com]

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14th Jul 14:

LONDON—Despite the reopening of two key terminals, a fragile oil recovery in Libya is showing cracks as the crude struggles to make it back to markets, oil officials said Monday.


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Heavy fighting breaks out near Libya's Tripoli airport, seven dead [Reuters]

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13th Jul 14: Heavy fighting broke out between rival militias vying for control of Libya's main airport on Sunday, killing at least seven people and forcing a halt of all flights in the worst fighting in the capital for six months.

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Libyan protesters shut down Brega oil port: state firm NOC [Reuters]

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12th Jul 14:

Protesters have shut down the eastern Libyan oil port Brega, state firm National Oil Corp (NOC) said on Saturday, days after the government celebrated the reopening of major ports after almost a year of blockage.

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Libya: Tensions Ease Between Tripoli, Cyrenaica [Magharebia.com]

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11th Jul 14:

Benghazi — The long impasse between the Libyan government and Cyrenaica rebels over oil ports ended this month, but the final compromise may have been driven as much by economic realities as shared security fears.

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Libya prepares to move parliament to Benghazi [Reuters]

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11th Jul 14:

(Reuters) - Libyan authorities signalled on Thursday they would press ahead with plans to move the country's parliament to the eastern port city of Benghazi despite a collapse in law and order there.


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UN removes dozens of staff from Libya [Al Jazeera]

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10th Jul 14:

The United Nations has removed dozens of staff from Libya amid deteriorating security conditions in the strife-torn country.

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Afriqiyah keen to invest in moribund Senegal Airlines [CH Aviation]

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8th Jul 14:

Afriqiyah Airways (8U, Tripoli Int'l) management have held preliminary talks with their counterparts in Senegal Airlines (DN, Dakar) regarding a possible Libyan investment into the struggling Senegalese airline. 

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Hifter faces dwindling support amid stalemate [Washington Post]

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8th Jul 14:

TRIPOLI, Libya — Just weeks after he launched a popular revolt against the Islamist militants plaguing Libya’s east, rogue general Khalifa Hifter already is losing support for his war.

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Latest boat tragedy off Libya adds to rising death toll in Mediterranean [UNHCR]

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8th Jul 14:

A Syrian mother and her two children (ages three and six) are among the latest people to have perished while attempting to cross the Mediterranean from Libya.

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Two Key Libya Oil Ports to Resume Exports [WSJ]

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6th Jul 14:

LONDON—Libya said Sunday it lifted force majeure on two oil ports handed over by rebels last week, paving the way for the return of sizable exports after halting for nearly a year.

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Libya to announce elections results on July 20 [Reuters]

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6th Jul 14:

Libya will announce results of last month's parliamentary elections on July 20, the head of the elections commission said on Sunday, pushing back the results another week.

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HSBC to pull out of Libya after 55 years in the country [City AM]

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6th Jul 14:

HSBC is set to close its representative office in Tripoli, Libya, which manages investments for the bank in the North African country, according to The Telegraph.

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Three Europeans ‘kidnapped’ in Libya’s Tripoli [Al Arabiya]

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6th Jul 14:

Three Europeans working for an Italian construction company in Libya have likely been kidnapped, a government official said on Sunday, according to Reuters news agency.

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Gunmen attack Culture Minister’s home [Libya Herald]

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4th Jul 14:

Gunman broke into the Tripoli home of the Minister of Culture, Habib Al-Amin, last night.

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Libya: Central Bank laments continuing economic crisis in Libya [African Manager]

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4th Jul 14:

The Central Bank of Libya (CBL) Thursday warned that the continuing crisis in the country, including the interruption of crude oil exports by armed groups, was negatively impacting on the economy of the north African country.

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Brent in Contango First Time Since April on Libya Ports [Bloomberg]

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3rd Jul 14:

Front-month Brent crude futures traded at a discount to the second month, marking the first appearance since April of a condition known as contango, which signals diminished oil-supply concerns as Libya prepares to revive exports.

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Libya rebels return Ras Lanuf and Sidra oil [BBC News]

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2nd Jul 14:

Libya's government says it has resumed control of two eastern oil terminals, Ras Lanuf and Sidra, that were seized by rebels last year.

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Two Tunisians abducted in Libya freed [Al Jazeera]

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30th Jun 14:

A Tunisian diplomat and a fellow embassy staffer abducted in Libya earlier this year have been freed by their abductors after months in captivity.

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Reconciliation pact between Zawia and Bani Walid hailed as model for Libya [Libya Herald]

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30th Jun 14:

Formal reconciliation between Bani Walid and Zawia has been welcomed by a number of Libyan public figures, including the Grand Mufti, as a model for the rest of the country.

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ELECTION 2014: Final batch of preliminary results released [Libya Herald]

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29th Jun 14:

The High National Elections Commission has released the final batch of preliminary results in those areas where voting has been possible to the House of Representatives.

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Libya’s Biggest Oil Port Es Sider May Open in August, Rebels Say [Bloomberg]

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29th Jun 14:

Libya’s largest oil-export terminal, the port of Es Sider, may re-open in August after the North African nation’s new parliament takes office, said a spokesman of the rebel group that shut the facility almost a year ago.

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Libya to move new parliament to Benghazi despite collapse of security [Daily Star Lebanon]

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27th Jun 14:

TRIPOLI: Libya's new parliament will hold sessions in the eastern port city of Benghazi from Aug. 1 onwards to help implant state institutions in a region where law and order has largely collapsed, officials said on Thursday.

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Tribute to Salwa Bughaighis [HRW]

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26th Jun 14: Human Rights Watch today issued the following tribute to Salwa Bughaighis, a prominent human rights and women’s rights activist who was assassinated in Libya on June 25, 2014:

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Salwa Bugaighis, Libyan human rights activist, shot dead in Benghazi [The Guardian]

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26th Jun 14:

The Libyan human rights activist Salwa Bugaighis has been shot dead by unknown assailants at her home in Benghazi on the day of the country's general election.

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Libyan elections: Low turnout marks bid to end political crisis [BBC News]

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26th Jun 14:

Voting has ended in a Libyan general election marred by low turnout and deadly violence.

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Libya elections: Tension as the country heads for the polls in an attempt to end anarchy and conflict [The Independent]

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25th Jun 14:

By the time Ayman Al-Barasa saw the body of Muammar Gaddafi in the meat warehouse in Misrata he had been fighting almost every day for eight months. “I looked at him lying there and just thought, so this was the man who had terrified us for so long. But now he was gone, let there be an end to it. Let’s put all the killings behind us and become one people again.”

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Libya: EU concerned about political and security situation but reaffirms support [ENPI]

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23rd Jun 14:

EU Foreign Affairs ministers, meeting in Luxembourg Monday, have expressed their concern about “the significant deterioration of the political and security situation in Libya”, condemned the widespread acts of violence and called once again on all sides “to refrain from the use of force and to address differences by peaceful political means and through an inclusive and transparent dialogue in order to fulfill the democratic aspirations of the Libyan people.”

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Libya approves overdue budget [Al Jazeera]

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23rd Jun 14:

Libya's interim parliament has adopted a 2014 budget worth $48bn (£28bn), after delays due to the unrest that has plagued the country.

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Renegade general urges Turks, Qataris to leave east Libya [Reuters]

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22nd Jun 14:

A Libyan renegade general has called on all Turks and Qataris to leave volatile eastern Libya, accusing the two countries of supporting "terrorism", his spokesman said on Sunday.

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Libya's detention centres accused of torturing migrants and refugees [The Guardian]

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22nd Jun 14:

Migrants and refugees held in government-run detention centres in Libya are being tortured and abused, according to Human Rights Watch which has taken testimonies of whippings, electric shocks, beatings, strip-searches and people being hung upside down from trees.

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Zeidan back in Libya to contest his sacking [Libya Herald]

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19th Jun 14:

Former prime minister Ali Zeidan, sacked by the GNC in March, has appeared in Beida and insisted  in a TV interview today that that he is still Libya’s legitimate prime minister.

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US captures Libyan suspect accused in Benghazi embassy attack [The Guardian]

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18th Jun 14:

The US military and the Federal Bureau of Investigation jointly captured a man indicted in connection with the 2012 Benghazi attack that killed four Americans, including the US ambassador to Libya, officials said on Tuesday.

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Libya bans car traffic at night in Benghazi to stem violence [Reuters]

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17th Jun 14: Libya has banned overnight car traffic in the eastern city of Benghazi to try to stem rising violence and anarchy, security officials said on Monday.

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Libyan forces sent to protect petrol stations [Reuters]

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17th Jun 14:

Libya yesterday deployed special forces to protect petrol stations in the capital Tripoli packed by angry motorists trying to refill their vehicles, the government said, as the state oil firm struggles to bring in fresh supplies.

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Renegade general launches offensive in east Libya, up to 12 killed [Reuters]

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16th Jun 14:

A renegade Libyan general launched a fresh offensive on Sunday against Islamist militants in the eastern city of Benghazi, sparking some of the worst fighting in weeks, with up to 12 people killed and power supplies disrupted.


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Two Libyan Oil Fields Resume Production [WSJ.com]

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15th Jun 14:

LONDON—Two Libyan oil fields have resumed production, officials said Sunday, a welcome boost to the North African nation's embattled oil production.

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Suicide bombing at police station in Benghazi: Libya official [Zee News]

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12th Jun 14:

Benghazi: A suicide car bomb exploded at a police station in Libya's second city Benghazi, leaving the bomber dead and at least one officer wounded, a security spokesman said. 

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Libya cabinet starts spending $50 bln budget despite falling oil revenues [Reuters]

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11th Jun 14:

Libya's government, suffering from dwindling oil revenues, will allow its ministries to begin spending the $50 billion budget it submitted to parliament at the start of the year, even though lawmakers have not voted on it.

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Haftar launches air strikes in west Benghazi [Al Jazeera]

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11th Jun 14:

Forces loyal to the former Libyan General Khalifa Haftar have launched air strikes against three areas of the Libyan city of Benghazi, shortly after reports of a ceasefire deal between the renegade commander and a government crisis committee.

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Libya arrives for OPEC with exports at a trickle [Reuters]

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10th Jun 14:

Libya's attendance at Wednesday's OPEC meeting will be an oddity for historians of the oil exporters club - a member with virtually no oil for sale.

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Supreme court in Libya reinstates former prime minister [FT.com]

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9th Jun 14:

Libya’s supreme court on Monday ruled against the country’s acting prime minister, Ahmed Meteeg, effectively placing his predecessor back in power in a closely watched case that has become a battle between the country’s two main political camps.

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Libya pushes ahead in elections [Enca.com]

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8th Jun 14:

TRIPOLI - Libya’s new Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq says legislative elections will go ahead in just over two weeks’ time despite the recent surge in violence.

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Libya supplying Zawiya refinery without offshore oil - official [Reuters]

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8th Jun 14:

Libya is still able to supply its 120,000-bpd Zawiya refinery without drawing on oil from two offshore fields, an oil ministry official said on Sunday.

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ICRC suspending operations but “not abandoning Libya” [Libya Herald]

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7th Jun 14:

The International Committee of the Red Cross has announced the suspension of its operations and movements in Libya after Wednesday’s murder of its Misrata chief on a visit to Sirte.

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Libya protesters clash over renegade general [Al Jazeera]

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7th Jun 14:

Supporters and opponents of Khalifa Haftar, who declared war on Benghazi militias, scuffle in Tripoli's Martyrs' Square.

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Lost oil revenues have cost Libya $30 billion [Arab News]

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7th Jun 14:

Libya has lost $30 billion due to 10 months of protests at oilfields and export terminals but has sufficient foreign currency reserves to keep the country running, a central bank official said.

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Libya Constitutional Court to decide between rival premiers [Europe Online]

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5th Jun 14:

Libya‘s Constitutional Court Thursday began hearings to decide which of the country‘s rival prime ministers legally holds the position.

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Gen Khalifa Haftar: Libya bomb targets home near Benghazi [BBC News]

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4th Jun 14:

A suicide bomb attack at the home of a rogue Libyan general - who has been leading an offensive against government-funded Islamist militia - has killed four people.

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Libya's new PM promises to tackle violence [Aljazeera]

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3rd Jun 14: Government to take responsibility for security and fighting "extremism and terrorism", Ahmed Maetig says.

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Libya fighting: 18 killed in Benghazi [BBC News]

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2nd Jun 14:

At least 18 people have been killed in intense fighting in eastern Libya, medics say. The fighting started when Ansar al-Sharia militants attacked forces loyal to renegade General Khalifa Haftar in Benghazi, who hit back with airstrikes.


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General Hafter's Plans and Libya's Future [Al Arabiya]

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2nd Jun 14:

Libya's General Khalifa Haftar, the leader of Operation Dignity, is making small and important strides against opposition voices and militias in Libya.

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Jets Bomb Islamists' Base in Libya's Benghazi [AP]

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1st Jun 14:

A senior Libyan military official in Benghazi says an air force aircraft has bombed positions held by Islamic militants in the eastern city.

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Fears for Libya reserves as rival cabinets lay claim [AFP]

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1st Jun 14:

Tripoli (AFP) - Rival interim governments are disputing power in Tripoli less than four weeks before a general election, claiming control of Libya's huge currency reserves from oil and gas.

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Protests in Tripoli in support of the police and army [Libya Herald]

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31st May 14:

Hundreds of protesters demonstrated yesterday in Tripoli’s Martyr’s Square calling for the removal of armed brigades from the capital.

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Thousands rally to support renegade Libyan general [AP]

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30th May 14:

TRIPOLI, Libya — Several thousand Libyan protesters took to the streets Friday for a second week to support a renegade general who has launched an armed campaign against Islamist militias in the restive east of the country.

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Russia confirms support for Thinni government [Libya Herald]

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30th May 14:

Russia supports the government of Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni.   This was relayed to him by the Russian Chargé d’Affaires, Leonid Frolov, at a meeting at the Prime Ministry yesterday morning.

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Libyan warplanes hit Benghazi bases [Al Jazeera]

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29th May 14:

Libyan warplanes have bombed bases of armed groups in Benghazi as part of a self-declared campaign by a renegade former general to purge the North African country of religious hardline militias.

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