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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.

How France Is Making Libya Worse [Foreign Affairs]

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21st Sep 17: On July 25, at peace talks in Paris convened by French President Emmanuel Macron, the leaders of Libya’s two main factions—Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj of the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli and Marshal Khalifa Haftar of the self-styled Libyan National Army, based near the eastern city of Benghazi—verbally agreed to a cease-fire and national elections, to be held “as soon as possible.” 

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Sanalla to defend Libyan production against further Opec push for cuts [Libya Herald]

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21st Sep 17: The head of the National Oil Corporation, Mustafa Sanalla, is expected to attend a meeting in Vienna on Friday between members of OPEC and other major oil producers outside the cartel to continue production cuts agreed last November beyond their scheduled expiry date of March 2018.

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Unveiling New Libya Plan, UN Sees Opportunity for Peace [Voice of America]

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21st Sep 17: The United Nations launched a road map on Wednesday for a renewed international effort to break a political stalemate in Libya and end the turmoil that followed the country's 2011 uprising.

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U.N. seeks to rally foreign backing for new Libyan peace plan [Reuters]

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19th Sep 17:

TUNIS (Reuters) - The United Nations is seeking to marshal international support this week for a new push to break a political stalemate in Libya and end the turmoil that followed the country’s 2011 uprising.

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Rival Libya govt seeks international recognition [Arab News]

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18th Sep 17: The head of Libya’s rival government in the east has called on the international community to recognize his administration which he says controls most of the North African country.

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Multiple Libya peace plans are a hindrance, UN envoy to say [The Guardian]

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12th Sep 17: Ghassan Salamé is due to tell conference convened by Boris Johnson that efforts to unite country are being hampered.

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Italian minister defends methods that led to 87% drop in migrants from Libya [The Guardian]

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7th Sep 17: Interior minister Marco Minniti went to Libya in an attempt to reduce migrant flows, earning praise and condemnation in equal measure for his approach.

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Libya Resumes Production At Largest Field Amid Rising Oil Prices [Oilprice.com]

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7th Sep 17: Libya’s largest oil field, Sharara, will resume production following a two-week halt, after a pipeline blockade ended yesterday. 

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Macron sending his foreign minister to chase up Serraj-Hafter Paris agreement

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1st Sep 17:

French president Emmanuel Macron is following up on the July meeting he brokered between Faiez Serraj and Khalifa Hafter in the French capital, by sending his foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to Libya.

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French foreign minister to travel to Libya to push peace deal [Reuters]

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1st Sep 17: France’s foreign minister said on Thursday he would head to Libya “very soon” to push warring parties to support a peace roadmap tentatively agreed in Paris in July.

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African and European leaders agree action plan on migration crisis [Guardian]

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29th Aug 17: Leaders of seven nations seek to combat people-smugglers turning Mediterranean into ‘cemetery’.

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Boris Johnson says UK was 'over-optimistic' about Libya [BBC News]

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25th Aug 17:

The removal of Colonel Gaddafi in 2011 has been a "tragedy so far" for the people of Libya, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said.

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Boris Johnson meets eastern Libyan strongman in Benghazi [BBC]

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25th Aug 17: Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said the man who controls eastern Libya has pledged to give up military rule if he becomes the country's president.

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Britain sends £9m to Libya to fight terror threat and migrant crisis [The Guardian]

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24th Aug 17: Boris Johnson has announced a £9m aid package for Libya to help deal with the problems of migrants risking their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean and a growing threat of terrorist groups from the war-stricken country.

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Shell lifts its first crude cargo from Libya in 5 years - industry sources [Reuters]

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19th Aug 17: Royal Dutch Shell has lifted a cargo of 600,000 barrels of crude oil from Libya's Zueitina port, its first from the war-torn north African country in 5 years, two industry sources told Reuters on Saturday.

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Three NGOs Suspend Migrant Rescue Operations Off Libya [The Maritime Executive]

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15th Aug 17: Humanitarian NGOs Save the Children, Sea Eye and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) have all suspended their maritime rescue operations off Libya, citing threats from the navy of the Libyan Government of National Accord.

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Can the UN’s New Special Representative Make Progress in Libya? [Chatham House]

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10th Aug 17: Ghassan Salamé must move quickly to bring together the country’s competing powers and a divided international community.

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East Libyan city suffers as military forces tighten siege [Reuters]

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8th Aug 17: Residents of Derna in east Libya say they are facing critical shortages after Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) tightened its longstanding siege around the city last week.

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Libya's Largest Oil Field `Back to Normal' After Disruption [Bloomberg]

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8th Aug 17: Libya’s biggest oil field Sharara is “back to normal” after a disruption caused by protests in the politically fragmented country, the state National Oil Corp. said.

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French microfinance organisation plans to set up in Libya [Libya Herald]

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7th Aug 17:

French-based microfinance organisation ADIE International is planning to set up a microfinance system in Libya. The purpose is to provide finance to Libyans who do not have access to traditional forms of loans.

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Libya Largest Oil Field Is Said to Halt Output After Protest [Bloomberg]

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7th Aug 17:

Libya’s biggest oil field stopped pumping following a protest, according to a person familiar with the situation, a sign of the challenges vexing the politically fragmented nation as it seeks to restore production.

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Libya: Mixed reaction to Cairo talks between Misrata and eastern representatives [Libya Herald]

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3rd Aug 17:

The talks in Cairo between a delegation of top political figures from Misrata and representatives from eastern Libya who support the Libyan National Army and Khalifa Hafter has drawn conflicting responses from the participants and the Egyptian authorities who organised them.

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Migrant crisis: Libya strongman Haftar warns Italy over ships [BBC News]

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3rd Aug 17:

The head of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) has vowed to repel any Italian ships approaching Libya's waters without permission.

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Italy begins naval mission to help Libya curb migrant flows [Reuters]

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3rd Aug 17:

Italy began a limited naval mission on Wednesday to help Libya's coastguard curb migrant flows, which have become a source of political friction before national elections expected early next year.

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Italy aims to deploy ships in Libyan waters by end-August [Reuters]

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28th Jul 17: Italy intends to deploy several ships in Libyan waters by the end of August to combat human trafficking and stem a huge influx of immigrants, a government source said on Thursday.

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